RAWALPINDI – As the country is celebrating Independence Day, the Christian leaders of Rawalpindi have voiced concern over the unequal treatment meted out to people belonging to minority community and demanded of the PPP-led government to take steps for equal treatment.

The minority’s leaders on the eve of 14th August held a meeting in the chair of Shamoon Gill which was attended by Robin Nomi, Khurrram Anthony, Shakir Masih, Javed Yaqub, Nasir Ghulam Masih, Rahil, Nadeem Khokhar, Chaudhry Paul and others. The meeting vowed that they would always contribute for the prosperity and development of the country.

They said due to non-provision of equal status and basic rights, the minorities are feeling themselves insecure in the country.

The PPP government has neglected minorities therefore 230 Hindus, living in Sindh province, were forced to migrate to the India as law enforcement agencies failed to provide them security and protection.

Shamoon Gill, a prominent Christian leader, said minorities like Muslims are equal citizens of the Pakistan. Referring to the speech of Quaid-e-Azam of 11 August 1947, Shamoon said that Father of the Nation ruled out the difference on the basis of religion.

He said since the nationalisation of Christian health and educational institutions like Holy Family, Gorden College and many minorities’ schools the education level of the minorities like other parts of the country in Rawalpindi district has gone down.

He said people belonging to minority community facing difficulties in education and the health sectors as they have been denied these two basic facilities.

Gill, however, lauded the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. He said that due to the efforts and interest of the incumbent Punjab chief minister they have got back some properties, including schools and health units.