Sunday, 29 September 2019

Why Muslims World Wildly Campaigning About Islamic Blasphemy Laws And Islamophobia?

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan Niazi, wearing a navy blazer over a traditional shalwar kameez, addressed to the world leaders at United Nations General Assembly, New York. He attempted to explain the dangers of Islamophobia and why Muslims are sensitive to attack on the insult and ridicule of their Prophet Muhammad. He said that it was important to understand this. The Prophet Muhammad lives in their (Muslims) hearts. When he is ridiculed, when he is insulted, it hurts heart and heart pain is more severe than body pain. He also asked that if the word Christian terrorism is not used then why is the label of Islamic terrorism used?  He is considered as a moderate person and liberal Muslim political leader of Pakistan. 

Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan the first thing is that you have forgotten that you are not only the Prime Minister of Pakistani Muslims, but also of Pakistani religious minorities. The second thing is that you have forgotten that Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan have killed many innocent souls and many are suffering in jails. And the third and the most important thing is that you have forgotten that Muslims from a common Muslim to a learned Muslim are spreading hatred against other religions and faiths openly by giving references from Islamic sacred texts and history in Pakistan and in the world. The word Islamic terrorism is used because terrorism is taking place in the name of Islam. You have forgotten that Islamic history is full of such wars and terrors. Read Christian Revealed Texts (Gospel) and Islamic Sacred Text (Quran and Hadith), the reason and difference you will definitely get to know easily. Majority of Muslims believe that all non-Muslims are Kaffir, an insulting term used by majority of Muslims against non-Muslims, it is an inhumane act of the Muslims which is intentionally causing great suffering or serious mental injury to non-Muslims. But you have forgotten that also. After your speech majority of Muslims of Pakistan started to praise you and to admire you saying you are the true leader of the Muslims of the world. Yes this was in your mind that this would be happened.

If you have truly concerned that your Prophet Muhammad not be ridiculed or insulted, then take the first step, to remove those blasphemous contents from the sacred texts of Islam-Quran and Hadith, which ridicule and insult your Prophet Muhammad; and take the second step to ban and to restrain the Muslims who are insulting and ridiculing other religions or faiths openly and publically. These are major reasons that Muslims world has formed blasphemy laws and they are struggling to use UN forum to get endorsed these blasphemy laws for their ulterior motives. For example, Muslims say all religions are false and now they have no right for them to be followed. For Christians, they say that Christian’s faiths such as Jesus is the Son of God and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ etc., are false and the Bible is a corrupted and changed book. They practice it without bothering that this is the religious attack on someone and it will hurt his feelings. They think whatever they will say about other religion or faith and do is the divine right for them. Hence they formed blasphemy laws to protect Islamic faiths and doctrines so that no one can dare to give references from their sacred text Quran and Hadith which are against theirs Islamic doctrines, these both sources are full of those instances which are against theirs Islamic doctrines.

You are feeling pain of Muslim Minority in Kashmir and India, let the minorities of their own country Pakistan live without pain, when you are crying for so called religious persecution in Kashmir and ignoring Uighurs in China, then there is something wrong at the bottom. On this behavior and attitude of you Muslims one can say you are hypocrites and play game for gain either political or religious. 

We know that is the reason the Muslim world has formed and promulgated blasphemy laws and now they are using the term Islamophobia as a shield to attack people of other religion and faith and to save their own skin under this shield of Islamophobia. You have forgotten that Muslims of Pakistan say Christians are impure, Pakistani Media and government authorities are all same. Muslims are spreading hatred against Christians and other religious minorities openly and publicly and you are talking about Islamophobia in West.

Religion is an objective which has enlightened human beings in positive and constructive perspective. It is human nature that there are some persons that have a strong desire to criticize religion or its specific teachings and practices. The religious criticism of a man should be considered as a support for its followers or believers, because, it is the criticism by which the followers or believers get themselves familiar with those factors of religion which are unknown and untaught to its followers. There should not be destructive laws or blasphemy laws to be enacted to punish the critics of a religion in any country or nation. Religious critics must be welcomed and tolerated as it is being happened in politics, the politicians are being tolerated in spite of bitter disagreement. If there is a religion which is in need to protect itself and its sacred personalities by some restrictive and destructive laws-blasphemy laws, then we are right to say, there must be some basic aspects of that religion which are based on deceitful, Machiavellian and inharmonious norms. 

