The Easter Sunday Slaughter in Pakistan is rooted in Deep-Seated Racism against Punjabi Christians by the Muslim majority


Family members mourn as they gather near the body of a relative, who was killed in a blast outside a public park on Sunday, during funeral in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

Family members mourn as they gather near the body of a relative, who was killed in a blast outside a public park on Sunday, during funeral in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

March 30, 2016

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

Add Lahore as the latest entry to the list of cities to fall victim to jihadi terrorism.

But there is an angle to this horrible act of carnage most have missed.

My earliest memories of life in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province, are of playing marbles with a boy my own age, before being yanked away from him.

My aunts warned me never, ever to associate with that boy. When I asked why, they said: “Don’t you know he is a ‘choora’?”

(This refers to Punjabi Christians who removed human waste from the roof top toilets in the centuries-old buildings inside the old walled city of Lahore).

Which brings us to the media reporting of the Lahore terrorist attack that would be incomplete without mention of the horrific racism and discrimination Punjabi Christians face at the hands of many within Pakistan’s Muslim communities — from secular liberal to orthodox, ultra-conservatives.

Despite the fact the Punjabi Christian community is highly literate, dedicated to education and hard work, even those who have served and fought as senior officers in their country’s military cannot escape the slurs often uttered behind their backs.

Christians account for only 2% of the almost 180 million population of Pakistan, but their representation in the occupation of janitorial services is over 80%.

Few are willing to clean up their own mess if they can get a Christian to do it for them. In Lahore alone, according to the Lahore Waste Management Company, there are 7,894 city-employed janitors and most are Christian.

Thus the slaughter of Punjabi Christians by the Islamist terrorists is not merely the result of an inter-religious feud. It is an illustration of unchecked racism and official contempt for darker-skinned Christians, who have suffered untold miseries at the hands of many within the country’s Muslim majority.

A testament to this apartheid-type regimen is the fate of Asia Bibi, a Christian, held inside a Pakistani prison on trumped up allegations she blasphemed against Islam.

Salamat Akhtar, a former professor of history in Pakistan, says the government, “deliberately pursued a policy to keep Christians in this occupation [janitors].”

In 1980, Akhtar was President of the All Pakistan College Teachers’ Association. Here’s how he has described a meeting he once had with the country’s top education official: “Not knowing I was a Christian, the Education Secretary said the government was worried that a large number of Christians were obtaining education. … If all the Christians would be educated, then no one would be left to sweep our roads and pick up garbage. The Secretary said the government was following a policy that only half of the Christians could become educated, while the rest of them remain in this occupation.”

Not even the Pope mentioned the bigotry of some of Pakistan’s most liberal Muslims against their Christian fellow citizens.

In a message after the Easter slaughter, the pontiff said: “I repeat, once again, that violence and murderous hatred only lead to pain and destruction. Respect and fraternity are the only way to achieve peace. …. Let us pray for those who died in this attack and their families and for the Christian and ethnic minorities in that region.”

Pope Francis made no specific mention of the Islamist nature of the terrorist attack, or of the racist bigotry Pakistan’s Christians face at the hands of many Muslims.

Was it political correctness? Something else? Let history be the judge.

14 comments for “The Easter Sunday Slaughter in Pakistan is rooted in Deep-Seated Racism against Punjabi Christians by the Muslim majority

  1. Tariq Khan
    March 30, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    All non-Arab Muslims are the real chooras of the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia the so called HQ of Islam will not even consider them human. How sad….

  2. rajiv
    March 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    I wonder what keeps the christians to follow their faith and endure untold miseries at the hands of Islamic clergy & state. Yousuf Yohaana the famous Pakistani cricketer who embraced Islam. He should be the role model for Christians in Pakistan, if they want to live with dignity.

    • Tariq Khan
      March 31, 2016 at 3:45 PM


      Yousuf Youhana is a joke. I’m sorry but I disagree if you are suggesting that minorities in Pakistan should convert, where is the dignity in that? my suggestion to any country would be to not take a single Muslim as a refugee and take these minorities out of there. In fact Muslims should not be allowed migration anywhere in the world. Sadly I agree with Trump on that one.

