There is discrimination against the non-Muslims in Pakistan but the extent to which it has already reached is often not discussed as openly as it should be done.
Due to discrimination not being challenged on time, it has now become institutionalized and has become part of the ‘normal’ in Pakistan.
The latest example is that of a job recruitment advertisement published in the Daily Aman Faisalabad on January 24, 2017, for the posts of waste workers. The advertisement demands that the candidate must be non-Muslims.
This advertisement is given by the Faisalabad Waste Management Company for the recruitment of 337 waste worker on daily wages.
The normal ‘stuff’ in Pakistan?
There is only 5% quota reserved for Pakistani non-Muslims in the jobs and when they ever get ‘preference’ it is for jobs like the one above.
Professor Anjum James Paul brought the issue to light and he is taking the matter forward.
He also noted that it was a shameful decision taken by the Board of Governors (BoG) to recruit only non-Muslims as waste workers on daily wages.
According to the Manager HR of the firm, BoG had reservations on Muslims being recruited, as they fèel insulted to work as Sanitary Workers. So, keeping in mind their uneasiness, the Board decided to only recruit the non-Muslims for the said posts.
It seems that the BoG felt that non-Muslims don’t have the same emotions as the Muslims and don’t feel insulted when taking up jobs that specifically ask for them.
Pakistani Christians are 2% of total Population of Pakistan but many have been forced to take up menial jobs that Muslims turn them down.
In 2013, however, a statement by the Chief Minister of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak hurt the community by saying that only “non-Muslims will be recruited as sweepers”.
Khattak believed that what he said was not derogatory and clubbed his statement with the minority rights and said that he was only addressing the concern of non-Muslims over access to jobs.
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