Authorities urged to have Rana Bhagwan Das as ETPB chief

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Illegal occupation and corruption related to the properties owned by minorities occurred due to appointment of non-Hindu chiefs of the multi-billion Evacuee Trust Property Board (EPTB) in the past, said a delegation, comprising Ramchand, Dr Shankar Lal, Nand Lal and other Hindu Pakistani personalities, during their visit to the secretariat of Pakistan Hindu Council.

The delegation added that the Liaqat-Nehru Agreement 1950 bounds government of Pakistan to appoint Hindu chief. “Appointment of non-Hindu person, Syed Asif Hashmi, as ETPB chairman, in the previous government regime, resulted in large scale corruption regarding minorities’ properties,” one of the delegates regretted.

The delegates have urged the government to avail services of former Supreme Court chief justice Rana Bhagwan Das.

During the meeting, participants also requested patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindi Council, Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is also MNA of ruling party, to play his due role to ensure implementation of Liaqat-Nehru Agreement 1950, so that reservations of Hindu minority regarding their sacred places and illegal occupation of their properties could be addressed.

On the occasion, Dr Ramesh Kumar said that he had earlier raised voice on the floor of National Assembly related to this issue and would again remind the prime minister to look into this matter on priority basis.