QUETTA, Dec 25 (INP): President Mamnoon Hussain has assured that the rights of minorities will be protected. Addressing a ceremony in connection with Christmas Day in Quetta on Thursday, he said minorities are equal Pakistanis and they have always played an important role for the progress of the country in different sectors. Referring to the issue of terrorism, he said a handful of misguided elements are shedding blood of the innocent. Attack on a school in Peshawar was as horrific and barbaric as the one carried out on a Church in the provincial capital last year. Reiterating the government’s determination to wipe out terrorism, the president said the government’s goal was to bring peace and prosperity in the lives of the people.