First Political Secretaries of the Canadian Embassy James McNee, Miss Amanda De Sadeleer and Senior Political Officer Muhammad Zubair called on Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment Protection and Cooperatives Muhammad Basharat Raja in his chamber at Punjab Assembly.
Issues related to human rights, minorities, political situation and general elections were discussed during the meeting. Provincial Minister Mohammad Basharat Raja while talking to the Canadian diplomats said that the protection of human rights, especially of minorities, is being ensured in Punjab. “Compared to other provinces, Punjab was the first to create a separate department for human rights and minority affairs”, he said. He told the delegation that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government took a number of steps for human rights and minorities in Punjab during its tenure. “Minorities in Punjab enjoy all constitutional and legal rights”, said Mr. Raja. Referring to the political situation, Raja Basharat said that the results of the recent by-elections are proof of PTI’s popularity. “We are ready for both general elections and local government polls, but general elections are more important, better if the new government comes and holds local elections” he concluded.