Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christian Boy'S Family Severely Tortured By Police And Extremist For Marrying A Muslim Girl

LAHORE:A Christian boy namely Akram Masih's family ,including females ,was severely beaten and tortured by Policemen and extremists in Multan, these policemen entered his home by climbing on the walls.They arrested the boy and put him under its custody because he had contracted marriage with Muslim girl namely Maria Bibi,who is from District Shiekhupura.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,Chief of LEAD was informed by Moderator Bishop Asher Kamran,Methodist Church of Pakistan,Multan and Bishop also requested for legal assistance for his release.He also told that he already had written a request application to IG Punjab,Lahore to dismiss the false FIR No.1093/2014 registered at Police Station Factory Area,Shiekhupura in which the boy was arrested and the police had also booked one Christian relative of the boy from Lahore.
The Christian boy from Multan and the Muslim girl from Sheikhupura fell in love with eachother on phone.The girl left his home and went to see his lover to Multan where they both got married according to Islamic Sharia.The boy ,Muslim name Muhammad Akram,converted from Christian to Muslim to save himself and his family from police and extremists but the conversion proved useless on his arrest.
The police took the couple and one other arrested man from Multan and they locked up in Police Station Factory Area,Shiekhupura.

The father of other arrested Christian man namely Kherait Masih also contacted with Aric John,Advocate High Court,senior counsel of LEAD,for legal assistance for his son who is totally innocent.
Mr.Gill along with Aric John contacted with the concerned SHO and handed over him all documents for proof of the marriage of the couple and conversion of the Christian boy from Christian to Muslim,on this the SHO told that they would make appear the boy in the court of Mr.Matieon Rehman,Judicial Magistrate,Tehsil Courts Ferozwala,District Shiekhupura for recording the statement of the girl under section 164 Cr.PC and if the girl would give the statement in the favour of the boy,the police would release them.
Next day,the police made appeared the both arrested Christian in the court where the pressure from the extremists was developed on the court.Mr.Gill was also instructed and directed by the other fellows lawyers of the concerned Bar Association for to be careful because two days before in the same kind of case one man shot dead in the court premise during hearing.

The couple was given chance in front of the magistrate to can talk eachother by ordering the both sides lawyers to vacate the court room but the girl betrayed him and recorded her statement against the Christian boy with tears.The both Christian boys sent for judicial lockup.The boy disclosed to Mr.Gill that the girl was threatened by her family that if she would give the statement in his favour,they would kill the both.He satisfied himself by saying that she had saved his life by recording the statement against him.

It is forbidden in Islamic Sharia for a Muslim woman to get married with a Christian man and other religion but Muslim man is allowed to get married with a Christian girl,but it is permitted for Muslim woman to get married with Christian after his conversion from Christian to Muslim.In Pakistan ,the level of religious extremism is too high to tolerate the marriage between a Christian man and Muslim woman even if a Christian to convert to Islam.

This is the main reason of lack of religious liberty and freedom and grave violation of fundamental and human rights in Pakistan and also the main cause of Christian persecution and misuse of Islamic Blasphemy Law to persecute the religious minorities.
We at LEAD request you all human rights groups to pray and to stand with us against religious extremism and for the advocacy of religious liberty and freedom for every individual.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Why Asia Bibi's Appeal Dismissed ?

LAHORE:Yesterday,October 16,2014,Christian mother of five Asia Bibi, had had her blasphemy appeal hearing dismissed.A Special Bench of Lahore High Court, decided to uphold her existing blasphemy sentence, meaning Asia will remain on a death sentence and  now she has right of second appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

LEAD intends to file her second appeal within 30 days if the mutual understanding will be developed among her all lawyers for to end the disturbance which were created during appeal arguments by some her lawyers.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender was present along with his team consisting on Aric John,advocate high court,Hadayt Bashir,advocate high court and Qaiser Younas ,court clerk of LEAD.

The case was called and there were a number of Lawyers to represent her.Abruptly Sardar Tahir Khalil Sindhu and Ch.Naeem Shakar started to argue the case but they were hindered by the Justice Anwal-ul Haq and he ordered and directed to addressing  all the lawyers,who were present to represent the Appellant,first decide who one lawyer argue the case.On this it was decided that Ch.Naeem Shakar ,who is senior lawyer,would argue the case.He well argued the case and seemed that his preparation was very much appreciable.The court gave a plenty of time to him to argue and to assist the court to decide the appeal decision.The arguments went in two halves meanwhile Sardar Tahir Khalil was also a little bit contributing.

