The Case Of Minorities

Church%20In%20Islamabad.jpgDespite President Pervaiz Musharraf’s slogan of enlightened moderation and continuous efforts of civil society for equal rights for deprived sections of society, the year 2006 didn’t bring any major change in the lives of religious minorities, who have been experiencing continued discrimination in their own motherland, Pakistan.

Majority of Christian, Hindu and Sikh communities belong to poor class, so they are forced to live in slums without the most basic amenities. In one incident, police, in collaboration with Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), raided the Christian slum in I-9 sector of the capital on Sep. 8 and took some 17 residents of the colony to the Police Station on charges of stealing electricity. According to the residents they are forced to steal electricity, saying their numerous requests to the Capital Development Authority (CDA Islamabad) for regularizing their colony have fallen on deaf ears of the authorities. The residents of the colony had settled here in 1987 but despite lapse of so many years they are condemned to live without electricity, water and gas while right opposite to them stands a posh I-9/1 sector where people are enjoying all the civic and health facilities. The Christian colony consists of some 250 houses. Congested streets and ill-planned houses characterize the colony. Heaps of garbage are stacked at the back of the colony while an uncovered drain runs along the piled-up garbage.

Although the constitution guarantees them equal rights, yet everyday practice is different. Minorities, who are just 3 percent of the total population, have been facing prejudice due to their belief and always living under certain pressure.

5 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Baaaqi sab tu theek hay … where’s this very church in Islamabad???

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    It’s the St Thomas Church of Pakistan G7 Islamabad

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    this one’s pretty … if we can use that word for architecture ..!

  4. SELF (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    “where’s this very church in Islamabad???”

    Surely you are testing backpacker?

  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    Self: don’t try to create a war here :P

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