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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Minorities can now breathe a sigh of relief as Gujarat sketches plans to provide funds to the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC) for making available soft loans, state government officials said on Friday.

During a review meeting of minority welfare programmes of the western region, union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla assured the release of funds to NMDFC that works for economic upliftment among backward section of minorities.

Speaking at the occasion, Heptullah expressed her concern about the protection of Parsis (a religious community) and their properties in Gujarat and Daman and Diu.

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The meeting was also attended by Minority Welfare Ministers of Maharashtra and Rajasthan– Eknathrao G. Khader and Arun Chaturvedi.

Among others present at the review meet were senior officers from states and union territories of western region: Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep.

The officials raised the issue of protection of Wakf lands from encroachments while interacting with Heptulla, Union Minority Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Heptulla has also been advised by the additional chief secretary of the Madhya Pradesh government to raise the number of scholarships, funds for maintenance of projects under Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP) and implementation of Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAAD) scheme.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan Pokes India Again on Minorities

Khan also claimed that Muslims in Pakistan were treated as equal citizens:

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday again tried to compare the treatment of minorities in his country and India, saying these communities would be treated as equal citizens in “Naya Pakistan”, “unlike what is happening in India”, days after stating that he would “show” the Narendra Modi government “how to treat minorities”.

Khan’s latest comments came on the occasion of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday.

“Naya Pakistan is Quaid’s Pakistan and will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India,” he tweeted.

He added that Jinnah had envisaged Pakistan as a “democratic, just and compassionate” nation.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Nov. 21, 2018. VOA

Targeting India in another tweet, Khan said: “His (Jinnah’s) struggle for a separate nation for Muslims only started when he realised that Muslims would not be treated as equal citizens by the Hindu majority.”

Khan also claimed that Muslims in Pakistan were treated as equal citizens:

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The controversy over the issue started when actor Naseeruddin Shah lamented the rise of mob violence in India over cow vigilantism and expressed fear over rising religious intolerance in the country.

Following this, the Pakistani leader took a swipe at the Indian government, saying that he will “show” them “how to treat minorities”. (IANS)