In second half,the point was raised by the court,why ,the two eye witnesses before whom the incidence occurred and derogatory remarks were uttered,were not cross examined and challenged in the trial by you.

On this question,Ch.Naeem Shakar and Sardar Tahir Khalil Sindhu remained silent and pointed by eyes towards S.K Choudhary,who filed appeal and contested the trial.

S.K. Choudhary requested the court one hour for his arguments and the court said that he could take enough time to argue as he wished to take but the court said that the court would not give time for arguments any other lawyer except him.He started to argue the case and he argued well and his arguments were appreciable but the court again asked the same from him why he could not  cross-examined the two eye witnesses in trial.
He argued and explained,how the particular derogatory remarks could be cross-examined by him as being Muslim,on this the court said here we are not Muslims we are for  justice only and being lawyers it is our responsibility to represent the accused for justice and our faith should be at home.On this main ground ,which is flaw and draw back of the trial proceedings and defense side,the court dismissed the appeal because the statement of eye witnesses not to be challenged and cross- examined means the alleged allegation against the accused is true and admitted fact.

Why in mostly cases of blasphemy,the wordings of FIR would not be cross-emamined and challenged by defense lawyer and in this particular case was not cross-examined the eye witnesses during trial because there was always much pressure from prosecution lawyers and if the defense lawyer try to challenge and to cross-examin the wordings of FIR,the defense lawyer will have to face death threats and some time to be killed as happened with Rashid Rehman,who was killed during contesting the trial of English professor accused of making blasphemous Facebook post after prosecution lawyers had threatened to kill him in front of a judge,the same threats were extended towards defense lawyer in this particular case of Asia Bibi during her trial.It was also decided and announced by whole Nankana Sahb Bar Association that no lawyer would represent her that was the reason many Christian Organizations'lawyers fled away from the seen during her trial,who are in appeal stage come forward.We have to appreciate S.K.Choudary who contested her trial instead of restriction was imposed by the concerned local Bar.

The same things happened at bail stage that's why mostly defense lawyers ,who are on payroll of organizations, not be able to get released the accused on bails in blasphemy cases because they would not prefer to take life risk and they just fulfill legal formalities for their jobs in such blasphemy cases.

Why we were successful to get released on bails and rescued in our cases because we are human rights defenders and we do not care about ourselves and those life threats which were and are being extended towards us and we are motivated by God and encouraged by our supporters who supported us for our security measures.

So our request to national and international organizations,please consider the safety and security of  lawyers ,who represent blasphemy accused ,preferably so that the fear that if he would be killed who will care his family be mitigated and taken out from their minds.This can be only possible if you will provide practically security and training to the lawyers for their encouragement.

It is also requested you on behalf of Asia Bibi to write petitions and letters to send the Pakistani authorities to make her released because she is suffering for faith and she is innocent and struggle with us for religious liberty for individuals and raise voice with us for the repeal of blasphemy law and to end religious extremism.

We at LEAD request you to pray that God will protect her during  prisonment and we have to remain hopeful  that the Supreme Court will admit the second appeal and will accept it finally for her acquittal.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Court Dismissed The Appeal of Asia Bibi Against Death Conviction

LAHORE:Today,October 16 ,the appeal case of Asia Bibi was heard in the Division Bench ,Lahore High Court,Lahore.The Court announced its decision with dismissing the appeal of Asia Bibi which was filed against the death conviction.

The appeal was delaying a number of times by the court ,then on June,24,2014 LEAD filed petition in Lahore High Court,Lahore for the re-fixation of earlier hearing of Asia Bibi's appeal case which was heard on June 25th.The Court  ordered to office of Lahore High Court to explore the scope of fixation of appeal hearing of Asia Bibi near future and ordered for submitting report within three days which was submitted on June 27th.Again the petition fixed for June 30th,the Court told the lawyers that according to the report, submitted by the Office of LHC,the appeal of Asia Bibi proposed to be fixed for September 9,2014. 

"As we have  already pledged to do all we can to help free Asia Bibi,now we have to avail the remedy of law of second appeal which we will file in The Supreme Court of Pakistan",told Gill.

Facts of Asia Bibi's case:

There was  registered a case FIR No.326/2009 on dated 19 June,2009 at Police Station Saddar Nankana Sahib against Asia Bibi wife of Ashiq Masih by the complaint of a Muslim Cleric Qari Muhammad Sallam, under section 295 C PPC and on 12 July,2009 Complete Police Report (Chalan) was submitted in the court of Mr.Naveed Iqbal Additional and Session Judge,Nankana Sahib.

