Provincial Finance Minister Kamran Michael will become the first minister belonging to a group of minorities to present the budget in the assembly in the 63-year history of the country.
He will be bestowed this honour as he presents the provincial budget on Friday (today) in the Punjab Assembly.
The decision, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said, was in line with the policy announced by the father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which he announced on August 11, 1947 while addressing the ‘Constituent Assembly’.
According to a PML-N handout, the PML-N has provided minorities opportunities to take part in the nation-building process. Kamran Michael has been given the additional charge of the finance ministry.
The decision to appoint him is intended to restore the country’s image abroad.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2011.