Christmas Bazaars are Joke with Christians in Punjab. Ashfaq Fateh
20 Dec 2009
Lahore: December 19, 2009. (PCP) The Christian leaders have urged the Chief Minister of Punjab Main Shahbaz Sharief for making fun of Christians of the Punjab in their demand to organize Christmas bazaars as were organized during the month of Ramadan
The Christian leaders called an urgent meeting and condemned the notifications issued by the Additional Chief Secretary & Secretary Industries, Punjab who is coordinating the installation of 26 Christmas bazaars in 17 districts of the Punjab. According to the letter, 39000 bags of Atta (wheat flour) of 20 kilogram while 19500 kilogram sugar (390) bags of have been allocated. Rs. 100 subsidy is given per bag of Atta and Rs. 10 per kilogram for sugar. The total beneficiaries will be 39000+19500=58500. The government has allocated Four million ninety five thousand only for the seventeen district where over four million Christian population is living.
Ashfaq Fateh, Christian leader demanded that Christmas bazaars were demanded on the patron of Ramadan bazaars. The chief minister allocated rupees nine billion for Ramadan bazaars for one month while only four million is spent on Christians of the Punjab between Dec 22nd to 24th, 2009.
Rasheed Jalal, district President for minorities PML (N) demanded to raise Quota of Atta from 500 to 2000 bags per day and five bags of sugar to 30 bags per day in each bazaar. The subsidy on sugar and Atta must be raised. Each bag of Atta of 20 kg must be provided at Rs.200 and sugar at least on Rupees 40.
Ayub Anjum, member district Assembly, said, the district administration has asked the Christians to pay the expenses of tentage, furniture, water, security and arrange the cleanings etc. The government has to arrange all this. This is injustice.
Mr. Atif Jamil Pagaan national convener, Pakistan Minorities democratic movement said, Additional Chief Secretary of the Punjab and Roa Manzar Hayat, Secretary Industries and Khalid Hassan deputy secretary were called over the phone and demands have been faxed to them. The Punjab government has been informed if the quota and subsidy on Atta and sugar will not be increased. The Christians will be forced to boycott these bazaars.