A Christian paramedic working in Mian Mir Hospital in Lahore has claimed his manager slapped him after he refused to recite from the Koran during a morning meet
The Express Tribune reports the issue came to light after staff reacted to the assault from the superintendent of the hospital by striking. Muslim staff also showed solidarity with the paramedic by helping to shut down all medical facilities on site.
A fellow Christian paramedical staff member was quoted in the paper to have said the act was "a violation of the constitution of Pakistan".
According to reports, workers who do not participate in the assembly are not only marked absent for the day but lose pay as well.
A doctor at the hospital said: "Such behaviour is embarrassing for all hospital staff, the discrimination is not only limited to this incident; we are witnessing discrimination against Christians staff members daily."
Dr Muhammad Saeed, CEO of the City District Government Lahore Health, said a high-level committee had been formed to look into the matter and a departmental inquiry would be opened against anyone found guilty.
Article by Eno Adeogun
Eno Adeogun is a multimedia journalist for Premier.
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