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Water is not a commodity like oil; Miguel Brockmann

Turkey: March 20, 2009. ( Bobby Ramakant for PCP) The President of the United Nations General Assembly has told delegates at the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul, Turkey, that, "those who are committed to the privatization of water, making it a commodity like oil, are denying people a human right as basic as the air we breathe." In a speech delivered by his senior advisor on water Maude Barlow, UN president Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann said, "We must work quickly to guarantee that access to drinking water constitutes a fundamental right of all peoples..." "Water belongs to the people, to the ecosystem and the species and it belongs to the future" had said Maude Barlow earlier this week in Istanbul. Ms Barlow, who is also the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, delivered the president's message to the People's Water Forum, a counter-forum being held by hundreds of civil society members from nearly 70 countries whose voices have not been at the WWF. The speech was later released to the World Water Forum, which is being attended by 20,000 delegates from 150 countries. The UN president also questioned the legitimacy of the forum itself. His speech stated, "The forum's orientation is profoundly influenced by private water companies. This is evident by the fact that both the president of the World Water Council and the alternate president are deeply involved with provision of private, for-profit, water services." He added that future forums should, "conduct their deliberations under the auspices of the United Nations." D'Escoto Brockmann also criticized the World Water Forum's draft Ministerial Declaration, which sees water as a "human need" rather than a human right. He said, "As it stands, this important statement undermines the efforts of those who are struggling for access to clean water and sanitation." "Global water justice movement advocates welcome this being the last World Water Forum in its present format," adds Barlow. "There is an urgent need for an accountable and legitimate global water forum to be held regularly to address the grave threats facing our blue planet." Earlier last week, a group of 118 organizations from 33 countries had signed and issued a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that calls on him to withdraw his support for the 'CEO Water Mandate', a corporate driven water initiative under the 'UN Global Compact' that facilitates corporate control of water resources. Representatives of the letter's signatories had delivered a copy of the letter to the Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, Gavin Power at the 5th World Water Forum. The CEO Water Mandate's leading endorsers currently include water bottlers Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and Pepsi, as well as Suez, one of the world's largest privatizers of water services and systems. "All of these corporations have a vested interest in controlling water resources and profiting from water scarcity, so there is a great danger in leaving international water policy in such hands," said Richard Girard, researcher for the Polaris Institute. "Those who are dealing with corporate control of water's manifold downsides – water takings, water shut-offs, price hikes, short cuts on water treatment – are people deeply affected by the water crisis and corporations' actions," said Mark Hays from Corporate Accountability International. "Yet these same people, who are going thirsty, don't have a true voice at these meetings – their voices need to be heard, and they should be in the drivers' seat." The Global Water justice Movement activists are calling on the United Nations to take the lead in creating transparent, democratic space to decide international water policy. But to date, the UN continues to be in a contradictory position by, on the one hand, raising awareness about the world water crisis and calling for needed change, and on the other housing the CEO Water Mandate. Groups like the Polaris Institute and Corporate Accountability International are challenging the CEO Mandate because it allows corporations to undermine democratic control of water under the aegis of the United Nations. - Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS) (The author is a World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s WNTD Awardee (2008) and writes extensively on health and development. Email: bobbyramakant@yahoo.com)

Chak Shehzad effected shall burn tents and house holds in protest on July 29: J Salik

Islamabad: July 29, 2009. (PCP report) We shall wait seven days for taking “Suo-Motu action” by honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan to resolve our problems and rehabilitation of effected families back to Chak Shehzad, other wise we will come back in a rally on Tuesday 28th July and next day on 29th we shall burn out our tents and other house holds in protest. It was announced by ex Federal minister Julius Salik, addressing a rally here in D-Square near Parliament Complex. On 62nd day of struggle for rehabilitation of Effectees of Chak Shehzad Brutal Police Action a rally “Injustice Rally” was organized by World Minorities Alliance. Hundreds of men and women were carrying place cards having portrait of Chief Justice of Pakistan with slogan “Injustice with Minorities . . . Why?” When a jumbo size banner was also in the procession having all details of injustice by CDA with contract workers and about their demand for minimum salary of Rs.8500/=. There was heavy number of police at D-Square with bar bade wire to stop the rally. At this point participants stopped and several women and children kissed the barbed wire to symbolic that even they have been stopped to go near the Supreme Court buildings still they love their beloved country. Addressing rally Julius Salik said that we came to get justice from the supreme court of the country but Chief Justice could not remove this barricade from our way to the highest forum of Justice. We fought for democracy and now when we are in democratic era, we are facing these barbed wires, he said. Taking about representation of minorities in parliament Julius Salik said we the minority people don’t accept selection system we need election of our representation in Parliament. Julius Salik was carrying a huge iron scale from one side and Mrs. Marry Salik from the other side when leading the rally. They put that scale on barricade and said that they will wait seven days for taking “somoto action” by honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan to resolve our problems and rehabilitation of effected families back to Chak Shehzad, other wise they will come back in a rally on Tuesday 28th July and next day on 29th we shall burn out our tents and other house holds in protest. It was announced by former Federal minister Julius Salik, addressing a rally here in D-Square near Parliament Complex.

Nazir Bhatti to speak on Human Rights Day News Conference

December 10, 2009, 12:30 p.m., National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor, Washington, DC Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Event Type: News Conference Sponsored by: Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) Event Location: Zenger Room Details: Human rights activists discuss importance of religious, racial, ethnic, and gender equality and liberty on "Human Rights Day," addressing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Please join us at the National Press Club for a thought-provoking briefing and panel discussion that will address threats to universal human rights from ideologies that seek to deny both human equality and liberty. The speakers will focus special attention on human rights challenges to women and children. Emphasis will be on increased individual responsibility in defending universal human rights as a shared social priority. Panelists will include: * Jeffrey Imm, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), on women's and children's rights, the dual challenge of religious supremacism and freedom, the challenges to human liberty by totalitarian ideologies, and growing challenges to racial equality by supremacists * Dr. Nazir Bhatti, Pakistan Christian Congress, on Pakistan's blasphemy law, threats, attacks, and killings of Christian religious minorities in Pakistan * Ashraf Ramelah, The Voice of the Copts, on the suppression of Christian religious minorities in Egypt, including kidnapping and forced conversion of Coptic Christian women and girls * Lisa Tao, Falun Dafa (Falun Gong), on human rights atrocities against the Falun Gong over the past 10 years in Communist China (in Chinese with English Interpreter). Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) has support in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe for the mission of renewed focus on national and international policies designed for consistent support of our universal human rights. The press conference will be a part of other international public outreach events on December 10, Human Rights Day. Jeffrey Imm has spoken at the George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute (HSPI) on the challenge of the ideology of Islamic supremacism, which was reportedly attended by Fort Hood attack suspect Major Nidal Hasan.

Pakistani Christians reject claim of Acting President of Pakistan “Minorities enjoying equal rights”

Karachi: March 4, 2010. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that 20 million Pakistani Christians are treated as 2nd class citizen in Pakistan and claims made by Acting President of Pakistan Farooq H Naik in a meeting with Swedish Ambassador that minorities in Pakistan are enjoying equal rights are not true. The Article 2 of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan undermines equal rights to religious minorities in Pakistan. Article 41 (2) and Islamic provisions are contrary to fundamental rights guaranteed in Article 9-21 of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Moreover, Article 203 D, section 298, 298 B, 295 B and 295 C of PPC, Law of Evidence and Compensation and Hadood Ordinance make Pakistani Christians 2nd or 3rd class citizens in state. Nazir Bhatti said “5% Quota to minorities is not proportional to our population and Mr. Farooq H Naik, Acting President of Pakistan must note complains of Christian youth that this quota of job is being sold by parliamentarians and heavy bribes are demanded by bureaucracy” “Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have always demanded election of Christian parliamentarians not selection by Muslim political groups because selection under Joint Electorate is undemocratic and negation to equal basic rights. In such circumstances, if government of Pakistan awards few seats in Senate of Pakistan, it will be addition in number of seats of Muslim political group nor representation to Christians in Senate” said Nazir Bhatti “We demand dual voting rights that Christian may elect their representatives in National Assembly of Pakistan, Senate of Pakistan and provincial Assemblies and may also vote to candidates of Muslim political groups in respective constituencies“ added Nazir S Bhatti Commenting of formation of separate Minority Ministry by Farooq H Naik, Pakistan Christian Congress President said “Shahbaz Bhatti is powerless Federal Minority Minister and can not walk out of Islamabad without orders of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani because he is selected by PPP not elected by Christian voters. Shahbaz Bhatti have less authority than any peon of federal secretariats” Dr. Nazir S Bhatt paid homage to Swedish Ambassador in Pakistan Ulrika Sundberg on raising minorities issues in his meeting with President of Pakistan and urged all foreign missions in Pakistan to raise Christian issues with government of Pakistan in their formal meetings. Nazir S Bhatti invited attention of Acting President of Pakistan on violence against Christians on pretext to blasphemy law, killing of 12 years old Christian girl Shazia Bashir, rapes and abduction of Christian women, enforced conversion of Christian girls and false cases of riots against victims of Muslim mob attacks in Korian, Gojra, Bahminwala, Karachi and Gujranwala. “Mr. Acting President ensure justice for 20 million Pakistani Christians and start with justice for Shazia Bashir who was raped and killed in home of one influential Muslim attorney in Lahore and government of Punjab changed medical reports to safe a culprit” said Nazir Bhatti

AWAM and other Civil society activists rally against national budget

Faisalabad: June 12, 2010. (PCP) On 10th June 2010, The Faisalabad based civil society organizations staged a protest rally and raised slogans to show gesture of unacceptability among public of new federal budget for 2010-2011. The participant organizations included AWAM (Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation), WPP (Workers Party Pakistan) and other civil society organizations. The rally was joined by people from different schools of thought including representatives of trade unions, student unions, political parties and human rights organizations, who marched from District Council to Circular Road, and chanted slogans against federal government for introducing public unfriendly budget. The demonstrators carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of poor people of Pakistan and public friendly budget. At this juncture, Shazia George (Coordinator-AWAM), Arif Ayaz and Safdar Sajjad addressed the rally. Shazia George demanded removal of VAT (value added tax), subsidy on food commodities and relief for poor people of Pakistan. Arif Ayaz demanded increase in the budget for education and health, decrease in the budget for defence and complete boycott of the loans from IMF and World Bank. Safdar Sajjad demanded increase in the wages for labourers, decrease in the salaries and allowances of ministers. The protesters demanded from the government that: Concrete steps must be taken to control price hike and inflation; Subsidies on flour, rice, sugar, pulses and cooking oil must be provided to give relief to the poor, Minimum wages Rs. 15,000 must be fixed for the labourers; Proper steps should be taken to ensure facilities for labourers such as: social security, pension, old age benefits, free medical, in all industrial units especially power looms factories and brick kiln; Government should ratify ILO C-177 and should ensure proper implementation of already ratified ILO C-100 for the protection of rights of working women engaged in informal sectors.

ICC Launches Religious Persecution Chapter in University of Maryland

Washington, D.C: September 22, 2010. (PCP) International Christian Concern (ICC) is launching the first persecution-based campus chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park. “Many students were not aware of the issue of religious persecution,” said club President Jessica Ford. “They thought that worldwide religious freedom was like here in America. When they realized the terrible circumstances some Christians live under, they wanted to assist and learn more.” The campus chapter will have its kick-off meeting on September 23, from 1-2 pm in the Stamp Student Union. All students are welcome regardless of religious background. After the initial meeting the chapter will focus on educating members about the issue, and then increasing campus awareness of persecution. The chapter also plans on partnering with the ICC special blessing campaign by gathering gifts for orphans. “Even though there are around 27 Christian clubs on campus, they are all focused on Bible study or a specific denomination. To date there isn’t one with the mission of helping persecuted Christians overseas. We are changing that,” said Jessica. ICC’s President, Jeff King, stated, “We are so excited to celebrate the launch of the first ICC campus chapter at UMCP. College students around the country have been trying to do this for years and seeing this finally happen is a huge boost to religious freedom. I think college students are a large untapped resource in helping their vulnerable brothers and sisters around the world.”

Pakistani Christian Condemn Jamaat-e-Islami leaders comments on Pope Benedicts

Karachi: January 11, 2011. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned comments of Liaqat Baloch, JI leader to ask Holy Father Pope Benedict to apologize on his comments on blasphemy law in address to diplomats in Vatican City in which he asked government of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws. Nazir Bhatti said “Liaquat Baloch or Munawar Hassan are to little to comment on Holy Father Pope Benedict and to seek an apology from him” Jamaat-e-Islami is not worthy to be stakeholder of Pakistan because it was against formation of Pakistan while Christian through All India Christian Association voted for Pakistan in Round Table Conferences in London in 1930-32. “A military ruler Zia-ul-Haq made blasphemy law to prolong his rule and 18th Amendment have scratched all his Ordinances then why not blasphemy laws” said Nazir Bhatti Nazir Bhatti clarified that a clever Muslim dictator imposed blasphemy law and Muslim men as Justices of Federal Shariat Court introduced Section 295 C PPC and man made law can be revised or repealed that’s why Holy Father Pope have urged Pakistan to repeal it. There is no death sentence or life imprisonment on blasphemy law in any other Islamic state on globe but Islamic elements in Pakistan call it soul and spirit of Islam. “If any Christian tool of Jamaat-e-Islami JI, Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam Fazal group JUI(F) and other Islamic group issued any statement against comments of Holy Father Pope Benedict on blasphemy law weather he is a Pastor or Bishop of any Christian denomination in Pakistan, he will face social boycott of Christians in Pakistan” added Nazir Bhatti Nazir S Bhatti urged 20 million Pakistani Christians not to fear of Islamic leaders but to pray for Holy Father Pope Benedicts who’s fighting for our rights. Nazir Bhatti also condemned Egyptian government on calling back ambassador from Holy See on his concern on situation of Coptic Christians.

Traders Threaten to Boycott PPP in forthcoming Elections

LARKANA: May 16, 2011. (By Nazir Siyal) The members of Federation of Trade Association (FTA) has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of elected representatives of present government and local administration Larkana to overcome the increasing load shedding in home town of Shaheed Bhutto’s and they have threatened to boycott the PPP in upcoming election. Speaking to the press conference on Monday, FTA business community allegedly said that the local elected representatives and district administration Larkana are busy in the arrangements of ladies Festivals in Larkana/Naudero and spending millions on unnecessary activities during summer time, added the such money should have been sued for the betterment and welfare of poor masses but they have forgotten the basic problems of public and traders. They said that the present government have been failed to provide the relief to the business community and controlled unannounced power outage in Larkana and other parts districts. The office bearers of more than 27 trade associations including FTA President Tariq Nazir Shaikh, Akber Ali Shaikh, Masood Ahmed Shaikh, Anwer Ali Shaikh, Dur Mohammed Shaikh, Hafiz Suleman Shaikh, Ramesh Lal and several others in joint press conference have criticized the poor armaments of electricity and prolonged load shedding of 18 hours have affected the daily business and trade activities. They further said that instead of ending load shedding, the local administration along with local representatives are non serious and they are celebrating festivals and fares in Larkana and Naudero, while the common men were suffering from various crisis of load shedding, inflation, poverty, unemployment and other social issues. They also said that their rice mills, ice factories, flour mills and several other small industries as well as the business have been badly affected and hundred and thousands have been unemployed due to the failure of electricity in country. FTA allegedly said new grid station is still in doldrum and Naudero Power Plant inaugurated by President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari could not be restored and huge corruptions have been reported in various rental powers they said. FTA leaders have early demanded the early completion of Lodran Grid Station and other projects including 132 KV grid station circuit line to increase the number mobile transformers in the district to facilitate the consumers of Larkana. They also slammed the local authority of SEPCO Larkana on receiving bribe on illegal connections and sending detection bills in June to June every year to conceal their inefficiency they said. They have also threatened to start mass movement by rallies, protests, shutter down strikes if the government failed to end load shedding.

Egyptian blogger passes 40th day of hunger strike

Cairo: October 4, 2011. (PCP) It’s Maikel Nabil Sanad’s 26th birthday but he is in no celebratory mood. When I arrive at El Marg prison north of Cairo during visiting hours on Saturday 1 October, I can barely hide my shock at seeing his bony physique. Maikel is wearing a wrinkled blue track suit and on his head is a baseball cap worn backwards in a sign of rebellion. It is clear that Maikel is in extremely frail health. He attempts to stand up to greet me but almost immediately falls back into his chair in sheer exhaustion. That’s because today, Maikel tells me, is also the 40 day of his hunger strike — one that he had hoped would draw public attention to his plight and force the ruling military council to reconsider what he describes as the military’s “discriminatory “policies. “I have been tried in a military court and sentenced to three years in prison on charges of spreading rumors about the armed forces and criticizing the ruling military council, SCAF in my blogpost. Other high profile figures have simply been summoned by the military prosecutor for questioning for similar charges. They have had their sentences revoked,” he explains. His voice is weak and I have to lean over to hear him clearly. Maikel, who now weighs 48kgs after shedding 12kgs as a result of his food abstinence — has languished behind bars since the 28 March 2011 when he was detained for accusing the military of having conducted virginity tests on female protesters earlier that month — a charge that a senior military general later admitted was true. He had also written on his blog that “The army and the people are not one” — a view that ran counter to the one expressed by tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists in Tahrir Square during the mass uprisings earlier this year. Chants of “The army and people are one” had echoed through Tahrir Square after it became clear that the military had chosen to side with the opposition activists –possibly even defying orders to shoot them. Maikel is post-revolutionary Egypt’s first prisoner of conscience. He was handed the harsh jail sentence after being tried in a martial court where, according to his younger brother Mark, “eyewitnesses were barred from testifying in the case.” After spending a fortnight in the notorious state security prison at the Hikestep, Maikel was moved to the civilian prison at el Marg where he has since languished in near solitary confinement. “Other prisoners have been warned against talking to me. The prison guards have also been spreading rumors to turn fellow prisoners against me. They tell them I have called on Israel to prolong its occupation of Palestinian land or that I support gay rights,” he says, his voice now a soft whisper. In a conservative predominantly Muslim society, Maikel’s unconventional religious and political views have at best, raised eyebrows or been dismissed as the hallucinations of a madman. At worst, they have earned him the ire — even hatred — of some of his fellow countrymen and provoked the wrath of the ruling military council, for Maikel is a self-proclaimed atheist and liberal who supports normalization of relations with Israel and who has called for military service to be non-compulsory. “Many intellectuals whom I have associated with share my views but do not dare voice them publicly,” he says, shaking his head.” I do not like hypocrisy so I have openly shared my views knowing they may ruffle some feathers.” But that is an understatement. Maikel’s refusal to go along with the flow has come at a terribly high price: not only is he serving prison time and losing his health and vitality, but he also risks death, according to a warning from doctors who believe few can survive more than forty days without food. “I’d rather die than live as a slave without dignity under an oppressive regime,” is Maikel’s explanation for refusing to end his hunger strike. He has survived on nothing more than water and a few sips of fruit juice since starting his food abstinence. I offer Maikel a can of orange juice and urge him to take a sip. He reluctantly accepts it and I notice that his hands are as cold as ice as his fingers accidentally brush my hand. Four of his friends have joined me on the visit to lend their support and try and coax Maikell into ending his hunger strike. Like him, they are all ardent activists and revolutionaries. ” You have already made a statement. Enough Maikel. We need people like you to continue to push for change,” argues Sahar Maher, a mass communication student. “If I die, scores of Maikels will emerge after me,” is Maikel’s stubborn response.” I have already succeeded in winning many converts. Many of my friends, my brother and my father have all become politicised.” But his father is quick to point out that while he shares many of Maikel’s political stances, he vehemently rejects Maikel’s religious views. “We are a pious Coptic family. Maikel became an atheist when he started associating with the wrong crowd at university and this is where it has led him.” While his religious views are not the cause of his imprisonment, they are partly responsible for the little sympathy afforded Maikel by fellow Egyptians — which is not surprising in a society where religion plays a significant role in shaping people’s lives. Maikel is disappointed by the almost complete lack of local media support which he also blames on what many in Egypt perceive as his pro-Israeli stances. He has expressed his admiration for “Israel’s democratic values and freedom of expression” — an opinion that has shocked the Egyptian public angered by Israel’s aggressive policies towards the Palestinians and the recent killing of a number of Egyptian security guards by Israeli forces near the border with Israel. In recent weeks, anti Israeli protesters have called for the dismissal of the Israeli ambassador from Egypt and an annulment of the Camp David peace accords with Israel. Lack of local support for Maikel in his native Egypt is however compensated for by the strong show of solidarity for him by the international community. A “free Maikel Nabil page” on FaceBook currently has more than 61,400 fans from around the world and the number is steadily on the increase. As his friends sing happy birthday and Maikel blows out the candle on the small cake they’ve brought with them, he says that his birthday wish is for more Egyptians to read his blogs. He also yearns for his freedom “so that I can receive medical care in a proper hospital,” he says. Maikel cites a long list of ailments including a tooth infection, scabies , low blood pressure and low sugar level. He says he is being denied the blood tests and treatment he badly needs to recover. The on-duty prison inspector Sameh Labib denies this. He insists that Maikel, like all other prisoners is getting the attention he requires at the prison hospital. But whether or not Maikel will be released soon will be decided on the 4th of October when his appeal is scheduled. That day will also mark Maikel’s 43rd day of hunger strike. As we head out of the prison compound, Mark says “We can only hope for the best. There cannot be another Khaled Saeed. Our revolution was sparked by Saeed’s brutal killing by police officers. There cannot be others losing their lives in similar fashion in post-revolutionary Egypt.” Maikel’s lawyer Negad el Borei says he does not have high expectations from the appeal. He adds that Maikell’s imprisonment is “another black spot for the image of the SCAF.” EL Borei also regrets the lack of media attention to Maikel’s case adding that this is because of new restrictions imposed on the media by the ruling military government which are greater today than those imposed by the former regime. “The media in post-revolutionary Egypt has gone as far as condoning torture which never happened under Mubarak,” he laments. (Source Index on Censorship)

US Resolution on Balochistan is just and not interference in Pakistan

Philadelphia: February 19, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that Pakistani Christian Diaspora in USA and EU is seriously considering to launch lobbyist group to invite US Congress and EU Parliament to move resolutions for due share of Christians in resources of federation of Pakistan, representation proportional to population in parliament, direct election instead of selection on reserved seats in all democratic institutions and repeal of blasphemy law. Commenting on US Resolution on Balochistan, Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that it is not interference in internal affairs of Pakistan because Pakistan have been demanding right of self-determination for Kashmiri and Palestinian Muslims in Pakistani parliament and in United Nations from decades but never termed it as interference in internal affairs of India and Israel. “When Pakistan representative in United Nations Security Council and UN General assembly voices for human rights of Syrian and supported UNSC Resolution 1973 for due rights of Libyan civilians then why he forgot Baloch civilians whom Pakistan Armed forces were killing in Balochistan and Muslim mobs were burning alive Christians in Pakistan” added Nazir Bhatti The PCC Chief said that Pakistan intended to champion Islamic laws through “Defamation of Religion Resolution” in UNHRC in Geneva to globalize Blasphemy laws that innocent citizens in other countries may be killed and victimized by such controversial Islamic laws neglecting demand of 20 million Pakistani Christians to repeal of these laws Nazir Bhatti said that Pakistan have never respected human rights of religious and ethnic minorities of Pakistan but used force to suppress their voice and never hesitated on enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and arrests in fabricated cases. Baloch were crying for justice and due share in resources of Balochistan and demanding provincial autonomy since 1973 but none of leaders from Punjab enjoying in federation attempted invited them on dialogue table and sought solution of Balochistan through military operation which have forced them to approach International forums. Nazir Bhatti said that Pakistani Christians are demanding direct election on reserved seats instead of selection and repeal of blasphemy law but Pakistani Muslim leaders and government have closed door of any dialogue with true Christian leadership in Pakistan which will force Pakistani Christian Diaspora to invite support of International forums for their basic equal rights. “I condemn statements of Christian tools of Muslim leaders and Pakistan establishment that Christians are enjoying equal rights in Pakistan because it is not true” said Nazir Bhatti Nazir Bhatti said that Christians have 6 seats in National Assembly of Pakistan in 1973, which were reduced to 4 in 1985 and in 2012, we have only 2 seats, which proves that Christian representation is in process of elimination in Pakistan while Christians are 13% of population and number one minority. Nazir Bhatti said that Pakistani Christians demand end of genocide of Baloch in Balochistan and due rights for 20 million Pakistani Christians.

Punjab government should immediately release MNA Riaz Fatyana

Islamabad: June 19, 2012. (PCP) Senior parliamentarian and Chairman ,National Assembly’s Standing committee on Human rights, Mr. Riaz Fatyana MNA , has been arrested today in Kamalia, Toba tek Singh, .He along with his political supporters has been kept in Police station ,Rijhana, District Toba Tek Singh. Earlier ,a group of his political opponents allegedly led by PML-N activists attacked his house and burnt his office and car . On his request of police protection , District Police Officer ,instead of providing him protection , disarmed his guards and gave the attackers a free access to his office ,who then burned and destroyed his property.,,,In this riot , many persons got injured ….District Police officer on behest of Regional Police officer Faislabad, ordered local police to arrest Mr. Fatyana and now they are trying to implicate him in some false case. This all is result of a planned move backed by his political opponents ( PML_N) because they are afraid of his popularity and cannot face him directly in a democratic electoral process. Mr. Riaz Fatyana is a senior politician and has served on various important portfolios during his 35 years long political career. Currently ,he is Member of National assembly of Pakistan and as Chairman National assembly’s first ever Standing Committee on Human Rights , he has done a lot for promotion and protection of Human rights in the country .He has been a very vocal critic on Pakistan’s policing system and has raised the issue of police high handed ness and police brutalities many times during committee meetings. Famous cases of killings of 5 chechens by FC in Kharotabad, quetta ,murder of sarfraz shah by rangers in Karachi ,,,killings of 7 innocent citizens in Abbotabad are still on the agenda of standing committee on Human rights. He also ,for the first time ,,initiated the process of involving citizen’s groups and CSO’s in committee hearings and meetings ,and invited reputed organisation like HRCP, Aurat Foundation ,PCHR, SHARP etc to particiopate in HR committee meetings.In previous meeting, He took serious notice of life threats to Renowned Human Rights Activist Ms Asma Jahangir,and summoned high security officials from ministry of defence and Interior to parliamentary committee’s next meeting on 21st June to explain their position in this regard.All Civil Society friends are requested to raise their voice against this arrest and show solidarity with Mr.Riaz Fatyana . Parliamentarians Commission for Human rights (PCHR) highly condemns this act of Punjab Police. An emergency meeting of leading human rights organizations and CSO’s will be convened tomorrow in PCHR office to discuss the situation and finalize the plan of protest. Afterwards, a joint press conference will be addressed to share this protest plan with public and other stake organizations.

REAP team has visited the remote area school near Rawalpindi Pakistan

Islamabad: October 8, 2012. (Shamim Masih) Reformation for Empowerment and Alleviation of Poverty (REAP) management has visited their school in a far away village school last day. REAP a non-profit organization aim to provide education, enhance interfaith harmony and to work to alleviate poverty. A group of REAP management include Nadeem A Janjua (vice chairman), Shamim Masih (Secretary General) and its newly elected vice president Iman Rasheed has visited its school 35 km away from the city Rawalpindi and appreciated the efforts of its administrator Mohammad Yaqoob. Sir Syed Model School, Chauntra, located in rural area nearly 36 km away from the city Rawalpindi provide free education and substantial support to more than 200 children regardless of their religion, creed and cast. The school is providing education up to 8th grade. Nadeem A Janjua senior educationist and director GIFT Colleges in Gujranwala travelled all the way from Gujranwala to visit the school. He started his journey at 6 o clock in the morning and reached there at 0930 hours taking his team members from Islamabad/Rawalpindi. REAP team members had visited all the class rooms and appreciated the class work done there. The school is providing the education facility up to 8th grade and taking GABA syllabus which is considered the best one in Pakistan education system. The class work and the art work done in the class room were really remarkable. Mohammad Yaqoob, the administrator told the team that school is running for the last 20 years and could hardly meeting its expenses and we could not pay much to our teachers, who are very talented and dedicated in their profession. He also requested the team to provide some assistance to have one more class room which is very necessary. Nadeem A Janjua realizing the need of the school announced to provide some school stuff from the GIFT University. REAP is also extending hands toward world’s big organizations so that with the help of the world big patron REAP can provide better opportunities to the oppressed people of Pakistan.

SNGPL employee Riaz Safraz loses job on being a Christian

Lahore: February 5, 2013; (LEAD) Mr. Riaz Sarfraz is a Pipe Fitter, Lahore Area in SNGPL for last twenty years. Chief of LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) and President of PCC Punjab (Pakistan Christian Congress, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was informed and directed by Nazir S. Bhatti Chairman of PCC and Chief Editor of PCP on the request of Ms. Agnes Massey that Mr. Riaz sarfraz was dismissed from his job after receiving charge sheet on dated 12-09-2011 by General Manager (HR) vide Ref.SN/9076-6, to see the Mr. Riaz and give him legal assistance regarding his job dismissal. Yesterday on 4 February 2013, Mr. Riaz visited Chief of LEAD and he told the mishap of being fired from his job on false allegation which was mentioned in charge sheet against him. He shared that he gave answer of charge sheet on dated 26-09-2011.He gave all written evidences to respective department regarding of his being innocence but his evidences were not be considered while decision and action was taken against him. He told that the alleged charge of misconduct was incorrect, baseless and based on religious prejudice. He told that he was dismissed from job because of his Christian faith. He shared that he had no job and no any means earning for his children. He told that he was not given chance of departmental appeal which was his legal right. Christians in Pakistan often fired from their jobs after false allegations and Charge sheets when they reach to higher rank on basis of seniority. We received many such applications in which such issues are common in private sector and as well as in Government sector. Some are denied to be given jobs in private sectors and Government sectors only due to having Christian faith. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with Children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God's grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion gender or ethnicity. We ask for financial and moral support for the continuity of work of LEAD in Pakistan. We are thankful for all who are financially supporting LEAD's work for Persecuted Church. We ask for more partners who have same vision for persecuted Church, to be our partner for this noble cause.

BPCA to orgnize a Peace concert to pay homage to fallen hero Lee Rigby

London: June 12, 2013. (PCP) The British Pakistani Christian Association has organised a peace concert this Sunday form 3;00 PM to 5:00 PM at murder site of fallen hero Lee Rigby on June 16, 2013. BPCA Chief Wilson Chowdhry said "Our intent is to remember slain Drummer Lee Rigby and to promote peace at a time when extremists with different agendas seek to divide people across Britain. The event is an interfaith harmony Peace Concert" Following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery barracks in Woolwich on 22nd May, faith leaders will return to the crime site to remember fallen local hero. Speakers include representatives from all major faiths who, with one voice, stand united against hate-crimes perpetrated in the name of religion. The service will take place between 3pm to 6pm on Sunday June 16th on John Wilson Street. A collection will be taken towards the installation of a Peace Monument designed by Mosaic Artist Gary Drostle who was brought up in Woolwich. Gary is responsible for the Redbridge Peace Monument commemorating the death of 3 victims of Teen knife crime. Event organiser, President of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), Wilson Chowdhry, says “When news broke the other week of the barbaric brutal murder of an off-duty soldier in broad daylight on a busy London street I shuddered. Although, sad to say, the BPCA has become accustomed to similar stories of cowardly assassinations in Pakistan I never for one moment ever expected to hear of such atrocities happening so close to home here on the streets of London. The BPCA has been relentless in speaking out in the UK against the aggressive and violent forces of radical extremists when these erupt overseas. It seems only appropriate that we and progressive humanitarians of all diversities redouble our efforts to do so in the light of recent domestic events.” Ranbir Singh of the Hindu Human Rights Group (HHR) said “HHR urges all communities to work together in order to defeat intolerance and extremism from wherever it raises its ugly head and which threatens to tear apart those very democratic values which we hold so dear, as well as the liberty which we take for granted. We encourage all peoples of all races and all religions to join us on 16th in the spirit of solidarity, to stand together in the name of peace. The individual tears we shed in remembrance of Drummer Lee Rigby will water the seed of hope for a world where hatred and violence has no place.” Hal St John, from Woolwich band ooberfuse, who will be leading the music on the 16th with a lament mourning the loss of local hero Drummer Lee Rigby says “I am still numb with shock at the ferociousness of the attack. I was inspired by the cub scout pack leader, Ingrid Loyau -Kennett, dubbed the ‘angel of Woolwich,’ because she confronted one of the men at the murder site. She told the attacker, who was still clutching a bloodied knife, that he would never win the war he was hoping to start in London...it is only him and his accomplice against the majority of peace-loving citizens. Our song Keep Calm ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac-GdvYzlkw ) appeals for peace in the face of aggravated deep-seated emotions that cry out for justice. Remaining calm is the best way to challenge the ‘poisonous narrative of extremism’ that feeds these grotesque acts of violence.” Davina Hall will also be performing at our event is a breast cancer survivor closely involved with Cancer Research in promoting events. She recently shared her story in the press alongside Angelia Jolie as she is too a Brca 1 carrier and underwent a double mastectomy last year, she said "life is very precious, it should never be taken for granted and after my experience with my health I appreciate life even more so now than ever. What happened to Lee Rigby was devastating, an innocent life being snatched away from this young soldier, my thoughts are with his family and friends! We should all unite in this tragedy and grab any opportunity or experience with both hands as Lee and many others don't have the luxury of life anymore, those that have need to value every second"

Serra Club makes efforts to promote diocesan vocations

Lahore: November 27, 2013. (Fr. Inayat Bernard) 10th November 2013: “O Lord, say because your servant is listening”, were the opening words of Fr. Inayat Bernard’s homily during the mass organized by the Serra Club of Lahore on the 10th of November for the 9th and 10th class 21 students who care from three schools of Lahore. Fr. Inayat Bernard said that God calls the young people to work in his vineyard because they are full of enthusiasm and have several talents. The Serra club arranges two programs a year and the visiting students spend the whole day with the seminarians and feel at home at the seminary. The third year student Amir Shahzad of Multan diocese shared his vocation story in the chapel while another 3rd year student Dawood Akhtar of Lahore Archdiocese shared his vocation story to encourage students to join the seminary. President Nelson Mailk of Serra Club introduced the Serra Club to them. Along with the other five members he said that the main purpose of the Serra Club world over is to promote the diocesan vocations. The Serrians give their time and share their resources for vocation programmes. He further said that from 2004 they have been in contact with parishes, hostels and schools through their visitations, meetings, praying together and distributing printed material. He referred to the vocation of Abraham, Moses, Samuel and especially Mother Mary. He also invited them to offer themselves for the religious service. The 21 students were divided into 4 groups with one seminarian each to show them around St. Mary’s Minor Seminary. They shared their ideas and appreciated the hospitality of the Serra members and seminarians. Some of them pledged to come again on 27th April, 2014 for Come and See programme. The seminarians staged short plays, hymns and skits to highlight the importance of religious vocation of the diocesan priesthood. The Serra Club members welcomed the first year seminarians and distributed black colour T-shirts with the logo of SERRA CLUB at the back. All joined in lunch and the student guests expressed their joy through dance, jokes and songs.

Four Christian Evangelists arrested in Pakistan on distrusting religious literature

Hyderabad, Sindh: May 18, 2014. (Sooba Bhatti) Four Christian Evangelists were arrested during distributing religious literature in District Mirpurkhas on 17th May 2014, at District Mirpurkhas when they were distributing religious literature through pamphlets and handbills at railway station Mirpurkhas. During distributing, they were arrested by Railway Police Mirpurkhas. The incident was happened when Javed Jounis Masih and his wife, Nazia, and two women Rose Mary and Kiran (Belong to Yahawa Witness congregation) were distributing pamphlets at railway station and railway platform. Police reached on incident and arrested them when a worker of an Islamic organization, Ahl e Sunnat wal Jammat, informed police. Police has registered a case against accused, U/S (295-A 298-506(II) and 34 PPC) ,Crime No-2 for dishonoring and disrespecting religion. The case is under investigation and accused have been transferred Hyderabad under tight security. Tomorrow they will file Bail application in sessions court Mirpurkhas

Canada wants a peaceful resolution of Kashmir

Toronto: March 20, 2009. (PCP) Canada takes the issue of a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue very seriously and it regularly presses India to respect human rights of Kashmiris, says Canada’s Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a letter thanked Mr. Mushtaq A. Jeelani, Executive Director of Peace and Justice Forum (PJF), for his letter to the Prime Minister concerning the unresolved Kashmir issue and India’s failure to live up to its promise of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy towards human rights violations in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. Minister Cannon says: “The Government of Canada takes the issue of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Kashmir very seriously and continues to encourage the governments of India and Pakistan to move forward with the ongoing Composite Dialogue process, focussed upon the resolution of key issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.” He added, “Canada also engages in dialogue with like-minded partners to promote sustainable peace in South Asia, including with the members of the G8.” On the issue of systematic human rights abuses against civilians in Kashmir, Honourable Cannon writes, “your [PJF’s] letter also addresses reports of egregious violations of human rights in Kashmir. Through the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Canada has established an ongoing dialogue with the Government of India on human rights issues.” He assured that “Canada regularly presses India to ensure that human rights, including the rights of Kashmiris, are respected...” Minister Cannon concludes with further assurance, “please be assured that we will continue to engage with the Government of India in this regard.”

4 Christians injured in attack of PPP activists in Sindh

Kotri: July 27, 2009. (Abbas Kassar reports for PCP) : Residents of Christian Colony Sikendarabad held protest demonstration here on Sunday against attack on their colony in which 4 persons were injured and forcible occupation of their colony primary school by attackers and demanded protection to their community. The demonstration was led by Dr. Emanuel Shahzad who told this scribe that more than 1200 homes of Christians were living at Christian Colony Sikendarabad near Kotri since before creation of Pakistan. He said that land of Christian colony was donated by late MNA Malik Sikendar for residential purpose to Christians. He said that government had granted primary school and dispensary for their colony which was inaugurated by formed MPA Javed Micheal in 2005. He said that some days back few persons Javed Shana, Wazir Khunharo, Amir Khunharo, Fida Khunharo, and other armed men who claim to be members of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party attacked the Christian Colony with iron sticks and Dandas beat the residents of colony in which 4 Christians Imdad Masih, Waris Masih, Riaz Masih and Asif Masih were brutally injured. He said that injured were taken to Taluka hospital Kotri. He said that attack was made in presence of police who did not move to save the Christians and rather protected assailants who took control of primary school building and threw children out of it. He said they brought whole incident to notice of District Coordination Officer and District Police but they did not take any action and school still remains under the control of assailants. He said that when police failed to take action against the attackers, they have now started to threaten them of death. He said the Christians of this colony numbering more than 6000 were passing nights and days under threats and were feeling danger to their lives. He also said that whenever any Christian goes out of colony he is beaten by the Ghundas who are keeping watch on them. He said Javed Shana who is notorious with many cases against him on various police stations but police fails to take action against him. He demanded action against the assailants, recovery of primary schools from clutches of Ghundas and to providing protection to Christian community. To a question Dr. Emanuel said that federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti who represents Christians in government cannot help them because when in past they approached to him for help his reply was that he belongs to Punjab so cannot come to their help. He said that the terrorists were roaming around Christian colony with arms and they might kidnap their women folk or kill their men.

