Practicing and Protecting Religious Freedom: The fact that religious freedom is public and that it involves more than mere belief does not, of course, mean that it overwhelms all other considerations in society. The purpose of a democracy is to accommodate the diverse interests of all its members.
Pakistan is an ethnically and religiously diverse country of over 190 million people. The 1998 census of Pakistan found that 95 percent of the population identified as Muslim. Of that, 75 percent identified as Sunni, but that is divided among numerous Sunni sects and denominations. 25 percent of the Muslim population identified as Shi’a. Two to four million Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, but Pakistani law does not recognize them as such. Non-Muslim faiths constitute roughly five percent of the population, and include Christians, Hindus, Parsis/Zoroastrians, Baha’s, Sikhs, Buddhists, and others. Shi’a, Christian, and Hindu groups believe their communities are larger than the census reported.
Why We Need Religious Freedom?
Interfaith Commission Peace Harmony and MasterPeace Karachi realized that it’s a best time to realize and remind to all the Religious Scholars Leaders of Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Bhai and Paris and started the Religious Freedom Campaign in the four provinces of Pakistan
Religious freedom and freedom of conscience are vital because they help sustain this system of peaceful coexistence, and they must be balanced against other considerations, such as the rights of others, the law and public safety.
Ignorance of religious freedom can also, without care, allow for it to be slowly and subtly eroded, leaving this fundamental liberty exposed or compromised. So, first time in Pakistan this bold initiative is taken by Founding Chief Executive Allama Ahsan Siddiqui (ICPH) and Kelash Kumar (MasterPeace Club of Karachi) decided to start the Religious Freedom Campaign in the four provinces of Pakistan i.e. Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyberpakhtunkhwa.
A big task was taken and try to involved all Religious Leaders of Muslim, Christan, Hindu, Sikh, BHAI, Federal Minister, Provincial Ministers, Civil Society, NGO’s, and CBO’s. However, the all sect and community leaders agreed with Allama Ahsan Siddiqui and Kelash Kumar and given their signature verification on the Religion Freedom Pledge. The MOU by the all sects and religious leaders is a significant success of and MasterPeace Karachi Club and provide an encouragement to work hard for building harmony and peace between religions, faith and sects throughout the country