Consequent to the ignorance displayed by the main political parties, KPK’s Christians who make up largest population of religious minority in the province are expressing annoyance. Major political parties have preferred Hindus or Sikhs over Christian candidates in their priority lists for the reserved seats of national and provincial assemblies.
In this regard, ex-MPA from Pakistan Muslim League (N)Fredrick Azeem expressed deep concerns over the unfair attitude of the political parties towards Christians. Fredrick Azeem who himself hails from Pakistan’s Christian community said that the Christian community could chose not to cast votes owing to the indifference showed by the political parties.
“We are seriously contemplating to announce complete boycott of the general election and our community people will not cast their votes in support of respective parties’ candidates,” he stated. Fredrick Azeem said that Christians form the largest religious minority community in Khyber Pakhthun Khawa. There are more than 200,000 Christians in the province. “Our pastors are also worried about attitude of the political parties as to why Christians have been left out,” he said.
He said that after the priority lists were made public, Christians staged protests and demonstrations demanding their due share. Christians explained that they are not opposing shortlisting of candidates from other communities, but the Christian community must be given their due share. Fredrick Azeem said that six political parties in Punjab had included Christians in their priority lists while in KP none.