Human rights Groups in America ask Barak Obama to stress religious freedom in talks with Indian Prime Minister

WASHINGTON: November 27, 2009. (Jochanj) Several human rights groups in America have asked the president Obama to pressurize the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh to include religious freedom in discussions between the two countries. The Indian Prime Minister is on an official state visit to America. In a letter addressed to the President the United States Commission on International Religious FreedomFreedom (USCIRF) counseled the President to speak to the prime minister on the “culture of impunity for perpetrators of violence against religious groups in India, and to prevent future incidents of sectarian violence against religious minorities.” Manmohan Singh reached Washington on Sunday for a four day visit as the state guest of the president. There is also a delegation with the prime minister to hold bilateral talks between the countries. It is expected that the largest democracies in the world would discuss terrorism, nuclear disarmament, environment and climate change, and the global economic recession. The USCIRF Chief Leonard Leo in his letter dated on Nov. 20 states, "India is the world’s largest democracy and home to a multitude of religious communities that have historically coexisted peacefully; however, the Indian government has failed to bring the perpetrators and instigators of sectarian violence to justice." Amnesty International urged the US president to “candidly’ address the human rights violation in India and ask the Prime Minister to improve the situation “substantively”, in their meeting. Larry CoxLarry Cox the Amnesty International Executive Director wrote in his Nov. 18 letter, “While you discuss economic cooperation and civilian nuclear partnership with the Indian Prime Minister, it is vital that you also raise human rights concerns affecting millions of Indian citizens.” The letter strongly suggest that the President should include human rights violations in India as a point for discussion, saying. “Amnesty International strongly urges you to include human rights concerns in India in your joint communiqué with Prime Minister Singh and to address human rights concerns during your joint press conference.” It further states, “Mr. President, we urge you not to miss this opportunity to speak for those whose rights have been violated in India. They need your help.” Pointing out the Kandhamal Violence last year in Orissa, the USCIRF said, “Many thousands of accusations against alleged perpetrators in the aftermath of this violence, and to date there have been few convictions.” The USCIRF points a finger at the ruling Congress party as well saying that the party had been talking a lot about peace and religious pluralism in India,"its words have not translated into actions to protect religious freedom throughout the country." The letter by USCIRF signs off the letter with the words, "As you noted in your remarks last January on the fifty-eighth anniversary of Indian democracy, the United States and India have a shared belief in ‘democracy, liberty, pluralism and religious tolerance’. Therefore, in the spirit of partnership, we encourage you to raise these issues with Prime Minister Singh." Voices for Freedom, another human rights group also have submitted a memorandum to the President to take up the matter with Mr. Manmohan Singh the Indian Prime Minister

Punjab government orders re-investigation of Korian and Gojra Muslim mob attacks

Faisalabad: March 5, 2010. (Shahid Anwar) On the directives of Rana Sanaullah, Provincial Law Minister, Punjab, an investigation into Korian and Gojra attacks had been restarted in January 2010, because complainants were not contented with pervious investigations. He deputed Mr. Yousaf Ali Hurl, Senior Superintendent of Police, SSP-Faisalabad, for supervising said investigation. In Gojra case, SSP recorded about 45 statements of complainant party and 30 statements of accused party for declaring their innocence. In Korian case, he recorded about 5 statements of aggrieved party and 46 statements of aggressors for claiming themselves as innocent. The next hearing of said investigation will be heard on 8th March 2010. Update Gojra and Korian attacks: BRIEF HISTORY OF INCIDENT: On the evening of 30th July 2009, a mob attacked Christian community on the accusation of alleged blasphemy by Mukhtar Masih, Talib Masih and his son Imran Masih of village Korian (7km from Gojra), District Toba Tek Singh. During the violent attacks, armed mob torched 57 homes of Christians, looted their belongings and desecrated the churches and religious books. In reaction to alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in Korian Village, another mob attacked Christian Colony in Gojra city on 1st August 2009. They burnt down 68 houses and killed 7 Christians including three women and two children, plundered their belongings and ransacked churches. Afterwards, separate cases were registered against hundred of attackers involved in both cases. The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Faisalabad is legally pursuing both the cases. The recent developments in said cases are as follows: GOJRA CASE: On 2nd March 2010, 42 accused of Gojra attacks were produced before Judge of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Faisalabad, including 6 detained accused and 36 were those who are on bail. These 42 accused will be re-produced before court on 16th March 2010 for charge frame. The police has already declared 47 accused as fugitive; those were nominated in FIR (First Information Report) and supplementary statements by complainant and witnesses. KORIAN CASE: On 2nd March 2010, 54 accused of Korian attacks were produced before Judge of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Faisalabad, including 8 detained accused and 46 were those who are on bail. These 54 accused will be re-appeared before court on 16th March 2010 for charge frame. The police has already announced 49 accused as absconder.

Taliban and establishment conspiring to recruit poor Christians in Pakistan

Karachi: June 12, 2010. (PCP) It has been learnt by Pakistan Christian Post sources and also confirmed by other reliable Christian leaders that a well organized plan is underway through which the “Jihadist”/ Militant organizations with the blessings of Government Agencies is recruiting poverty stricken Christians to be trained and used as Militants. They have previously recruited, trained and used such poor people from the Muslim back grounds from the slums of Pakistan. These Christians converted to Islam will be used (1) To target the Churches/Christians (2) Since their identity will not be altered in documents it is feared that some of them will be apprehended and presented in the world media to nullify the impression that Muslim militants are not the only source of militancy. Since the western agencies are already on ground such practices should not be left unattended by the western Governments. The e-Mails received by PCP have urged Pakistan Church leadership to take a serious note of this situation both on the National and International levels.

Pakistani Hindu Diaspora in USA expresses concern in meeting with Pakistani Mission

WASHINGTON DC: September 22, 2010. (PCP) A delegation of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has expressed its concerns over the alleged human rights violation of the minority Hindu Sindhi community in Pakistan to the country's Embassy officials here. The HAF delegation during its meeting with the Pakistan Embassy officials proposed to send a team of Hindu American physicians on an immediate basis to offer medical-aid and supplies specifically to the people of the Sindh region in the country. "The Pakistani Hindu Sindhi community requires unique dietary, psychological and rehabilitative needs," HAF's Arvind Chandrakantan said. "We sincerely believe that a medical team from the Hindu American Foundation with its combined expertise in a variety of medical sub-specialities can evaluate, provide medical care for and help coordinate the future needs of this community," he added. The delegation also presented a copy of the latest edition of HAF's human rights report 'Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: a Survey of Human Rights 2009'. The Foundation's Human Rights Coordinator, Professor Ramesh Rao listed four major concerns consistently raised in its annual report: the abduction and rape of young Hindu women/girls who might then be forcibly converted or married to Muslim men, blasphemy laws targeting minority members, the inclusion of religious identity in Pakistani passports and bonded labour in Sindh province that mostly affected poor Hindus.

HRFP protest on killing of Salman Taseer

Lahore: January 14, 2011. (PCP) Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) protest against the assassination of Salman Taseer (Governor Punjab, Pakistan) was assassinated Tuesday January 04, by one of his own security guards. The shooting took place in the Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad .Human Rights Focus demand for the repeal of Blasphemy Laws, for the reinstatement of Human Rights and minorities concerned rights in specific and for the release of Asia Bibi who was the first Christian woman sentenced to death on Nov 08, 2010. Slman Taseer met to Asia bibi in district jail Sheikhupura and tells to media that she is a poor Christian lady and she attempted no crime against our prophet so I think she is innocent and she is not eligible for punishment. He also demands to his own Governments for her release and also demands to President , Mr. Asif Ali Zardari for her pardoned .The typical fanatic people start the agitations against this act of governor and demand to hung him and Asia till death .They mange many processions against governor and in favor of 295C. In one TV interview Salman Taseer called 295C a black law, is using for strengthen to Islamists and for their political curial aims and is danger for Christian community and misusing against them and killing many innocent people. Governor Salman Taseer was blamed by the fanatics that he is not a true Muslim so God gave him this kind of death and the person who killed to Governor, the fanatic groups apprised him on his brave act; some throw flowers in the killer’s home and give him respect as a great man. The funeral of Governor, Salam Taseer was late because no religious leader (Molana) was agreeing for his funeral prayer because of fear by the fanatic strong groups. Then a “Molana” from their own party leads the prayer. The killer named Mumtaz Qadri said “he killed to Governor Salman Taseer because he favored to Asia and he called to blasphemy law, a “black” law, and he makes a blasphemy, so I killed him” Asia bibi , mother of 5 children was alleged by group of women from the same village “ Ittanwali” in district Nankana Sahib objected, saying she should not touch the water bowl because as a non-Muslim, she would make it “unclean”. Later, some of the women tried to get Asia to forsake Christianity and convert to Islam and during the exchange; she was alleged of insulting the prophet Muhammad by Muslim field workers in June2009. Naveed Walter, president for Human Rights Focus Pakistan gives a wonderful words to Salman Taseer for his great sacrifice for a Christian woman Asia Bibi . President HRFP said “We demand for the punishment to killer according to the rule and we appeal for the release of Asia Bibi. The President Mr. Asif Ali Zardai should use his right of article 45 and she have to be pardoned and finally she have to be set free but the question is, if the blasphemy laws(295B/C) will remain another innocent Christian can be alleged again and then another. We condemned this law which is a smack in a face of human rights & democracy and we demand for its total repeal” he added more. Naveed Walter said, “Human Rights Focus Pakistan is struggling for the religious liberty and minority rights since 1994 and lobbying with all powers of minorities for their human rights & equality, against discriminations in Pakistan. He said all minority groups & human rights organizations have demand to Government for the total repeal of blasphemy laws and restoration of minority’s human rights.

Muslim attackers kill one and injure hundred of Coptic Christian protestor in Egypt

Cairo: May 16, 2011. (AINA) Muslims attacked Coptic Christian protesters at Maspero thrice on Saturday, killing one and injuring over 100. The first attack occurred near midnight when two bearded Muslims wearing Salafist attire attempted to enter the rally via an entrance that was not guarded by security but by the Christian youth who were checking all persons at the entrance. One or both of the Muslims opened fire with guns. One escaped and the other was apprehended by the Christian youth and subsequently handed over to the police. His identity papers showed that he was called Ramadan Abdallah, graduate of al-Azhar high school. At the same time another Muslim group was attacking the protesters from the bridge overlooking the site where the sit-in is staged. According to eyewitness Emad Abdelmalak from Assuit, who was also injured, a minibus stopped at the bridge overlooking the sit-in site, a dozen men came out of it carrying Molotov cocktails and stones. He said the Salafis were very organized, they came in minibus, attacked and disappeared. Five Christians were shot, one seriously in the eye, in these two attacks, said Father Mettias Nasr, one of the Rally organizers, to Al Ahram newspaper. The third attack occurred at nearly 1 AM when the Muslims of Boulak, a poor area near Maspero, came with guns and Molotov cocktails. They surrounded the Christians on all sides and fired guns and threw Molotov cocktails at them. Scores of Christians were severely injured and taken away to the Coptic Hospital. A boat in the Nile belonging to the TV authorities was completely torched (video). Hannan, a Copt who was working at the rally canteen, told Coptic activist Mariam Ragy "We were shocked when we heard shots, and Molotov cocktails, empty bottles and stones were hurled at the crowds." Samuel Sobhy, one of the rally organizers, said he was attacked by a man with a knife, who injured his leg and hand. The Muslim attacker was caught and turned over to the police. Sobhy said that Muslims came to disrupt the protest, but as soon as Copts heard of the attacks, they started to flock to Maspero . Fearing that protesters may be killed, Father Filopateer Gameel read the absolution of sins for all Christians present. Father Botros from Moqattam Church called Way TV, a US based television network, saying the same thing happened during the Muslim attack on them. "These are not thugs, they are criminals hired by Security authorities and the army to break up the Coptic sit-in. The army and the security should be held accountable. We have rights and we will take them." He said that his church as well as other churches will go to Maspero tomorrow after mass to join in the protest. Father Filopateer Gameel said that he had received a threat last night from a number of Muslims that they will attack the protesters and subsequently informed the security authorities, who told him they could not do anything and he should call the army. He held the Interior Minister el-Essawy responsible for what happened and for failing to perform his duty. He said the minister said on TV that this sit-in has to end by any means, and therefore, he gave the "green light" to the Muslims to carry out their threat. The Copts have held an open-ended sit-in in Maspero, in front of the State TV building, since May 7, demanding the release of seventeen Christians unjustly detained and sentenced by a military court for 3-years on March 16, as well as over 400 others detained unjustly. They are also demanding the Muslim perpetrators who torched the church in Soul, Moqattam, Abu Qorqas, Embaba and Alexandria on New Year's Eve be brought to justice.

Pakistan Christian Writers Guild Punjab to hold “National Christians Conference”

Sialkot: October 5, 2011. (PCP) The Pakistan Christian Writers Guild Punjab have extended invitations to distinguished writers, Social Workers, Civil Society Activists and Politicians to participate in “National Christian Conference” at Sambrial, Sialkot, on October 8, 2011, to discuss situation of Pakistani Christians. Rana Asif Mahmood Member Punjab assembly and Sarfraz Khan Chairman SMS Foundation shall be Chief Guests while prominent Christian leader and former Federal Minister Julius Salik will preside over Conference. Professor Yousuf Nayyer from Sialkot, Yousaf Naz from Jehlum, Javed Yadd from Multan, Tariq Tabassum, Charles Gill and Parvez Bazmi from Sialkot, Aftab Javed and Zehshan Joseph from Lahore will be among speakers. The organizing Committee for National Christian Conference consists on Javed Gull, Ajnum Parvez Gill, Tariq Tabassum, Dr. Tajumal Fiaaz, Babar Imtiaz, Nasir Javed, Zafar Khokhar and Fazal Khiali. Professor Kaleem Dean and Master Rafiq Gill will be guests of Honor in this conference of Pakistani Christians. The National Christian Conference will be one day conference which will be open for question to speakers by participants. The Sialkot District of Punjab province of Pakistan is rich place for Christian Writers and leaders and all eyes are on this conference that what comes out for betterment of oppressed Christians in two sessions of this venue. Rev. Fr. Aftab James Paul, Rev. Fr. John Joseph, Fr. Nasir, Joseph Hakim Dean, Dr. Benjamin Gill, Daniel Bhatti, Dr. Adil Ghouri, Iqbal Khokhar, Asif Imran, Rana Zia, John Kennedy, Dr. Ashar Kanwal, Basharat Gill, Taseer Javed, Amjad Ghouri, George Masih Sohtra, Piyara Masih, Shaoukat, Arshad Sanni, Ilyas Anjum, Victor Ehsam, Amir Gill, Dr. Ilyas Gill Gazanfar, Sohail Sandhu, Younas Masih Gill, Younas Mahmood Ghouri, Ghani Masih Gill, Tariq Masih Sonni, Nadeem Sohtra, Danish Khan, Pastor Markus Shreef, Amir Bhatti, Ajiz, Waseem Dean, Elder Ilyas Masih, Ch. Mubarak Masih, Munawar Marshal Gill, John Piyara Masih, Anwar Zahid and Salamat Bhatti shall represent different religious, social and political organizations in National Christians Conference.

Its injustice to ignore talented Sindhi Youth. Shahid Bhutto

LARKANA: February 19, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Former federal Minister MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto has said that the youth of Sindh equally talented ignoring them is injustice, those who say that sindhis are not able they are mistaken its in fact inferiority of their thinking. Speaking at the annual function of Knowledge Centre Larkana (KCL) former Federal Minister Shahid Hussain Bhutto said that whenever a chance have been given to the people of Sindh they have got prominence in whole of the world on the basis of their merit. The debating contest on ‘Brain is better than beauty’ and the cultural programme was also components of the function. On the occasion, Dr. Sain Rakhio Mirani, DIG police Larkana said that those people who work for the development and peace in the society they are beautiful because beauty is not only outer appearance but behaviors and character as well. Whereas, the taking part in the debating competition the students spoke in the favour of both the brain and beauty. Favoring the brain ‘they said the brain has enabled the human being to make wonders in the field of science and technology. The brain has helped men to face the challenges of the nature, the brain has empowered us to subjugate the most dangerous animals on the earth, and it has given human a confidence to manufacture the life saving drugs, defend against our enemies, control the temperature and invent way and means to live comfortably and happily in this world. It is brain not beauty which has made the nations most prosperous, prominent and powerful. The other student claimed that beauty is better than brain they argued that there is not a single example in the history that beauty has caused any conflict, turmoil, annihilation, doom and destruction in the world but it has pacified the minds and leveled ground for peace and tranquility. Opposed to it the brain has always helped men to find out many ways of suppression and operation in the world. The brain helps men to exploit other and make him selfish and self centered two world wars which gave the gifts of thousands of the dead bodies, destroyed countries and gave the blemished face to the world. All that is the creation of none other than the brain sir, it is brain which has invented the lethal weapons, and mass destruction bombs. It is brain which has caused many troubles in this world which are increasing with every passing day. The students those participated in debating contest were Zohaib Laghari, Fshan Bhatti, Rizwana Soomro, Kahsif Siyal, Rubab Samo, Jabber Korai, Kashif Abbasi, Mariam Samo, Amber hullio, Haleema Chandio, Syed Muzamil, Sultani Bhatti and Fahad Miran. The Ist postion was secured by Afshan Bhatti, 2nd Haleema Chandio and third Amber Hullio. On the occasion, consolation prize was given to Mariam Samo. Fyaz Hussain Jatoi, Additional Commissioner I Larkana and Dr. Nair Sahikh also Spoke on the Occasion. Prof. Mukhtiar Samo, Honorary Director Knowledge Centre said that youth need to be provided positive platform. They will never go to any negative side if their talent is recognized. He also said that many such chances will be given to the students by knowledge centre in future also.

Pakistani American Congress holds PAC 20th Conference in DC

Washington DC: June 19, 2012. (PCP) According to APP, a Pakistani news agency have reported that Pakistani Ambassador in USA Sherry Rehman have demanded an open apology from US on killing 25 Pakistani soldiers in Salala Check Post bordering Afghanistan. According to PAC press communique the PAC 20th Conference is on US-Pakistan Relations, Roles of Pakistani-Americans and PAC Mission. The Conference was held from 10;00 AM to 7:00 PM on June 18, 2012, at Rayburn House Office Building of the US Congress, Washington DC, USA Marc Grossman, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan, US State Department officials, scholars of Think-Tanks, noted journalists and Pakistani-American community leaders participated in conference. Ms. Sherry Rehman - Pak Ambassador to USA, Dr. Asad Majeed Khan - DCM, Embassy of Pakistan, Ms. Fauzia Kasuri - PTI Women Wing President, Ms. Anusha Rahman - PML-N MNA, Dr. Imtiaz Khan - KAC Vice-President, Mr. Sareer Fazili - KAC Attorney-at-Law, Dr. Ashraf Abbasi - PAC ex-President and Dr. Khalid Luqman - PAC President were among speakers according to press invitation of Pakistani American Congress.

Syria needs support against international terrorism and the policies of Turkey. By Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

The government of Syria is fighting for its very survival against a host of foreign backed initiatives which desire to destroy the independence of this nation. It is also clear to fair minded people that interventionist policies by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Kingdom, France and Turkey, have just brought about more bloodshed and chaos in many nations. Therefore, the track record is the weakening of nation states, persecution of minorities and a huge backward step for women often follows just like what happened in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Libya (various negative forces continue to blight all these places). Sadly, it now appears that because political elites have failed to dislodge the government of Bashar al-Assad; that now everything is permissible including opening networks for international terrorists, having a NATO power bomb Syria under “a false pretext” and so much more. Indeed, it is ironic that Syria is now in the vanguard in the fight against international terrorism and preserving secularism. After all, political elites in Washington, London and Paris fully understand that Riyadh and Doha desire a Sharia Sunni Islamic state and this reality will also please the current leader of Turkey. It is abundantly clear, apart from to hostile nations and the mass media in the West and Sunni Islamic world in the Middle East, that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is not wanted by the overwhelming majority of Syrian people. Of course, specialists keep on telling us about the sectarian nature of the government of Bashar al-Assad. However, internally this does not wash because the Sunni Muslim dominated city of Aleppo is overwhelmingly behind the government of Syria. This fact is obvious because where are the mass demonstrations in support of the FSA which infiltrated this city on the orders of Ankara, Riyadh and Doha? Of course, the elites in Ankara, Riyadh and Doha fully know that their “big brothers” in Washington, London, Paris and NATO are on their side. Also, this “collective axis of evil” knows full well that the majority of Syrians are against the FSA but this reality means little to these nations which desire to dictate. Since the FSA, various Islamist organizations and covert operatives from several nations have failed to hold any major city in Syria, it is now time for the “Turkey option” to come into play. Therefore, even before investigating why the Syrian army may have bombed Turkey unintentionally – or if the bombing was done by the FSA allies of Turkey – the government of Turkey under Prime Minister Erdogan decided on the usual expansionist policies of this nation. It is clear that the Syrian armed forces need to control important border areas in order to prevent the FSA and various terrorist factions from obtaining an open bridge, whereby they can re-arm and so forth. Also, the Erdogan government is allowing various terrorist organizations and the FSA to obtain military arms, training and to plan the destabilization of Syria within the borders of Turkey. This reality means that Turkey is a conduit for international terrorism, supporting the proxy FSA against the government of Syria and is helping with the flow of military arms. Therefore, it is abundantly obvious that Turkey is in the vanguard in the destabilization of Syria whereby terrorism and sectarianism are being supported openly by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. These three nations have the blessings of political elites in Washington, Paris and London. Given this reality, thousands of Syrian soldiers and civilians have been killed by these outside forces which are in alliance with various Islamist factions and the FSA killing machine. The consequences of this brutal reality is that car bombings, killing journalists, attacking religious minorities, suicide attacks, beheading anyone deemed to be a loyalist to Bashar al-Assad, torture, and other cruel realities are now the modus operandi of Washington, London, Paris, Doha, Ankara and Riyadh. If this was not the case, then Western powers would have condemned these international terrorist ratlines when they began to emerge. However, when the same Western powers are involved in the same ratlines then obviously a compliant and unimaginative mass media works wonders in order to distort reality. The vice-president of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Will Meyer, comments that “On October 4, the Turkish parliament approved a law authorizing the army to carry out operations in Syria. Since then, Turkey has been attacking targets in Syria using reprisal for the bombing of Free Syrian Army bases on the border of the country as an excuse. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already announced that Syrian soldiers moving closer to the border with Turkey will be treated as military targets, raising the appalling specter of an all-out invasion of Syria.” Will Meyer continues by stating that “Turkey’s unsavory track record of invasion and occupation, not to mention the violation of the principles of international and European law, must also be kept in mind. The most notorious example of this is its ongoing occupation of the northern part of the island of Cyprus in violation of the UN charter and the human rights and civil liberties of the Cypriot people. Its prevention of a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation solution for Cyprus in line with UN resolutions is threatening the peace process and endangering stability in a volatile region.” In an article by Russia Today (RT) it is stated that “The mortar used to attack the Turkish town of Akcakale is a design specific to NATO and was given to Syrian rebels by Ankara, according to Turkey’s Yurt newspaper. The mortar killed one adult and four children from the same family on Wednesday.” “An article by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Merdan Yanardag, states that the newspaper received information from a reliable source, which claimed that Turkey itself sent the mortars to rebels in the so-called “free army” (FSA)” If the United Nations and political elites in Washington, Paris and London are concerned about outside nations intruding on the sovereignty of others, then firstly they should force Turkey to get out of northern Cyprus. Following on from this, they should look in the mirror and note that the above three Western powers have involved themselves in countless conflicts over the last 50 years. Also, many civilians are killed by drone attacks in Pakistan by America but somehow these deaths are not being condemned openly by the same powers. Therefore, Syria needs support in its fight against international terrorism and the absurd policies of Turkey which is aiding, training and providing bases for the FSA within the borders of Turkey. The track record of political elites in Ankara is abundantly clear and this applies to the Kurdish issue, the persecution of the Alevi, northern Cyprus, violating the sovereignty of Iraq, the blockade of Armenia and other policies. Likewise, the role of Saudi Arabia and Qatar in funding radical Salafists is also common knowledge and 15 out of 19 people who did September 11 came from Saudi Arabia. It is therefore essential that the policies of outside nations which are supporting terrorism, sectarianism, sedition, the destruction of cities and other barbaric realities against Syria, is condemned by the international community. If not, then the failed policies which have created havoc in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, and other parts of the world, will move on to another nation because currently the same players destabilize at random. http://www.publicserviceeurope.com/article/2563/turkey-wrong-to-attack-syria-further-bloodshed-is-no-solution http://rt.com/news/nato-mortar-syria-turkey-954/ leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

MNA Asyia Nasir officially inaugurates SHI Clinic in Quetta

Quetta: February 5, 2013. (PCP) Mrs. Asiya Nasir, MNA officially inaugurated and opened SHI Clinic (Mother Child Health and Rehabilitation Centre) at Bashir Abad Quetta on 31 December 2012 together with Mr. Parvez Iqbal, President Serving Hearts International (SHI) Holland, Mr. Shahid Gill, Country Director Pakistan for SHI Holland, Mr. Asghar Emmanuel, Field Coordinator of SHI Field Office Quetta. Mrs. Sumera Asghar, In-charge MCH briefed about the clientage and services available in the SHI Clinic Quetta. Mr. Shahid Gill, Country Director explained country wide activities and projects of SHI Holland in Pakistan and pointed out the possibilities of increasing the circles of services. Presenting Spasnama, Mr. Parvez Iqbal, President SHI Holland showed his satisfaction of SHI Holland's Volunteer Team in Pakistan and requested Mrs. Asiya Nasir as most dire need of an Ambulance for SHI Clinic Quetta to emergency transportation of Anti and Postnatal cases of pregnant women and newly born children. In her speech, Mrs. Asiya Nasir, appreciated the efforts, services and hard work SHI Field Office Quetta Team and assured all her support.

PCC nominates Adil Ghouri as President of Sialkot district

Karachi; June 13, 2013. (PCP) The Members of Central Executive Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have approved nomination of Dr. Emmanuel Adil Ghouri as President of PCC-Sailkot here in a meeting today. Dr. Emmanuel Adil Ghouri is famous poet and civil society activist who aims at social justice for poor communities in Pakistan. Dr, Ghouri is associate member of many international clinical association. PCC Central Executive Council members have congratulated Dr. Adil on joining Pakistan Christian Congress and hoped that PCC will more strong in district Sialkot. The CEC also approved nomination of Shahbaz Khokhar as Member of Punjab Council of Pakistan Christian Congress. Mr. Shahbaz Khokhar is former President of Sialkot district Pakistan Christian Congress. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress, Mr. Raymond Wallac Durrani, President of Canadian Chapter of PCC, Mr. Pervez Iqbal, President of Holland Chapter of PCC, Mr. William Shahzad, Incharge of USA Chapter of PCC, Mr. Babar Khokhar, President of USA Chapter of PCC and Mr. Morris Sadiq, Secretary General of Pakistan Christian Congress have congratulated Dr. Adil Ghouri on his nomination as PCC- Sialkot.

Closing Ceremony of the Year of Faith & Feast of Christ the King at St. Joseph Church

Lahore: November 27, 2013. (Pervez Yousaf) 24th Nov. 2013: A special Holy Mass regarding closing of the Year of Faith was celebrated at St. Joseph Church Lahore Cantt., which was attended by a large number of parishioners. In his opening words parish priest Rev. Fr. Francis Nadee,m OFM Cap told the worshipers that Catholics, around the world celebrated Year of Faith from October 11th 2012 to November 24th 2013 following a plea by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Holy Mass began with a procession of the worshippers of all ages that marched around the Church and then entered to attend the Holy Mass. Children and elders were holding the banners and placards.. During the Mass Fr. Francis Nadeem illuminated a candle and handed it over to an elderly worshipper who then handed over to the youth and youth handed it over to the children. This act was meant to be a symbolic demonstration of transfer of faith from Servants of Church (the Missionaries) to the elders and from elders to the upcoming generations The principal of St. Anthony’s High School Rev. Sr. Mary Nilanthi along with the teachers enlightened candles and distributed among the children that signified the spreading of Light of Faith from teachers to learners. They hoped that children will keep on holding the torch of faith and spread its light all around.

WVIP issues directions for Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand

Bangkok: May 20, 2014. (PCP) After the six months of Anti Government protests and violent unrest. The Thai military has declared a State of Emergency and imposed Martial law to restore peace and stability. Currently the situation is peaceful but it can be worst. As most of the Pakistani Christian Refugees are without visa and after the Martial Law in Thailand, and shut down of the UNHCR for security reasons Pakistani Christian refugees can be wedged in grave situation. We therefore advise you to stay indoors do not leave your home unnecessarily. Avoid any public gathering or travelling in groups, your safety is in your own hands. Please stay safe. In case of any Emergency regarding this situation if you need our help you can contact us on the following numbers: • 0840669402 • 0957391008 WVIP –Team Bangkok Thailand

Bilawal Bhutto in Larkana: Arrangement underway for Shaheed Bhutto anniversary.

LARKANA: March25, 2009. (Nazir Siyal for PCP) Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the son of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto arrived Wednesday accompanied by Provincial Home Minister Dr. Zulfikar Mirza and Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durani and his University colleagues reached Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. He visited mother’s grave and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha on the Mazars of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto later the grand father Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paid visits to the various parts of Larkana city and reviewed the on going development work and new roads of VIP, Station Road, Jinnah Bagh Chowk road, Bunder Road, drainage schemes and others. Bilawal also purchased oranges and other fruits and paid 1000 to cart pusher (seller) moreover he also purchased Sindhi Ajrak and paid 2000 to shopkeeper on the occasion. DCO Larkana Muhammad Jaffar Abbasi, Muhammad Anwar Bhutto and other PPP leaders briefed about the city and development work in Larkana and arrangements of 30th death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4. Before this, Chairman PPP Bilawal also visited the SZABIST Larkana along with his University/College friends and he expressed satisfaction over the education and development schemes in Larkana. The District Coordination officer Larkana Muhammad Jaffar Abbasi presided over a meeting regarding arrangements of 30th death anniversary of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on 4th April 2009 at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. The meeting reviewed and discussed in detail regarding the facilities which will be provided to take people who will come from all over the country on April 4th 2009, the meeting was informed that the parking for vehicles will be provided on the selected spot on the day. The drinking water, accommodation facilities will also be provided to the people. The reception camps for male and female will be installed at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. During the meeting the representative of DPO Larkana informed the meeting that the strict security measurers will be adopted surrounding the Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. The ladies force will also be deployed for providing security to ladies who will come at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. The police force will be increase in order to control on traffic from Garhi Khuda Bux to Naudero. The food will also be provided to people on the occasion. The meeting was also informed that the seeting for 10 lacs peoples will be arranged at the main pindal where PPP leaders will address the public meeting and informed regarding the achievements of Shaheed ZA Bhutto and will rich tributes to Shaheed Quaid. The street light will be ensured at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and its surrounding roads, the stand by generators will also be made available on the occasion, it was also informed the meeting that all the restaurants and rest houses of Larkana will also be booked for the people who come to attend 30th death anniversary of Shaheed ZA Bhutto. During the meeting the EDO works & services, EDO Health, MS CMC Hospital Larkana, EDO/DO Revenur, SE provincial Highways, XEN WAPDA (HESCO) Larkana and heads of various Nation building departments assured the meeting that all arrangements will be completed by March 30th 2009.

Christian have no true representation in assemblies

Islamabad: July 27, 2009. (PCP) Former President Gen. Pervez Musharaf introduced a system for minority’s representation in assembly by selection instead of election, because it was in dictator’s personal interest. Which was injustice to minorities as well as dangerous for democratic sprit. It is our bad luck that present democratic government is also stepping on the same foot prints of dictator’s path. Minorities especially Christians are facing dire situation because puppets are sitting in assembly claiming as their representatives, said by Julius Salik when he was addressing during a protest here in Green Park of National Press Club. J Salik, Convener World Minorities Alliance spent hours under the shadow of a big “scale of injustice”. Hundreds of women and men from kachi abadies of city participated in protest; they were chanting slogans “We want Justice!” Julius salik wearing black dress fell unconscious due to hot weather. Christians are struggling for rehabilitation of their fellow effectees of 18th may Police action since last 69 days when government quarters are keeping silence in this matter. Julis Salik showed very deep concern for this situation and said that it’s a shameful attitude for a democratic government. He was sad to say that an old Christian man was hit by tear gas during that brutal police action and later he passed away. J Salik asked that why not a FIR being launched against the responsible officials for his death or murder, only because he was a poor Christian? Julius Salik warned that a strong grief and wave of strong feeling is being feel against shameful confinement of 47 young Christian women in private camps of police all night long on 18th May. Former Federal Ministrer Julius Salik said all it happens because there is no proper representation of Christian minority in assemblies. Only selected puppets are there instead of elected ones. It is always hazardous for democracy itself and democratic forces plus minorities. “Former President Gen. Pervez Musharaf introduced a system for minority’s representation in assembly by selection instead of election, because it was in dictator’s personal interest. Which was injustice to minorities as well as dangerous for democratic sprit. It is our bad luck that present democratic government is also stepping on the same foot prints of dictator’s path” he added.

FATA: The Troubles and the Solution

Rawalpindi/Pakistan: November 28, 2009. PCP) On Sunday 22nd November Thinkers Forum Pakistan met for its regular monthly meeting. The topic was. “ FATA: The troubles and the solution. Learned speaker, Air Marshall Syed Qaiser Hussain (Retd) belonging to Parachinar focused mostly on Kurram and Orakzai agencies. He enumerated the corner stones of life in FATA. It was Islam and Pakhtoon Wali. He explained at length the five pillars of Pakhtoon Wali. Then unfolded the critical areas where malice had crept in. First on the list was Mulla, an ignorant leader of Islam but wielding great influence over the naïve tribesmen. The Maliks, were next; the custodians of Pakhtoon Wali, who seem to have lost the veneration they held once. Next were the Political Agents some inept and lacking the acumenship required for dealing with the tribesmen. Frontier Constabulary was the next weakening link, and finally the abolition of the FCR. He praised FCR, and wished it could be followed and practiced. Suggesting the solutions the learned speaker emphasized that the Mulla had to be effectively countered with more learned clerics disseminating true Islam and its teachings to the simpletons.. The PAs’ lot had to be improved and the way they govern should follow the old traditions of British time with the carrot and stick philosphy. Quality of officers in FC be improved and the deployment of the troops should remain restricted to the areas to which they belong. He emphasized on how locals should be empowered through enrichment of Maliks. It was to enable Maliks to maintain their Lashkars and Chigga. Overall revival of Pakhtoon Wali was the solution. He covered in detail the various tribes and the way they populated various agencies. Their restriction to some agencies and sprinkling and spread across the Durand Line was intriguing. By and large the tribal code of ethics was hospitable, peaceful and Islamic in nature. Though of late the magnitude of Sunni-Shia divide – particularly after the North-South polarization in Afghanistan - and its effects was quite disturbing. Similarly, the existence and role of millions of cash changing hands and the existence and role of Taliban, could not get an in-depth treatment. The discussion was enriched by high quality input from analysts like Gen Asad Durrani. TFP – a non political, non parochial, non-ethnic, non profit yielding and purely voluntary forum is striving for Better Pakistan for our children and their children by spreading the word and creating awareness amongst us all. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd) is A/Chairman of TFP while Col. Bakhtiar Hakeem (Retd) is Secretary General of this Think Tank established in Pakistan.

AWAM organizes “Education for Democracy and Human Rights” program

Faisalabad: March 5, 2010. (PCP) Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) in collaboration with Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) organized a two-days training of trainers titled “Education for Democracy and Human Rights” under ‘Democratic Education for Women-DEW Program’ from 28th February to 1st March 2010, at Centre for Peace and Harmony in Faisalabad. 42 Muslim and Christian trainees including political workers, teachers, students and representatives of NGOs actively participated in the training. The purpose of the training was to educate trainees about democratic norms and principles, to multiply political awareness for the participation of masses in the political process and to discuss challenges for democracy in Pakistan. The facilitators of the training included; Naseem Anthony (Executive Secretary-AWAM), Suneel Malik (Secretary-NCJP), Shazia George (Coordinator-AWAM), Iftikhar Ahmad, Najeeb Ali Shah, Sitar Haider, Kaneez Ishaq and Zafar Iqbal. The content of the training included: concepts of democracy and human rights, democracy and characteristic of a democratic state, situation of civil and political rights in Pakistan, role of political parties and NGOs for the promotion of democratic culture, democratic system in Pakistan: challenges and resolves, women participation in political process: social and cultural barriers. The facilitators termed ‘restrictions on the participation of women in political process, buying and selling of votes, politics in the name of caste’ as contrary to democratic values. They showed their grave concerns over the undemocratic decision of democratic government of appointing administrators and decreasing the participation of women in the political process by the dissolution of local government system. The trainers for the strengthening and success of democratic system in Pakistan demanded that: the state institutions should be allowed to function in accordance with the Constitution while the laws, constitution and policies, discriminating on the basis of religion and sex, should be amended to comply with the standards and norms of human rights; balance of the powers among state institutions such as; judiciary, legislature and executives, must be ensured, separation of religion from the state affairs should be ensured; rule of law and participation of marginalized groups in the mainstream should be ensured. Shazia George, Coordinator, Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) prepared and issued this report.

57th birthday celebration of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto

LARKANA: June 12, 2010. (By Nazir Siyal) 57th Birthday Anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto former Prime Minister of Pakistan will be celebrated in respectable manner at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and President House Naudero on June 21st, 2010. The day dawn with Quran Khuwani at Mazars of Shuhda at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and the floral wreaths will be laid on the Mazars of Shuhda, while “Guard Of Honor” will be presented at Mazars of Shuhda and National anthem will also be presented by the children of different Schools at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on June 21st, 2010 morning. While at evening a 56th pound Cake Cutting Ceremony will be held at the President House Naudero, where the party leaders, MNAs, MPAs and Ministers will paid glowing tributes to the martyr PPP leader Benazir Bhutto sources said. The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Sayed Yousuf Raza Gillani is expected to participate in the birthday celebration of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with his cabinet members will also participate on the occasion and oversee all the arrangements of birthday celebrations, besides the Central and Provincial leadership of PPP will attend the birthday anniversary programs at Garhi Khuda Bux and Naudero House on June 20 and 21st, 2010. On the occasion continue three days Blood Bank donation Camps will be established by EDO (Health) Larkana Dr. Abdul Fattah Bughio from June 20 to 22nd at Garhi Khuda Bhutto, besides the blood bank donation camp will be arranged at party office Kennedy Market Larkana on 20th June, 2010. Medical superintendent Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana Dr. Zulifqar Siyal will supervise the Camp on the occasion. Similarly the Blood Bank Camps will be established at Ratodero, Naudero, Bakrani, Dokri and Badah on 20th June, 2010, while the EDO (Health) Larkana will supervise the camps. The donated blood will be sent to Pak Army for the treatment of ailing soldiers. While, the Ladies Wing Larkana will also establish a Blood Donation Camp at party office at Kennedy Market Larkana on June 13th, 2010 and on the same day ladies wing will also arrange same kind of camps at Naudero, Ratodero, Baqrani, Dokri and Badah tehsils of Larkana district on 13th June, 2010. National Highway Authorities will ensure the repair and development work of roads from Larkana to Naudero and Naudero to Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on the occasion. On the day security arrangements will be ensured by the Law enforcing agencies and the administrators of T.M.A’s included Larkana, Ratodero, Naudero, Dokri and Badah tehsils will ensure the lighting arrangements and cleanliness of the city and towns of the district. Mazar Committee including Ghulamullah Mahoto, Senior Advocate of Larkana Abdul Razzaq Soomro, Khan Bahadur Ghulam Mustafa Agham, Aijaz Ahmed Laghari, Aftab Bhutto will make necessary arrangements and oversee the preparation on the occasion.

