Minorities’ protection bill to be tabled soon in National Assembly: Akram Gill

Islamabad: Minister for State for National Harmony Akram Masih Gill has said minorities’ protection bill will soon be tabled in the National Assembly to introduce Marriage Registration Act for Sikh, Hindu, Parsi and Bhai communities in the country.

The Minister was talking to Australian High Commissioner Mr. Tim George who called on him here on Thursday to discuss national harmony and minorities issues in Pakistan. Ms. Fiona Hamilton Second Secretary Political of Australian High Commission was also present in the meeting.

The Minister hailed the interest of the Australian Government for the welfare of the minorities in Pakistan and government policy towards national harmony and added: Government of Pakistan is committed to uplift the minorities socially by economic empowerment and removing discriminatory actions against the non-Muslims aimed at providing them with equal opportunities of development.

The Minister said interfaith harmony is the top priority of the government to promote friendly relations between the Muslims and non Muslims in the country as interfaith harmony committees are being re-activated at district levels for the purpose.

The Minister sought the help of Australian Government to provide clean drinking water to minorities’ populated areas to establish skill training centres in order to empower them economically and set up rehabilitation centres for the drug addicted people to bring them towards normal life.

The Ambassador said scholarships will be ensured for the students of minorities and will talk at higher level to provide clean drinking water and establish skill centres for the minorities.

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