ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday that the present democratic government since its inception had been striving to rid the country of the evils of the past and restore real Pakistan as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam.
He was talking to media persons after inaugurating a three-day exhibition of the pictures of Quaid-e-Azam, paintings jointly organized by Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications (DEMP) and Nazria Pakistan Council here.
Today’s Pakistan was nearer to the vision of the Quaid, he said adding nobody would be allowed to attack religious sites and schools.
He said that the Quaid believed in peaceful coexistence with the rest of the world and the present government was working on the same agenda. In this connection he referred to recent signing of TAPI gas pipeline project agreement, which he said would help end gas shortage in the country.
He said that this exhibition also proved that Qauid-e-Azam was an enlightened personality with enlightened thought. The minister said that the nation would celebrate the birth anniversary of the Quaid on December 25 with zeal and reverence and the exhibition was part of the celebrations.
He said the exhibition would help the new generation understand his vision about education, religious harmony and tolerance.
The minister said that in the past dictators damaged the true image of the vision of the Quaid and tried to interpret it in their own way, which suited their designs. The dictators divided the nation on religious, linguistic and regional lines which weakened the country, he added.
He said that roots of Pakistan’s problems were found in days of dictatorship when economy, culture and social life and all other sectors of life suffered badly.
To a question about Imran’s threat to local people in District Mianwali, he said that it was their ancestral land and they wanted to build houses for their next generation. If Imran Khan offered them a portion of Bani Gala house, Pervaiz Rashid said, he might be able to get the said land.