Church Leaders Condemn Discriminatory Job Advertisement in Pakistan
06/23/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – On June 17, church leaders in Pakistan expressed their condemnation of another discriminatory job advertisement published in Karachi, Pakistan.
On June 1, the District Municipal Corporation of Karachi published an announcement of 29 job vacancies in different categories. However, the advertisement stated that sanitary jobs were reserved only for non-Muslims.
Father Saleh Diego, Regional Director of National Commission for Justice and Peace in Karachi, condemned the discriminatory attitude of the government and registered his protest to Naveed Anthony, the government’s representative in minority affairs’ office in Karachi.
“It is not the first time that government offices discriminate against religious minorities through job advertisements,” Fr. Diego told International Christian Concern (ICC). “It’s unacceptable after repeated appeals have been made to government officials to put an end to this culture of discriminatory advertisements against minorities.”
Pakistani Christian experience discrimination based on their religious identity. Due to this discrimination, Christians are considered as second-class citizen by Pakistan’s Muslim community and only capable of receiving menial and often dirty jobs. Over generations, this discrimination has locked Pakistan’s Christian community into a cycle of poverty and underdevelopment.
According to a study by Open doors USA, Pakistani Christians make up 80% of the country’s sanitary workers even though they make up to up to 1.5% of the country’s total population. The same study also states that the Capital Development Authority Islamabad employed 1,500 sweepers, all of whom were Christians.
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