The allegation which was leveled against Asia Bibi:

The brief facts of the case according to the FIR lodged by Qari Muhammad Saalam that on dated 14 June,2009,the complainant of this case,are that Asia Bibi wife of Ashiq Masih who is Christian lady and a Christian Preacher along with the other ladies of the village were plucking Falsa from the garden belonging to one Muslim landlord Mr.Muhammad Idrees son of Ali Ahmed.It was stated in FIR that Asia Bibi delivered the derogatory remarks towards Muhammad(Prophet of Islam) by stating that he ............She further stated that The prophet of Muslim  got married with Khadeja ....... and also stated that The Quran is not the book of Allah but it was a man made book,this is the allegation which was told by Muslim women Afia Bibi,Mafia Bibi and Yasmeen Bibi to the complainant and the other people of village.

The Conviction of Asia Bibi:

She was convicted under section 295 C PPC and sentenced to death subject to the confirmation of Honourable High Court and she was also ordered to pay PKR.100,000/- as a fine and in default she was further ordered to undergo S.I for a period of six months on dated 8 November,2010 by the trial Court of Mr.Muhammad Naveed Iqbal,the learned Additional and Session,Judge,Nankana Sahib.

The Assassination of two high profile personalities: 

Asia was visited in jail by the Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who himself was shot dead in January 2011 by his own body guard for supporting the Christian  woman. Governor Taseer had remarked: “Frankly, it’s up to God to decide whether I’m a Muslim or not, and not some illiterate mullah to decide I’m a Muslim or not.”

On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian minister in the Pakistan government was mowed down for opposing the blasphemy law.

The Appeal against conviction:

The Criminal appeal No.2509 of 2010 was filed on dated 11 November,2010 by the lawyer Mr.S.K Chaudhry,Advocate High Court,in Lahore High Court,Lahore in which the relief was claimed as that the appeal may please be accepted and impugned judgement and order of sentence may kindly be set aside and the appellant/Asia Bibi may please be acquitted of the charge.
Prayer Request By Chief of LEAD,Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill to all National and International Churches and Ministries to pray for wisdom,courage and safety for his team and for all victims of blasphemy who are suffering in jails due to faith and you all know every day, believers around the world risk banishment, beatings, imprisonment and death to follow Christ and take His Gospel farther. Perseverance often seems impossible, but when the Lord enables believers to stand strong, He works mightily through their sufferings.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Muslim Girl Get Married With A Christian Boy After Falling In Love,Extremists Arrive To Kill The Couple

LAHORE:Today,Nazli Bano from Karachi called to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender that the extremists arrived at her home and seized her cousin who got married in June,2014 with one Muslim Girl.She told that they were very terrified and horrified by the extremists because they threatened to kill her cousin and she also told that some police officials ,who are from Lahore,were making threats to her and her husband to make them involved in criminal case.she requested for legal assistance and help.She told that the lives of the couple are in grave danger. 

"Christians and Hindu girls are seized,abducted, vigorously converted to Islam and married to dominant Muslims, but police do not file any case against Muslims. But if a Muslim girl get married to a Christian boy willingly, extremists arrive to deface the whole Christian community even the boy get converted to Islam and in some cases they both have to face death by the hands of Extremists and Police."told Gill.

A Muslim Girl Sadia (Original Name held for security reason) was a student of Teacher Training College in Lahore and she fell in love with a Christian boy Amin (Original Name held for security reason).The boy changed his Christian religion for the safety and they both got married with their free consent on June 6,2014 according to Islamic Law.

The extremists lodged an FIR against the Christian boy.The police started to raid on the house of the Christian boy and arrested his family members,after this the statement of the girl was recorded in court in which she admitted that she got married with the Christian boy with her free will and consent,on this statement the police released the family members of the Christian boy.The couple fled away to Karachi to save their lives from the extremists.

The couple ran away together to stay away from their families and now they are living with his cousin Nazli Bano in Karchi.The extremists reached there and held them in their custody and threaten the residents and his cousin Nazli and her husband that if they would come forwards to help the couple,they would have to face dire consequences including false legal charges.The extremists threatened Nazli and her husband that they would deface them.

The legal team of LEAD filed a petition in court to save Nazli and her husband from police harassment in which the court order to police to not harass them.   

