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Pakistani Official Fires Fifteen Christians

Washington , D.C. (May 17, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on May 12, an official of the Pakistani government fired 15 Christian employees in an apparent discriminatory measure in Lahore , Pakistan .

Sajjad Bhutta, an administrator of the Solid Waste Management Department, allegedly accused the Christians of neglecting their duty as the reason for firing them. Speaking to ICC, the Christians disputed the charge and contended that they were fired because of their faith; their Muslim colleagues were not fired from their job.

The Christian sanitary workers who were fired are: Daniyal Masih, Nadeem Shafique, Haroon Sharif, Younas Masih, Sadiq Masih, Yaqoob Masih, Bashir Masih, Raffique Masih, Arif Bhatti, Riasat, Pervez Sultan, Walayat Masih, Humayun Masih, Tariq Masih, and Mehnga Masih.

The Muslim official also suspended Pervaiz Masih, a Christian employee, from his job for an indefinite period of time.

The Christians asked the Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs to intervene in this situation and reinstate them to their position.

ICC’s Regional Manager for South Asia, Jonathan Racho said, “This is yet another example of discrimination faced by Christian minorities in Pakistan . Pakistani Christians face violence from Muslim radicals and are discriminated against by Muslim officials. We urge Pakistani officials to reinstate the Christians to their post.”

Please contact the embassy of Pakistan in your country and protest the firing of Christians from their job and ask for the government of Pakistan to reinstate them.

Pakistani Embassies:

USA : (202) 243-6500

Canada : (613) 238-7881

UK : 0870-005-6967