YMCA Karachi has 43 active members in the city of 1 million Christian populations.
08 May 2002
Christian feudal lords and clergy with conspiracy have captured YMCA and blocked general Christian representation. PCP report.
Karachi. May 7, 2002. Mr. Fazal Shahzad is on legal war against the illegal Board of Directors and President of YMCA on embezzlement of funds and misuse of powers to close doors of this organization for general Christians of Karachi. He is a courageous and dedicated social leader. The plea of Mr. Shahzad is factual and requires the immediate interference of international YMCA in the matters that justice may prevail in the betterment of this organization.
YMCA Karachi have thousands of active members from Christians of Karachi in 1985, to elect the Board of Directors and to approve the budgets in Annual General Meetings of YMCA which was never appreciated by the clergy and their relatives who enjoyed the privileges of YMCA since 1876, the establishment of this YMCA as member group of National YMCA, s in sub continent of India.
In 1956 the Lahore and Karachi YMCA entered in an agreement to form National YMCA group in Pakistan and the controle remained under the relatives of church leadership on these YMCA establishments. The funds and other benefits encircled among the special class of Christians who governed the Board Of Directors. They were free to visit abroad and make new connections with other funding agencies for their personal benefits. The children of the YMCA board ob directors were only to enjoy the overseas scholarships for higher studies and most of them settled in western countries. From 1980-85, general Christians were approached by the YMCA to seek membership when the Sindh government showed intentions not to renew the lease of YMCA and to take this valuable property for construction of new sindh secretariat as it situated in front of Governor House. The Churches became aware that they should not be able to hold control of YMCA against the government pressure and in such circumstances the participation of general Christians were invited by them.
The government of Sindh took back the proposal of taking over YMCA property on the large number of Christian membership and involvement in this association. The membership of YMCA came under restriction again in 1990 and very surprisingly it is reduced to 43 now. It's amazing that these 43 members again elect 20 members Board of Directors and these few members embezzle budget of millions of rupees.
The civil suits by general Christians were filed in court of law and with social welfare department of Sindh after 1990 but the YMCA administration with establishment funds hired the highly paid attorneys and pleas were dismissed when general Christians have not enough funds to support their cause.