New Delhi: A Hindu reporter in Pakistan was asked to drink water from a separate glass at the office after his colleagues found out his religion. The reporter was also barred from sharing his utensils with the Muslim staff.
Sahib Khan Oad, a senior reporter with Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), has been barred from drinking water from the same glass used by his Muslim colleagues or sharing food utensils, a Pakistani newspaper reported.
The discriminatory attitude towards Oad started when his son Raj Kumar came to visit him at his office.
“Actually my name contains the word ‘Khan’ so everyone in the office initially thought I was Muslim,” the paper quoted him as saying. “The bureau chief asked me to separate my drinking water glass in the office because some colleagues had reservations,” he claimed.
Oad is not allowed to dine with his colleagues at Iftar and some seniors have suggested him to bring his own plate and glass if he wants to eat in the office, the paper said. “I have now bought a separate glass and plate for the office,” he said.
However, the APP Karachi bureau chief has refuted the allegations saying that the reporter was suffering from flu and that’s why they suggested him to drink in a separate glass. “He was suffering from flu so we suggested he arrange a separate glass,” he said.