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Minorities' rights to be protected: ETPB Chairman.

HASSAN ABDAL, July 16, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board Syed Asif Hashmi has said that rights of Hindus and Sikhs living in the country would be protected at all levels. "Today I am very happy to see Hindus and Sikh Pakistanis displaced by fighting in Malakand division returning to their homes", he said during his address to a ceremony held here on Thursday at Panja Sahib Gurdwara to see off the first convoy of Hindus and Sikhs to Swat. Additional Secretary shrines Khurram Sadique, Sardar Suran Singh, Sardar Hindar Singh, Sardar Mehandar Singh and Sardar Senat Sindh were also present on the occasion. Hashmi said that he feels proud to be the custodian of worship places of Hindus and Sikhs and would not only protect the rights of Hindus and Sikhs but also would provide all possible facilities to Sikh Yatrees according to the instructions of President and Prime Minister. He said that he wanted Sikh Yatrees to visit their religious places through air journey and air conditions would be provided at Janam Istikhan and Panja Sahib. He said that he has spent huge funds on the decoration of religious places of Hindus and Sikhs since he took over as chairman of the Board.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 16, 2009
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