First minority member to present budget

Published: June 10, 2011
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Kamran Michael will be the first non-Muslim finance minister ever to present the budget.

Kamran Michael will be the first non-Muslim finance minister ever to present the budget.

LAHORE: 

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.

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  • T Khan
    Jun 10, 2011 - 8:48AM

    This is great news! This is not just about ‘country’s image abroad’. It is about giving voice to ALL Pakistanis not just Muslims. A good symbolic step towards a more pluralistic society.Recommend

  • Asia Siddiqui
    Jun 10, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Kudos for the PML-N Leadership for standing up to the principleRecommend

  • AAB
    Jun 10, 2011 - 10:46AM

    “The decision to appoint him is intended to restore the country’s image abroad.”

    How delusional can we get?!?!?! Why is this being done ONLY to please someone else? It should’ve been done at first place for strengthening and integrating the minorities in the society! Everyone should be encouraged to be part of the society and play their role in the economy, regardless of race, caste, creed, religion or whatsoever!

    It’s really time this nation needs to forget such taboos for a better future!Recommend

  • Abdul Halim
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:33AM

    PML-N is doing the right thing.
    But it is still tokenism at work.
    Like much else, ghairat and hatred of
    gair mussalmans are championed by the
    same bunch of chauvinists. Recommend

  • Safeer
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Well.. I do not buy this. Shahbaz Sharif has no sympathies for minorities. He did not nominate any person for this portfolio since throwing PPP members out of the cabinet. PPP MPA Tanvir Kaira was the finance minister till then. Mr. Sharif kept this portfolio to himself till now. PML N has behaved in very unruly manner during budget speech at National Level, and fear the reprisal in the provincial assembly. So Sharif decided not to present budget himself, and has played this trick to save himself from the embarrassment he might have to face during budget session. Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 11:53AM

    great to read this – I hope this becomes the norm and the words minorities and separate electorates are wiped out. Recommend

  • Yasin Ali
    Jun 10, 2011 - 11:54AM

    If guy deserves be a minister on Merit … his religious ideology should never had been questioned at first place … but better soon than late … that the Internal debate of PML N has not taken Michaels right of presenting the budget .
    I hope for once , we let merit speak in our institutions rather than showing religious disparity in our society .Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 12:33PM

    According to a PML-N handout, the PML-N has provided minorities opportunities to take part in the nation-building process

    Just a few days back, PML-N was worried of losing votes if they allowed Michael to present budget, solely because he was non-Muslim. And after seeing little uproar and denting party’s image, the stance has been reversed and songs of “Equal Rights” being sung.

    The politics and politicians are like this, every where on earth? Changing their stance and stand with every breath they take.

    Apart from criticizing the PML-N (For previous thought of replacing Michael with some Muslim}, I am happy that the minorities are given representation, had it been realized or delivered a little earlier, a lot of the migrants which were into established businesses would not have decided to migrate to other countries.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 12:44PM

    According to a PML-N handout, the PML-N has provided minorities opportunities to take part in the nation-building process

    Just a few days back, PML-N was worried of losing votes if they allowed Michael to present budget, solely because he was non-Muslim. And after seeing little uproar and denting party’s image, the stance has been reversed and songs of “Equal Rights” being sung.

    The politics and politicians are like this, every where on earth? Changing their stance and stand with every breath they take.

    Apart from criticizing the PNL-N, I am happy that the minorities are given representation, had it been realized or delivered a little earlier, a lot of the migrants which were into established businesses would not have decided to migrate to other countries.Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2011 - 2:16PM

    What an achievement for pseudo participation. IMF writes the budget and it doesnt matter if Christian just read it out or Muslim, what this media and legislative body is debating is a non issue. Recommend

  • Asghar
    Jun 10, 2011 - 2:56PM

    Guys, please don’t make a big deal out of it, or hype it up with media attention. Otherwise, the next thing we will be seeing is his dead body. Allah maaf karayRecommend

  • MAS
    Jun 10, 2011 - 3:26PM

    jeway jeway shahbaz sharif. the whole nation is with u.Recommend

  • Malik
    Jun 10, 2011 - 5:25PM

    He will be bestowed this honour as he
    presents the provincial budget on
    Friday (today) in the Punjab Assembly.

    An honour? How? Get over it. Its not an honour bestowed upon him by the majority, it’s his right to be in any official position if he is capable.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jun 10, 2011 - 7:29PM

    This is great. It should never have become an issue in the first place.

    Hope he is being provided protection. Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2011 - 12:22AM

    Well, for the first time in the 64 years history of Pakistan, a non-muslim, Christian minority MPA, Mr kamran Michael, has at last, allowed to read out the annual budget for 2011-12. The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)has thought it fit to credit itself by saying that this decision is in line with the policy announced by the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah,which he announced on August 11, 1947 in the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.
    Well, if our political leaders/parties are serious about their responsibilities towards the people of Pakistan and want to discharge their functions in line with the thinking and practice of the founder of Pakistan, then all our cabinets both, Federal and provincial, must include an Ahmadi/qadiani minister along with Parsi, Hindu, and Christan representatives/ministers. At least one/fourth of the cabinets ministers must belong to the non-majority part of the papulation. It will also be in line with the colour scheme of the Pakistani flag, as one-fourth part of it is white,which represents pakistani minorities. All this will surely make Pakistan constituted of strongly unified united nationality. Recommend

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