Pakistani Minorities Launch Poster Campaign in front of the United Nations

Geneva: September 22, 2010. (PCP) European Organization for Pakistani Minorities this week launched 3 week long hunger strike with a poster campaign outside the United Nations in Geneva during the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council which commenced on 13th Sep till 1st October 2010. The demonstration will continue till the end of the session till 1st October 2010. EOPM will focus during the demonstration on atrocities against minorities in Pakistan. The plight of Christians, Sikhs, hindus and other communities like ahmediyas and shia’s. The last few months have witnessed unprecedented atrocities on minorities including ruthless attacks on places of worship. EOPM contempt’s this brutal attacks and calls upon the government of Pakistan and International Community to stop the violence against the innocent people. In protest to the atrocities to the Christians Rev. Saloman Masah and Rev. Tahir Yaqub who arrived from Pakistan have sat down in front of the United Nations to have their plea heard by the International Community.

Christian leaders condole deaths of Mehboob Sada and Master Jacob Bhatti

Lahore: January 14, 2011. (PCP) Mr. Khalid Gill, Chairman, Christian Lawyers Federation Pakistan CLF, Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC and Mr. William Xavier, Director of Life for All have expressed grief on deaths of Master Jacob Bhatti, father of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti who is Federal Minister for Minorities and Mr. Mehboob Sada, Editor of Shalom and Director of Christian Study Center, Rawalpindi. Master Jacob Bhatti was laid to rest yesterday in his native village Khushpur in Faisalabad district and his Memorial Services will be held in local Church on Sunday. Mr. Mehbood Sada, a famous writer and Human Rights Activist expired on January 13, 2011, in Rawalpindi and his funeral services will be performed here today at 12.00 Noon, in local Christian graveyard, The Community representatives and Christian leaders from all walks of life have issued condolences messages on deaths of Mr. Mehboob Sada and Master Jacob Bhatti and offered prayers for peace to greived families.

Assyrian Christian in Iraq: Sunni Islamists gouge his eyes out and torture him to death. By Lee Jay Walker, The Modern Tokyo Times

Ashur Issa Jacob was butchered and mutilated by Sunni Islamic fanatics in Iraq and the Assyrian International News Agency (http://www.aina.org) and Ankawa (http://www.ankawa.com/english/) are working tirelessly in order to notify the outside world about the plight of religious minorities in Iraq. It appears that Sunni Islamic operatives had demanded a huge ransom and in the mindset of these Sunni Islamic fanatics they will justify the slaughter of an innocent on the basis of jihad, jizya, and the House of War theory which can be found in the Koran and the Hadiths. Arthur Issa Jacob was an Assyrian Christian construction worker and it is clear that he was tortured slowly before his death. Of course America had to give Osama bin Laden a Muslim burial and show respect to a global jihadist who gloated when thousands of innocents were killed on September 11. However, for the followers of radical Sunni Islam all non-Muslim infidels are not worthy of any kindness and in their mindset they can kill humans in such bestial ways and somehow they still deem themselves to be holy warriors of Islam. Sunni Islamic fanatics in Iraq have massacred Shia Muslims, Christians, Shabaks, Yazidis, Mandaeans, moderate Sunni Muslims, and others; and in their world view they will meet many virgins in heaven after killing innocents in the name of Allah. Sunni Islamic fanaticism is destroying the fabric of Iraqi society and many Shia Muslims have been killed during funerals, visiting religious holy places, while shopping and in their homes. The Kurds in the north have military power in order to protect themselves because Sunni Islamic fanaticism is also tinged with Arab chauvinism. However, the Christians, and other smaller minorities, have no militias to protect themselves from the evil of radical Sunni Islam. Multinational forces have been told by political elites to do nothing, therefore, the invasion of Iraq left minorities to the evil forces of Sunni Islamic jihadists. Political elites in the West have “turned a blind eye” and just like in Kosovo the Christian community has been abandoned. Assyrian International News Agency stated that “Ashur Issa Jacob, an Assyrian construction worker, was found dead today in Kirkuk, North Iraq. He was kidnapped on Saturday by Al-Qaeda operatives, it is believed, who made a $100,000 ransom demand. His body was mutilated. His head was nearly severed off. He was tortured before he was executed, according to the Kirkuk police. His eyes were gouged out, his ears were cut off and his faced was skinned. There also were signs of dog bites on the body. Mr. Jacob is survived by his wife and three children.” Note the difference: America gives an Islamic funeral to a mass killer called Osama bin Laden but radical Sunni Islamists torture an innocent Christian to death and then they leave his body to be humiliated and left out in the open for all to see. Iraq’s future is being destroyed by religious fanatics whose only goal is to enforce a medieval system alongside Arabization and a Sunni Islamic state based on Islamic Sharia law. America and other Western nations who invaded Iraq have a moral obligation to protect the citizens of Iraq; irrespective of religious faith, ethnicity or no faith. After all, the fleeing of so many Christians and other minorities began because of the forces which were unleashed after Iraq was invaded. If nothing is done to stem the tide of Arab Sunni Islamic fanaticism then Iraq will become a nation where non-Muslim minorities will no longer exist. The brutal murder of Ashur Issa Jacob clearly shows you the mindset of radical Sunni Islam in Iraq. Therefore, why isn’t something being done to protect the religious minorities of Iraq? Please visit www.aina.org (ASSYRIAN INTERNATIONAL NEWS AGENCY) Please visit www.ankawa.com (ANKAWA) http://www.ankawa.com/english/?p=5050#more-5050 – ORIGINAL LINK AND MORE PHOTO IMAGES http://www.aina.org/news/20110516141347.htm – ORIGINAL LINK and more information.

Government abandons 8.8 million flood affected people, death toll cross 1000

BADIN: October 5, 2011. (By Abbas Kassar) The government of Pakistan as well as well as that of Sindh have failed to provide food, medicines and clean drinking water to around 8,8 flood affected people of 23 districts of the province as a result, more than 1000 people have died of house collapse, drowning in gushing rain/drain water, being electrocuted, spread of epidemics of gastro, malaria and other water borne diseases and hunger. According to National Disaster Management Authority, 3 million have been inflicted in various diseases mostly children and women. In a report made public 2 days back NDNA says “because of no proper medical arrangements one million people have fallen ill since last 20 days." It has apprehended that as many as 40,000 women (who are said to be pregnant) might lose their lives if they are not properly given medical care. In its earlier report it had alleged that government has failed to come to rescue and then relief to flood affected people. So far 1032 people out of flood affected have died throughout the province in a month long rains that played havoc with almost all 23 districts of Sindh but few districts including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Thatta,Tando Muhammad Khan,Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Tharparkar and Benazirabad were hit hard where the rain and canal/outfall drains breach water was still standing causing spread of water borne diseases that are taking toll on daily basis as the authorities have totally failed to provide health cover to the teeming millions especially children who are dying of gastro, malaria, flu and skin and other diseases. No day passes when more than dozen people do not die of diseases while the federal as well as provincial governments appear to be indifferent with the suffering and pathos of the ill-fated people. The National Disaster Management Authority has alleged that government was holding Rs.5 billion as balance from last year's flood fund and said that if this amount was released and used on giving food and health care to affected people many a precious lives could have been saved. Meanwhile former prime minister and leader of the opposition Mian Nawaz Sharif has also alleged that government of president Asif Zardari has ignored nearly 9 million flood affected people of Sindh ( despite fact that the president belongs from Sindh) and have left the helpless people on mercy of hunger and diseases. He has said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Jeelani was keeping Rs.19 billion in his discretionary fund but was not releasing amount from this fund to alleviate sufferings of the affected people; It is a cruel joke with more than 8 million flood affected people passing days and nights under miserable condition, that Sindh health secretary Rizwan Ahhmed says that the medicines they have asked from India and France will reach in first week of October which means until then many hundreds more are to die. There has been no or little arrangement of medical care either by the government or NGOs. There has been no arrangement of temporary latrines as a result people especially women feel humiliation. In fact in view of dearth of items of food, drinking water and medical care flood affected people are humiliated and are trying hard to save lives of their children. In many places affected people are forced to drink the stagnant rain water which is causing more diseases. This water has turned blue and brackish. According to statement of Sindh Chief Minister that 70% damage was done by breaches in outfall drains main among them being Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) which is most hated among people of Badin as this very LBOD had brought devastations in past many occasions. Due to its wrong design the outfall drain which carries saline and drain water of Punjab and upper Sindh districts, flows backward carrying the sea water back to inundate the fertile belt of lower Sindh. It is most amazing fact that despite statements of chief minister and other ministers, the breaches to outfall drains and canals has not been plugged despite passage of 24 days since it rained last. Another failure was on part of irrigation department whose minister Saifullah Dharejo has confessed inefficiency of his department to plug breaches and to drain out rain and breach water yet he is still in his chair along with his boss chief minister Qaim Ali Shah who has done no service to Sindhi people except chairing meetings that have proved futile. Pakistan government had taken no lesson from last year's floods that had rendered almost 7 million people in Sindh alone as homeless and in all 1.8 millions in whole country. Many affected of last year's floods have not been rehabilitated as yet. Government also turned its ears on weather warnings in early August this year of torrential rains and did take to steps to make arrangements for any emergency plans. The President of Pakistan Asif Zardari had not visited the flood affected area of Sindh which makes the size of Egypt and half of England except for once at his own district Benazirabad for the purpose of photo session while the chief minister of Sindh and his whole big cabinet of the size of China has been locked in provincial capital city Karachi holding meetings of the issues of lesser nature. President Zardari continued to visiting foreign countries including China, Tajkistan and other central Asian countries caring no or little about the sufferings of flood hit people as flood was playing havoc with people. Sindh government has said that the province has received losses of more than 550 billion dollars but he did not spell out what measures his government was taking to recoup these losses. According to independent sources crops of cotton, sugar cane, rice, vegetables and fruit sown on 1.2 million hectares of land had been swept away in rain and drain breach waters. A parliamentary delegation that was headed by former federal minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and that had visited flood hit districts of Sindh, had said in a press conference in Karachi on 21 September that no one had died of hunger or drowning but alas the delegation that had taken only aerial view of the flood hit areas and had landed at Mirza farm in Badin did not bother to meet or talk to any flood affected family and also did not take briefing from any official. Raja Pervez Ashraf was accompanied with 2 Sindh ministers Ayaz Soomro and Sharjeel Memon during his press conference in Karachi. However a week later irrigation minister has confessed that few persons had died of hunger. It is my conviction that had there been a younger chief minister in Sindh in place of present octogenarian Qaim Ali Shah, he would have surely stood among the people in flood water and had helped reduce their miseries . Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had told another lie while during his meeting with WB and ADB officials in Karachi on Wednesday that only 400 persons had died during the rain/breach water flooding in Sindh and that 8.9 million people were affected while his information minister Sharjeel Memon on same day told media that number of deaths was more than 400 while 8.1 million were affected. There is contradiction in statements issued by various ministers’ reason being that they have not visited the affected areas and are issuing statements from their air-conditioned offices. I have complied a list of 7 persons who had died of hunger, their names are being written here as eye opener to federal parliamentary delegation who claimed no death by hunger. The died are: Muhammad Bux Khaskheli in Digri, 10 years Sindhu daughter of Ali Akbar Leghari in Nabi Ser, 25 years Bilal son of Mataro in Bhirya City, 60 years Mushtaq in Talhi, an unknown woman also died of hunger in Jogi Basti near Tando Jan Muhammad, 4 years Seema and 2 years Bilal Jeskani on Gharo canal near New Dumbalo. The list of those who had died of drowning in flood water contains 98 names mostly children but due to space these names cannot be written here. However if Raja Pervez Ashraf desires to see the list I can then show him same because it is he who had lied that no one has died of drowning. Of 1034 dead majority is of children and also a number of pregnant women had died of receiving no medicines or medical treatment. There is wide criticism on distribution of ration and other food items to affected people in relief camps or sitting on the road sites and canal banks as local media is full of political interference in the flood relief. The NGOs and officials of local administration provide ration to such persons who bring a Sifarshi Chit from local PPP Jiala( ruling party workers) and in most cases only favorite ones find the way to get Chit. There are wide spread reports that in Badin Jialas and NGO workers have filled their homes and warehouses with relief goods received by them from state or foreign donor agencies. These hundreds of thousands of hungry people when see ay vehicles approaching they rush to get the food first and in stampede many are injured. In Jhol town of Sanghar district an MPA of ruling party Rana Sattar filled his warehouses with relief items and when the hungry people came to know they rushed to his go downs to get food so to that they can remain alive for few more days but the guards of MPA opened fire on them killing two 2 hungry men 12 years Ghulam Hussain Shar and Ghulam Rasool Mari. In Badin while standing in a long row outside NADRA office to get the Pakistan Card through which one can get Rs.10,000 from bank, an old man Umar Mallah died of stempede. There are other instances where police have baton charged the hungry when they rushed to get food. The interesting fact is that during more than one month long rain and floods no federal or provincial minister is seen sharing the miseries and pathos of the affected people. All except a few have kept themselves away from their constituencies out of rage of people. Badin district has been hit worst with 1 million out of 1.4 million population being affected and more than 2,00,000 homes destroyed people are sitting on road sites or on canal banks as they have been ejected from relief camps which were set up in schools. They watch truck loads of relief goods passing through them but not stopping as the district administration has issued orders that all relief material be brought first to DCO office. However from DCO office the relief materials finds its way to ruling party MPA and other Jialas who give same to their own favorite men mostly unaffected while the ill-fated remain hungry. It was ashtoning that government continues to tell lies to the nation and international community. On 4th October President Zardari held video conference in which his spokesman has said that 300,000 tents have been given to the homeless affected people in 7 districts including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Benazirabad, Umerkot, Tando Muhammad Khan and Sanghar but in Badin as this scribe has visited the hundreds of thousands of affected people sitting on road sites on Badin-Golarchi road, Badin, Tando Bago road, Badin Talhar road and Badin to Kadhan road no tent was seen to the length of my look.

PAKPAC Lobbyist in USA calls clowns to US congressmen on Balochistan

Washington DC: February 20, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned statement of Dr. Noor Khan, a Director of PAKPAC organization in USA who called US Congressmen clowns who presented Balochistan Resolution in US Congress. Dr. Bhatti said that PAKPAC is ISI funded organization in USA and promoting terrorism under protection of freedom of expression and speech of USA laws. Dr. Nazir Bhatti was commenting on statement of Dr. Noor khan on a show of ARY television in a program ‘Sawal Yeh hai” as Director of PAKPAC on Balochistan Resolution in House of US Congress. PCC Chief said that human rights of ethnic and religious minorities have been violated by government of Pakistan but any organ of PAKPAC in USA never raised voice against it. ISI provided safe haven to Osama Bin laden in Pakistan but PAKPAC never urged US administration to stop aid to Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti said that people like Dr. Noor Khan knew that where is Osama Bin laden in Pakistan but never bothered to support war against terrorism of United States. To call US congressmen, Clowns, in a Pakistani TV Show by Dr. Noor Khan is a very serious issue and FBI must check on his contacts in Pakistan and support to terrorists and Taliban. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that Christians are victimized in Pakistan but PAKPAC never raised voiced against it because its dummy organization in USA to promote ISI policies.

Pakistan celebrates 59th birthday of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto

LARKANA/Garhi Khuda Bux: June 21, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) across the country celebrated 59th birthday of PPP Chairperson and former premier Shaheed Benazir Bhutto with simplicity and rich tributes were paid and cake cutting ceremonies held on Thursday. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari along with disqualified former Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, provincial ministers Agah Siraj, Ayaz Soomro, Taqueer Fatima Bhutto and others laid floral wreaths and 59 buckets on her grave and offered Fateha on the occasion. They also paid rich tributes to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on the eve of 59th birth anniversary here at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and President Camp House Naudero. The party leaders, Ministers and members among Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Agah Siraj Durani, Ayaz Soomro, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto also donated blood on her 59th birth anniversary. Earlier, the Quran Khuwani/Recitation of Holy Quran was also organized by the party at ancestral graveyard at Garhi Khuda Bux, where the workers and leaders offered Fateha for the departed soul of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. On the occasion, Parliamentarians, leaders, Ministers also visited the graves of founder PPP Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Mir Shahnawaz Bhutto and Begum Nusrat Bhutto, offered Fateha and laid wreaths. Even after the passage of five years of present government the activists and followers of PPP are sad over the martyrdom of their beloved leader Benazir Bhutto, yet unknown hidden hands behind the conspiracy are not unfolded yet. The workers and followers at the graveyard chanting slogans of Benazir Bhutto demanded the leaders to unfold last chapter on this anniversary. The blood donation camps were established at different locations with Chandka Hospital Larkana authorities and Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF), they performed their duties to organized free blood donation camps planned by the party. Later, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto along with Sindh Chief Minister Sayed Qaim Ali Shah distributed job orders among a large number of the party workers and leaders at President Camp House Naudero on the occasion. On the other hand, outside of the President Camp House a young Ghulam Asghar, Imamdin, Irfan Ali and another handicap told that they are jobless since long and they have no opportunity to meet PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto to beg an job order, they are unemployed since long.

Culprit arrested involved in blasts at homes of PPP leaders

LARKANA: October 10, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) A sharp and trained JSMM activist involvement in the planting RDX, which was used such a chemical in the hand grenades at the residences of Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, while a gang of car and motorcycle lifters busted, recovered 207 wine bottles, 6 motorcycles and 3 cars told SSP Larkana on Wednesday. According to the SSP Larkana Javed Soonharo Jiskani in a press conference, he told that during the interrogation, the outlaw was found a sharp and trained president of Jeay Sindh Mutahida Mahaz (JSMM) Warrah taluka Assadullah Chandio arrested outside the residence of Nisar Khuhro, who also involved in more than three blasts in different places among at National Bank of Pakistan Warrah branch he told. SSP Larkana confirmed that the culprit identification was difficult but atlast confessed the activities and several criminal activities among robberies and other cases were registered against him. He also said that in the CCTV camerafootage, there was another culpirit at the residence of Ayaz Soomro, admitted the negligence of police ASI and said that the police was present on the occasion, when some body planting the bomb at Shaikh Zaid residence of Law Minister he said. SSP Larkana further told that the civil lines and Rahmatpur police after a tipp off and readied the different places arrested a head constable police (HC) Dilli Jaan Brohi, Fida Pirzado, Abdul Ghaffar Chadnio, Bashir Brohi, Sajjad Luhr and recovered 207 Desi-wines, 3 pistols, 13 motorcyles and 3 cars from their possession on the occasion. Talking to the reporters on the occasion, SSP Larkana Javed Jiskani said that three among them culprits belonging to Warrah taluka of Kamber-Shahdadkot district and the arrested Assadullah Chandio presented at the Terrorist Court Larkana and handed over for two days remand he told. Javed rulled out any kinds of threats in future but we need to be avigilant through different sources and informations by the community and media people he said. He said his priority to detect the criminal activities and absconders. On the occasion, ASP Larkana Nadeem Ahmed and Ibrar Ahmed along with civil line and Rahmatpur SHOs were present, they briefed about the detention of criminals.

Bail application of Muslim rapist of minor Christian girl withdrawn

Pattoki, Punjab: February 6, 2013. (LEAD) There is final hearing of the Rapists' bail petition in the court of additional and session judge Pattoki. Lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill Chief of LEAD appeared in the court and submitted power of attorney on behalf of victim Fouzia bibi's father Mr. Malooka Masih (complainant of rape case). The lawyers of rapists withdrew bail application from the court after giving full arguments in favor of rapists for the grant of bail. Mr. Gill also contested the bail petition and gave detail arguments in favor of complainant. Mr. Gill demanded the arrest of rapists but they ran away from the court. Mr. Malooka Masih told Chief of LEAD, "this is not only rape incidence of this village, the same persons had raped a Christian girl Shahna who was also 16 years old in 2012 and the father of the victim girl did not take any legal action against them due to fear of hurt and having not capacity to face them as being workers of landlord." He told that he had been working with this landlord from last seven years without taking any salary. He told to Chief of LEAD that after registration of the rape case ,the rapists told police that they had given loan which is now Rs.400,000/-.Mr. Malooka added ,"I have taken only Rs.100,000/- and worked with them four years and ask them many times for rendition of accounts but I was being denied by them". He started weeping "we are like insects of gutter and we have no worth in Pakistan and we are treated as slaves." Chief of LEAD and Rev. Saleem made satisfied for full cooperation from them and from whole team of LEAD in this case and also prayed for girl and her family. LEAD Chief Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill condemns this tragic incident and demands justice for Fouzia Bibi who was raped. Chief of LEAD and Rev. Saleem accompanying with Mr. Malooka Masih met with DSP Pattoki and requested for justice by making arrest of culprits. LEAD will prosecute the trial of this case and will fight for the victim with full commitment. Rapes, kidnappings, forcible conversions, land grabbing, blasphemy laws and constant harassment are therefore a daily routine for Minorities who dare to remain in their homeland of Pakistan and suffer the humiliation of being third class citizens and subhumans in the eyes of the majority and legal system. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated and committed to work with passion for Children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, specially for discrimination, forced labor and forced conversion and falsely accused of blasphemy laws. We request to be partner in this mission with LEAD, as followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God's love to serve all people regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity. We ask for financial and moral support for the continuity of work which LEAD provides in Pakistan. We are thankful for all who are financially supporting LEAD’s work for the Persecuted Church. We pray for more who have same vision for the Persecuted Church, to be our partners in this noble cause.

A Christian boy kidnapped and kept in private jail by armed Muslims in Lahore

Lahore: June 13, 2013. (LEAD) On 8 June, 2013 Aftkhar Masih sweeper by profession kidnapped at 13:00 PM from J Block Model Town, Lahore, when he was on his job by some armed Muslims Sajid Ali, Zahoor and two unknown police officials and they kept Masih in their personal private prison cell illegally and unlawfully. He was badly tortured and beaten whole night and his urination system was damaged and set free after thumb impression on stamp paper. Today Aftkhar Masih and Ashfaq Masih along with thier father met with Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,National Director of LEAD and told their painful and heart breaking tragedy which happened with Aftkhar Masih. Masih told that a Muslim man Muhammad Sajid on dated 15 May, 2013 got registered one FIR NO:558/13 at Police Station Factory Area,Lahore against unknown persons under Sections 457/380 PPC and told police that he had doubt on Aftkhar Masih and Ashfaq Masih and police arrested us,but in investigation we were declared innocent and set free from police custody. "For Taking revenge from us that ,why Police had declared us innocent,they kidnapped me and confined some unknown place and badly and severely tortured me whole night" told Aftkhar Masih. "Now I have blood in urine and my legs and arms have severe pain" told Masih,he also shared that they are still threatening me and my family for dire consequences. LEAD's legal team approached to DSP Model Town and gave one complaint application against said alleged accused who tortured and beaten and made damage the urination system of Christian boy. LEAD is very hopeful that the alleged accused will be punished by law and justice will be done for the innocent Christian family. There is no doubt that Christians are being victimized of hatred due to their Christian faith and belief and due to being poor and weak. We request your prayers for LEAD team that May God give them wisdom to assist in this case against alleged accused and also request to pray for the fiscal needs of LEAD's work.

After overturning blasphemy Conviction of Younis Masih Death Sentence

LAHORE: November 28, 2013. (PCP) Many were become delighted after the announcement that Pakistani Christian Younis Masih was released on appeal by Lahore High Court Lahore. There are some organisations that announced and claimed that their partners were relocating him some unspecified location to save his life. He was sentenced to death by a judge in Lahore on May 30, 2007. The appeal was filed and his case was re-opened in September 2012. Younis Masih, who has languished in jail since his arrest on 10 September, 2005, was declared innocent by Lahore High Court by the DB of Justice Khaja Amtiaz Ahmed and Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan. Masih had suffered a heart attack on 8 January, 2013 and he is still heart patient. Today, 28 November, 2013, Masih came to see Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill,National Director LEAD and told about the days which he spent after his release from jail. "I was very welcomed by some persons after my release from jail but keeping me two weeks in their custody,then discarded and threw me as tissue paper in dustbin",shared Masih. "I have four Children and I have no job and no one is supporting me. I am living in fear of attacks and do not know when someone will kill me", said Masih. "He is living with us and we are also under threats and many threatening letters on our names, we have received by our owner of house", told Babu Brother of Masih. "I have heard that Rimsha Masih had been relocated to Canada but why no one is caring about my life. I am not able to do any job among Muslims and I always remained in disguise and I do not show and tell anyone that I am Youmis Masih.I have lost my identity too",said Masih. Living in a land of 97% Muslims, the Christians in Pakistan have the fear of persecution all the time in the guise of threats, attacks, discrimination and hatred but one intimidation that hovers on them every time is the blasphemy laws. The lives of blasphemy accused always under hanging sword during trial or in jail or even after release free from the jail. Asia Bibi,the Christian mother of 5, convicted under the law of blasphemy in 2010,remains on death row in Pakistan and a cleric in Peshawar had offered a reward of 5,000 euro to anyone who kills the mother of five. For now, the uphill struggle continues, the Pakistani court has yet to take up her appeal against the blasphemy conviction and death sentence. “We are hoping for the best for Asia Bibi. However, her life will be in danger anyways, as soldiers will try to kill her if she is freed”,said Gill." We also have the examples of two brothers, Rashid Emmanuel and Sajid Masih Emmanuel, both Christians accused of blasphemy, killed in cold-blood in front of the Court of Faisalabad, during their hearings, in July 2010." According to sources , Asia Bibi will face threats in Multan Jail or will be forced to convert to Islam under pressure as one Christian who visited her in Sheikhupura jail in 2011; he found Islamic books in her cell about which she told the visitor that jail authorities are teaching her to read. In the year of 2011,two high profile political figures were assassinated Mr.Salman Taseer by his bodyguard for voicing his opinion on blasphemy law and supporting Asia Bibi and Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, federal minister for minority affairs by some unknown persons after getting many threats of killing. We appeal to our brothers and sisters to pray for Younis Masih 's safety and his safe relocation. We appeal to pray for all who are suffering in different Pakistani jails under allegation of blasphemy laws.Pray for their counsels that they will honestly represent these accused without taking wrong directions from the persons who have their own vested interests. Pray God will give them wisdom and courage to plead and well argues their cases in courts.

PCC Holland Chapter President met with families of blasphemy victims in Pakistan

Holland: May 22, 2014. (PCP) Parvez Iqbal, President Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter recently visited Pakistan to chair PCC Youth Conference in Lahore after He visited interior Pakistan and met few families of Victims of Blasphemy Laws to know their situation and facts and record their interviews specifically for PCP. In one of the major city of Punjab Province, he met a young aged widow whose husband was falsely alleged and arrested by local police, after gunned down to grave publically during a sunny day in presence of Law enforcement of agencies. Now she herself is on hit list of Muslim extremists and grave threat for force conversion or working for them. Detail interview will be published on PCP shortly. Parvez Iqbal, also meet and interviewed wife of a Pastor from Karachi who is at top of the search list of police as well as the Muslim Extremists (Jehadi groups) to hang till death for false allegation and violation of Blasphemy Laws. Pastor himself has managed his escape to save his life, but his family, (wife and two youth aged sons) are in strict danger and facing hardship to save their life, honor and future. Considering their safety and protection Pakistan Christian Post will take all precautionary measures while publishing their detail interviews to know the Human Right Organizations, US and EU authorities and to show the real picture of Christians in Pakistan not only the victims of blasphemy laws but also their families as aftershocks of False Allegations.

Philanthropists Congress Fosters Partnerships for Effective Development

Abu Dhabi, UAE: March 25, 2009. (PCP) The 2nd World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) concluded today after several key developments had been achieved that indicate an evolution in Muslim giving. The WCMP is a high-level network of donors and foundations established to promote informed and effective giving. The annual Congress itself is a unique event which brings together a diverse set of participants, with the hope that enhanced cooperation between different philanthropies through strategic partnerships will add profound value to address global challenges that affect both humanity and the environment. Dr. Tariq Cheema, the founder of the WCMP, affirms that the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP)' brings together leaders who understand the risks and opportunities they have are common as global citizens, and therefore realize that collaboration across the lines of faith and race is a necessity and not merely a choice'. Developments The conference, co-sponsored by Islamic development Bank, Emirates Foundation and Al-Faleh Group, served as an important occasion for the major Muslim philanthropic organizations—such as the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Islamic Development Bank—and other major regional or international organizations—like Tony Blair Faith Foundation, The Global Fund, Malaria No More and UN Millennium Campaign—to meet one another. It enabled excellent opportunities for bridge building between participants and accordingly a series of high-level negotiations took place that are likely to lead to future partnerships. The WCMP organization itself also showed dynamism as it grows and its role expands. The WCMP organizers fostered deeper connections with a growing number of key philanthropies in the Muslim world, affirming its place as the as a research centre, a unified voice and a staunch advocate of Muslim philanthropy. The atmosphere of openness, cooperation and trust-building in the Congress enabled the development of closer working relationships between the WCMP and its partners. The reality that organizations need to work more closely together to address challenges was underlined. The speakers carefully examined the current economic situation's effect on Muslim philanthropy, and looked at ways that can be found to deal with challenges we face. The need for foundations to continue to fund social- and third-sector activity was stressed. The speakers underlined the harmful effect that economic troubles have on the poorest members of our societies, but raised the encouraging fact that as need increases during a recession so does giving. It was emphasized that in every recession the amount of giving increases, and we should not shy away from the idea of donating during an economic downturn. The speakers suggested that the onus should be put on spending more efficiently, creating strategic partnerships, and reducing non-developmental spending. The WCMP also succeeded in launching the Academy of Philanthropy. The Academy will provide donor education with an emphasis on how to give strategically and safely through a program known as “Building Leaders for Change”. The Academy will also partner with Human Development Foundation to establish “Human Development Institute” that will enhance the capacity of service delivery at the grassroots level. World-renowned industry experts and high-level representatives of the World Bank, Organization of Islamic Conference, Islamic Development Bank, Malaria No More, Reach Out To Asia, the Emirates Foundation, the King Khalid Foundation, Religions for Peace, Al-Waleed bin Talal Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, Grameen-Jameel and Arab Science & Technology Foundation contributed to the vibrant debates around global challenges, accountability, and partnership building. Former UK Prime Minister Mr. Tony Blair, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, icon of the Muslim world Mr. Amr Khaled, UAE Minister Shiekha Lubna Al Qasimi, UK Justice Minister Shahid Malik, UN Special Envoy Mr. Ray Chambers, SheikhaAisha bint Faleh Al-Thani of Qatar, and internationally renowned Musician and philanthropist Mr. Youssou N'Dour addressed the conference, among others.

Xavier William appointed Coordinator of Islamabad PCC

Karachi: July 27, 2009. (PCP) Morris Sadiq, Secretary General of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC announced here today confirmation of Xavier William as Coordinator of PCC Islamabad and Capital area by Central Executive Council of PCC. Mr. Xavier shall reorganize PCC offices in Islamabad and in capital vicinity and present report to PCC Central Council before Annual General Convention of PCC in Lahore in 20010. The Central Executive Council members of PCC welcomed Mr. Xavier William in Pakistan Christian Congress and hoped that Mr. William shall effectively promote PCC manifesto and strength campaign launched for equal democratic rights of Christians in Pakistan.

Commonwealth’s help in resolving the Kashmir issue would usher in a new era of a peaceful coexistence between India and Pakistan

Toronto – November 28, 2009: On the occasion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (November 27-29), Peace and Justice Forum (PJF) has urged the Commonwealth leaders to help the Kashmiri people’s longstanding demand for justice, freedom, and respect for human rights. Mr. Mushtaq A. Jeelani, Executive Director of the PJF in separate letters to 53 Commonwealth leaders and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, expressed his serious concern about deteriorating human rights situation in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The Executive Director reminded the leaders that the Kashmir issue has dominated the geopolitics of South Asia for nearly 62 years because of continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan. They have fought three major wars since their independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed region of Kashmir. The dispute between the rivals is the root of the nuclear arms race, which has resulted in the diversion of resources from human development to militarization. Unfortunately, the people of Kashmir are caught in the middle of this deadly tug-of-war. He underscored that the 700,000 strong Indian forces have killed more than 100,000 Kashmiris to silence the people’s demand for freedom, justice, and respect for human rights. They continue to carry out arbitrary detention, summary executions, custodial killings, extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, rape, sexual exploitation, torture and fake encounters. Generations of Kashmiris have grown up under the shadow of the gun; not a single family is unaffected; property worth hundreds of millions of dollars has been destroyed and the suffering and devastation continues unabated, sadly drawing no significant attention from the international community. Mr. Jeelani cautioned the leaders that impunity has become a licence for the Indian occupation forces to wreak havoc with the lives of Kashmiris. The deliberate and unprovoked attacks and other patterns of abuse have all become too frequent to report. No perpetrator has ever been prosecuted in a real manner, despite the fact that such crimes have been extensively documented by many international human rights organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The Executive Director urged the leaders’ attention to the following statement: “There can be no lasting political settlement in Kashmir unless human rights abuses that have fueled the insurgency are addressed,” underlined Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, February 9th, 2009. “Human Rights Watch called for the repeal of laws such as the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, and the Public Safety Act. These laws provide the armed forces with extraordinary powers to search, detain, and use lethal force, leading to numerous human rights violations. They also provide immunity for security forces. Prosecutions of security force personnel, even where the facts are well established, are rare.” Mr. Jeelani brought to the leaders’ attention Amnesty International’s letter, November 18th, 2009, to the US President Barack Obama: “The Indian side of Kashmir is another area where Indian Security forces commit mass human rights abuses with impunity. Once again, the abuses are facilitated by the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 and other similar laws. The civilian population of Kashmir has paid a high price for the conflict. Thousands have disappeared over the years.” He emphasised that both the Harare and Singapore declarations reaffirmed commitment of the Commonwealth to the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Harare declaration further reaffirmed “fundamental human rights including equal rights…for all…regardless of their political belief” on the principles to which the Commonwealth countries are committed. Mr. Jeelani reminded the leaders that as a signatory to the Commonwealth's Harare declaration, government of India should be committed to the defence of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The fact remains that New Delhi continues with its brutal military campaign to silence Kashmiris demanding the right to self-determination. Therefore, India’s conduct is evidently in violation of the principles set out in the Harare declaration. However, the Commonwealth has been turning a blind eye to the unprecedented human rights abuses committed by the Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir, more particularly during the past 20 years. The Executive Director underlined that the Kashmir conflict is a “political” and “human” tragedy and the world community, including India and Pakistan, has overlooked this critically important human dimension of the issue. Kashmiris’ demand is simple and in accordance with international law: implementation of the United Nations resolutions for a plebiscite to determine the future status of the disputed region in a peaceful and democratic way. Whatever the outcome, it will be impartial and binding for all three parties – India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir. Mr. Jeelani said that last two years have seen renewed and spontaneous, massive and non-violent protests where virtually everyone young and old, men and women, boys and girls are out on the streets protesting against India’s continued occupation. Such – on and off – protests have totally transformed the Kashmiri freedom struggle into a classic people’s movement demanding the right to self-determination. He reminded the leaders that Kashmiris are yearning for peace, justice and freedom. They want a just and dignified peace that guarantees total freedom from foreign occupation and alien domination. Their struggle to achieve that right to self-determination will not be extinguished until India and Pakistan accept its exercise by the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Executive Director emphasised that the perception that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan is unsubstantiated. Kashmir is not a territorial or bilateral issue. It is about the future of 15 million people with their own history of independence; their own language and culture. This is a simple explanation for the failure to resolve the Kashmir issue through on-again and off-again bilateral dialogue for the past 62 years. The people of Kashmir have lost complete faith in the bilateral process of India and Pakistan and their ability to resolve the issue. He underlined that the right to self-determination is the cornerstone of the United Nations system that underpins the contemporary international order. Its unquestioned acceptance has been established by core international instruments including the Charter of the United Nations, the two Covenants on Civil and Political and Economic, Social and Cultural rights and the declaration adopted by General Assembly resolution 1514. Mr. Jeelani emphasised that effective exercise of a people’s right to self-determination is an essential pre-requisite for the genuine exercise of other human rights and freedoms. Only when self-determination has been achieved can a people take the measures necessary to ensure human dignity, the full enjoyment of all rights including political, economic, social and cultural progress without any form of discrimination. The Executive Director underscored that the right to self-determination is thus the raison d’etre of the contemporary international order and an absolute must for the progressive realisation of all fundamental human rights; this right must be exercised freely without covert influence, coercion or repression; it cannot be exercised under conditions of foreign occupation and it is non-lapsable. He hoped that the leaders meeting in Port of Spain would encourage the UN to implement its longstanding resolutions on Kashmir; by doing so the Commonwealth in principle would honour its commitment to Harare’s declaration: “support the United Nations and other international institutions in world’s search for peace, disarmament and effective arms control; and in the promotion of international consensus on major political, economic and social issues.” He warned that the failure of the Commonwealth to address the unresolved issue of Kashmir would be making a mockery of Harare’s declaration and point to institutional weaknesses in the Commonwealth’s capacity to promote and protect human rights. The Executive Director underscored that it is high time that the Commonwealth leaders meeting in Port of Spain demand that India put an end to widespread human rights violations by its security forces, and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The poor human rights records of any member country undermines the Commonwealth’s important role of promoting human rights, democracy, good governance and the rule of law. The Commonwealth needs to hold members accountable for their abusive human rights records. Mr. Jeelani said he is convinced that the Commonwealth’s help can aid India and Pakistan to transform the Kashmir issue from being a bone of contention to a bridge of understanding for lasting peace and prosperity of South Asia’s billion plus people. The Executive Director underlined that a peaceful solution of the Kashmir dispute will help to bring stability in the South Asian region, including in Afghanistan and eliminate a potential threat of another major war. This would further help laying the foundation for a new era of coexistence between India and Pakistan.

