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Pakistan's lone Sikh traffic warden quits

05/09/2008


http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/001200804231550.htm
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    Lahore (PTI): The lone Sikh serving as a traffic warden in Pakistan has put in his papers, alleging discrimination in his department.

    Gulab Singh resigned a couple of days ago, claiming he was not being treated at par with his colleagues because he was not a Muslim.

    He said his colleagues made fun of his religion, while his seniors did not take the issue seriously.

    Citing the episode that finally led him to give up his job, Singh said a colleague named Faisal had falsely blamed him for reporting his absence to senior officials.

    When he reached his post the next day, another warden named Mubasher misbehaved with him and forcibly took off his turban, Singh told the Daily Times.

    He also alleged that traffic wardens who were present at the spot made fun of him, while his complaint to Inspector Shahid Nadeem failed to elicit any response.

    Shortly after the incident, he resigned.

    Senior officials in the traffic police department said an inquiry was being conducted into the incident and a show cause notice had been issued to Mubasher.

    Singh's colleagues, on the other hand, claimed he had been threatening to quit ever since he was recruited.

    They said he had an "attitude problem" and a history of picking fights with colleagues.

    Deputy Superintendent of Police Ichra Shehzad Khan said, "The matter will be resolved within the next two days as senior officers are personally looking into the matter."

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