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Musharraf's re-election a good omen: minorities
 
WAH CANTT: Minorities of Pakistan have termed the re-election of President General Pervez Musharraf as ‘good omen’ for the country, since they believe that it would lead the country to full fledge democracy.

They said the completion of tenure of assemblies for the first time in country’s history was an unprecedented political development, which would strengthen democratic institutions in Pakistan.

Minorities, including Sikhs, Christians and Hindus living in the small town of Hassanabdal, around 50 kilometres from Islamabad, are not oblivious of important developments taking place in politics of the country.

Sardar Deep Singh, a medical technician by profession, termed the re-election of President General Musharraf as good and positive for the people, especially for minorities. Singh said the steps taken by General Pervez Musharraf for the socio-economic uplift of the minorities, especially for the Sikh community, would be written in gold in the history of the country. He said that allowing Sikh youth to join Pakistan Armed Forces and Police had won the hearts of the Sikh community, which would wholeheartedly support Musharraf’s re-election for next five years.

Sardar Gopi Singh said that Musharraf had allocated over 10 million rupees for the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of religious places of Sikhs, especially temples, during the previous fiscal year. The Sikh community supports General Pervez Musharraf, he added.

Soubah Ram, a Hindu rickshaw driver, said that his community was keenly monitoring the developments in the political scenario of the country. The policies of General Pervez Musharraf are source of strength for the democratic institutions of the country, he said, adding that President Pervez Musharraf’s ideology of enlightened moderation discouraged extremism. Karam Lal, another Hindu, who shifted his residence from Mansehra after the 2005 earthquake, said that minorities living in Pakistan generally and in Hassanabdal particularly supported the policies of General Pervez Musharraf.

A Christian Asif Masih said, “My community living in the town is fully aware of the political developments in the country, thanks to the electronic and
print media, which has been given freedom by the Musharraf government.”

He said the Christian community supported General Pervez Musharraf for his consistent policies that brought economic stability and socio-economic uplift of the masses.

05-10-2007 07:29 Online News
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