Calls for more seats for Christians in the National Assembly of Pakistan

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Pakistani Christian leader Albert David who heads the Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM), has called for an increased number for National Assembly seats reserved for Christians and other religious minorities living in the county. “National Assembly seats reserved for Christians must be increased,” he stated.

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Albert David urged the government to look into this issue and address the problem stating that in 1977 there were 10 National Assembly seats reserved for the religious minorities. “We still have only 10 National Assembly seats reserved for the religious minorities,” he stated while claiming that the issue casts a shadow of doubt over the electoral procedures in the country.

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Albert David was talking to the media over this issue while Pastor Javaid Johnson from the United Presbyterian Church in Attock and other member of the local Christian community also accompanied him. He went on to criticize the fact that the total of National Assembly seats was raised to 342 from 217 methodically however, the total number of seats reserved for the minorities remains the same as it was back in 1977.

He said that since 1977, the population of Christians in the country has risen significantly, similarly populations of other religious minorities have also increased and the number of National Assembly seats reserved for the minorities do not justify their true numbers in the country.

He further demanded for the inevitable right for the minorities to elect their representatives instead of selected leaders. He said that Christians and other religious minorities must enjoy their legitimate right to cast votes for their favorite candidates. In its place, their representatives are being selected by others, he complained. He said that there is an inevitable need for allocating the National seats reserved for women to the minorities’ women as well.