Monday, 8 May 2017

A Christian man sentenced to life imprisonment on mobile sms blasphemy charges

Rawalpindi: Reportedly trial court has sentenced a Christian Pastor Zafar Bhatti to lifetime imprisonment over mobile phone sms blasphemy charges.Bhatti, was tried by the court within the premises of the Adiala Central Jail, Rawalpindi. On May 3, the court sent him to lifelong imprisonment despite there was lack of sound evidence against him.

Zafar Bhatti was accused of insulting Islam in cell-phone text messages he sent in 2012. He denied the charges, and pointed out to the court that the cell phone in question was not his name.He had been held in prison.

Gazala Khan,a Christian woman co-accused was declared innocent by the police during the investigation in spite of  the fact that the cell-phone in question was registered on her name.She was on bail but in report about her acquittal was nothing mentioned.Reportedly, ,Ghazala Khan (39) passed away in November 2016 after losing a battle with Hepatitis C, thus surviving the ignominy of being sentenced for blasphemy charges.

Since the accusations were leveled against Bhatti, he has been behind the bars in Adiala Jail. In the view of sensitivity of the case, he was being tried in the jail premises. Reportedly on April 24, the court tried him and the decision was reserved. On May 3, he was handed a decree of lifetime imprisonment.  

Reportedly, Bhatti has faced several attempts on his life at the prison including an incident of poisoning on March 31st 2103, which left him bleeding from his nose and mouth and left him in critical condition for days.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Teenage Christian abductee recovered from richling’s custody

Vahari: LEAD has confirmed that the abducted teenage Christian girl safely recovered but matter is pending before the court for handing oved to whom family or abductor as she was converted and got married with one of her abductors, 14-year-old Maria Bibi, was abducted by Amjad Ali and his accomplices. The abductee was purportedly sexually assaulted during this period. Initially the police showed reluctance to register a case against the abductor.

Subsequently, an FIR was registered invoking Section 365/B of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against Amjad Ali son of Niaz Mughal. Amjad and his accomplices had raided that house of the Christian minor at around 3:00 am and abducted her at gunpoint. Maria’s grandfather Shahab Masih and mother Bushra Bibi are pleading for the girls’ recovery. “Let my voice be heard in front of the Chief Minister of Punjab,” said Shahab Masih and finally police recovered the victim and handed over back to the family.

In Pakistan, abduction of girls from minorities’ communities has been on the higher side since years. These girls after abduction are sexually assaulted, forcibly married to the abductors and forced into conversions. A report compiled few years back detailed that every year about one thousand minorities’ girls are abducted and forced to convert.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Christian teenage girl sexually assaulted after abduction, no FIR registered

Gaggo Mandi: Christian teenage girl sexually assaulted by son of landlord. The incident occurred in Gaggo Mandi, a town in Vehari District. 14-year-old, Maria Bibi was abducted on gun point by son of the landlord and his accomplices. Police are yet to register an FIR of the incident, while the family of the victim plead for the recovery of their daughter.
Victim Maria Bibi daughter of Ashraf Masih (late) was working the field when Amjad cast bad eye on her. At night time, Amjad along with his accomplices arrived at Maria’s house at around 3:00 am and abducted her on gunpoint. Maria’s grandfather Shahab Masih and mother Bushra Bibi are pleading for the girls’ recovery, however. “Let my voice be heard in front of the Chief Minister of Punjab,” said Shahab Masih.

Bushra Bibi and her brother Boota Masih have urged the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, RPO Multan and DPO Vehari to take immediate steps in this matter. “If our daughter is not rescued from the clutches of the landlord’s son we will prefer death over life,” victimized Christian family said.

Maria’s mother said that we have already pleaded the authorities but they all seem to be powerless, as Amjad’s father Niaz Mughal is an influential man in the area. Boota Masih said that although an application has been submitted at local police station, yet no FIR of the incident has been registered. “No action has been taken in order to recover our daughter,” he said.CIP

Islamic Extremist Group of Youth Attacked at Christians Homes

Kasur: An armed group of Islamic Extremists Youth 20/25 riding on motor cycles attacked at Christian Colony Bhai Pheru and tortured Christians and opened aerial firing at their homes to terrorised the whole community.
According to FIR on 18-04-17 at evening a Christian labourer ,Afaq Masih age 19 years,working at A.C fridge workshop,was coming back home and one Muslim man namely Rao Shani and his accomplices forcibly stopped him and snatched a mobile from him on the pretext that they wanted to use it to call someone, when he requested for returned him back,they refused and started to beat him.After this beating he went to home and again they came at his home and opened aerial firing at his home and threaten them to face dire consequences.Next day on 19-04-2017 at about 8:30 pm the attackers around about 20/25 riding on motorcycles again came at his home and attacked at them and made terrorised whole Christian community by aerial firing in their homes and threw stones at their homes and threaten the whole Christian community.

