ISLAMABAD: The government has approved representation of the minorities in the Senate by reserving five percent service quota for them for the first time in the country.
The ministry of minorities’ affairs has submitted the draft bill for introducing nine reserved seats in the Senate to the ministry of Law for approval, disclosed federal minister for minority affairs Shahbaz Bhatti during an interview. Besides, the prime minister has issued directions for reserving five percent service quota for the minorities and a notification would be issued soon, the minister added on the completion of one year of democratic government.
The minister dwelt at length on various issues concerning the minorities and representation of the minorities in the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies according to their population, the performance of the evacuee trust property board, the welfare of the minorities and their religious places in Pakistan.
The minorities’ five percent quota has been reserved in the Central Superior Services of Pakistan, federal and provincial services and Public Sector Corporations, he said. Presently there are 10 reserved seats for the minorities in the National Assembly, 23 in Punjab assembly, 9 in Sindh assembly and 3 each in Balochistan and NWFP assemblies.
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