Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Islamic Sharia should be enforced for peace in Pakistan.Protestant Bishop of Lahore

LAHORE: National Peace Conference held on Monday, 19 January in which Bishop of Lahore Rt.Rev.Irfan Jamil stated that we should have to enforced Islamic Sharia for the establishment of peace in Pakistan.

The statement is published in daily Urdu Jang News Paper.See the Below in Pictures.
On this statement of Bishop Of Lahore Rt.rev.Irfan Jamil, the agitation spread among Christians of Pakistan and it has created many apprehensions in the minds of Christian community.

The statement of Lahore Bishop has endorsed the demand of TTP and Extremists clerics who also seek to enforce the Islamic  Sharia.

Last month, the supreme court of Pakistan gave its remarks in sue moto notice on the incident of the burning alive of Christian couple that for peace we have to follow the dictum "love your neighbour as we love ourselves ", but for The Bishop there is no reference from Gospel.

Friday, 16 January 2015

A protest on underage Hindu girl marriage and forced conversion

KARACHI: Yesterday Sindh High Court's decision on forced conversion to Islam and marriage to a Muslim man of a Hindu underage girl made disappointed to religious minorities once again which is a sign of insecurity for them.

A Muslim man Riaz Sial got married with a Hindu girl Angeli Maghward after making her convert to Islam.

Parents of the girl filed complaint that she was minor and forcibly converted to Islam for marriage.
Father of the Hindu girl Kundan Maghward objected in court that his daughter is just 12 years old too young for marriage and she is minor.

The Division Bench of Sindh High Court consisting of Mr. Justice Sajad Ali Shah and Mr.Justice Saadiq Hussain heard the case and gave verdict to hand over the girl to Riaz after making it sure that he has his own residence and security arrangements for the girl.The court also ordered to discharge the pending case of kidnap against Riaz.

Kundan Maghward , father of the Hindu girl , said that he was disappointed on this decision of the Court . He further added that they were too poor to appeal in Supreme Court.

"We don't have any issues with a person who converts to another faith out of free will and get married with free consent,but when someone is abducted,forcibly converted and married then it is difficult to keep quiet and silence of the women’s and human rights activists in this regard is a sinful act "said Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Church Set On Fire Is Act to Terrorize Christian Community

RAWALPINDIAdvocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender, strongly condemned it and approached the authority and demanded to give security to Churches and to arrest the culprits who burned the Church and created a terror among Christian community.There is not a single culprit was arrested yet. 

On December 29, 2014 at about 2 AM the Church set on fire and completely burned to ashes. Burning of the church seems to be a strategy to trap terror- stricken Christian community in the city.

The Pastor in in charge of Living Branch Church Rawalpindi  told that there is no enmity with anyone but it seems that burning of our Church building may be just trick or trap to terrorize Christian community and create problem among Christian faith for other faiths in Pakistan. He told that he was informed at almost 4 AM when smoke had surrounded around area, at that time whole church was completely destroyed by burning fire.

The Pastor says that there was no problem detected with electricity supply to the church building. However, he suspects that some people wanted to harass and threaten the Church Pastor and Christian community in Rawalpindi. Nonetheless, he reveals that the church administration did not receive any kind of threat from anyone. 

The current condition of Pakistan and disheartened Pakistani Christian nation that It is wickedness of some extremists who have no faith in God, God has different Names to whom all people worships according to their faith. Those extremists just want to spread terror on the mind of citizen of Pakistan to feel insecure even they have no regard in their eyes about sacred places. They just want to spread terror on mind of Christian believers as minority not Pakistani about other believers who are living in Pakistan. They want to create disharmony among faiths of Pakistani nations. They just want to create unrest in country. They just want to create inferior complexes among Christian community about their safety and security. 

The Bible gives message about wickedness of people who does not like righteousness that in last days, people walk after their heart desires, they will follow man made system than His holy Words.

“3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 – Peter 3: 3 – 4)

“That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it”! (Isaiah 5: 19).

Being Christian, we have not to fight with flesh with anyone but with spiritual wickedness that is on high places who operate all evil games. 