The religious extremism is a grave threat to religious liberty in Pakistan and the extremists do not tolerate the inter-faith marriages particularly never ever when a female is Muslim.They do not like the marriage between a Christian boy and a Muslim girl even the boy get convert to Islam for marriage.The honor killing is also one of the grave concern for rights activists and the main cause of honor killing also extremism.   

We at LEAD request to all of you to pray for the couple's safety who is under the custody of extremists and also pray for our team who is struggling for religious liberty and working to end extremism.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Gazala Khan Co-accused of Zafar Bhatti Blasphemy Case Reaches To LEAD For Legal Assistance

LAHORE:A blasphemy convict,named Asghar Ali,who is with a history of mental illness, was wounded by shooting at of a policeman in the Adiala jail on Thursday where this man is on death row for blasphemy.The policeman claimed 'divine visitations' for the guidance to put his life on line for the sake of his religious beliefs.He told to the Police that he was sure that the man would be set free and wanted to kill him to punish properly.The wounded blasphemy death convicted is admitted in a local hospital and now reportedly in stable condition.

In the same jail,there is also under judicial custody a Christian Pastor Zafar Bhatti who is also blasphemy accused and whose jail trial is under proceedings from the last few months,unfortunately news spread in media about him too that he was killed in the same incident but latter it was reportedly confirmed that he was safe.Pakistan Christian Post

Gazala Khan who is also co-accused with Mr.Bhatti's blasphemy case today came to the Christian Lawyer,Mr.Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,Chief of LEAD and she asked about the Adiala Jail incident which she came to know through media.
Mr.Gill got confirmed through phone call from Mr.Khuram Mann(Advocate)who was earlier appearing in Mr.Bhatti's case,he told that he had confirmed on phone from his sister and wife about the news of killing of Mr.Bhatti and they told that he was safe and incident was not happened with him.Mr.Mann further told that there is no organization which is representing this case now.
Ms.Gazala told that she was on bail and did not know the next date of hearing of the trial.She further added that she herself engaged and hired one Muslim lawyer for her bail and now for trial too and there was and is not any Christian organization who was and is representing her case including Mr.Bhatti.Mr.Gill asked her why in report published by one Christian organization that they are following Mr.Bhatti's case.She told that she did not know why such claims came in media but it is fact and true that only Mr.Pervaiz Khan(Advocate from Rawalpindi) and one other his colleague are representing our case.She also told that Rawalpindi Bar barred lawyers to represent our case.PCP
Then she also requested and told to Mr.Gill for legal assistance in her case and for transferring the case from Rawalpindi to Lahore as it is difficult for her to afford to go Lahore to Rawalpindi on every date of hearing because she was and is bearing all expenses herself and now she is terrified due to the Adiala Jail incident.
"My case is totally fake and false and during investigation it was proved that I did not use the mobile sim-card which identity on my profile and also there is no data and mobile including in the evidence.So in this way my case will be quashed and no fear of sentence",she told.

She further added that the court wished to quash the FIR to my extent but she wanted that the FIR would be quashed so that they both could be set free from false allegation.She told that she knew the law and she read law books but could not be able to win law degree.
Mr.Gill told her frankly that LEAD would not be able to support you financially but for free legal assistance we would fight and follow the case.
Today this morning,Mr.Gill received one phone call from one renowned social and political activist Mr.Khalid Gill,who is now in Canada,he asked about the Adiala jail incident and told that he had engaged lawyer in the case of Mr.Bhatti and Ms.Gazala.He also mentioned the same name which Ms.Gazala told. 
Mr.Gill received many calls after the Adiala jail incident from different persons including Mr.Tariq Seraj (Advocate).He also asked what was truth about Zafar Bhatti's murdered in jail.Is there any possibility that Government is hiding the killing of Mr.Bhatti or just misunderstanding and misinformation due to attack on another blasphemy death convicted prisoner. 
"We are much concerned about such incidents as happened in The Adiala jail and in the incidents of extrajudicial killings of blasphemy accused and their lawyers,"shared Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

He further added that the lawyer who challenges the wordings of FIR and try to negate that wordings in blasphemy cases, on this the prosecution lawyers start to feel anger and humiliate the defense lawyer and if the controversial thoughts further heated up between them.The defense lawyer gets death threats and some time killing as happened in mostly cases.Some defense lawyers in blasphemy cases just fulfill formality of law and do not take risk to challenge the version of FIR and put all things on the Judge because they think that if the trial court gives punished then in appeal the accused might be released.In this way they avoid to take risk but this is not fair with client and victim.
Prayer Request By Chief of LEAD,Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill to all National and National Churches and Ministries to pray for wisdom,courage and safety for his team and for all victims of blasphemy who are suffering in jails due to faith and you all know every day, believers around the world risk banishment, beatings, imprisonment and death to follow Christ and take His Gospel farther. Perseverance often seems impossible, but when the Lord enables believers to stand strong, He works mightily through their sufferings.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Four Young Muslim Gang Rape 15 Year Old Christian Girl For Video Clip

 Sialkot:On September 15,2014,a fifteen year old Christian girl,Monaza Bibi,was gang raped by four young Muslim turn by turn and they made Mobile video Clip in Deera Sindha Kalan Village of SialKot.

