Monday, 5 October 2015

Muslim extremist teachers beat a Catholic teacher for having head teachership post in school

KASURToday Saddique Azam,a Catholic Christian teacher posted as head teacher at a small village Primary School Pernawa near Phool Nagar,was badly and severely beaten and tortured by a group of extremist Muslim teachers who are working as teacher under his head teachership.They have grudge and taunt him by saying "Choora" a derogatory and hatred word which is being used against Christian by Muslims in Pakistan.  

According to facts Azam was appointed head teacher at Village Pernawa from last three months and the concerned department is not issuing appointment letter as a head teacher in his name because of his Christian faith but charge of headship was already given him and five other primary school come under his headship.A group of extremist Muslim teacher protested before District Education Officer (DEO Kasur) why a Christian appointed on head post.He was being pressurized and forced from last two months that he would himself resign from the head teachership and deliver charge of headship to other Muslim teacher otherwise he would have to face dire consequences.
Today at about 7:45 am three extremist Muslim teachers entered the school and sat in his office when he came to office and he inquired them why they came.They warned him to withdraw and resign from teacher headship and they put one condition if he wished to remain on this post then he would do duty as they would direct him.They said if they would be on leave or absent from school then he would answer to education department that he had with them.Azam denied to do so and flatly refused to facilitate them in illegally.On this denial they started beaten and tortured him and severely injured his left eye.

The other staff and some villagers came and rescued him from them and locked those Muslim teachers in a room and called on 15 to summon Police. Police came and arrested them but using lame excuses to register FIR against them on the submitted complaint application.

Christians continue to suffer religious discrimination in Pakistan due to discriminatory laws and, new laws are needed in place of discriminatory provision of laws including constitution of Pakistan, says Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender.

We often voice concerns about religious discrimination against Christians but authorities take it trivial and pays no heed to our voices and as legal policies are concerned, cases that are religious discrimination may be the result of discriminatory provision of laws which lower the status of religious minorities in Pakistan, added Gill.

We at LEAD provide free legal assistance to those victims of religious discrimination who can not afford to pay heavy legal cost of lawyers and it is only possible with your support. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court, who is head of LEAD, have dedicated his services for humanity and for those who are victims of human rights violations.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Job vacancies of “janitorial work” requiring the applicant to be Christian a technical way to cover reserved 5% minorities qouta

Pakistan:A controversial job advertisement has sparked widespread anger among the Christians in Pakistan.
According to details, an advertisement was publicized by the Institute of Cardiology in Lahore explaining that only non-Muslims will be eligible to apply for the job of male and female sweeper.

The advertisement has been deemed as a humiliation of the non-Muslims; generally the word non-Muslim here is assumed to be for Christians. These advertisements were widely circulated throughout the country and have sparked great anger among the Pakistani Christians. It has been assumed that low-ranking jobs have been specifically assigned to the Christians.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD,an organization working for minorities rights, has taken strongly condemned this advertisement and decided to challenge it in High Courts.

“It seems that Government authorities deliberately misleading to cover 5% quota by pointing only Christians on these menial jobs and systematically humiliate Christians in the eyes of the society that they have been limited to specific types of work",told Mr.Gill.

This is not first incident of such religious discriminatory advertisement for jobs vacancies,this has been pointed out that earlier too when two other hospitals namely Lady Wellington Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, also had publicized advertisements for job vacancies for janitor calling in for a non-Muslim or Christian, as requirements for the vacancy.

"The government has very sharp mind about minority 5% job quota,they cover it by pointing Christian on janitor jobs and filled all other jobs by Muslims and if someone try to challenge it through 5% quota system in courts then authority takes plea that reserved 5%  jobs for minorities had already filled with janitor jobs",added Mr.Gill.

It is not because of caste system rather it is due to Christian faith that they are being set aside to a corner.This is an technical way of persecution by the hands of authorities,it is not only religious discrimination against Christians but also a criminal act of religious defamation.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

LEAD Appalled at Warning of Pakistani Military About Coming Terror Campaign Against Pakistani Christians

Pakistan: LEAD Appalled at Warning of Pakistani Government and Military About Coming Terror Campaign of ISIS Against Pakistani Christians.

According to Gatestone Institute the Pakistani government and military have warned the nation's tiny Christian minority that Islamic terrorist groups plan to target Christian religious institutions in the near future. The wave of anti-Christian attacks will allegedly include Pakistan's Christian churches, schools, and hospitals.
The wave of anti-Christian campaign is already in action and blasphemy laws and other discriminatory policies were and will be carried out by Islamic groups and persons who will adopt and forged an alliance with the more extremist and brutal Islamic State (ISIS) cells that have already entered Pakistan and in action under other names and banners against religious minorities.

