Christian observed â€œ Black Dayâ€ their faces painted black in prayers as a protest that Pakistan government fails to shows its face to humanity on not accepting their demands in wave of 110 days of protest in Islamabad in leadership of J Salik
27 Sep 2005
Islamabad: September 27, 2005. the Christians observed a "Dark Day" with Former Federal Minister and nominee for Nobel Peace Prize J.Salik at his residence to protest for ill-treatment they are getting, they coloured their faces black to express that they cannot face humanity anymore.
The Organizer of Pakistan Human Rights Party J.Salik on the occasion addressed a press conference and said that the purpose of observing "Dark Day" is to register protest against the cold response of the government which is neglecting the Christians in all matters. Current protest is completing four months during which the torture I experienced cannot be explained in words. During all this period cold response of government sad, as such we feel that the government is going to extreme and where people do not get justice its creates extremism. Examples of Kashmir and Palestine and some other countries can be best quoted. He warned that this extreme is against the interest of the country and the nation so we demand for immediate solution of Christian community's problems.
He said that the Government has discouraged the Christians, which were front line in the development of the country. Their demands are for prosperous and happy Pakistan. He said that our rulers are unmoved and cold responded and our Prime Minister is on top in this list so he should be resigned immediately.
J.Salik who for discriminatory treatment with the Christians has been wearing ashes with shaved head and yellow parachute dress for the last 114 days for completely neglecting and present government's cold response he extracted and spread his blood for the seventh time on his head on 27th August, 2005, his birthday in front of parliament house and thousands of Christians on 28th August, 2005, in front of Parliament house, put ashes on their heads but the Government response remains same cold.
The demands are as follow:
Â· Minorities have been neglected in the budget, the Prime Minister should take them in confidence, he may explain and ask for forgiveness 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. 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. Moreover the services of every sanitary worker are terminated without cogent reason.
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 marrying again.
Â· During last 58 years, minority problems have not been solved, so Prime Minister should listen to their problems at least once a year.