Sunday, 22 May 2016

Kidnapped Parents and sister of human rights defender Sardar Mushtaq Gill rescued

LAHORE: Yesterday on May 22,2016 at about 03:45 PM parents and one married sister of Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender,were kidnapped from bus stop of Village Kot Usad Ullah Khan Manga Mandi by an unknown car driver and rescued after kidnapping incident registered in Police Station Manga Mandi by rescue 15 Ref.360734.

According to details,Father (60) ,Mother  (62) and one sister (38) of Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender,went to Village Kot Usad Ullah for condolence of one relative's death.After condolence they were at bus stop for coming back home in the meanwhile one unknown person on a car reached near them and told them that he was sent by Mr.Gill to pick up them hence they sat in his car.The kidnapper turned the car in opposite direction towards Lahore instead to home and then he drove it speedily when the car reached at near Baath Village there was suddenly rush of vehicles on high way road due to which the car stopped and the mother and the sister of Mr.Gill were seated at back seat of the car immediately opened the door of the car and alighted from the car in the meanwhile the kidnapper appointed a pistol at Father of Mr.Gill and again ran the car speedily.

The abuctees mother and sister informed the whole episode to back their family and Sardar Mushtaq Gill along with other family members reached at the place of occurrence and the matter was got registered to Police on rescue no.15.The formal complaint application has also been submitted at Police Station Manga Mandi,Lahore to register FIR against the unknown kidnapper and the oral statements of abductees have also been recorded by the Police investigator and the crime occurrence places also have been visited by the police for legal action.

At evening about 08:30 pm,the  father of Mr.Gill also reached at home and he told that as the car reached at the Police Check post Thokar bypass,Lahore ,the kidnapper talked on phone with someone about the police 15 call and he stopped the car faraway from the police check post then he himself opened the door of the car and pushed me out from the car,in this way the abductee father of Mr.Gill to be rescued due to action of rescue 15 call of Police.

"I couldn't perceive actual agenda of the kidnapper when he appointed a pistol at me he also asked why my son takes religious cases," told the abductee father of Mr.Gill.

On the other hand,the Police of Police Station Manga Mandi is reluctant to chalked out FIR against the unknown suspect to trace-out him for further taking criminal initiative to arrest the kidnapper.

In these days Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender along with his team of LEAD,is following and assisting the case of Shahzad and Shama , a Christian couple burned alive for alleged desecrating of Quranic pages on behalf of legal heirs eye witnesses and on May 21 he has submitted an application on theirs behalf for seeking protection and security in the Anti-Terrorism Court II Lahore. 

Mr.Gill and his family have been attacked and harassed a number of times by different ways and he and his family is suffering because of his human rights work particularly due to his brave voice for justice of the Christian couple burned alive and the bereaved victims family.In these days,LEAD is also bravely working for victims of forced conversion and forced marriages cases and within this month two victim girls have been rescued.

"I know my family is also suffering because of my human rights work particularly work for victims of religious violence," Mr.Gill said,"but in-spite of all these sufferings I will not stop to speak for those who can not speak for themselves".

We at LEAD request you all to stand with us and ask Pakistani authority to trace-out the kidnapper and punish him according to law and also provide protection and security to Mr.Gill and his family and team of LEAD so that our peaceful human rights work could be continued without hindrance of non-state actors.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Tragedy of Criminal procedural at trial:Legal heirs eye witnesses seek protection and security

LAHORE: Legal heirs of Shahzad and Shama , a Christian couple burned alive for alleged desecrating of Quranic pages , for seeking protection and security filled application in the Anti-Terrorism Court II Lahore today during trial. 

According to contents of application the bereaved family eye witnesses were threatened by unknown motor cyclists at previous court hearing while they were waiting for their vehicle at the main gate of the court along with their leading counsel Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender, for leaving to their homes.The application also says that they were threatened and physically abused during cross-examination too about which the honorable court has already been informed and the prayer also added with request to ensure disposal of the case and the completion of the trial as quickly as possible.    

"The total number of nominated accused persons were 138 of which 106 ere arrested and latter three accused were got released on bail and some of whom the accused are still at large particularly from them the legal heirs eye witnesses are under constant life threats," said Sardar Mushtaq Gill who heads LEAD an organization provides free legal assistance in this case.

He further stated that the Supreme Court of Pakistan had already ordered for the eye witnesses protection and security which had not been implemented.The Court has summoned a TV anchor ,Fareeha Adrees,who conducted an interview of the victims family for local TV about which one of accused lawyer submitted an application to the court for considering the interview as documentary evidence. The case has been adjourned the hearing of the case till May 26.

