Friday, 22 May 2015

Christian couple lynching case moving towards justice

LAHORE:Yesterday 21 May,2015 An Anti-Terrorism Court  (ATC) charged 106 accused in the lynching case of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan last year.

The court has also summoned prosecution witnesses to record their statements against the accused.

Last year ,on November 4, 2014, Shama and Shehzad were beaten to death by an charged mob over false accusation of blasphemy  and then thrown into the furnace of a brick kiln where the couple worked.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Justice served In Afghanistan and How long will be delayed to serve In Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Afghan woman brutally lynched on 19 March, 2015 by an enraged Muslim mob in Kabul capital of Afghanistan. She was accused of burning a copy of the Koran, and in response she was beaten, tortured to death, then her corpse was set ablaze.

Reportedly, an Afghan Judge Safiullah Mojaddidi, today Wednesday, 5 May, 2015 sentenced four men to death for the public lynching in Kabul of a 27 years old woman and announced that the convicted Zainul Abiddin, Mohammad Yaqub, Mohammad Sharif and Abdul Bashir would be hanged.


Last year, on 4 November, 2014, a charged Muslim mob about 1500 gathered from surrounding five villages after hearing the announcement from different Mosques’ loudspeakers and the mob attacked a young Christian couple, Shahzad and Shama (she was pregnant), after accusing them of desecration of Quranic pages and later after beating burnt them alive in the brick kiln where they worked. The couple had three minors.

The case is still pending in a Pakistani court and Justice is questing how long it will be delayed to serve for the Christian couple who was falsely accused in the blasphemy charges.

In Pakistan, the investigation is always biased and defective if the matter is concerning with Christians community or poor community from rape to murder cases and from forced marriages to blasphemy cases  even if the civil matter is related to Christians there is no hope of fair report of commission.

We are dealing two gang-rape cases and representing victims in trial courts. In these two cases the investigators dishonestly favored to the accused by making weak prosecution through investigation.In one case,there is medical evidence which shows rape is committed even then the investigator converted it in attempt of rape.  

We wish to see a prosperous Pakistan where justice will prevail and implementation on rule of law should be granted without discrimination of faith and status. This is the challenge for which we at LEAD are trying to contribute.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A Christian woman murdered by unknown persons

NAROWAL: Yesterday at about 10:00 am,a  Christian woman Saba BiBi, mother of two children,murdered by unknown when she was alone at home.The FIR has been registered at local police station against unknown persons and investigation is in process.

Today,Farhad Aslam son of the Rev.Aslam Barkat D.S Narowal Church called to Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender and asked for legal assistance in the murdered case.He also made arranged his talked with the victim's uncle A.S. Raja who gave the facts of the blind murdered case.

Raja told that Saba about 32 years old had two children one son and one daughter whose ages are between 10 to 8 years and her husband is living in Spain.He told that the police had made assured them to find out the perpetrators.

"We have no enmity with anyone and we do not want to give names to police of any innocent persons",said Raja.

He further stated that tomorrow would be funeral service of the victim.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill head of LEAD said that our legal services at LEAD would be free of cost and we will fight for justice.We request to pray for victim's family and her two children and also for LEAD's staff and its work for persecuted Church.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Firing at Catholic St.Franciscan High School three injured

LAHORE: Today,armed men opened fire on a missionary institution St. Franciscan High School in Behar colony Lahore. One student and two security guards were injured and have now been hospitalized. Panic revolved in the school as gunmen fired.

Unidentified gunmen began firing and as the guards on duty outside the school intercepted, they were caught in the firing and got injured . The students of the school have been directed to leave the school premises.The investigation is underway to find out the main reason of attack. The Churches and Christian institutions already have warned about security threat from hardliners.
Behar Colony is the second largest Christian residential area in Lahore and Lahore is the second largest city of Pakistan. 

Two days ago Nouman Masih a 14 years old young Christian boy lost the battle of life in Mayo Hospital Lahore. He was set on fire by unknown men after inquiring about his Christian faith.

On 1 st April,brother of human rights defender Mr.Mr. Sardar Mushtaq Gill head of LEAD miraculously survived after being attacked and shot by a Muslim man at his lower back .The perpetrators have not yet been arrested and the police refused to give security.Mr.Gill has got life threats due to his legitimate and non-violent human rights work constantly from last a few years and his life is at risk as well as his family's ,instead of life's threats,he is wholeheartedly determined to stand in the support of victims of violence and to raise his voice against the violation of human rights in Pakistan.

