Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pakistan: More Christian parties join campaign to Boycott Elections

(PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have welcomed three more Christian political parties on joining campaign of “Christian to Boycott Election 2013” without assurances to repeal blasphemy law and allocation of Dual Voting Rights to Christians and other religious minorities to elect their representation in parliament instead of Selection under imposed Joint Electorate system. Military Dictator Pervez Musharraf imposed Joint Electorate for minorities in 2002, which bared religious minorities to elect their representatives in parliament on reserved seats and empowered Muslim political parties to select minorities’ leaders on these seats. Nazir Bhatti commented on claims of Pakistan Muslim League (Q) President Ch. Shujat Hussain in a election rally in Gujrat that PML (Q) awarded “Dual Vote” to minorities said “The PML (Q) which was ally party of Pervez Musharraf after national general of 2013, gave right to elect their representatives in local government but in National Assembly of Pakistan and Provincial Assemblies religious minorities were denied their right to elect their MNA and MPA with their votes and substandard Selection system was practiced” PCC Chief said that Pakistan is first state on globe where democracy have different definition as 272 seats of National Assembly of Pakistan are elected by franchise vote while 60 reserved seats for women and 10 reserved seats for religious minorities are being filled under undemocratic and unconstitutional system of selection. The Muslim political parties as PPP, PML (N), PML (Q), PML (F), PTI, MQM, ANP, JI, JUI and others have nothing for religious minorities in their election 2013, manifestos. These Muslim parties are enjoying vote bank of minorities but select Christian, Hindu, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyia and Parsi on reserved seats of their choice or after taking bribes. “Christians and other religious parties have nothing for their social and economic uplift in these elections being held under Selection system instead of Elections on their reserved seats and their decision to participate in such elections and their decision to Boycott is just” added Nazir Bhatti Nazir Bhatti said that Christian supporting Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and Syed Munawar Hassan are playing with fate of Christians in Pakistan as violence rose against Christian on pretext to blasphemy laws while PPP, MQM, ANP and PML (Q) government failed to protect life and property of Christians in Punjab province of Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti said that now 8 leading Christian political parties have joined “Boycott” campaign and more will join before Election Day and May 11, 2013, will be observed as “Black Day”

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