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State jobs in Punjab, government fails to respect quota for minorities
The quota was introduced by Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, killed on 2 March. Selected candidates only Muslims, Christians protest. A Catholic priest: "Without the Ministry for Minorities we are orphans in our own country."
Paul Bhatti: rights for Christians and dialogue with Muslims, in the footsteps of Shahbaz
The Special Adviser to the Prime Minister warns that provoking extremism is not the right way to solve the problems of Christians. He promotes a policy of dialogue, capable of restoring "unity" to civil society and the country. The international community's support and the meeting with the leaders of the Islamic world. Faith in Christ, to follow in the footsteps of his brother’s vocation.
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.
Changes to blasphemy laws and rights for minorities: the legacy of Shahbaz Bhatti
Meetings, demonstrations and, protest marches recalling the work of the Catholic minister assassinated by extremists. Muslim political leaders against the "abuses" of the black law and open to Christians at the most senior levels of the State. Activists for Human Rights: Government reluctant to identify the culprits.
Pakistani activists warn of cover up in Bhatti murder inquiry
Christian leaders denounce inadequacy of investigation into the death of Minister for Minorities. Too many false leads and a lack of political will to punish those responsible. The new president of AMPA Paul Bhatti requests a parliamentary commission of inquiry. Like Shahbaz, "I will carry on his mission until the last drop of our blood."
Pakistani Premier: minority quota to be extended to the provinces
Gilani promises approval of law that fixes 5% of posts in public services to minorities. It will be extended to all semi-government departments in the provinces. The Prime Minister invokes support in a common battle against Islamic fundamentalism. A Catholic Priest expresses his appreciation for the government’s commitment but urges young people to “count on their own capabilities”.
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