Legal heirs eye witnesses abominate to reveal themselves to the high risk of giving incriminating material testimonies as either they or their families are deadly attacked, many times on the premises of the court as has been seen in previous religious mob violence cases the prosecution witnesses are often threatened by the groups standing trial or the powerful extremist religious groups that support them and the risk become double in the cases where some accused have been declared as absconders as happened in Shahzad and Shama murder case. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Why Blasphemy Laws Should Not Be On Books

PAKISTAN:  In these days, a Christian community of a small village Chak 44 of Tehsil Phalia, District Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab is under threats from a charged Muslim mob of surrounding areas after a rumor campaign raised against a Christian sweeper Imran Masih who was falsely accused of watching anti-Islam video lecture on his cell phone of a Pastor .The voice crying in the wilderness reaches to The Honorable Jim Shannon MP House of Common of United Kingdom who wrote a letter to Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif The Prime Minister of Pakistan to take appropriate measures to protect Christians of the village Chak 44 of Tehsil Phalia, District Mandi Bahauddin.

A noted Christian human rights defender lawyer, Sardar Mushtaq Gill who heads LEAD, has urged for an immediate repeal of the blasphemy laws. He termed the law as "cruel and inhumane" not only for accused but also for the whole Christian community,in this way  the blasphemy laws are more dangerous than terrorism for Christians in Pakistan keeping in view the previous attacks at Christian’s localities on the pretext of blasphemy.
Under this law all the human rights violations undoubtedly would occur if unluckily the accused is a Christian. No fair investigation, no fair trial, extra-judicial killing, whole Christian community at risk, it is not in line with international standards on freedom of expression; freedom of thought, conscience and religion and it is also against the fundamental rights which are basic rights to survive in this world.

The bitter fact is that the misuse of the blasphemy law is a common practice mostly to decide personal vendetta and there is no proper policy of Pakistani authority how to take appropriate measures to protect Christians from the charged mob motivated on the pretext of blasphemy issue.

The more disturbing factor for us to consider is that no one has the power to criticize as the notorious law after the assassination of two high profile political figures. The people who defend the accused of this law take personal life risk and sometime loss their life. Every case is harmful not only for victim but also for the community, every case is a tragedy and behind every one of them there are more tribulations and the defender will not be successful unless he himself takes life risk to defend them; and the requirement for the success in every case is 'passion' and for which you [Defender] have to put his own life at stake.

The victims of the law and their supporters should not be deliberately downplayed and the religiously motivated attacks on Christians should be covered and documented for the future security measures’ adoption and their rescue mission by the media, charities, human rights organizations, church leaders and Christian organizations not just for their own show of work on websites for this the blasphemy laws should not be on books to take precious life of Christian and now the time to speak against the dangerous misuse of the law to oppress poor and helpless Christians in Pakistan.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Two Christian subjected to excruciating torture by Lahore police

LAHORE: Reportedly,two Christian go through inhumane torture at the hands of the Lahore police. In keeping with details, two men were booked by the police under charges of defraud. While carrying out the investigations the police hung one of the men upside down with a bunk and tortured him inhumanely. The other was striped naked and tortured.
Photo Credit to Christians in Pakistan
According to media reports,the reprehensible incident took place in Lahore’ Shalimaar police Station. The two men Faraaz and a Christian Doya Masih were hooked by the police and underwent vicious torture without the FIR being filed. After the news of the incident was aired, Superintendent Police Investigations, has sacked four police personnel found involved in unleashing vicious torture on the two captives.

On the other hand, the police tries to justify the abject investigatory torture by claiming these captives have confessed to more than 12 instances of robbery. After the photos of the two captives became public, S.P. Investigations took notice of the incident and issued orders of dismissal of Hammad Butt- In charge of investigations, ASI Tariq, Constable Sadiq and Arif.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights Defender who heads LEAD strongly condemns the barbarically torture of the police on two Christians as they refused to confess the crime they did not commit.Police in Pakistan have been known to torture suspects, especially if they are Christians, to obtain confessions in the crime they do not commit.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A landlord attack at poor Christian family and guns down little boy over trivial dispute.

FAISALABAD: Reportedly,a two and half years old son of a Christian gunned down by a landlord. The child namely Ayaan was shot dead on May 3, Tuesday. The FIR was registered against the perpetrators. 
Photo Credit to Christian in Pakistan
According to Christian in Pakistan,Samsoon Masih, father of the victim, agreed to work on contract at Haji Rasheed’s house. Under this agreement Samsoon Masih was supposed to paint the house of Haji Rasheed and his son Basharat. However, after Samsoon started working and was about to finish his assigned work, he asked for the payment. Nonetheless, Haji Rasheed and Basharat refused to pay him. 

