Sunday, 22 November 2015

End impunity for blasphemy mob to save future of religious minorities in Pakistan

PAKISTAN: Once again religious minority has become target of horrifying blasphemy mob violence in Jehlum in which an enraged Muslim mob set a Ahmadi place of worship on fire Saturday 21 November,2015 following Friday night's arson attack on a factory of a Ahmadi.

How it will be made crystal clear to the campaigners of the globe for religious liberty that blasphemy laws are a main war against religious minorities' religious freedom which also endanger their lives and property.Last year  a Christian couple,Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi,were burned to death  by an enraged Muslim mob in the south of Lahore Punjab province, accused of committing blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Qur’an.

These incidents vividly shows that the state and government of Pakistan is not serious about taking any purposeful measures to end loss of lives and property of innocent minority members in Pakistan.Besides the issue of extra-judicial killings of blasphemy victims by mobs,there is also the utter impunity for the mobs and their instigators.The case of Christian couple is pending in Anti-Terrorism Court,Lahore without any further proceedings because of the petition filed in Lahore High Court for transfer the trial proceeding from present court to other in which decision reserved without making announcement it.

Sardar Mushtaq Gill,Human Rights Defender,who heads LEAD, he is actively defending victims of such false accusation of blasphemy allegations.He said that 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, 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.Christians are easy victim of these laws.  

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