Hindu reporter forced to drink from separate glass at workplace in Karachi

Published: June 27, 2016


KARACHI: A Hindu reporter was forced to drink water from a separate glass at his workplace since his colleagues found out that he belongs to the scheduled caste.

Sahib Khan Oad works as a senior reporter with government news agency, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), where he has been barred from drinking water in the same glass and sharing utensils with other Muslim staff.

Oad hails from Dadu district and has completed his Master’s from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. He is now pursuing MPhil in mass communication from Sindh University. He was initially appointed as a reporter in APP Islamabad and was transferred to Hyderabad and then Karachi in April this year.

The discriminatory attitude started soon after his younger son, Raj Kumar, visited his office and everyone found out that he was Hindu. “Actually my name contains the word ‘Khan’ so everyone in the office initially thought I was Muslim,” he explained. “The bureau chief asked me to separate my drinking water glass in the office because some colleagues had reservations.”

Since Ramazan started, Oad’s work environment worsened. He is not allowed to sit at the same dining table at the time of Iftar and senior colleagues have suggested he bring his own plates and glasses if he wants to eat in the office. “I have now bought a separate glass and plate for the office,” he said.

APP Karachi bureau chief Parvez Aslam denied making any such request. “He was suffering from flu so we suggested he arrange a separate glass,” he said. Aslam pointed out that he supported Oad when he was transferred from Hyderabad and called the discrimination charges ‘total propaganda’. “You can come to my office and see how he eats Iftar with us,” he said.

Meanwhile, APP managing director Masood Malik said that they have started inquiry into the matter.

Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler), an organisation that works for labour rights, has written a letter to federal information minister Pervaiz Rashid against the discriminatory attitude.

“We are really shocked to know that a bureau chief of a government news agency  has pressurised a reporter to drink in a separate glass because he is Hindu,” wrote Piler executive director Karmat Ali.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2016.


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Reader Comments (23)

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 28, 2016 - 1:42PM

    Just use disposable crockery and utensils, no fuss no muss !Recommend

  • AF
    Jun 28, 2016 - 1:44PM

    No one should be allowed to drink in the same glass as there are many health issues in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Munawar
    Jun 28, 2016 - 1:54PM

    A very bad incident indeed. I couldn’t understand, which religion is it that encourages people to hate ‘colleagues’ from other religion whereby Messenger Muhammad (PBUH) had the history of sharing his meals with non-Muslims. In my view, these are our taboos and biases… we all need to discourage these kinds of attitudes in our society – media has the due role in it. Thanks Hafeez and Tribune to highlight this rightly.Recommend

  • Dileep Kumar
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:10PM

    It’s ground reality and mindset by some people of Sindh especially non Sindhi people of Sindh but also some people of Sindhi speaking . Very shameful act by those people !! Recommend

  • Hmm
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:17PM

    As the religion, so are its followers !!! Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:34PM

    LETs not scavenge for ISM in everything . If it were ME , I would have been happy to get a clean glass for myself exclusively . Recommend

  • IndiaDude
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:52PM

    Kudos to Tribune for raising such a sensitive issue, speaking for the oppressed minority . I am Muslim & against any kind of discrimination. Recommend

  • jay
    Jun 28, 2016 - 4:21PM

    Hindu hate is the reason for Pakistan to come into existence , this man should have known this and migrated to his real home INDIARecommend

  • Tyggar
    Jun 28, 2016 - 4:26PM

    Just following their religionRecommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 28, 2016 - 4:28PM

    When i visited my hindu friend in Malaysia he always offered me drink from the bottle not from a glass. Hindu do not use same utensils where any low cost human has used. Hindu think that they are supper human.Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 28, 2016 - 4:29PM

    Yes this attitude prevails here. It has nothing to do with Islam rather cultural issue inherited from Hinduism. It does not happen in arab countries. We should discourage it.Recommend

  • Christu
    Jun 28, 2016 - 4:59PM

    Do this here and in wen u reach West, ask for equal rights.Recommend

  • Faryal
    Jun 28, 2016 - 6:25PM

    Not to sound weird here but arent u supposed to have separate glasses anyway to prevent spreading of germs?? Why wud people drink from the same glass as 20 other people? Thats just unhygenic! Apart from that, this discrimination is strongly condemned. Same on the journalists for having such a narrow mindset .. These are the people who are entrusted with disseminating unbiased fair and true information to the world! How ironical! Recommend

  • from bharat
    Jun 28, 2016 - 6:49PM

    and they talk about discrimination in India!Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jun 28, 2016 - 6:53PM

    You didn’t get it at all.Recommend

  • nainaa
    Jun 29, 2016 - 2:48AM

    This is a sheer example of stupidity in that nation. I am disgusted with this behaviour. I am sure the same people who barred him from using the utensils will be wanting human rights for themselves. Hatred has no place in this society, and if you are following it you need to check your mental state of mind.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 29, 2016 - 3:57AM

    A despicable act, Islam teach us of love and sharing, I think it was Ibrahim AS who was scolded by God for telling a non believer to get up and not eat with him, the problem is not with separate glass, it’s with the fueling racial discrimination in Pakistan, these type of people who are creating Sach a hateful environment should be put on leash, a despicable act indeed, feeling ashamed.Recommend

  • Muneeb Muzammil
    Jun 29, 2016 - 10:16AM

    totally DramaRecommend

  • Sameera
    Jun 29, 2016 - 12:07PM

    I don’t understand the fuss. I always rinse any glass available in a public place, and I always had my own glass and teacup at my office, not because I’m a bigoted racist, but because that’s basic hygiene! In all fairness if any ignorant person was having issues with Mr.Khan, they should’ve arranged for their own separate utensils instead of creating this conflict. Recommend

  • OSD
    Jun 30, 2016 - 12:33AM

    This is the first time i have come across such discrimination and this is definitely an isolated incident. We always had a significant number of hindu friends in the IBA hostel and we never even considered it an issue. On the contrary, they always respected iftar timings and while some of the non-practicing muslims ate before the iftar, our practicing hindu classmates waited for the Azan before eating their meals. Unfortunately that will not be reported because that is not a news piece!Recommend

  • Jun 30, 2016 - 12:54AM

    This particular mindset belongs to Hindu religion where cast and creed is the basis of religion Muslims have been living with Hindus for centuries and they have adopted some of their traitsRecommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 12, 2016 - 9:01AM

    The Civilised World moved on; What a sorry state fair us developing Third World Countries that we are still (TRAPPED) in useless (DIFFERENCES) in religion, class, skin color etc etc etc.

  • A Ahmad
    Sep 18, 2016 - 8:06PM

    Islam on other hand does not mind if someone drinks leftover water or the glass used by someone else including non Muslims(as long as he’s not drunk or eaten pork)Recommend

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