Declaration SAATH Forum Future of Pakistan Conference London, read by Rashed Rahman
LONDON: Leading liberal intellectuals and human rights defenders have said that only a pluralist vision of Pakistan offers hope for Pakistan’s future in line with Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s liberal and progressive dream.
Pakistanis from various countries gathered here for a conference on ‘The Future of Pakistan’ organised under the banner of South Asians Against Terrorism and for Human Rights (SAATH), co-hosted by US-based columnist Dr Muhammad Taqi and former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani.
The day-long conference was attended by representatives of civil society groups, nationalist groups, media figures and free-thinkers who came together to suggest ways forward for Pakistan, based on human rights and provision of social justice.
Several speakers expressed concern at the inability of the National Action Plan in taking action against members of the banned extremist outfits who have routinely incited violence against fellow citizens on the basis of their faith.
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