Pakistani district council wants only Christians as sweepers

The Human Rights lawyers Advocate Marry James Gill strongly condemned the move, saying the resolution was in violation of the Article 27 of the Constitution.

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Islamabad: According to some reliable resources, it is reported that only Christians should be hired as sweepers in the district hospitals of Swabi in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

This was the resolution passed by the Swabi district council, Samaa TV channel has reported.

In the resolution adopted consistently, the council said all Muslim community posted as sweepers should be transferred to other posts such as those of a guard or a peon, the channel reported.

The resolution was presented by the country’s ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Akmal Khan said the channel in its report.

The resolution also stated that the idea was in accordance with court orders.

“The documents, though, did not specify when a court gave such an order and in what case,” the TV channel elaborated the report.

Mr. Akmal Khan told Samaa that he did not remember the date of the court order.

Last year, though, the Peshawar High Court had passed a verdict in which Muslims working as sweepers in the Bacha Khan Medical Complex were to be transferred to other posts, he told.

The Human Rights lawyers Advocate Marry James Gill strongly condemned the move, saying the resolution was in violation of the Article 27 of the Constitution.

She told Samaa TV that the move not went against Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s vision for the country; but also it is against the basic principles of Islam.

Christians and Hindus make up the largest minority groups in Muslim majority Pakistan, with each representing about 1.6 percent of the population.

As per ANI reporting, earlier this month, the US state Department listed Pakistan as one of the world’s top three abusers of religious rights, along with China and Saudi Arabia.

Source: https://www.aninews.in

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