Minorities in Pakistan have been denied their rights at large since the very beginning. The hate and religious discrimination have adulterated our societal values so much that the ‘differences’ have taken a toll on the country as a whole.
We’ve often seen that in Pakistan, either Christians or non-Muslims are hired and have been associated with janitorial jobs. Just recently, a Pakistan army advertisement offering sanitation jobs for Christians and non-Muslims has triggered a heated debate between the minority community.
The advertisement announced several vacancies for the posts of drivers, tradesmen and sanitation workers in the army’s Mujahid Force. People took this to Twitter and requested DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor to remove the ‘Christians only’ condition and republish the advertisement!
The minority rights activists were on fire!
I fail to understand as to why sanitary workers jobs are allocated for #Christians only? Why not for all? What if such jobs are for only Muslims in UK, USA or elsewhere in the West?
You shit, and we clean.
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) June 25, 2019
According to Samaa News,
“6,000 out of 7,894 sanitation workers in the Lahore Waste Management Company are Christian and 768 of 978 workers in the Quetta Municipal Corporation are Christian.
More than 95% of Pakistan’s 220 million people are Muslims. Less than 2% are Christians, Hindus or belong to other religions.”
Honorable @OfficialDGISPR, Pak Christians have a great deal of love and respect for our armed forces. Even though a good number of Christians are working as janitors, tagging them with janitorial work badly reflects on us. We have high expectations from you. kindly intervene!!! pic.twitter.com/qkGKFptuQm
— Asif Aqeel (@asifaqeel) June 24, 2019
Kapil Dev even posted a similar newspaper advertisement last year as well!
So, the criteria for job of a sweeper/sanitary workers in Pakistan is just you should be "NON-MUSLIM ONLY"!!
Your job is to make filth only, and our is to clean only! pic.twitter.com/NxuAILWu87
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) August 30, 2018
But then, the issue was plea was heard right away and taken care of! Thanks to the Pakistan Army!
Great news. Thanks to @OfficialDGISPR for removing the *Christian only* clause in call for application for Sanitary workers paving way to ensure Christian Pakistanis are not labeled as just for sanitary jobs.
Heartening our request was accepted & the clerical mistake was fixed pic.twitter.com/UW8N1AjxTu
— Salman Sufi (@SalmanSufi7) June 27, 2019
Now that the issue has been taken care of, we really don’t think the sentiments of our minorities will be hurt in the future. We appreciate the Pak Army’s effort and all that they’ve done until now!
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