Christian demand seats in Senate of Pakistan under Dual Voting not selection. Nazir Bhatti
19 Jan 2009
Karachi: January 19, 2009. President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, in a telephonic address to members of PCC Central Council, urged to launch movement against selection of any minority Senator in forthcoming elections of Sen
because selection is un-democratic while he stressed to abolish imposed Joint Electorate system which enables Muslim political parties to select minority members of their choice in parliament.
Nazir Bhatti stressed upon Christian youth to unite and reject any selection of Christian in Senate of Pakistan by any Muslim political party because Muslim groups want to keep us slaves using their whip in hands of these selected leaders.
“We not trust in Pakistan Peoples Party PPP government nor on commitment of Premier Yousaf Gillani who announced in parliament to allocate party ticket to minorities in Senate elections because Martyr Benazir Bhutto promised to abolish Joint Electorate and legislate Dual Voting rights that Christians may elect their leadership by their votes in Senate of Pakistan, National Assembly of Pakistan and Provincial Assemblies” said Nazir S Bhatti
Bhatti added “ If PPP government is sincere with agenda of Martyr BB then Prime Minister Gillani must present a bill in National Assembly to legislate Dual Voting rights with increase in seats proportional to population that Christian parliamentarians may elect Christian Senators”
Separate Electorate was demand by SP Singha and Raliaram during Pakistan Movements which was practiced till 1956 after independence of Pakistan in 1947.
In Separate Election System, Christians elect their representatives by their votes but Joint Electorate empowers Muslim to select Christian of their choice.
On demand of Joshua Fazal Din, Deputy Speaker of West Pakistan Assembly and Christian partner in Pakistan Movement, Separate Electorate were revived in 1985 which were being practiced till 2000. Pakistani Christians were fully satisfied with Separate Election system and elected leaders raised voice for rights on floor of house which was not liked by Muslim feudal lords and business tycoon.
Muslim political groups and establishment engaged few Christian tools to raise voice against Separate Electorate to demand Joint election that they may enjoy Christian vote bank and may add to their numbers in parliament by selecting Christians of their books to end Christians voice in Pakistan.
Nazir Bhatti urged President Asif Zardari to issue executive order to enforce Dual Voting right for minorities, repeal of blasphemy law, increase in Christian representation proportional to population in all democratic institutions and special reservation for Christian students in medical and engineering colleges.
Nazir Bhatti said “ Christians do not trust any statement of Shahbaz Bhatti to repeal blasphemy laws because he is selected by PPP and not any elected leader that he may present any bill or raise voice in house without permission of Asif Zardari or Yousaf Gillani”