Human Rights Minister takes notice of the ‘discriminatory advertisement’

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Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has taken notice of the discriminatory advertisement published in a newspaper; inviting non-Muslim candidates for the post of waste worker. In an advertisement, Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) had publicized about a vacancy for the post of waste worker mentioning that the post was available only for non-Muslims. As soon as the advertisement of the job vacancy appeared in the local newspaper Daily Aman on Tuesday, January 24, condemnation started pouring in.

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Ministry of Human Rights issued a letter to the Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) regarding the advertisement. The text of the letter dated January 27, is as follows:

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To,

The Manager Director,
Faisalabad Waste Management Company,
Faisalabad.

Subject: ADVERTISEMENT FOR RECRUITMENT OF WASTE WORKERS

Dear Sir,
I am directed to refer to your advertisement for recruitment /walk in interview to be held on 6th and 8th February, 2017 for 337 positions of Waste Workers (daily wages) and to say that imposing condition for the candidates to be Non-Muslims is discriminatory. The said condition is contradiction and violation of article 27 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and our commitment in the light of international Convention on Elimination of Radical Discrimination (ICERD), requiring immediate attention. In this regard, a copy of the letter No.S.O(CAB—1)8-7/2015(SR) dated 6th November 2015 issued by the S&GAD, Punjab is also enclosed.

In the view of the above, the Honorable Federal Minister for Human Rights has desired that the above mentioned discrimination in the recruitment process against the said positions may be removed, ensuring equal opportunities to all citizens, please.

Previously, the Commission for Justices and Peace (NCJP) of the Pakistani Bishops’ Conference heaped condemnation upon the blatant discrimination against the minorities. NCJP stated that “the advertisement is based on discrimination and brassiness against religious minorities and non-Muslims. It is an attempt to divide society into segments and promote the view that minorities and non-Muslims are second-class citizens.”

The official statement of the NCJP further read that “This kind of attitude, is a gross violation of Article 27 of the Constitution, which says: ‘No citizen otherwise qualified for appointment in the service of Pakistan shall be discriminated against in respect of any such appointment on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth’.”