Minorities are quite safe in Pakistan : Sandhu

City Reporter
Lahore—Provincial Minister on Human Rights and Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that minorities are quite safe in Pakistan as compare to other regions. He said that minorities are given equal rights under the light of the addresses given by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. The constitution of Pakistan has provided equal rights without religious, race and color distinction. He said that during Tehreek e Pakistan, along with Quad-e-Azam, many religious leaders have sacrificed their lives and got minority votes. He said that all the living minorities in Pakistan i.e. Sikhs, Christians and Hindus rights are being secured in the same way as that of Muslim majority. He added that we all love this nation. He said that we have always sacrificed our lives for the adorable nation and in future we are always ready. Provincial Minister on Human Rights and Minority Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu expressed these view while addressing to the ceremony of “Minority Day” at Al-hamra hall, here today. He said that Punjab Government is working actively for securing the rights of minorities. Quota for minorities has been fixed five percent for the selection of grade 1 to 17 officials under which more than five thousand jobs will be allocated to the minorities. He said that in the same way Punjab Government provides special grants during Holee, Charismas and Diwali. He informed that during the last four years more than three thousand minority student are given scholarships. A clear increase has been observed in the budget of Human Rights and Minority Affairs department. He further said that there will be a directorate for this department in the near future. He said that summary for providing additional five marks to the minorities for their religious certificates has been forwarded to the authorities. Provincial Minister has said that 11 August (Minority Day) is a reminder about the religious scholars during Tehreek-e-Pakistan. He said that we will contribute for the progress and development of Pakistan in future. He said that we have to remove sense of under confidence. He said that we have to collectively support the nation to move ahead.

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