PESHAWAR: Christians protest over unconstitutional appointment advert for vacancy for the post of principal at the Edwards College.
Christians have expressed concerns and distress over the fact that very likely a new principal will be appointed at the historic Edwards College in Peshawar. Agitated Christians raise their bows with condemnation at the re-advertisement for appointment of principal at the Edwards College Peshawar. In strong protestation a press conference was held at the Peshawar Press Club by local Christian community. Addressing the conference Hayat Bhatti- Coordinator Diocese of Church Peshawar stated: An advertisement was posted on the college’s website, seeking application for the vacant position of principal. He said the step was contrary to constitution of the college. He mentioned that: earlier this year the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s endeavoured through its Higher Education Department to appoint principal of the college but later took back the decision following the protest of Christians.
He continued to state: As per the constitution of college, the Bishop of the Diocese of Church, Church of Pakistan is authorised only to appoint principal of the college without the interference of provincial government. But certain members of search committee and Board of Governors (BoD) were trying to take control of the college by curtailing the powers and role of Diocese of Church Peshawar in the college.The college’s care taking administration, made many changes in the present prospectus of the Edwards College Peshawar and also abolished the mission’s statement from it.
Besides, he added: a note regarding chapel given in the prospectus for 2013-14 along with written draft of sponsorship Diocese of Peshawar (Church of Pakistan) had also been removed, which is totally unjustifiable and unacceptable. The attempt was a pre-plan to abolish the decades-old history of the college, which was tantamount to insult the entire Christian community.
He asserted that: We do not want confrontation or to hold agitation against this discriminatory attitude of the present provincial government, rather want to resolve the issue peacefully and as per constitution of the college. In his address he urged Sardar Mehtab Abbassi- Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chief Minister of KPK Pervez Khattak to look into the issue and demanded: to resolve the issue forthwith, otherwise, the community would strongly protest it.