'Untouchable' appointed as minority affairs advisor

'Untouchable' appointed as minority affairs advisor

Pakistani netizens discuss what the appointment means for minority rights.


A Pakistani Hindu girl holds an earthen lamp while decorating an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP/SHAKIL ADIL)

Many are commending the decision by the Pakistan People's Party to appoint a Hindu as an adviser on minority affairs. Former journalist Surendar Valasai is one of six advisers appointed to brief party leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of the late Benazir Bhutto. Some say this is a big step for the country as Hindus are considered to be one of Pakistan's marginalised populations.