In an appeal made through AsiaNews, Lala Robin Daniel, an activist and president of the National Minorities Alliance of Pakistan (NMAP), has called on the Government of Punjab to end almost 60 years of discrimination against religious minorities in the workplace and elsewhere and uphold the country’s constitution, which declares the equality of all citizens.
Daniels made his appeal just days after the latest reported incident of anti-Christian discrimination in the workplace. Last year, Qaisar Jahan, a Christian man hired as a water man by MC Girls High School in Faisalabad, was reassigned to work as a janitor after the principal discovered his religion.
Lala Robin Daniel has followed the case, and sent a letter of protest to the Education District Officer (EDO), noting that Article 27 of the Constitution states, ‘No citizen otherwise qualified for appointment in the service of Pakistan shall be discriminated against … on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth’.
In addition, workplace and labour practices come under the International Labour Organisation Convention No 87, which Pakistan signed.
Daniel also noted that the Federal Shariat Court, which overseas and decides on whether bills comply with Islamic law, ruled that the State has a duty to intervene if an employer fails to comply with the requirement of Shari’a law to treat employees “as brothers”.
- Pray for Christians in Pakistan, who frequently face discrimination in work places, and are often assigned to menial work because of their faith.
- Pray for this case, that the government will realise its responsibility legally to protect Christians from discrimination.
- Pray for protection for Christians in Pakistan, as they face ongoing and increasing persecution and pressure against them because of their faith.
- Pry for a move of the Holy Spirit across Pakistan, for many in this nation to turn and acknowledge that Jesus Christ in Lord.
Galatians 3 vs 28: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”