PM Imran pledges to implement 5% minority job quota
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government is committed to implement 5% job quota reserved for minorities in government services.
The PM issued the statement in connection with the National Minorities Day being observed across Pakistan on Wednesday.
“The observance of this day as ‘National Minorities Day’ is reiteration of commitment of the state towards safeguarding the rights to our minority communities as equal citizens and providing them with an enabling environment to excel in every walk of life,” PM Khan said.
“The commemoration of this day at governmental level is also an acknowledgement of the important role that our minorities have been playing toward development and progress of Pakistan.
“With ‘Riyasat-e-Madina’ as our role model and the principles enunciated by Father of the Nation as our sole guide, my government firmly believes that no society can continue its march towards its goal of establishing an inclusive socio-economic development if minority communities are denied their rights and are relegated to second-class citizens.
“We believe that inter-faith harmony and protection of vulnerable is not only essential for building a moderate and progressive society but is also an effective bulwark against the rising tide of extremism, hate and crimes against weaker segments of society In line with the promises made in our manifesto, we have been undertaking every possible effort to promote inter-faith harmony and instill a sense of confidence auiong our minority communities about protection of their constitutional, legal and societal rights.
“We have empowered our National Commission for Minorities to play its mandated role in an effective manner. Our parliamentarians, civil servants and other members of minority communities, working in governmental and non-governmental domain not only add value to the overall business of the state but also represent moderate face of our society.
“Let this day be an occasion to reiterate our commitment and work earnestly to promote inter-faith harmony and work as one nation for those ideals that distinguish us among the comity of nation. I am confident that our minority communities will continue to work with the same zeal for socio-economic development and prosperity of the country.”