Local bodies elections: Minorities treated as second class citizens says, J. Salik

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Well-known Pakistani Christians leader J. Salik whines that minorities are treated as second class citizens in Pakistan.

In line with details, J. Salik who is Convener World Minorities Alliance addressed media regarding the exhibition of discrimination with minorities in local bodies’ elections. For this reason, he had called for a press conference in front of the National Press Club Islamabad on Monday, December 1.

During the press conference, he said “I objected the method of minorities’ election in local bodies’ election before Election Day but nobody took it seriously then and now the results are in front of us.”

“I held a Press Conference on 28th Nov, 2015 and said that this method of election need to be improved because in every constituency Muslims will also cast their votes to minority leaders and Muslims are in majority so the representation will not be minority’s representation.”

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While continuing on the same issue, he said, “I tried to contact Election Commission of Pakistan but Chief Election Commissioner did not give me time to meet him. He said that the elected members are not minorities’ representation because only minorities’ should have the right to choose their representatives but in local bodies’ election majority also use the right to cast their votes on minority seat, so the elected members are not purely minorities’ representation.”

J. Salik palpably declared that the current system of election is “wrong” and is causing great injustice to the religious minorities; therefore, it should be declared invalid. He added that the Apex Court of Pakistan had directed in its ruling on August 5, 2015; that the religious minorities ought not to be considered or treated as “second class citizens” however; the same attitude is being repeated in Local bodies’ elections. “Election commission showed its hate to minorities by selecting yellow colour of minorities’ ballot paper.”

He complained that first time ever in the history of Pakistan, local bodies’ elections were held in Islamabad although “it’s a slap on the face of capital that it was a working day, if government could not give a holiday then election should take place on Sunday.”