KARACHI – PPP’s Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla said on Saturday that no seats for minorities were increased in the national and provincial assemblies in dictatorial regimes, but the present democratic government, while realising the issues of the minorities, approved an increase in seats for the minorities through a constitutional bill. Talking to a delegation of minorities at his camp office, the minister said that it was really good that the federal cabinet had approved a constitutional bill raising the number of minorities seats in the National Assembly to 14 instead of 10, from 9 to 10 in the Sindh Assembly, from 12 to 10 in the Punjab Assembly, 10 instead of 8 in the KP Assembly, and 4 from 3 in the Balochistan Assembly.The minister added, “This increase in the number of seats for the minorities will help reduce their problems. This measure of the Pakistan Peoples Party has brought a wave of joy among them.” Chawla also said that the opponents of the Pakistan Peoples Party would get a bitter defeat in the next general elections. “The people are with the Pakistan Peoples Party.” Condemning the terrorist attack on Peshawar Airport, he said that for peace and prosperity, “we would have to work together and the government would foil nefarious motives of anti-state actors”.