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Pakistan Church joins race for top govt positions

Special civil service exam provides a golden opportunity for Christian students in underdeveloped areas

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Pakistan Church joins race for top govt positions

Bishop Benny Mario Travas of Multan speaks at the inauguration of St. Peter’s CSS Academy on June 13. (Photo: Samuel Clement)

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For the first time in history, the most coveted tests in Pakistan to get elite jobs are being conducted twice this year — and the Catholic Church is gearing up for gains.

Prime Minister Imran Khan last month approved special Central Superior Services (CSS) exams to fill 188 vacancies in federal services carried over from the last few years. The annual exam is conducted in February to recruit bureaucrats to posts up to Grade 17.

The Federal Commission Public Service conducts the exam for services including commerce and trade, customs and excise, district management, foreign affairs, income tax, public information, military lands, office management, audit and accounts, police service, postal service and the railways.

According to Samuel Clement, executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan Multan (CPM), this is a golden opportunity for mainstream Christian students in underdeveloped areas.

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