Thousands of Christians dressed in sackcloth with ashes on head bowed down before God in front of Parliament House
30 Aug 2005
Islamabad: Former Federal Minister, nominee for Nobel Peace Prize and Organizer Pakistan Human Rights Party J.Salik led a Plaintiff Procession of thousands Christians contained of infant children, young, elders, old ladies and gentlemen dressed in sackcloth with ashes on head reached Parliament House who held pla cards and banners in their hands which contained their demands.
The oppressed Christians bowed down before God and thanked God for being in Pakistan but as do not have rights and demands have not been fulfilled. This procession prayed for 4 hours and raised slogans continually Pakistan Zindabad, Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. On the occasion the national anthem remain on.
In the history of Islamabad it was the largest Christian community procession, which remained quite disciplined, and the administration faced no problem in tackling them.
J.Salik poured on himself half of bag of Ashes but did not address the gathering. He is sitting on ashes with yellow parachute dress for the last 84 days.
In the end they raised hands for solidarity of Pakistan, unity of nation, peace of world and to eliminate hatred.
J.Salik is in protest for these demands:
Â· Minorities have been neglected in the budget, Prime Minister should take them in confidence and address on radio and TV.
Â· Islamic Ideological Council's decision to spend confiscated liquor income on minorities has added fuel to fire.
Â· Resident of Islamabad slum areas have been living here for 27 years. Even after 10 years of ownership rights, they remain deprived of basic facilities.
Â· They on self-reliance have arranged for electricity and water, but the entire abadi is fed on single electricity meter, each and every house needs a separate meter.
Â· CDA with privatization of sanitary work has done great injustice with sanitary workers who cent present are Christians as such the action of privatization smells prejudice against them.
Â· National Assembly 207 seats have been enhanced to 335, women 15 seats have been raised to 60 but 30 year old minority 10 seats remain same. Even these 10 seats have been filled by selection rather than election, as such minorities must be given proper representation in National Assembly.
Â· Parents of Christian women before changing religion, must first be served a notice. During notice period, she should be kept in Dar-ul-Aman. A copy of this notice should be endorsed to D.C.O, area Nazim and the councilor. Married women, after change of religion, must observe "Iddat Period" (as per Islamic Law) before marring again.
Â· During last 58 years, minority problems have not been solved, so Prime Minister should listen to their problems atleast once a year.