The concern about the ISIS Plans Terrorist attacks against Christians spread overall social media which arrives in the minds of individuals and many asking about it from Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court who heads LEAD,an advocacy group working for Pakistani persecuted Church and campaigning for religious liberty.

Yesterday Pakistani Christians across the globe are mourning their lost and injured on the 2nd anniversary of the Peshawar twin bomb attack  which killed more than 100 people and injured more than 250, an incident labelled the worst attack on Christians in the nation.  

In recently, the Christian exodus from Pakistan is driven by visceral hatred and a fanatical disregard for the rights of minorities. In a country where the brave defender Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, can be murdered in broad daylight, where churches are bombed, where an illiterate woman can be sentenced to death of alleged blasphemy charges, where a husband and wife can be burnt alive in front of their young children by an enraged Muslim mob, and where there is a culture of impunity which rarely leads to those responsible being brought to justice and to punish, it is little wonder that many Christians are fleeing for their lives. It doubly compounds their suffering when mob burnt christian homes and when international community does not take it seriously to stand with them.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

A land grabber set the house of a Christian family on fire after making them confined in it

Islamabad: An aggressive land grabber sets house of a Christian family on fire, with the intention of burning the family within the house as well.

According to reports, home of a Christian family was reduced to ashes when an aggressive mob set it ablaze on September 10, Thursday. The radicals tried to burn the Christian family inside the house alive purportedly. It has been claimed by the victims that the alleged perpetrators had the intentions of obtaining the property of the Christian family.
The victim 38-year-old, Christian Boota Masih who is residing in Islamabad accuses that the perpetrators are after his property the land and his house. Despite the fact that there are eye witnesses and proof against the alleged perpetrators local police is reluctant to register and FIR.

In keeping with Boota Masih, a mob including both men and women large group of men and two women arrived at his house and started banging on the door shouting yelling at him to come out of the house. He revealed that he was utterly surprised to see a mob gathered at his front doorstep. One of the perpetrators leading the mob threatened him to vacate the house immediately or else he would be facing dire consequences.

While the mob chanting slogans terming Boots a trespasser in his own home. He revealed he became terrified. “I was terror stricken, the mob was threatening to kill me and my family. They had weapons in their hands and started to brandish them before me. I thought they would kill all of us. I refused to leave my home – I had paid for it fairly and they had no right to ask me to leave.”

When Boota Masih remained adamant and refused to vacate the house, the mob began beating him violently with iron rods and wooden sticks. This was not all, some of the people from the mob locked the Christian family inside a room of their house and set it on fire.”I broke the door down using all my strength, desperate to live and to save my family. Soon other local Christians came to rescue us, they put out the flames and called the fire brigade”.

Few months ago, Boota Masih and his family including a wife and six children had moved to the house after he purchased the house from Ghulam Ali after paying 1 million rupees. Since the deal was oral and two witnesses were present when Boota Masih made the payment while written legal documentation was made. For this reason, the purchase became controversial.

It is speculated that wife of Ghulam Ali had incited the attack on the Christian family. On the other side, local Christians testify to the noble character of Boota saying that he has been living in this area for decades. All these years Boota has earned a good reputation in the eyes of the public. He makes both ends meet by selling fruit in a local market while his wife works in a school.

Police on the other hand, are reluctant to file and FIR saying that a complaint will not be registered until a thorough investigations will be made into the details provided by Boota Masih. This attack has left the family of Boota Masih terrified while local Christians are also fearful.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender strongly condemns such acts of violence which create fear of insecurity among Christians and urges authority to take strict measures to stop such happenings and to punish the perpetrators.

We at LEAD provide free legal assistance to those victims of Human Rights Violation who can not afford to pay heavy legal cost of lawyers. Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court ,whe is head of LEAD , has dedicated his services for humanity and  for those who are victims of human rights violations.

Friday, 4 September 2015

A Christian man held over alleged blasphemy case

KASUR: Fear grips Christians  locality in village Gorrey Wala over alleged blasphemy case registered at Police station Mandi Usman Wala against a Christian father of four children and husband of a minor disable wife,Pervaiz Masih.
According to his brother in law, Shamaun, Pervaiz 40-years-old was booked for alleged blasphemous remarks made by him against Prophet of Islam .The incident took place after as a brawls happened 15 to 20 days ago in Village Gorrey Wala amongst two Muslims men Ijaz and Asif with Pervaiz on wages of sand loading.

Shamaun Masih, brother-in-law of Pervaiz Masih, said that he was being punished for demanding his wage.

"Pervaiz is a poor man who has four children and wife with a minor disability. They are all terrified over what has happened,” Shamaun Masih told Sardar Mushtaq  Gill, Human Rights Defender,who visited the victim family at village Gorrey wala.