Government to establish Youth Development Centers for females. Shahid Bhutto

LARKANA: March 5, 2010. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Federal Minister for Youth Affairs Shahid Hussain Bhutto has determined to establish “Youth Development Centers” for females to facilitate them in metropolitan cities regarding the accommodation and other healthy activities across the country, so far the ministry has provided 45000 jobs to the unemployed youth for the eradication of poverty, which is a positive development according to the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Addressing the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Sports Talent Award in Larkana by Pakistan Sports Welfare Association, federal Minister said that the youth delinquency is a common in society and they were facing various social and economical issues, while there is no development role of youth due to the government policies and the state is responsible to resolve the youth generation issues and their employment. He said that there is need to facilitate youth in every sector and the opportunities should be given according to their criteria. Shahid Bhutto said the ministry has signed MoU for the trainings most of them are under pipeline/process, with various International agencies including UNFP, UNDP, ILO, World Bank and others for 30 youth development center establishment in country. He said the YDC projects at various cities including Gilgit, Peshawer, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sukkur and other parts of country are suggested and most of the completed in country. Federal Minister said it was only 40 million budget, which now have been increased up to the four billion for country wide youth development sector, it reflects the expansion of his ministry and youth activities across the country. He said there are new windows of opportunities and facilities for gender balance, adding that two youth centers in each tehsil level will be completed, where the skills, trainings and different English coaching classes will be run for the youth development he said. He said the Sports and Youth seminar will be organized soon and the Prime Minister of Pakistan will expected to preside over the event at Karachi. He also announced that the committee of Pakistan Sports Welfare Association should give/select the names of talented youth awardees for joining youth delegation to China in May-June 2010. On the occasion, Patron Pakistan Sports Association MPA Haji Munwer Ali Abbasi said that the present government has provided sports facilities to the people of this area to groom their talent and the youth of the area start campaign from Larkana and prove in the national level sports activities. He said there are no opportunities for the small towns and cities to participate on Pakistan level sports activities, but the Larkana players should come forward to play and prove their efficiencies. He also emphasized to the Minister sports must take interests to the objective. He said he will take efforts to organize functions/sports activities thorugh out Sindh and in the name of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed sports activities will be continued.

Fake Degrees of Pakistani politicians. By Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

The issue of a plethora of fake degrees is being given a Machiavellian twist by the politicians who take the naïve voters for a ride by saying that a usurper had introduced this clause with the malafides intention of keeping the seasoned politician out of the assemblies. Some of them even justify such forging by the affected MNAs and MPAs on one pretext or the other. This is strange to say the least. The question is not of the qualification (graduation) but of the character of the persons involved, who acquired such fake degrees by illegal means, by deceitfully forging the documents! Does it behove a law maker to be a cheat, a forger, a fraud, a swindler or an imposter?! It strikes at the very roots of his personal conduct and character. There is an old saying, “If wealth is lost, nothing is lost. If health is lost, something is lost. But if character is lost, everything is lost”. Should such characterless forgers be trusted with the sacred task of framing the laws for the nation? Incidentally, issuing of party tickets to such charlatans speaks volumes about the concerned party leadership also.

USCIRF urges Egypt to bring Sectarian Killers to Justice

WASHINGTON DC: September 22, 2010. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called on the Egyptian government to ensure the resumption tomorrow of the trial of the men charged with seven murders in the small town of Naga Hammadi in southern Egypt. Court proceedings have been postponed numerous times since February. “Justice delayed is justice denied. Is it possible for Coptic Orthodox Christians to get justice in the Egyptian court system?” asked Leonard Leo, USCIRF chair. “USCIRF was encouraged by Egypt’s initial decision to bring the Naga Hammadi case to trial quickly, but now, eight months later, there have been no convictions and there is no end in sight. Unfortunately, this only encourages further violence and is reminiscent of so many past trials where justice was never served.” On January 6, three Muslim men were charged with killing six Christians and one Muslim security guard on Coptic Christmas eve outside a church in Naga Hammadi. The trial began in February in a state security court and resumes tomorrow in the Qena governorate. A USCIRF delegation visited Egypt earlier this year just weeks after the Naga Hammadi incident and concluded that there was a window of opportunity for the Egyptian government to conduct a thorough investigation and to bring to justice perpetrators of sectarian violence before the upcoming parliamentary elections in November when government attention will shift. “That window is closing quickly,” said Mr. Leo. “The Egyptian government’s negligence has created a climate of impunity. The government knows well that accountability could serve as a deterrent, and would demonstrate that the government is interested in addressing the issue through application of the rule of law and not just reconciliation sessions.” In recent years, in response to sectarian violence, Egyptian authorities have conducted reconciliation sessions between Muslims and Christians as a way of easing tensions and resolving disputes rather than bringing perpetrators to account. However, in its most recent annual human rights report on Egypt, the U.S. Department of State found that reconciliation sessions not only “prevented the prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against Copts and precluded their recourse to the judicial system for restitution” but also “contributed to a climate of impunity that encouraged further assaults.” USCIRF has recommended that the United States should more aggressively press the Egyptian government to prosecute perpetrators responsible for sectarian violence and to remove de facto responsibility for religious affairs from the state security services, with the exception of cases involving violence or the advocacy of violence. Due to persistent and serious religious freedom concerns, Egypt remains on USCIRF’s Watch List. Egypt has been on the Watch List since 2002. USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF’s principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and to make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.

Egyptian Police Fire Bullets into Peaceful Crowd

Cairo: January 14, 2011. (PCP) Copts gathering Thursday morning in the streets of the Zabbaleen suburb of Cairo to peacefully protest the fatal attacks upon Coptic Christians in recent days were surrounded by Egyptian police who fired live bullets and gas bombs into the crowd leaving many people injured. According to eyewitnesses, the state police were joined by Muslims from nearby homes who hurled stones at the protesting Copts. The majority of Zabbaleen residents are Copts. Copts took to the street in protest of the recent killings - first, the New Year's car bomb in Alexandria and then a few days later the killing of a Christian passenger and injury of others on a train on route to Cairo. An Egyptian off-duty police officer boarded the train, sought out Christians and opened fire. According to the Egyptian regime, the police officer is mentally unstable. This predictable response by authorities is one that has been heard consistently for the past thirty years in defense of anyone who kills or injures a Christian! The area of Zabbaleen is internationally known for the massacre of pigs by the Egyptian regime a few years ago when, against the advice of the world community, the regime used the swine flu epidemic as an excuse to kill (in some cases clubbing to death) more than 600,000 pigs owned by Copts. The regime was successful in wiping out the entire economy of the Copts in this area.

Rising misuse of Blasphemy law in Pakistan demands repeal of controversial law

Karachi: May 18, 2011. (PCP) The Central Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Secretariat issued here today statement of PCC Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti to demand repeal of controversial Blasphemy law in Pakistan which is being misused by Islamists in Pakistan against Christians and other religious minorities on petty disputes and business rivalry. Dr. Nazir Bhatti alleged that Punjab province of Pakistan is safe heaven for Islamic militants who have conspired to use blasphemy law to force Christians to fled from Punjab where they are number two in population after Muslims and have valuable properties. There have been 99% cases under blasphemy against Christians and Ahmadi Muslims in Punjab province of Pakistan where worship places have been attacked with grenades and properties destroyed by Islamic Jihadists in Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti said “The recent incidents of attacks on Church and Theological Seminary in Gujranwala on pretext to blasphemy forced hundreds of native Christians to take refuge in other cities and to charge a Christian businessman in Sialkot are worst pat of misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan” “I condemn Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government in Punjab which is protecting banned Islamic terrorists outfits and providing them freedom of violence against Christians” said Nazir Bhatti There are 13% Christians in province of Punjab where they have missionary schools, colleges and hospitals which benefit Muslims and Islamic outfits plan to take over these valuable properties under cover of blasphemy law. Nazir Bhatti expressed concerns not arresting culprits involved in assassination of Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was campaigning revision in Blasphemy laws because Tehreek Taliban Punjab which took responsibility to gun down Shahbaz Bhatti on March 2, 2011, in Islamabad are protected by Punjab government and Pakistani establishment. The PCC Chief also expressed concerned on delay in hearing of appeal in Asia Bibi in Lahore High Court who was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges in Punjab. Nazir S Bhatti, as Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC was only leader who filed law suit in Lahore High Court to repeal blasphemy laws and later appealed against decision of LHC in Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan in 1998.

One Pakistani Christian killed dozens injured in Muslim mob attack in Punjab

Multan: October 7, 2011. (PCP) Muslims armed with lethal weapons attacked Christians to grab a piece of land bought for a Social Project in village Chak Number 134/16-L, in sub-district Mian Channu of District Khanewal in Southern Punjab. On evening of October 5, 2011, Muslim land mafia tools came to village 134/16, which is marked as Christian village in NADRA of Pakistan discriminatory opened fire on Christians. Sabir Masih was gunned down on sport while more than two dozen Christians including children, men and women were seriously injured who were rushed to Civil Hospital Mian Channu city. The seriously injured Christians were moved to District Hospital Kanewal and Multan city. According to Asianews, the piece of land was purchased by a local Church with very small congregation for Orphanage Center which was liked by local influential Muslim landlord who hired gangs of Muslims to use force to grab this land. Mr. Khalid Gill, Chief Organizer of APMA, talking to PCP told that one Muslim family in village instigated other area Muslims to grab this land for him which turned into violence. Meanwhile, Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, All Pakistan Minority Alliance APMA, Mission and action for Social Services MASS and Masiha Millat Party Pakistan Condemned this attacked and demanded arrest of killers. The First Information Report FIR was not registered with police station till filing this story as Muslims were pressing upon police to register case of riots among two communities instead of attack of Muslims and killing of Sabir Masih.

American Friends of Balochistan struggling to end genocide of Baloch by Pakistan

WASHINGTON DC: February 20, 2012. (PCP) Founder of American Friends of Balochistan and senior journalist Ahmar Mustikhan has taken a strong exception to the U.S. embassy statement and termed it violation of American legislative process under pressure from the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence. “As an American my head is bowed in shame over the unprincipled stand of the United States on Balochistan,” Mustikhan said in a Press release Sunday. The United States embassy in a statement Saturday said the U.S. respects the territorial integrity of Pakistan. “Members of Congress introduce legislation on numerous foreign affairs topics and these bills do not in any way imply U.S. government endorsement of any particular policy,” the embassy said, adding, “The Department of State does not typically comment on pending legislation, but it is not the policy of the Administration to support independence for Balochistan." Mustikhan said secular Baloch people are looking forward to a 50 Year Treaty of Peace & Friendship with the U.S. and Afghanistan, “but your poorly worded statement has dashed our hopes.” The A.F.B. founder hoped the embassy will come out with a second statement that says genocide is every one's business and territorial integrity cannot be used as an excuse to defend human rights violations. Mustikhan pointed out Pakistan is using the idea of territorial integrity to provide sanctuary to al Qaeda, Taliban, Jaish-i-Mohammad, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and other terrorist organizations that show scant regard for human life and are determined to harm the U.S. interests. Balochistan was invaded and annexed on March 27, 1948 and is occupied territory in the eyes of Baloch patriots. “As such the question of Pakistan sovereignty does not arise in Balochistan,” he reiterated. He called upon the Obama administration and the State Department to focus its attention on ending genocide in Balochistan and involve all stakeholders, especially those whose services to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of Balochistan, have been above board. Mustikhan expressed concern that Shakeel Afridi, a hero of humanity is being treated like a criminal in a Pakistani torture cell and demanded his immediate freedom. “At this time my heart goes out to Shakeel Afridi who took great risks to make this world safer and played a big role in the capture of Osama bin Laden,” Mustikhan said, adding, “I am truly disgusted over your statement and your silence over the fate of Shakil Afridi, who is languishing in a Pakistani Gestapo and most probably facing inhuman torture, both mental and physical.” Mustikhan hoped the State Department would not undermine the legislative process that guarantees freedom and liberty not only in the U.S. but around the world.

Pakistani Christian will not vote PPP if Paul Bhatti included in new cabinet

Karachi: June 21, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that All Pakistan Minorities Alliance APMA have lost confidence of Christian community and Christian clergy after media reports published on behalf of former Advisor to former Prime Minister on National Harmony Dr. Paul Bhatti that some Christians are blackmailing him and his threatening comments through a press release to Holland Based media activist Watson Gill who runs Global Christian Voice website. On June 14, 2012, Express Tribune reported that “Minorities’ minister claims being blackmailed” report says “Minister in-charge for National Harmony Dr Paul Bhatti has claimed that some ‘self-proclaimed representatives of minorities’ are blackmailing him to mint money from his ministry”. News story adds more “Sohail Roomi, Jibran Gill, Liaqat Bhatti, etc, are pressurising the office of the minister in-charge to get plots allotted in their names and other monetary benefits instead of demanding support for the general minority communities,” Dr Paul said. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that Paul Bhatti is a self-proclaimed Christian leader also has been not elected by Christian voters nor he has any record of struggle for Christian rights in Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti added “APMA is divided in different factions and every group is trying to cash sacrifice of Shahbaz Bhatti” “I am surprised to note that Paul Bhatti used his government office to threaten media and issued a press release to Global Christian Voice only to press upon Mr. Watson Gill” said Nazir Bhatti Paul Bhatti attacked freedom of expression by issuing press release on Global Christian Voice which PCC strongly condemns. Dr. Nazir Bhatti demanded President of Pakistan and Co-Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party PPP not to include Dr. Paul Bhatti in cabinet after elections of new Prime Minister of Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti said that if PPP included Paul Bhatti in new cabinet then Pakistan Christian Congress PCC will launch a campaign “Not to Vote for PPP” in forthcoming national general elections in Pakistan. The Central Executive Council members of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in an urgent meeting here today discussed political situation of country and expressed grave concern of disqualification of Premier Yousaf Raza Gillani by Supreme Court of Pakistan. PCC Central Council passed a unanimous resolution condemning PPP, PML (N), PML (Q) and MQM selected Christian parliamentarians on reserved seats who have been failed to secure employment for Christian youth and bring socio-economic uplift among oppressed Christians.

PUCM condemns the attack on Malala

ISLAMABAD; October 10, 2012. (SHAMIM MASIH)Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) has strongly condemned the attack on 14-year-old Pakistani peace activists, Malala Yousufzai. During a telephone conversation Albert David, Chairman Executive committee, said that PUCM strongly condemns the attack on Malala, 14 years old student. Pronouncing it as a barbaric and cowardly act he said that targeting children is utterly unacceptable and inhumane. Albert said that it is the duty of the entire world to ensure to make this world safe place for children and to provide all opportunities to develop into future visionaries, free from all social maladies. He extended best wishes to Malala for a speedy healing and has appealed to the church in Pakistan to stand together in prayers for another daughter of Pakistan who has been a targeted of hate and intolerance.

Pakistani Christians appeals Muslim leaders to consider Election not Selection

Karachi: February 6, 2013. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have appealed to Chiefs of all Muslim political leaders to act according to constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Article 226 which bar unelected members in parliament. Pakistan Christian Congress PCC mailed a memorandum to President Asif Ali Zardari who is Co-Chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party PPP, Mian Nawaz Sharif, President of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group PML (N), Ch. Shujahat, President of Pakistan Muslim League PML (Q), Altaf Hussain, Chief of Muthidda Quomi Movement MQM, Koulana Fazal-Ur- Rehman, Ameer Jamiat Ulma Islam JUI (F), Syed Munawar Hasan, Ameer Jamat Islami JI, Asfand Yar Wali Khan, President Awami National Party ANP, Imran Khan, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek Insaf PTI, Allama Tahir-ul-Qadri, Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Pir Sahib Pigara, President of Pakistan Muslim League Functional PML (F) and leaders of other nationalist and regional Muslim political parties leaders to consider Election for minorities on reserved seats in parliament under dual voting rights instead of Selection. Dr. Nazir Bhatti argued that founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah declared allocation of Separate Electorate for minorities in his 14 Point Doctrine during Pakistan Movement to ensure support of Christians in formation of Pakistan but it is unfortunate that all factions of Pakistan Muslim League which claim inheritance of All India Muslim League led be Mohammad Ali Jinnah have denied Separate Electorate to Minorities. “It is shocking that Muthida Quomi Movement MQM which is true party of sons of founders of Pakistan is also silent on Elections right for Christians and supporting an unconstitutional Selection system under Joint Electorate” said Nazir S Bhatti Nazir Bhatti urged leaders of Muslim political parties to legislate an amendment in constitution for Election on reserved seats for minorities in parliament. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that there are 69 seats of National Assembly of Pakistan where Christian are balancing votes and no one can win without their vote but Pakistan Christian Congress PCC will campaign for not to vote to any Muslim candidate if our due demand is not accepted. Here are contents of letter mailed to: To, Asif Ali Zardari, Co-Chairman PPP Nawaz Sharif, President PLM (N) Ch. Shaujahat, President PML (Q) Altaf Hussain, Chief of MQM Moulana Fazal-Ur- Rehman Ameer JUI (F) Syed Munawar Hasan, Ameer JI Asfand Yar Wali Khan, President ANP Imran Khan, Chairman PTI Allama Tahir-Ul-Qadri, Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Pir Pagara Sahib, PML (F) and Leaders of all other Muslim political parties of Balochistan, Sindhi Nationalists and KPK parties; Appeal to endorse Election not Selection under Dual Voting Rights for reserved seats for minorities in parliament. Sirs, I, the undersigned, Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC on behalf of 20 million Pakistani Christians wish to bring in your kind notice that Joint Electorate system imposed by former President Parvez Musharaff for minorities in 2000, was never demanded by general Christian as they were fully enjoying Separate Electorate in which they were electing their representatives in provincial and national assembly. While Selection system is contrary to Article 226 of Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, unfortunately, Muslim political parties in parliament confirmed same unconstitutional selection system in 18th amendment in constitution. For ready reference, the 14 Point doctrine issued by founder of Pakistan during Pakistan Movement promised minorities, an election system in which they shall be able to elect their representation by their vote “Separate Electorate” was included which made All India Christian Association to fully support formation of Pakistan in London Round Table Conferences of 1930-32. It is on record that Pakistan Muslim League had in its manifesto “Separate Electorate” for decades and same was with MQM and other Muslim parties for decades. The Selection of minorities’ representation in Provincial Assemblies and National Assembly of Pakistan have created impression that Muslim political parties only intend to hijack Christian vote bank and turning them to 2nd class citizens. In prevailing Joint Electorate system in which minorities representation is Selected by Muslim political parties, the selected MPA, MNA and Senators have not equal privileges like elected Muslims as; allocation of development budget, jobs and others. I, appeal your honors to support Election of minorities’ representation under Dual Voting rights in forthcoming elections of 2013, and to legislating necessary amendments in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Dual voting right shall enable minorities to elect their representation in parliament as well as to vote for Muslim candidates in their respective constituencies. There are 62 constituencies of National Assembly of Pakistan in which only Christian minority have the balancing vote to ensure winning of any candidate and if Dual voting is not ensure and Election instead of Selection is not ensured for minorities in national general elections of 2013, we shall be forced to campaign for staying away from voting to any Muslim candidate also. Hope your honors shall support our constitutional right to elect our members in provincial assemblies and National Assembly instead of selecting them. Thanking you. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President, Pakistan Christian Congress PCC www.pakistanchristiancongress.org 912-B Uni Shopping Centre, Saddar, Karachi. Dated; February 5, 2013.

Pakistan Christian Congress nominates Akram Waqar Gill as Chief Organizer PCC Punjab

Karachi: June 15, 2013. (PCP) The Central Executive Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in a special meeting have approved nomination of Mr. Akram Waqar Gill as Chief Organizer of PCC-Punjab province of Pakistan. Mr. Akram Waqar Gill is political activist and human right defender of Pakistani Christians from decades. He is struggling for equal democratic rights of Pakistani Christians on different forums. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian PCC, welcomed Mr. Akram Waqar Gill in Pakistan Christian Congress and said " Joining of Mr. Akram Gill to PCC will strengthen PCC in Punjab province of Pakistan and ultimately good result in Local Bodies elections for PCC, in which PCC Lahore Conference have already announced to participate" Mr. Mushtaq Sardar Gill Advocate, President of Lahore PCC, Ruhama Ambreen Shah, President of Women Wing of Lahore PCC and Mr. Albert Khokhar, Founder Member of PCC from Islamabad have congratulated Mr. Akram Waqas Gill on his nomination as Chief Organizer of PCC-Punjab. Mr. Akram Waqar Gill along with PCC Punjab Council leaders Yousaf Shahid Gill, Zeeshan William and Dr. Adil Ghouri will supervise PCC Conferences in Islamabad, Faisalabad and Sahiwal which are scheduled to be held before November 2013. Mr. Ashiknaz Khokhar, President PCC Sahiwal Division and Pastor Shabir Patras, President of PCC Dijkot have congratulated Mr. Akram Waqar Gill on his nomination as Chief Organizer of Punjab province. Mr. Raymond Wallace Durrani, President of Canadian Chapter of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, Mr. Pervez Iqbal, President of PCC Holland Chapter and Mr. Morris Sadiq, Secretary General of Pakistan Christian Congress have welcomed Mr. Akram Waqar Gill in folds of Pakistan Christian Congress.

Bureaucracy and politicians needs to change their attitudes

Islamabad: November 28, 2013. (PCP) What sort of nation (Zinda Qaum) we are as our national flag is being painted on garbage trucks, we ignored Iqbal Day and no function was held on such an important day and even our Prime Minister was not present in the country during very critical days of Muharam ul Haram. Convener World Minorities Alliance and Former Federal Minister Mr. J Salik has expressed his immense anger on paying late to sanitary workers of Capital Development Authority Islamabad. He said that the depressed sanitary workers, who according to Islam have adopted half Faith as their profession, get up very early in the morning when every one is sleeping and come out from their houses without eating something to serve the nation and country. They do not bother their health but do all sort of works to maintain cleanliness in the country and they are getting no medical allowance or any sort of insurance, they will get nothing even if they will be injured during their duties, it’s the height of ignorance that they people got their own salaries such a late in the last week of the month, he said. He said that its very shameful that Chairman CDA wore such an expensive cloths on one side and on the other hand its hard to manage bread and butter for sanitary workers. He said that if such discrimination with poor will be practiced how we can save our country from earth quakes and storms. He said that what sort of nation (Zinda Qaum) we are as our national flag is being painted on garbage trucks, we ignored Iqbal Day and no function was held on such an important day and even our Prime Minister was not present in the country during very critical days of Muharam ul Haram. He said that bureaucracy and politicians needs to change their attitudes to run the country in smooth way.

UNO urged to monitor the democracy in Pakistan

Islamabad: May 22, 2014. (PCP) Convener World Minorities Alliance, Convener Overseas Assembly Pakistan, Former Federal Minister and Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize Dr. J Salik lead a massive protest demonstration against the cruelty on slums today in front of National Press Club, Islamabad. A great number of slums residents, pastors, youth and local public leaders were present on the occasion. On the occasion, J Salik said that the decision of demolishing slums without any planning is extremely wrong, while he was addressing to the protesters. Same sort of decisions were taken in past and had faced the worst results of them, he said. He said that Pakistan People’s Party took the worst decision in 2009 to demolish the slum of Chak Shahzad and break all the records of cruelty on poor, made five hundred families homeless, and height of indifference is that even after the police abuse of 47 homeless women, a single statement of Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, President Asif Ali Zardari and Minority Minister Late Shahbaz Bhatti, was not given against the most brutal incident and all of them had suffered a lot, in the result as we have seen, and with the curse of victims, poor and helpless peoples humiliated them and reversed their government. The history is repeating itself and the present Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and the Federal Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan are behaving in the same way, he said. If the worst cruelty of demolishing slums will be repeated the results will be more bad then previous and we can’t avoid the after effects of foolish decision, he added. He said that a single erroneous decision of eighteenth amendment is violating the rights of fifty percent of our public the totally changed the concept of constitution of 1973. He put slug on his head as well and demanded that government should have mercy on poor people of slums and UNO should monitor the democracy in all over the world especially in Pakistan otherwise people will start hating democracy and it will bring anarchy everywhere.

Sign Petition to Free Uzbekistan Pastor: 8 year old daughter of Pastor Shestakoy appealed ICC Chief Jeff King

http://www.persecution.org/suffering/petitions.php. USA: March 26, 2009. On January 21, 2007, Pastor Dmitry Shestakov was arrested in a raid on his Full Gospel Church in Andijan, Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan's Religious Affairs Committee claims Shestakov, an evangelical pastor affiliated with the registered Full Gospel Church, is not an authorized leader of any officially-recognized religious organization in Uzbekistan. They describe him as an "imposter" leading an underground group engaged in proselytizing under Shestakov's leadership. He is appealing his four-year labor camp sentence. ICC is joining a broad effort to send letters to Uzbekistan on behalf of Pastor Shestakov for the month of April, in conjunction with the website www.freepastordmitry.com. Would you join us, and help Vera see her father again? ICC recently received a letter from a young girl in Uzbekistan. She wrote: My name is Vera. I am 8 years old. I live in Uzbekistan. I have a Dad, a Mum, and two older sisters. We all believe in Jesus. My Dad is a pastor. Two years ago he was put in prison, because he spoke to people about God. I don't understand why. My Dad is the best of all! He is good, fun-loving and generous. I really miss him. He used to take me to the park and bought me ice-cream. We all long for him to be here. Mum often cries and worries about him. When I wake up each morning I really want to see Dad. I ask God to bring Dad back to us. So that everything will be as it was before. Help us to get my Dad back! Vera Shestakova Pastor's daughter. Uzbekistan Here's How You Can Help #1 Pray: The first thing you can do to help is stop right now and ask the Lord to intervene. #2 Next, review our petition at http://www.persecution.org/suffering/pdfs/2009-03_Petition_to_Free_Pastor_Dmitry_Shestakov.pdf. Uzbekistan officials are concerned about their relationship with the United States and other countries, so when the people shout, they will listen. We have also found that evil prefers to stay hidden and when we shine the light on it, it flees. #3 Electronically sign the petition at http://www.persecution.org/suffering/petitions.php. #4 Print out the petition and take it to your church and have everyone you know sign it. Send it back to us so we can present it to the Uzbekistan President and Ambassador. Feel free to print out extra signature pages for large numbers of sign ups. When you have collected all your signatures, please mail the signature pages to (please note that our address has changed!): ICC PO Box 8056 Silver Spring, MD 20907

Strong parliament essential for democracy: HRCP

Islamabad; July 27, 2009. (PCP) The parliament must be made strong and popular with the people if continuation of the democratic system is to be guaranteed. This was the consensus at a consultation with parliamentarians, leaders of political parties and civil society activists from Punjab and Pakhtunkhwa (NWFP) organized here the other day by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The participants were unanimous in holding the military’s, especially the intelligence agencies’, interference in political matters as the biggest obstacle to parliament’s supremacy and stability of the democratic system. There was complete unanimity among the participants on restoration of the 1973 constitution except for certain amendments (voting age, women’s seats, etc) The participants were also unanimous in calling for due accountability of political leaders and stricter checks on floor-crossing. A call for reducing election expenses and for political parties to award election tickets on merit was also supported. They agreed that parliament will become strong and play its leading role in promoting democracy if it paid due attention to people’s concerns and gave their interest preference to all other matters. There was some difference of opinion on the suggestion that religious forces had put unwarranted restrictions on the parliament’s supremacy and therefore the ideal of a secular democracy had to be reaffirmed. One political party was seriously opposed to this formulation. The main recommendations made by the meeting included: The federal and provincial legislatures should be the only law-making bodies. No other entity/forum should have the power to make laws. The central parliament should avoid encroaching on provinces’ legislative functions. The constitution should be amended to bar any fresh taxation without the parliament’s approval. Parliament should also oversee subordinate legislation, such as rules made under enactments. Non-legislative acts, such as SROs and notifications enjoying the power of law, should always be put on legislatures’ tables. A parliamentary commission should examine all ordinances that have been issued over the past many decades so that they can be validated or dropped under parliament’s authority. No law that has not been made by a competent legislature should be allowed to remain on the statute book for more than four months. No government policy should be adopted without a thorough debate in parliament. Parliament should have a say in the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner, service chiefs, and the judges. The Rules of Business should be approved by the legislature concerned. All international treaties signed by Pakistan as well as reports to the UN must be debated in parliament. The standing committees should be set up within two weeks of the formation of the legislatures and they should meet regularly. The parliament will gain in stature if Senate’s power are increased. The proceedings of legislatures should be published within two weeks of events and in national languages. Each legislature must offer up-to-date information on its website. It should also issue an annual report on its activities. All legislatures should provide space for the articulation of special groups’ (women, minorities) views. The procedure regarding private members’ bills/resolutions should be revised so as to increase their contribution to legislative work. The question hour should be used to provide as much information on the state’s and government’s affairs as possible. The meeting also called upon the political parties to train their workers in parliamentary proceedings, hold discussion on legislative proposals at the various levels of organisation, exercise their powers of overseeing the work of their government/parliamentary parties and sensitise their following to the demands of participatory democracy. Prominent among those who attended the Islamabad roundtable were parliamentarians Afrasiab Khatak (ANP), Begum Tehmina Daultana (PML-N), Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (PML-N), MNAs Jamila Gillani and Bushra Gohar, former MNAs Latif Afridi, and M. Aslam (Jamat Islami), Punjab Tehrik Insaf leader Asif Khan. Advocates Sher Mohammad (Swat) and Kamran Arif (Peshawar), Mr Amirul Azeem (JI), media and civil society representatives from Punjab, Pakhtunkhwa, tribal areas and Islamabad

Inderias Bhatti nominated as President of Lahore City Pakistan Christian Congress Council

Karachi: November 29, 2009. (PCP) According to press note issued by Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Central Council here today Mr. Inderias Bhatti, a prominent human right activist in Pakistan have been nominated as President of Lahore Metropolitan PCC Council. Mr. Inderias Bhatti will also hold additional offices of Kasur district and Raiwind as PCC Organizer and shall recommend the PCC Councils in respective districts and vicinities. Mr. Inderias will finalize program for PCC Annual Convention in Punjab in 2010. His recommendations in holding of Annual Convention in 2010 shall be presented in June 2010, in Annual Central Council meeting with organizing committee of Convention. Mr. Inderias Bhatti shall also nominate Lahore City, Kasur district and Raiwind PCC Councils officials till February 2010 Dr. Nazir S Bhatti congratulated Mr. Inderias Bhatti on joining Pakistan Christian Congress PCC and said that PCC will be more strong in Punjab now as Christians representative political party. Nazir Bhatti urged Christian Social and Political leaders in Punjab to quit such Christian groups which are being led by leaders or Members of National or Provincial Assembly on intimation of Muslim political parties in Pakistan. Nazir Bhatti said “Christian groups with Punjab government or Federal government have fail to present any draft resolution or legislation to repeal blasphemy law and sincere Christians must leave these groups and join Pakistan Christian Congress’ “PCC will never bargain on principals and will keep struggling to repeal blasphemy law which is root cause of violence against Christians”

ASPTA stages protest against non provision of Teaching allowances

LARKANA: March 6, 2010. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) All Sindh Primary Teachers Association (ASPTA) staged a protest rally followed by dispatched memorandum letters to the President of Pakistan against the non provision of Teaching allowances and Timing scale to the primary teachers of Sindh here on Saturday. The rally was led by district President Syed Raza Ali Shah, rally started from Deeni Madarsah School and reached at Press Club Larkana, where the large number of teachers around 1550 employees chanted slogans in favour of their demands. The rally demanded to provide them teaching allowances and timing scale to the Sindh teachers. Later, the rally marched to the General Post Office Larkana and dispatched 1550 memorandum letters to the President Asif Ali Zardari for the resolution of their genuine issues. It is pertinent to be mentioned here that the over 0.1 million teachers of Sindh were also dispatching same memorandum letters and protest rallies across the Sindh for their issues. While other, large number of National Program for Improvement of Water Courses (NPIW) Larkana chapter held demonstration and staged sit in at Jinnah Bagh Chowk against the brutally baton charge on peaceful protesters of NPIW rally for their regularization of their jobs in Karachi. On the occasion, Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz local leaders and workers in support of NPIW employees took out protest demonstration and staged sit-in at Jinnah Bagh. The protest demonstration was led by JSQM local leader Muzafar Sandano, Athar Soomro, Zafar Muheri, Aziz Shaikh and others. They all condemned the atrocities of Karachi police, resorted the baton charge on the NPIW employees they were protesting for their regularization of jobs. The employees demanded from the high authorities to release their arrested employees and take action against the police.

A Christian Minister in Balochistan PPP government, A victim of hate on religion

Lahore: June 13, 2010. (PCP) The news of sacking of Jaffer George, a PPP selected member of Balochistan Assembly and later elevated to be a Minister without portfolio in cabinet of PPP Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani was heard with surprised and anger by millions of Christians in Pakistan. The incident of drunken creating unrest in a Lahore cinema was broadcasted by media and without any enquiry Jaffer George was sacked by Balochistan Chief Minister in a press note. Lahore is capital of Punjab province and on hours drive from Quetta city of Balochistan where Jaffer George resides and was selected by PPP on reserved seats of Christians in Balochistan assembly. According to PCP sources in Lahore, Alfalah Theatre on Nisbat Road Lahore is owned by an influential Muslim where staff usually misbehaves with patrons. PCP sources revealed that when Jaffer George reached to Alfalah Cinema he requested staff to arrange for him seat in VIP area which is allocated to all Muslim members of Punjab Assembly and other dignitaries but when Jaffer George introduced himself that he is Christian and a minister in Balochistan province, the cinema staff disrespected him and said “no special or gallery seat for any Chorra“ In Punjab province word “Chorra“ is used for Christians, which is derogatory word based on hate due to religion. There were harsh argument among Muslim manager and Jaffer George on word “Chorra“ on which manager called the all Muslim staff of cinema and started beating a Christian member of Balochistan Assembly and a minister in Nawab Raisani cabinet. The cinema manager called Qila Gujjar Singh Police and accused him of creating uproar in theatre and used his drunken position to lodge case and arrest him with his friends in Lahore. It seems strange that Chief Minister of Balochistan takes notice of media reports and sacks Jaffer George from post of minister without any enquiry or meeting with his Christian cabinet member.

Killing Christians in Somalia, burning Bibles in Pakistan and stealth jihad. By Lee Jay Walker, The Modern Tokyo Times

The mass media and the political correct are in a spin because they cry “Islamophobia” but in the real world it is the followers of Islam who are slaughtering Christians in Somalia and it is only the Islamic faith which continues to kill apostates. Therefore, you had mass coverage about a pastor who was going to burn the Koran but you have a virtual silence about the annihilation of Christianity in Somalia and the burning of Bibles in Pakistan. In truth, the Islamists are clearly winning the media war and the political correct, trendy left, and mass of liberals are at odds with what they believe in. After all, the religion which supports the stoning to death of homosexuals and which enforces women to remain in the shadows is being mollycoddled by a plethora of “well meaning hypocrites.” Therefore, it appears that killing Christians in Somalia is fine because we must not upset the religion of Islam and the same applies to burning Bibles in Pakistan. It is striking by the amount of political pressure and media pressure which was put on one single pastor, who in truth had no political or religious power, but became a household name in order to show how evil parts of America are. This suited the “Islamophobia” agenda and political leaders like President Obama joined the bandwagon and once more the religion of Islam became “the innocent victim.” Yet what about the burning of Bibles in Pakistan or the ongoing witch-hunt in Somalia where the Sunni Islamic al-Shabaab (al-Shabab) desire to kill all Christians; does this count? It would appear not because these problems are ongoing and just like the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt or the continuing destruction of Christianity in Iraq ,you hear little about this in the mass media. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), condemned and rebuked the attack against the Nasri Pentecostal Church which took place on September 18th, 2010. He stated that “The Sindh government must adopt necessary security measures of Churches and bring accused before justice to those who burnt Holy Bibles and vandalized (the) Church in Shah Latif Town.” Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti and fellow workers at the Pakistan Christian Post work around the clock (http://pakistanchristianpost.com) in order to highlight and campaign for all minorities in Pakistan. Despite this, while the “trendy brigade” and “political correct” pat themselves on the back about supporting the Islamic faith and showing how tolerant “our Western societies are.” They remain mainly silent about reports which highlight the rape of Christian females in Egypt and the forced conversion of these Christian females by their Muslim rapists. Sadly the same brutal method of rape against Christian and Hindu females in Pakistan by Muslims is also a disturbing reality but you have no demonstrations nor is the mass media “sinking their teeth” into issues like this. Therefore, we have a strange “mirror” which is being told by the majority of the mass media. On the one hand we are told that Islam means peace but we know that all apostates face death in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Maldives, and a few other nations. Even in so-called moderate nations like Egypt, prison awaits the apostate from Islam and the family court system in Egypt clearly discriminates against all Christians in divorce cases involving children. The sad reality is simple and it applies to the “dhimmis” bending over backwards in order to appease the Islamic agenda of stealth jihad. After all, Muslims are free to build their mosques all over America, India, the United Kingdom, and in other democratic nations. However, people do have genuine fears when they know that Christians have been burnt alive in Pakistan; Christian pastors have been beheaded in Nigeria; Hindu and Christian females have been raped in Pakistan; apostates to Christianity are being killed in Somalia; the Christian community in Iraq is under siege; Buddhists are killed and persecuted in southern Thailand; the Ahmadiyya suffer systematic persecution in Pakistan; the Baha’is reside in fear in Iran; and the list is endless. Remember, all religions will have fanatics but the persecution of Christians in Somalia is being done by a mass terrorist organization called the al-Shabaab (al-Shabab) and the government of Somalia also supports discrimination because Islamic Sharia law supports the death of apostates. The same applies to Pakistan because Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, and others, reside in fear because of the blasphemy law which is punishable by death in this nation. Therefore, the media highlights one pastor in America and condemns him and the same applies to senior political leaders. Yet we have silence when Christians are being beheaded while Muslims recite the Koran and shout “Allah Akbar” while killing someone in such a brutal way. Given this, it is clear that systematic persecution in Muslim nations against all non-Muslims in societies like Saudi Arabia is tolerated. The same applies to this nation spreading Islam by funding Islamic mosques, Islamic colleges, Islamic newspapers, Islamic think tanks, and so forth, in order to further stealth jihad. In the last 20 years we have witnessed the Islamization of the Chittagong Hill Tracts where tribals, the majority being Buddhist, have suffered mass Muslim migration from other parts of Bangladesh and systematic persecution. The same process of Islamization took place in Kashmir because Hindus and other minorities were forced to flee and the same is happening in Kosovo against Orthodox Christianity and Buddhists in southern Thailand face the same fate. These tragedies, and many others that I have not mentioned, are all part and parcel of Islamization. After all, Islam is vibrant in India because this nation is secular and democratic but de-Hinduization is ongoing in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Therefore, non-Muslims are faced with a “two-edged sword” and this applies to systematic persecution in the vast majority of all mainly Muslim nations. At the same time, the Muslim population continues to grow in Western Europe, North America, and in nations like India because of democracy, liberal values towards religion, Islamic kitman, open-minded immigration policies, and massive funding from nations like Saudi Arabia. It is abundantly clear that Saudi Arabia is determined to spread the Islamic faith irrespective if by militancy or by stealth jihad which is based on playing “the victim card” and reinventing Islam to suit the long-term agenda. Given this, the systematic persecution of Christians in Somalia and open discrimination in Pakistan is ignored because other factors are at play. I stated in my article called Somalia and the reality of radical Islam that “….in modern day Somalia it is open season for killing Christians, killing Muslim apostates, and stoning people to death for adultery. Other draconian measures have also been implemented and chopping the hands off small time criminals is deemed to be a religious duty. Also, strict dress codes are getting even stricter and women have to remain in the shadows.” I also stated in another article called Nigeria and Christian martyrs after several Christian pastors were beheaded by Islamic fanatics in Nigeria that “This madness will never end if appeasement is the answer or if political leaders like Obama, the President of America, make false statements about the real nature of aspects of Islam. I should also stress that “important and deadly facts about the Islamic faith are not being told.” However, Islamists are doing this carnage in the first place because of their deep knowledge of Islam and because killing apostates, forcing minorities into dhimmitude, and declaring jihad is all sanctioned by Mohammed and the Islamic faith.” It is clear that in the modern world that many political elites, the mass media, major non-Muslim religious leaders, educational institutions, and so forth, alongside the political correct brigade, are playing into the hands of the Islamic agenda. This agenda was laid down by Mohammed himself and it is part and parcel of Islam and organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood must be “washing their hands” at the naivety of many. Therefore, the killing of Christians in Somalia is rarely mentioned and the same applies to the systematic persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and other minorities in Pakistan. Until senior elites and religious leaders speak out against the brutality of Islamic Sharia law and the true message of Mohammed then little will change in the Muslim world. However, what will change, is that the power of Islam will grow in Western Europe, North America, India, and other parts of the world and so many factors will enable this, including the betrayal and collective amnesia of the mass media and political elites who have their own agenda. The persecution of Christians in Somalia and all religious minorities in Pakistan is also reaching closer to home. After all, the London bombings and the Pakistan connection is clear for all to see and many Somali migrants in America have returned to Somalia in order to kill Christians and stone women to death for adultery. The principle of secularism and liberalism is falling on deaf ears because Islamists have freedom to kill in distant lands like Somalia and Pakistan. While closer to home in nations like the UK and America they can indoctrinate and spread the message of hate and work alongside liberal Muslims because this dual agenda is about stealth jihad and Islamization at any cost. Every time a Christian is killed in Somalia or when a Hindu woman or Christian woman is raped in Pakistan and this is met by global silence or indifference. Then this is a victory for Islamists because they understand that “their brutality” is being met “by weakness or indifference.” I am alarmed by the current reality of stealth jihad at home and systematic persecution of religious minorities and women in the mainly Muslim world. It appears that the side of hate and slavery via dhimmitude and persecution is winning because of many factors. Are you not alarmed? Lee Jay Walker http://islamicpersecution.wordpress.com http://themoderntokyotimes.wordpress.com

BPCA Homage to Salman Taseer: A Wreath of flowers to Pakistan High Commission

London: January 14, 2011. (PCP) The British Pakistani Christian Association BPCA has arranged to hand over a wreath of flowers to the Pakistani High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, at 17:00, today Our wreath will be a representation of the love our community has for the nation of Pakistan and for the late Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer. In sounding out a voice for women and minorities two of the more persecuted groups in Pakistan Governor Taseer placed himself on the front-line of the Pakistan Freedom movement. The loss of his life may seem as a triumph to extremists, however, we believe that Salmaan Taseer has become a strong emblem of the campaign towards a fairer Pakistan. As such we strongly believe that despite any initial dent in the impetus of the change in Pakistan, his sacrifice will create an even bigger surge for equality, justice and peace. Governor Salmaan Taseer is a martyr for justice and Peace and we hope that teh international Pakistani body, irrespective of faith joins us at the peaceful demonstration of our solidarity as brothers.

