From Barnabas Fund:
PAKISTAN - CHRISTIAN STUDENT DENIED EXTRA MARKS AWARDED TO MUSLIMS
A Christian student missed out on a place at state medical school under the discriminatory system in Pakistan that awards an extra 20 marks to Muslims who have memorised the Quran.
Haroon Arif, from Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab, got A grades in both his matriculation and intermediate exams but was just 0.0255% off the mark required in his final aggregate to attend a government-run medical university.
He argued that his knowledge of the Bible was equivalent to that of a Muslim who had memorised the Quran, and that he should therefore qualify for the extra 20 marks they receive; this would boost his final result by about 2%.
Haroon tried to show the university his three certificates in Bible education, but the authorities said they had no policy to accept them. Mohammad Atif, head of public affairs at the University of Health Sciences, which conducts the medical tests, said, “We realise this is against human rights and have debated a lot on this policy, since minorities are being marginalised – but we follow government orders.”
- Pray for Haroon, that the Lord will guide his path following this setback in his education and career. Pray for an end to discrimination against Christians and other members of religious minorities in Pakistan.