07/30/2011, 00.00
PAKISTAN
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Islamabad, Ministry for Religious Minorities restored

Recently abolished as part of constitutional reform, it will be called "Ministry of National Harmony" and will be entrusted to the Catholic Akram Gill. The Ministry formally headed by Shahbaz Bhatti tasked with promoting peace, tolerance and interfaith dialogue. The Catholic minister enlists the help of young people to build a peaceful world.
Islamabad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Islamabad intends to reconstitute the department that protects religious minorities. Abolished recently in a federal framework of constitutional reform in Pakistan, the ministry was headed by Shahbaz Bhatti - assassinated in March by an extremist group – it will be called "Ministry of National Harmony", and will be entrusted to the Catholic politician Akram Gill, with a portfolio and rank federal. Encountering a group of young people, the lawmaker has asked the new generations for "greater efforts" in building a peaceful world.

In recent days, the Pakistani government approved the creation of three different ministries: National Harmony, Human Resources and Development, Professional and Technical training. The decision seems to be linked to the protests of ministers, left without portfolios following the recent reform to promote decentralization. In particular, the Ministry of Harmony will benefit from six departments and will have the task of promoting peace, tolerance and greater solidarity within society, with particular attention to interfaith dialogue.

In recent days the Catholic neo-federal minister, of the centrist party Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q), met a group of young people in Khanspur, in Punjab, whom he called to a greater commitment and an active role in creating a better society . Akram Gill calls on the new generations to be promoters of peace, tolerance and to work for harmony and inter-religious dialogue in schools. "The government and civil society - concluded the neo-Minister for the Harmony - must play a leading role in promoting harmony and mutual respect among all the faiths”.

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