STPP stage protest against Torture on inmates in Sindh Jails

LARKANA: May 18, 2011. (By Nazir Siyal) Sindh Taraqi Passand Party Larkana staged protest and observed token hunger strike against Jail Superintendent Abdul Ghaffar Dahar and Deputy Jail Superintendent Aslam Malak on torturing prisoners here out side Larkana press club. On the occasion, Sadhoro Khan Jatoi, Mainthar Ali Mughari, Muajhid Ali Dayo, Ahmed Nawaz, Imran Khan and others chanted slogans against Jail Administration and called for immediate removal of Jail Superintendent Abdul Ghaffar Dahar and Deputy Jail Superintendent Aslam Malak while talking to media men they told that jail superintendent after drinking wine usually inters in barks and torturing innocent poor prisoners who are not paying bribe, they alleged that jail administration has deployed several police agents who are collecting the money over the meeting of prisoners with their relatives, they alleged that jail superintendent along with concerned officials are earning millions rupees in month. They appealed to higher authorities to immediately remove corrupt jail officials and appoint honest officers on their place other wise they will continue their movement. Meanwhile, protest and boycott of Para Medical Staff and Doctors continued on its 6th consecutive day all the units of CMC Hospital Larkana including Shaikh Zaid women Hospital, Children Hospital, CMC Teaching Hospital, Civil Hospital, OPD Block were remain completely closed in protest for removal of Medical Superintendent CMC Hospital Dr. Zulifqar Siyal. On the occasion, Pakistan Para Medical Staff Association, Pakistan Medical Association and several other political, social and nationalist organizations including Sindh Taraqi Passand Party, JSQM, Young Samaje Itehad, Awami Itehad Party, PPP S.B and others joined in ongoing protest of Para Medical and doctors against MS CMC Hospital Dr. Zulifqar Siyal other side hundreds patients of different wards including Cardiology Units, Urology, Surgical Ward, Orthopedic Ward and others were discharged and several serious patients moved to private medical centers to save their lives. While clash between MS and Para Medical Staff and doctors could not be resolved whereas both doctors and para medical staff associations have jointly decided to carry out boycott of duties till the removal of MS Dr. Zulifqar Siyal.

Reservation of NSF on voter registration

LARKANA: October 7, 2011. (By Nazir Siyal) Vice Chairman Sindh National Front (SNF) Ameer Buksh Bhutto has expressed apprehensions regarding the preparation of fake votes in constituency of P.S-37, said in his letter sent to Election Commission of Pakistan the Chief Election Commissioner on 3 October 2011. In a continuation of letter, it has been brought in notice that high ranking persons of the ruling party, including the President’s sister, MNA Faryal Talpur and the Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, who was elected MPA from said constituency in 2008 have been pressurizing the education department staff who were carrying out the process of verification of new electoral rolls to enter fake and duplicate votes in P.S-37 constituency to benefit them in future elections he said. He said as such, they have already initiated the process of rigging and if allowed to have their way, all expectations of a free and fair election will be dashed even at this early stage. He further disclosed that the following are a few examples of entries of fake votes made at their insistence in Taluka Ratodero 366 fake votes have been entered, while in villages Nabi Bux Brohi and Allah Bux Brohi in Deh Wassayo Bhutto of Union Council Waris Dino Machi also. Upon the close scrutiny by SNF party workers, it was also revealed that not only these entries fake but even said villages are fake as no villages exists in these area by those names, another 551 fake votes have been entered in village Khatin-jo-Daro in Deh Saidudero, Union Council Saidudero. Also 420 votes from Union Council Behman have been added in duplicate to electoral rolls in village Panjoo Lorer, Deh Panju Lorir of Union Council Lashari he told. Son of Mumtaz Bhutto further told that many other illegal and fake entries have also been identified by the party workers done by the education department staff. He demanded to bring knowledge for appropriate action to ensure fairness and transparency in future.

CCA and EAC host youth seminar on their role in community

Canada: February 20, 2012. (PCP) Evangelical Asian Church and Canadian Christian Association (CCA) jointly hosted a very successful Youth Seminar on Saturday, February 18, 2012, in Brampton Ontario. The seminar focused on “Role of Youth in Strengthening the Community, Country, and how to get involved and make positive impact in the Political System.” Over fifty Colleges and Universities students participated in the seminar. It was started with a prayer by Sisal Pevez Young, four years graduate in theology and a Canadian National Cricket team player, followed by the Canadian National Anthem. Augustine James, director of nursing, and master of ceremony, energized the group with some exercises to demonstrate the power of groups; he also highlighted how youth could get involved and influence in the development of communities. Sharoon Gill, a young lawyer, discussed how youth can build their future and impact the country to make it strong. Mark Dotzert, National Counsellor of the Conservative Party of Canada, addressed the group about the importance of participating in the political and public services processes. Furthermore, he educated the youth about the various opportunities on how to get involved in political process. In addition, he shared inspiring stories on how various people were involved in the political systems to bring positive changes. He ended with making a commitment to help the youth, if needed. Tim Tabassum Iqbal, Advisor of Evangelical Asian Church, also addressed the group and highlighted the importance of capitalizing on various opportunities. Obaid Chaudry Prof., CMA, CA, Past president CCA, spoke about the importance of success, getting involved, setting goals and importance of seeking help and advice, when needed. John Gill, President CCA, thanked all the speakers and also mentioned Shahbaz Sindhu, board member of Evangelical Asian Church, Waseem Iqbal, executive director of Blue Green System, Amber Obeid, Tabassum Iqbal, and Obaid Chaudry for organizing and making the event possible. He especially thanked the Youth for their active participation.

Salma Peter demands Election for Pakistani Minorities on reserved seats in Parliament

Washington DC: June 21, 2012. (PCP) In an upbeat daylong event of Pakistani American Congress PAC to mark PAC,s 2oth Annual Day at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 18, 2012, Salma Peter John was honored with an “Achievement Award” for her services to humanity and PAC before her speech on democratic norms which are denied practicing Selection system on reserved seats for minorities and women in Pakistan. Salam Peter John who is Director of ICAN, Islamabad Chapter specially travelled to US to participate in Pakistani American Congress moot as a special guest. 20th Annual Day of Pakistani American Congress PAC was graced by Pakistani Ambassador in USA Sherry Rehman, US State Department delegates, Pakistan Embassy officials, Ms. Anusha Rahamn MNA of PML (N) Ms. Fauzia Kasuri from Women Wing of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf, US Representative on AF/PK, scholars of Think-Tanks, journalists and Pakistani-American community leaders. Salma Peter in her speech said “I do represent 5% of Pakistan’s population who are religious minorities but I also represent women of Pakistan that makes 51% of the population of country” Commenting on minorities, she added “the word minority is not defined by numbers alone but the conditions of being weak, being less privileged, being deprived of equal due rights and being under oppression in Pakistan” Salma Peter asserted that women and minorities must be elected to reserve seats in parliament instead of Selection which is adopted by government of Pakistan. The PAC moot held main objective linking to opening of NATO supply route to Afghanistan which was blocked by Pakistan after NATO forces attack on Slala Check Post killing 25 Pak armed services personals which was widely discussed by Pak Ambassador and US officials. Pakistan Christian Post (PCP) has exclusively obtained full contents of speech of Salma Pater for our readers: rnMr. President, dignitaries, distinguished ambassadors, think-tanks scholars, media personnel, and ladies and gentlemen -- Greetings with peace and blessings from Pakistan. Yes indeed, I do represent the 5% of Pakistan’s population who are religious minorities, but in addition, I also represent the women of Pakistan that make up the 51% of the population of the country. To me, the word “minority” is not defined by numbers alone, but by the condition of being weak, being less privileged, being deprived and being oppressed. For example, the Shia population of Iraq, though more [populous] in numbers, was reduced to minority status during the time of Saddam Hussein. The Jewish population, though small in number in the United States, has rarely called itself a minority. Hence, the word “minority” is a state of being weak, less privileged, deprived, and being oppressed. For that reason, the 51% of women of Pakistan are a minority in the true sense and spirit of the word. In fair and fortunate democracies, all citizens must be protected and treated equally before the law. Reserved seats, however, hamper this goal of equal treatment. The ten reserved seats for minority parliamentarians and the sixty reserved seats for female parliamentarians, along with other quota system in various institutions, corroborate the assertion that both women and non-Muslim population of Pakistan are a minority. The constitution deems them to be equal, but the government of Pakistan, by allocating the reserved seats, implicitly admits that both the women and non-Muslim minorities are unequal, less privileged, deprived, and oppressed. Let us look at the selection system for reserved seats in our parliament. It is common knowledge that various political parties compete for 272 seats in the general elections. The proportion of each party’s win determines each party’s share in the privilege of selecting the women and religious minority members to the remaining 70 seats. This design contains several intrinsic ills and problems: 1. Subservient Parliamentarians: Parliamentarians on reserved seats have their loyalties to the nominating political parties and not to the voters, because voters never participate in their election process. When their constituents approach them on issues of concern, they are told outright, “You did not vote for me, why you are bringing this problem to me?” With extenuated vote power, both the women and religious minority parliamentarians are there to obey the “master’s voice,” that is, the dominant political parties. 2. Blackmailing and other corrupt practices are the norm. The highest bidder may get the seat, the seat may be given to a relative or friend as pay off for a favor, or, more forebodingly, some women ensure their seats by becoming mistresses or girlfriends to the stake holders. Undated and notarized resignations are often obtained in advance to solicit ‘loyalties by coercion and blackmailing.’ I have witnessed all of these instances of corruption during my work in the office of the late Shahbaz Bhatti, the federal minister for minorities, 3. Unfair Distribution of Seats: There are 10 reserved seats allotted to religious minorities. Although Christians are the largest minority, they only occupy 2 seats; Hindus hold the other 8 seats. In the upper house, the Senate, there are 4 reserved seats for religious minorities: A Christian was selected for one seat and Hindus for the remaining three seats. This ‘constitutional flip’ should have raised a red flag for ‘suo moto action’ by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. 4. The beneficiaries of the reserved seats are given the impression upfront that they wouldn’t have won a general election, hence tagging them with failure in the absence of empirical results. What would one say if a student is given a label of “failure” before he or she ever starts school or takes an exam? Dear audience, I assert that if we continue to fill the minority and female seats under the present selection system; the minority-majority gap and the gender gap will remain there even after another century, because we are not encouraging our weak, less privileged, deprived, and oppressed class of population to have courage and confidence to participate in the general elections with self-esteem. In fact, the selection system kills the very purpose of inclusion of women and minorities in the parliament. It is a shame and an insult to the intelligence of seventy parliamentarians that Pakistan is the only country where 20% (70 out of 342) of its parliamentarians are chosen without a single vote. I understand that your umbrella organization, the Pakistani American Congress (PAC), is celebrating its 20th annual day on the Hill. I believe that this number 20, coinciding with the 20 percent of Pakistan’s parliament that can be termed “free-loaders” is not coming to us by chance. I understand that PAC believes in strong democratic institutions, holds its elections every 2 years, and chooses its 3 vice presidents out of many candidates. No matter how many candidates contest, the top 3 with the highest votes are declared as winners. I would like to suggest a similar method of election for both the religious minorities and the seats reserved for women: allowing candidates to enter general elections, with or without the party lines, in any constituency, and under joint electoral vote of the general elections. The only thing the government needs to do is to ensure the distribution of these seats to areas according to respective population size of both women and the minorities. Public service is a sacred trust between the ELECTED official and the general public. A competent official who upholds the public trust can only be procured by direct election, and not with the patronage selection system. It is about time that these twenty percent reserved seats be given--not as political favors to yes-men, high bidders, or the most physically attractive women--but to individuals who have earned them through a fair and competitive election. In democratic governments, a layman’s vote is the most basic unit and proven parameter of a truly democratic society. Thank you very much. (Salma Peter John is Director of ICAN Islamabad, a Catholic Civil Society organization in Pakistan and writer who can be reached at sublimity_pk@hotmail.com. Mr. Victor V Gill of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also contributed to the above speech contents)

Pakistani Christian girl kidnapped, forcedly converted and married to Muslim man

HYDERABAD: October 10, 2012. (By Abbas Kassar) A Christian girl Rebecca 22, resident of Mariam colony Sukkur was kidnapped by armed men of Mian Aslam son of Mian Mithoo Member of Parliament of Pakistan (National Assembly) while on her way for duty of nursing on October 02, 2012 and made captive in Bharchoondi the Haveli of Mian Mithoo the politically influenced Pir of the area and after forcibly converted to Islam was married to one Manzar Dahar a disciple of Pir Mian Mithoo. When the parents of converted girl came to know about her kidnapping and forced conversion, they were threatened by Mian Aslam the son and main kidnapper of Rebecca to keep silence otherwise face more dangerous consequences. It may be recalled that ruling Pakistan People’s Party MNA Mian Mithoo is notorious in kidnapping non-Muslim girls and after keeping them in his Haveli (fort) married them to his disciples or servants. Hindu girl Rinkel Kumari was also kidnapped by Mian Mithoo and then married to his follower. The Chief Justice Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Chowdhry also did not rescue the Hindu girl Rinkel and handed her to her kidnappers. He seemed helpless in matters of violence against non-Muslims in Pakistan. The parents of Rebecca had held protest demonstration in front of press club Sukkur and tried to lodge report but police refused to file the case. Rebecca daughter of Yunus Masih was working as nurse in a welfare hospital Sukkur and was kidnapped when on her way to hospital at noon on October 2, 2012. After marrying her with a Muslim man she was renamed as Kalsoom. The protest demonstration before press club Sukkur was led by Yunus Masih the father of girl an Muhammad Bu Qureshi leader of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz the party of late Bashir Khan Qureshi which was struggling for rights of people of Sindh. Yunus Masih told that they approached DSP police Abdul Rehman Sheerazi for lodging FIR but he also refused to entertain their complain and asked them to remain silent. They made appeal to president of Pakistan and international conscience to help them recover their kidnapped girl.

JI Threatens bloody-revolution if EC fails to implement orders of SC

LARKANA: February 7, 2013. (Nazir Siyal) All the political and religious parties led by Jamait Islami (JI) continued their staged sit-in protest at Jinnah Chowk against the removal of bogus voter lists under Pak Army and by the SC orders. On Thursday, several political and religious parties led by Jamait Islami staged sit-in against the Supreme Court orders' violation for fairly monitoring of re-lists and removal of bogus voter lists under Pak Army and Independent authorities here at Jinnah Bagh Chowk and Press Club Larkana. The parties protest demonstration and staged sit-in was continued for several hours and demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to start monitoring and evaluation process under Pakistan Army and Independent observers for renewal of transparent lists and removal of bogus voter lists according to the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan. All the day traffic was suspended due to staged sit-in at main roads from four corners at Jinnah Bagh Chowk and inside the city roads, protesting activists carrying banners, play cards inscribed with slogans demanded of the proper checking of lists and removal of bogus voter lists as per SC orders. Waiving their flags during the staged sit-in for several hours by the different political and religious parties among Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (JSTPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI), Sunni Tehreek, Sindh United Party (SUP), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Awami Tehreek, Jamiat Ulmai Pakistan (JUP) and others participated against the fake voter lists and renewal process by the Election Commission of Pakistan. They all shouted slogans for proper voter listings in Karachi under the supervision of Pak Army and other independent agencies and removal of all bogus votes from the election commission lists. The protest was remain continued till afternoon and spoke high about making of proper voter listings under Pak Army in Karachi and other parts of country. They also demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to follow the Supreme Court orders according to the proper functioning of voter lists under the supervision of Pak Army. JI leaders among Secretary General Sindh Advocate Mumtaz Hussain Sahto, Advocate Ashiq Dhamrah, Kashif Shaikh, PML-F district Vice President Asghar Ali Abbasi, JUP provincial Vice present Sindh Hafiz Ahmed Ali Abbasi, SUP District President Qamardin Shaikh, JUI-F district President Rashid Mehmood Soomro, PML-N district General Secretary Ali Gohar Bhutto, Suni Tehreek leader Hafiz Hussain Bux, Awami Tehreek Maqsood Soomro, JSQM Aressar group Mohammed Ali Abro, JSMM, Mohammed Ali Abro, Sarfraz Anjum Kumbhar, Hari Abadgar Board centeral President Haji Abdul Majeed Shaikh, IJT Sindh General Secretary Zamir Raja Shaikh and others participated in the protest. Speaking to the Dharna, JI leaders among Secretary General Sindh Advocate Mumtaz Hussain Sahto said that the bogus voter lists are the hindrance in the transparent election process in country; he said the Election Commissioner is the respectable person but the political interference will not be acknowledged and the decision of Supreme Court should be accepted. They also said that the present functioning of Election commission listing process is not according to the criteria, these bogus voter lists will create conspiracies and doubts over the transparent election process, but it called under pressure and hijacked Election Commission of Pakistan they said. The political leaders said that all over the country there are reservations over the present verification of voter lists, creating conspiracies and reservation over the lists and the people of country demands proper functioning of Election Commission lists they said. They also said that if these elections will not be materialize if the transparent process is doubted, so that for this purpose the voter lists should be fair and Independent lists by election commission of Pakistan. The political leaders said that if the Election Commission of Pakistan failed to find proper elections according to the Supreme Courts of Pakistan, the free, fair and transparent elections will be proved a fake claim by EC and than constitutional and democratic masses of country will find their own way by a bloodshed revolution is imperative they said.

PCC condemn attack on Ziarat residency and Quetta bombing

Karachi: June 15, 2013. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned attack on residency of Founder of Pakistan in Ziarat, bombing on bus of student girls and Mehran medical hospital in Quetta. Dr. Bhatti said "killing of innocent women and medical staff is not human nor any religion allows it but it seems that terrorists have no respect for humanity" "The destruction of Residency of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in hill town Ziarat of Balochistan indicates that terrorists are targeting ideology of Pakistan to impose their religious Islamic extremism in Pakistan" said Nazir Bhatti

Pakistani organization IDA receives 6th International Bremen Peace Award 2013

Germany: December 1, 2013. (PCP) The winners of the 6th International Bremen Peace Award 2013 have been chosen. An Argentinian human rights activist, an initiative against slave labour in Pakistan and two distinguished anti-nuclear activists from Gorleben receive the prize awarded by the schwelle. Natalia Sarapura is honoured as the “Unknown Peace Worker”. The indigenous Argentinian has been fighting for the rights of the Kolla, an Indian people in northwestern Argentina, for the last 18 years with the aid of a unique development concept. She and her colleagues successfully resisted the state in its attempt to sell indigenous territory to owners of large estates and international mining companies. Furthermore, Natalia Sarapura campaigns persistently for improved educational opportunities and living conditions for the Indian population of Argentina. The peace award in the category “Exemplary Organization” goes to the “Insan Dost Association” from Pakistan. The initiative campaigns for the end of slave labour, which although in fact forbidden in Pakistan, is still widespread. Millions of people, including a great number of children, suffer the consequences of bonded labour. They work in agriculture, the fishing industry, refuse disposal, quarries and in the production of bricks under degrading conditions. The initiative makes those affected aware of their rights and encourages them to found trade unions in order to break through the cycle of poverty and repression. The award for public engagement goes to Andreas Earl of Bernstorff and Anna Countess of Bernstorff from Gartow in Wendland / Germany. The courageous couple and their children have been resisting the Castor transportation with nuclear waste and nuclear policy for more than 35 years. They refused to sell their share of the salt deposit – a third of the area after all – and turned down a compensation payment of 30 million German marks. What is more, they repeatedly draw attention to their concern using peaceful and creative anti-nuclear actions.

Blasphemy victim Tariq Yousaf shifted to safe country from Pakistan

An Exclusive Report by WVIP: The year 2013 was one of the worst years for the Pakistani Christians, the constant fear of persecution and rampant Economic and Religious Discrimination in Majority Sunni Muslim Pakistan. Many International and Local Organizations reported that 2013 was the worst year for the Religious Minorities in Pakistan. Numbers of people like Sawan Masih, Geroge Naz, Shafqat Emmanuel, Shagufta Kausar, Asif Pervaiz, Adnan Masih and two Christian brothers from Wazirabad Tariq Yousaf and Arif Yousaf were booked under the Controversial blasphemy law. Dozens of Churches and Hundreds of houses were burnt by the Extremists Muslims. In March, Christian colony was burnt in Lahore, in September a Church in Peshawar was hit by two suicide bombers; almost 130 people lost their lives in the church attack. Blasphemy is a sensitive topic in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population is Muslim. Controversial blasphemy law introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in 1980s made life for Christians more difficult. October 2013 was the month in which 3 cases of Blasphemy were registered against the vulnerable Christian community in Punjab, Pakistan. Asif Pervaiz became the first target of Muslim Lunatics, then Adnan Masih and later on two Christian brothers from Wazirabad were charged under the Blasphemy. Tariq Yousaf and Arif Yousaf have been falsely accused under blasphemy at Thatha Faqir Ullah, a Christian Colony, Wazirabad city, District Gujranwala, near Lahore. FIR Number 533/13 in PS Saddar Wazirabad was registered against them. Tariq Yousaf worked at the cutlery factory and in part time he used to sell firecrackers to make extra money. Whereas his brother Arif Yousaf was working in Pakistan Railway. On 25th October Muzammil Malik bought the crackers from Tariq Yousaf for the wedding of Zahid .Some of the fireCrackers did not crack, According to Khurram Shahzad, the Complaint, “The crackers didn’t crack and when i opened them I saw they were made with the Koranic Pages Which was also witnessed by Tajjamul Butt and Muhammad Waris”. Within no time they caught Tariq and beat him at the main road but some Muslims and Christians intervened and solved the issue through dialogues. Even the Complainant and other Muslims stated that they have forgiven him and further stated that if Tariq has done Blasphemy against Allah then Allah will punish him. It is strange that even after settling the issue, what made Khurram to register an FIR after four days? WVIP team was informed by Local Christian and when our team reached In “Fariq Ullah” the situation was tense and Christians were under fear. The Announcements were made from the mosques to burn Christian’s homes. There was a Rumor that after the Friday prayer there will be a strong reaction by the Muslim neighborhood. However with the wise step taken by WVIP –Legal team, we were able to submit the protection application for the Christian community of Thatha Fariq Uallah . The ASP Fazal-Haq and Station House Officer (SHO) Sami-Ullah Khan Stood there till late night . Police arrested Arif Yousaf, the brother of Main accused Tariq Masih, and fortunately Tariq Yousaf escaped from the Place. The Next morning our team was able to move Tariq from Wazirabad to our safe home. Police raided several places for his arrest even the tension in the Christian Colony was on its height. Due to the Pressure of Local Muslims, Police arrested Waris Masih (younger brother) and Uncle Younis Masih. WVIP filed the illegal detention of Waris Masih and Younis Masih in the high court of Lahore. With the help of Court Bailiff we were able to rescue them from the illegal detention. During all these seven months our team made every effort to save the life of Tariq Yousaf , However his elder brother Arif Yousaf is still in the jail and World Vision in Progress lawyers are defending him in the court. We hope and believe that soon we will be able to release him from this Jail. If Tariq Yousaf was caught he might have also be given death sentence or life time imprisonment like other victims of Blasphemy Law. It was a difficult task to move him out of Pakistan, as he didn’t have (travelling document) he was also in the police list and wanted list, hence it was difficult situation to move him from Pakistan. But World Vision in Progress always takes such risk to save the lives of our innocent brothers and sisters. Earlier in 2013 we relocated Ryan Stanton form Pakistan, As well as after knowing the case proceedings of Martha Bibi World Vision in Progress also moved her from Pakistan. So far World Vision in Progress has moved hundreds real persecuted People from Pakistan to save places and we hope to do the same in future. Thanks God, who has given us courage and heart to save the lives of our brothers and sisters like Tariq Yousaf. Tariq is now in a Safe country where he can start his life afresh with his family. We would request you to stand with us to defend the persecuted Christians of Pakistan. We are thankful to our Partners Rescue Christians who worked with us to make this relocation possible.

Nawaz Sharif can not be reliable partner in war on terrorism. Nazir S Bhatti

“Success of Long March by Islamists in Pakistan shall encourage Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan” The long march ended in restoration of deposed judges on March 16, 2009, leaving behind impression of weak federal government led by moderate Muslim PPP, ANP and JUI while a success of lawyers, religious political groups and radical Muslim elements from NWFP and Punjab. When Islamist groups opened front against government by hijacking lawyers movement at same time there was an other front launched by Tehreek Nafaz Shariat Mohammadi TNSM with a deadline of March 15, 2009, to establish Kazi Courts under Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas of NWFP. What a co-incident that radical Muslims of NWFP and religious political groups like PML(N), JI and TIP from Punjab launched attack on both fronts by deadlines to government in month of March, 2009. Was there any cooperation among NWFP Taliban and Punjab or any link in demands of Kazi Courts under Sharia Law in Swat and reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry? We will discuss this question in light of war on terror by Pakistan and NATO. Such rumors are circulating that decision of Pakistani government to implement Sharia law in Swat valley after months fighting was under directions of US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. President Obama appointed Richard Holbrook as US envoy on his achievement to establish peace in Ireland among two Christian sects. If such proposal came by US administration to accept demands of TTP and TNSM of Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas then it is negative step to end insurgency in Afghanistan and long term peace in region or an end to terrorism. The situation in Ireland was entirely different than Afghanistan-Pakistan because that was fight among to Christian religious sects for power while in this region Islamic radicals, Islamic sects, Islamic political groups and Islamic moderate are at constant war. Do US administration truly understands conflict among Muslim sects and Islam by itself? It is also learned that US administration pressurized government of Pakistan to accept demand of long marchers to restore judges to avoid instability which may harm efficiency of Pak armed forces to fight terrorists in FATA, a tribal belt of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Does a success of Islamist forces in Swat and Long March provides strength to Taliban? It requires an analysis. Here comes a warning bell for US administration and Pakistan to back Sharia law in Swat and moment of re-thinking for Richard Holbrook. US toppled Taliban regime on violations of human rights, harboring terrorists and misuse of Islamic Sharia laws. We can count days after Kazi Courts in Swat and statement of Moulana Sami-ul-Haq appears in media on March 22, 2009, demanding Sharia law within all Pakistan. What shall be situation when nuclear armed Pakistan turns to be a Taliban style Sharia law state where women shall not attend schools, cinemas will shut down, barber shops will be closed, beheadings without trial and a Muslim radical’s finger tip on nuclear button to destroy India, Israel and Western countries? Sharia laws are on doors of Pakistan and Islamist forces in Punjab and NWFP are stronger after Long March and Swat Sharia law truce. What is terrorism and why it is linked to Islam? What Islamists forces or Islamic teachings have role to promote terrorism? The Western forums and think tanks have very little practical knowledge of Islam because they rely on statements of some so-called moderate Muslims settled in Western countries who interpret Islam for their vested interests and mislead policy makers. Terrorism is major threats to civilized societies in 21st century waging war to damage socio-economic structure around globe. If we have to win war against terrorism, then we must understand force behind terrorism. If any one thinks that Taliban insurgency is achieving success in Afghanistan with poppy smuggled cash or any foreign hidden hand then they are not fully aware of situation because apart from cash and guns there is force of Islamic teaching as major source of strength behind Taliban. Those who think, peace can be restored through dialogues in Afghanistan are living in fools paradise because Taliban are winning on all fronts in Afghanistan or in tribal belt of Pakistan and in high spirits to defeat NATO as they defeated Russia. When we say Islamists political parties in Pakistan, we mean elements which are struggling to impose Sharia law through ballot like PML(N), JI, JUI(S), TIP and when we say Taliban, we mean organizations planning to enforce Sharia law with guns, battles and suicide bombers like Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, Al-quida, Lashkar Taiba, Laskar Jangvi, Jaish Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa and other radical groups. The Islamic political parties and Taliban have close working relationship to impose Sharia law in Pakistan to establish Afghanistan style Taliban government. Do Taliban or Islamic groups believe in peace by dialogue? There is very clear answer according to Islamic teaching “No” . When we read Qur’an it says: "Fight and slay the pagans [Christians] wherever ye find them and seize them, confine them, and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush" (Surah 9:5) Contrary to Muslim rhetoric that claims Islam means peace, the truth is that the word Islam does not mean peace, but "Submission" as this authority verifies: "The term Islam in the lexicon of the Arabs means 'Submission' to God." One who accepts Islam and makes such submission is a Muslim. Such a person is termed a mu'min (believer), and one who does not accept Islam is a kafir (unbeliever). Hadith 1.24” Narrated Ibn `Umar: Allah's Apostle said: "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. It adds more in Hadith 9:50, 57 "No Umma (a member of Muslim community) should be killed for killing a Kafir (an infidel). . Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." These are comments of few famous Muslim leaders which are never denied nor discussed by moderate Muslim who appear on Western media to claim Islam as religion of peace. Such moderate Muslims are sponsored by Christian organizations, Think Tanks and Academic institution in name of Human Rights. Imam Ayatollah Khomeni ssaid: “Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword.' The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim." and "Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males to prepare themselves for the conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world." In Ibn Khaldun, The Muqadimmah: Ail Introduction to History, Islamic historian, 1377 AD is written: “In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or force“ Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian says: "The foremost duty of Islam is to depose the government and society of unbelievers (jahiliyyah) from the leadership of man." The Islamic Council in Chechnya, comments: "the religion of Islam could be above all, so that all areas of life could be guided by Islam, and so that the earth could be cleansed from unbelief" (The Islamic Council in Chechnya) Mohatir Mohammad says: “The true Muslims have waged war while moderate Muslims are waiting to statrt Jihad” But Muslim propaganda machinery in Western countries are making extraordinary efforts to change the image of Islam by reintroducing in 21st century as a religion of peace which rejects violence. Such moderate Muslims fail to issue any religious decree on comments by Muslim leaders given up or to clarify when Islamic history says: “Prophet Muhammad used to send letters to the kings and leaders of the surrounding countries and tribes, inviting them to surrender to his authority and to believe in him as the messenger of Allah. He always ended his letters with the following two words: "Aslim, Taslam!". Which meant ‘surrender and you will be safe’, or in other words, ‘surrender or face death” So where is the ‘Peace’ in such a religion that threatens to kill other people if they don't submit to it? After defining Islam and ultimate peace efforts through dialogues with Muslim world, we can conclude that a small portion of Muslims tried to present Islam which they termed as moderate Islam while majority of Muslims settled in Western countries never abandoned Islamic teachings. These Muslims have achieved many successes in Europe and North America by forcing Western countries to establish Sharia law for them. As a result of these Sharia Courts in UK, Muslims are dreaming to extend Sharia in limits of Europe and North America. Already, France, UK, Norway, Sweden and Netherland are on mercy of Muslim population who have been creating law and order situation by processions on issues like Cartoons or Palestine benefiting from freedom of expression and speech guaranteed under state constitutions. The Western world which believes in Human Rights and religious freedom rather than practicing Christianity have failed to compel Saudi Arabia to permit building one Church to promote interfaith dialogues while thousands of Mosques are being built in EU and North America. The Western leaders are also not successful to make changes in syllabus of Islamic seminaries in Islamic world where Jihad is preached as I have presented. In 21st century, Islamic forces shall not invade Europe like Tariq Bin Ziad because such invasion is underway by increasing birth rate and Sharia law by Muslims and decreasing by Christians which shall enable them to capture Europe by ballot in 2075. Before postmortem of long march to point out how it shall support Taliban insurgency in region? We must know more about deposed Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry and Nawaz Sharif; The focal point of long march was Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry, who was deposed by President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. We can doubt on sincere efforts of President Pervez Musharraf against war on terror but no one shall ever deny that he saved Islamabad from Taliban to enforce Sharia law by Lal Masjid operation. The demand raised in Swat Valley by Tehreek Taliban Pakistan in 2009, was being made from Lal Masjid in 2006. The Lal Masjid which was situated in heart of capital city of Islamabad and very next to military offices was running an Islamic seminary with enrollment of six thousand students who were openly operating Islamic Sharia courts and issuing Islamic decrees. The capital was at brink to fall in hands of this Al-Hafsa seminary students who planned to enforce Sharia law on power of guns like Taliban in Swat, Malakand and other Northern Areas of Pakistan but President Pervez Musharraf saved Islamabad and Pakistan from wave of Talibanization by a military operation. Al Jazeera English TV in his broadcast of July 11, 2007, said “Parents are anxiously awaiting news of children allegedly used as human shields in the mosque” which clarifies that armed students were using same terrorists tactics as Taliban are using in Jihad in Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan to use innocent people as human shields. It was surprising for administration that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry passed orders in favor of Islamic elements of Lal Masjid who have established parallel judicial system in Islamabad and challenged writ of government. According to agencies news release on July 17, 2007, of dateline Islamabad it was quoted “Expressing displeasure over the continued detention of surrendered "students" of Lal Masjid's madrassas, the Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the release of all students” Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda's second in command, released a message which included the sentence: "Your salvation is only through jihad", heightening tensions in the region. When Al-Qaeda was warning violence in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry passed another order to reopen Lal Masjid and Madrassa Afsa on October 2, 2007, which had launched a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign in capital, warning massage centers and music shops to close but same was being protected by supreme court of Pakistan which never took notice when students of madrassa were waving arms before TV cameras and announcing Jihad. Was Supreme Court of Pakistan protecting enforced Sharia law in Islamabad? Such serious issues created doubts on intentions of Supreme Court which forced President Musharraf to depose Chief Justice and to file reference against him while lawyers associations announced protests demanding reinstate of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry. Since November 3, 2007 the lawyers’ movement witnessed many vicissitudes, ranging from incarceration of about 60 judges; stoning, burning, brick-batting, arresting and tear gas shelling on lawyers, disappointment when some judges took fresh oaths and left the struggling lawyers in a mess; reneging of the rulers after making promises to reinstate of judges; and even leaving its torch bearing leaders into doubt of betraying the legal fraternity. They succeeded in achieving their motive within 4 months and 11 days when Chaudhry was restored as chief justice on July 20, 2007 but the president, in capacity of the chief of army staff, imposed emergency rule in the country and detained more than 60 judges who denied taking oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on November 3, 2007. On the same day a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry declared the emergency illegal and unconstitutional. The lawyers again spearheaded their movement with cooperation from political parties against the imposition of emergency. On November 5, 2007, police raided the Lahore High Court Bar Association and arrested around 800 lawyers. Now view an other side of story, on September 7, 2007, Justice Shabbir Hussain Chatha ordered police to arrest Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif and produce him before the court, after the hearing in Lahore. The court ruled that "Shahbaz Sharif should be arrested (at) whichever airport he lands at". On September 10, Nawaz Sharif arrived in Islamabad where National Accountability Bureau chief issued a warrant due to corruption charges made against him. After that, Nawaz Sharif boarded another airliner to be exiled back to Saudi Arabia. It is very important to record political activities of Nawaz Sharif before we head to wards count down on long march led by him. Nawaz Sharif was never an enlighten Muslim but a fundamental Muslim which he proved as Prime Minister of Pakistan when approved Islamic laws in Pakistan. After proposed amendment, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: "I congratulate the nation on the passage of the bill which will help create a truly Islamic system. The Economist (US) on April 20, 1991, published that “Although the sharia bill proclaims the Koran and the sunnah (way of the Prophet) as the supreme law of the land, many of the draft proposals merely emphasise …” Nawaz Sharif, born in Lahore in 1949, his family, along with other major industrial families suffered from the nationalization of large industrial enterprises during Bhutto's regime of PPP (1971-77). Nawaz Sharif worked to build a political constituency that would punish PPP and revenge on its nationalization. When Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir and her government in 1990, he again called a general election. As a result, Nawaz Sharif was brought to power in 1990. Nawaz Sharif government's by Shariat Bill, which declared the Quran and the sunna to be the law of the land and theocracy was being established. A working group was set up to monitor and make recommendations for enforcing Islamic laws in the country. The working group adopted a nineteen-point plan that included calls for the implementation of all Islamic legislation, especially the laws creating sharia courts; transformation of the education system to reflect Islamic teaching; controls on the print and electronic media designed to ensure Islamic moral values; uniform and enforced prayer schedules; and the establishment of an Islamic banking system and the total abolition of interest. Nawaz Sharif tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan expanded Islamic Seminaries which were established by his political Guru General Zia-Ul-Haq and fully protected by his Sharia Bill. These seminaries were openly recruiting Jihadi for Holy War and ISI was training terrorists in camps of Pakistani occupied Kashmir territory for suicide missions in Indian Kashmir. countrystudies.us reported on Tuesday, October 07, 2008, that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif is playing a key role in conjunction with Saudi Arabia in bringing about a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the Karzai regime to pave the way for withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. “Nawaz Sharif was invited by Saudi King Abdullah and he undertook the present visit to stay in Saudi Arabia for nearly two weeks to talk peace process,” the source said. “Nawaz Sharif is serving as a bridge,” one political source said and added the PML-N chief is an “old hand” on Afghanistan. During his two stints as prime minister, Nawaz Sharif had developed good working relations with almost all the Afghan Mujahideen leaders, who were now largely irrelevant because of the fighting strength of the Taliban. Lets look into ousted of Benazir Bhutto government in 1996 and her blames on I.S.I. for toppling her, saying she had angered them by her refusal to recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan. Her military-backed replacement, Nawaz Sharif, extended the first diplomatic recognition to the Taliban in May 1997 and traveled to other Muslim countries in an attempt to persuade them to recognize the student militia but only Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreed. By 1998, Osama bin Laden was well established in Afghanistan after fleeing Sudan two years earlier. He and his network had set up terrorist training camps throughout the country, many of them alongside camps operated by the Taliban and I.S.I. After the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa in the summer of 1998 killed more than 250 people, the United States tried to find a way to pry Mr. bin Laden, who the Americans blamed for the attacks, out of Afghanistan. In September 1999, government officials said, the director general of I.S.I., Lt. Gen. Ziauddin and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was summoned to Washington. American officials told them Pakistan should force the Taliban to moderate their positions and turn over Osama bin Laden. Nawaz Sharif sent General Ziauddin to Kandahar to deliver the American message to Mullah Omar, who refused and next month, on Oct. 12, 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. www.adnki.com (AKI) reported that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif did meet al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at least three times in order to get financial help, according to Khalid Khawaja, the former official with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In an exclusive interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), Khawaja, once a close friend of Osama bin Laden, rejected the statements by a spokesperson for Sharif's political party, denying that Sharif had sought political cooperation from bin Laden in the past. "Nawaz Sharif met Osama Bin Laden on at least three occasions and was desperately seeking his financial assistance," Khawaja told AKI in response to recent news reports regarding a possible meeting between the two. In an interview with a national Urdu daily, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and of the six party religious alliance MMA, said that Nawaz Sharif had repeatedly met Osama bin Laden who offered him money to buy the loyalties of parliamentarians in the late 1980s in order to topple the government of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Qazi also said that bin Laden was a big supporter of Nawaz Sharif's bid to be prime minister in 1990. Khalid Khawaja's name resurfaced when US reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and subsequently killed. Pearl had come to Pakistan and met Khalid Khawaja in order to investigate the jihadi network of revered sufi, Syed Mubarak Ali Gailani. "Now after Benazir Bhutto formed her government and the opposition parties moved for a vote of no-confidence, Osama Bin Laden comes in a picture," Khawaja recalled. "I still remember that Osama bin Laden provided me with funds, which I handed over to Nawaz Sharif, then the chief minister of Punjab [and later premier], to dislodge Benazir Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif insisted that I arrange a direct meeting with the "Sheikh", which I did in Saudi Arabia. Nawaz met thrice with Osama in Saudi Arabia. The links among Nawaz Sharif and his support to Taliban make his role doubtful in war against terror in region while his sudden rise after long march creates suspicions. If International forces under new administration in USA and swift change in policy to end terrorism in Afghanistan-Pakistan are planning to use Nawaz Sharif then it is time to re-think thrice. It is for notice of Mr. Richard Holbrook that Afghanistan and tribal belt of Pakistan are not Ireland where he dealt with Christian armed sects which were persuaded to dialogue in name of peaceful teaching of Christianity. The moderate or enlightened Muslims engaged to advise US administration and other forums are misleading which can result in failure of long term peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Therefore, it is very important to study volatile history of Afghanistan and interests of China, Russia, Iran, Indian and Pakistan in region. The stability in Pakistan is directly related to peace in Afghanistan which urges international forces to support government and Armed Forces to end terrorism in region and fear of terror around globe. Any attempt to bring new players in Pakistan shall damage war against terrorism because Pakistani Armed forces formed Taliban, so, let forces handle them under NATO dierections No one shall deny historic fact about Pushtons that they only sit for Jirga or dialogue table when under pressure unless never fear to kill.

