As many as 62 Hindu Couples tied the knot at a mass wedding held at the YMCA Lawns Karachi last night .Punjab Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu participated in the ceremony on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif as chief guest. Mr.Sandhu announced a financial grant of rupees one million for Pakistan Hindu Council from Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Managing Director Pakistan Baitulmaal Abid Waheed Sheikh, political and religious leaders as well as representatives of Minorities along with Civil Society were also present on this occasion. The Minister said that we should promote the culture of combined marriages so that poor parents can perform this sacred duty of marriage of their children. He stressed upon the need for philanthropists to support such kind of social activities whole heartedly. People from various castes and ethnicities all were gathered in the ceremony. Most of the families standing beside their daughters or sons had the same story of being unable to afford the wedding. As a result, they had approached the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) to include their children as part of the mass wedding ceremony held annually. The patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council/MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, while greeting the guests, said that the majority of the couples at the ceremony were from various districts and towns of Sindh. He said that all the couples belonged to backward and far flung places of Sindh including Tharparkar and adjacent areas. He informed that each bride was given households worth rupees one lakh as well as deserving people were also provided 22 motorcycle Rikshaws enabling them to earn their living by Pakistan Hindu Council.