ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has said that, “The number of reserved seats for minorities in the Parliament and the Provincial Assemblies had been increased as well as allocation of five per cent quota in public appointments.”  

He was talking to Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt. Hon. Justin Welby who arrived at the Foreign Office on Saturday.

Welcoming the Archbishop, the Adviser highlighted the important role being played by Pakistan’s Christian community in the country’s development, the Foreign Office said.

He presented an overview of the historical context shaping current developments in the region, including Pakistan. He explained the important progress achieved in Pakistan in strengthening of democratic institutions, in launching an effective counter-terrorism campaign and reviving the economy. 

The Adviser briefed the Archbishop on the measures taken by the Government for ensuring the welfare and security of the religious minorities. He also noted with satisfaction that minorities, especially the Christian community, had made significant contributions to the development activities in Pakistan.

Both sides exchanged views on the causes of religiously motivated violence around the world and stressed on the important role of religious leaders in creating inter-faith harmony.

The Archbishop acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. He also applauded the steps taken by the Government of Pakistan for protecting the rights of minorities and called for greater inter-faith dialogue to achieve the goals of peace and development for all.