Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Another Christian man allegedly abducted and tortured to death by police officials

MURIDKE: A Christian man, Tariq Masih, father of seven children murdered on Monday January 25, 2016, allegedly after being abducted and tortured by police officials at Muridke police station.

Rukhsana Bibi wife of Tariq Masih filed an official complaint against four alleged perpetrators Tuheed-Ur-Rehman and Muhammad Nawaz and two unidentified, the FIR No.36/16 under sections 302/364,148/149 PPC has been registered against the alleged accused but no one has been arrested yet now.

Tariq’s family attributed his death to police torture, alleging that he was abducted and murdered then they threw the dead body at home.

According to one police Official of City Police Station Muridke, Tariq Masih was arrested by Police officials of Police Station Satra Sialkot and claimed died on way due to a heart attack and he also told that they have received Postmortem report.  

Rev.Hezkial Sharafat, a Priest at Muridke Church, he talked with Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD, a group who provide free legal aid and advocacy, on phone on behalf of Tariq’s family and requested for legal assistance for the victim family. He said his wife is under heavy burden of grief and unable to talk.

“I pledged to stand with Tariq’s family and I will strive for justice because I know he was Christian and for this reason he was killed,” assured Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

We at LEAD fight for justice for those who are persecuted and we ask you to stand with us for this great cause and for our mission for the assistance of persecuted and for timely needed action for them because we can do nothing without your support.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Christian victim of religious harassment ask for assistance

KASUR: Today January 24,2016,a Christian man ,Patras Hanif ,father of five children,victim of religious harassment at work place by religious Extremists reach to Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender for legal assistance.

Patras is working at Century Board and Paper Mills situated at Multan Road 60 KM away from Lahore from last four years.He is being en-forcefully preached by his co-workers and forced to accept Islam and on his refusal harassed by them.

He says that he is being mentally tortured by them and sometime he thinks to commit suicide.

"They often say that Christians are 'Kafirs' infidels and will go to hell.I know if I will say something about their faith then they will charge me in blasphemy law,"told Hanif. 

"I know nothing to do with them except to bear all things silently for my job sake and my safety.Finally I decided to seek help from you," he said to Mr.Gill.


"Extremism plus hatred and faith based animosity equals persecution.Christians are victims of this kind of Islamic preaching in Pakistan.It is systematically being used to make clean sweep of Christianity and other faiths from Pakistan by the hands of Extremists,"  said Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender.

"Extremism with its violent dispositions,is the cause of religious minorities' exodus from Pakistan.To end it,Islamic Religious and political leadership must publicly discourage Extremists and take themselves initiative for religious harmony programs, but here Ravi river flows from South to North,"added Mr.Gill.

Pakistan should be a secular state if we really see her a place where every citizen live and enjoy equal rights for his progress and the authorities should eradicate elements of religious extremism and its roots.It is not only discrimination but also religious persecution but only it is felt by those who are victims of this extremism.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Will Christian evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham advocate for Asia Bibi’s release from prison?

LAHORE: Reportedly, On January 16,2016,Pastor Saeed Abedini,a naturalized American citizen,was released from prison with three other Americans prisoners.Reportedly on January 27,2013,he was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of undermining national security through private religious gatherings in Christian homes in Iran in the early 2000s.

According to media reports Christian evangelist Franklin Graham,a son of Billy Graham,advocated for Abedini's release and worked with the lawmakers to advocate for Abedini's release,along with Pittenger's friend North Carolina Pastor David Chadwick.

According to U.S.News Rep. Robert Pittenger doubts Abedini will ever return to Iran.
"He saw the bigger picture. He was arrested because of his Christian faith. He's Iranian. He understands the government, he understands what these mullahs do. They're tyrants and they're very rigid sectarian Shiite Muslims, and they have no respect or tolerance for other sects, much less Christianity," Pittenger says.
On the other side,Asia Bibi a Pakistani Christian woman was accused of committing blasphemy by her fellow workers in 2009. In 2010, she was awarded death sentence, however, later appeal was filed against the ruling which was rejected by the Lahore High Court in 2014, and now her appeal case is pending for a hearing before the Supreme Court.
She is one of those faith prisoners who are languishing in Pakistani jails and there is no strong advocacy for their release after the assassination of two high profiles political figures.

