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06/21/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to local sources, several discriminatory job advertisements were published in Pakistani newspapers reserving vacancies for sanitation positions for members of the Pakistan’s Christian community.

Recently, an advertisement calling for job applicants was published by the Chairman of the Khybar Pakhtunkhawa Medical Teaching Institute. In this advertisement, three open positions for ‘sweepers’ were reserved for members of the minority community.

Twelve other open positions were advertised, however, only the sweepers positions were specifically reserved for minorities. The application deadline given by the advertisement is for June 26, 2021.

Similar discriminatory advertisements were reported in April 2021. In the Sargodha District of Punjab, The Department of Mines and Minerals published an advertisement for 21 vacant positions. Again, four positions for sanitary workers were reserved for minorities.

“Government-sponsored discrimination is usually witnessed in such advertisements throughout Pakistan,” Ayesha Younas, a human rights activist, told International Christian Concern (ICC). “This has been the policy for decades despite protests from religious minorities.

This must be revised,” Younas demanded.

Widespread discrimination often relegates Pakistani Christians to the lowest rungs of society. Discriminatory hiring practices, that see Christians overrepresented in the lowest positions of the workforce, only reinforces the low social status of Pakistani Christians.

In Pakistan, Christians make up between 80% to 90% of the sanitation workforce, including the country’s street sweepers, janitors, and sewer workers. This percentage is an extreme overrepresentation as Pakistani Christians represent less than 2% of the country’s overall population.

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