Christians protest over low representation in census, staggering issues in slums
ISLAMABAD (TP): Christian residents of Islamabad slums areas on Monday staged a protest demonstration outside the National Press Club over low-representation of their population in the recently declared census results and the pathetic conditions of civic issues in slums in Islamabad.
The protesters, who were over 500 in number, said that according to the church record, their population was over 200 million in Pakistan, but in the census result, they had been shown less than two million, which they said was staggeringly misleading.
Holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands, they shouted slogan against the government functionaries and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) high-ups for ignoring the slum areas replete with issues of water shortage, oozing sewerage lines, broken roads and street lights etc.
Speaking to the protesters, the speakers said that “we love Pakistan and have rendered huge sacrifices for the country, but their fundamental rights were consistently been usurped by government functionaries and the CDA by issuing them eviction notices for demanding basic amenities.
They said that they could not understand the logic that the population of Christians was estimated at 1.59 million in the previous census, however, it had been reduced to 1.27 million in 2017 census result.
The protesters urged Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to visit the slums to see for himself the issues being faced by them.
They also condemned controversial remarks of Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaf leaders Ali Muhammad and Arif Abbasi and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leader Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar against the Christians and asked the chief justice to issue orders barring them from contesting elections for their insulting remarks against the Christians.