Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday asserted that it is the responsibility of an Islamic republic to uphold the rights of its minorities.
Chaudhry’s statement comes a day after he defended the appointment of leading international academic Atif Mian to the government’s Economic Advisory Council amidst a vicious online campaign that targeted the latter for his Ahmadiyya faith.
Chaudhry had said that those who had objections to Mian’s appointment “are basically extremists, and we will not bow to extremists.”
“Protecting minorities is our responsibility. It is the religious duty of each Muslim, not just the government, to protect minorities and respect those that they live with,” he had said.