Friday, 8 November 2019

The Systematic Religious Discrimination Is the Most Extreme Form of Religious Persecution


The topic of Systematic Religious Discrimination is an extract from the second edition of the book titled: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY OR FREEDOM-THE POWER AND THE ROLE OF THE WEST, which is written by Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender Lawyer. Christians are the most peaceful people of the world, why because they are being persecuted and they do not claim to take arm and they will fight with their persecutors until their persecution will be no more, except they are right to say, they will not sit quietly, if the authority cannot do anything, they will cry out loud and loud, will cry, and weep in front of the authorities of the world. The next protest will be in Europe and then in the US. If the government does not take practical steps to protect Christians and punish the persecutors, the protests will be spread all over the world. Letters will be written to embassies and rulers around the globe. The European Union in France, the human rights organizations in Belgium, will be protesting outside the United Nations buildings in the United States. The Christian population of the village will be seeking assistance from the United Nations. But they will never ever say that they will take arms and will fight them until their persecution is no more.
Most of the authorities and governments not only ignore the victims of systematic religious discrimination but also oppose to accept them as in the list of persecuted persons. Menial and Sanitary jobs only for religious minorities is the Government Policy to make them marginalized which is an act of religious hatred against people of other religions. To marginalize people of other religion by Government policy is also a religious persecution.   The systematic religious discrimination is a poisoning and a dominant tool for persecution whose purpose is of cleansing and genocide of people of a religion or faith by making them marginalized due to their belief system. Someone can ask how it works for cleansing and genocide of a religion or faith. It is very clear, survey those who are being persecuted by this dominant tool of the systematic religious discrimination. The adverse effects of this dominant tool of the systematic religious discrimination can be categorized in the following ways. The first group of persecuted can’t bear this systematic religious discrimination and be forced to leave their faith. The second group of persecuted can’t bear this systematic religious discrimination and be forced to leave persecuting country. The third group of persecuted can’t bear this systematic religious discrimination and they try to defend themselves resultantly they further be suffered and harmed, if they will be alive, be forced to flee. The fourth group of persecuted can’t bear this systematic religious discrimination and they limit their religious practices and activities; finally surrendered before the persecutors. This is the persecuted group who are not enjoying their religious freedom with full liberty. The fifth group of persecuted can’t bear this systematic religious discrimination and they become a helping hand for the persecutors in some places or become silent on fellows’ religious persecution.
The defenders of religious freedom and persecution should advocate for the eradication of the systematic religious discrimination from the society at their first step because that is the aggressive tool in the hands of the persecutors. The West should have power to dominate those who are using this systematic religious discrimination as a blueprint for the genocide purpose. For doing this the meaning of persecution should be redefined, which is an actual persecution. In spite of all forms of systematic religious discrimination cum religious persecution in the genocide clamp, one cannot break the will of a man who insists on a dignified life trying to protect the gains made by paying heavy prices. In this context religion says: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? There is a way where Power should be used to protect persecuted and the west stop supporting persecuting nations and take decisive action to protect victims of systematic religious discrimination cum religious persecution. There are religious radicals and extremists in the regions of the globe who preach a barbaric version of their religion. It must be urged rejection of those who falsely and maliciously invoke religion or faith to spread agitation and hatred against other’s faiths or no faith.
Persecution as a response to religious belief is a violation of international law and requires a collective work to counter it. Where politics has become a religion, there discussion and debate for peaceful society becomes impossible, any controversy becomes heresy that involves persecution and so called holy campaign, mostly in non-Christian and Islamic nations where social justice is weak and biased. And no one can stay on sideline because conviction must be given a sign in order to avoid one is accused of heresy.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Why Muslims World Wildly Campaigning About Islamic Blasphemy Laws And Islamophobia?

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan Niazi, wearing a navy blazer over a traditional shalwar kameez, addressed to the world leaders at United Nations General Assembly, New York. He attempted to explain the dangers of Islamophobia and why Muslims are sensitive to attack on the insult and ridicule of their Prophet Muhammad. He said that it was important to understand this. The Prophet Muhammad lives in their (Muslims) hearts. When he is ridiculed, when he is insulted, it hurts heart and heart pain is more severe than body pain. He also asked that if the word Christian terrorism is not used then why is the label of Islamic terrorism used?  He is considered as a moderate person and liberal Muslim political leader of Pakistan. 

Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan the first thing is that you have forgotten that you are not only the Prime Minister of Pakistani Muslims, but also of Pakistani religious minorities. The second thing is that you have forgotten that Blasphemy Laws of Pakistan have killed many innocent souls and many are suffering in jails. And the third and the most important thing is that you have forgotten that Muslims from a common Muslim to a learned Muslim are spreading hatred against other religions and faiths openly by giving references from Islamic sacred texts and history in Pakistan and in the world. The word Islamic terrorism is used because terrorism is taking place in the name of Islam. You have forgotten that Islamic history is full of such wars and terrors. Read Christian Revealed Texts (Gospel) and Islamic Sacred Text (Quran and Hadith), the reason and difference you will definitely get to know easily. Majority of Muslims believe that all non-Muslims are Kaffir, an insulting term used by majority of Muslims against non-Muslims, it is an inhumane act of the Muslims which is intentionally causing great suffering or serious mental injury to non-Muslims. But you have forgotten that also. After your speech majority of Muslims of Pakistan started to praise you and to admire you saying you are the true leader of the Muslims of the world. Yes this was in your mind that this would be happened.

If you have truly concerned that your Prophet Muhammad not be ridiculed or insulted, then take the first step, to remove those blasphemous contents from the sacred texts of Islam-Quran and Hadith, which ridicule and insult your Prophet Muhammad; and take the second step to ban and to restrain the Muslims who are insulting and ridiculing other religions or faiths openly and publically. These are major reasons that Muslims world has formed blasphemy laws and they are struggling to use UN forum to get endorsed these blasphemy laws for their ulterior motives. For example, Muslims say all religions are false and now they have no right for them to be followed. For Christians, they say that Christian’s faiths such as Jesus is the Son of God and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ etc., are false and the Bible is a corrupted and changed book. They practice it without bothering that this is the religious attack on someone and it will hurt his feelings. They think whatever they will say about other religion or faith and do is the divine right for them. Hence they formed blasphemy laws to protect Islamic faiths and doctrines so that no one can dare to give references from their sacred text Quran and Hadith which are against theirs Islamic doctrines, these both sources are full of those instances which are against theirs Islamic doctrines.

You are feeling pain of Muslim Minority in Kashmir and India, let the minorities of their own country Pakistan live without pain, when you are crying for so called religious persecution in Kashmir and ignoring Uighurs in China, then there is something wrong at the bottom. On this behavior and attitude of you Muslims one can say you are hypocrites and play game for gain either political or religious. 

We know that is the reason the Muslim world has formed and promulgated blasphemy laws and now they are using the term Islamophobia as a shield to attack people of other religion and faith and to save their own skin under this shield of Islamophobia. You have forgotten that Muslims of Pakistan say Christians are impure, Pakistani Media and government authorities are all same. Muslims are spreading hatred against Christians and other religious minorities openly and publicly and you are talking about Islamophobia in West.

Religion is an objective which has enlightened human beings in positive and constructive perspective. It is human nature that there are some persons that have a strong desire to criticize religion or its specific teachings and practices. The religious criticism of a man should be considered as a support for its followers or believers, because, it is the criticism by which the followers or believers get themselves familiar with those factors of religion which are unknown and untaught to its followers. There should not be destructive laws or blasphemy laws to be enacted to punish the critics of a religion in any country or nation. Religious critics must be welcomed and tolerated as it is being happened in politics, the politicians are being tolerated in spite of bitter disagreement. If there is a religion which is in need to protect itself and its sacred personalities by some restrictive and destructive laws-blasphemy laws, then we are right to say, there must be some basic aspects of that religion which are based on deceitful, Machiavellian and inharmonious norms. 

