Pakistan abolishes cabinet office for religious minorities
July 01, 2011
The government of Pakistan has abolished a cabinet-level ministry for religious-minority affairs, eliminating the post once held by the murdered Catholic leader Shabhaz Bhatti.
The religious-affairs ministry is one of 7 cabinet offices that were closed down as part of a plan to decentralize Pakistan’s government. Prime Minister Raza Gilani, who had reservations about the decentralization scheme, has promised to install a new office to coordinate religious-minority affairs at the federal level.
The prime minister is currently served by a special advisor for religious minorities. That post is occupied by Paul Bhatti, the brother of the cabinet minister who was killed by Islamic zealots.
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