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.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Liberal professor of Islam Gunned down after being accused of "Apostasy" and "Blasphemy"

PAKISTAN:A professor of Islam known for his liberal religious views was gunned down in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi Thursday 18 September,2014 after a Madrassah issued a Fatwa (Islamic Decree) relating to alleged blasphemy and apostasy against Dr.Muhammad Shakeel Auj.According to officials it was told that he was accused of "apostasy" and " blasphemy"two years ago.
Dr.Auj had issued controversial fatwas (religious decrees) declaring for example that a Muslim woman could marry a non-Muslim man, and that women need not remove lipstick or nail polish before saying their prayers. Due to such views he was accused of apostasy and blasphemy.

Dr.Auj was fighting a legal case against the originator of a widely-circulated text message that called him an apostate.Colleagues alleged his predecessor was to blame. At the time he opened the case, he told police: “It has endangered my life and on the basis of the propaganda I could be murdered.”


 "I strongly condemns the killing of Dr.Auj and demands the arrest of his killers”,told Advocate Sardar Mushjtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD.He further added that it was sad to know that Dr.Auj showed his fear of killing but even then the Government did not provide him security and has failed to protect peace promoters.

Blasphemy offence is punishable by death under Penal Law, and accusations of blasphemy have inspired a rising tide of vigilante killings in recent years that are seen as a sign of growing intolerance in the country.

Mr.Gill says the laws are frequently abused in pursuit of personal or professional grudges and many accused are languishing in jails in wait of justice.

Asia Bibi death convicted in blasphemy is in wait of justice and she is also languishing in jail since her accusation.Her appeal case is pending in Lahore High Court for decision in which next date of hearing is fixed October 16,2014.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

How Christian and Hindu women are forced to convert and marry Muslim men in Pakistan?

LAHORE: Recently this year,the report spread in media that around 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married Muslim men every year.

On September 1,2014,two cases came in the eye of Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD in which Christian women converted to Islam and got married with Muslim men with their free consent.One woman is educated and other one is illiterate and also she is already married and has five Children including one of feeding child.
Mr.Gill contacted with some Muslim clerics and inquired from them how they see such marriages and conversion to Islam.They frankly told that such marriages are illegal and conversion will be considered as forced conversion.They issued a decree (Fatwa) regarding this issue.

One case ,we at LEAD dealt legally and gave legal assistance to the Christian Husband.His wife eloped with one Muslim man and got married after declaring that she converted to Islam.She has five children including one suckling child to whom she got along with her.The case reached in Court and she recorded her statement in the favor of Muslim Husband and we also came to know that her parents also converted to Islam.The husband told to Mr. Gill that he was terrified and threatened by some Muslim clerics that he would not file any criminal case against her wife and Muslim man because now she had accepted Islam and got married and no more his wife. 

The second case was about one Christian woman namely Sairish who got married with one Muslim man in 2009 by forcing her to accept Islam on this condition that she could perform all her religious obligations according to Christian faith and values,but after marriage she continued to perform her Christian activities and prayers due to which their marriage was dissolved to end the routine dispute and Muslim man divorced her.She has one daughter from this wedlock.Now the dispute shifted from marriage towards their daughter.
She came and met with Mr.Gill and requested for legal assistance and protection from her ex-Muslim husband.She told that she was threatened by her Ex-husband if she would file the case in court for the custody of her daughter.He will kill her and also kill her brother in law(husband of her sister) because now she is living with him in his home.She also told that she was being threatened and harassed by phone and sms.Her brother in law told that her wife was also being harassed and intimidated by cell phone sms from some unknown numbers.

On September 1,2014,she petitioned in court to restrain her Ex-husband to harass her and her family members and she also demanded for life security because she was threatened to be killed if she would attend Church and marry with any Christian man.She was warned and threatened that she was Muslim and if she would retreat to Christian religion.She will commit apostasy and punishment of apostate in Islam is death.
"Now I am in a fix and no way where to go",she told.She further added that she bought death with her own act and now lost her religious freedom.

LEAD has started to raise awareness on this issue and it will host and arrange some events on this issue to make aware the Christian women in Pakistan regarding the problems and difficulties which after such marriages they have to face.We are in search of international partners who will raise the issue of forced conversion and religious liberty with us.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Targeting Christian girls for rape and outrage as 12-year-old Christian girl raped

LAHORE:LEAD along with family of victim protested Tuesday after complaints of police not investigating fairly in the case of a twelve-year-old Christian girl's rape.
Liaqat Masih has four daughters and four work in homes as maids,His wife also work in a home as a maid.He has one minor daughter 12-year-old Muqadas,she also works in a home as maid.On August 2,2014 at about 14:00 PM when Muqadas and her elder sister Asma were coming back home from work,Muqadas was forcibly kidnaped by two men and three unknown women.They took her in a school building and two men, namely Ashraf Alias Achi and Ghaffor Alias Paida,raped her one by one.  
The FIR No.991/2014 at Police Station Baghban Pura,Lahore registered under section 376 PPC against the alleged rapists.One rapist was arrested and another one sought interim bail from court in tomorrow is hearing.LEAD is following this case and giving legal assistance.

On Monday,Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a hUman Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD along with Aric John,Advocate High Court met the victim at their home and prayed for the victim Christian girl and her family.We hope that this minor Christian girl will get justice.

"We are being threatened by the one rapist who is on bail to withdraw the case",said Liqat father of rape victim girl.

In Pakistan, rape is used as a weapon against Christians girls who are marginalised and poor.These girls mostly work in homes as maids.It is seen that the rest of society stays quiet because it is not happening in their own backyard. We are witness that rapists are never brought to justice because of forcible compromise and otherwise. 

