In establishing a homeland for Muslims, Pakistan’s founding father, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, also supported the idea of Islam serving as a unifying force and believed Pakistanis had a responsibility to uphold the principles of religious freedom and to protect the rights of religious minorities.
As religious intolerance and violence against religious minorities grows, it is clear that Pakistan has failed to uphold Jinnah’s original vision. Whether it is attacks on the Ahmadi community as in the one last December, or on the Christian community as in the mob lynching last November of two Christians accused of blasphemy, or on the Shia community as in the bus attack in May in Karachi that killed over 40 – Pakistan must do a better job of protecting its religious minorities. Join us to hear Senator James Lankford, who has been an advocate for upholding religious freedom throughout the world, and a distinguished panel of experts as they address what can be done to revive Jinnah’s legacy of religious freedom in Pakistan.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable James Lankford (R-OK)
United States Senator
Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Dr. Katrina Lantos-Swett
Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani
Former Member of the Pakistani Parliament and Author
of the forthcoming book, Purifying the Land of the Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities
Senior Research Fellow