The blasphemy laws are not a heartache for accused only, but theirs families also suffer from the agony followed by the ghastly episode of tragedy.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,who heads LEAD a free legal aid and advocacy group working for persecuted and faith prisoners in Pakistan,request evangelist Rev.Franklin Graham for advocacy support for Asia Bibi's release and other Pakistani faith prisoners.

"I request evangelist Rev.Franklin Graham and other international groups who claim to raise their voice for religious freedom and faith prisoners in Pakistan.I request because they are arrested due to their Christian faith,"said Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who is also advocating for persecuted.

Monday, 18 January 2016

A 7-year-old Christian boy dies after sexual abuse by landlords

BAHAWALNAGAR:  A group of four men allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old Christian boy, in Bahawalnagr a city in Punjab province.

According to details, a 7-year-old Christian boy dies as a result of gang rape by four Muslim men who had kidnapped him prior to sexually assault. Reports reveal that the dead body was discarded in an area near a Christian colony.

The case FIR has been lodged and three perpetrators have been arrested and one was escaped from the scene.

According to reports,the boy had gone missing on Tuesday, January 5 in Bahawalnagar. It was reported that the remains of the victim’s dead  body were discovered by the locals, after a day the boy went missing reportedly.
The culprits were under the influence of alcohol when they carried out the heinous act. They kidnapped the boy and took him to their dera; where the four of them sexually abused him. Eventually, The men then used a rope to kill Asif. The postmortem report also reveals that the boy was sexually assaulted and then killed.

The issue of child abused in Pakistan has to be raised at global level as the child abused is being increased in number day by day.This is the second case of child abused reach to Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD.
We at LEAD provide free legal assistance and advocacy to those victims of religious discrimination and sexual and domestic violence who can not afford to bear heavy legal cost of counsels and our request to stand with us and support the cause for which we are fighting.We at LEAD due to our this fight under threats and intimidation from the violators of Human Rights in Pakistan.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A mob attacks a Christian’s house during a prayer service

SIALKOT: A Christian’s house in a village of Sialkot was attacked by a mob of Muslims at the time when a prayer meeting was being held in the house.

According to details, a mob of Muslims attacked the house of a Christian where a prayer meeting was going on. This incident took place in a village Nawan Pind, Sadho Mahal of Sialkot.

Prior to this occurrence, the local Muslims had seized church land and a quarrel erupted between the local Christians and Muslims which was intervened by the police.

On January 4, police arranged for a reconciliation meeting among the local Christians and Muslims. It has been revealed that the Muslims reached there armed with weapons at the meeting and instead of holding peace talks to resolve the issue.

While remarking about this situation, one of the local Christian resident of the village Bashir Masih said that the local Muslims have almost “made it almost impossible” for the Christians to worship even in their homes.

“We obtained written approval from the DPO, Rai Ijaz, to hold a three-hour prayer meeting in the private courtyard of a Christian, Javed Masih, on January 3, which was a Sunday.”

Bashir further said that the police official had also deployed two policemen at the venue in order ot provide security to the local Christians.

At the time of attack about, 30 Christians were in the house who were worshiping because the church building had already been seized. The Christians stated that a Muslim man namely Rashid Jutt, stormed into the house where Christians were worshiping. Rashid along with his accomplices disrupted during the prayer service.

Bashir Masih says, “The policemen assigned for our security were late, therefore one of our boys, Gulshan, stepped forward to stop Jutt from harassing the congregation. The two soon started fighting, but we intervened and separated them. Jutt then left, vowing to ‘teach all of us a lesson.’” Bashir further said that the Rashid Jutt, later filed an FIR against Gulshan and five other Christians of torturing him.

"This incident is a vivid instance of shrinking space for religious freedom for Christian and other religious minorities in Pakistan",said Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender.

Authority is doing nothing to defend the shrinking space for religious minorities in Pakistan. All religious minorities live under siege at the hands of religious extremists and religious freedom also under threats.Sadly, Pakistan’s religious minorities have either relocated to other countries or they are moving from pillar to post to find a safe heaven inside the country. And on the other hand, thousands of Christians have also left silently to Thailand and Sri Lanka to seek asylum. 

One another instance of a 7 year old Christian girl who was forcibly stopped on her way home from school by the Muslim family who took her their home,before beating her and stripping her naked, leaving her clothes,school uniform,in the garbage to burn.The Christian family has one option to leave the village or accept Islam.This is the punishment for her uncle wish to get married with a Muslim girl.

