Father Sarfraz Simon is tired of young Christians who complain about unemployment in Pakistan.
“We have schools for formal and technical education. The second final of the Diocesan Cricket Tournament took place yesterday. The Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi pioneered the Higher Central Services (CSS) courses in 2019, but our young people have no confidence in them for the most competitive exams, ”Father Simon told an audience of more than 300 young people.
“Don’t complain about what the Church is doing for you. Stop depending on your parents or siblings who win. Make your career or they [the majority] will continue to kill you in the name of religion. Laws will be made against you. Don’t expect anything good from them. A record number of minority girls have been converted in three years of government in power. We have no fundamental rights in this country. Those who claim this are lying.
“We were once known as an English speaking community. One in three Christian homes has a liquor license for both men and women. The Christian divorce rate has tripled. The literacy rate has dropped. Our community feels weaker, helpless, hopeless and humiliated. There is no such thing as healthy entertainment. The frustration monster is slowly eating away at our youth. The minority quota for government jobs becomes redundant every year. “
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi was speaking at an October 1 session on “The Constitution of Pakistan and the Christian Community” at the Diocesan Youth Congress of five days which ended on October 3 at St. Mary’s Academy in Rawalpindi.
Young Christians from 23 parishes in the northern diocese attended lectures given by professionals, including Christian officials, on career counseling, entrepreneurship and peacebuilding, as well as paintings, reflections on biblical parables and daily masses. The event ended with an exhibition of 15 companies who had stands to guide the participants.
It is a violation of our rights and it will harm our community. Already many are being left behind as bribes are charged for work on the minority quota
Father Simon also spoke about the Supreme Court’s directive to the federal government and provincial chief secretaries to take swift action on minority employment issues and submit a report.
On September 28, the Supreme Court expressed concern over more than 30,000 vacant positions for minorities in the government employment quota. The tribunal noted that it had been informed that the Federal, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan governments were not recruiting minorities in accordance with the quota.
In 2009, the national government allocated a 5 percent quota to minorities in public sector jobs. However, human rights organizations claim that most members of religious minorities hold menial jobs and are hired as health workers in the predominantly Muslim nation.
The media claim that women and religious minorities are failing to meet their quota for CSS exams, leading to an accumulation of vacancies. In the last CSS exam, only one Christian woman passed the exam. Vacant positions are carried over to ensure their representation in higher departments according to their reserved quota. Of the total vacancies, 43% belong to minorities.
Thank you. You are now subscribed to the daily newsletter
On October 4, the secretariat of the National Assembly issued a notification concerning the cancellation of the quota for minorities in Kashmir, the federal capital Islamabad and two other provinces. All hiring at grade 15 and below will be on merit in the secretariat, he said.
Suneel Shehzad, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party minority wing in Lahore, condemned the move.
“This is a violation of our rights and it will harm our community. Already many are being left behind as bribes are charged for a job on the minority quota, ”said Shehzad, an employment consultant who has helped 15 Christians secure public service jobs since 2016.
“Our people should be aware that a letter from a parish and a copy of the minority quota notification can help in the recruiting process. We have a scope in grade 5-10 jobs including clerical and medical categories. Unfortunately, most Christians are recruited as sanitary workers and sweepers in grade 4. “
Sabir Michael, human rights activist and professor at the University of Karachi, urged Catholic authorities to spread the word.
“Social organizations can help guide our young people right after passing the grade 10 or 12 exams. Unfortunately, the schools run by the church lose competition with other institutes. In the Archdiocese of Karachi, none of the Catholic schools are in the top 10. Untrained staff, nepotism and lack of transparency damage their image, ”he told UCA News.
Support UCA News…
… .As we move into the final months of 2021, we ask readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For 40 years, UCA News has remained Asia’s most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service. Each week, we publish nearly 100 news exclusive and in-depth reports, features, commentary, podcasts and video broadcasts, and developed from a view of the world and of the Church through discerning Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as those of the quality press; we are particularly focused on a rapidly growing part of the world – Asia – where in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can meet – South Korea, Vietnam and India for n ‘name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters covering 23 countries in South, South-East and East Asia. We report the stories of the local people and their experiences in a way that the Western media simply does not have the resources to reach. And we report the dawning life of new Churches in ancient lands where being Catholic can sometimes be very dangerous.
With declining support from financial partners in Europe and the United States, we must appeal for support from those who benefit from our work.
Click here to find out how you can support UCA News. You can tell the difference for as little as US $ 5 …