Asian News International, Islamabad, January 26, 2007
In 2003, there were ten Jewish civil servants in the Pakistani bureaucracy. Today, there are none as per the official 2006 census. According to the12th census of civil servants in 2003, the ten Jews included one officer was in basic pay scale (BPS)-18; one in BPS-17; four in BPS-16; one in BPS-14 and three in BPS-1 and BPS-2. No Jew was, however, serving in senior grades ie BPS-19 to 22.
The 13th census of civil servants-2006 declared recently that the federal bureaucrats include Muslims, Ahmadis, Hindus (caste and non-caste), Buddhists and Christians.
There is no mention of any Jewish official. Neither the latest census explains as to where have the 10 Jews declared in 2003 census gone? Nor is there any mention if they had converted to some new faith.
According to the 2006 census, an overwhelming majority (97.51 per cent) of the federal civil servants are Muslims.
A total of 250 (0.11 per cent) are Ahmadis, 499 (0.21 per cent) are Hindus, 23 are Buddhists, 4,731 (2.01 per cent) are Christians and 22 belong to religions other than the aforesaid ones and 0.14 per cent did not disclose their religion.
The census of the BPS-wise analysis further shows that only five BS 19 to 22 officers in the federal bureaucracy belong to Hindu religion.
There are 19 Hindu officials in BS-17 to 18; five in BS-16; 24 in BS-11 to 15; 79 in BS-3 to 10 and 367 in BS-1 to 2.
The latest census of the government servants also shows that although the percentage of Muslim officials remains the same as it was in 2003, Christian bureaucrats are today far more in number as compared to what was their strength in 2003.
On the contrary, the Ahmadi officials are today less in number besides Hindus.
The percentage of Muslim officials in the 2003 was almost the same, however, the Ahmadi 'baboos' at that time were 508 (0.2 per cent); Hindus were 422 (0.2 per cent); the Buddhist officers were 24; the number of Christian officials was 3,819 (1.6 per cent) besides 10 Jews, 12 Parsis and 45 belonging to other religions whereas 0.5 per cent employees had no disclosed their religion.
The latest census, according to The News, says that out of the strength of BPS 19 to 22 employees 97.59 per cent are Muslims whereas 97.88 per cent of BS 17 to 18; 99.01 per cent of BS 16; 98.74 per cent of BS 11 to 15; 98.6 per cent of BS 3 to 10 and 94.03 per cent of BS 1 to 2 employees are the followers of Islam.
The analysis of Ahmadis, generally known as Qadianis, statistics show that out of the strength of BS 19 to 22 employees, 0.48 per cent are Ahmadis.
Whereas 0.21 per cent of BS 17 and 18; 0.16 per cent of BS 16; 0.15 per cent of BS 11 to 15; 0.09 per cent of BS 3 to 10; and 0.06 per cent of BS 1 to 2 belong to this minority religion.
The statistics about Qadiani employees shows that they mostly hold senior positions in the federal civilian bureaucracy.
The percentage of the officials belonging to this religion shrinks as one observes their number against lower tiers.
However, it is believed that most of the government servants who did not disclose their religion, also belong to the Qadiani religion.
An analysis of Buddhist employees reveals that out of the total 23 civil servants belonging to this religion two are serving in BS 11; another two in BS 7; one in BS 5; three in BS-4; two in BS-3; two in BS-2 and 11 in BS-1.
Source, Hindustan Times , Jan 26, 2007