Government Steps Up Protection Of Minorities

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PAKISTAN
The government has taken effective measures for protecting the rights of minorities and their religious places in line with father of nation’s vision of a tolerant and democratic Pakistan said Minister of the State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Aminul Hasnat.

Aminul Hasnat said that to monitor measures for the minorities, the government has reconstituted National Commission for Minorities (NCM) wherein a proper representation has been given to the non-Muslims.

The minister said a three-member subcommittee of NCM comprising Asia Nasir, MNA, Asfand Yar Bhandara, MNA and Qari Roohullah Madni, Khateeb has already vetted a draft national policy on interfaith harmony.

He said Rs 10 million are being increased in the welfare fund of the minorities in the next financial year to strengthen the minority communities.

The welfare fund is spent on the economic uplift of the minorities, development schemes, financial assistance to needy individuals, scholarship schemes for their children, celebration of religious festivals and seminars for the promotion of interfaith harmony, he added.

He said government recognizes the contributions of minorities in the nation, as they are serving in all spheres of life including education, health and defense.