Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) was established on August 28, 2005 by Professor Anjum James Paul. PMTA is constantly struggling with a dream to make Pakistan a role model state where people of religious minorities will one day live as a part of Pakistani nation and where they will not be judged by their faiths but by the content of equality. Though it is a way to Calvary but we know that the way to Calvary is a way to victory.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
INTRODUCTION OF PAKISTAN MINORITIES TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
OF PAKISTAN MINORITIES TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
Our beloved country Pakistan came into existence on
August 14, 1947. Pakistani minorities have equally played marvellous role in
the Pakistan Movement. Christian members of the Punjab Assembly played their
decisive role in the division of Punjab otherwise situation could be entirely
different regarding Punjab. In the same way role of Joginder Nath Mandal cannot
be denied in the Pakistan Movement. Pakistani religious minorities have always
played a great role for the prosperity of Pakistan.
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan in his
presidential address to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947
said, “We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no
distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one
caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle
that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State.”
Pakistani minorities are facing so many challenges in
their own country. They are being treated against the ideology of the Father of
the Nation. The minority students are going through persecution and
discrimination in the education system of Pakistan. Biased Education policies,
biased curriculum and biased textbooks are developed and implemented against
the religious minorities. Federal and provincial governments have always
adopted a biased and discriminatory attitude regarding the faith matters of the
minority students. National Education Policies, National Curriculum and
textbooks are openly violating Article 22 (1) of the Constitution of Pakistan
that clearly guarantees, “No person attending any educational institution shall be required to
receive religious instruction, or take part in any religious ceremony, or
attend religious worship, if such instruction, ceremony or worship relates to a
religion other than his own.” In the same manner Article 25 (1) of the Constitution
of Pakistan guarantees, “All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to
equal protection of law.”
It is so sad that the
violation of the Constitution of Pakistan by the concerned quarters has caused
unrest and sense of insecurity in the religious minorities of Pakistan. They
are forcibly taught the beliefs through the textbooks which they do not follow.
Pakistani textbooks draw the attention of the minority students to convert
their religion/s. There are biases and criticism against their beliefs, the
Holy Books, worship places, personalities and rituals and rites. These
textbooks instigate the students against the religious minorities.
Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) was
founded on August 28, 2004.
make Pakistan a state where people will not be judged by their faiths but by
the content of equality.
make effort for the unbiased National Education Policy, unbiased curriculum and
make effort for the promotion of national integrity and cohesion through
make effort for inclusion of contents like human dignity, respect for humanity,
respect for religions, peaceful co-existence, human rights, tolerance,
acceptance, social justice, social harmony and interfaith harmony in the
remove all sorts of hate based material from the present Pakistani textbooks
against the religious minorities that segregate them from the mainstream line
and promote intolerance and violence in the society like desecration of the
Holy Books, desecration of the worship places, propagation against the beliefs
and believers, loss of lives , properties and biases against the personalities.
promote healthy and friendly environment in the educational institutions where
students of all faiths be treated and respected equally.
make effort for equal opportunities to receive education for all students
without any discriminatory.
make effort for the 20 privileged marks for the minority students as it is in
the case of Muslim students who memorize the Holy Quran by heart.
make effort for the subject of ‘Religion’ for the minority students whose
constitutional fundamental right is being violated as guaranteed in the Article
22 (1) and Article 25 (1) of the constitution of Pakistan whereas Muslim
students are exercising their fundamental right and they opt the subject of
Islamic Studies from grade I to university level but the minority students are
deprived of their right.
make effort for the denationalization of all the educational institutions which
were nationalized in 1972 as the nationalizations of schools and colleges has
caused severe damages to the educational, social, economic, political,
religious and cultural identity of the religious minorities.
is utmost need to adopt the ideology of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
that he presented to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.
The ideology of Quaid-e-Azam is a blue print but unfortunately the governments
in Pakistan have not acted upon the ideology of the Quaid-e-Azam. Pakistan
Minorities Teachers’ Association supports the ideology of the Quaid because
only this ideology can resolve all the problems of Pakistan which are causing
threat to its foundations. Some of the extracts of this ideology are presented
here which can make Pakistan a role model state in the comity of nations.
“The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that
the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by
“If you change your past and work together in a spirit that everyone of
you, no matter to what community he belongs, no matter what relations he had
with you in the past, no matter what is his color, caste or creed, is first,
second and last a citizen of this State with equal rights, privileges and
obligations, there will be no end to the progress you will make.”
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to
your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You
may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the
business of the State.”
think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find thatin
course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be
Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each
individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”
is constantly struggling to make Pakistan accordingly to the ideology of its
founder that was presented before the creation of Pakistan on August 11, 1947.
Let us all be united to make our homeland Pakistan as one of the best nations.