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Rawalpindi: A private school allegedly denies admissions to Christian children


Pakistani Christians

Christian students allegedly denied admission on the basis of their religious background in a private school of Rawalpindi.

In line with details, a private school in Rawalpindi, namely Siddeeq Public School has allegedly shut its doors to the Christian students. Sonia Gill a Christian woman, sought admission her nephew in the Siddeeq Public School. However, as reported by her, when the administration office came to know that the child is “Christian,” they immediately rejected him for admission, commenting that “Christian students are not allowed in this school”.

Sonia Gill recalls the incident saying, “I went to Siddeeq Public School located in Satellite Town, Rawalpindi for the admission of my seven-year-old nephew. I inquired the person sitting at the reception about the admission procedure, but the first question he asked me was, “ARE YOU PEOPLE CHRISTIAN”? I proudly replied yes we are Christian.

The next words that followed out of his mouth just baffled me. The school representative bluntly said out loud that we are sorry, but we do not give admissions to Christian children. He did not even once see the innocence on the face of the seven-year-old child who is here just to learn and equally contribute to the success of the society.

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I furiously replied, is this what you are teaching your students? This is religious discrimination, which can never be healthy for any society. I told him that your refusal did not matter any further. I would never enroll my nephew in a school that propagates hatred. Quaid-e-Azam believed that all Pakistanis were equal irrespective of religion or caste.

He said to the minorities, ‘You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to any place of worship in the state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste, but we all are equal citizens of the state. IS THIS INDEPENDENCE? IS THIS THE PAKISTAN OF OUR QUAID?

I was brought up in a Muslim country, graduated reading Islamiyat and learned Arabic my entire life. However, I was never taught religious discrimination – then why now such schools are teaching our future generation such wrongful things. Instead of developing our country, unfortunately, we all are fighting each other’s religion. It is not about Christians, Muslims, Hindus or any other religious race but it is about the goodness of our children. Do we really want our children to be in such schools?

Today, I Sonia Gill being a Pakistani condemns the hatred and religious discrimination incited by SIDDEEQ PUBLIC SCHOOL. Furthermore, I ask all the Pakistanis belonging to any respectable religion to share this post just for the benefit of our future generations. Please spread the word if you think I am right.”