PCC leader beaten on rescue efforts of Christian youth from Muslim attackers

Rawalpindi: July 28, 2009. (PCP report) A Pakistan Christian Congress PCC leader of Islamabad was also beaten by Muslim attackers when he tried to rescue one Christian youth on broad day light on busy road of Rawalpindi. Mr. Xavier William, coordinator of PCC Islamabad, at 9;35 AM, when driving through Muree Road to Islamabad, saw people beating one youth in front of Jang Building. He stopped by to enquire the reason of kicking a youth on busy street by more than 20 people. He was told that young boy is car lifter but youth was crying lying on street that “he is not a car lifter but with a mistake he touched other car of same color and model which he drove from home to pick photos from shop in Jang Building” Mr. Willam requested gathering to stop beating youth and asked youth to show registration of his car to clarify situation. His name was Sunil John from his identification can white care tag number was RIP 3587, white color Toyota registered in his uncle name when he was accused car lifting of same model same color car tag number 3785. Sunil John borrowed car from his visiting uncle to pick photos. When gathering of Muslims came to knew that boy is Christian and his rescuer is also Christian, they attacked both Mr. William and John and started beating and hitting them. The Journalists from offices on building also approached the scene and joined beating Mr. Xavier William and Sunil John. Instead to clarify the mistake of Sunil John, the journalists called police who took them to Waris Khan Police Station. In police station, Muslim journalist from one daily English newspaper pressed upon SHO to arrest and lodge report of car lifting against them. The Muslim journalist said to police “ Christians must be punished of mistake” on which Mr. William lodged protest before police but SHO of police ordered policemen to teach lesson to Mr. William on helping car lifters and then policemen put him under third degree torture. The used special “leather whips” used on criminals to beat Mr. William and was kicked until he became unconscious. When police was taking them to Waris Khan Police Station from Jang Group Newspaper Building, Mr. William used his cell phone to inform Inspector General Police Punjab IG to inform about beating by Muslims. The Deputy Superintendent Police DSP reached in police station who learned facts and ordered police to release Xavier William and Sunil John. There was outrage among Christians of Punjab on manhandling of Mr. Xavier by police. The Christian organizations are holding press conference in Lahore to condemn attack on Mr. William. We wish to bring on record that Pakistan Christian Congress PCC leadership have been always target of establishment in Pakistan since 1998, which forced majority of Christian leaders to fled from country. The recent move to reorganize PCC in Pakistan is under strict notice of establishment and secret agencies agents are harassing PCC leaders. Mr. Xavier William was recently nominated as Coordinator of Islamabad PCC to launch reorganization of PCC in Islamabad and capital areas.

Considering Christmas-Muharam, Chhattisgarh Civic Poll Re-scheduled

Bhopal, India: November 29, 2009. (Fr. Anand Muttungal for PCP) Considering Christmas-Muharam, the Chattishgah State Election Commission today re-scheduled the local body elections in the state. The demand was raised by the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum,(CCF). The State Election Commissioner , Shivraj Singh, announced the new dates for the local body election. As per the new dates 21st and 23rd December will be two faces of voting and the counting will be on 27th of the same month. He also gave exemption to Christians on poll duties too. CCF approached the state election commission on 25th of November to re-schedule the election. The Second face of election was falling on 24th December. The elections were to be held in three faces. CCF General Secretary Panna Lal said, “ Our delegation met the State Election officer to change the date, we told him that a week before Christmas Christians start cleaning the house, special fasting and prayer.” He said, “We appraised the commission of the special meal given to poor and needy on the even of Christmas, it is also a family festival and many Christians are Government employees so their homes will not be able to celebrate festival.” The memorandum highlighted that it will not only affect the Christians of celebrating festival but also affect voting. Christian candidates and voters will find it difficult to exercise their right with internal freedom. Since they are busy it can affect the rate of polling. Necessary prayers to be offered by Christians from moring has been successful in getting the local bodies’ election schedule changed as they were overlapping Christmas Eve. The Christian employees of C.G. have also been exempted from the election duty keeping in mind the Christmas week. In a hurriedly called press conference State Election Commissioner told newsmen that on 25th representatives from both Christian and Muslim communities came and sought to change polling schedule in view of their major festivals, Christmas and Moharum clashing with election dates. The decision was taken on 26th after consultations with major political parties we have changed the dates. He said,”all political parties have agreed to change the dates.” The Christian and Muslim communities have welcomed the decision of the election. CCF GenerL Secretary said ,”It is clear that we still are governed by the secular constitution of our country. Christians have shown unity in all these process.” Isai Mahasangh Chattisgah In-charge Dr. Christy Abraham expressed greater hope that this achievement of Christians will also unite them and it can be seen in the local body elections.”

PCC Holland Chapter to present Petition on Christian persecution to UNHRC in Geneva.

Karachi: March 7, 2010. (PCP) Mr. Parvez Iqbal, President of PCC-Holland Chapter will present a petition to UNHRC on Christian persecution in Pakistan during annual session of Commission in Geneva on March 8-9, 2010. PCC Central Council here in a meeting decided to present a follow up petition with offices of United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva which was presented to Secretary General UN offices in New York to grant Refugee Status to Pakistani Christians on February 25, 2009, by PCC President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti. PCC central Council expressed confidence in leadership of Pakistan Christian Congress President Dr. Nazir S Bhatti and his struggle to seek Refugee Status for Pakistani Christians on suffering constructional genocide and oppression in Pakistan. An additional petition was also dispatched citing recent incident of violence against Christian on pretext to blasphemy law. Mr. Parvez Iqbal, President PCC Holland Chapter, representing PCC shall submit petition with regard to anti human activities against Christians in Pakistan highlighting very recent situation with Christians in Pakistan such as cases against Christians under Blasphemy laws, incidents like as Life imprisonment to Christian couple, Shazia Murder Case, attacks on Christians in Karachi , Gojra and Korian.

Christian Lawyers moot in Pakistan demands repeal of Blasphemy law.

Lahore: June 14, 2010. (PCP) First National Conference of Advocates Pakistan with the co-ordination of Centre For Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement (CLAAS) held on May 29th, 2010 at National Council of Churches in Pakistan (NCCP), 32/B Shahrah-e-Fatima Jinnah, Lahore Pakistan. The topic was “The role of Christian Advocates for Justice”. More than fifty Christian Advocates and Church dignitary participated the conference. Miss Katherine Sapna Program Officer served as facilitator. The first session chaired by Rt. Rev. Samuel Robert Azariah, Bishop of Raiwind Diocese, Moderator Church of Pakistan. Mr. Victor Azariah General Secretary (NCCP), Mr. Saleem Khursheed Khokher Advocate, Member Provincial Assembly Sindh Province and Mr. Ezra Shujat Advocate, President Advocates Pakistan shared their views on the topic. The second session was chaired by Mr. Sohail Akhtar chairman Students Christian movement Pakistan (SCM). Mr. Raiz Anjum Advocate, Mr. Ilyas Javaid Advocate and Mr. Tariq Javaid Tariq Advocate shared their views on the topic. The participants unanimously appreciated and encouraged Mr. Ezra Shujat and CLAAS office for arranging this fruitful National conference and conformed their full confidence and trust on Mr. M.A Joseph Francis as honorary Chief Patron and Mr. Ezra Shujat advocate as President Advocates Pakistan and assured their full support and co-operation. The house unanimously passed the following: RESOLUTIONS 1. To Condemned the terrorist attack on minorities’ worship places in Pakistan, specially the most recent attack on two worship places of A Minority sect “Ahmadis” (who claim themselves Muslim but the Muslims treat them as minority) on May 28th, 2010 were 89 persons brutally killed and above 200 injured by the terrorists. 2. To join hands with Trinity Law College Lahore Pakistan for its uplifts and promotion. 3. To affiliate Advocates Pakistan with Advocates international. 4. To struggle for the repealment of Black discriminatory Laws i.e. Blasphemy Law which are the Hanging sword for the Christians in Pakistan. 5. To struggle against the discriminatory clauses in the Constitution of Pakistan which are against the Human Rights charter of United Nations? 6. To struggle to protect the Rights of Christians and other minorities at large in Pakistan. 7. To established and raise funds for the uplifts and help of the Christian Advocates and to provide Financial Assistance to the fresh law graduates for the enrolment in bar council. 8. To struggle for the uplift of the Christian community at large in Pakistan. 9. To guide and make way for the Christian advocates for Higher education by finding Scholarships for Higher Education inside and abroad the country. 10. To provide political awareness to the Christian advocates so they can serve the community at large. 11. To struggle for the women rights in Pakistan and to stop forced marriages by forced conversion to Islam. 12. To provide legal help to the religious persecuted victims and sexually abused women.

Christian Worshippers sued up in a fake case by angry Muslim mob. By: Jawad Mazhar (PCP)

Peshawar, Pakistan (PCP) Sept 22nd: Within the jurisdictions of Yakka Tout Police Station, Zargar Abad, Peshawar Christian Worshippers were framed in a Police Case by angry Muslim mob of defunct fundamentalist Islamists’ group Sippah-e-Sahaba on the evening of Aug 18th while Christian worshippers were praising the Lord by singing hymns and Psalms with Musical instruments, said legal advisor Church of Pakistan Peshawar Diocese Advocate Sadiq James. Tahir Naveed Chaudhary, Christian legislator and Sargodha Regions head of APMA said local Muslims harbored an old grudge against Christians over playing Musical Instruments. He added their Muslim mob framed a case against the Christian worshippers of different congregations. Advocate Sadiq James told PCP there is no Church in Zargar Abad Peshawar therefore local Christians used to conduct prayer meeting in local Christian Community Center. Legal Adviser Church of Pakistan Peshawar Diocese also said some fanatic Muslims ripped up their cloths and went to the Yakka Tout Police Station and sued up Christian worshippers by saying that they were attacked by Christians. . Advocate Sadiq James corroborated the news and further said that Four Christian youths were arrested by Yakka Tout Police Station but they were released later, on the request of more than 100 Christian elders. PCP maintained through the first hand account of Sadiq James, Christians also registered a cross version against the Muslim attackers. On the other hand Muslim men said it was time of their Taravih Prayer (During Islamic fasting month Muslims recite Quran and finish the whole Book before the end of Islamic month Ramadan) in the mosque and they have gotten disturbed by the sound of Music which is taboo in Islam, Yousaf George quoted Muslim men’s stance. Till the writing of these lines Christian youths were released and both rival parties have reconciled, said Advocate Sadiq James. On the evening of Aug 23rd both Christians and Muslims negotiated with each other in a Jirga (Local elders meeting in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Former NWFP) province), said Church of Pakistan’s Legal Adviser adding, the Jirga ended up in reconciliation between Muslims and Christians

Ashraf Ramelah comments on Public demonstration of Copts in Milan, Italy

Washington DC: January 14, 2011. Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, President of Voice of The Copts have said that we are appalled at the Copts' rejection of fellow protesters who were draped in the Israeli national flag as a show of solidarity with Israel and the Jews. We strongly condemn the actions of those Coptic Christians (mostly immigrants living in Italy) against the Italian citizens who joined them for the same fight against a common enemy. This display of anti-Semitism has no place in our struggle for freedom in the world today. Voice of the Copts stands together with the Jews of Israel and Jews around the world to confront the vicious attacks stemming from a religious and political ideology aimed against each and every one of us who are non-Muslim. Furthermore, as Christians we stand upon the Biblical precept that we are grafted into the promises of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a legacy which serves as the basis of our support of the Jews and their inheritance, and we join with them in their suffering. Those of us who live in Egypt or have loved ones there may in fear or ignorance act out against the Jews, but these sentiments are in no way right or acceptable and will surely lead to devastating results for Copts, politically and religiously. In addition, as Israel is a sovereign state recognized by the entire world, including the Egyptian regime, Copts have a choice to either align themselves with Islamic hatred or to align themselves with the official stance of their government. There is absolutely no justification for the former, for even if this position actually serves to reduce the Islamic bomb attacks, shootings and kidnappings which take place regularly against Copts, which it clearly does not, it is unconscionable. We thank God for Israel, the one free democratic country within the Middle East. We pray for their prosperity and safe-keeping. May America and European countries continue to support and strengthen Israel!

Nawaz Finds Alliance with Sindhi Nationalists

HYDERABAD: May 18, 2011. (By Abbas Kassar) Being fed up with wrong policies of PPP government headed by president Asif Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif at last visited long ignored Sindh and held meetings with heads of nationalist Sindhi party leaders by visiting their homes in Hyderabad on Tuesday and was assured of full support as allies of PML(N) against any movement he launches against the PPP government and also alliance for the forthcoming elections at Sindh level which is widely considered as political base of PPP. After severe criticism by Sindh branch of ML(N) for sidelining Sindh during last three years (mis) rule of PPP and being its friendly opposition, Mian Nawaz Sharif started his visit for two days of Sindh from Karachi on Monday and came down to Hyderabad political and cultural center of Sindh on Tuesday. He visited Palijo House where he inquired about health of ailing veteran nationalist politician and noted intellectual Rasool Bux Palijo and held lengthy meeting with him helped by Awami Tehrik president advocate Ayaz Latif Palijo. He also held a meeting with Dr. Qadir Magsi chairman of Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party and addressed news conference along with Dr. Magsi. Sources said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to take Sindhi nationalists on board for forthcoming elections, adjustment for which was discussed. Nawaz Sharif told press conference that he shares the views and agenda of nationalist parties of Sindh. He supported demand of nationalist parties that the Jagridars in PPP who inundated more than half of Sindh during last year's floods must be brought to book as they had drowned Sindh and made its 7 million peoples homeless only to save their Jagirs. Mian Nawaz Sharif said, “their agenda is the same as that of ours—nationalism is a good thing. They also talk of riddance, justice and rights and we also say so. He said it is our desire that an enquiry be made into the breaching of the embankments for saving their lands during the floods and it should be dug out who the culprits are.” He said that the resolution on the drone attacks be implemented. AT Prsident Ayaz Palijo said that he was thankful to Nawaz Sharif for giving importance to issues like breaching of the embankments, target killings in Karachi etc. Earlier Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief Nawaz Sharif said in Karachi on Monday that Pakistan was heading towards doom; no one including the army or elite is above the state. “Before any one else suspends our aid we should ourselves decide not to take anymore of it,” he asserted while talking to media after visiting Mazar-e-Quaid. He said the aim of building Pakistan was not to trade its sovereignty and honor. The incumbent government, Nawaz Sharif maintained, was incapable of overcoming serious problems like poverty, unemployment and energy crisis. To a question, he said the passport of Raymond Davis was still lying with the Punjab Government and that the ISI Chief Lt Gen Shuja Pasha had already told the joint session of the parliament that the twin killer of Pakistani nationals had been released on the orders of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Earlier, in his brief talk to media men at Karachi airport upon his arrival from Lahore, the PML-N Chief said he had come to the metropolis after a very long time and that he was glad to be here. Later, Nawaz Sharif reached his hotel where his party workers turned up in a large number which prompted a bit of a disorder, leading to the breaking of the hotel’s glass door. Chairing a meeting of the workers, Nawaz Sharif said right from the first day of the present government he had been standing by for protecting democracy and country, but not anymore. “Now the Constitution and the institution upholding its rule would have to come forward to play their role,” he stressed. Muslim League Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif told joint press conference with Dr. Magsi that all those judge and generals, who had collaborated with Musharraf are traitors and added not only the Generals, but the judges also would be herded to the docks. He said that the political principles were run down and an alliance was made with the ‘Qatil League’. “When would the principled politics emerge, today the political principles were rubbished, where to this politics taking Pakistan, we will fight out this dirty politics,” he vowed. He said, “Pakistan’s economy and sovereignty are at stake. It is over sixty years we haven’t left stretching our hand, we will not allow the sell out of the sovereignty of Pakistan.” He said that in both of his power stints ended before completion of the term, first by the president and secondly by the general. Musharraf terminated the government and made me hijacker. He further said that if he would have been allowed to rule for the ten years terms, then Pakistan today would have been on the way to progress. Musharraf and Zardari had the hands in making him ineligible, the government was at odds with every organizations including the judiciary—had also taken a fight with the Punjab government—Governor ‘Raj’ was imposed and even today the constitution and the law were run down, he recollected. Nawaz vowed to fight this dirty politics.

Pakistan takes no measure to prevent deaths in hunger of flood victims

BADIN: October 7, 2011. (By Abbas Kassar) The government of Pakistan has taken no measures to prevent deaths of flood affected people in Sindh as it continues to fail to provide food, medicines and clean drinking water to around 8,8 flood affected people of all 23 districts of the province as a result, more than 1000 people have died of house collapse, drowning in gushing rain/drain water, being electrocuted, spread of epidemics of gastro, malaria and other water borne diseases and hunger. According to National Disaster Management Authority, 3 million people have been inflicted with various diseases mostly children and women. In a report made public 2 days back NDNA says “because of no proper medical arrangements one million people have fallen ill since last 20 days." It has apprehended that as many as 40,000 women (who are said to be pregnant) can die if they are not properly given medical care. In its earlier report it had alleged that government has failed to come to rescue and then relief to flood affected people. So far 1042 people have died throughout the province in a month long rains that played havoc and thereafter due to hunger and diseases. According to initial report made public by National Disaster Management Authority and UNO before media in Karachi on 9 September 2011, a total of 4 million acres of land including 1.7 lands with standing crops have been has been inundated causing damage to 80% cash crops. Sindh government spokesman Sharjeel Memon has said that 8.9 million people have been affected.9 districts of Sindh including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Thatta,Tando Muhammad Khan,Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Tharparkar and Benazirabad were hit hard where the rain and canal/outfall drains breach water was still standing causing spread of water borne diseases that are taking toll on daily basis as the authorities have totally failed to provide health cover to the teeming millions especially children who are dying of hunger, gastro, malaria, flu and skin and other diseases. No day passes when more than dozen people do not die of diseases while the federal as well as provincial governments appear to be indifferent with the suffering and pathos of the ill-fated people. The National Disaster Management Authority has alleged that government was holding Rs.5 billion as balance from last year's flood fund and said that if this amount was released and used on giving food and health care to affected people many a precious lives could have been saved. Meanwhile former prime minister and leader of the opposition Mian Nawaz Sharif has also alleged that government of president Asif Zardari has ignored nearly 9 million flood affected people of Sindh ( despite fact that the president himself belongs from Sindh) and have left the helpless people on mercy of hunger and diseases. He has said that prime minister Yousuf Raza Jeelani was keeping Rs.19 billion in his discretionary fund but was not releasing amount from this fund to alleviate sufferings of the affected people; It is a cruel joke with 9 million flood affected people passing days and nights under miserable condition, that the medicines worth millions of rupees were damaged outside office of director general health services Sindh instead of handing them to aid workers. Furthermore the medicines brought from Egypt on 3 rd. October worth Rs. 5 million were given to Peoples Primary Health Institute ( a body of ruling party workers) who have sold same in market. These medicines were meant for flood affected people but were handed to PPHI without approval of competent authority. To add further miseries the government says that they have asked medicines from India and France will reach in second week of October which means until then many hundreds more are to die. There has been no or little arrangement of medical care either by the government or NGOs. There has been no arrangement of temporary latrines as a result people especially women feel humiliation. In fact in view of dearth of items of food, drinking water and medical care flood affected people are humiliated and are trying hard to save lives of their children. In many places affected people are forced to drink the stagnant rain water which is causing more diseases. This water has turned blue and brackish. According to statement of Sindh Chief Minister that 70% damage was done by breaches in outfall drains but due to inefficiency of government these breaches have still not been plugged despite fact that 25 days have passed when it had rained last. As a result people of 9 worst hit districts were not able to return to their devastated villages as area was still under 4 to 7 feet water. Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) which is most hated among people of Badin as this very LBOD had brought devastations in past many occasions. Due to its wrong design the outfall drain which carries saline and drain water of Punjab and upper Sindh districts, flows backward carrying the sea water back to inundate the fertile belt of lower Sindh. Pakistan government had taken no lesson from last year's floods that had rendered almost 7 million people in Sindh alone as homeless and in all 1.8 millions in whole country. Many affected of last year's floods have not been rehabilitated as yet. Government also turned its ears on weather warnings in early August this year of torrential rains and did take to steps to make arrangements for any emergency plans. The President of Pakistan Asif Zardari had not visited the flood affected area of Sindh which makes the size of Egypt and half of England except for once at his own district Benazirabad for the purpose of photo session while the chief minister of Sindh and his whole big cabinet of the size of China has been locked in provincial capital city Karachi holding meetings of the issues of lesser nature. President Zardari continued to visiting foreign countries including China, Tajkistan and other central Asian countries caring no or little about the sufferings of flood hit people as flood was playing havoc with people. Sindh government has said that the province has received losses of more than 550 billion rupees but he did not spell out what measures his government was taking to recoup these losses. According to independent sources crops of cotton, sugar cane, rice, vegetables and fruit sown on 2.4 million acres of land had been swept away in rain and drain breach waters. A parliamentary delegation that was headed by former federal minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and that had visited flood hit districts of Sindh, had said in a press conference in Karachi on 21 September that no one had died of hunger or drowning . Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had also said earlier that no one had died of hunger or drowning but this scribe has a list of at least one dozen people who had died of hunger while the list of those drowned in gushing water is longer than 150. Of 1044 dead from 9th August (first rain downpour to 5th October 2011) majority is of children and also a number of pregnant women had died of receiving no medicines or medical treatment. Though it is now 25 days since there is no rain yet the affected people specially children and women as well elderly continue to die due to no foof no medicine. There is wide criticism on distribution of ration and other food items to affected people in relief camps or sitting on the road sites and canal banks as local media is full of complaints of political interference in the flood relief. The NGOs and officials of local administration provide ration to such persons who bring a Sifarshi Chit from local PPP Jiala( ruling party workers) and in most cases only favorite ones find the way to get Chit. There are wide spread reports that in Badin Jialas and NGO workers have filled their homes and warehouses with relief goods received by them from state or foreign donor agencies. These hundreds of thousands of hungry people when see ay vehicles approaching they rush to get the food first and in stampede many are injured. In Jhol town of Sanghar district an MPA of ruling party Rana Sattar filled his warehouses with relief items and when the hungry people came to know they rushed to his go downs to get food so that they can remain alive for few more days but the guards of MPA opened fire on them killing two 2 hungry men 12 years Ghulam Hussain Shar and Ghulam Rasool Mari. The MP has not been arrested because of his links with president Zardari.In Badin while standing in a long row outside NADRA office to get the Pakistan Card through which one can get Rs.10, 000 from bank, an old man Umar Mallah died of stampede. There are other instances where police have baton charged the hungry when they rushed to get food. The interesting fact is that during more than one month long rain and floods no federal or provincial minister is seen sharing the miseries and pathos of the affected people. All except a few have kept themselves away from their constituencies out of rage of people. Badin district has been hit worst with 1 million out of 1.4 million population being affected and more than 2,00,000 homes destroyed people are sitting on road sites or on canal banks as they have been ejected from relief camps which were set up in schools. They watch truckloads of relief goods passing through them but not stopping as the district administration has issued orders that all relief material be brought first to District administrator office. However from DCO office the relief materials finds its way to ruling party MPA and other Jialas who give same to their own favorite men mostly unaffected while the ill-fated remain hungry. It was astonishing that government continues to tell lies to the nation and international community. On 4th October President Zardari held video conference in which his spokesman has said that 300,000 tents have been given to the homeless affected people in 7 districts including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Benazirabad, Umerkot, Tando Muhammad Khan and Sanghar but in Badin where Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon claims to having given 43000 tents, as this scribe has visited the hundreds of affected people sitting on road sites on Badin-Golarchi road, Badin, Tando Bago road, Badin Talhar road and Badin to Kadhan road has seen not more than 100 tents. The leaders of human rights organizations including Aslam Rana advocate and president of Peace and Human Rights Trust Pakistan chapter, Dr. Ashotham provincial coordinator special task force Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Dr. Sarwan Kumar head of AADRISH organization, Dr, Illahi Bux of ARADA, Abdul Jabbar Rehmani of Fundamental Human Rights Org, Roshan Sunder Chandio advocate and president of Mazloom Bachayo Committee, Bhagwandas advocate,Muhammad Moosa Jokhyo a writer, Jam Saqi former first secretary of Communist Party of Pakistan, Ms. Zahida Detho, Ms. Nasreen Shakeel, professor Ms. Amar Sindhu and others have made appeal to international community to rush the food items and medicines to millions of flood affected people of Sindh who are living under open sky in miserable conditions to save their lives as the present government of Pakistan has totally ignored them and was unwilling to save their lives.

PCC Holland Chapter Congratulates Kamran Michael to be first Christian Senator in Pakistan

Holland: February 20, 2012. (PCP) Parvez Iqbal, President Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter, Bureau Chief Holland for South Asian Christian Writers Association (SACWA), Poet of Urdu Punjabi and Social Worker in His message has joyfully congratulated Mr. Kamran Michael for his historic and unopposed success in Senate Elections of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Parvez Iqbal, with all best wishes and assurance of all assistance has showed his hope, as Senator, Mr. Karman Michael will leave no stone unturned for constitutional benefits and Rights of Pakistani Christians and Minorities of IRO Pakistan. His presence, appearance and attitude in Senate will be a symbol of Christianity. Not only the Pakistani Nation but also the Political Parties of Pakistan will benefit of His true skills, experience and Boldness to take IRO Pakistan out from the most worst situation ever seen in history of Pakistan said Mr. Parvez Iqbal.

Religious tolerance vital for Pakistan’s survival: Peace and Tolerance Alliance

Lahore: June 22, 2012. (PCP) Pakistan cannot survive without promoting the religious tolerance among all religious communities in Pakistan. The religion must be separated from the affairs of the State. These were the views expressed by the speaker during a People’s Convention on "Ending Religious Discrimination and Violence: Stake-holders Responsibilities”. The People’s Convention was held at HRCP auditorium- Lahore and organized by Peace and Tolerance Alliance (PTA), an alliance of civil society organizations and human rights defenders and is working for religious tolerance in Pakistan through advocacy and awareness raising campaigns. Mr. Samson Salamat, Director Centre for Human Rights Education presented the overall situation of religious minorities in Pakistan. He cited some recent incidents of discrimination and hatred against the members of minorities. Ms. Nasira Javed Iqbal while speaking on the occasion said that there was a need to bring some changes in constitution. She said, “the religious extremists are killing and terrorizing the people for their vested interests and the State is following the policy of appeasement of these elements”. Mr. Aftab Hussain Dost, a representative from Shia Hazara community shared the worst sufferings of his community. He blamed the State of criminal negligence and silence on the continued killings of members of Hazara community. Ms. Rabia Bajwa Advocate expressed disappointment over the failure of successive democratic governments and political parties of repealing discriminatory laws. The other speakers who spoke on the occasion include Mr. Mehboob Ahmad Khan, Amarnath Randhawa and Salman Abid. Prominent poet Baba Najmi recited some poems on the subject At the end of seminar following resolutions were unanimously approved by the members of alliance and participants. • Objective Resolution should be removed from Constitution and the speech of Mr. Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan on 11 August, 1947 should be included as preface of the constitution because this speech presents the vision of the founder of the country as a true democratic state and denies theocracy. • All types of discriminations on the basis of religion, caste or creed should be removed from the constitution, laws and policies to ensure that people are treated equally. • The elements involved in spreading religious hatred and discrimination must be treated strictly according to the laws and the ban of the propagation of hatred should be implemented in letter and spirit. • Religious biases should be eliminated from the curriculum and Human Rights should be included in the curriculum of the schools, colleges and universities to promote human dignity among the students. • A monitoring system should be developed to monitor and the material which promote biases and discrimination should be banned. • Legislation should be initiated to address the issue of forced conversion of the girls belonging to the religious minorities.

Pakistan Christian Congress nominates Albert Khokhar as President of Rawalpindi Division

Karachi: October 10, 2012. (PCP) The Central Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC approved nomination of Mr. Albert Khokhar as President of PCC Rawalpindi Division. Mr. Albert Khokhar, a businessman from Rawalpindi is among founder members of Pakistan Christian Congress and taken active parts in rallies and hunger strikes organized by PCC. Mr. Albert Khokhar belongs to very influential political family from Karachi and remained on frontline in struggle for equal democratic rights of Christians in Pakistan. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has congratulated Mr. Albert Khokhar on taking responsibilities to serve Christians of Rawalpindi as President of PCC. Meanwhile, PCC Lahore Women’s President Ruhama Ambreen Shah have announced her 11 member committee which is as; Mrs. Victoria Patrick, Mrs. Naira, Mrs. Alice Garrick, Mrs. Jasmine Wasti, Mrs. Mona Hassan, Mrs. Rubina Phinhas, Mrs. Azra Shah, Miss Promila Singha, Mrs. Seema Arshad, Mrs. Ambreen, Miss Evelyene Ruth

“History is ours, and People make history”. By Shamim Masih

Once upon a time we were privileged to have barristers and lawyers like Justice M.R Kayani, Justice A.R Cornelius, Justice Dorab Patel and Mohammed Ali Jinnah- men who were the very embodiment of brilliance, hard work and gravitas. They were circumspect in their personal as well as public dealings and were a credit to the nation. Now our icons of the past must be turning in their graves at the unsightly spectacle of furious lawyers attacking and ransacking Judge Pervez Ali Shah’s courtroom in Rawalpindi because of their opposition to the death penalty handed down to Salman Taseer’s assassin Mumtaz Qadri. Aside from the religious sentiments being provoked of such ‘Aashiq-e-Rasool’ (lovers of the Prophet) amongst the legal fraternity, this situation begs the question: if lawyers themselves do not respect judicial verdicts, then who will? Are they not bound by the tenets of their profession to pay heed to court decisions? Surely, discipline and dignity are the two essential pillars upholding a major state institution like the judiciary. Far from being censured and suspended for their ridiculous behavior, the District Bar Association has asked for Judge Pervaiz Ali Shah’s transfer because “it can create a law and order situation”. Lawyer Farooq Sulehria has proclaimed that lawyers would boycott Shah’s court because of the “unacceptable” sentencing. But the situation is not the same all the time; I have seen the courts hearing during a minor Christian girl Rimsha, accused of blasphemy case. During the case, where Roa was out- spoken lawyer to apposing Rimsha, there was Abdul Hameed Rana (Rimsha’s lawyer)defending her. Few days back, I met Sajid Ilyas Bhatti- Advocate Supreme Court, who started his career in 1994-95 from the district bar Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Sajid Bhatti was voted by his peers’ one of the best of the bar, and was also named as Secretary General of the High Court Bar, Rawalpindi, an honor given to less than one percent of the lawyers in the state. He has been involved in numerous “High-profile” matters throughout his career. Sajid Bhatti is a member of many professional and community service organizations. He is member of Supreme Court Bar and District Bar, Rawalpindi where he served as executive member. Mr. Bhatti has tried countless jury trails and numerous “Bench trails”. He has obtained many acquittals and produced hundreds of positive results for clients in both state and Federal Shariat Court as a result of his experience as both a trail attorney and a negotiator. He is known for his ability to provide innovative and powerful legal representation in all his criminal cases. His years as a prosecuting attorney and legal analyst give him a unique insight into the various strategies used by the District Attorney’s office and avoid those pitfalls and traps that other lawyers with this experience routinely fall into. Bhatti’s firm belief in the presumption of innocence has led him to take on criminal defense cases of all sizes and complexities. There is no case too small or too “hot” for him to work. Areas of Practice: He handles a wide array of both State and Federal Shariat Court offenses. The list would be long but it matters that he deals you the best possible attorney for your needs. People who know what they believe, but who are never afraid of other people’s opinions, who invite dialogues rather than diatribes, and who are mature enough to always seek more knowledge and curious enough to want to understand others,

PCC Holland chapter grieves on loss of Innocent lives in Quetta.

Holland: June 17, 2013. (PCP) Parvez Iqbal, President, Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter in his messages to the families of Bus victims of Women University in Quetta, Nurses in Bolan Medical Complex, Security personnel of Frontier Corps, Baluchistan and Deputy Commissioner, Quetta expressed his deepest condolences on irreparable and unexpected loss of innocent lives of their love ones in which three were Christians. Mr. Iqbal prayed for departed souls for their higher peace and comfort of the families left behind. Terrorists living and growing in the most beautiful Quetta Valley are busy in anti peace activities which are purely against the customs, culture and humanity of all tribes living in the territory. Not a single lines of teachings of any religion allows to raise swords against women/girls especially who are still in development faze of their carriers. By doing such an satanic acts and killing innocent Students of Women university, they have made this open to the globe, that they have a lot of fears from the women as well but they can't face them open and put them in graves by planting life destroying devices in the bus and later in the hospital where injured were carried for an attempt to save their lives. Neither they deserved to be connected any humanity level, nor they are liable to be included in any religion said Mr. Iqbal, sadly. In the end, Mr. P.Iqbal set a note of demanded to Federal and Provincial Government for the immediate arrest of masterminds and responsible of this occurrence not only for true and speedy justice but to avoid repetition of such anti social and anti human acts against poor and innocents population of the area as a whole.

PCC prays for quick recovery of Baloch Dalai Lama Ahmar Mustikhan

Philadelphia: December 1, 2013. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC telephoned Ahmar Mustikhan who is longtime friend of Pakistani Christians to wish him get well soon and to convey prayers of PCC members for his quick recovery. Mr. Ahmar Mustikhan, famous as Baloch Dalai Lama, founder of American Friends of Balochistan, a prominent Journalist and columnist in many USA news outlets was admitted to emergency department of Adventist Hospital in Washington DC on November 29, 2013. Baloch Dalai Lama Ahmar Mustikhan is campaigning tirelessly for peace in Balochistan and raising voice for Baloch missing person on International level from years. The Balochistan province of Pakistan was NO Go area for foreign election observer teams and even for Pakistani media during national general elections of May 11, 2013 and still a No Go area for International relief agencies after devastating earthquake in South-Western Balochistan which killed hundreds and destroyed thousands of properties. An elected government is placed in Balochistan after elections of May 2013 but kidnapping of innocent Baloch Youth and dumping their dead bodies on roadsides have not stopped which is blamed on secret services of Pakistan Army which controls province. The American Friends of Balochistan AFB, founded by Ahmar Mustikhan based in Washington DC was very first organization in collaboration with BSO-NA of Wahid Baloch which raised voice for Missing Baloch persons and against military operation in Balochistan on International level after killing of veteran Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti by Pakistan army. After Martyrdom of Nawab Akbar Bugti by Pakistan Army, the Baloch took to mountains for freedom of Balochistan terming Pakistan as an occupier in 2006 which was supported by AFB and BSO-NA through Press Conferences, Protest and Seminars from Washington DC. The Marri, Bugti and Mengal tribes supported freedom of Balochistan while other 27 tribes of Balochistan felled in lot of Pakistan federation but situation changed when Mengal tribe bargained with government agencies and decided to enter in elections of 2013. After Mengal,s bargaining with government and asylums of Marri and Bugti leaders in Europe, many other organizations of Baloch emerged suddenly in EU, Canada and USA which started campaign to their tribal chiefs leaving behind AFB and BSO-NA organizations which really supported Baloch cause on International Forums. Mr. Ahmar Mustikhan as a writer and human right activist disliked killing of Baloch activists and solution of Baloch issues through guns instead of dialogues which was highly criticized by followers of Baloch Chiefs. Mr. Mustikhan was under stress from months on criticism to his Peace efforts in Balocistan which took him to hospital on November 29, 2013. Ahmar Mustikhan continuously wrote for all oppressed communities like Baloch, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan to ensure justice. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti will visit Baloch Dalai Lama Ahmar Mustikhan in Washington DC Hospital to wish him Get Well Soon.

