BUREWALA-Federal Minister for Statistics Kamran Michael highly appreciated the role of the national media in creating public awareness about the issue of serial rapes and killings of minor girls in Kasur.

Talking to the media, he said that the incident had exposed the evilness existing in the society, in which the role of the media had been highly appreciable as the media creating awareness amongst the people about the sensitive issue.

At the officer of MNA Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad on Saturday, he said the Punjab government was utilising all the resources to arrest the accused involved in the incident. The DNA report indicates a serial killer was involved in the last five incidents, he said. The government does not want to take steps in hurry and its top priority was to reach the perpetrator. Investigation agencies are engaged in their work with full force, he said. He hoped that the government would be successful soon but it needed passions to deal with the matter.

He said that his ministry had sent complete data of census to Election Commission of Pakistan for holding general elections 2018. The government has ordered re-census in five percent blocks to remove the reservations of the other parties including MQM. Census in these areas will be conducted by the third party; the federal cabinet has already approved it and 18 parties have expressed their desire for the purpose, he said.

Responding to a query regarding census, the minister said that all the provinces sent their technical teams and expressed satisfaction over census. He added that except MQM all the political parties and Sindh government had expressed their confidence in the census conducted in Sindh province.

The minister said, "I belong to minority and PML-N selected me as provincial minister for finance twice, while giving representation to minorities, but deplored that other political parties did nothing for minorities to resolve their problems."

He added that the minorities had equally sacrificed for the sake of the motherland and being patriotic Pakistanis were always ready to protect the country from evil designs of anti-state elements.

Later, he addressed a ceremony in connection with distribution of cheque to the victim family of Sharon Masih at Chak No. 461/EB. He said the forefathers had rendered matchless sacrifices in the creation of separate Muslim land in the Subcontinent like the other minorities' community in the country.

He said the nefarious designs of anti-state elements could be defeated with unity and religious harmony. "Though Christians are minority and small in number but out patriotism is beyond any doubt," he said. Kamran said that Pakistan was passing through critical circumstances wherein schools, mosques, Imambargahs, churches and religious places of minorities were targeted by the terrorists.