Saturday, 28 May 2016

Religious discrimination is tormenting Christians in Pakistan

PAKISTAN: A Christian man, Qaisar Jahan, forced to adopt work of sweeper after his appointment made as a water-man at MC Girls’ School Partab Nagar, District Faisalabad. The Muslim headmistress, Najma Naheed, warned Jahan, “you are Christian and no one in the school wants to get a glass of water from you ‘impure’.”

It is the same glass of water which already took two lives of high profile political figures and in the reward given death sentence to a Christian woman ‘Asia Bibi’ who is languishing in jail and awaiting for justice. This is the glass of water which kills humanity and gives a breath of faith based hatred to religious extremists who attack innocent peace loving people.

Last year in October 2015, a Catholic teacher, Saddique Azam, appointed headmaster at a primary school in a small village, was beaten and tortured by a group of Muslim extremist teachers who rejected his authority. Muslim teachers expressed hatred and resentment against him, using the term "choora" pejorative used to describe Christians in Pakistan.

Under the law all government departments were bound to implement five percent quota set for religious minorities while making appointments is being non-implemented and the beneficiaries of the job quota were 'not just more than a drop in the ocean' because of religious prejudice and discrimination and if in some places be implemented then the problems started like above instances.

“Christian youths nowadays need to be careful about what they say on social media as some of the comments and posts they make and share about Muslims and Islam may be considered insulting for them,” Sardar Mushtaq Gill, human rights defender said, “but I am worried how they need to be careful if the faith of Christian youths may be considered insulting for Muslims.”

The bitter fact is that the victimization of Christians in all spheres of life in Pakistan, is due to personal faith based hatred of Muslims against the Christians not only in Pakistan but also in the whole world and which is more dangerous than terrorism; and there is no proper policy of authorities how to take appropriate measures to protect Christians from this faith based hatred of Muslims which come on surface in the form of above said happenings consequently Christians are fleeing from Pakistan to save themselves from this faith based hatred. 

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