KARACHI: The chief minister of Sindh and provincial government have decided that young people from different religious minorities will be recruited and trained by the Sindh police, and then deputed to handle security at their places of worship.
Qaim Ali Shah claims that this way they can help build confidence and trust between the communities. While speaking to a delegation from the Christian community led by Haroon Mehraj at Chief Minister House on Wednesday, he also asked the police and district administrations to provide security to all the minorities.
The provincial minister for minorities, Gian Chand Esrani, and Special Assistant to CM Rashid Rabbani were also present at the meeting. The chief minister responded to a query about security concerns presented by the delegation by asking DIG Karachi East and Karachi commissioner to resolve the problem and ensure the Christian community had fool-proof security in Essa Nagri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. He also asked the commissioner Karachi to solve all the problems
The chief minister added that he had already issued instructions to the police and district administration for security and launching social upliftment programmes within their jurisdiction.
Those present at the meeting were also informed that many development schemes had been included in the current annual development plan 2014-15. Esrani said that he would personally visit the ongoing development schemes in the rural Sindh to get first hand information about the problems being faced by minorities.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2014.
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