Islamabad - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid yesterday said all Pakistanis are enjoying equal rights and there is no discrimination in the country on the basis of faith, gender, race or language.

Talking to newspersons after inaugurating a photographic exhibition on Pakistan Movement, he said world has recognised the steps taken by Pakistan to eliminate terrorism for regional and global peace. He said the government is pursuing a policy of cordial relations with all neighbours, as peace is vital for alleviating poverty in the region.

The minister said women are integral part of the society and the government has made legislation to ensure their rights.

Pervaiz Rashid said the exhibition would be a catalyst for the younger generation, especially students, and it will provide them an opportunity to know about founders of Pakistan who played an important role in creation of the country. “Pictures of the Pakistan Movement leaders themselves speak about their sincerity and struggle for the cause of achieving the motherland,” he said.

He said the leaders of Pakistan Movement wanted to see Pakistan united and progressing, besides giving every citizen his/her all due rights. Unfortunately, the minister said, some elements attempted to create negative image of Pakistan by carrying out subversive activities to stop the national progress and render it insecure. But, the minister said, the Armed Forces had effectively tackled the menace of terrorism by rendering great sacrifices to purge the country of anti-state elements. “Today the negative landscape has changed and there is a peaceful co-existence and unity in the country,” he added.

Rashid said the government is making all-out efforts to end the energy crisis and expressed the confidence that it would be overcome in the coming days. The minister said international community is acknowledging Pakistan’s role and importance in world affairs and is extending cooperation to it.

He said Pakistan wants better relations with all neighbouring countries for development and prosperity of the South Asian region. Highlighting the important role of females in the Pakistan Movement, Pervaiz Rashid said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had introduced effective legislation to protect and promote rights of women in the country.

Elaborating his point, he said in the legislation female job quota in government departments has been increased. Besides, measures have been taken to protect women from all kinds of violence and end gender parity, he added. He said women are bringing laurels for Pakistan by excelling in different fields like sports, arts and science.

He urged the public, political leaders and all institutions to renew their pledge to make Pakistan an exemplary Islamic welfare and democratic state.