A group of Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs) from the Government and opposition parties resolved to jointly promote minority rights and support the inclusion of minority members, through the minority package 2018 in the province. As a gesture of cooperation, the Parliamentarians held a press conference at the Lahore Press Club today, which was organized by a youth development organization Bargad.
In the press conference, a way forward for “The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) Act (Amendment) Bill 2018” was finalized for the inclusion of minority representation in the PCTB. The MPAs who took part in the press conference included Sadia Sohail Rana, Tariq Masih Gill, Haroon Imran Gill, Sameera Ahmad, Shazia Abid, Khalil Tahir Sindhu and Syed Hassan Murtaza.
The MPAs announced to table and support an amendment in Section 8 of Act VI of 2015— in the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Act, 2015 (VI of 2015), section 8, clause (f) after the words “including at least one woman” the following words shall be inserted: “and there shall be one expert as representative of the minority communities.”
PTI MPA Saadia Sohail Rana said support of the elected representatives and parliamentarians is crucial for the successful implementation of the legislative amendment bill. Representation of minority members in the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board will be a significant indicator to promote inclusivity and equal citizenship in Punjab.
“The minority package 2018 shows the commitment of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan to uplift the stature of minorities as equal citizens. The amendment for inclusion of minority members to the PCTB is only one initiative as part of the bigger package which will unfold greater opportunities for the minorities,” she added.