Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Another subtle instrument of oppression against Christians in Pakistan

Influential Muslims want to grab 40 acres agricultural land of Christian  belonging to their forefathers by making them involve in different criminal cases with the help and support of Police.
There is another subtle instrument of oppression against Christians in Pakistan, "land grabbing". It is based on rent, purchase or mortgage of large plots of land including agricultural plots of their forefathers, and in Pakistan this abuse is systematically used by a number of landowners and powerful businessmen. 

About eight police officials led by Incharge police Choki Dina Nath Chak No 66,Tehsil Pattoki ,District Kasur ,Punjab,along with some armed associates of Muslims land grabbers,arrived at agricultural plot of Christians Ashiq Masih,Khushi Masih etc nearly 20 male members of families.The police Officials beaten badly  to Christian women and torn their clothes. The Police, after taking heavy sum of bribery from Muslims Influential and rich men of the area who wanted to grab the agricultural plot,registered criminal cases against the 20 families' members.First FIR No368/12 on dated 14 July 2012,Second FIR No 376/2012 on dated 16 July 2012 and third FIR No 377/12 on dated 16 July 2012.

The police with the connivance of Muslims land grabbers wanted to make harass to Christians Poor by making them involve in such criminal cases. “The police  pulled away our headscarves from our heads and started hitting us indiscriminately with clubs and punches,” told women to the team of  LEAD.LEAD has observed that in the last few years Muslims have made several attempts to seize the land from the Christians, usually succeeding because Christians are a marginalized minority, while Muslims carry out illegal activities with impunity and official blessings.The matter and false registration of cases against the Christian families has been referred to the DPO Kasur,who makes assured the team of LEAD that the matter should be dealt according to rule of law.The Christians were still in shock and under the fear of attack by Muslims land grabbers and the inhumane and illegal behavior of Police Official towards Christians. LEAD, a Pakistani Christian legal and social organisation self supported , is investigating the matter and dealing legally this case on behalf of the poor Christians. LEAD is defending the rights of poor Christian and  Our continual fight against violations of our religious freedom,rights - like this case.Thankfully, we are not fighting these battles alone.You can make sure we reach this goal,with your prayers and financial support.With God’s guidance, and your support, we will keep on fighting.

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