National census completed in transparent manner: minister

FAISALABAD: Federal Minister for Statistics Kamran Michael on Saturday said the government had completed national census in a transparent manner.

Addressing the Christmas cake cutting ceremony at the Faisalabad Arts Council (FAC) here, he said that some elements were propagating that minority persons had not been counted as community in national census. But this impression was totally wrong, he added.

He said all minority people were counted fairly in the national census and their total number as community would come on surface after completion of its scanning and computerization.

The federal minister said the PML-N government was committed and striving hard to improve the living standard of people especially minorities.

He said that the country was passing through a crucial stage and anti-state elements were hatching conspiracies to sabotage the process of peace and development in the country.

He urged the Christian community to play their dynamic role in foiling nefarious deigns of anti-Pakistan elements by forging unity among their ranks.

He also paid the best tributes to the Jawans of Pak Army who were laying their lives for greater national interests. He also commemorated the sacrifice of army Jawan Haroon

Javaid and said: ” He is our real national hero as he laid his life for protection of Pakistani nation”.

Later, the minister also distributed LCD, laptops, motorcycles, ovens, food processors, etc as gifts among Christian people and cut Christmas cake.

Candles were also lit to express solidarity with victims of Quetta Church tragedy while special prayer was also offered for early recovery of the injured.

State Minister for Finance Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan, State Minister for Power Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali, MPA Dr Najma Afzal, MPA Mian Tahir Jameel, former MPA Khawaja Mohammad

Islam and others were also present on the occasion.