Pakistani Christians demand right to cast dual vote

Lahore, Jan. 11 (ANI): The Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), a political party fighting for the electoral rights of minorities in the country, has demanded that the government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) give them the right to cast dual vote in the next general elections.

The PCC, a political party, which has represented the Christian community since its foundation in 1985, has constituted around 100 councils in different cities across Pakistan, reports the Daily Times.

Mushtaq Gill, the president of Lahore Council, said Christians have been deprived of their basic rights, as guaranteed in the constitutions, since 1947. He said the commitments made by the founder of Pakistan and measures adopted in the Pakistan Resolution in 1940 to safeguard social, religious, cultural and political rights of minorities have been ignored.

He alleged that the element of hate among different religious communities was created by the government of Pakistan.

He said that the first Legislative Assembly had 48 seats in which Christian had four seats and speaker of that assembly was also a Hindu minority member in 1947.

In 1970, total seats of the assembly were increased to 235 according to Muslim population but only two seats of minorities were reserved which were not according to increase in minorities' population. He called it a "clear injustice and denial of equal democratic rights to minorities".

PCC Lahore Council Women's Wing President Rohama Shah the dual voting with limitation and delimitation of Christian seat constituencies could provide transparent election procedures and true representation of Christians may be ensured in democratic institutions. (ANI)

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