Number Of Minorities’ Seats To Be Increased In The National Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: The number of Minority seats to be increased in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

National Assembly of Pakistan
National Assembly of Pakistan

According to details, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said that,” the government would increase the number of minority seats in the National Assembly.”

 

“The government is committed to working for the welfare of minority communities and bringing them into the mainstream,” he apprized a delegation of minority representatives.

 

 This delegation of minority leaders included Dr. Rumesh Kumar Vankwani, Bhawan Das, Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Tariq Christopher Qaiser, Khalil George, Ramesh Lal, Lal Chand Malhi and Aasiya Nasir. The members of this delegation highlighted the problems that the religious minorities in the country are facing and brought them to Saradr Muhammad Yousaf’s notice. Later on, the Federal minister assured the delegation to look into their problems.

 

During this meeting, the minority leaders urged the Federal Minister to,” raise the amount of money allocated for development schemes, and scholarships and financial assistance for minority students.” Whereas, Government awards scholarships are merely to the students studying in state-run schools, which should be extended to students of private schools across the country- the delegates suggested.

 

In addition to this, they also insisted on the Federal Minister,” that minority seats in parliament should be increased from 10 to 15. In the 18th Constitutional Amendment, religious minorities were given seats in the Senate.  Now, the minorities have six reserved seats in the upper house of parliament – half of them were filled during the last Senate elections, while the rest would be filled in next year’s polls.”

 

Furthermore, the delegates proposed,” The government would need to amend the Constitution to increase the number of minority seats in the National Assembly.”