07/07/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to local reports, another discriminatory job advertisement has been documented in Pakistan stating that only Muslims are allowed to hold positions of leadership.
On July 1, the Punjab Public Service Commission published an advertisement regarding 12 vacant positions in different departments. Specifically, the advertisement stated, “According to clause (5) of the Punjab Waqf Properties Ordinance 1979, no person be appointed an officer unless he is a Muslim.”
The discriminatory advertisement singles out Muslims as the only religious identity able to be appointed to positions of leadership at the Punjab Public Service Commission. In effect, this advertisement relegates religious minorities, including Christians, to non-leadership positions and feeds into a biased narrative that say Christians cannot hold positions of leadership over Muslims.
In April and June, International Christian Concern (ICC) documented two other instances in which discriminatory job advertisements were published. In both cases, the advertisements specifically called for the hiring of religious minorities to vacant sanitation positions.
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 make up less than 2% of the country’s overall population.
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