Farahnaz Ispahani greets the Christian community Easter

Ms Farahnaz Ispahani, the former Pakistani parliamentarian of PPP and presidential adviser and author of forthcoming book ” Waiting to die: Pakistan’s Religious minorities” has warmly greeted the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Easter and Lenten.
In a message she said that Easter and Lenten are important religious events in the history of Christianity that convey the message of piety, tranquillity, peace and patience. She said that Christians should follow the true teachings of Christ Jesus Messiah while the Muslim majority must make an effort to understand and learn about the problems of our Christian brethren in Pakistan. She said that such holy events promote peace and demote those elements that create situation of angst and instability through terrorism and extremism.
Ms Ispahani said that all men are born equal therefore meting out equal treatment to all can effectively resolve our numerous social and religious problems. According to Farahnaz Ispahani, all prophets were Allah’s emissaries bringing the message of peace, love and brotherhood. She said that no religion on the surface of this earth encourages its followers to pursue violence or bloodshed or desecrate holy places sacred to other religions.
For a peaceful and progressive Pakistan it is the need of the hour for the followers of every religion and sect to set aside all personal biases and religious differences and work for the betterment of our ill-fated human society which has become the greatest victim of religious intolerance around the globe, Ispahani insisted.
Ms Ispahani said that the scourge of terrorism is affecting all Pakistanis and we must be united to combat it .
Ms Inspahani in her message has asked all Pakistanis especially the political parties to continue to uphold the rights of the Christians and other minorities in our country emphasizing that minorities must be treated in accordance with the constitutional provisions whereby all citizens of the state should be considered equal and allowed to actively participate in its development.
The closing words of Farahnaz Ispahani’s message plead the Christian community to pray for peace in the country as only peace can ensure a secure, stable and progressive Pakistan.

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Written by Farahnaz Ispahani

Farahnaz Ispahani is a Global Fellow, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. She is the author of the recently published book "Purifying the Land of the Pure: The History of Pakistan's Religious Minorities. Oxford University Press, 2017. Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani has been a leading voice for women and religious minorities in Pakistan for the past twenty five years, first as a journalist, then as a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, and most recently as a scholar based in the United States. An advocate of Pakistan’s return to democracy during the military regime of Pervez Musharraf, she served as a spokesperson and international media coordinator for the Pakistan People’s Party, working alongside the late Benazir Bhutto. During her tenure in parliament (2008–2012), she was a member of the Human Rights Committee and the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. In 2013–2014, she served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she completed a book on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan. In 2012, she was listed among Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, as well as Newsweek Pakistan’s Top 100 Women Who Matter. During her fellowship, Ms. Ispahani is exploring women’s political participation in the Muslim world, both in terms of their progress toward gender equality under democratic systems and the converse rise of women as agents of extremist propaganda within the world of the Islamic State. FARAHNAZ ISPAHANI is Senior Fellow, South and South East Asia Action Team at Religious Freedom Institute also.

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