ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Government merges Ministry of National Harmony into Ministry of Religious Affairs.
According to the details, new Pakistani government gets rid of ministry of National Harmony while merging it into religious affairs ministry. Chairman All Pakistan Minorities Association (APMA) and former Minister National Harmony, Dr. Paul Bhatti has shown his solemn concern over amalgamation of ministry of national harmony into religious affairs.
While addressing a news conference at National Press Club, he said, “With the merger, the ministry of national harmony would lose the purpose of its creation—to ensure protection of minorities’ rights.”
Dr. Bhatti further said that Minorities in Pakistan have been mistreated for years, he told that last parliament had decided to increase the number of special seats for minorities but was not able to get the resolution passed in the National Assembly due to lack of quorum.
“We have only 10 special seats for minorities and no one has taken serious step to increase them,” he said.
While answering the journalists, Mr Bhatti said in his tenure as an in-charge minister of ministry of national harmony, several steps were taken for the betterment of minorities.
“I got forced Conversions and Marriage Act passed by the Parliament. I also resisted illegal use of blasphemy act,” he claimed.
He said killings in Quetta and Karachi and the recent ones in Gilgit-Baltistan were the acts of anti-state elements. “We can only resolve our issues by enforcing law all over the country in letter and sprit,” he said.