Christians and other religious minorities are victims of Islamic hatred and Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Mr. Khan you don’t know the pain of victims, who are in jails, illiterate Nabeel Masih is in jail just liking a picture of a Islamic building, Nadeem Samson, is in jail falsely accused of running a facebook, Sawan Masih, just on drinking alcohol awarded death sentence under blasphemy law, is in jail, many Christians' homes burnt into ashes. A poor innocent illiterate Christian couple, Shama and Shahzad, was burnt alive just on hearsay accusations of burning pages of some Quranic verses, two Christian brothers Qaiser and Amoon Ayub were sentenced to death, are in jail, and many other are suffering in Pakistani jails, and you are using blasphemy laws and Islamophobia as a religion card for political gain even on the UN forum.And lastly after your speech at UNGA,New York , Ploy Clinic and Pimse Hospital in Islamabad refused to keep the dead body of Christian woman in their Morgue Room.

The first thing the world must remember that the majority of the Persecuted Christians are the creation of the Islamic Countries and some are from other non-Christian majority nations. Pakistan is the one of those Islamic countries where every crime against humanity is being committed either by State actors or non-state actors, which is defined by the International Criminal Court. The second the most important thing is that Christians are being persecuted solely due to their Christians faith. They are not violent or trouble makers; and the sacred and revealed text, which they read and recite, is not the cause of the creation of violence and terror in any part of the world, wherever they are in minority or in majority. They just want to live in peace because they are peace and love promoters. They never say we will fight against those who are persecuting us. They never say they will take up arms against Government which is against Christianity and its faith. They bear and pray for all human beings because they know that they are only hope for peace and love for humanity.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Why blasphemy cases in Pakistan are on use of Social Media?

PAKISTAN: Several innocent persons are being accused of blasphemy charges, particularly against Christian and Hindu in Pakistan. A very few are willing to raise the concern of abusing blasphemy laws in the present time, when a large number of blasphemy cases surfaced on the  issue of using electronic internet, social media facebook, and whatsapp. Real pain only the person can feel who himself or his any blood relation is suffering of this agony. We know and feel the pain of those prisoners of conscience, faith and belief because we ourselves have suffered of this agony of blasphemy accusations.
We are thankful for all those who have supported in the case of Asia Bibi and rescued her from the agony of blasphemy laws even after her acquittal from the false blasphemy charges. But this isn't the end of our work for religious persecuted. There are many, who are suffering in jails or in exile after being accused of false blasphemy accusations and there is fear of their killing by the hands of enraged Islamists. 
Shakeel Anjum is the person who is in severe pain because of his brother Nadeem Samson, who was arrested in a false and baseless case of blasphemy in November 2017 of uploading blasphemous material on facebook account titled “Goga Abdul Haq”. Anjum is in struggle to get justice for his brother. He is contacting different organizations, Churches and human rights defenders including advocates of religious liberty or freedom so that he can be successful to get justice for his brother. 
Here are the facts of the case, according to the contents of the First Information Report No.123/2017 dated 24-11-2017 registered at Police Station Cyber Crime Circle ,NR3C,Lahore under sections 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC. 

Consequent upon Enquiry No.674/2017 dated 23-11-2017 initiated on the complaint of Mr. Abdul Haq resident of Oxford School System, Kamboh Street, Kot Shahab-ud-Din, Shahdara, and Lahore. The complainant alleged that some unknown person has created a fake facebook account using his name titled “Goga Abdul Haq” for the purpose of blackmailing, harassment and damage his reputation. Due to which, he is receiving threatening calls to course harm to his life, and reputation etc. He further stated that the culprit has placed mobile number no.0300-8451311 of the complainant on the fake facebook profile and uploaded blasphemous material for spreading religious unrest among the general public against Abdul Haq.

Earlier verification vide No.3060/2017 dated 26-10-2017 was probed by Mr. Naeem Zafar, Assistant Director /HE. The record from Facebook Inc. was obtained by sending Subpoena/Court Orders against the alleged facebook account titled “Goga Abdul Haq” bearing URL and it observed that this facebook profile was verified from mobile no.0312-4949120 at the time of creation. Record was obtained from concerned authorities, revealed that the mobile no.0312-4949120 is registered on the name of Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St #6, Girja Street, Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara against CNIC No.35202-6020636-3.During the course of enquiry, the screenshots of alleged facebook profile were obtained and it was observed that the Mobile No0312-4949120 is still active.

