ISLAMABAD-The Establishment Division and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan Monday submitted replies before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a petition filed against the federal government for ignoring and not specifying minority job quota.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted hearing of the petition filed by a Christian woman Nasim Pervaiz who is a priest in Bible Fellowship Church of Pakistan.

Later, the IHC bench deferred hearing in this matter till April 19 for further proceedings.

The lady filed the petition through her counsel Yasir Mahmood Chaudhary Advocate and cited Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan and Secretary Establishment Division as respondents.

Nasim adopted in her petition that she filed the petition in the larger interest of minorities/Christian community whose job quota are not being observed and non-implementation of Article 36 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

She stated that Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan advertised various jobs on October 26 for the residents of Sindh, Punjab, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) but intentionally ignored and not specified the minorities’ 5 per cent job quota in the said advertisement due to which large numbers of minorities/non-Muslims unemployed youth have been deprived of their to apply for the announced jobs.

She added that resultantly, a sense of deprivation and exploitation would raise in the minorities living in Islamabad. “The respondents are not giving the due importance to minorities in terms of Article -36 of the Constitution of 1973,” contended the petitioner.

Nasim argued that it is fundamental duty of respondents to provide government jobs irrespective of creed, colour, religion and sect. “The respondents are under legal obligation to act in accordance with the law as provided under Article 4 of the Constitution and to eliminate the exploitation as stated in Article -3 of the Constitution,” maintained the petitioner.

Therefore, she prayed to the court that the aforementioned job advertisement may be declared illegal and suspended in the light of Article-36 (protection of minorities) and establishment division notification dated May 26, 2009 over ignoring and non-reserving 5 per cent job quota for minorities in the interest of justice.

The petitioner also requested the court to direct the respondents to follow and honour the Article 36 of the Constitution of Pakistan for the supremacy of law in the country.