Karachi: April 15, 2013; (PCP) The Central Executive Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in a statement has expressed grave concern on threats of violence to religious communities by Muslim political parties.
The situation aroused after announcement of boycott of Election 2013, by religious minorities demanding Election instead of Selection on reserved seats for minorities in Parliament.
The Secretary General of Central Executive Council of PCC also released a letter written by PCC Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti to Election Commissioner of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan and government of Pakistan to ensure safety of Christians, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia community members who demanding Election instead of Selection decided to boycott election 2013.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have mailed copy of his letter to all Election Observer who will observe conduct of election 2013, in Pakistan, expressing fear that candidates of Muslim political parties may harass and force them to cast their votes in their favour.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti said ôWe hope that ECP, SCP and government of Pakistan will take notice that fair and transparent election may be held without violence;
Here is copy of letter:
1. The Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of Pakistan, Islamabad.
2. The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad.
3. The Prime Minister, Caretaker Government of Pakistan, Islamabad.
Ensure Safety and Security of Christians, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia community members who are boycotting election 2013.
As ECP, SCP and government of Pakistan failed to hold election 2013, under Article 226 of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which declared 10 reserved seats for minorities and 60 reserved seats in National Assembly of Pakistan, likewise reserved seats in Provincial Assemblies, unconstitutional and undemocratic.
The Pakistan Christian Congress PCC made frequent request as memorandums to Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan and government of Pakistan to allocate Dual Voting Rights to minorities that they may elect their representation in parliament on reserved seats with their votes and may cast vote to Muslim candidates in their respective constituencies but no due consideration was paid to outstanding demand.
There was one petition filed in Supreme Court of Pakistan to hold election in true spirit of constitution under Article 226, but it not got hearing.
In such circumstances, the Christians, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia communities have decided to boycott elections as a protest against Selection system which empowers Muslim political to Select women and minoritiesĺ to select of their choice on reserved seats.
The Muslim political parties are taking heavy bribes to select on reserved seats which make such elections unfair.
The Christian, Hindus and Ahmadiyyia communities fear that candidates of Muslim political parties can harass them force them to vote which can erupt in violence against them.
Therefore, we request your honor to kindly ensure safety and security of life and property of those who not want to cast their vote when they view such elections unconstitutional and undemocratic.
Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC
Editor, Pakistan Christian Post
Dated: April 15, 2013;
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