PTI initiates financial assistance scheme for minorities

Published: March 6, 2014
Dr Sardar Sooran Singh said that the government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the minorities. PHOTO: FILE

Dr Sardar Sooran Singh said that the government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the minorities. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Special Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for Minority Affairs Dr Sardar Sooran Singh has said that for the first time in the history of the country the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) led provincial government has initiated a financial assistance scheme for the welfare of widows hailing from the minority Hindu community.

Dr Sardar Sooran Singh said that the initiative would provide relief to the deserving women of the minority community. He made these comments while addressing a cheque distribution ceremony at Kala Bari Hindu temple.

Dr Sardar Sooran Singh said that the government was fully cognizant of the problems faced by the minorities and was taking results-oriented measures to address those problems.

He said that government was mulling over initiating several welfare projects for the minorities that would redress their grievances. PTI would live up to its slogan of change and would make serious efforts to end corruption and nepotism in the province, he added.

He also said that a check and balance system and the Right to Information Act have been introduced in the province to provide people access to the concerned departments and Ministers.

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  • A Pakistani
    Mar 6, 2014 - 5:50PM

    A great initiative!


  • Heather
    Mar 6, 2014 - 8:13PM

    Very encouraging for Christians in Pakistan !


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 6, 2014 - 9:17PM

    It could be a start but I would not get too excited on this.
    It is easy to dish out or pretend to dish out some money from government coffers and that too on a one time basis. PTI is as bad as all other political parties and majority of muslims of Pakistan.

    They never condemned or talked against forced and raped conversions of hindu girls many as young as just 6 years old. The law enforcement agencies do not even book a kidnapping charge on the culprit !!!! PTI and al politicians keep quiet !!!!!!

    Here is a recent news.

    Have they said anything on this at any time, even one time, on the floors of the Assembly?

    Shireen Mazari was so much offended and cried openly when a few made derogatory remarks on her daughter on the Facebook. It offended her so much that she left her Party PTI. But woman like her and leaders like Imran Khan who never say anything on the raped conversion of hindu girls. Name one thing that they have done to stop this? AND THEY SHALL NEVER DO IT.

    Did we not see a few Jeans pehne huye Pakistani youth (both male and female) forming a human chain to protect a church on two weekends? What happened afterwords? We just saw last week a Church in construction being destroyed by muslims in Lahore and no one even bothered as this is nothing new.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 6, 2014 - 9:37PM

    How many hindus are receiving assistance from BenazIr Income Support Scheme. Not even one, I would think unless I see some report.

    How many hindus have received a free lap-top computer from Punjab Government? Not even one, I would think.

    How many hindus have been approved to receive any funds from the government’s loan scheme? Again, not even one, I would think.

    Yet we all know that the hindu community is the poorest of all and also the most persecuted of all communities in Pakistan.


  • Auluk
    Mar 6, 2014 - 10:00PM

    @Raj – USA:

    I am always flattered that you troll Pakistani news sites, and also understand that you feel superior to other “Rajs” out there, so you need to clarify that you are located in US and not an ordinary Raj from India.

    Imran Khan did give a statement condemning the act. I do agree with your first sentence that it is a start, and lets not get too excited. Lets see if this initiative materialises into something concrete and good for minorities in the province his party is ruling.


  • R M Dilawar
    Mar 6, 2014 - 10:46PM

    @Raj – USA: everyone who was on merit recieved laptop whether he be a christain hindu or even qadiani to which Pakistani muslims see with extreme hatredRecommend

    Mar 6, 2014 - 11:25PM

    PTI all the wayRecommend

  • Khan - Germany
    Mar 7, 2014 - 12:58AM

    @Raj – USA: You do know that Muslims don’t fair any better in India. They’re more poor than the Hindu Dalits (untouchables). Compare to them, Hindus have fared much better in Pakistan.


  • scarsdale
    Mar 7, 2014 - 7:07AM

    A slap on the face of self-proclaimed liberals who sling mud on PTI….
    And glad to see you trolling as always @Raj-USA. It isn’t truly an ET article without your incorrect comments.
    of course ET wont post thisRecommend

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