Pakistan: "A Society of Peace for All", an initiative of Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace
In order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence of Pakistan, an album featuring the prominence of the richness of our diverse culture was unveiled on July 28, 2017. This album has been designed to reflect the role and contribution of religious minorities during the partition and after independence.
Addressing the audience present at the launching, His Excellency Bishop Joseph Arshad said: ""We all know what is happening in our society. I encourage youth to become the hope and change the fate of Pakistan. I strongly believe that together with one thought, we can achieve a prosperous, peaceful and an advanced country."
He emphasized on the 11th August 1947 speech of Quaid-e-Azam, "You are free to go to your temples; You are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. To whatever religion, caste or faith to which you belong, there will be no discrimination or distinction. We are all citizens with equal rights." He said that this album aimed to fight extremism through music and invite all citizens to reject selfishness and renew patriotism.
The launch ceremony took place in Lahore as a part of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence, which is celebrated on 14th August. The songs in the album are a reflection of Bishop Arshad’s 14 years of diplomatic service to the Holy See in Malta, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Madagascar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. These songs are based on the themes of nationalism, peace, interfaith harmony highlighting the richness in culture of Pakistan. This album has been inspired by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, our founding father, who spoke about equality of rights and freedoms for all religious minorities.
This album also represents an important collaborations with famous Pakistani singers from Majority community, such as Ghulam Abbas (winner of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, or Medal of Excellence, the country's fourth civil honor) and Humara Channa (winner of six Nigar Awards), and Christian musicians.