Minorities free to practice their religious rituals: Farrukh Habib

FAISALABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said Christians and other minorities are completely free to practice their own religious rituals without interference from any element.

He was addressing a Christmas cake cutting ceremony during the inauguration of various development projects in the town of Khushal. The Minister of State said the government promotes religious harmony which will not only attract foreigners to visit their religious holy places in Pakistan, but also enjoy the serenity, beauty and cultural harmony of our society.

On behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistani nation, he congratulated the Christian community on Christmas and said that all available resources are being used to provide basic amenities for minorities in addition to protecting their rights.

The government has started to keep its promises and various development programs have been launched to improve the standard of living of the population, he added. He said that an 8,000-foot-long sewer line would be laid in the Khushal town area and that the project would be completed in four to five months on a war footing.

Likewise, public parks and playgrounds would also be built on government land while 100 million rupees had so far been spent on water filtration plants in the region, he added. . He said more factories would be set up to provide drinking water to 100 percent of the local population. He said construction works on Satiana Road, Samundri Road and Jhang Road had started to facilitate commuters and motorists as the development of Haseeb Shaheed Colony General Hospital was also in full swing and the project would be completed by by June 2022.

The minister of state said the provision of health cards had started and the facility would be extended to every family in the Punjab by March 2022. He said the Christian community and other minorities had also been included. in this program and that the cardholder would be entitled to obtain free treatment from the hospital of their choice.

Farrukh said 120 billion rupees had been allocated under the Ehsaas rationing program to help 20 million low-income families and that under this program each family would receive a grant of 1,000 rupees per month to flour, legumes and ghee.

He said the government had also forced banks to provide loans over 15 to 20 years for the construction of houses. Later, the minister also cut a Christmas cake and prayed for the safety of the country.

Provincial Minister of Human Rights and Minority Affairs Ejaz Alam Augustine, Minority MP Yudester Chauhan, Chaudhry Khalid Rafi Cheema, Mian Nabeel Arshad and Christian leader Habqooq Gill were also present.

Ruth R. Culp