The Police registered FIR. No.646/14  under sections 476/114 PPC against the two rapists on the complaint of Gang Rape victim's father,named Mubarak Masih.The Police and the some influential local Muslim pressurized the victim family to exempt the other two rapists and did not mention their names in the complaint otherwise ready for dire consequences.The Police completed the Challan speedily and sent the two arrested rapist in judicial lockup so that the police could be successful to save other two rapist.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender ,who heads LEAD,was informed and being requested by Tariq Seraj (Advocate) from last week to defend the victim family and follow the case for legal assistance and support,but due to shortage of funds Mr.Gill refused to take this case.On September 20 to 25,2014,Mr.Gill was requested a number of times and yesterday with the financial support of some supporters of LEAD,Mr.Gill headed to meet the victim family along with his team including main legal advisor of LEAD Mr.Aric John(Advocate).Mr.Gill made assured the victim family for legal assistance and possible support for them and prayed for the victim girl and her family.

The father of gang rape victim girl told that they were yet being threatened by the accused family members and they were also being pressurized for compromise with the culprits.Mr.Gill along with his team and the father of victim girl went to the concerned Police Station and met with Investigator Officer and SHO of the Police Station.The father of victim girl got registered a new complaint about the threats and the pressure which is being developed by the rapists' relatives and other influential Local Muslim.The SHO made assured to take immediate legal action against them.

The SHO also made it confirmed that the rapists made some mobile video clip which is the part of evidence and the concerned investigator included Mobile and memory card in the Police Challan for evidence.  

"It is our obligation as Christians to help and save the girls who have been gang raped and sexually assaulted,"said Mr.Gill.He further added that is is very disturbing for him that the rapists gang raped turn by turn and made video clip.This is really the horrific act of the rapists.

In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. It is very sad to share that rarely rapists are punished.Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault.A number of girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance.

LEAD encourages you, and those in your local church, to speak out on behalf of persecuted Pakistani Christians and pray for them, including young girls, who are constantly at risk of being victimized through the injustice and sexual abuse.We at LEAD request to stand with us morally and physically and also pray for the safety of all believers and LEAD team in Pakistan.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Is The ISIS Really Making Inroads Into Pakistan? Pakistani Christians Under The Fear

PAKISTAN:After publishing the news in Pakistani print media that The ISIS commonly known as Daish distributed pamphlets in Peshawar and border provinces of Afghanistan, in which it has introduced itself as Daulat-e-Islamia (Islamic State) and it has made an appeal to the local population for supporting its struggle for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.The Express Tribune
The Pakistani Christian Youth Group met with Mr.Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD the Christian Youth shared their grief and anxiety on it.

In the same way,the ISIS sent out The Pamphlets in Iraq with those three words (convert, pay a fine or die), they did ask to pay a fine but actually after they paid a fine, they (ISIS militants) were actually taking over their wives and their daughters and making them into their wives.The Christians of Iraq started to fled away from Iraq to save their lives and a large number of Christians were beheaded.Then they systematically started to behead Christian children,mothers and fathers in Iraq.

Pakistan already represents the worst situation in the world for religious freedom and Christians including other other religious minority groups are being targeted and persecuted physically,emotionally,politically and economically.

One young-man expressed his thoughts,"this is the time now to act" by quoting one Gospel verse:When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe.Luke 11:21

One another young-man expressed his thoughts,"yes this is the time",he also gave reference from Gospel:But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.Luke 22:36

Mr.Gill made them assured that God is with us and we have strong army and there is huge difference between Iraqi Government and Pakistani government.

But this rising threat of ISIS in Pakistan,we should not Ignore and we have to play our role in the talk of publishing world so that the supporters of our work may give response on our this call.We at LEAD say thanks for your support which makes our work possible and a real difference every day.We hope that Pakistani government must give effective response at federal, provincial, or local levels on the issue of the ISIS as stated in Pakistani Print media and wall chalking.