Christian School of Pakistan has yet again become the target of uncalled for violence after the last month on 24 March, 2015 when two masked motorcyclists opened fire on policemen guarding St. Peter’s Catholic Church and High School in the Girja Chowk area of Township, Lahore in the result of that firing two passersby were injured.

These firings incidents come after the two churches were attacked by the suicide bombers in Youhanabad, the largest Christian locality in Pakistan.

In the church attacks, a young Akash Bashir who was on duty as a voluntary security guard outside the church, had lost his life in attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the Church. In that attack 21 people lost their lives. 

After happening the incident of lynching two suspects, Government started crackdown against Christians including activists and arrested a number of Christians from Youhanabad and surrounding areas.

The Christian minority,the poverty-stricken community, in Pakistan constantly to be marginalized and victimized of such violence.The extremism is the main reason of violence against religious minorities.It is the need of time to eradicate religious extremism and discrimination from the society for peaceful atmosphere where justice should have to be prevailed and rule of law should be implemented.The religious minorities should be given equal rights and should be treated equally before law.

Our request for you all first pray and then to stand in our support and raise your voice for religious liberty which is being made more worsened and against the religious extremism and terrorism.Our work for justice will be more strengthening with your practical support.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Christian Boy set on fire died

LAHORE: On Friday 10th April unknown attackers tried to burn a Christian teenager alive in Lahore tragically yesterday died in hospital. 

The boy, 14 year old Nouman Masih, was shutting up shop in the Tailor’s shop he was working at, at about the time Muslims were going to Friday prayers when two young men came up to him and asked him his religion.  When he said ‘Christian’ they started to beat him, and when he ran away, they chased him, threw petrol on him and set him alight.  He came across a pile of sand and dirt and dived into it.  Two local passersby Christians came to the rescue and put out the flames, and called an ambulance for the unconscious Nouman. Medics said he suffered severe burns, about 55%, but that he should make a good recovery. 

An FIR No.308/15 under section 324/34 PPC has been registered and the police have taken Nouman’s statement at the hospital.Chief Minister Mr. Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incidence.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Minor Christian girl raped by neighbors, serious violation of women rights

KASURA 13-year-old Christian girl was allegedly abducted at middle night on 31 March,2015 by three neighborhood Christian 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.

In the meanwhile, the mother of girl was awaken and noticed that outer door was opened and then she saw that her daughter was missing. She started crying and made awaken other family members. They started to search and when reached a nearby house there they heard a noise of crying and weeping of the girl. They entered the house when they saw them fled away and one of them was caught. They called Police on 15 and the police reached the spot and arrested the alleged accused.

The victim family reached the concern police station and recorded statement for registration of FIR but the investigator recorded the statement not as the family given the statement. The family was being forced to get compromise with the alleged culprits on the intervention of local political figure.The victim family is very poor and is still under pressure for compromise.

The victim family came to Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender and requested for legal assistance in the registration of case in the police station. Mr. Gill approached the Police station and got registered FIR NO.104/15 under section 376/511 PPC on dated 6 April, 2015 at Police Station Phool Nagar after on the complaint of victim's brother after getting the medical of victim which is positive and shows the first time rape. 

Threatening the victim of dire consequences by the hands of family of alleged accused, the victim girl then disclosed her ordeal to her family and Mr. Gill following which a amended complaint was submitted with the Higher police official.

With grave concern, women and girls are being victimized of serious forms of violence such as domestic violence, sexual harassment at work place, rape, forced marriage, honor killing which constitute dead serious violation of the human rights of women and girls.In terms of morality, rape is an unforgivable crime and in the eye of law it should be non-compoundable, its heinous  nature is comparable to that of murder. It is considered a sinful crime means to hurt the victim’s soul brutally and ruined her whole remaining life.However, in Pakistan,the procedural laws have not been properly used to get punished the rapists due to improper and biased investigation and unlawful excessive external pressure on victim family ,mostly in rape cases investigation makes weak the prosecution.