City Police station has registered FIR no.189/17 on trivial offences without adding the offence of using fire arms to terrised the whole Christian community on the complaint of Pauloos Masih but yet the Police reluctant to arrest the attackers because of their strong back of Islamic group.The Christians of area are still under fear of terror spread by the extremists.
It is requested to the Police authority to investigate the matter seriously why the perpetrators wanted to use his mobile phone to call someone from different aspects as there could be possible the perpetrators had agenda other than just to harrassed and terrorising the Christians community.

"Christians are the most vulnerable portion of the Pakistani society and on trivial matters they are attacked,tortured and beaten because of lack of implementation of rule of law and such extremists have their ties with Islamic militants group which encourage them to persecute Christians",LEAD.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Religious Liberty at Grave Risk in Pakistan: Persecution Fueled By Islamic Extremism And Terrorism 

PakistanIn Pakistan people are killed, imprisoned, tortured, kidnapped, and otherwise victimized because of what they believe other than majority believe.Christians are the most vulnerable portion of the Pakistani society because of their weak defense against the persecution at both national and international forums and particularly because of their population ratio and poverty.

There are also human rights organizations around the globe who compiled annual reports on religious freedom and persecution and they concluded that by any measure, religious freedom in Pakistan has been under serious and sustained assault and Christians including other religious minorities are at grave risk by Islamic extremism and terrorism.But the policymakers overlooked the main cause of uncertainty which is going to damage the image of Pakistan all over the globe and undertook a sweeping dragnet rounding up human rights up-lifters and defenders, including religious freedom advocates, whose job is to draw the attention of the authorities towards the drawbacks of the society on the so called pretext of social media blasphemous contents and paid too much heed on it which endangered the lives of thousands of those who are working for religious liberty and human rights and they are equated with terrorists.
In this photo,there is a very famous Muslim Scholar ,Mr.Javed Ahmed Gamdi,stated the main reason of terrorism in Muslims, is the Islamic religious thoughts which are being taught to every Pakistani through their Schooling.
The lawmakers overlook the roots of terrorism but in the below photo of a terrorist Muslim university 2nd year MBBS student girl is vivid picture of above said reason of terrorism in Muslims by Muslim Scholar,she was going to attack at Church on Easter.
In this photo,it can be experienced how Islamic thought promoting religious violence which took many innocent lives and all other religious minorities are considered infidels by Islamic thought.
In social media photo in which a Muslim promoting such violence on the name of religion but no check on it from the state and this victim has not shared on social media any contents which could be considered blasphemous but his believe  was other than Islamic faith.
In this photo,it is vividly showed that individual believe is not accepted by Islamic fellows which is considered as apostasy and for it the punishment is death.
In this photo a Christian man was tortured and burned by iron rods because he was fallen in love and wanted to get married with Muslim girl.
 In this photo,a minor Christian girl was abducted ,raped and converted to Islam and then gave in marriage one of her abductor but victim family can't do any thing rather they are being threatened by the perpetrators.
In a single village 20 Christians families were converted to Islam and  recently a prosecutor has reportedly asked Christians facing trial in an anti-terrorism court ,Lahore over lynching of two men that he ‘can guarantee their acquittal’ if they renounce their faith and embrace Islam,some 42 Christians have been charged with lynching the two men after twin suicide blasts targeting a Sunday Mass in two churches in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad in Lahore on March 15, 2015.
For peaceful society in Pakistan,it is the obligation of the state to condemn those who promote violence in the name of religion and use religion as a tool to oppress those who have no faith in religion or opposing opinions other than majority faith and for this first check should be on Islamic extremists who are also promoters of terrorism in Pakistan.Christian religious minority is the soft corner for them to attack because they are the most vulnerable part of the society who haven't strong defense.
The below is the screenshot from the Facebook update of a Christian,who warned and addressed to Pakistani Christian community to avoid to talk about other's faiths which could be endangered for your life and your family not only by majority but also could be by the minority  who has hidden agenda against you.This is the picture of fear among Christians of Pakistan.
In Pakistan generally every citizen is living in a uncertainty situation but Christians are the most targeted portion of the society and they are terrified due to continuously victimized by the misuse of blasphemy laws but more of it their unacceptable existence in all norms of  life by the Islamic extremists who are the strong portion of the society and they can easily mold all circumstances in their own favor which weaken the defense of the Christian victims particularly when they issue such religious decrees to terrify victims of human rights violations and their supporters.
The impact of this decree is that all defenders of Asia Bibi now gone silent and waiting some miracle for her release and all the blasphemy accused,facing trial,acquitted or in jails are at the target of the Islamic extremists who motivated by this decree to kill them at any cost.  
On Wednesday,three armed burqa-clad sisters shot dead a man after accusing him of committing blasphemy 13 years ago.The women, in their statement to police, alleged that Abbas had committed blasphemy in 2004, but “we couldn’t kill him at the time because we were too young then”.The police confirmed that they had registered a case against Abbas in 2004 under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc., in respect of the Holy Prophet) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Pasrur City station, but he fled abroad soon after.He came back and applied for bail which was accepted by court but even then he was killed.