We  at LEAD  try to defend them by asking you to stand with us for this great noble cause for our rescue mission and for timely needed action for them because we can do nothing without your support. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A Christian man dies during Police torture

Gujranwala: A Christian man dies in police custody after torture.The tortured dead body of one Christian man named Liaquat Masih aged 47, driver by profession was handed over to his family on January 14, 2016, by Gujranwala Cantonment Police station.

Liaquat Masih with his 5 member family was residing in Fattomund village, a suburban area of Gujranwala City and employed as driver with son of Political figure from last 15 years.

There was theft in house of Mohammad Raza Hammed who was employer of Liaquat Masih in month of November 2015, in which some gold ornaments were reportedly stolen in a theft.

Mohammad Raza Hameed is son of Mohammad SA Hameed who is leader of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf PTI led by Imran Khan and known as very wealthy and influential politician among Muslim elite circles of district Gujranwala.

Mohammad Raza Hameed lodged report against unknown thieves in Gujranwala Cantonment Police Station but later pressured police to arrest his driver Liaquat Masih who was serving him from last 15 years.

It is common trend in Pakistan that Muslim employers in Pakistan in such theft cases point blames on their Christian maids and other Christian servants weather valuable are stolen by their family members or Muslim relatives; The Muslim employers pressure area police to use third degree on Christian employees that real Muslim Steelers among their family members may be covered up. There have been many deaths of Christian maids and Christian servants during police torture in such theft investigation but none of victim ever receives justice.

According to sources, murder of Liaquat Masih during police torture is series of such investigation in which influential Muslim employers demand confession in theft cases in their homes.

Liaquat Masih was detained without evidence and tortured daily in hope that he would yield to the Police and confess to the crime. However, Liaquat continued to uphold his innocence and the torture increased in severity. Finally his weakened and emaciated body (due to poor nourishment in the police cells), gave into the torture and Liaquat died on 13th January 2016. Liaquat leaves behind his wife Rubina (40 years) and four children, Khurram (20 years), Kinza (15 years), Adeel (12 years), and Zarish (9 years). His funeral was held today and hundreds of Christians form Pakistan turned up to share their condolences and show solidarity. 

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD strongly condemns killing of Liaquat Masih and brutally of the police against Christians.He demands justice for the victim family and also demands to arrest the SHO and Investigation Police officer of Gujranwala Cantonment Police Station and all other nominated and unidentified in the FIR No.32/2016 for killing Christian man.LEAD will stand with victim family and will provide legal assistance for justice.

A 9 year-old boy victim of child abused crying for justice

KASUR: Today 16 January,2016,Akbar Ali,a Human Rights Defender who heads Muslim Friends Foundation along with victim and his mother reached Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender who heads LEAD for assistance for a 9 year old boy ,who was victim of sodomy.
According to facts,a 9 years old orphan boy namely Ashfaq was going to bring milk from a Haveli while coming back home,he was abducted by a Muslim man Muhammad Nadeem along with one unidentified and they both repeatedly committed sodomy with him and left him unconscious in the field.

The widow mother of the victim,Hameedhan Bibi, came to police Station Saddar Phool Nagar and filed a complaint against the culprits but the police used lame excuses to register FIR against the culprits after the intervention of Muslim Friends Foundation ,the case FIR No.349/15 under section 377 PPC was registered.

The main culprit filed pre-arrest bail petition in the Court of Learned Judge Muhammad Waris Javed,Additional and Sessions Judge,Pattoki which was dismissed on January 2,2016.

The Police is reluctant to arrest the culprit because of his political links and some political figures are at his back who wish to save his skin from sodomy charges.

"Doctor says that the digestive system of my son is not working that's why he is vomiting and remain ill due to sodomy committed with him after taking his ultrasound " toldThe widow ,Hameedan Bibi,mother of the victim.

She further added that she is along with her four children working at Dogar Brickkiln.She is working as bonded labourer and she is under the debt of Rs.2,50,000/- (about $ 2500).

"I request for justice,my son is just 9 years old and his life has been destroyed.It seems that law is not for poor people and powerful plays with laws for their enjoyment.The culprits is still extending life threats to withdraw the case ,"she told with tears.