He further added that they wished to engage LEAD's lawyers to take this case.Mr.Gill promised them to provide possible legal assistance in this case and would get him acquitted from false blasphemy charges.

His brother Javaid told Mr.Gill that they heard from the accusers how Pervaiz used derogatory remarks when his brother Pervaiz was loading sand on trolley a cleric was delivering sermon on mobile recording of a Muslim man Ijaz and describing an miracle account while Hazrat Bilal was grazing his goats how one weaker goat gave milk after Prophet of Islam place his hands on it.

He further told that his brother denied the allegation and he just instructed them to make off the mobile and engaged themselves into work because the day was very hot.

The case is another example of the power of the country's controversial blasphemy laws.  The laws are misused to settle scores and personal vendettas. Poor Christians have often become the target of accusations of blasphemy and Muslim community  misused it as a tool to take revenge from Christians.

Fear grips everyone who holds Christian faith because no one knows when his turn will come to be victim of blasphemy laws.

LEAD will continue to campaign against the misuse of blasphemy laws and to defend the victims and to rescue them.We ask for prayer our safety and for your physical support for our work for persecuted.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Petition accepted of father of condemned Pakistani Christian woman for access

LAHORE: Yesterday 24 August, The filed petition in Lahore High court of Soran Masih,father of catholic Christian woman blasphemy death convict Asia Bibi,accepted for visiting her in prison and direction issued to Home Department Punjab and Woman Jail Superintendent Multan to give him and other relative access for prison visitation of Asia Bibi.
Asia Bibi , a Pakistani Christian mother of five , is on death row , has been given a ray of hope when the Apex Court granted her leave to appeal and accepted for hearing. The appeal was set to be heard on 22 July and stayed execution till further order.Her family members have grave concern about her worsening health in prison and they are very hopeful for her release from Supreme Court.

"I have lost everything after happening of this incident and I have no enough resources to visit my daughter in Multan prison,"told Soran Masih.

"Children are very dear to birds also and why not to me who is father but jail officials do not give access except her husband and children,"he added.

He further added that Ashiq Masih forbidding us to stay away from the case and he himself deliberately skipped our names from the relatives list who can visit and see Asia Bibi in prison.

"I want to see her in prison but nobody willing to assist and guide us how it is possible,"told Rehana Bibi sister of Asia Bibi.

The blasphemy laws are not a heartache for Asia Bibi only, but her family also suffers from the agony followed by the ghastly episode of blasphemy tragedy and her blasphemy case is of extraordinarily sensitive nature and high-profile one.

Sarfraz Masih Gill,the brother of Sajjad Masih Gill who is life sentenced  under blasphemy,contacted with Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and told that they are getting life threats from unknown persons and living in hiding from one place to other. 

On December 18, 2011, Malik Muhammad Tariq Saleem, a Muslim resident in Gojra, a cloth merchant, received some blasphemous text messages from a unknown phone. The next day, Tariq was reported to the police in Gojra who registered a complaint for blasphemy, indicting and arresting Sajjad Gill.His appeal against life imprisonment is pending in Lahore High Court. 

Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court , who heads LEAD , is being victimized of intimidation , life threats, harassment and attacks. He is also suffering from constant fear of attacks but without being demoralized and discouraged doing diligently his human rights work and rescuing victims.

We at LEAD request you all to stand with us in this noble cause for persecuted and pray for our safety and fiscal needs.We are thankful for those who support our work because with your support we are doing this work and fighting for justice and rescuing victims.

The after-effects of Kasur child abuse scandal

PAKISTAN:The after-effects of the Kasur child porn scandal show up as a Parliamentary panel, on Thursday August 20, revised the 155-year-old Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) chalked out in 1860.

In order to make laws associated to child sex abuse more inflexible, three latest sections (292-A, 292-B and 292-C) of PPC 1860 have been pioneered.
Section 292-A defines “Exposure to seduction” was inserted which states: whoever seduces a child shall be punished with a prison term of one to seven years or with a fine of Rs.100,000 to Rs.500,000 or with both.
Section 292-B defines ‘child pornography’ while section 292-C copes with punishment pertaining to it. The prescribed punishment states those involved in the offence shall be punished with a prison term of two to seven years or with fine of Rs.200,000 to Rs.700,000 or with both.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights sanctioned the ‘Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2015’ looking for amendments in the PPC 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898.
Furthermore, the government of Pakistan recommended putting in latest sections in the PPC: 377-A which defines sexual abuse as “whosoever employs, uses, forces, persuades, induces, entices or coerces any person to engage in or assist any other person to engage in fondling, stroking, caressing, exhibitionism, voyeurism or any obscene or sexually explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct either independently or in conjunction with other acts, with or without consent, is said to commit the offence of sexual abuse.”