ISLAMABAD: Government is committed to provide all facilities and coordination to Buddhist Monks as religious tourists to Pakistan. This was stated by Federal Minister for Minorities Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti after his meeting with Japanese Ambassador here in Islamabad.
The Minister apprised the Ambassador about the steps taken by the Peoples Party Government to promote the status of minorities in Pakistan. Both sides agreed on the point that terrorism and extremism can be defeated by promoting interfaith harmony and by dispelling the impression of cultural conflicts in the world.
Japanese Ambassador appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Minorities which is trying to bridge the gap among different religions through concerted efforts of religious leaders of different faiths. The ambassador also appreciated the personal endeavors of the Minister to solve the issues and problems of minorities on priority basis. The preservation of the minorities’ cultures through Ghandara Art Heritage preservation is a significant measure taken by the Ministry on the initiative of the Minister, himself.
Government is determined to fix 5% quota for minorities in Federal and provincial department to improve their financial conditions. The People’s Party Government is also determined to increase the number of minority representation in Federal and provincial legislature. He further added.-SANA