In a bizarre move, Tehsil Municipal Administration Bannu Sunday advertised jobs for sweepers, saying Shias, Hindus/Balmikis, and Christians will be eligible.
According to an advertisement published on the directives of Teshil Nazim and Tehsil Municipal Officer in a local newspaper today, the administration will be hiring 14 sweepers on scale number 2.
Under the column of religion, the advertisement reads, applicants must belong to either Shia sect, or follower of Hindu or Christian religions.
It may be mention here that both the relevant Tehsil Nazim and Tehsil Muncipal Officer are from Jamiat Ulema e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).
The advertisement drew criticism on Twitter, with some of the critics raising questions on the mentioning of the Shia sect in religion section.
Following are some of the responses:
@omar_quraishi sad! Racism or divisiveness of any form is despicable! In the world of global commons all humans are equal!
â€” Raghav Krishnan!! (@RagZ_SkoRpioN) March 19, 2017
â€” Ahsan Ghori (@AhsanGhori6) March 19, 2017
JUI Town Nazim Bannu published Job Ad in Roznama Ajj for the post of swipers & eligible are Shia Muslims,then what is Firqa Wariyat? pic.twitter.com/rhfmMB1abM
â€” Makhdoom Asad Shah (@MakAsadShah) March 19, 2017
â€” Mumtaz Hayat Maneka (@Mumtazz_Maneka) March 19, 2017
Later, a newspaper issued clarification, saying Tehsil Nazim Malik Ehsan Ullah, has apologised over controversial recruitment advertisement.
“The word ‘Shia’ was mistakenly typed instead of ‘bashamool’, which was a typing error by the clerk in TMA Bannu office,” it said.
Story first published: 19th March 2017