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  • » 07/11/2011, 00.00

    PAKISTAN

    State jobs in Punjab, government fails to respect quota for minorities

    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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    Meetings, demonstrations and, protest marches recalling the work of the Catholic minister assassinated by extremists. Muslim political leaders against the "abuses" of the black law and open to Christians at the most senior levels of the State. Activists for Human Rights: Government reluctant to identify the culprits.

    24/03/2011 PAKISTAN
    Pakistani activists warn of cover up in Bhatti murder inquiry
    Christian leaders denounce inadequacy of investigation into the death of Minister for Minorities. Too many false leads and a lack of political will to punish those responsible. The new president of AMPA Paul Bhatti requests a parliamentary commission of inquiry. Like Shahbaz, "I will carry on his mission until the last drop of our blood."

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    Pakistani Premier: minority quota to be extended to the provinces
    Gilani promises approval of law that fixes 5% of posts in public services to minorities. It will be extended to all semi-government departments in the provinces. The Prime Minister invokes support in a common battle against Islamic fundamentalism. A Catholic Priest expresses his appreciation for the government’s commitment but urges young people to “count on their own capabilities”.



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