By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
It would really be shameful if the same kind of discrimination and job denial practices against native Sindhis are still prevailing in Sindh’s oil and gas sector as before the current people’s government came into power. I believe that the time is now to put pressure on the current government to appoint native Sindhis and native Baluch to head all government controlled oil and gas organizations in Sindh and Balochistan respectively. We should also write to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the multi-national and other Pakistani oil and gas companies to have affirmative action programs in their organizations to recruit and promote native people and meet their civil society obligations to local areas/people.
I have some experience in conducting similar campaigns with BOD of Australian oil company BHP Billiton (http://www.bhp.com) and BP http://www.bp.com) with partial success. I also interacted closely with local NGO organizations in Sindh fighting for the rights of Sindhis and local populations with respect to oil and gas sector. I will be more than happy to share my experiences and best practices and play an active role if some members of this list want to spearhead similar campaigns and go beyond similar writing e-mails.