A delegation of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance led by Mrs. Najmi Saleem, Ex-MPA and Women Coordinator, Punjab, called on Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, PPP Punjab President here today and expressed Alliance’s total solidarity with the Pakistan People’s Party.
The delegation extended an invitation to the PPP President on behalf of the Chairman of APMA, Dr. Paual Bhatti for July 14 which is the date of the launching of the Alliance.
Punjab President accepted the invitation and said that he would certainly be present in the function because the PPP and its leadership considered the minorities and the women as its constituency.
The members of the delegation were highly appreciative of Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who took firm stand when places of worship of one of the minorities were attacked by the miscreants in Larkana and Hyderabad. He described these as attack on Ghari Khuda Bux
The members of the delegation assured that the minorities of Pakistan were with the PPP because its founding father was a great supporter of the empowerment of the minorities and he established a separate Ministry for this purpose.
Mian Manzoor Wattoo appreciated their feelings and said that the PPP and its leadership would continue to support the minorities as the equal citizens of Pakistan enjoying equal rights.
He recalled that PPP previous government reserved 5% quota for the minorities aimed at their social mobility along with enhanced representation in the Senate.
He further said that the religious festivals of the minorities were observed at the official level giving them the sense of participation and belongingness. He further said that August 11 was declared by PPP government as Minorities Day.
He appreciated the efforts of the minorities in the nation building process adding that the PPP would continue to strive for their betterment.
The other members of the delegation were Naveed Amer Giva, Ex- MPA, Haroon Salman Advocate,Co-ordinator APMA, Robbin Barkat, Co-ordinator and Nasreen Nobel, Women Coordinator, Lahore.