A rights organisation has asked Imran Khan to reschedule Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) rally in Karachi on December 25 so as not to disturb Christmas celebrations.
The Centre for Human Rights Education Pakistan wrote to the PTI chief stating that by holding a rally on December 25, he would deprive his Christian supporters of the chance to participate.
The letter said that large gatherings would disturb the festivities. “It is also likely to deprive the Christians of the chance to participate in the political process,” it said. “Since PTI is being seen as an emerging mainstream party, it should consider and recognise the multireligious, multiethnic and multilinguistic nature of Pakistani society.” The letter said changing the date of the rally would send a positive message to religious minorities. “PTI should also announce its policy … to arrest discrimination and persecution of minorities”, said the Centre’s letter.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2011.