After, the dispute Samsoon told Haji Rasheed and Basharat that he will not be working at their house anymore. Later on, Haji Rasheed and Basharat stormed in Samsoon Masih’ house and started indiscriminate fire . As a result of the firing, Samsoon Masih, and his father Ishaq Masih were severely injured while Samsoon’ youngest son Ayaan who was two and a half years old died on spot.

Followed by the incident, an FIR under Sections 302, 324 and 34 PPC was registered in Police Station Factory Area Faisalabad. Meanwhile, the police is waiting for the medical reports of the victims in order to proceed further in this case. The alleged murderers Haji Rasheed and Basharat have been hooked by the police.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender who heads LEAD,said that the Christian in Pakistan have poor defense which is also the reason of theirs persecution by the hands of powerful majority who are on strong footing to attack and their defense.

He further stated that weak criminal justice is also the other reason of Christians' persecution in Pakistan by the hands of majority.He made assured that he and team of LEAD is ready to provide any kind of assistance to the victim family and the injured including legal aid.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Christian couple lynching case:The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court ordered local TV anchor to appear in the court

LAHORE: The Lahore Anti-Terrorism Court ordered on May 5 to District Police Officer Kasur (DPO Kasur) to get appeared in the court on mext hearing Mst.Fareeha Adrees,a local TV anchor who conducted a TV interview of the victim family of Shahzad and Shama , a Christian couple who burned alive after a false allegation of blasphemy.The cd copy of the interview already filed in the court by defense lawyers of the accused and the anchor has been summoned for cross-examination regarding the interview.

The only legal heirs Shahzad's brothers and nephews who are also eye witnesses of the Kot Radha Kishan lynching case have right to engage lawyers in trial and they have requested LEAD to give them legal assistance hence on their behalf LEAD's legal penal consisting of Mr.Aric John advocate,Mr.Kashif Allexander Rajpoot advocate ,Mr.Salvance Jacob advocate and Mr.Sardar Mushtaq Gill head of LEAD are only leading lawyers in this trial case who have submitted theirs power of attorney in trial after coming to know that prime suspect got released on bail due to non appearing and negligence of lawyers and now legal heirs of Shahzsd the victim family approached Mr.Gill after being disappointed from previous lawyers engaged in bail. 

"It is my faith that The Lord has purposefully got us engage in this case," said Kashif Alexander one of lawyers of legal heirs. 
Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender told to the court that the families of those who were in judicial lockup were still trying to influence and to pressurize the legal heirs witnesses and also requested for security for witnesses and LEAD's lawyers but no fruitful answer was given.The next date of hearing has been fixed for May 9.

LEAD's lawyers team is striving in trial for justice for the legal heirs of Christian couple, who was burned alive after a false allegation of blasphemy, and we request the international community and the groups who are supporting the persecuted,victims of blasphemy law and survivors,please stand with us and encourage and strengthen our work with your support particularly for the victim family of Shahzad and Shama.

Christians fear for their lives because of blasphemy laws in Islamic Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Pakistan's Christians always fear for their lives after lynching of the Christian couple the dreadful killing ever on their community fellow on the false accusation of blasphemy. 

Reportedly a Christian young man,Imran Masih, has been accused of blasphemy,the incident occurred at Chak 44 near the village of Bosaan area of Gojra Police Station District Mandi Bahuddin,Punjab and the one Muslim cleric has issued a fatwa (Islamic Decree) endorsing death as the punishment for the Christian boy over alleged blasphemy allegation.

There have been a number of incidents of mob violence against Christians in Pakistan where Muslim culprits are protected and never brought to justice.

Christians always complain that Islamists in Pakistan can gun down Christian in broad day light within court premises, they abduct Christian women and convert them with force to Islam and give them in marriage with her abductor, they gang rape Christian women but no punishment, they torture and kill Christian house-maids who refuse to convert to Islam, they burned hundreds of homes but never convicted, they burn alive Christians but Islamic courts set them free, they are free to spread hate against Christians but no legal stick to control them and no legislation to create an harmonious society and there is abuse of blasphemy laws to oppress millions of Christians.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill , a human rights defender says that this is a savage persecution of Christians in Pakistan and no hope of its end because of blasphemy laws which is a subtle instrument of Christian killing in the hands of Islamic extremist groups to attack on the Christian community.