Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Christian community staged a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club, as they were irked with the political parties. None of the parties have included Christians in their priority list for reserved seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The demonstrators hailed from different political parties staged protest separately as they raised voices against this bigotry.
On Tuesday, June 19 the protestors hailing from different political parties including Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Awami National Party (ANP) have overlooked Christian workers in issuance of tickets on the reserved seats. Agitated Christians demanded due representation in the parliament.
The protests were led by former MPA Azeem Ghauri, Silas Gill, Yasir Bhatti, Riaz Masih, Tanveer Sherazi and Haroon Sarabdeyal; all hailing from KPK’s Christian community. The protestors complained that all the leading political parties have given tickets to members from Hindu, Sikh and other communities but Christians have been totally ignored.
The Hindu and Sikh members also stood with their Christian brethren in protest against unfair treatment with Christians. Representatives of Hindu and Sikh and other communities took part in these protests and demanded that the political parties must include Christians in their lists for reserved seats for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. The protestors urged the leaders of PPP, ANP and PTI to give due share of seats to KPK’s Christian community in the provincial Assembly.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf nominated a member from Kalasha community from Chitral and a member from Hindu community on the seats reserved in the KPK assembly. The Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) of Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has nominated a member of the Ahmadiyya community against the reserved seat in the provincial assembly. A member from the Sikh community is contesting on a general seat for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.