AWAM holds seminar on Struggle for Human Rights in the Challenging Environment

Faisalabad: May 25, 2014. (PCP) The Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) in collaboration with the Rights of Expression, Association, Assembly and Thought (REAT) organized a policy advocacy seminar entitled "Struggle for Human Rights in the Challenging Environment" held at Faisalabad, on 18 May 2014. The people must celebrate and value diversity for peaceful coexistence and treat members of different communities as human beings equal in respect, dignity, rights and freedoms. This was emphasized by the speakers during a policy advocacy seminar. This seminar was joined by 60 Muslim and Christian participants from different school of thoughts. Speaking on the occasion, the director of WISE, Bushra Khaliq said, “Pakistan has become intolerant society where difference of opinion is neither respected nor tolerated, therefore civil society groups receive threats of dire consequence by certain groups for using their rights to freedom of expression by highlighting issues of the marginalized groups and unveiling the responsible elements behind the human rights abuses.” “The human rights defenders must develop a cadre of like-minded people, and continue raising unified voice against human rights violations, and for the prevalence of culture of democracy and peace,” she added. The program director of the AWAM, Naseem Anthony said, “Human rights defenders face violence due to their fight for human rights, peace and truth, and many of them have already lost their lives pursuing their mission. The human rights defenders are determined to continue their struggle on the footsteps of their predecessors, therefore the government must protect them against certain groups wanting fulfillment of their vested interests in the country." The director of Mehrgarh, Maliha Hussain said, “There is a social injustice in Pakistan due to the discrimination existing among communities on the basis of ideology, class, ethnicity, faith and caste, which cause intolerance and violence in the society towards people different in any way, and produce two major groups where one is superior or oppressor and other one is inferior or oppressed.” “The peaceful coexistence is possible unless people celebrate and value diversity and treat members of different communities as human beings equal in respect and dignity, and entitled to equal rights and freedoms,” she added. A human rights activist, Abdul Khaliq said, “The curriculum plays a vital role in the progress or degradation of any nation. The distorted history and biased syllabus is imparted among students in educational institutes of Pakistan, which develops a mind-set of youth against sectarian and religious minority groups.” “The right to freedom of expression is restricted in Pakistan, civil society groups can talk about certain issues to some extent, but when they expose elements behind issues which are less debated or controversial in nature, then certain elements start threatening to stop them from telling a truth anymore,” he added

Success of Long March by Islamists in Pakistan shall encourage Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan: By Nazir S Bhatti

The long march ended in restoration of deposed judges on March 16, 2009, leaving behind impression of weak federal government led by moderate Muslim PPP, ANP and JUI while a success of lawyers, religious political groups and radical Muslim elements from NWFP and Punjab. When Islamist groups opened front against government by hijacking lawyers movement at same time there was an other front launched by Tehreek Nafaz Shariat Mohammadi TNSM with a deadline of March 15, 2009, to establish Kazi Courts under Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas of NWFP. What a co-incident that radical Muslims of NWFP and religious political groups like PML(N), JI and TIP from Punjab launched attack on both fronts by deadlines to government in month of March, 2009. Was there any cooperation among NWFP Taliban and Punjab or any link in demands of Kazi Courts under Sharia Law in Swat and reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry? We will discuss this question in light of war on terror by Pakistan and NATO. Such rumors are circulating that decision of Pakistani government to implement Sharia law in Swat valley after months fighting was under directions of US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. President Obama appointed Richard Holbrook as US envoy on his achievement to establish peace in Ireland among two Christian sects. If such proposal came by US administration to accept demands of TTP and TNSM of Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas then it is negative step to end insurgency in Afghanistan and long term peace in region or an end to terrorism. The situation in Ireland was entirely different than Afghanistan-Pakistan because that was fight among to Christian religious sects for power while in this region Islamic radicals, Islamic sects, Islamic political groups and Islamic moderate are at constant war. Do US administration truly understands conflict among Muslim sects and Islam by itself? It is also learned that US administration pressurized government of Pakistan to accept demand of long marchers to restore judges to avoid instability which may harm efficiency of Pak armed forces to fight terrorists in FATA, a tribal belt of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Does a success of Islamist forces in Swat and Long March provides strength to Taliban? It requires an analysis. Here comes a warning bell for US administration and Pakistan to back Sharia law in Swat and moment of re-thinking for Richard Holbrook. US toppled Taliban regime on violations of human rights, harboring terrorists and misuse of Islamic Sharia laws. We can count days after Kazi Courts in Swat and statement of Moulana Sami-ul-Haq appears in media on March 22, 2009, demanding Sharia law within all Pakistan. What shall be situation when nuclear armed Pakistan turns to be a Taliban style Sharia law state where women shall not attend schools, cinemas will shut down, barber shops will be closed, beheadings without trial and a Muslim radical’s finger tip on nuclear button to destroy India, Israel and Western countries? Sharia laws are on doors of Pakistan and Islamist forces in Punjab and NWFP are stronger after Long March and Swat Sharia law truce. What is terrorism and why it is linked to Islam? What Islamists forces or Islamic teachings have role to promote terrorism? The Western forums and think tanks have very little practical knowledge of Islam because they rely on statements of some so-called moderate Muslims settled in Western countries who interpret Islam for their vested interests and mislead policy makers. Terrorism is major threats to civilized societies in 21st century waging war to damage socio-economic structure around globe. If we have to win war against terrorism, then we must understand force behind terrorism. If any one thinks that Taliban insurgency is achieving success in Afghanistan with poppy smuggled cash or any foreign hidden hand then they are not fully aware of situation because apart from cash and guns there is force of Islamic teaching as major source of strength behind Taliban. Those who think, peace can be restored through dialogues in Afghanistan are living in fools paradise because Taliban are winning on all fronts in Afghanistan or in tribal belt of Pakistan and in high spirits to defeat NATO as they defeated Russia. When we say Islamists political parties in Pakistan, we mean elements which are struggling to impose Sharia law through ballot like PML(N), JI, JUI(S), TIP and when we say Taliban, we mean organizations planning to enforce Sharia law with guns, battles and suicide bombers like Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, Al-quida, Lashkar Taiba, Laskar Jangvi, Jaish Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa and other radical groups. The Islamic political parties and Taliban have close working relationship to impose Sharia law in Pakistan to establish Afghanistan style Taliban government. Do Taliban or Islamic groups believe in peace by dialogue? There is very clear answer according to Islamic teaching “No” . When we read Qur’an it says: "Fight and slay the pagans [Christians] wherever ye find them and seize them, confine them, and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush" (Surah 9:5) Contrary to Muslim rhetoric that claims Islam means peace, the truth is that the word Islam does not mean peace, but "Submission" as this authority verifies: "The term Islam in the lexicon of the Arabs means 'Submission' to God." One who accepts Islam and makes such submission is a Muslim. Such a person is termed a mu'min (believer), and one who does not accept Islam is a kafir (unbeliever). Hadith 1.24” Narrated Ibn `Umar: Allah's Apostle said: "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. It adds more in Hadith 9:50, 57 "No Umma (a member of Muslim community) should be killed for killing a Kafir (an infidel). . Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him." These are comments of few famous Muslim leaders which are never denied nor discussed by moderate Muslim who appear on Western media to claim Islam as religion of peace. Such moderate Muslims are sponsored by Christian organizations, Think Tanks and Academic institution in name of Human Rights. Imam Ayatollah Khomeni ssaid: “Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword.' The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim." and "Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males to prepare themselves for the conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world." In Ibn Khaldun, The Muqadimmah: Ail Introduction to History, Islamic historian, 1377 AD is written: “In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or force“ Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian says: "The foremost duty of Islam is to depose the government and society of unbelievers (jahiliyyah) from the leadership of man." The Islamic Council in Chechnya, comments: "the religion of Islam could be above all, so that all areas of life could be guided by Islam, and so that the earth could be cleansed from unbelief" (The Islamic Council in Chechnya) Mohatir Mohammad says: “The true Muslims have waged war while moderate Muslims are waiting to statrt Jihad” But Muslim propaganda machinery in Western countries are making extraordinary efforts to change the image of Islam by reintroducing in 21st century as a religion of peace which rejects violence. Such moderate Muslims fail to issue any religious decree on comments by Muslim leaders given up or to clarify when Islamic history says: “Prophet Muhammad used to send letters to the kings and leaders of the surrounding countries and tribes, inviting them to surrender to his authority and to believe in him as the messenger of Allah. He always ended his letters with the following two words: "Aslim, Taslam!". Which meant ‘surrender and you will be safe’, or in other words, ‘surrender or face death” So where is the ‘Peace’ in such a religion that threatens to kill other people if they don't submit to it? After defining Islam and ultimate peace efforts through dialogues with Muslim world, we can conclude that a small portion of Muslims tried to present Islam which they termed as moderate Islam while majority of Muslims settled in Western countries never abandoned Islamic teachings. These Muslims have achieved many successes in Europe and North America by forcing Western countries to establish Sharia law for them. As a result of these Sharia Courts in UK, Muslims are dreaming to extend Sharia in limits of Europe and North America. Already, France, UK, Norway, Sweden and Netherland are on mercy of Muslim population who have been creating law and order situation by processions on issues like Cartoons or Palestine benefiting from freedom of expression and speech guaranteed under state constitutions. The Western world which believes in Human Rights and religious freedom rather than practicing Christianity have failed to compel Saudi Arabia to permit building one Church to promote interfaith dialogues while thousands of Mosques are being built in EU and North America. The Western leaders are also not successful to make changes in syllabus of Islamic seminaries in Islamic world where Jihad is preached as I have presented. In 21st century, Islamic forces shall not invade Europe like Tariq Bin Ziad because such invasion is underway by increasing birth rate and Sharia law by Muslims and decreasing by Christians which shall enable them to capture Europe by ballot in 2075. Before postmortem of long march to point out how it shall support Taliban insurgency in region? We must know more about deposed Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry and Nawaz Sharif; The focal point of long march was Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry, who was deposed by President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. We can doubt on sincere efforts of President Pervez Musharraf against war on terror but no one shall ever deny that he saved Islamabad from Taliban to enforce Sharia law by Lal Masjid operation. The demand raised in Swat Valley by Tehreek Taliban Pakistan in 2009, was being made from Lal Masjid in 2006. The Lal Masjid which was situated in heart of capital city of Islamabad and very next to military offices was running an Islamic seminary with enrollment of six thousand students who were openly operating Islamic Sharia courts and issuing Islamic decrees. The capital was at brink to fall in hands of this Al-Hafsa seminary students who planned to enforce Sharia law on power of guns like Taliban in Swat, Malakand and other Northern Areas of Pakistan but President Pervez Musharraf saved Islamabad and Pakistan from wave of Talibanization by a military operation. Al Jazeera English TV in his broadcast of July 11, 2007, said “Parents are anxiously awaiting news of children allegedly used as human shields in the mosque” which clarifies that armed students were using same terrorists tactics as Taliban are using in Jihad in Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan to use innocent people as human shields. It was surprising for administration that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry passed orders in favor of Islamic elements of Lal Masjid who have established parallel judicial system in Islamabad and challenged writ of government. According to agencies news release on July 17, 2007, of dateline Islamabad it was quoted “Expressing displeasure over the continued detention of surrendered "students" of Lal Masjid's madrassas, the Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the release of all students” Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda's second in command, released a message which included the sentence: "Your salvation is only through jihad", heightening tensions in the region. When Al-Qaeda was warning violence in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry passed another order to reopen Lal Masjid and Madrassa Afsa on October 2, 2007, which had launched a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign in capital, warning massage centers and music shops to close but same was being protected by supreme court of Pakistan which never took notice when students of madrassa were waving arms before TV cameras and announcing Jihad. Was Supreme Court of Pakistan protecting enforced Sharia law in Islamabad? Such serious issues created doubts on intentions of Supreme Court which forced President Musharraf to depose Chief Justice and to file reference against him while lawyers associations announced protests demanding reinstate of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry. Since November 3, 2007 the lawyers’ movement witnessed many vicissitudes, ranging from incarceration of about 60 judges; stoning, burning, brick-batting, arresting and tear gas shelling on lawyers, disappointment when some judges took fresh oaths and left the struggling lawyers in a mess; reneging of the rulers after making promises to reinstate of judges; and even leaving its torch bearing leaders into doubt of betraying the legal fraternity. They succeeded in achieving their motive within 4 months and 11 days when Chaudhry was restored as chief justice on July 20, 2007 but the president, in capacity of the chief of army staff, imposed emergency rule in the country and detained more than 60 judges who denied taking oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on November 3, 2007. On the same day a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry declared the emergency illegal and unconstitutional. The lawyers again spearheaded their movement with cooperation from political parties against the imposition of emergency. On November 5, 2007, police raided the Lahore High Court Bar Association and arrested around 800 lawyers. Now view an other side of story, on September 7, 2007, Justice Shabbir Hussain Chatha ordered police to arrest Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif and produce him before the court, after the hearing in Lahore. The court ruled that "Shahbaz Sharif should be arrested (at) whichever airport he lands at". On September 10, Nawaz Sharif arrived in Islamabad where National Accountability Bureau chief issued a warrant due to corruption charges made against him. After that, Nawaz Sharif boarded another airliner to be exiled back to Saudi Arabia. It is very important to record political activities of Nawaz Sharif before we head to wards count down on long march led by him. Nawaz Sharif was never an enlighten Muslim but a fundamental Muslim which he proved as Prime Minister of Pakistan when approved Islamic laws in Pakistan. After proposed amendment, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: "I congratulate the nation on the passage of the bill which will help create a truly Islamic system. The Economist (US) on April 20, 1991, published that “Although the sharia bill proclaims the Koran and the sunnah (way of the Prophet) as the supreme law of the land, many of the draft proposals merely emphasise …” Nawaz Sharif, born in Lahore in 1949, his family, along with other major industrial families suffered from the nationalization of large industrial enterprises during Bhutto's regime of PPP (1971-77). Nawaz Sharif worked to build a political constituency that would punish PPP and revenge on its nationalization. When Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir and her government in 1990, he again called a general election. As a result, Nawaz Sharif was brought to power in 1990. Nawaz Sharif government's by Shariat Bill, which declared the Quran and the sunna to be the law of the land and theocracy was being established. A working group was set up to monitor and make recommendations for enforcing Islamic laws in the country. The working group adopted a nineteen-point plan that included calls for the implementation of all Islamic legislation, especially the laws creating sharia courts; transformation of the education system to reflect Islamic teaching; controls on the print and electronic media designed to ensure Islamic moral values; uniform and enforced prayer schedules; and the establishment of an Islamic banking system and the total abolition of interest. Nawaz Sharif tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan expanded Islamic Seminaries which were established by his political Guru General Zia-Ul-Haq and fully protected by his Sharia Bill. These seminaries were openly recruiting Jihadi for Holy War and ISI was training terrorists in camps of Pakistani occupied Kashmir territory for suicide missions in Indian Kashmir. countrystudies.us reported on Tuesday, October 07, 2008, that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif is playing a key role in conjunction with Saudi Arabia in bringing about a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the Karzai regime to pave the way for withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. “Nawaz Sharif was invited by Saudi King Abdullah and he undertook the present visit to stay in Saudi Arabia for nearly two weeks to talk peace process,” the source said. “Nawaz Sharif is serving as a bridge,” one political source said and added the PML-N chief is an “old hand” on Afghanistan. During his two stints as prime minister, Nawaz Sharif had developed good working relations with almost all the Afghan Mujahideen leaders, who were now largely irrelevant because of the fighting strength of the Taliban. Lets look into ousted of Benazir Bhutto government in 1996 and her blames on I.S.I. for toppling her, saying she had angered them by her refusal to recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan. Her military-backed replacement, Nawaz Sharif, extended the first diplomatic recognition to the Taliban in May 1997 and traveled to other Muslim countries in an attempt to persuade them to recognize the student militia but only Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreed. By 1998, Osama bin Laden was well established in Afghanistan after fleeing Sudan two years earlier. He and his network had set up terrorist training camps throughout the country, many of them alongside camps operated by the Taliban and I.S.I. After the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa in the summer of 1998 killed more than 250 people, the United States tried to find a way to pry Mr. bin Laden, who the Americans blamed for the attacks, out of Afghanistan. In September 1999, government officials said, the director general of I.S.I., Lt. Gen. Ziauddin and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was summoned to Washington. American officials told them Pakistan should force the Taliban to moderate their positions and turn over Osama bin Laden. Nawaz Sharif sent General Ziauddin to Kandahar to deliver the American message to Mullah Omar, who refused and next month, on Oct. 12, 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup. www.adnki.com (AKI) reported that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif did meet al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at least three times in order to get financial help, according to Khalid Khawaja, the former official with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In an exclusive interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), Khawaja, once a close friend of Osama bin Laden, rejected the statements by a spokesperson for Sharif's political party, denying that Sharif had sought political cooperation from bin Laden in the past. "Nawaz Sharif met Osama Bin Laden on at least three occasions and was desperately seeking his financial assistance," Khawaja told AKI in response to recent news reports regarding a possible meeting between the two. In an interview with a national Urdu daily, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and of the six party religious alliance MMA, said that Nawaz Sharif had repeatedly met Osama bin Laden who offered him money to buy the loyalties of parliamentarians in the late 1980s in order to topple the government of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Qazi also said that bin Laden was a big supporter of Nawaz Sharif's bid to be prime minister in 1990. Khalid Khawaja's name resurfaced when US reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and subsequently killed. Pearl had come to Pakistan and met Khalid Khawaja in order to investigate the jihadi network of revered sufi, Syed Mubarak Ali Gailani. "Now after Benazir Bhutto formed her government and the opposition parties moved for a vote of no-confidence, Osama Bin Laden comes in a picture," Khawaja recalled. "I still remember that Osama bin Laden provided me with funds, which I handed over to Nawaz Sharif, then the chief minister of Punjab [and later premier], to dislodge Benazir Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif insisted that I arrange a direct meeting with the "Sheikh", which I did in Saudi Arabia. Nawaz met thrice with Osama in Saudi Arabia. The links among Nawaz Sharif and his support to Taliban make his role doubtful in war against terror in region while his sudden rise after long march creates suspicions. If International forces under new administration in USA and swift change in policy to end terrorism in Afghanistan-Pakistan are planning to use Nawaz Sharif then it is time to re-think thrice. It is for notice of Mr. Richard Holbrook that Afghanistan and tribal belt of Pakistan are not Ireland where he dealt with Christian armed sects which were persuaded to dialogue in name of peaceful teaching of Christianity. The moderate or enlightened Muslims engaged to advise US administration and other forums are misleading which can result in failure of long term peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Therefore, it is very important to study volatile history of Afghanistan and interests of China, Russia, Iran, Indian and Pakistan in region. The stability in Pakistan is directly related to peace in Afghanistan which urges international forces to support government and Armed Forces to end terrorism in region and fear of terror around globe. Any attempt to bring new players in Pakistan shall damage war against terrorism because Pakistani Armed forces formed Taliban, so, let forces handle them under NATO dierections No one shall deny historic fact about Pushtons that they only sit for Jirga or dialogue table when under pressure unless never fear to kill.

Pakistan Court grants bail to Joseph Francis

Lahore: July 28, 2009. (PCP) CLAAS Director Joseph Francis was freed from prison on bail granted by Lahore Courts on July 25, 2009. His bail was suspended on July 12, 2009, in Lahore High Court and he was arrested in case pending in lower courts since 2006. His friends and co-workers in CLAAS welcomed Joseph Francis and expressed their gratitude’s. (The detailed story is coming)

Will Saudi Arabia allow construction of Cathedrals to challenge Swiss ban on minarets ? Nazir Bhatti

Karachi: November 30, 2009. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC expressed surprise on statement of Pakistani representatives in UNHRC expressing concern on Swiss vote ban on construction of minarets on mosques and other Islamic institutions in Switzerland when construction of new Churches in Pakistan has to follow strict government guidelines which prohibits one furlong from existing mosque and use of loudspeakers. Nazir Bhatti said “ Christ The King processions and other open rituals have been banned in public places from decades but not any Muslim human right activists have raised voice against government actions to damage true spirit of religious freedom in Pakistan but their protests in name of human right against Swiss government vote to ban minarets is index of substandard” In a statement released by PCC Central office here today also urged Saudi Arabia to allow construction of Churches in kingdom to challenge Swiss ban on minarets. “The Human Right activists around world shall raise voice to press upon Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries in Middle East to permit construction of Cathedrals and ensure religious freedom for Christian minorities” added Nazir S Bhatti Meanwhile news agency Reuters have reported that unexpected vote and high turnout in Sunday's referendum gives a boost to the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), a relatively new political force that has shaken up the country's traditionally cozy power-sharing system.

Pakistan Embassy in DC attempts to mislead Round Table discussion on Drone Attack on Quetta Shura

Washington DC: March 7, 2010. (Ahmer Mustikhan) A Pakistani air force officer who by his very looks is a Punjabi and most possibly an operative of the infamous Inter Services Intelligence lied at a gathering of intellectuals and writers in Washington DC that Pakistan army has never used U.S.-supplied F-16 jets and Cobra helicopters in the restive Balochistan province, scene of a bloody insurgency that the Baloch call the fifth war of liberation. Group Captain Ahmer Shehzad, an air attache at the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC took offense to an event organized by a premier U.S. think-tank in association with the American Friends of Balochistan to highlight the dangers of Talibanization in Balochistan. Shehzad complained that the Middle East Institute had organized a talk on "Drone attacks on the Quetta shura? pros and cons" that opened up a discussion on the atrocities of the Pakistan military in Balochistan. The speakers included Selig S. Harrison, Andrew Eiva, Ashraf Kakar, and Baloch notables Maqbool Aliani and Zain Magsi, while professor Marvin Weinbaum moderated the Friday noon event. The serving air force officer defended the role of the infamous Inter-Services Intelligence and denied that Pakistan military has ever used F-16 jets or gunship helicopters against Baloch freedom fighters, who are demanding a timetable for Pakistan troop pullout from Balochistan. Baloch patriots aleege that paid agents of the ISI attacked an event organized by students at the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology in Khuzdar on March 2 that left two students, Junaid Baloch and Sikander Bangulzai dead. Two others Bebargh Zehri and Malik zain Zehri were critical among the 35 wounded. The PPI news agency said a spokesman for the Baloch Armed Defence Army has claimed responsibility of bomb explosions. Speaking on phone with correspondents at the Khuzdar Press Club form an unknown location, Mir Jang Baloch warned BSO Azad and the Baloch resistance parties in the Baloch National Front, that it will continue to target them. The spokesman also warned correspondents not to publicize news of the resistance or his army would target them as well. The spokesman said that they would offer more resistance and target BSO, Baloch National Front and BRP in every nook and corner of Balochistan Observers in Khuzdar said the pro-Pakistan terror group is headed by former cartaker echief minister of Balochistan, Mir Naseer mengal, whose ISI links are wellknown all over Balochistan. Group Captain Shehzad also misled the seminar that he is a Baloch -- he later told some participants he did have some Baloch in him. "You can see from his face he is a Punjabi," said Rashid Baloch, presiding council member of the American Friends of Balochistan. Group captain Shehzad conceded that Pakistan military has used rocket-propelled grenades against the Baloch and also admitted Pakistan treated the Baloch people unfairly. Use of F-16s and Cobra helicopters on Baloch freedom-fighters have been widely reported in world newspapers, including the Washington Post. In a report on February 17, 2006 the late U.S.-based journalist Khalid Hasan wrote in the daily Times newspaper: Army heavily deployed’ to fight Baloch insurgency WASHINGTON: According to US intelligence sources, six Pakistani army brigades, plus paramilitary forces totalling some 25,000 men, are battling Baloch Liberation Army guerrillas in the Kohlu mountains and surrounding areas. This and other figures are quoted in an analysis by Selig S Harrison, published on Wednesday by the Washington Post. The writer also quotes the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan as having reported “indiscriminate bombing and strafing” by 20 US-supplied Cobra helicopter gunships and four squadrons of fighter planes, including US-supplied F-16 fighter jets, resulting in 215 civilian dead and hundreds more wounded, many of them women and children. Mehran Baluch, who represents Balochistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council, said Pakistan military officers are well-known for their lies. "They even deny there is a military operation in Balochistan," Mehran Baluch said. The uniformed Pakistani officer further alleged that Baloch national hero Brahumdagh Bugti travels from Kabul to Kandahar in an M17 helicopter of the Indian air force. It was not sure if Group Captain Shehzad acted on his own or was deputed by Pakistan Ambassador Hussain Haqqani. Generally, Pakistan military officers do not answer to civilian authorities and Haqqani is widely despised by the I.S.I. as he had formulated the idea of bringing the rogue agency under civilian control at the time of the first official visit o Premier Yusuf Raza Gilani to the United States in 2008. U.S. scholar Stephen P. Cohen, who has a soft corner for Pakistan soldiers, felt uncomfortable about the characterization of the Pakistan military as "Taliban in uniform" and questioned the role of the Baloch chieftain in their drive for independence. At this, Maqbool Aliani drew a parallel between the American systematic annihilation of the Native Americans on the grounds that they were uncivilized and giving a license to Pakistani occupation force for a genocide of the Baloch tribesmen. Zain Magsi, a self-made technological entrepeneur, said the Pakistan military as it exists today was created by the British as an anti-people force to check the freedom aspirations of the people. One of Magsi's ancestors Nawab Yusuf Ali Magsi is regarded as the founder of the Baloch nationalism. He was killed in a devastating earthquake that struck Quetta in 1935. The premier pro-independence American Friends of Balochistan in a statement released on the occassion said: Let me first go to Khuzdar, a Baloch town about 300 miles southeast of Quetta. It is March 2, 2010 soon after dusk and one the largest students body, the Baloch Students Organization, is holding a Baloch cultural day at the campus of the Balochistan University of Engineering and Techonolgy, Khuzdar. All of a sudden, paid agents of the Pakistani state, most probably the ISI, descend on the gathering and hurl three grenades on the cultural show. BSO Azad member Junaid Baloch dies on the spot; another member Sikandar Bangulzai is wounded and shifted to a hospital in Karachi where he succumbs to his injuries. Both were in their early twenties. As many as 35 students and some faculty members are injured. Two are in critical condition. Their names are Beebargh Zehri and Malik Zain Zehri, a member of the central committee of the BSO Azad informed me on the phone yesterday afteroon. This mourning apart, most Baloch are gungho over the prospects of U.S. drone attacks on the Taliban homes and hideouts in Quetta. They think it will be a day of reckoning for the Pakistani ISI and military. As much as some U.S. liberals dread these drone attacks, Baloch seculars say these are compulsory if the unfinished agenda of the war on terror is to be brought to its logical conclusion. The relationship between Quetta and the AfPak war theatre is not new. Ribbon-shaped Quetta, the capital of restive Balochistan -- scene of a bloody insurgency that Baloch nationalists call a liberation war --, was once a part of greater Kandahar. It finally came under British occupation in 1876. Due to its geo-strategic importance, the British built Quetta as a garrison town. They extended the roads and railway network to Afghanistan and Iran. Quetta is also the only bone of contention between the Baloch and Pashtuns, the two dominant groups that have a population of roughly half million each in the Balochistan capital. There are also about 0.3 million Hazaras, who are shias, and nearly 100,000 recent migrants like Punjabis, Urdu-speaking people and even some Bengalis. More recently, Quetta has earned itself the dubious distinction of being one of the world's largest Afghan refugee cities. The refugees outnumber the local Pashtuns and Baloch taken together. Quetta was home to the present Afghan president Hamid Karzai for nearly two decades from 1983 to 2001. Ahmed Rashid in his book Descent Into Chaossays just two weeks before 911 Karzai was told by the infamous Inter Services Intelligence that he and his family will have to leave Quetta. He writes the orders came from none else but Taliban leader Mullah Omar. In 1999, Karzai's father and 12 other prominent Afghans were murdered by the Taliban in Pakistan, with the collusion of the ISI. Quetta may now also imminently become known worldwide thanks to the U.S. infotainment channels and the datelines of global newspapers if Vice President Joe Biden's pet idea of drone attacks are launched there to take out Taliban insurgents creating a nightmare for the International Security Assistance Force in neighboring Afghanistan. The Taliban are also bent upon imposing their own brand of Islam on one of the most modern cities closest to Kandahar. But don't get me wrong, western trousers are not the norm and even when male wear pants they get strange, side looks from other males in baggy trousers. Chaddor is compulsory for most women. Talking with me on the phone from Quetta, senior journalist Shahzada Zulfikar said officially the population in Quetta is still cited at 0.7 million, but the local municipal sources say they can add as much as 2 million to this figure., thanks to the at least 1.2 million Afghan refugees in Quetta. The areas where the Afghan refugees live are Pashtunabad, Khrotababad, Kuchlak, Ghousabad and Panjpai, which houses the infamous Mullahkhel Afghan refugee camp, that U.S. intelligence says is one of the nerve centers of the Taliban movement. The Taliban are all over the place, says journalist Zulfikar. He said Baloch nationalists and militants are today the biggest supporters of the drone attacks on the Taliban leadership in Quetta. Their main concern is not the growth of the Pashtun population, but because they are fearing Talibanization of the Balochistan capital. The Taliban have made no secret that they want shariah laws in Quetta, and if they succeed in this goal Balochistan will be on fire. The Baloch are anguished over the posibility of the Taliban takeover of their capital and openly stated they support the drone attacks. Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, president of the Baloch Republican Party clearly stated that drone attack is not a Baloch issue, as they battle the Pakistani army control of Balochistan. One of Balochistan's main resistance leaders Mir Hyrbyair Marri, who now lives in London, said if the U.S. and NATO target the religious extremists, who are mostly Pashtuns, the Baloch would have no issue. "Even if there are a handful of Baloch in the Taliban ranks, they need to be eliminated," Marri told me recently from London. "The use of U.S. weapons would not be anything new in Balochistan," Hyfrbyair Marri said. "U.S.-supplied weapons have been used by the Pakistan army against the Baloch for many decades now. It would be the first time forces allied with Pakistan army will be at the receiving end." He said this was the main reason why there is no much frenzy and furore over the drone attacks in the Pakistani media. Marri has expressed his deep anguish over a report in the Wall Street Journal that said the Pentagon will transfer laser-guided-bomb kits to Pakistan. The WSJ report by Yochi J. Dreazen, published on March 2, said that Pakistan will soon receive equipment capable of converting 1,000 traditional munitions into "smart bombs." Marri fears the reconfigured bombs will help Pakistan battle the Baloch in Balochistan, not the Taliban. Many Baloch say the Taliban are a "B team" of the Pakistan military. They call the Pakistan military the Taliban in uniform. Despite these allegations Pakistan will also soon take possession of a dozen American-made surveillance drones and 18 late model F-16 jets fighter jets to help Pakistan military track and strike targets deep inside Balochistan, Marri cited from Dreazen's report. Mehran Baluch, a younger brother of Marri, who has represented the Baloch voice at the U.N. Human Rights Council for a decade now, in a phone talk said Pakistan has used heavy duty ground missiles, traditionally used when two standing armies are at war, against the Baloch civilians in Marri and Bugti areas. He accused the Pakistan military of using incendiary bombs and phophorous bombs, probably belonging to the family of mustard gas, in the killing of former governor and chief minister ofbalochistan, Nawab Akbar Bugti. He said U.S. supplied F-16s with mountain capabilty have been used to target the Baloch. According to US law (the Leahy amendment), no US military aid maybe provided to any unit of a foreign security force if there is credible evidence that such a unit has committed gross violations of human rights. Yet, military aid from the USA to security services and armed forces with a persistent record of human rights violations continues. Significant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in some of these countries are carried out or facilitated by paramilitary and armed forces equipped courtesy of US military assistance. A wide array of U.S. weaponry for the Pakistan military includes Cobra gunship helicopters, that are being used against the Baloch on their native land, Balochistan. Mehran Baluch said there have been widespread unconfirmed reports of use of anti-personnel mines in Balochistan. In this backdrop, it is not only the resistance, but even pro-federation politicians like Senator Dr. Malik Baloch support the drone attack idea. When Secretary of State, Madam Hilary Clinton, visited Pakistan last fall, the lone voice of support for the drone attacks came from this Baloch senator, who is also the president of the Balochistan-based National Party. According to Balochistan National Party (BNP) Information Secretary and former senator Sanaullah Baloch supporters of Taliban have captured land worth Rs 2 billion in the eastern and western parts of Quetta with the covert support of the Pakistani agencies to undermine the Baloch nationalist movement and promote Talibanization of Balochistan. Baloch in a recent communication said several locations in the provincial capital have become ‘no-go areas’ where the Taliban and their supporters have consolidated their position. Baloch said the government was fully aware of the illegal land grabbing but was looking the other way as it wants to use the Taliban against the Baloch nationalists. Baloch said the Afghan refugees, besides being a burden on the economy of Balochistan, have become the biggest cause of lawlessness and terrorism in the country’s arewise largest province, Baloch said. To see what the Baloch diaspora is thinking about the drone attacks, I sent out a questioner on the Baloch yahoo groups about the pros and cons and also posed the question on a Facebook page of the American Friends of Balochistan, which has nearly more than 900 mostly Baloch members from all over the world. By the way the American Friends of Balochistan is a target of attacks by the Pakistani counterpart of Bill O'reilly, named Zaid Hamid. To my query, an official in the education department on a condition of not being named said, "I am in favour of the drone attacks on Taliban in Balochistan; I am waiting for the good news of the drone attackes. But Pakistan is against the drone attacks because they have sheltered the Taliban leaders in the city and even in sensitive places like the military cantonment. The attacks will expose the Pakistani dual policies on Afghanistan and on the war on terror" Said a second Baloch, "I think there should be drone attacks on Taliban hideouts. I think we all know Pasthun areas are under the mullas and we Baloch are very secular. We don't want the Taliban to take over Quetta like other cities of Pakistan. Said a third, "We as Baloch residents of Quetta do not have any problems with the drone attacks as long as they are based on American intelligence and not on Pakistani information. If the Pakistanis are involved in this process, they would most certainly ask the Americans to bomb the Baloch civilian population rather than the Al Qaeda or Taliban strongholds." Says a fourth: "Yes the drone attacks will help because Quetta will become even more like a war zone, like Bangladesh in the 1971 war, and more Baloch will join the freedom struggle." Says a fifth: "I think these drone attacks will not help Baloch cause, but if they are done on Punjab they will help us." Says a sixth: Drone attacks are good for the Baloch living in Quetta as it may force the Taliban, who have already obtained Pakistani documents, to go back to Afghanistan and prevent turning the Baloch into a marginalised minority. But it may affect the populairty of the Baloch resistance for siding with the U.S. designs in the region." Fears run high Pakistan will use the drone attacks to target Baloch seculars. Said one opponent: "Well, whenever the U.S. wants to attack surrounding areas of Quetta no one can stop them because Pakistan always gives in to U.S. demands. I think Pakistan will get the best out of a bad deal by misleading the U.S. and divert its anger toward the Baloch resistance movement." Says a second opponent: "As a human rights activist I am totally against drone attack or any type of attack to any part of Balochistan. Saeed Ameeri, a senior Baloch activist, now based in the Gulf, who had set up a Baloch government in exile in the early 1960s in Iraq along with another veteran Jumma Khan -- Selig knows them, I believe --, says it will be naive to think that Pakistan will allow drone attacks on the Taliban. Ameeri fears any drone attack in Balochistan will result in killing of innocent Baloch and Pashtun women and children. "Taliban are safe in sanctuaries in Balochistan under the protection of Pakistan," Ameeri said. "There is a danger that Pakistan will mislead Americans with wrong intelligence to attack Baloch sarmachars or freedom fighters instead of the Taliban." Ameeri said he is with veteran Baloch leader and founder of the Baloch liberation ideology Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, 80, who said the drone attacks will turn the bleeding wounds of Balochistan into a cancer. Ameeri adds we must condemn any such attack on Baloch and Pashtun civilians in Balochistan. But people close to the veteran Baloch leader said he believes the drone attacks will not augur well for the baloch masses if the Pakistani military becomes a partner in the enterprise. But Baloch intellectual Hafeez Hassanabadi, who has been close to Nawab Marri since his days in Afghanistan in the 1980s, says the veteran leader is against these attacks if Pakistani military and intelligence are involved but is open to the idea of U.S. and NATO attacks if Pakistanis do not have a say. This scenario is unlikely, however. "Before an attack on shura, the Pakistani ISI will inform their 'friends' to move away from the targetted place," Ameeri said. The governor of Balochistan, Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi some months ago said Pakistan cannot oppose U.S. drone strikes in Balochistan as Washington can do “whatever it pleases” because it is “paying money” to Islamabad. Magsi says Pakistan does not have an option in this matter. “You cannot oppose someone who pays you money. The U.S. is paying money to Pakistan. How can we oppose it? It will do whatever it pleases.” The American Friends of Balochistan is deeply anguished that premier U.S. policy making and implemeneting bodies, such as the Congress, State Department and Pentagon, have failed to take the most important stake-holders in so-called AfPak region -- the Baloch --, while devising policies such as drone attacks. The Baloch feel proud of their secular politics and the myopic U.S. policy of putting all its eggs in the basket of the Pakistan military and intelligence services will gravely endanger the lives of the young men and women of the United States who are now serving in Afghanistan. Through the MEI, established 1942, I urge Admiral Mike Mullen and Madam Secretary Hilary Clinton to personally meet the main resistance leaders Mir Hyrbyair Marri, Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch and other respectable Baloch national leaders such as the Khan of Kalat, Mir Suleman Daud and Baloch Nelson Mandela former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal to see what the U.S. options are in the region before the U.S. embark on a policy of raining drones on Quetta. Without further delay, I urge establishment of the Balochi language service of the Voice of America. This will cost less than what it costs the U.S to maintain two soldiers in Afghanistan each year and will go a long way in winning the battle of hearts in a region of great strategic value. Without taking these baby steps, playing cheap, down and dirty and launching drone attacks might as well backfire. I understand even secular and nationalist Pashtuns also want hellfire missiles from the drones to rain on the Taliban which have destroyed the national fabric of Pashtun society; these nationalists have been turned into sitting ducks by the Taliban, thanks to the ISI.

