Federal cabinet unanimously passes bill to increase minority representation

Expected to be tabled in next National Assembly session.

September 01, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The bill for increasing minority representation in the national and provincial assemblies was unanimously passed by the Federal Cabinet and is expected to be tabled in the next National Assembly session,  Minister of State for Interfaith Harmony Akram Masih Gill said.

Gill expressed hope that the bill for increasing minority representation will be tabled in the National Assembly (NA) session commencing on September 3.

Talking to Voice of America (VOA), he said the Government of Pakistan has decided to increase minority seats in the national as well as provincial assemblies and the Federal Cabinet had approved the bill unanimously.

He said the Ministry of Law had submitted the bill in the Federal Cabinet.

Gill said the feeling of insecurity and deprivation that minorities feel will be addressed through increasing their representation in the assemblies, adding that minorities would get more developmental funds through their representatives.

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Mirza | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Since this bill is introduced by PPP, then how could it be good? From 1973 constitution to this bill PPP govts have given many rights to women and minorities. Giving more rights, more development funds and seats cannot hurt minorities at all. It is going to make them fell included and not excluded. It is an open secret that PPP and ANP are the parties most minorities love for their secular policies. As far as making the lives of minorities safe from extreme rightwing terrorists PPP or ANP cannot do that as their own top people are not safe from these extremists. Make no mistake about it Salman Taseer did not risk his life for his own benefit but for the rights of minorities. Same was done by Bhatti Shaheed. Every single step in the right direction helps and adds up.

Scissors | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

A few more well-fed Hindus, Christians etc will join the club and that would be the end of it. If only these nincompoops would realize that what we require is improved legislation, and not more legislators.

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