Chief Secretary Punjab Akbar Durrani has said that the Constitution of Pakistan has guaranteed equal rights and their protection to all minorities. Practical steps are being taken for protection of rights of minorities in the province.
He stated this during a meeting with a five-member delegation of National Lobbying for Minority Rights, at Civil Secretariat here on Friday. Issues related to family laws and job quota for minorities were discussed in the meeting. The Chief Secretary said that Islam emphasizes protection of minority rights. Forbearance, mutual respect and equal protection of human rights are hallmark of an Islamic Society, he added.
He directed the Secretary Human Rights and Minority Affairs Asim Iqbal to get finalized rules of business regarding Hindu Marriage Act and Sikh Marriage Act at the earliest. He mentioned that equal opportunities were provided to minorities for bringing them in mainstream.
He said that all minorities living in Pakistan enjoying complete religious and social freedom and job quota for them is being implemented strictly. He said that it is also priority of the government to take care of religious sites of minorities.
He remarked that it is praiseworthy that minorities are playing vital role in progress and prosperity of the country. The delegates including Asif Aqeel, Khalid Shahzad, Prof Kalyan Singh, Sumaira Shafiq and Aira Indaras lauded the steps taken by Punjab government for protection of minorities’ rights and thanked the Chief Secretary Punjab.
Secretary Home Capt (r) Nasim Nawaz and Secretary Regulation Saleh Tahir were also present on the occasion.
Minorities in Pakistan have full liberty to follow their faith and perform their religious obligations. Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Secretary Muhammad Tariq Wazeer said this while addressing a function held in connection with the Minority Day here on Saturday.
He said that role of minorities for the development of the country was beyond any doubt.
Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) president Sardar Tara Singh said, “we are Pakistani and we feel proud of it”. He said the respect which minorities get in Pakistan was not avialble in any other country.
ETPB Chairman Tahir Ehsan, Amir Hussain Hashmi, Imran Gondal, Yasir Asghar and others were also present on the occasion.