Wednesday, February 1

Meeting to discuss the Draft Bill for National Commission for Minorities held

Islamabad, November 23, 2020 (PPI-OT): A meeting to discuss the draft bill for National Commission for Minorities (NCM Act, 2020 was held today i.e. on 23-11-2020 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Dr. Muhammad Shoaib Suddle, One-Man Commission, appointed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Sardar Ajaz Ahmad Khan Jaffar, Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony (MORA). Mr. Muhammad Arshad, DG, Ministry of Human Rights, Mr. Saquib Jillani, ASC, Member Committee, Suddle Commission and Mr. Chela Ram Kewlani, Chairman and twelve members of National Commission forth Minorities attended the meeting, in addition to representatives from the Ministry of Law and Justice.

2. Draft bill for the establishment of a fully empowered and independent National Commission for Minorities conforming to Paris Principles was discussed. After through discussion/deliberations, a Sub-Committee to finalize the “Draft Bill’ was formed comprising the following members: i. Mr. Squib Jillani, ASC (Representation from the One-Man Commission) ii. Ms. Sarah Safdar, (Representation from National Commission for Minorities) 3. The Sub-Committee was asked to finalize the draft bill on priority so that this long-pending matter could be put to rest at the earliest. 4. Dr. Suddle particularly appreciated the cooperation extended by the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Chairman and members of the National Commission for Minorities.

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