Bilawal asks CM to set up committee for minority issues
Karachi: The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has asked the Sindh chief minister to set up a committee, comprising representatives of all minority communities, under his leadership for addressing their grievances.
Besides representatives of minority communities in the committee, Bilawal has suggested the inclusion of the provincial police chief, representatives of the law enforcement agencies and local MPAs, who would meet at least once a month and present him with a report of its proceedings.
Talking to a delegation of Hindu and Sikh communities on Saturday, Bilawal condemned the recent attack on gurdwaras and assured the community that the Sindh police would provide full security to their places of worship across the province.
He instructed the chief minister to approve funds for buying ambulances and closed-circuit television cameras for surveillance at places of worship of minority communities.
It was decided that the central committee, headed by the chief minister and comprising all minority MNAs and MPAs of the province, would meet at least once a month, said PPP Minority Wing President MPA Lal Chand Ukrani while talking to The News. “The PPP patron-in-chief is taking a keen interest in the matter and this is why he wants to manage it himself.”
He said it was also decided that sub-committees would be formed at district level, and in case of any incident of violence towards the minorities, the committees would approach the relevant SSP with the matter.
Besides leaders of the Hindu and Sikh communities, participants of the meeting included Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial ministers Giyan Chand Essarani, Sharjeel Memon, Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Senator Hari Ram Kishori Lal, MNA Ramesh Lal, MPAs Lal Chand Ukrani, Khatu Mal Jeewan and Engineer Pesu Mal.
Apprising the meeting of the steps taken by the PPP government for development of the minority communities, the chief minister said the provincial government was implementing 5 percent job quota for non-Muslims for all departments.
He said a scheme worth Rs500 million had also been launched for the development of the Sadh Belo temple in Sukkur by the PPP government during its last tenure.
Meanwhile, the younger Zardari said the PPP had always attached high priority to issues of minority communities and protection of their places of worship.
He assured the Hindu and Sikh leaders that 5 percent quota for government jobs would also ensured in the upcoming vacancies in the Sindh police. Moreover, special budgetary allocations would be made for development projects, he added.