Is there any human rights organization or any Christian organization who have vision and agenda to work to save the lives of those persecuted Christians particularly victims of blasphemy laws,languishing in jails,facing trials at courts or acquitted by courts but forced to live in hiding to save their lives in Pakistan? If there are then think about those who are in Pakistan,in hiding,in jails and facing trials to save them without fearing that the task is life risk. 

Some human rights groups define persecution in old fashion way but the persecutors have changed their ways to persecute religious minorities in a new ways and they called it policy and it could be implemented at both by Government sector and at private sector.So it is the need of time to define religious persecution in a broader-way and to believe it or not Pakistani Christians are most vulnerable who are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. 

It is the obligation on  all of us, who claim themselves human rights up-lifters and promoters of religious liberty and peaceful society, to discourage such both non-state and state actors of the society who hammer the society to shape them to use for their own motives and agendas and destroy the peace and tranquility of the society.It is our request for all of those,who support them (human rights defenders), to stand with those who are working at ground-roots level and fight for other's rights without fear that it could be dangerous for their own lives too because they are those whose preference is always victims' relief and for victims's relief they can take any kind of risk but they do not turn their back to see the hurdle which can endanger their own lives.

Monday, 17 April 2017

A Christian man tortured with hot iron rods for love affair with Muslim girl

SheikhupuraAccording to reports,the Christian victim got severe burn wounds and after failing to get proper medical care in Sheikhupura,was shifted to Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
The incident happened earlier this month and a police case has also been registered against the father and two brothers of the woman, who were reportedly against the love affair between Christian man and Muslim woman.

According to FIR lodged by Nisar's sister at Police station Sadar Sheikhupura,they both love each other from last two years and they both in touched on phone and secretly met each-other at woman's neighborhood.A number of time family of the woman threatened Nisar to face dire consequences if he would remain in love affair with the woman.Ansar was allegedly kidnapped by the accused and his two sons, the FIR stated, adding the three unclothed him, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods. 

According to social media,the campaign was going on for his treatment because the family of the victim are very poor and under pressure and unable to seek justice for the victim.

Last week,an humanist Mashal Khan,university student, was killed on false allegation of blasphemy.According to Mardan's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Mohammad Alam Shinwari,the deceased student, Mashal, had been accused of running Facebook pages "which allegedly published blasphemous content",he was attacked by a large group of students and appears to have succumbed to a gunshot wound and wanted to burn his body, he told.   

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Major terrorist attack planned for Easter foiled by security forces

Lahore: Security forces claim to have foiled a major terrorist attack in Lahore. It has been stated that this attack was being planned for Easter, Sunday April 16. In line with the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorist were planning to carry out a deadly attack on the occasion of Easter.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated: “Security forces conducted a special IBO near Punjab Housing Society, Lahore. A terrorist was killed during the operation while four soldiers and two officers received injuries.” In keeping the details publicized by military media wing, the security forces have seized suicide jackets and explosives from the detained terrorists. It was further revealed that a female suspect was also taken into custody. She is suspected to be associated with the terrorists, ISPR revealed.

The military stated that in the overnight raid, four soldiers were wounded. During the raid one of the terrorists was killed by the security forces while his associate was detained. It was stated that the it is still unclear which militant group wanted to target Christians, as the terrorist are yet to reveal about their masterminds.

Terrorists had targeted Christian community in Lahore, on Easter Sunday last year. On March 27, Easter Sunday a terrorist killed more than 70 people and injured more 300 others when he detonated a suicide vest near the children’s swings at Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. The park was crowded because Christians had come in large number in order to celebrate Easter.Source CIP