Christians and other religious minorities are victims of Islamic hatred and Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Mr. Khan you don’t know the pain of victims, who are in jails, illiterate Nabeel Masih is in jail just liking a picture of a Islamic building, Nadeem Samson, is in jail falsely accused of running a facebook, Sawan Masih, just on drinking alcohol awarded death sentence under blasphemy law, is in jail, many Christians' homes burnt into ashes. A poor innocent illiterate Christian couple, Shama and Shahzad, was burnt alive just on hearsay accusations of burning pages of some Quranic verses, two Christian brothers Qaiser and Amoon Ayub were sentenced to death, are in jail, and many other are suffering in Pakistani jails, and you are using blasphemy laws and Islamophobia as a religion card for political gain even on the UN forum.And lastly after your speech at UNGA,New York , Ploy Clinic and Pimse Hospital in Islamabad refused to keep the dead body of Christian woman in their Morgue Room.

The first thing the world must remember that the majority of the Persecuted Christians are the creation of the Islamic Countries and some are from other non-Christian majority nations. Pakistan is the one of those Islamic countries where every crime against humanity is being committed either by State actors or non-state actors, which is defined by the International Criminal Court. The second the most important thing is that Christians are being persecuted solely due to their Christians faith. They are not violent or trouble makers; and the sacred and revealed text, which they read and recite, is not the cause of the creation of violence and terror in any part of the world, wherever they are in minority or in majority. They just want to live in peace because they are peace and love promoters. They never say we will fight against those who are persecuting us. They never say they will take up arms against Government which is against Christianity and its faith. They bear and pray for all human beings because they know that they are only hope for peace and love for humanity.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Why blasphemy cases in Pakistan are on use of Social Media?

PAKISTAN: Several innocent persons are being accused of blasphemy charges, particularly against Christian and Hindu in Pakistan. A very few are willing to raise the concern of abusing blasphemy laws in the present time, when a large number of blasphemy cases surfaced on the  issue of using electronic internet, social media facebook, and whatsapp. Real pain only the person can feel who himself or his any blood relation is suffering of this agony. We know and feel the pain of those prisoners of conscience, faith and belief because we ourselves have suffered of this agony of blasphemy accusations.
We are thankful for all those who have supported in the case of Asia Bibi and rescued her from the agony of blasphemy laws even after her acquittal from the false blasphemy charges. But this isn't the end of our work for religious persecuted. There are many, who are suffering in jails or in exile after being accused of false blasphemy accusations and there is fear of their killing by the hands of enraged Islamists. 
Shakeel Anjum is the person who is in severe pain because of his brother Nadeem Samson, who was arrested in a false and baseless case of blasphemy in November 2017 of uploading blasphemous material on facebook account titled “Goga Abdul Haq”. Anjum is in struggle to get justice for his brother. He is contacting different organizations, Churches and human rights defenders including advocates of religious liberty or freedom so that he can be successful to get justice for his brother. 
Here are the facts of the case, according to the contents of the First Information Report No.123/2017 dated 24-11-2017 registered at Police Station Cyber Crime Circle ,NR3C,Lahore under sections 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC. 

Consequent upon Enquiry No.674/2017 dated 23-11-2017 initiated on the complaint of Mr. Abdul Haq resident of Oxford School System, Kamboh Street, Kot Shahab-ud-Din, Shahdara, and Lahore. The complainant alleged that some unknown person has created a fake facebook account using his name titled “Goga Abdul Haq” for the purpose of blackmailing, harassment and damage his reputation. Due to which, he is receiving threatening calls to course harm to his life, and reputation etc. He further stated that the culprit has placed mobile number no.0300-8451311 of the complainant on the fake facebook profile and uploaded blasphemous material for spreading religious unrest among the general public against Abdul Haq.

Earlier verification vide No.3060/2017 dated 26-10-2017 was probed by Mr. Naeem Zafar, Assistant Director /HE. The record from Facebook Inc. was obtained by sending Subpoena/Court Orders against the alleged facebook account titled “Goga Abdul Haq” bearing URL https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100020708317184 and it observed that this facebook profile was verified from mobile no.0312-4949120 at the time of creation. Record was obtained from concerned authorities, revealed that the mobile no.0312-4949120 is registered on the name of Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St #6, Girja Street, Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara against CNIC No.35202-6020636-3.During the course of enquiry, the screenshots of alleged facebook profile were obtained and it was observed that the Mobile No0312-4949120 is still active.

