Government will protect rights of minorities: Gilani
LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the Pakistan People’s Party’s government will ensure protection of minorities’ rights.
Speaking to a 25-member delegation of Sikh pilgrims who called on him at the State Guest House here on Saturday, the prime minister said the government was taking steps to look after the worship places of all minorities. He said the government would ensure availability of funds for projects relating to socio-economic development of minorities in Pakistan.
“I have asked Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Syed Asif Hashmi to submit proposals and requisitions for funds to start development schemes for the minorities,” he said. He praised Hashmi for making proper arrangements for the 542nd birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak in Nankana Sahib.
Earlier, the Sikh pilgrims praised the government of Pakistan for taking steps for safety and security of Sikhs on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.
SECURITY: Extraordinary security arrangements were in place in and around the Shaikh Zayed Hospital during Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s visit to the health facility on Saturday.
No less than 150 policemen and hospital’s security staff were deployed at the hospital and patrol on the roads leading to
the health facility was intensified to avoid any untoward incident.
Gilani praised the Shaikh Zayed Hospital management when he was told that patients were provided services without a break despite tight security arrangements during his visit to the hospital. One of the three main gates of the hospital was kept open for patients visiting emergency and other departments.
Hospital’s deputy administrator Dr Riaz said no less than 100 guards were deployed for security during prime minister’s visit.