Reports emerged that administration of Mian Mir Hospital IN Lahore is forcing its Christian staff to recite verses from the holy Quran. Moreover, staffers from other faiths are also forced to recite verses from the holy Quran, at the daily morning assembly. Non-Muslim staffers not complying with the orders are marked absent for the day, report reveals.
The matter was highlighted when the Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr. Muhammad Sarfraz reportedly slapped a Christian staffer for not attending the morning assembly. The incident sparked protest among the paramedical staff and consequently, hospital’s functions were shut down by the staff as they staged a protest against the Medical Superintendent and the administration of the Mian Mir Hospital.
The hospital is run by the City District Government Lahore. The paramedical staffers urged the authorities to investigate the matter and fairly question the MS over his conduct and behavior with the staffers. Activists and law experts term this incident a manifestation of religious extremism’s proliferation.
A senior law enforcement official, told media that this was a clear manifestation of the fact that the phenomenon of religion based extremism was spreading and was not a new phenomenon. He called upon the concerned authorities to frame a code of conduct to for doctors and paramedical staff so that such incidents could be prevented in future.
A Christian staffer of Mian Mir Hospital remarked: “This act of the MS is a violation of the Constitution of Pakistan.” Fahad Ahmed a Muslim staffer said that the Christian and Muslim staffers were working in harmony. “It is professional workplace; I don’t know why the administration is forcing our Christian brothers to do this. This is totally unacceptable,” he said.