Today on 24-11-2017, information was received from reliable source that the accused is present in a house situated at Jinnah Road, Islam Pura No. 2 near Machis Factory Shahdara, Lahore and is performing the same activities and uploading objectionable material through internet and if a raid is conducted, he may be captured red handed. On this information, the Deputy Director, Cyber Crime Circle, FIA, Lahore constituted a raiding team comprising on Naeem Zafar, Assistant Director/HE, Rana Obaid Ullah Minhas, Senior Investigator, Mansoor Hussain FC and Tanvir Ahmed FC under the supervision of the undersigned (Fakhar Abbas, Inspector/SHO).The raiding team reached at a house at Jinnah Road, Islam Pura No.2 near Machis Factory Shahdara, Lahore and conducted a raid. During search of the premises, a person was sitting in a room and was operating a laptop attached with internet. He was introduced with FIA raiding team .The person later on identified as Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St#6,Girja Street ,Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara bearing CNIC No. 35202-6020636-3.On spot, digital media of accused was searched by the technical officer and witnessed by the raiding team. It was found that data which was related to the alleged facebook account such as multiple personal edited pictures of Abdul Haq which were uploaded on questioned facebook profile and blasphemous material was also successfully found in that digital media which was in the custody of the accused Nadeem Samson. During search, o3 Mobile phones out of which one contained SIM No. 0312-4949120; 01 Acer laptop, internet device of Zong along with other digital media were recovered and taken into possession by FIA as per seizure memo.

Through these acts, the accused unauthorized obtained pictures of the complainant, prepared fake and forged electronic documents, disseminated the blasphemous material to general public through facebook by impersonation; cheated and induced the public to harm the life and to destroy the property /valuable securities of Abdul Haq and his family through such deception, instigation, electronic forgery and fraud. The accused has defiled the sacred name of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), outraged religious feelings of Muslims by insulting Islam and Holy personages with the abetment of some unknown persons. On spot interrogation, the accused Nadeem Samson confessed his guilt in order to create & operate the alleged facebook account due to personal grudge with Abdul Haq. 

Prima facie, the accused Nadeem Samson has committed offences u/s 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC,Istaghasa is being sent through  Mansoor Hussain FC to PS Cyber Crime Circle, FIA Lahore for registration of a case against Nadeem Samson. A case may be registered  and copy of FIR be sent to the undersigned .-sd-Fakhar Abbas ,Inspector, FIA,NR3C,Lahore.On receipt of Istaghasa, the competent authority accorded permission to register a case 3,4,11,13,14,15,20 of PECA-2016 R/w 295-A,295-C,298-A,419,420,468,471,109-PPC against the accused person namely Nadeem Samson S/o Raphael Masih R/o St #6,Girja Street, Mohallah Christian Colony, Wandala Road, Shahdara bearing CNIC No.35202-6020636-3.Investigation  is entrusted to Fakhar Abbas, Sub-Inspector of Cyber Crime Circle (NR3C),FIA, Lahore by the orders of the competent authority .Copy of FIR is sent to the Investigation Officer through Mansoor Hussain, FC. Copies of FRs are being sent to the concerned quarters.  

This is not the only case of blasphemy, in the same way some unknown person created a fake facebook account on the name titled" Martha Bibi" in October 2015 with the purpose of blackmailing. At that time she was the absconder and declared offended criminal of blasphemy under section 295-C PPC by the session court Lahore. Later on this facebook profile, the blasphemous material about Prophet Muhammad and Islam was uploaded. The creator of this facebook profile titled "Martha Bibi" spread rumors in public that it was created and being running by Sardar Mushtaq Gill. 

The supporters of Mumtaz Hussain Qadri group , Ali Khan, Babar Ali Qadri and Chaudhary Ghulam Murtaza Qadri along with unknown persons started to blackmail, to harass and to damage the reputation of Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team of LEAD by accusing them that they were operating the facebook account titled "Martha Bibi" and uploaded blasphemous material on it; defiled the sacred name of Holy prophet Muhammad; and insulted Islam including with the allegation of helping to harbor Martha Bibi and other blasphemy accused, which hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. They submitted complaints in different police stations against Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team and they filled petitions in Session Court, Lahore to get order for registration of FIR. 

