PCC rejects selections of Christian representation in parliament by Muslim political parties. Nazir Bhatti
04 Dec 2007
Philadelphia: December 4, 2007. The decisions taken by Central Council of Pakistan Christian Congress in a meeting held at Karachi on December 2, 2007 were presented to President of PCC for approval and announcement here today
Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress approved rejection of selection of Christian parliamentarians by Muslim political parties under Joint Electorate and endorsed demand of Dual voting rights with Separate Electorate.
Mr. Nazir S Bhatti said, "Selection is not a democratic system in any democracy and we demand election of Christians by Christian voters on reserved seats in National Assembly and provincial assemblies"
"Christians are watching election situation very carefully and shall support only those Muslim political parties who announce Christian representation in Senate of Pakistan, increase in number of reserved seats proportional to population of Christians and Dual voting right with Separate Electorates in their election manifestos" added Nazir Bhatti
Nazir Bhatti said, " Joint Electorate is an imposed system of elections by government to end Christian voice on floor of house"
The Christians demanded Separate Electorate during Pakistan Movement to vote in favor of existence of Pakistan and founder of Pakistan submitted written surety to Christian leaders, which was abolished in 1956 but revived again in 1985.
The Musharraf government suspended Separate Electorate in 2002 national general elections and imposed Joint Electorate system where Muslims bag Christian vote bank and nominate Christian leaders of their own choice in parliament.