ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Kamran Michael determined to solve the problems of minorities in Pakistan.
“My appointment to the Federal Ministry for the Ports and Shipping is a clear message to minorities: the PML-N Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, wants to defend them while guarantee equal rights for everyone”, says Kamran Michael.
He assumed the office of Federal Mister for Ports and Shipping on 8th of June, 2013; which is strategically of great importance in the context of the national economy. Kamran Michael, son of M.L. Michael has been actively part of PML-N for over 10 years and now “I was assigned a key role, a great responsibility,”he said. While commenting on the anti-Christian attacks in Shanti Nagar, Gojra, Kasur, Gosh and Aman he chronicles them as “tragic events” at the same time he ensures the commitment “of the PML-N for reconstruction.” “We have plans for the development of minorities” – he adds – “we will ensure that they can live in peace.”
Referring to the deteriorating social accord across the country, he interprets it as “uncertain,” with mounting issues like extremism, the energy crisis, sectarian violence, terrorism and economic problems. In addition to the “presence” of “elements” who want to “destabilize” the nation. “The situation and events will not change overnight, but we have a clear position and we are determined to solve the challenges,” he adds.
“I have personally experienced discrimination in my professional life, but I cannot blame a government specifically for this. It is a constant of those who want to sow hatred and discord. Our goal is to bring everyone together around the table, to speak and listen to the proposals,” he goes on to say.
He asks for a “joint work” that is able to prevail over the “minority syndrome” affecting non-Muslims Pakistanis, “accepting us for what we are: citizens of Pakistan.” While Kamran Michael is conscious of the importance of the new role, in a strategic sector for the revival of the national economy: “I hope to better fulfil the assignment – he concludes – and try to do it in the Name and by the grace of God.”