KARACHI - The Sindh government has decided to approach the federal government to transfer the property/land to the provincial government which left by the Hindus who migrated to India after partition, mostly fallen in the district Tharparkar, so that same can be distributed among the occupant farmers, having their names in the Khasra (record of cultivation) in the area.
This was decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, to mark the International Day of Minorities, which was attended by the PPP MNA Faryal Talpur and others at CM House on Monday.
It was also decided that a bill will be tabled in the Sindh Assembly to pass an act to replace the word of scheduled cast in to Non-Muslims in the official correspondence to avoid sense of deprivations from minorities. It was decided that 5 per cent minorities quota for the government job would be implemented in letter and spirit. Qaim Ali Shah directed the Inspector General of Sindh Police to prepare foolproof security plan to protect the lives and prosperities of minorities. He formed a team headed by DIG Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi with SSP Matiari, Badin and other police officers for the arrest of culprits involved into the murder of two Hindu brothers in Umerkot.
The CM said that substantial development funds had been earmarked this year especially for minorities and asked the minorities MPAs to submit their schemes to the deputy commissioners concerned without further delay. MNA Faryal Talpur directed that a delegation comprising PPP Public Representatives should visit the victim family of two Hindu brothers and assured that PPP to provide justice to them.
He said that security to minority was very important, as he approved a schemes for installation of CCTV cameras at all important worship places at estimated cost of Rs220 million and has directed for recruitment of minority youths into Sindh Police. He said Rs423 million were utilised by the minorities for their development activates last financial year and substantial amount had also been earmarked this year as well.
The chief minister said that at least 20 million would be made available to each division for development of minority’s schemes. He said that district development committees had also been formed to identify the development schemes without any discrimination and to implement same from the total District Development Outlay of Rs25 billion.
Meanwhile, leaders of the Minorities’ Alliance of Pakistan Michael Javed, Chief Pattern of Pakistan Sikh Council Sardar Ramesh Singh, Bhero Lal Balani and Sardar Surn Singh while addressing a press conference wore the black bands on their arms to mark the protest against the injustices being meted out with the religious minorities. They also demanded that the religious minorities be given representation in the National Security Council. Religious minorities’ leaders also demanded separate electoral system for the religious minorities, abolishing the joint electoral system.