Today on 24-11-2017, information was received from reliable source that the accused is present in a house situated at Jinnah Road, Islam Pura No. 2 near Machis Factory Shahdara, Lahore and is performing the same activities and uploading objectionable material through internet and if a raid is conducted, he may be captured red handed. On this information, the Deputy Director, Cyber Crime Circle, FIA, Lahore constituted a raiding team comprising on Naeem Zafar, Assistant Director/HE, Rana Obaid Ullah Minhas, Senior Investigator, Mansoor Hussain FC and Tanvir Ahmed FC under the supervision of the undersigned (Fakhar Abbas, Inspector/SHO).The raiding team reached at a house at Jinnah Road, Islam Pura No.2 near Machis Factory Shahdara, Lahore and conducted a raid. During search of the premises, a person was sitting in a room and was operating a laptop attached with internet. He was introduced with FIA raiding team .The person later on identified as Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St#6,Girja Street ,Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara bearing CNIC No. 35202-6020636-3.On spot, digital media of accused was searched by the technical officer and witnessed by the raiding team. It was found that data which was related to the alleged facebook account such as multiple personal edited pictures of Abdul Haq which were uploaded on questioned facebook profile and blasphemous material was also successfully found in that digital media which was in the custody of the accused Nadeem Samson. During search, o3 Mobile phones out of which one contained SIM No. 0312-4949120; 01 Acer laptop, internet device of Zong along with other digital media were recovered and taken into possession by FIA as per seizure memo.

Through these acts, the accused unauthorized obtained pictures of the complainant, prepared fake and forged electronic documents, disseminated the blasphemous material to general public through facebook by impersonation; cheated and induced the public to harm the life and to destroy the property /valuable securities of Abdul Haq and his family through such deception, instigation, electronic forgery and fraud. The accused has defiled the sacred name of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), outraged religious feelings of Muslims by insulting Islam and Holy personages with the abetment of some unknown persons. On spot interrogation, the accused Nadeem Samson confessed his guilt in order to create & operate the alleged facebook account due to personal grudge with Abdul Haq. 

Prima facie, the accused Nadeem Samson has committed offences u/s 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC,Istaghasa is being sent through  Mansoor Hussain FC to PS Cyber Crime Circle, FIA Lahore for registration of a case against Nadeem Samson. A case may be registered  and copy of FIR be sent to the undersigned .-sd-Fakhar Abbas ,Inspector, FIA,NR3C,Lahore.On receipt of Istaghasa, the competent authority accorded permission to register a case 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC against the accused person namely Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St #6,Girja Street, Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara bearing CNIC No.35202-6020636-3.Investigation  is entrusted to Fakhar Abbas, Sub-Inspector of Cyber Crime Circle (NR3C),FIA, Lahore by the orders of the competent authority .Copy of FIR is sent to the Investigation Officer through Mansoor Hussain, FC. Copies of FRs are being sent to the concerned quarters.  

This is not the only case of blasphemy, in the same way some unknown person created a fake facebook account on the name titled" Martha Bibi" in October 2015 with the purpose of blackmailing. At that time she was the absconder and declared offended criminal of blasphemy under section 295-C PPC by the session court Lahore. Later on this facebook profile, the blasphemous material about Prophet Muhammad and Islam was uploaded. The creator of this facebook profile titled "Martha Bibi" spread rumors in public that it was created and being running by Sardar Mushtaq Gill. 

The supporters of Mumtaz Hussain Qadri group , Ali Khan, Babar Ali Qadri and Chaudhary Ghulam Murtaza Qadri along with unknown persons started to blackmail, to harass and to damage the reputation of Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team of LEAD by accusing them that they were operating the facebook account titled "Martha Bibi" and uploaded blasphemous material on it; defiled the sacred name of Holy prophet Muhammad; and insulted Islam including with the allegation of helping to harbor Martha Bibi and other blasphemy accused, which hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. They submitted complaints in different police stations against Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team and they filled petitions in Session Court, Lahore to get order for registration of FIR. 

