Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pakistan: Discrimination against minorities continues to rise


It is unbelievable that such things continue to happen in the 21st century, but Pakistan  has no respect for human rights and particularly for the minorities.

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Source/Credit: The Global Dispatch
By Nasir Saeed | June 23, 2017

Recently, the Greater Hyderabad municipal corporation advertised vacancies for sanitary workers.

Applications are invited from non-Muslims only and a further condition has been added in the application form, that they must take the religious oath on their religious holy book – Geeta or Bible – that they will never do anything else but work as a sanitary worker and will never refuse to carry out the work. Such terms and conditions are ridiculous and cannot be accepted anywhere in the civilised world.

Nasir Saeed, director of Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), UK, has expressed his concern over the growing situation against religious minorities. Unfortunately, religious minorities in Pakistan are under constant attack because of the government’s discriminatory policies against them and laws like the blasphemy law.

He said: “Minorities are facing discrimination in all walks of life and even their worship places, properties and honour is not safe. They see no future for themselves and for their future generations and are now forced to flee the country.”

This is not the first time but in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab something similar ha/ occurred and the government has failed to take actions against those responsible. This seems to be the present government’s policy as it is doing nothing to stop this ongoing situation, but promoting hatred in the name of religion against non-Muslims through its institutions, which is unacceptable.

In a country like Pakistan where the human rights condition continues to deteriorate and religious hatred and extremism is on the rise, such government sponsored polices are a serious issue and the international community need to take action because it is an open violation  of international human rights.

It is also illegal and a violation of Pakistan’s own constitution’s article 27 which provides safeguards against discrimination in services (employment).

It states: (1)  No citizen otherwise qualified for appointment in the service of Pakistan shall be discriminated against in respect of any such appointment on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth.

It is unbelievable that such things continue to happen in the 21st century, but Pakistan  has no respect for human rights and particularly for the minorities. Despite ratifying dozens of international treaties, Pakistan has not even attempted to bring its laws into line with these treaties.

This is a serious issue in today’s modern world where religion is less relevant and considered a personal matter. Sadly Pakistan continues its journey to become a theocratic state and instead of treating its minorities equally and with respect, continues to deprive them of their fundamental rights and enslave them for being non-Muslim.

Promoting hate, disparaging and intimidating minorities for being non-Muslims is condemnable and should not be tolerated at any cost.

This practice has to be stopped immediately and we request that immediate appropriate action is taken against those who are responsible and if necessary, legislation is passed to stop this ongoing discrimination against minorities.


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