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Kalash community gets representation in minorities’ body

ISLAMABAD: Dawood Shah, a member of the Kalash community of Chitral, has been recommended for inclusion as member in the National Commission on Minorities (NCM).

Dawood Shah, in his early 40s, belongs to Rumbur and holds a BA degree.

Locals told ChitralToday that Mr Shah is well versed on the religious and cultural matters of the Kalash tribe.

The commission is being reconstituted after its three-year tenure expired recently.

The federal cabinet on April 15 approved the reconstitution of the commission and asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs to present the names.

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According to the ministry’s proposals, the 12 names included three each from the Christian and Hindu communities, two from the Sikh and one each from the Kalash and Parsi communities.

Besides, there will also be two Muslim members along with eight ex-officio members consisting of officers from different government departments and the Islamic Ideology Council.

It may be noted that Wazirzada from the Kalash community was included in the KP assembly by the PTI on a reserved seat of minorities in 2018.

He was later made special assistant to the chief minister on minorities’ affairs.

Terms of the commission

The NCM include developing a policy on inter-faith harmony, exploring avenues for peace and security, considering such laws, which are reportedly discriminatory towards the minorities.

The commission also recommends steps aimed at ensuring fuller and effective participation by the members of minority communities in all aspects of national life.

Besides, it also ensures minorities full and effective participation in and association with their religious and cultural festival and celebrations.

It also looks into the grievances and representations made by the members of any minority community to the government and, after examination of such grievances, to make suitable recommendations for their resolution.

It ensures that the churches, shrines, temples, gurdwaras and other places of worships of the minority communities are preserved and well kept in a functional condition.

National Commission for Minorities actively performed during the tenure of last government.

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