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Controversial sweeper recruitment ad sparks criticism

March 19 , 2017


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:

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.


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