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.”

Father of blasphemy death sentenced petition to LHC to visit her daughter in prison

LAHORE: On 21 August,the father of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman on death row, has filed a writ petition asking for his right to visit his daughter in prison after being repeatedly denied access to meet in prison since her 2010 conviction.

LEAD's lawyers filed petition in Lahore High Court on behalf of Soran Masih,father of Asia Bibi,who requested Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender to visit in prison her daughter when met with him.

"I come to know about her appeal in supreme court and I wish to see her in prison because Children are also very dear to birds but we are not allowed,"told Soran Masih.
On July 25 , 2015 , Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court went to visit and confirm Asia Bibi's health condition who is presently confined in Multan women prison death cell.He was not allowed to visit her,about whom it is reportedly said from last months that she was suffering from intestinal bleeding.

"It is Masih’s fundamental right to visit his daughter in jail and this cannot be denied by jail authorities or the Punjab government," Gill said.

On 22 July , the Supreme Court stays the execution of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges after granting leave to appeal and accepted it for hearing.

Asia Bibi was found charged of making derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad during an argument with a Muslim co-worker women.

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.

50-year-old , Asia Bibi has been on death row since she was accused of committing blasphemy in June 2009 by her fellow-workers. Session’s Court in District Nankana , ruled capital punishment for Asia Bibi in 2010. Her defence lawyers filed an appeal against the decision in High Court while she remained in prison since then.

During this period hearing of her appeal case was either rescheduled or delayed countless times. Nonetheless, on October 16 , 2014 the Lahore High Court sustained her death penalty after issuing a short order. Since her ordeal began, as per reports her health has deteriorated greatly.Now her second appeal against the death sentence is currently pending in the Supreme Court. 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Three Christians arrested under terrorism charges for using the word “Prophet” for a Pastor

GUJARAT: Reportedly three Christians were booked by police under terrorism laws. The police officials have stated on Thursday, August 20 that these three Christians were detained because they used the word “Prophet” to describe a dead Pastor on a poster.

Moreover, a local police officer Shahid Tanveer said, “We have arrested three men, including the son of the priest, because they used the word  Prophet for the late Fazal Masih.”

In keeping with details, these three Christians were detained by the police in Gujarat after posters marking the 20th death anniversary of Pastor Fazal Masih were spotted with the Urdu word “Nabi” translation for “Prophet” used for him.

According to the police station authorities, seeing the gravity of the matter, local Muslim clerics along with leader of the Christian community were summoned to the police station to seek advice from them on the matter.

However, the Christians who were organizing the ceremony of death anniversary finally apologized and begged for forgiveness. The Christian organizers clarified that they used the word “Prophet” for Pastor Fazal Masih in order to celebrate his precious services to the Christian community.

The Muslim clerics, on the other hand, sternly refused to accept the apology and pressed charges against the three detained Christians. Subsequently, an FIR was registered including anti-terrorism charges against the organizer and three other Christians who are currently in police custody. Even as 11 other Christians who have been named have not been arrested.The Christian population is very small in this area - about 100 to 115 families. A few families have fled for security reasons.

The word Rasool has been used several times in the Urdu Bible as a translation of Apostle and Disciples , and Christians, lay and clergy used this word in their sermons and even in their writings.

This is not an Islamic word but from the Urdu language which is the national language of Pakistan and spoken by all Pakistani citizens, Muslim and non-Muslims alike, and cannot be attributed to Islam or the Muslim.

On the pretext of being offended over the use of such word as prophet and apostle and subsequently charging someone under the blasphemy law is very unfortunate.
Government and Muslim Clerics should educate Muslims about the religious terms of other religions and they also interfere in this case to be dismissed if they believe in religious harmony.The Government must take steps to stop the continue misuse of the blasphemy law to avoid any further loss of lives and properties.This case is an attack on religious freedom of Christians.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender said how ridiculous that the police is yet to clarify the reasons as to why terrorism charges were brought against the Christians.

Gill strongly condemned arrest of three Christians under charges of blasphemy and terrorism by Gujarat police on publishing a poster for worship gathering with title of “Prophet” to their deceased religious leader. 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Grave Child Abused Tragedy In Kasur and Role of Oppressive Powers

KASUR:  A large child abuse scandal surfaced in Kasur District village Hussain Khanwala in which reportedly 280 boys and girls,most of them less than 14 years old, being sexually molested, abused, threatened and blackmailed including theirs families.When the scandal reached to national and international media, the administration tried to link this scandal to a land dispute between two groups and media was criticized by Government authority because  this scandal shamed Pakistan in the world.


It is indeed unlucky that the sexual abuse of children is quite prevalent in our depraved section of society, where poverty and the criminal mind set work against the less fortunate and weaker individuals and amongst them the most devastated and poverty-stricken section is Christianity in a land where they are considered lowest-caste “untouchable”. The oppressive powers purposefully and with targets oppressed them for their inhuman agendas.

A large number of such cases remained silent due to excessive involvement of oppressive powers and this District Kasur is notorious for political involvement and interference in Police Stations and it is also notorious for religious extremism , religious discrimination and intolerance against Christians.Landgrabing , child labour , bounded labour and street-harassment is on high level.The most victimised are Christians who are most devastated and poverty-stricken section of the society.


