Prime Minister of Pakistan claims not true that Christian enjoying equal rights
Karachi: December 22, 2013. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said in a statement issued from Central Secretariat of PCC that claims made by Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif in a Christmas gathering in Governor House Lahore that Christian are enjoying equal rights in Pakistan is not true as Christian leaders on stage with him were all Selected by his Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group PML (N) but not Elected by votes of Christians.
Pakistan Muslim League is party which also claims to be inheritance of All India Muslim League which formed Pakistan in 1947, under Separate Electorate in sub-continent of India and Founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah assured Election on votes in 14 Point doctrine during Pakistan Movement to Christians to favour formation of Pakistan but Selection system instead of Election is favoued by PML (N) in elections after 2002.
The Pakistani Christians are not allowed to elect their leaders in parliament on reserved seats by their votes but Muslim political parties Select Christians of their choice and impose as leaders on Christians and same were present in Governor House of Lahore Christmas Celebrations where Main Nawaz Sharif claimed that Christians are enjoying equal rights in Pakistan.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “Islamic Republic of Pakistan not allows Christians to elect their leaders with their votes which is guaranteed under Article 226 of Constitution then how PM of Pakistan can claim that Christians are enjoying equal right in Pakistan”
“It’s unfortunate that Bishop Michael Nazir Ali was present in this event who always raised voice for equal Christian rights in Pakistan and against blasphemy laws but remained silent to speak truth because its on record that majority of cases under blasphemy laws are registered in Punjab against Christians under government of Pakistan Muslim League PML (N) which is headed by Mian Nawaz Sharif” added Dr. Nazir Bhatti
Nazir Bhatti said “To comment on presence of Catholic Bishop of Lahore and Church of Pakistan Bishop in Christmas function of Governor Choudhry Sarwar is not important because our clergy bows to ever government weather its democratic or dictatorship because they are only “Yes Men” and never care for due rights of Christians in Pakistan but only speak truth when visiting Western countries to collect funds against blasphemy laws”
PCC Chief condemned claims of Mian Nawaz Sharif and demanded equal rights for Christians in Pakistan with Election of their representatives with their votes in parliament and repeal of blasphemy laws along with all laws which turn 20 million Pakistani Christian as second class citizens.