On 07-03-2018, they were successful to get order for registration an FIR under blasphemy charges from Session Court Lahore against Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team. The wordings of the order of the court are, ‘It is alleged by the petitioner that the proposed accused persons are continuously uploading derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and at the protest of petitioner the proposed accused have threatened the petitioner with dire-consequences .Along-with petition ,the petitioner has annexed the copies of web-sites having shown that blasphemy material and derogatory remarks have been uploaded under the different I.D’s. Uploading blasphemic material with derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) is serious crime which must have injured the sentiments of millions of Muslims who happened to visit the said websites. The alleged offence also involves Cyber Crime. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, the matter is referred to CCPO, Lahore’ for registering FIR against the proposed accused.’

It is evident how both Islamists State Actors / the courts and non-State Actors are validating and endorsing their judgments for only death punishment for blasphemy accused by giving the references of their sacred religious texts from Islamic history where their Prophet Muhammad himself endorsed killing of blasphemers. There are some examples of the Christian blasphemy accused’s cases in which the courts gave them death sentences such as Younas Masih, Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih victims of blasphemy laws and endorsed the judgments by stating the instances from the Islamic History are that “It has been related on the authority of Ibn-e-Abbas that a blind man, in the period of Muhammad, had a freed concubine, who used to insult Muhammad and say bad things about him. He told her not to do that but she did not stop, and he rebuked her but she did not heed him. One night, when she started to say bad things about Muhammad and insult him, he took a short sword or dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it and killed her. A child fell between her legs, and became covered by blood (She was pregnant). The following morning that was mentioned to the Messenger of Allah –Muhammad. He called the people together and said, “I ask by Allah the man who has done this action and I order him by my right over him that he should stand up.” The blind man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I am the one who did it; she used to insult you and say bad things about you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not give up her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was kind to me. Last night she began to insult you and say bad things about you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.” Thereupon Muhammad said: “Bear witness, there is no blood money due for her.” 
In another instance that a Jew woman used to abuse Muhammad and thus a person killed her and Muhammad declared her blood as vain. It is also narrated that a person came to Muhammad and said that O Prophet of Allah my father abused and I could not bear it thus killed him. Muhammad confirmed his action of killing. Such references from the sacred text of Islamic history enjoin Muslims to be unkind, cruel, violent, intolerant and stingy towards blasphemy accused. 

Blasphemy law is a real attack on the religious liberty and freedom of expression for all those who have contrasting opinions or criticism with regards to Islam or its history. The both Christians and non-Christians are equally victims of the blasphemy law abuses; but for Muslims, it is only those who express criticism towards Islam or its history. And, if a Christian person is accused of blasphemy, he will not be spared and his death will be sought. There is also the risk of mass punishment or revenge against the entire Christian community to which he belongs, as occurred in several past tragic incidents. 

Majority of Pakistanis prey religious minorities whenever there is an incident of blasphemy against Islam or Muslims. Persons of minority faiths, particularly Christian experiences grave insecurity in Pakistan when someone accused of blasphemous contents or remarks. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws foster an environment of intolerance and impunity, and lead to violations of a broad range of human rights, including the obvious rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or faith, as well as freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention; the right to due process and a fair trial; freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; and the right to life and security of the person and property. In Pakistan people are killed, imprisoned, tortured, kidnapped, and otherwise victimized because of what they believe other than majority believe. 

Christians are the most vulnerable, marginalized, and defenseless portion of the Pakistani society and the Islamists extremists use these blasphemy laws as a tool for taking personal revenge and vendetta against religious minorities particularly Christians and Hindu in Pakistan. Our voices of advocacy should be as strong to reach the concerned world authorities to save the victims of blasphemy laws and must be helpful for abolishing the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

PREFACE of the book ‘Religious Liberty, Freedom, Power and the Role of the West’ written by Sardar Mushtaq Gill

Why, the writer has decided to write his second book on this topic ‘Religious Liberty, Freedom, Power and the Role of the West’, as the current collective struggle of nations for religious freedom on the initiative of the USA and the West. The writer is an advocate for religious liberty and freedom from last many years. He is aspiring to explain what religious liberty and freedom are; and what is the role of power for this precious right in the both ways to achieve it or to smash it. He thinks it should be highlighted the thing which is an important element for religious liberty, freedom and its practice’s guarantee. And why, where, and when, Power is needed to use to stop the violent religious factors. These violent religious factors begin to be the causes of religious persecution. 
In reference this book, Religious liberty means every human being has right to have and to adopt religion or forsake or change religion; and can declare himself as a non-Religion. Religious freedom means every person has right to practice his faith, belief, rituals and values without fear of hostility, and one's practice of religion be without persecution and hostility for others or freedom of no faith. All religions are not equal by faiths, teachings, observance of rituals and practices. Religion is a power in its manpower and all religions are not equal in their strength. Every religion has right to increase its manpower but no religion has a right to adopt a way of mistreating to increase its manpower and decrease other religions manpower purposefully. 

