Sunday, 28 September 2014

Gazala Khan Co-accused of Zafar Bhatti Blasphemy Case Reaches To LEAD For Legal Assistance

LAHORE:A blasphemy convict,named Asghar Ali,who is with a history of mental illness, was wounded by shooting at of a policeman in the Adiala jail on Thursday where this man is on death row for blasphemy.The policeman claimed 'divine visitations' for the guidance to put his life on line for the sake of his religious beliefs.He told to the Police that he was sure that the man would be set free and wanted to kill him to punish properly.The wounded blasphemy death convicted is admitted in a local hospital and now reportedly in stable condition.

In the same jail,there is also under judicial custody a Christian Pastor Zafar Bhatti who is also blasphemy accused and whose jail trial is under proceedings from the last few months,unfortunately news spread in media about him too that he was killed in the same incident but latter it was reportedly confirmed that he was safe.Pakistan Christian Post

Gazala Khan who is also co-accused with Mr.Bhatti's blasphemy case today came to the Christian Lawyer,Mr.Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,Chief of LEAD and she asked about the Adiala Jail incident which she came to know through media.
Mr.Gill got confirmed through phone call from Mr.Khuram Mann(Advocate)who was earlier appearing in Mr.Bhatti's case,he told that he had confirmed on phone from his sister and wife about the news of killing of Mr.Bhatti and they told that he was safe and incident was not happened with him.Mr.Mann further told that there is no organization which is representing this case now.
Ms.Gazala told that she was on bail and did not know the next date of hearing of the trial.She further added that she herself engaged and hired one Muslim lawyer for her bail and now for trial too and there was and is not any Christian organization who was and is representing her case including Mr.Bhatti.Mr.Gill asked her why in report published by one Christian organization that they are following Mr.Bhatti's case.She told that she did not know why such claims came in media but it is fact and true that only Mr.Pervaiz Khan(Advocate from Rawalpindi) and one other his colleague are representing our case.She also told that Rawalpindi Bar barred lawyers to represent our case.PCP
Then she also requested and told to Mr.Gill for legal assistance in her case and for transferring the case from Rawalpindi to Lahore as it is difficult for her to afford to go Lahore to Rawalpindi on every date of hearing because she was and is bearing all expenses herself and now she is terrified due to the Adiala Jail incident.
"My case is totally fake and false and during investigation it was proved that I did not use the mobile sim-card which identity on my profile and also there is no data and mobile including in the evidence.So in this way my case will be quashed and no fear of sentence",she told.

She further added that the court wished to quash the FIR to my extent but she wanted that the FIR would be quashed so that they both could be set free from false allegation.She told that she knew the law and she read law books but could not be able to win law degree.
Mr.Gill told her frankly that LEAD would not be able to support you financially but for free legal assistance we would fight and follow the case.
Today this morning,Mr.Gill received one phone call from one renowned social and political activist Mr.Khalid Gill,who is now in Canada,he asked about the Adiala jail incident and told that he had engaged lawyer in the case of Mr.Bhatti and Ms.Gazala.He also mentioned the same name which Ms.Gazala told. 
Mr.Gill received many calls after the Adiala jail incident from different persons including Mr.Tariq Seraj (Advocate).He also asked what was truth about Zafar Bhatti's murdered in jail.Is there any possibility that Government is hiding the killing of Mr.Bhatti or just misunderstanding and misinformation due to attack on another blasphemy death convicted prisoner. 
"We are much concerned about such incidents as happened in The Adiala jail and in the incidents of extrajudicial killings of blasphemy accused and their lawyers,"shared Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

He further added that the lawyer who challenges the wordings of FIR and try to negate that wordings in blasphemy cases, on this the prosecution lawyers start to feel anger and humiliate the defense lawyer and if the controversial thoughts further heated up between them.The defense lawyer gets death threats and some time killing as happened in mostly cases.Some defense lawyers in blasphemy cases just fulfill formality of law and do not take risk to challenge the version of FIR and put all things on the Judge because they think that if the trial court gives punished then in appeal the accused might be released.In this way they avoid to take risk but this is not fair with client and victim.
Prayer Request By Chief of LEAD,Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill to all National and National Churches and Ministries to pray for wisdom,courage and safety for his team and for all victims of blasphemy who are suffering in jails due to faith and you all know every day, believers around the world risk banishment, beatings, imprisonment and death to follow Christ and take His Gospel farther. Perseverance often seems impossible, but when the Lord enables believers to stand strong, He works mightily through their sufferings.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Four Young Muslim Gang Rape 15 Year Old Christian Girl For Video Clip

 Sialkot:On September 15,2014,a fifteen year old Christian girl,Monaza Bibi,was gang raped by four young Muslim turn by turn and they made Mobile video Clip in Deera Sindha Kalan Village of SialKot.

The Police registered FIR. No.646/14  under sections 476/114 PPC against the two rapists on the complaint of Gang Rape victim's father,named Mubarak Masih.The Police and the some influential local Muslim pressurized the victim family to exempt the other two rapists and did not mention their names in the complaint otherwise ready for dire consequences.The Police completed the Challan speedily and sent the two arrested rapist in judicial lockup so that the police could be successful to save other two rapist.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,human rights defender ,who heads LEAD,was informed and being requested by Tariq Seraj (Advocate) from last week to defend the victim family and follow the case for legal assistance and support,but due to shortage of funds Mr.Gill refused to take this case.On September 20 to 25,2014,Mr.Gill was requested a number of times and yesterday with the financial support of some supporters of LEAD,Mr.Gill headed to meet the victim family along with his team including main legal advisor of LEAD Mr.Aric John(Advocate).Mr.Gill made assured the victim family for legal assistance and possible support for them and prayed for the victim girl and her family.

The father of gang rape victim girl told that they were yet being threatened by the accused family members and they were also being pressurized for compromise with the culprits.Mr.Gill along with his team and the father of victim girl went to the concerned Police Station and met with Investigator Officer and SHO of the Police Station.The father of victim girl got registered a new complaint about the threats and the pressure which is being developed by the rapists' relatives and other influential Local Muslim.The SHO made assured to take immediate legal action against them.

The SHO also made it confirmed that the rapists made some mobile video clip which is the part of evidence and the concerned investigator included Mobile and memory card in the Police Challan for evidence.  

"It is our obligation as Christians to help and save the girls who have been gang raped and sexually assaulted,"said Mr.Gill.He further added that is is very disturbing for him that the rapists gang raped turn by turn and made video clip.This is really the horrific act of the rapists.

In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. It is very sad to share that rarely rapists are punished.Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault.A number of girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance.

LEAD encourages you, and those in your local church, to speak out on behalf of persecuted Pakistani Christians and pray for them, including young girls, who are constantly at risk of being victimized through the injustice and sexual abuse.We at LEAD request to stand with us morally and physically and also pray for the safety of all believers and LEAD team in Pakistan.

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.