On 07-03-2018, they were successful to get order for registration an FIR under blasphemy charges from Session Court Lahore against Sardar Mushtaq Gill and his team. The wordings of the order of the court are, ‘It is alleged by the petitioner that the proposed accused persons are continuously uploading derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and at the protest of petitioner the proposed accused have threatened the petitioner with dire-consequences .Along-with petition ,the petitioner has annexed the copies of web-sites having shown that blasphemy material and derogatory remarks have been uploaded under the different I.D’s. Uploading blasphemic material with derogatory remarks in respect of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) is serious crime which must have injured the sentiments of millions of Muslims who happened to visit the said websites. The alleged offence also involves Cyber Crime. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, the matter is referred to CCPO, Lahore’ for registering FIR against the proposed accused.’

It is evident how both Islamists State Actors / the courts and non-State Actors are validating and endorsing their judgments for only death punishment for blasphemy accused by giving the references of their sacred religious texts from Islamic history where their Prophet Muhammad himself endorsed killing of blasphemers. There are some examples of the Christian blasphemy accused’s cases in which the courts gave them death sentences such as Younas Masih, Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih victims of blasphemy laws and endorsed the judgments by stating the instances from the Islamic History are that “It has been related on the authority of Ibn-e-Abbas that a blind man, in the period of Muhammad, had a freed concubine, who used to insult Muhammad and say bad things about him. He told her not to do that but she did not stop, and he rebuked her but she did not heed him. One night, when she started to say bad things about Muhammad and insult him, he took a short sword or dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it and killed her. A child fell between her legs, and became covered by blood (She was pregnant). The following morning that was mentioned to the Messenger of Allah –Muhammad. He called the people together and said, “I ask by Allah the man who has done this action and I order him by my right over him that he should stand up.” The blind man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allah, I am the one who did it; she used to insult you and say bad things about you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not give up her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was kind to me. Last night she began to insult you and say bad things about you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.” Thereupon Muhammad said: “Bear witness, there is no blood money due for her.” 
In another instance that a Jew woman used to abuse Muhammad and thus a person killed her and Muhammad declared her blood as vain. It is also narrated that a person came to Muhammad and said that O Prophet of Allah my father abused and I could not bear it thus killed him. Muhammad confirmed his action of killing. Such references from the sacred text of Islamic history enjoin Muslims to be unkind, cruel, violent, intolerant and stingy towards blasphemy accused. 

Blasphemy law is a real attack on the religious liberty and freedom of expression for all those who have contrasting opinions or criticism with regards to Islam or its history. The both Christians and non-Christians are equally victims of the blasphemy law abuses; but for Muslims, it is only those who express criticism towards Islam or its history. And, if a Christian person is accused of blasphemy, he will not be spared and his death will be sought. There is also the risk of mass punishment or revenge against the entire Christian community to which he belongs, as occurred in several past tragic incidents. 

Majority of Pakistanis prey religious minorities whenever there is an incident of blasphemy against Islam or Muslims. Persons of minority faiths, particularly Christian experiences grave insecurity in Pakistan when someone accused of blasphemous contents or remarks. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws foster an environment of intolerance and impunity, and lead to violations of a broad range of human rights, including the obvious rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or faith, as well as freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention; the right to due process and a fair trial; freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; and the right to life and security of the person and property. In Pakistan people are killed, imprisoned, tortured, kidnapped, and otherwise victimized because of what they believe other than majority believe. 

Christians are the most vulnerable, marginalized, and defenseless portion of the Pakistani society and the Islamists extremists use these blasphemy laws as a tool for taking personal revenge and vendetta against religious minorities particularly Christians and Hindu in Pakistan. Our voices of advocacy should be as strong to reach the concerned world authorities to save the victims of blasphemy laws and must be helpful for abolishing the blasphemy laws in Pakistan.