Man has hunger for power and some are continually in struggle to get authority for their survival in this hostile world. But some are contending to make themselves so powerful to overthrow others. This is the negative want to use of power against individuals. As the topic is religion, there are instances in the history of the world in which religion gained power and it strove to maintain peace and tranquility in society at large. There are also occurrences where religion won power and made hostile others to surrender under their religious dictations. In some places, it became hope for oppressed when oppressed were given equality and justice in public. In the present scenario, the role of the West should not be ignored in the world. It will be injustice with the West if someone not accept the truth that the West are the superpower nations and good news is that the status of superpowers are a hope for the oppressed of the world at large. Today the West can arm herself with the oppressed of the world who could be future’s instrumental power for her. It is appreciable that the West is already leading and striving the world for a place where the safety of human being at large will be more secure. It is also admirable that the West is taking it serious where religious liberty and freedom is at stake. When the West had beacon of Christianity, the West gave the world a visionary heritage. If the Christianity will lose its cultures and values in the western civilization, then there will be no civilization in the west and the world will be suffering more than now. 

It is true that the West was pure Christian nation and she was built on Christian faiths, values and practices. Christianity was the basic secret for her success as to be a powerful nation in the world. It is a caution for the West that she will not ignore Christianity its faiths, values and practices why because without Christianity she could not be in position to maintain its present status as a powerful nation in the positive direction and doing leading role in the world. The west used power to maintain peace, tranquility and safety not only for her own peoples but also for the world at large. It is also a cautionary advice for those the depressed, who were given status of equality in the society and they gained position to speak, don’t oppose the West’s Christian policies and its Christian status and values because of its Christian policies you are in the place where you have right to speak as a free man even you are in any corner of the world.
Christianity is the identity of the West and if the radicals with their faith based harmful factors and by winning the support of exclusive Secularism, non-Religion, and Atheism, those who are anti-Christians, will be successful to eradicate Christian faiths, values and practices from the West Nations, then the religious liberty and freedom will be only in books, and we know half of the World has already gone through such faith based harmful factors’ practices, where there they are in power due to its manpower/majority. Consequently, if the religion with its faith based harmful factors’ practices will be in power as Christianity now is powerful, then it will be harmful first for Christians and then for Secularism, non-Religion and Atheism.

The purpose of this book is to explain the right way to define religious liberty and freedom and how it to be protected and promoted in the world. Power is not a negative thing but its violent abuse can be hurtful for public. Religion's inharmonious practices can be hurtful for others. The duty of the Power is to restrain inharmonious factors of religion when they are harmful for others. As we don’t accept exclusive Secularism and non-Religion including Atheism, which is anti-religion. In the same way, we don’t accept religious liberty and freedom of any religion, which is anti-Christians, anti-Jews or anti other religion or non-religion, because of its hurtful practices the world will be in suffering.

The writer is a human rights defender lawyer from Pakistan. By faith he is a Christian and preacher of Christianity. He is a researcher of Christian persecution in Pakistan from last many years. He is advocating for religious liberty and freedom. He has worked for uplifting human rights and advocated for it by his advocacy and writing skill. In spite of his Christian faith, he has respect for others’ faiths and values. It is the duty of the reader to distinguish which religion has harmful factors and practices against humanity. 

This is the book in which the writer has taken the steps to define the elements of human rights at large and religious persecution so that this book could be helpful for all those who are advocating for human rights and the most precious right of religious liberty and freedom in the world. Because of this main purpose, it is necessary to write this book which could be beneficial for public at large. The writer is free to write the elements and their meanings according to his knowledge, wisdom and mind, which is for him, is for the improvement of the world decision making ability, critically, some may agree or disagree with the writer’s approach, but the purpose of the writer is to give a directive instrument in shape of this book and isn’t to hurt the feelings of anyone.