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6: 12, Acts 20:28) 

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1: 12)

Friday, 9 January 2015

A Mentally Unstable Blasphemy Accused Shot Dead By Unknown Men After Release From Prison

TAXILA:The Muslim man reportedly  52-year-old Abid Mehmood alias Abid Kazzab, owner of a hotel and lived in Village Kamra. It was said that he had claimed himself as a prophet in October 2011 and his son in law,Sadaqat Ali,got registered a blasphemy case against him under Section 295-C of PPC.

After registration of FIR Abid was arrested and sent to jail. He was released from Adyala jail a few days ago after about two years because of his mental and physical condition which was examined and verified by a board of doctors at the Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital.

Reportedly on Tuesday, 6 January ,2015, some masked men forcibly took him from his home in Ahatta area and his bullet-punctured  body was found on next day in uninhabited area near Usman Khattar Railway Station.

Moreover which is unbearable ,when his dead body was brought  to the village for his burial, an enraged mob gathered there and did not allow members of his family and other relatives to bury it in the local common graveyard. Latter he was buried in the courtyard of his own home.

The blasphemy law is increasingly becoming an  overwhelming weapon in the arsenal of religious extremists . Last year on 4 November,2014,a Christian husband and wife were burned alive on false allegation of desecration of Quranic pages by an enraged Muslim mob. By this act of alive burning of Christian couple , they have created a climate of fear among religious minorities particularly Christians.

Today , Younas Masih , who was death convicted under section 295 C and released after acquittal from Lahore High Court last year in April,2013,met with Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.He told that he was in hiding till from his release from jail.He further told that he always remained in fear and his life is insecure of religious extremists and this news made him more terrified and insecure.

There are a number of trial and appeal cases of blasphemy pending in different courts including Asia Bibi appeal case which is pending  in the supreme court of Pakistan.

We at LEAD request you to support our work and stand with us for the rights of life and property  and  for religious liberty and stand to discourage religious intolerance and extremists.

Friday, 2 January 2015

A Christian woman was severely beaten by a Muslim man and resultantly her clothes were got torn and left arm's bone and two fingers of left hand were broken

LAHORE:Yesterday, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender , Chief of LEAD , got a phone call from Tariq Seraaj Advocate and he requested for legal assistance in a case of a Christian woman who was severely beaten by a Muslim man and resultantly her clothes were got torn  and left arm's bone and two fingers of left hand were broken.He told that the accused Jafar Khokhar has filed his pre arrest bail petition before Additional and sessions Court Lahore in which date of hearing had been fixed for January 2,2015.

On 6 December,2014 at evening about 06:00 PM Nusrat Bibi along with her sister Rani Bibi and one her daughter and niece was going back home from a factory and when they reached near their home Toka Wala Chowk,Village Satokitla.A Muslim man , Khawar Khokhar started hooting and molesting to her daughter.On this she made him stopped to do this and the man became enraged and started to beat them with cricket bat.He held her daughter by hand and warned them to do whatever they could,he tried to take her daughter forcibly.She defended her daughter and saved from him then he took a cricket bat and started to beat them.She and her sister Rani were severely beaten and resultantly her clothes were got  torn  and left arm's bone and two fingers of left hand were broken and her sister also got injured.

No one from the neighbors came forward to save them due to the man's political influentiality and from his criminal background. Every one locked their doors. After all this brutality they threw that lady on the pile of garbage and flew away.

After a long protest by family and on the intervention of activists,the FIR No.1124 under sections 337/F-6 and 354 PPC has been registered on dated 13 December,2014 at Police Station Satokitla,Lahore,but no fair investigation is being conducted by Police and they are also giving favour to accused by making no raid to arrest him instead the accused and police officials are making pressure on her for compromise and the family have received several threats from Muslim man's telling them to drop the charges or face dire consequences.

The women of  religious minorities are easy target of violence in the form of physical torture particularly against Christians, in general, is increasing in Pakistan since after 9/11 incident. The issue of prejudice arises in a country where the Christians are a small minority in Pakistan; they represent only 1.6% of the 180 million Pakistanis 96% Muslims.An unforgettable incident which occurred just a few weeks ago, there was international outrage after a Christian husband and wife in Pakistan were beaten and burnt alive to death for allegedly desecration of the Koran. The Christian woman, Shama Bibi, already a mother of three, was four months pregnant at that time.Recently one man requested Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender for the support their children and also for the role of LEAD for legal assistance in this case. 