We at LEAD try to contribute uplifting human rights and also focusing on women rights which is a grave concern in our society.Mostly poor and marginalized women and girls are being targeted of such violations.We defend the victims and raise the issue of human rights violation without difference of faith ,creed and gender.Our Human Rights work shall be continued until our last breath despite the attacks ,intimidation and threats are being extended towards us.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

ONCE AGAIN BROTHER OF PAKISTAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER ATTACKED AND SHOT

KASUR: Yesterday 1 April,2015 at about 12:45 pm brother of Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,chief counsel of LEAD attacked and shot by a Muslim man.

Gill,as a legal counsel, is taking in these days the case of two minor sisters Farzana and Sehrish who were abducted and gang-rapped by five Muslim men turn by turn whole night at Chak Number 651/2 G.B Jaranwala. In which one co-accused Muhammad Azeem was granted bail and released from jail.On 13 March,2015,he submitted his power of attorney in trial court Jaranwala and on 17 March,2015,he filed cancellation of bail petition in Lahore High Court under petition No.3482/15 which was fixed on 30th March,2015.

The accused Muhammad Azeem with the help and support of some local gunda elements, who are notorious drugs dealers, approached first Gill's brother namely Pervaiz Gill and requested for compromise for gang-rapped case.He said that he could not do anything in this matter because he has no concern with the case.On this refusal,they approached Gill and asked for the same demand of compromise which was declined to accept their illegal demand by Gill.He refused by saying that he is complainant and for compromise the sole authority is the complainant.

On 1st April around about 11:15 am a Muslim man,Muhammad Bilal alias Babla ,who is notorious drugs dealers and gunda of the area stopped Gill's brother on the way when he was coming back home and threatened him to face dire consequences and also threatened that he would see his brother on this some hot-words and quarrel started and on the intervening of some local neighbors the quarrel was ended and Gill's brother reached home.
At about 12:40 pm,Muhammad Baagh Blaqia ,the father of Muhammad Bilal who attacked and shot, along with some neighbors reached the home of Gill and he requested for compromise and also apologized on behalf of his son and requested him not telling his brother and not taking any legal actions.On this Gill's brother has forgiven his son and he insisted to come along with them towards their home for compromise with his son.On the request of other neighbors Gill's brother went along with them towards his home,they just reached at their home and his son shouting at Gill's brother how dared you Christians to not acting their order for gang-rapped case compromise and pointed pistol at Gill'brother and said 'run to save his life now' and attacked and shot at Gill'brother.One bullet shot and hit at the lower back of Gill's brother and he was injured.Immediately,he was shifted to local civil Hospital and they refused to admit him and referred for Jinnah Hospital,Lahore where he was admitted and operated and bullet was taken out from the body.
The complaint for registration of FIR and for protection was submitted at City Police Station Phool Nagar ( Bhai Pheru) in which Sardar Mushtaq Gill himself is a complainant.The case FIR NO.94/15 under section 324 PPC ,dated 1 April,2015 was registered at City Police Station Phool Nagar. The.The perpetrator yet has not been arrested by Police but pressure for compromise has been extended towards Gill and his other family members.

The complainant of the gang-rapped case Ilyas Masih was also threatened to face dire consequences and revenge on 10th February 2015 at 17:30 two men on motorcycles stopped outside Sehrish and Farzana's house, in village Chak no. 651/2, Jaranwala with a loaded repeater gun.These men  shouted out that they  were the relatives of the boys Shahbaz, Asif and Azeem who raped Sehrish and Farzana and that the girls deserved to be raped as they were unwanted Christians in Muslim lands and FIR No.66/15 has been registered at police station against the perpetrators.
On 22 March,2015,again Ilyas Masih Complainant of the gang-raped case and the two Christian witnesses of the case were threatened by Muhammad Azeem and Asif for compromise regarding this incident the complaint diary no.272-SP/J  in the office of Superintendent Police Jaranwal has been submitted by Ilyas Masih,the same was submitted in High Court Lahore during arguments.arguments. Ilyas Masih is being continually threatened in this case.  

This case of gang-raped was entrusted to LEAD by BPCA for free legal assistance. The fight for justice and against inequality will be continued and our campaign against the violation of human rights and for religious liberty shall not be discouraged by such perpetrators and their actions.Our request to pray for speedy recovery of Gill's brother and for the safety of his family members.