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Sanitation workers in Pakistan protested against the murder of two Christian workers shot and killed by unidentified terrorists. The protesters called on the authorities to immediately apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice. Christians, and other non-Muslims, make up the majority of the sanitation work forced due to religious discrimination. Often jobs in sanitation are advertised as only for non-Muslims because it would be considered “unclean” for a Muslim to take such a job. Will Pakistan’s authorities bring the killers of these two Christians to justice? 

08/30/2017 Pakistan (The Express Tribune) – A sizable number of sanitary workers on Saturday staged a protest demonstration to press the police to arrest the killers of two of their colleagues. The two workers employed with Turkish Albayrak Waste Management Company; were killed by unidentified motorcyclists on Friday morning.

The protest demonstration led by Municipal Workers League (CBA) Rawalpindi President Haji Farooq Ahmed Khan, was held outside Rawalpindi Press Club. The protestors were holding banners saying, “Police should arrest the killers immediately: we condemn armed attacks against poor sanitary workers.”

The protestors were raising slogans against killing of two of their colleagues Asher Asif and Karamat Maseh employed with Albayrak as they were gunned down by unidentified assailants on Murree Road in June 2017 and in Sadiqabad on August 18 respectively.

They demanded the Inspector General of Police Punjab, Regional Police Officer and City Police Officer to apprehend the killers of the innocent sanitary workers immediately.

They demanded the government to provide the sanitary workers security at work places.

Addressing the protestors, MWL (CBA) Rawalpindi President Haji Farooq Ahmed Khan denounced the armed attacks on poor sanitary workers of Albayrak in the city and demanded the government and law enforcement agencies to provide adequate security to the workers at their workplaces. He said so far two poor sanitary workers had been killed by unidentified terrorists while police had failed in arresting the culprits.

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