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December 6, 2017

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Minorities’ sacred places, properties safe in Pakistan

LAHORE: A Hindu delegation leaders said that some elements within India are spreading rumours across the world about Pakistan and sacred religious places of Hindus and Sikhs but they witnessed nothing like that during their stay in the country.


Addressing a press conference at Gurdwara Dera Sahib here on Tuesday, Shiv Partab Bajaj and others said that Pakistan and Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) were doing great service to the minorities by protecting their sacred places and properties. Water issue occurred at Katas Raj due to shortage of rains and a cement factory, Shiv Partab Bajaj said, adding the government of Pakistan and ETPB were doing their best to resolve the issues as soon as possible. Bajaj also lauded the remarks of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar about the minorities of the country.


He said, "We are delighted to see how our Muslims brothers are taking interest in protecting our religious places. We have no words to express our feelings for our Muslim brothers.” The Hindu delegation leader said visa restrictions should be abolished as many Indian Hindus wanted to travel to Pakistan. To a question, Bajaj said Pakistani agencies and departments concerned took exemplary security steps for the delegation.


schemes approved: The Punjab government Tuesday approved two development schemes at an estimated cost of Rs1.616 billion. These schemes were approved in the 34th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2017-18 presided over by P&D Chairman Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan.


All members of the Planning & Development Board, provincial secretaries concerned, Assistant Chief P&D Coordination-II Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting.


The approved development schemes included: Urban sewerage / drainage PCC slab & brick pavement, Bhakkar City, Bhakkar (amended) at the cost of Rs833.933 million and strengthening of strategic planning & implementation unit at the cost of Rs782.586 million.

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