Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Pakistani Christians protest extreme power outages during Christmas
By Michael Ireland
Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
TOBA TEK SINGH, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- The Christian community in one city in Pakistan today (Dec.21) held a meeting and strongly condemned extreme power outages during Christmas season.
Ashfaq Fateh, human rights activist, speaking from Toba Tek Singh, said: “The PPP government claimed to be the champion of minority’s rights and issues big statements to attract minority voters, however there is a big difference in their words and deeds.”
Fateh says that since the PPP government came into power, extreme power outages have become routine during Christmas and Easter seasons.
“Prolonged load shedding has affected Christmas celebrations, prayer meetings and day today life of Christians. Due to lack of electricity poor Christian workers do not get their wages and they are deprived of buying ration and clothes for their families,” he told ANS.
Rasheed Jalal, District President PML N (minority’s wing) said, “Every year when Christmas and Easter comes the government extends power outages, Christians across the country protest, but the government never listen to their peaceful protests.”
He added: “Christians share the equal rights in the constitution and are playing a vital role in country’s progress; however, the PPP government has adopted a discriminatory attitude with religious minorities. Minorities know whenever there are Eids and Moharam government supplies non-stop electricity, but never thought of Christians religious events.”
Youth leader Johnson Gill said, “If the government will not ensure non-stop supply of electricity, Christians will organize Christmas celebrations and prayers in front of FESCO offices in protest.”
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