KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Pakistan Peoples Party believes in plural society and always worked for human rights, religious and sectarian harmony and women empowerment in the country.

“We have always given special status to the minorities, and this is why the PPP has inducted two ministers belonging to the Hindu community in the provincial cabinet and a Christian has been elected an MPA and another in the Senate.”

This he said while speaking to a delegation of Christians led by President of the Worldwide Seventh Day Church Ted N. C. Wilson here at the Chief Minister House on Sunday.

The others in the delegation included Nancy Wilson, Adrew Machesney, Samuel Saw, Claude Richli, Michael Ditta, Iqbal Inayat, Shahib Khan, Sohail Lawrence.

‘We have always given special status to the minorities’

Minister for Minorities Hari Ram Kishori, special assistant to CM Rashid Rabbani and special secretary of health Asghar Memon also attended the meeting.

Welcoming president of the Adventist Church Ted N. C. Wilson, the chief minister lauded his services in the health sector through the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital.

He said that services of the Christian community in different sectors and in the development of the country were worth mentioning.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Wilson said they had 21 million members and they were operating in 215 countries.

In Pakistan their members were 32,000, he said and added: “Our mission is to serve humanity without any discrimination.”

During the meeting they exchanged views on human rights and the rights of minorities.

The president of the church also prayed for the prosperity and development of Pakistan, particularly Sindh and its people.

As a memento of the visit, the chief minister presented him the gifts of Ajrak, Sindhi cap and khes.

Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2019

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