Today , a Muslim woman Sakina Bibi along with her daughter Shazia Bibi came to Sardar Mushtaq Gill , Human Rights Defender and Advocate High Court , she tolhd that her two daughters namely Nagina and Ramzana disappeared from home on 20 April,2015.She told that one woman namely Sana Bibi called on their phone number and she made us satisfied to return them  us but she demanded five lacs rupees and threatened us to face dire consequences if they will take any legal action against her.She requested for legal assistance and asked for support.

In Kasur District,on June 6, 2013, three Christian women Aryshad Bibi, Sajida Bibi and Saruyia Bibi were beaten and made naked by armed Muslims who entered in their home at night.


Last year ,Shama and Shahzad , the Christian Couple who was burned alive after a false allegation of Blasphemy which was the latest example of mob violence against Christian accused of blasphemy.
Last month,a married Christian mother of three was abducted by a Muslim landlord Muhammad Nazir father of eight children.He got married after converting her to Islam.


A 13-year-old Christian girl was allegedly abducted at middle night on 31 March,2015 by three neighborhood  youths namely Adil,Ijaz and Saghar when she was sleeping in her house three youth entered by climbing the wall and took her out from the house on gunpoint and made her hostage in a nearby house where she was raped by one of them and they took mobile photos.In this due to political involvement,the police converted rape case to attempt of rape ignoring all evidenced material.

In Jaranwala District in Punjab Province ,two Christian girls ,who are real sisters, allegedly gang-raped after kidnap at gunpoint, whilst using forest area as toilet last year on 28 November at evening 6:30 pm. The alleged both accused released from jail after granted bail from trial court Jaranwala because of politician and police involvement which made the case of prosecution weak.


The oppressive powers thus go uncontested and the Human Rights Defenders who stand for justice on behalf of the victims,are also victimized and criticized because of their human rights work.


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 living under constant fear of attacks but without being demoralized and discouraged doing diligently his human rights work and rescuing victims.


He said that he wanted to see a society where every person should enjoy his fundamental rights which were granted by Universal Declaration of Human Rights and where justice should be prevailed.He further added that the work which he was doing is totally non-violent and legitimate for the victims of human rights violations even then some elements of society are not happy with our human rights work and considering it against the state dignity.

We at LEAD request you all to stand with us in this noble cause for humanity 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.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Christian Man Attacked and Shot and being forced for compromise

KHANEWAL: A Christian man Allah Dita was shot and severely beatened by two Muslims because of stopping them of street-harassment to Church going Christians girls.

The shooting took place at Village 136/16-L , Mian Chanu, District Khanewal on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at about 06:30 PM ,when the two Muslim brothers came on motorbike and forcibly entered into Dita's home and they attacked at him one of them is allegedly said to have shot him with a pistol and other beatened him with club because a few days ago, Allah Ditta has forbidden and stopped them of street-harassment to Church going Christian girls.
Dita was rescued by 1122 Rescue and was taken to Tehsil Head Quartes Hospital, Mian Chanu but due to be in serious condition  he wss referred to Nishtar Hospital Multan where he is under treatment. 

The case FIR No. 233/2015 was registered on July 12, 2015,under Section 324 and 34 PPC at Police Station Saddar Mian Chanu against two Muslim allegedly accused Abdul Rauf and Tahir Khan.

One of the accused was arrested and sent to judicial lockup during the police investigation he was found guilty and pistol was recovered from main accused and other co-accused is on prearrest bail.

Paternal uncle of the accused is a lawyer and he has filed an writ petition against the Christians for registration of a false case after leveling the false allegation of beatening him and also his motor bike was damaged by the Christian so that they could be forced for compromise with them and his nephews would be released . The petition is fixed for August 21, 2015 for the report of SHO.

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.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A Christian sweeper set free of false attempt of sodomy charges

KASUR: LEAD'S officer Zulfiqar Masih,Human Rights Defender has productively attained the freedom of one Christian Pakistanis untruly blamed for attempting to commit sodomy with a Muslim boy.

On 24 June, a case FIR No.169/2015 registered at Police Station City Phool Nagar under section 377/511 PPC against a poor Christian sweeper Mana Masih on the complaint of a Muslim Muhammad Wakeel.According to the contents of the complaint,the accused attempted to commit sodomy with Complainant's nephew and stripped-down his pants and when complainant reached after hearing the noise of his nephew,the accused fled away from the spot.

The accused is doing a duty at Sabzi Mandi ( Vegetable Market) Mosque as a sweeper and washer at Mosque's toilets.He was instructed and ordered by Mosque cleric that after the time of prayer,no one should be allowed to use Mosque toilets and its waters for other purposes.At evening of said incident,the complainant came to use Mosque water for washing of vegetables.He forbade him to take waters from Mosque 's taps after this the complainant beaten him and also filled a false complaint.The accused arrested by the local police and put behind the bars.


Mr.Zulfiqar was diligently working on this case and with help and support of Mosque management committee,the accused was declared and proved innocent in police investigation and set free from Police custody after about one month.

Christians in Pakistan are mostly victimised of false accusations because they are defense less due to their poverty social and economically weakness.Majority always try to force them to abuse as they wish even they would be wrong.