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Monday, 21 February 2011

Daily Times confirm National Assembly to seek more Minorities representatives!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NA body asks govt to pursue Taseer murder case properly

* Committee unanimously passes resolution asking govt to increase seats of minorities in National Assembly

By Ijaz Kakakhel

ISLAMABAD: The NA body on minorities on Saturday observed a one-minute silence over the assassination of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and demanded of the government to pursue his case properly.

Lauding the services rendered by the late Punjab governor for protecting the rights of the minorities, the committee strongly condemned the people who had celebrated his murder. The participants of the committee expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that despite the existence of law, no one was properly following it in the country.

The committee asked the government to properly pursue the case of the late governor and demanded strict punishment for his murderer.

Speaking on the occasion, Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti said Taseer’s vision was to promote harmony and provide rights to every citizen of the country. He condemned the killing of the outspoken former governor, who sacrificed his life for protecting a poor girl. Bhatti said, Taseer raised his voice for the marginalised section of the society and said, “I salute him”. He said Taseer had the courage to raise his voice against those forces who wanted to oppress the minorities.

Committee Chairman Dr Mahesh Kumar Malani said the whole committee condemned the killing of Taseer. The committee asked the government that a competent prosecutor should be provided to pursue the case properly and the killer should be punished in accordance with the law.

The committee offered fateha for the departed soul and lauded the efforts of the former governor for protecting the rights of the minorities. The members condemned the murder of Taseer.

Later, the committee was briefed on the scholarships given to the deserving students of minorities and it was told that the criteria of eligibility was strictly followed and no exception of any kind was given to anybody.

The committee was told that on the recommendations of the standing committee, it had been approved that students belonging to the minorities group belonging to private institutions registered with different educational boards will also be given scholarships.

The committee unanimously passed a resolution asking the government to increase the seats of the minorities in the National Assembly in accordance with the consensus carried out in 1998.

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