We at LEAD request you all to stand with us for the women rights in Pakistan and to defend the women victim of physical torture and support us in this cause.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Five Percent Job Quota For Minorities But Not Implementation By Departmental Authorities

LAHORE: In a number of cases,we approached and filed a number of petitions in Higher Courts for the execution of five per cent job quota fixed for minorities in all Government set ups which was previously the federal government and the government of Punjab had issued by a notifications in September 2009 and March 2010 correspondingly,but the respective departments continuously violating to implement on this.

Yesterday,a representative of the Christian community, Shoaib Ashraf, petitioned in Lahore high through LEAD's lawyers that Wildlife and Parks Punjab recently advertised some lower posts but did not implement 5 percent seats to religious minorities. Under the law all government departments were bound to implement quota set for religious minorities while making appointments.The concerned member of selection committee has appointed his own son instead from minority.He said that the department was prejudice with him due to his Christian faith and gave wrong data of other candidate about him for and his data for other to the selection committee.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender, said,"minorities who initially welcomed the measure are deeply disappointed over non-implementation of the job five percent job quota for minorities. He said the beneficiaries of the job quota were 'not just more than a drop in the ocean' because of religious prejudice and discrimination.

We at LEAD took the concerned officials of the respective departments in many cases to the provincial ombudsman of Punjab. We have complaints that there are some Governments departments which have  not placed deliberately any advertisement for minority jobs.They are doing the same things based on religious prejudice and discrimination with religious minorities and the minority people  were only judged to be good for menial jobs.This is the mind set that systematically is being used against the minorities to make them economically weak but we at LEAD will constantly make efforts to uplift the religious minorities who are depressed and enervated sect of the society. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The New Trend To Abuse Blasphemy Law:The Litigant Took Revenge By Accusing The Christians In Blasphemy

ISLAMABAD: Today,Rev.B.M Asher informed and confirmed to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender that on 7 December,2014 a blasphemy case FIR.No 888/2014 was registered under Sections 295-B, 354/148 and 452/149 PPC at Police Station Margalla, Islamabad against 11 Christians by the woman complainant,Naseem Bibi.This case  was registered in revenge and to cross the case of   FIR No. 887/14 under sections 506/148 and 341/149 which was registered against this woman ,Naseem Bibi on a quarrel among them.

Reportedly,it was said that the complainant ,Naseem Bibi was converted from Christian to Islam about 20 years ago and she got married a Muslim man from this marriage they have three children.She wrote in the complaint application that Pastor Karamat Masih, 45 years old, Shafique Masih nick name Noora 32 years old, Yousaf Masih 60 years old, Parveen Bibi ,who is a widow, Bavi Bibi, Nasreen Bibi wife of Yousaf Masih, Shahid Masih 35 years old, Parveez Masih, Tariq Matto, Nabeela Bibi, and Judge Masih and some other  about 50 persons,came to her home and attacked her and she also repordetly accused them that they used some derogatory words  about Islam and Quran.The four of them, Yousaf, Shafique, Shahid and Tariq were arrested and sent to judicial lockup.

Last month,nine Christians in Islamabad had been named in FIR only because their names were found on a list attached to the half burned pages of the Quran.The complainant Naheed Ahmed, who runs a tea stall in Islamabad, lodged a formal complaint FIR No. 596/14 in Police Station Industrial Area on 20 November he found partially burned pages of the Quran when he was returning from the mosque after saying the early morning prayer.

The Majority routinely used blasphemy laws to harass religious minorities and vulnerable and to settle personal scores or business rivalries or just to blackmail them. State’s authorities detained and convicted individuals on spurious charges. Judges and magistrates, seeking to avoid confrontation with or violence from extremists but this is a new trend ,come before us in this blasphemy case, in which the blasphemy law is used in criminal litigation as cross version by a Muslim lady to make weak version of the case which was registered against her and we have fear that this trend will prove more dangerous.