In Karachi over 9,500 Christian workers of the civic agencies were not given their salaries in advance to celebrate Christmas festivities.
In the protest the Christian workers announced that along the Karachi Press Club they would celebrate Christmas on the road.
These poor Christian workers which are connected with the district municipal corporations are 7,000 in number. The sluggish attitude of bureaucrats of Sindh government did not pay around 2500 workers of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board.
This disobedient attitude is not shown for the first time. Earlier, Muslim and Hindu workers were also not paid in time so they could not celebrate their respective religious festivals properly with their families.
On December 19 the Sindh High Court ordered that the Christian workers will be paid by Dec 20, 2017 to celebrate Christmas event but court order was not being followed.
Zulfiqar Shah, the leader of All Pakistan Local Government Workers Federation, said that it was a quite regretful that despite the court order the fund was not released in time. He told that in Punjab the workers are always paid before their festivals, but in Sindh the government did not observe the same action. He said that the Muslim and Hindu workers were not paid before their respective festivals Eidul Azha and Diwali, earlier this year.
United Workers Union Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) leaders Joseph Sanam, Punhal Magsi, Akram Khan condemning the water board management since they did not pay salaries in time to around 2,500 Christian workers. The workers in protest said that they would celebrate Christmas and perform their religious rites on the road near the Press Club on Monday.
These leaders criticized the management for its prejudiced attitude towards minority community workers. The Sindh High Court chief justice must take suo motu notice of this “criminal act” of the KWSB management, they said.