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» 07/11/2011
PAKISTAN
State jobs in Punjab, government fails to respect quota for minorities
by Jibran Khan
The quota was introduced by Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister for Minorities, killed on 2 March. Selected candidates only Muslims, Christians protest. A Catholic priest: "Without the Ministry for Minorities we are orphans in our own country."

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Punjab government has ignored the rule that reserves 5% of federal government and provincial governments jobs to minorities, in District Coordination Officer recruitment (DCO) in Khanewal. "The government had announced 65 vacancies in the district administrative office - explains Munir Masih, a Christian - and many Christians have sent their cv’s. But while meeting the requirements, none of them were taken. " The quotas were introduced by Shahbaz Bhatti (in photo), Minister for Minorities murdered on March 2 last. The job assumptions have sparked protests from Christians, who have demonstrated outside the office of the DCO on July 8.

Fr. Yaqoob Masih, of the Diocese of Khanewal, claims to have personally delivered 15 applications to the DCO: "I was shocked when I saw that the office gave the positions to only Muslim candidates. And now that the federal government has abolished the Ministry for Minorities [cf. AsiaNews, " Islamabad abolishes Minority Affairs Ministry, as Bhatti murder could go unpunished "], we Christians do not have any body to turn to. We are orphans in our own country. "

However, Rashid Mahmood Langrial, of the DCO of Khanewal, denies any wrongdoing: "The minorities have the right to protest, but it is the responsibility of the Committee to consider the proportion of 5%. I can neither indicate, nor to force any selections. "


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See also
11/15/2011 PAKISTAN
Paul Bhatti: rights for Christians and dialogue with Muslims, in the footsteps of Shahbaz
by Dario Salvi
07/30/2011 PAKISTAN
Islamabad, Ministry for Religious Minorities restored
03/07/2012 PAKISTAN
Changes to blasphemy laws and rights for minorities: the legacy of Shahbaz Bhatti
by Jibran Khan - Shafique Khokhar
03/24/2011 PAKISTAN
Pakistani activists warn of cover up in Bhatti murder inquiry
by Jibran Khan
05/29/2009 PAKISTAN
Pakistani Premier: minority quota to be extended to the provinces
by Qaiser Felix

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