State bound to protect minorities, information minister says

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that the state was bound to protect minorities.

Fawad made the comments while addressing a press conference following the conclusion of a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The information minister made the remarks in context of the controversy following the inclusion of renowned Pakistani economist Atif Mian into the government’s Economic Advisory Council.

“Protecting minorities is an integral part of Islam. Pakistan is an Islamic state. We must ensure rights of all minorities are secured,” the minister said.

Fawad said the prime minister had decided against using discretionary funds at the meeting. “As a result, around Rs80 billion will be injected into development projects.”

He said the previous government had incurred a loss of Rs25 billion over a premature inauguration ceremony of Tarbela-IV extension project. “The prime minister has ordered an inquiry into the matter.”

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