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Minorities in Iran enjoy complete religious freedom: Pak official

Islamabad, Chairman of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) says that all minorities are enjoying complete religious freedom and protection in Iran.

Dr Qibla Ayaz was speaking at a seminar in connection with the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution about the situation of minorities' rights in Iran. The Seminar was organized by Iran Cultural Center (Khana Farhang) in north western city of Peshawar.

Along with Dr Qibla Ayaz who is also the former dean Faculty of Islamic and Oriental Studies of the University of Peshawar, Iran's Consul General in Peshawar Mohammad Baqer Beigi, Director of Iran Cultural Center (Khana Farhang) Abbas Famuri, local female priest, Adviser to Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on minorities Ravi Kumar and other religious personalities also attended the seminar.

Dr Qibla Ayaz, addressing on the occasion, said that Iranian society provides a unique atmosphere for the freedom and rights of minorities which is not available in other Muslim states.

'Before the Islamic Revolution, there was no religious freedom in different parts of the world, and people did not respect each other's religious beliefs, but the Islamic Revolution in Iran put an end to this practice, he said.

Chairman of Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) added that in Iran Shia and Sunni Muslims offer prayers in one mosque. He noted that the United Nations (US) has also confirmed that minorities in Iran enjoy complete religious freedom.

Director of Iran Cultural Center (Khana Farhang) Abbas Famuri, expressing his views. said Islamic Revolution under the great leadership of Imam Khomeini in Iran was a unique event of the 20th century.

He further added that after the Islamic Revolution, the protection of minorities' rights in the country of Iran was ensured.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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