      Whilst in my opinion all religions are created by humans and hold the same factual credibility as Lord of the Rings – Followers of Islam have not and are incapable of evolving and moving into this century. I have been around people from all religions and amongst them who hold their faith dearly. None come close to the obsessive nature of a Muslim with which he/she integrates the religion into their daily life.

    • Ali montecillo
      April 6, 2016 at 10:37 PM

      Because we Christians strongly believe that to deny Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, before men ; Jesus will also deny us before the Almighty Father in heaven. Because we believe that we are aliens in this world. Our true citizenship is in heaven. We are commanded to endure while at the same time doing every good work not to obtain praises from men but to glorify God.

  3. Nat Stone
    March 30, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Thanks for this article Mr Fatah. This is truly another tragedy unfolding. Keep writing about this: Canadians need to know.

    Nat Stone
    former resident of Pakistan
    saw this with my own eyes

  4. Kashif Awan
    March 30, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    If you do a little more research before spewing hate against Pakistan, you would see that majority killed were Muslims and to be honest, religion of the victims doesn’t even matter here, look how people of Lahore responded, by flooding hospitals to donate blood, irrespective of asking religion of the victims. Let’s talk about loss of human life here and not polarize the situation, Pakistani state, military and public, all are fighting this demon together.

    • Tarek Fatah
      March 30, 2016 at 9:06 PM

      Kashif, your response proves my point that Pakistan’s Punjabi Muslims have developed a systemic and pathologic addiction to lying. They lie not just to the rest of us, but to themselves.

      First you nurse the jihadis and the PK Army to kill the Baloc, Christians, Hindus, Sindhis and Pushtuns, but when you become casualties of your own making, you go into victim mode.

    • Tariq Khan
      March 31, 2016 at 3:51 PM


      bang on all you like mate, but your religion is an inheritance from Arab Tribesmen and your book promotes and breeds hostility, period!

      Get a razor, take off that facial hair! you don’t live in a desert do you? or is it the latest hip thing? take a reality check – shed the fear and admit that you begrudgingly follow nonsense because of what might happen after death. Like “kabar ka azaab” or “dozakh ki aag” – Muslims are replicating that with incidents like what this article is about. You yourselves are the biggest victims of Islam!!

      Believe me Kashif it is a liberating experience. It might be hard for you if you are in Pakistan but you can keep it to yourself. Next time at your Friday prayers just say to yourself ” what am I doing here ? I’m regurgitating words I don’t even understand” or
      “I am being led by an imam who is a school dropout and has the intellectual capacity of a Chimp”. Apologies to Chimps. 🙂

      Try it brother just try it!

  5. sikaank
    March 31, 2016 at 3:00 AM

    Hello Sir,
    I’m following you on social media for couple of years. Ab toh aap Indian media main bhi bade aadmi ban gaye hain. Apparently you’re in Mumbai. Please bless me with a meeting(it need not to be in person) or even a phone call, if possible. I understand you must be busy. I’m just a curious and ignorant boy. Hope it will bring some clarity to me and my life. I’ve tried writing you many times but I always thought one thing or another. The belief which prompted me to write and expect is your child-like simplicity. Please babaji let me know how can i get in touch or What should i do to get in touch. I assure you I’ll be worthy of your valuable time.

  6. RDS
    March 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    The comments to Tarek’s posts are most entertaining, while also disturbing because they give a snapshot of the “mindset”, the BIOS (Basic Input / Output System) of the commenters.

  7. April 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Don’t count on the Pope, he is part of the Illuminati and the elitist community, he would let you clean his mess too. In all the time I’ve known, the church has never sent the Pope with some money. In Australia the church owns most of the inner city land. Don’t forget the church killed many people in its time. Its a shame that religion has separated the people of the same genetics and consider darker skinned people are inferior. What does that mean then, the white people are superior to you. Think about it. Its always been the Caucasoid people invading other people’s land, stealing the children of half casts and having the audacity to claim the original people’s land as theirs.

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