The rape victims face terrible difficulties; they have not received proper treatment for their sexual assaults and many currently lie in hospitals or in their homes.Their families are being denied justice every day and become Psycho patients.
We at LEAD are working on the ground in Pakistan.We truly are doing work that puts sometimes ourselves at great personal risk.Please pray for us and if you have not supported our work financially yet please consider doing so, as you will be literally saving lives.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Firing at home of Human Right Defender

Lahore:Today at about 10:40 PM,there were shooting at home of Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD,the incident happened when his younger brother and two other men were standing in front door of the home of Mr.Gill .The three ran away when the shooters fired straight towards them.In this shooting one neighbor (Muslim)injured.After spreading terror the shooters fled away from the spot.

 Immediately the people of locality  got together and Mr.Gill called on 15 and police reached the place occurrence and took the statements of injured and other two men including Mr.Gill's brother.
We ate LEAD condemn this sad incident and demand that authority must arrest the culprits and also provide security to Mr.Gill and his family.We also ask all of you to pray for Mr.Gill and his family.We belief  that Mr.Gill is being targeted due to his human rights work because last year in November same kind of incident happened with him.   

 Mr.Gill Human Rights Defender who recently has pledged to do all he can to help free Asia Bibi.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 and on this order of the Court the petition disposed off after the lawyers' consent.

In November 2010,Asia Bibi,a Christian mother,was convicted under section 295 C PPC and sentenced to death.Since from the accusation to death conviction,she is languishing in jail and is awaiting her appeal decision which is now pending in the Lahore High Court.Her appeal hearing is being cancelled consecutively five times.The last one time, it was postponed when the counsel for the complainant did not turn up.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan is a major tool of persecution against religious minorities.How Long?

PAKISTAN:Today,July 28,2014 Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD has received a number of phone calls by different persons.Those persons have put one important question " Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan is a major tool of persecution against religious minorities.How Long?  ". 
According to different sources,one more incident occurred of burning homes of Ahmadi Minority by a charged mob at late evening on Sunday, July 27th,in which three Ahmadis,including two minors, killed in Gujranwala.

This tragic incident happened on the pretext that an Ahmadi youth had defaced a picture of the Khana Ka’bah (the Sacred Mosque) on Facebook.
According to Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int'l Desk  Facts of the incident.
"This is a new way of making involved the user of social media in blasphemy cases about which we have fears and concerns that it will not be ended,"told Gill.
He further added that we at LEAD are providing legal assistance in a number of blasphemy cases of Ahmadi religious minority group in Pakistan.
We have launched an International Campaign against Blasphemy Law for its repeal because under these blasphemy law we all religious minorities in Pakistan are not safe and feel insecure every time and on every point because of happening of such like incidents.
Last year 2013 a fully charged mob of almost 4,000 religious zealots gathered around Joseph Colony,a Christian-dominated area and burnt more than 180 homes of Christians including two Churches after making false levelled of blasphemy against a Christian man.

In November 2010,Asia Bibi,a Christian mother,was convicted under section 295 C PPC and sentenced to death.Since from the accusation to death conviction,she is languishing in jail and is awaiting her appeal decision which is now pending in the Lahore High Court.Her appeal hearing is being cancelled consecutively five times.The last one time, it was postponed when the counsel for the complainant did not turn up.

On this disappointing situation Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Chief of LEAD, stepped forwarded and decided to apply law to seek relief from The court for setting date of hearing in her appeal because the law has given remedy to the accused or convicted to seek relief by using and applying this provision of law.

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 and on this order of the Court the petition disposed off after the lawyers' consent.

"As we have  pledged to do all we can to help free Asia Bibi,we at LEAD will do and our work will speak",told Gill.

Our tireless efforts and struggle be continue for rule of law,religious liberty and freedom; and campaign to repeal blasphemy law.Our request to human rights organisations to support our work morally and physically and stand with us.We request to pray for our safety and for wisdom and encourage our work with your heartily prayers.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

LEAD Protest Over Torture and Injustices with brick kiln workers

LAHORE: LEAD protested and expressed its concern over injustices being held with brick kiln workers and their physical torture by brick-kiln owners.Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,a Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD said under the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,1973 it was strictly prohibited to take force work but brick kiln workers were behaved as if they were slave and Kiln owners take work from them forcibly with lesser wages. 

Bashir said the labour class was constrained to take advance payment as loan because of low wages. Afterwards even next generations are unable to payoff the loans. And in this way the slavery is transformed from one generation to another generation. 

During protest,Sakina Bibi,a social worker and midwife expressed that pregnant women are being given poor diet during pregnancy,which have long term impact on Child's Health,the mothers who eat an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may be putting their children at risk of developing long term, irreversible health issues including obesity, raised levels of cholesterol and blood sugar. 

Yousaf,one Brick kiln worker, added that they come know many cases of such physical torture in which "the victims “ become injured and cannot be able to work to earn a livelihood for their families and they are terrified and under fear ; and often they do not dare to register complaint against brick kiln owners who torture them due to their being influential figure.

Pakistan is one of the countries where forced work is taken from laborers even in this post-modern era.Tens of thousand of people are living their lives like slaves even in these days too when the world has become as a global village.

We at LEAD demand the government to all brick kilns should be registered and the kiln workers should be registered with social security department.Wages of laborers in all Pakistan should be made implemented which were set by the Government and also it should be implemented.The kiln owners should be handled strictly by laws if they torture the laborers.