Discrimination in Pukhtoonkhwa begins
According to press reports, the chief
minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has directed that all Pukhtoon
youth of Malakand division should be given one-year relaxation
in upper age limit for government employment.
He directed that non-Pukhtoons or Chitrali youth of Malakand
division should not and will never be given age relaxation
because they are not Pukhtoons and they do not deserve any
favour meant for Pakhtoon population.
This is first drop of rain in the series of discrimination on
the basis of language in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The chief minister
will issue more directives of this nature in near future. In
fact this is the worst time for non-Pakhtoons in Khyber
Myself being a Pakhtoon businessman and settler in Chitral for
the last 95 years, I am bilingual - speaking Pashto as well as
Khowar, I consider it discriminatory if my brothers from Chitral
are deprived of age relaxation just for being Chitrali which is
by no means a fault on their part.
I hope the Chief minister revises his earlier directive and
includes the district of Chitral in the age relaxation package.
Bashir Hussain Azad
11 May 2010.
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