Pressures from NGO’s results in removal of discriminatory advert

Faisalabad Waste Management Company has revised its conditions for the job of waste workers. Previously, in a public advertisement the company had invited
non-Muslim candidates only to apply for the job. The discriminatory advertisement was published in a local newspaper Daily Aman Faisalabad, on January
24th 2017.

The advertisement had sparked wide spread condemnation from the Christian community. 

Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has taken notice of the discriminatory advertisement published in a newspaper which invites non-Muslim
candidates for the post of waste worker.

Through the Ministry of Human Rights he has issued a letter to the Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC). The text of the letter dated January
27 is shared below:

The Manager Director,

Faisalabad Waste Management Company,



Dear Sir,

I am directed to refer to your advertisement for recruitment /walk in interview to be held on 6th and 8th February, 2017 for 337 positions of Waste
Workers (daily wages) and to say that imposing condition for the candidates to be Non-Muslims is discriminatory. The said condition is contradiction
and violation of article 27 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and our commitment in the light of international Convention on Elimination
of Radical Discrimination (ICERD), requiring immediate attention. In this regard, a copy of the letter No.S.O(CAB—1)8-7/2015(SR) dated 6th November
2015 issued by the S&GAD, Punjab is also enclosed.

In the view of the above, the Honorable Federal Minister for Human Rights has desired that the above mentioned discrimination in the recruitment process
against the said positions may be removed, ensuring equal opportunities to all citizens, please.

Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the BPCA, said:

“Although a highly discriminatory advert has been condemned publicly and the advert altered.  It does little to change the fact that all the jobs publicized will go to Christians who are anathema in Pakistan.

“More focus need to be placed into getting Christians into higher paid and better jobs through education, training and removal of employment bias and nepotism.”