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Archbishop of Canterbury calls for inter-faith dialogue in Pakistan

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, began a two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday by appreciating steps taken by the government to fight terrorism and to protect minorities.

world Updated: Nov 19, 2016 19:32 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
File photo of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who began a two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday.
File photo of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who began a two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday.(archbishopofcanterbury.org)

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, began a two-day visit to Pakistan on Saturday by calling for greater inter-faith dialogue to achieve peace and development for all.

During a meeting with foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz, Welby appreciated the steps taken by the Pakistan government to fight terrorism and to protect minorities rights.

In a speech earlier this month, the Archbishop had said Pakistan continues to see widespread attacks on Christians and their churches. During a visit in 2014, he had said Pakistan’s Christian minority was “under siege”.

Aziz told Welby on Saturday that the Christian community is “actively participating in Pakistan’s development” and the government is taking steps for the security and welfare of minorities.

The causes of religiously motivated violence around the world and the key role of religious leaders in creating inter-faith harmony was discussed during the meeting, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Aziz said the number of reserved seats for minorities in Parliament and provincial assemblies had been increased and a 5% quota in public appointments had been made for them.

The Archbishop called for greater inter-faith dialogue to achieve peace and development for all.