A minority group has shot of a letter dated 23rd April 2020, asking the Pakistani establishment why there are double standards when it comes to human and religious rights of minorities such as the Christians.
The letter by Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) comes close on the heels of the current declaration that Mosques would remain open during Ramazan.
The letter accessed by Currentriggers.com first highlights the painstaking effort done by Pakistani establishment:
“You have implemented a 20 points mutual declaration on April 18, 2020, after holding a video conference with clerics across all schools of thought for Taraweeh and Friday congregational prayers in the mosques during Ramadan in the presence of (COVID-19) which has taken 212 precious lives of Pakistanis and 10,076 positive cases till April 22, 2020.”
But the letter also stated that religious minorities especially ‘Christians were expecting such a declaration during lent (fasting) season, Sundays and on Easter but they were advised to stay at home by Imran Khan, the Prime Minister.‘
The letter suggests that the present declaration has created a religious communal gap between the majority and minority religions of Pakistan and highlights that after this declaration, the “Muslim majority has become even more privileged class whereas religious minorities underprivileged.”
The letter addressed to Pakistani President Arif Alvi and copied to Pakistani Prime Minister wants them to guarantee freedom of religion and equality.
Pakistan has decided to keep the Mosques open for the Muslim faithful despite the coronavirus scare.