PMTA Reservations and Recommendations on Textbooks and National Curriculum of Education in Pakistan

Ref. No.26-pmta/10 Dated: June15, 2010 Your Excellency The Federal Minister for Education Govt. of Pakistan Islamabad. Subject: Reservations and Recommendations on Textbooks and National Curriculum Recommended by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan. Honourable Sir, Greetings and well wishes from Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA). PMTA would like to draw your kind attention on the subject cited above. Sir, it is so sorry that the Federal Ministry of Education (MoE) has failed to create the atmosphere of peace and harmony among the people of different faiths violating Article 22 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 that safeguards as to educational institutions in respect of religion, etc. (1) No person attending any educational institution shall be required to receive religious instruction or take part in any religious ceremony, or to attend religious worship, if such instruction, ceremony or worship relates to a religion other than his own. (2) In respect of any religious institution, there shall be no discrimination against any community in the granting of exemption or concession in relation to taxation. (3) Subject to law; (a) No religious community or denomination shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for pupil of that community or denomination in any educational institution maintained wholly by that community or denomination, and (b) No citizen shall be denied admission to any educational institution receiving aid from public revenues on the ground only to race, religion, caste or place of birth. (c) Nothing in this Article shall prevent any public authority from making provision for the advancement of any socially or educationally backward class of citizens. RESERVATIONS 1. All the National Educational Policies (NEP) including NEP 2009 has been only against the minorities and their religions. They have given importance to the majority religion of Pakistan which is obvious in chapter 4 ‘Islamic Education’. 2. Only the students of minorities have been deprived of their religions which is the violation of Article 26 (3) of UDHR that describes ‘Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.’ There is violation of Article 18, 26 and 27 of ICCPR and Article 14(1) of ICRC as the students of minorities are forcibly taught Islam to convert them. 3. There is preaching of a particular religious ideology in the educational institutions due to that students of minorities have to go through persecution. 4. There are controversial contents even in the recommended National Curriculum as there is comparison between and among religions which is the violation of the recommendations of UNESCO and the Guidelines for the material developers for the textbooks. There has been comparison of Islam with the other religions and negation of the minorities’ religions. 5. There is disinformation, disrespect and propagation against the other religions other than Islam in the textbooks of Pakistan. 6. Pakistani textbooks are representative of a particular religious ideology and its followers. 7. The material is being developed in the subject of ‘Ethics for non- Muslims’ for grades III-XII by the Muslims. PMTA has repeatedly conveyed reservations to the concerned corners but no heed has been paid and Muslim authors are developing material about the fundamental beliefs and personalities of the minorities’ religions. The belief of the material developers is just the opposite of the other beliefs. How will they justify truly without any bias writing about Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism. This is really a joke with these religions. This shows that only Muslims can write better than the religious scholars of these religions. This is indeed an insulting attitude of Ministry of Education with the followers of the minorities’ religions. 8. Minorities have played a vital role in the creation and construction of Pakistan. They have particularly played role in the fields of education, health, defense and social services. There role has been deliberately ignored considering them non- Pakistanis otherwise they are also the heroes of this sacred land who have sacrificed their lives for this land. The writers and poets from minorities are no more part of the curriculum now. It shows that Ministry of Education is not serious to create the atmosphere of interfaith harmony which is the utmost need of the time. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. The Ministry of Education must change her biased attitude and approach towards minorities. 2. There must be respect of all religions on the equal basis in the textbooks of Pakistan. 3. There must not be comparison between or among religions. 4. Textbooks must be developed according to the recommendations of UNESCO. 5. Teachings of any religion must be restricted only in the textbook which has been developed for the students of that particular religion. 6. Subject of ‘Ethics’ must be changed into ‘Religion’. 7. Contents in the subject of Ethics must be developed by followers of that particular religion. 8. Either there should be topics on general Ethics or values or students of minorities be exempted from the assembly so that they may be escaped from persecution. Best regards. PROF.ANJUM JAMES PAUL Chairman Copy to: Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad Note: A Review on Textbooks and National Curriculum Recommended by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan attached herewith (Pages 29). -- Prof. Anjum James Paul Chairman Pakistan Minorities Teachers' Association (PMTA)

International Day of Peace Observed in Pakistan by AWAM

Faisalabad: September 22, 2010. (PCP) On 20th September 2010, Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) organized a seminar to mark international day of peace on the theme “Peace Building in Pakistan: Prospects, Efforts and Challenges” in collaboration with Liaison for Enforcement of Human Rights (LEHR). More than 110 Muslim and Christian participants from different schools of thought joined the seminar held at John Joseph Hall in Faisalabad. The speakers of the seminar included; Naseem Anthony (Executive Secretary-AWAM), Shazia George (Coordinator-AWAM), Suneel Malik (Executive Secretary-Peace and Human Development-PHD), Father Khalid Rasheed Asi, Nazia Sardar, Mumtaz Kousar and Afsheen Patras. Naseem Anthony said, “It is pertinent for peace building that non-violent ways like dialogue and reconciliation rather than violent ways must be adopted to deal with the conflicts in order to build a humane, just and peaceful society.” Father Khalid Rasheed Asi said, “There will be no religious or sectarian clash in Pakistan if people practice their own faith and respect other faiths.” Shazia George said, “Justice is the base for building peace in the society, and social justice can only create a balanced society therefore people’s access to justice should be ensured regardless of their social status.” Suneel Malik said, “Conflicts only arise when people do not bear the viewpoint of others, therefore there is a need to establish atmosphere of peace and respect despite religious, sectarian and ethnic differences, because survival of humanity lies in tolerance, solidarity and harmony, not in war.” Nazia Sardar said, “We need to promote the concepts of human rights, peace and inter-faith harmony among different communities for building positive and constructive society.” The speakers called upon the government that appropriate measures should be adopted to stop target killings and extra judicial killings; concrete steps must be taken to control inflation and subsidies on food items must be provided for relief to the poor; all political parties should adopt policy of negotiation despite political differences in order to secure the democratic system in the country; discrimination in the laws and constitution against women and religious minorities should be removed and class division must be eliminated by ensuring equal human rights for citizens regardless of any discrimination; stern action must be taken to bring an end to provocation through loud speakers, ban extremist outfits and seize the hate mongering literature in order to build the culture of peace in Pakistan; curriculum must be made free from all kinds of discrimination, prejudice and hatred, and material based on peace, human rights, tolerance and harmony should be included in the syllabus in order to create sense of respect for all human beings among students.

Father of Shahbaz Bhatti Federal Minister For Minorities laid to rest. By: Jawad Mazhar

Khushpur, Pakistan: January 14, 2011. (PCP) Mr Jacob Bhatti father of Mr Shahbaz Bhatti Federal Minister for Minorities passed away in Islamabad on 11th Jan 2011 after a protracted illness. Mr Jacob Bhatti had been ill for some time and was hospitalized in Islamabad where he was under going treatment; however the news of Governor Taseer’s assassination last Tuesday (4th Jan 2011) further deteriorated his condition, he slipped into a depression which led to cardiac arrest, he passed away exactly a week later at 9.34 PM on Tuesday night. Mr. Jacob Bhatti was a bold and courageous man and was the main source of strength for his son Shahbaz Bhatti. It was his father’s continuous support and motivation that enabled and encouraged Shahbaz Bhatti to take on the most risky and precarious of situations. Mr. Jacob Bhatti served in the Pakistan Army for sometime and later entered the field of education and served as a teacher for several years. He was the former President of the Kushpur Church Council. His funeral will be held in his native village Kushpur on 13th Jan 2011 at 1.00PM and a Memorial Service will be held in Kushpur on Sunday 16th Jan 2011 at 1.00PM Mr. Jacob leaves behind a grieving wife and a devastated family. May God grant them courage and patience to bear this irreparable loss. May God grant Mr Jacob Bhatti a very special place in Heaven and may his soul rest in eternal peace – Amen.

Rally in support of Armed Forces by Ex-Servicemen

MANDI BAHAUDDIN: May 20, 2011. (By Gangly Khan) A large number of people including ex-servicemen, lawyers, traders,laborers peasants and relatives’ of military personnel and martyred personnel staged a rally in support of armed forces under arrangement Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society , Mandi Bahauddin. The rally started from press club and after marching through Sadar Bazar ended at Sadar Gate. Participants in the rally were holding banners inscribed with slogans in support of Armed Forces, while the participants also chanted slogans against the American intelligence agency CIA for its secret operation at Abbotbad. They eulogized and paid tributes to sacrifices of soldiers, airmen and sailors in defense of the country. Before dispersal, Sher Muhammad Gondal, Major Nasir Javed and senior veterans addressed the rally stressing that Armed Forces alone could not defend the country with out the support of people. They cited the chasm betweem masses of (former) East Pakistan and the Armed Forces that resulted in sad division of the country; accusing that similar atmosphere was being created by enemies of the Country. They said that Abbotabad episode was a scheme of enemy to tarnish image of armed forces and pit the people against them. " We will not let this happen. We stand in support of our brave soldiers. We will live and die together" they thundered They also appealed to the people not to forget sacrifices of the forces in defense of Motherland and services during natural calamities. " Defaming Armed Forces amounts to desecration of blood of our Shaheeds. Our survival lies in our solidarity with the Armed Forces. The traders welcomed and appreciated the rally march, and showered flowers petals on the rally besides garlanding the participants. Traders Association’s president Asad Qureshi, Nazar Gondal advocate and Muddasar Iqbal advocate, paid tributes to soldiers for their sacrifices and showed their complete solidarity with the Armed Forces, stressing that Armed Forces were the last hope for Nation , warning to take over those who were tryng to degrade the Army in the eyes of public.

18 million Egyptian Coptic Christians not safe. Voice of Copts

Washington DC: October 7, 2011. (PCP) Voice of the Copts strongly condemns the barbaric attack by Muslims of the Marinab Coptic Church located in Edfo, Aswan, in Upper Egypt, which resulted in its complete destruction while the military stood by and watched. Furthermore, we strongly condemn the brutal attack by military police of Copts protesting peacefully in front of the Maspiro TV and radio building. The current military's authorization of the attack clearly indicates that the Mubarak regime is still in place in Egypt. Mohamed Tantawy who served Mubarak for almost twenty years has compromised his current position as leader of the military council for the sake of Salafi and the Muslim Brotherhood in order to protect his own interests gained under Mubarak. This new Egyptian dictator continues the Mubarak era of treachery. The entire world has seen how the Egyptian Nazi-style police force attacked Christians standing in the construction site of the Omranya Church late last year. Furthermore, recent information from the trial of El-Adly, former Internal Minister, shows the involvement of former Egyptian authorities in the attack of the Saints Church in Alexandria early this year when dozens of innocent people lost their lives leaving worship service. Instead of justice for those innocent victims we see the interim military council, in charge now for ten months, continue to carry out and condone the same terror activities. The Egyptian military police stood by watching the attack against the Israeli Embassy as well as the Marinab Church in Upper Egypt without intervening. This same military aggressively perpetrated a separate attack against Copts protesting for equal rights in front of Maspero, firing live bullets into the crowd. The interim military regime is lawless and detrimental to the well-being of citizens who are made to fear for their lives and work to protect their homes and families. The current situation for the Copts of Egypt is highly volatile and now, more than ever, demands the attention of the entire international community. Voice of the Copts calls upon all nations and NGO's concerned with human rights to activate political channels and military power if need be to protect more than 18 million Copts from religious persecution in what seems to be a plan to cleanse the true Egyptians from Egypt.

SUP has reservations on creation of new provinces

LARKANA: February 20, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Sindh United Party (SUP) Chairman Sayed Jalal Mehmood Shah on Monday expressed his reservations over a creation of new province is actually trampling over the ideology of Pakistan and SUP province wide public campaign will be launched against from Larkana on March 09. Talking to the media men in press conference, SUP leader said that the party will launch struggle against the silent supports of corruption, they have increased the miseries of people of motherland among the ruling PPP. He said there are numerous future threats to the country and the policies of dictator Musharaf are on going with the support of PPP government, added that SUP will fight against such a conspiracy. Sayed Jalal Shah said SUP condemned the rulers for the formation of Sindh and silent spectators over the issues relating to the NFC award and provincial autonomy. He said present rulers violating the Pakistan Resolution On the occasion, central leaders of Dr Dodo Maheri, Ameer Ali Thebo, Anwer Leghari, Advocate Ghulam Shah and others were present. Chairman SUP said that Pakistan was established on the basis of Pakistan Resolution 1940, which clearly stated that all national units deciding to join Pakistan will be the part of the Federation of Pakistan. “There was no such thing as administrative unit or administrative province”, he claimed. The SUP Chairman said that it was completely against the 1973 constitution to hold the debate of administrative provinces in the Senate of Pakistan and National Assembly. He said the Sindh Chief Minister slacked over the case of Sindh and disappoint in the dialogues on Sindh, despite this he was supporting as member of federation. Shah said NFC award was a lollypop for the Sindh people and instead of taking its due share 60 billions losses were faced to Sindh province, regarding the tax collection, while there was major share in pool, so that the Sindh case was correctly presented by the Chief Minister Sindh he claimed. He said even heavy migration in Sindh province and major devastation in Sindh, the people of Sindh still waiting for their rights, added that every common men should awake from their deep sleeps and fight for their rights otherwise present rulers are not sincere to their motherland he said.

Mentally retarded Christian charged under Blasphemy in Pakistan.

Lahore: June 22, 2012. (PCP) A Blasphemy case has been registered against one Named Ramzan Masih son of Chiragh Masih in the city sukeheki about 150 KM away Lahore under section 295 C, FIR No. 202/12 PPC on complaint of a banned Islamic group Sipha-e-Sahaba. In accordance with the fact finding of the Voice team, the victim named Ramzan Masih is a mentally retarded person that is aged about 25 years and is the only son of his parents. Fact Finding Report of The Voice: The Voice came to know about the Incidence on 09.06.12, a fact finding team comprised of Adv. Aneeqa Maria, Mr. Khurram Akhtar, Mr. Shahid Anthony, and Mr. Gohar went to the place of occurrence and also visited the basti (Town) where the victim and his family was residing. It was the small town that was comprised of almost 80 Christian houses and 180 Muslim houses. The whole town was empty, people left their houses just within few hours of occurrence because the complainants of the case were the maulana (Muslim clerics) The Voice Team met few neighbors that were left in one of the house of the Christian community. The Voice team managed to meet Mr. Manzoor Masih, Mr. Malik Masih, Mst. Hameeda Bibi, Mr. Rizwan and Mr. Shamaun Waris. Statement of Manzoor Maish: He told the Voice team that Ramzan was a mentally retarded person. He was converted by the Islamist group named Sipa Shahba almost two years ago. He was not in his senses when they converted him and got his thumb impressions, now they have convicted him for Blasphemy because they want to Grab our lands through him that is why they have mentioned many unknown persons in the FIR. Statement of Hameeda Bibi: She said, we are only eighty houses here and are doing our own work, we are independent and are working hard to survive, these people (Muslims) do not let us live. We are poor but are working hard to survive. On the night of the incidence a mob of Muslim clerics gathered our colony to burn us all because of the Blapshemy Ramzan have committed. Everyone was very scared. We all have small children in our houses and we didn’t know what to do. The Mob surrounded our colony and raised a slogan to burn all the houses, they had torches in their hands and petrol in the cans. We called police and thank God Police arrived just in time. The police distracted their attention from us and we found some time to leave the houses. We left the houses quickly and thus saved our lives. People saved their lives and the lives of their children, Now we all are living in different places of our relatives and our homes are empty like graves. We pray to God not to put us in graves and also to protect the family of Ramzan Masih and his sister who also have small children in her house. We are very scared; I came to my house at this hour to pick up some clothes and personal belongings so that we can stay in the relative’s house. Once this matter is cooled down we will come back to our house. Chiragh Masih: Chiragh Masih is the father of the victim and The Voice team managed to meet him far away from his house. He told us that the police took him to the police station and demanded to hand over Ramzan or “ they will convict me for the same offence”. I don’t know whether Ramzan did the Blasphemy or not. But Ramzan is a retarded child and he has no sense of good and bad. What can he do to endanger the dignity of Islam? My wife died four years ago and my daughter is married. The Muslims have kept her under observation as well. What can I do except prayers. May God save my son and daughter. The Voice’s Visit to the police station: After completing the fact finding in the colony the Voice team went to the police station where we met Zafar Iqbal the Reader of the police station. He flatly refused to tell anything about the incidence and told us to wait for the Station house officer (SHO) of the police station. We waited there for almost one hour after that the SHO arrived and we told him the purpose of or visit. He became very angry and scolded us for going in the colony alone because of the security issues. He said that Sipa Sahaba are very strictly following this case and we are already worried about the security of the people living in the colony. What if they attacked you or have you killed for supporting the Victim. He also refused to give us the FIR because they had sealed the FIR and were not allowed to issue that without the permission of the Deputy General of the police. After three days the Voice team managed to get the FIR. The Voice teams helped the family financially and assure them that the justice will be done in proper manner. The Voice is trying to approach the religious authorities so that we may negotiate about the security of whole colony. Moreover we have also met Ramzan in the jail. We hope to get him released soon so that the Medical treatment of the Victim may start.

When Pakistani Christian are going through sufferings

ISLAMABAD: October 10, 2012. (SHAMIM MASIH): When our fellow Christians are going through sufferings we are not worthy to take any credits. Rimsha, a Pakistani girl of 14, was arrested in a poor suburb in Islamabad on August 16 after a neighbor accused her of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, in breach of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. On September 7, luckily, the court had granted bail to Rimsha against two surety bonds of Rs500, 000 each. She was then flown by a helicopter to an undisclosed location after her release from jail. Recalling my mind, I remember, I have not been absent even for a single day during case proceeding. I remember the day when surety bonds were submitted, it was raining all the day and we went through thick and thin. Rebecca Santana from AP was with me as she was trying to get copy of the bail order and I remember we went through different doors and at last she said, this is Pakistani courts system. My camera man was standing outside the jail since morning to shot her release moments and I was updating him from the court. Therefore I consider myself the eye witness throughout the proceedings. I looked around and I could hardly find few passionate Christians from all over the Pakistan. Who, always claimed that they extend their hands to all affected areas and people in need. There is a lot of information regarding the recent and past Christian persecutions that sway Pakistan over and over. Pakistani government has extended his hand in Rimsha’s release and taken her to a safe place. But unfortunately, many Christians (so called leaders) are seen wasting the funds on the name of Rimsha. They were not playing any role in the development of the community rather than wasting money in press conferences with Ullamas, meeting with different leaders. None of those Christians have done anything in the development sector for Christians even though they claim. Some of them have collected dollars arranging meetings after her release on the name of bail of Rimsha. While all Pakistani knew that she was released on the two surety bonds deposited by two God fearing people from Rawalpindi. Scientists say that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can create a tornado in Texas a week later. Clearly, in today’s deeply connected Christian world, truthful unbiased and unfiltered news about realities of persecution is a basic need to pray for. Our Christian persecution news coverage is pitiable in Pakistan, but reminding the Christians around to unite, remain prayerful and patient so that we can ripple Christian love and concern through our own individual lives and the consequent lives we inevitably affect around us. We should always extend our hands in real love, like love of Christ Jesus.

Tunisia and the Assassination of Chokri Belaid: Algeria, Syria and Islamist Militancy. By Olivier LeCourt and Lee Jay Walker

The brutal assassination of Chokri (Shokri) Belaid is yet another indication that Islamist terrorism and indoctrination is running riot following the so-called “Arab Spring.” Chokri Belaid was a politician who was known for being an anti-Islamist and for this reason he was a target to the forces of darkness. His assassination is also a firm reminder that terrorist forces, Islamist indoctrination emanating from the Gulf region and religious intolerance are all on the rise. This murder is not a mere isolation because it is part of the chain which is choking the forces of moderation and secularism. After all, the recent brutal hostage crisis in Algeria gave notice to the world that Tunisians represented the highest number of international jihadists involved in this terrorist attack. Likewise, in Syria many Tunisians have joined the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other Islamist terrorist factions. Therefore, individuals in Tunisia have also taken part in spreading sectarianism in Syria – and other evil acts – alongside other Islamist terrorists from other nations like Libya and Saudi Arabia. Hamadi Jebali, the Prime Minister of Tunisia, condemned the political assassination of Belaid. He stated that“Belaid was killed, but the real target behind the assassination is the Tunisian revolution as a whole…He represented the true values of dialogue, respecting and embracing others in rejecting violence. This is a political assassination.” However, for vast numbers of Tunisians who came out onto the streets in order to show their disdain towards the assassination of Belaid and to voice their anger at what is happening in Tunisia; then the words of Jebali will not convince many. Jebali belongs to the Ennahda religious party and he himself follows Islamist aspirations but within the political system. Therefore, it must be stated that the “Islamist” terminology is extremely broad because you have various forces within this movement, whereby some want to participate fully within the democratic framework and not to usurp power. However, other more militant Islamist groups want to usurp power in order to crush alternative thought patterns and to crush personal freedoms. Jebali responded quickly to the political crisis by announcing “a government of technocrats who would be non-partisan.” This “non-partisan government” will preserve the political mechanisms until elections are held during this difficult time for Tunisia. The Prime Minister explained on national television that the new government would be filled by “competent nationals without political affiliation.” Irrespective if individuals are pro-Jebali or anti-Jebali, it is clear that he is responding to the changing events rapidly in order to quell further internal convulsions. Jebali further stated that the political mandate of new ministers will be “limited to managing the affairs of the country until elections are held in the shortest possible time.” The BBC states that “Mr Belaid was a respected human rights lawyer, and a left-wing secular opponent of the government which took power after the overthrow of long-serving ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.” “The Popular Front (PF), a coalition of opposition groups of which Mr Belaid was a member, said it was calling for a nationwide strike on Thursday to protest against his assassination.” “Opposition supporters alleged the governing Islamist party Ennahada – which Mr Belaid frequently criticised – was behind his killing.” The President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, stated that “There are many enemies of our peaceful revolution. And they’re determined to ensure it fails.” He also stated that Belaid was a “long-standing friend.” Despite the words of unity emanating from the Ennhada party by several powerful individuals it wasn’t enough for some demonstrations. Therefore, several offices of Ennhada were attacked and clearly the next few days and weeks will remain volatile. However, for the individual(s) behind the brutal murder of Belaid then this is what they want. After all, terrorists and religious fanatics thrive on hatred and chaos. This reality means that all Tunisians from various walks of life must tackle the dangers within Tunisian society which resulted in the death of Belaid. His brother, Abdelmajid Belaid, commented that Belaid’s death was “a clear message to Tunisians….shut up, or we kill you.” He also stated that his brother “has been receiving threats of murder for a long time.” Belaid’s widow, Basma, stated on national TV in Tunisia that “We are damned. The political struggle is damned in Tunisia. Chokri Belaid sacrificed his soul.” In another article published by Modern Tokyo Times about the Algerian hostage crisis it was stated that “The real factors behind the Islamist terrorist attack in Algeria remains open to major interpretation but clearly the destabilization of Iraq, Libya, Mali and Syria is certainly helping the terrorist cause. Tunisia is also a very fraught nation whereby Salafi funding and indoctrination is penetrating this nation because of the deeds of individuals and organizations in the Gulf. Therefore, when it was announced that Tunisians formed the highest number of nationals involved in the terrorist attack in Algeria, then this fact wasn’t so surprising.” In the same article it was stated that “When Syria’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) began to provide the names of international jihadists fighting in Syria, it soon became clear that the Tunisia angle was potent. On one occasion when a list of 26 foreign Islamists was given it was stated that 19 of these terrorists had come from Tunisia. Since the early period when Syria began to collect lists of international jihadists it is clear that untold numbers have entered this nation in order to spread sectarianism, terrorism and hatred. Therefore, when it was stated that Tunisians accounted for the largest single ethnic group in the latest terrorist attack in Algeria – once more, the Tunisia angle emerged – alongside the reality that the destabilization of Libya created a breeding ground for Islamist terrorist forces.” It may appear that the assassination of Belaid is very far away from the recent hostage crisis in Algeria. Similarly, people may state the same about jihadists from Tunisia going to Syria in order to spread sectarianism and terrorism. However, once powerful forces emanate within parts of Tunisian society then this will threaten neighboring nations and create internal convulsions. The current reality of Tunisian jihadists going to Syria and being involved in the recent hostage crisis in Algeria is evidence of the link within the chain. Therefore, the brutal murder of Belaid based on his principles and secular nature of politics, meant that he was a threat to the same Islamists spreading carnage to Algeria and Syria. Islamist indoctrination emanating from the Gulf is spreading a version of Islamism which seeks to usurp indigenous Islam in Libya, northern Mali, Syria, Tunisia, and in other parts of the world. This can be seen by the destruction of many Sufi shrines in northern Mali and Libya – and recently Islamists have threatened Christians in Libya. Secularists, non-Muslims and different sects within the Muslim faith become the first targets of Islamist militants. After this, Islamist militants will then start to challenge mainstream Sunni Islam and this can be seen by the brutal murders of several Sunni Muslim clerics in Syria by Islamist terrorists. Therefore, it is incumbent that all progressive forces in Tunisia stem the tide of Islamist indoctrination and cut the terrorist angle which is spreading death and destruction. Belaid believed in a Tunisia which was inclusive but dark forces want a Tunisia which is exclusive and based on a religious theocracy. Tunisia needs to confront the forces which seek to turn the clock back. If not, then future murders will take place based on the zealotry of sinister forces within Tunisian society. leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

LHC dismiss bail plea of alleged accused of raping a 15-year-old Christian girl

Lahore: June 17, 2013. (LEAD) Lahore High Court Lahore dismissed the bail plea of an allegedly accused of raping a 15-year-old Christian girl. A case, FIR.No. 22/13, under Section 376 (ii) (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code was registered on the complaint of the father against the alleged accused. A cousin of Fouzia Bibi, Alam Ashiq, had been the only one helping Malooka Masih with the case. However, during bail petition, a few days ago the Muslims accused of the rape enlisted law enforcement cooperation from the City of Muridkey and made pressurized the family for compromised.With the intervention of LEAD the police officer was dismissed from job and Masih was released and discharged from false case. Alam Ashiq,requested LEAD to shift the case from Pattoki trial court to Lahore because they are being continuously threatened by the accused supporters to withdraw the case. LEAD is very hopeful that the alleged accused will be punished by law and justice will be done for the innocent Christian family. There is no doubt that Christians are being victimized of hatred due to their Christian faith and belief and due to being poor and weak. We request your prayers for LEAD team that May God give them wisdom to assist in this case against alleged accused and also request to pray for the fiscal needs of LEAD's work. We ask for financial and moral support for the continuity of work which LEAD provides in Pakistan. We are thankful for all who are financially supporting LEAD’s work for the Persecuted Church. We pray for more who have same vision for the Persecuted Church, to be our partners in this noble cause.LEAD is a Christian organization not funded by any other organization.

YMCA Agra organizes First United Christmas Carol

Agra, India: December 2, 2013. (PCP) YMCA Agra organized the First United Christmas Carol Service on the 1st of December 2013 at Central Methodist Church, Agra. The Chief Guest of the evening was the Most Rt. Revd. Dr. P. P. Habil - Bishop of Agra, Church of North India, due to emergency meeting the Guest of Honor Shri. Pradeep Bhatnagar - IAS "Commissioner of Agra" his wife Smt. Sarita Bhatnagar attended the graceful program. The program started with a word of prayer by Revd. Sylvester Massey - Priest in Charge- Central Methodist Church and warm welcome note to all guest and invitees by Dr. Melva Pope - Treasurer YMCA AGRA. The Carols started with heart touching medley by the All India Anglo Indian Association Agra Branch under the leadership of Mr. Llewellyn Albert - President and then wonderful carols were presented by M.S. School Senior & Junior Section, Tundla, St. John's Church, Agra, Student Christian Movement of India - Unit St. John's College Agra, Central Methodist Church, Agra, Methodist Church Tundla, Queen Mary School, Agra, Queen Victoria Girls Inter College, Agra, St. Marks School, Agra, St. Georges College Unit II, Agra. The Christmas Message was given by Bishop Rt. Revd. Dr. P. P. Habil who threw light on 'the meaning of Christmas''. The Young Talents were encouraged by releasing Compact Disc (CD) of Mr. Nikhil Kumar - Gospel Singer from Aligarh who prepared the Christmas Worship Songs in his own voice. Also another talent was revealed when Ms. Akansha Anand presented her creativity of making Posters and Christmas Cards, which were kept outside the church for general viewing. In her remarks Mrs. Sarita Bhatnagar - wife of Shri Pradeep Bhatnagar IAS "Commissioner of Agra' said" I am privileged to be here today. YMCA is doing good job now make good humans and teach the people who needs guidance". The Judges for the evening were Revd. Jibrael Dass - Priest in Charge of St. John's Church, Agra, Mrs. Lautika Sequire - Teaching in St. Mary's Convent, Agra and Mr.Ashish Stevenson - Music Teacher St. Paul's Church College Unit II, Agra. The vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr. Isaac Ghosh - Chairman Programs. The Rt. Revd. Dr. P. P. Habil concluded the program by Closing prayer and benediction. Around 130 participants and 150 viewers attended the first United Christmas Carol Service organized by YMCA, AGRA.

Pakistani Christian Diaspora in USA Pays homage to late Dr. Yousaf Yad

Philadelphia, USA: May 26, 2014. (PCP) In a condolence meeting here today, Pakistani Christian Community leaders paid homage to Late Dr. Yousaf Masih Yad and remembered his services in field of Poetry and Writings. Dr. Yousaf Masih Yad, President of Pakistan Christian Writers Guild passed away on May 20, 2014, in city of Peshawar, where he studied in Edwards College and settled till his death. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress and Mr. Pervez Sadiq former Secretary of Pakistan writers Guild paid tribute to Dr, Yousaf Masih Shad; Mr. Arthur Shamim, Sheel Arif, N John Minto, Wilson Yousaf, Mr. Ejaz, Shakeel Pervez, Adeel Pervez and Bashir Almas termed death of Dr. Yousaf Yad as great loss to Christian community of Pakistan in general and to members of Pakistan Christian Writers Guild in particular. Dr. Yousaf Masih Yad authored fifteen books as: 1. Bunyadi pathar 2. Azamt-ul Kitab 3. Azeem Khawateen 4. Afzunissa 5.Pak-o-Hind main Masihiyat 6. Tooma Hind-o-Pak main 7. Batul ham kay sheher main 8.Masihi Qalamkaroon say rabtay 9. Sirat-ul Masih 10. Jamal-e shahadat 11. Yahoodiyon ka badsha 12. Nagarshat-e Yad 13. Peyara Paksita 14. Al Quddas 15. Rooza Dr. Yousaf Masih Yad was born in Sialkot. In 1999 he earned a certificate from Open Theological Seminary, Lahore, and was soon appointed a tutor at the same institution. He then continued studying theology at Faith Theological Seminary, Gujranwala and was awarded BTh (1983), MDiv (1997), and DD (1999). The awards and honours bestowed on Yad are many, and the following is only an abridged and representative list: Community Adbi Award (YCO Peshawar 1982), Padri Abdul Haq Award (Pakistan Christian Writers Guild 1998), Adbi Virsa Award (Caritas Pakistan 1998), Tak Kashmiri Award (Lahore Diocese 2000) and David Penman Award (Gulf Diocese 2002).

One-third of tuberculosis (TB) cases go undetected: WHO

About 3 million people fail to access TB treatment under directly-observed treatment shortcourse (DOTS), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Control Report 2009. Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of Stop TB Department of WHO, said to this correspondent that "more than one-third of all TB cases are not detected under DOTS. Some of these un-notified cases are never diagnosed." Either the poor access to TB services in some African settings or people accessing TB services in private settings in Asia contribute to these cases going un-notified. There is a clear thrust to scale up new TB case detection and successfully treating those diagnosed. "There are probably many more TB-HIV co-infection cases than we had previously thought", adds Dr Raviglione. "In 2007, out of the total 9.3 million TB cases, 1.4 million are due to HIV" says Dr Raviglione. According to the new report released on World TB Day (24 March 2009) at the 3rd Stop TB Partners' Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, out of 1.7 million TB deaths, half a million deaths are due to TB-HIV co-infection, which is double than the number of deaths attributed to TB-HIV co-infection last year (one out of four TB deaths is HIV-related, twice as many as previously recognized). This figure reflects an improvement in the quality of the country data, which are now more representative and available from more countries than in previous years. The report reveals a sharp increase in HIV testing among people being treated for TB, especially in Africa. In 2004, just 4% of TB patients in the region were tested for HIV; in 2007 that number rose to 37%, with several countries testing more than 75% of TB patients for their HIV status. Because of increased testing for HIV among TB patients, more people are getting appropriate treatment though the numbers still remain a small fraction of those in need. In 2007, 200,000 HIV-positive TB patients were enrolled on co-trimoxazole treatment to prevent opportunistic infections and 100,000 were on antiretroviral therapy. There is a clear mandate to accelerate collaboration between TB and HIV programmes at all levels. "The incidence of TB per capita continues to go down since 2004 however the decline is just one per cent per year which implies that we will not be able to eliminate TB for centuries" says Dr Raviglione. "We need to fully implement the Stop TB Strategy" stresses Dr Raviglione. The WHO Global Tuberculosis Control Report 2009 confirms the notion that there might be more than half a million multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases every year. "54 countries have reported extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) to us" said Dr Raviglione. Bobby Ramakant (The author is a World Health Organization (WHO) Director General’s WNTD Awardee 2008, coordinates the global Stop-TB eForum Resource Team of HDN and writes extensively on health and development. Email: bobbyramakant@yahoo.com)

Somalia and Christian Martyrs Killed by Muslims: By Lee Jay Walker

In some parts of the world it can be very dangerous to convert from Islam to Christianity, or any other faith. Sometimes Christians are killed by radical Muslims or sometimes by the state which sanctions death or prison. Somalia, like some other Muslim majority nations, clearly does not believe in religious freedom and the small Christian population faces an uphill struggle to survive. Therefore, it is essential to remember these martyrs because organizations like Al Qaeda would like to spread this tyranny to every nation. So why is it so dangerous to convert to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, or any other religion, from Islam? Firstly, it is essential to remember that religious freedom is denied to other faiths in other parts of the world. For example, religious freedom is severely restricted in Laos and Cambodia. However, religious restrictions in these two nations, and other similar type of nations, is based on political ideology and no single religion is favoured. Yet when we focus on Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and other Muslim majority nations it is clear that religious freedom is denied because of Islam itself. These restrictions are multiple, and this applies to either radical Islamic organizations or because of state sanctioned Islamic Sharia Law. For example in modern day Saudi Arabia the Islamic establishment will not allow one non-Muslim place of worship. Also, conversion from Islam is punishable by death and you are not openly allowed to read about Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, or any other non-Muslim faith in Saudi Arabia. These laws and restrictions in Saudi Arabia are based on the Koran, the Hadiths, and Islamic Sharia Law. Even in more moderate nations like Egypt we see state sanctioned discrimination because the Coptic Christian community is treated unequally. This applies to the very basics of human life. For example a Coptic Christian male will suffer persecution if he wants to marry a Muslim female and in child custody cases involving a Muslim male or Christian female, the child or children will be given to the Muslim male. The reasons for this are simple, it is because Christians are deemed to be inferior to Muslims and this issue threatens all non-Muslims in Sharia Islamic based nations. Turning back to Somalia it is now “open season” to kill Christian converts from Islam because radical Sunni Islam is on the march. Last year, for example, Sunni Muslim fanatics beheaded Mansuur Mohammed who was a Christian convert. He was beheaded in the most cruel and barbaric way and at the same time Muslims were celebrating by saying Allah Akbar (God is great). You see, for rational people or people of compassion this act was barbaric and a crime against humanity. However, for the Muslims who did this they are following the Koran and the Hadiths and to these Islamic fanatics it is they who are following Islam to the full. Therefore, Mansuur Mohammed had done nothing wrong in accordance to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, or any other religion. Yet in accordance with Islam, Mansuur Mohammed was an apostate and despite him caring for humanity, this meant nothing. Given this, Sunni Islamic fanatics held him down and beheaded him while they were praying to Allah. The last moments of Mansuur Mohammed were full of pain and just like the followers of Osama Bin Laden, the brutal killers video taped this murder, just like so many people who have been killed by fanatics in Iraq. Therefore, just like the complete annihilation of Buddhism in Afghanistan in past history, these Islamic jihadists desire the same outcome. Sahih Bukhari recorded the sayings of Mohammed and the Hadiths are very important to Muslims. In volume 4, Book 52, Number 260: Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn Abbas, who said, “Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, ‘Don’t punish (anybody) with Allah’s Punishment.’ No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, ‘IF SOMEBODY (a Muslim) DISCARDS HIS RELIGION, KILL HIM,’” Therefore, in the eyes of many Muslims, not all, it is moral and right to kill converts from Islam and in nations like Saudi Arabia this is enshrined fully within the codified law of Islamic Sharia Law. Even moderate branches of Islam face persecution, for example the Alevi’s in Turkey and the Ahmadiyya in Pakistan are also victimized by conservative Islam. Therefore, the martyrdom of Christians in Somalia continues and in recent times we have heard about the brutal killings of innocent Christians in Somalia. The list includes Mansuur Mohammed, David Abdulwahab Mohammed Ali, Prof. Da’ud Hassan Ali, Pastor Hussein Adan Ahmed, Faarah Ibraahim Adaaweh, Pastor Liibaan Ibraahim Hassan, Ahmadey Osman Nur, and Savid Ali Sheik Luqman Hussein. Sadly the list will continue to grow and the aim of these Islamists is to turn Somalia into a one hundred percent Islamic nation. Not that this will help Somalia because just like in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the same Islamists will then desire to kill and persecute moderate Muslims or kill Muslim minorities, for example many Shia Muslims have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I can hear both liberals and Islamic apologists complaining about this article and the implications of what is written. Yet you have one simple truth, and often the truth is very hard to find. However, if any Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, or Sikh, went to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, or Somalia, and they openly tried to convert people then the consequences would be death. The Christian martyrs of Somalia died because they loved humanity but all that is evil in humanity killed them because they want to crush religious freedom, liberty, justice, and all that is positive in this world. In modern day Iraq the minority Christian population is trying to survive massive persecution and violence because Islamists, just like in Somalia, desire to destroy and crush all minorities. Therefore, the Christian martyrs of Somalia are a testimony of the evils of a religion which fears the freedom of religion and free thought. In modern day America and Japan where I reside, people have the freedom to follow any religion or no religion and Muslims are welcome in both nations. However, in modern day Saudi Arabia and Somalia, the sword of Islam is still being used against converts to Christianity, therefore, how much longer can the world remain silent?

MEP Jean Lambert and Rev. Kevin Logan to Join Pakistani Christian protest in London

England: November 30, 2009. (PCP) British Pakistani Christian Association have announced to hold protest procession against persecution of Christians in Pakistan. The marchers shall protest in front of Pakistan High Commission in London and 10 Downing Street to present memorandum to UK premier on December 19, 2009. MEP Jean Lambert and Rev. Kevin Logan have assured Pakistani Christian community to join in rally and support oppressed Pakistani nation suffering in Islamic Republic of Pakistan will join us at our demonstration at 10 Downing Street on the 19th December. Meanwhile Daily Telegraph reports that march on December 19, led by the British Pakistani Christian Association, is being supported by Reverend Kevin Logan, the former vicar at Christchurch in Accrington, in his Saturday Sermon column in the Lancashire Telegraph. And Salim Mulla, the chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, condemned atrocities against ethnic minorities and backed the protest. He said: “It is shocking and not acceptable because everybody has the basic human right to live peacefully whether they are Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian. “And I will support any action that is taken against persecution.” But Canon Chris Chivers, of Blackburn Cathedral, questioned the impact of marches on community relations in Britain. He said: “There are other ways of addressing these problems like getting in touch with the church leaders in Pakistan and asking them what we can do to help. “Marches tend to inflame tensions in our own communities and can become ideal propaganda material for parties like the BNP.”

KT organize Workshop on Social Change and Development of masses

LARKANA: March 7, 2010. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Khaksar Tehreek (KT) Larkana chapter organized one-day workshop on the social change and development of masses regarding the capability building throughout different technical skills modern training and national awareness about the social services here on Sunday. The Workshop presided over by Khaksar Tehreek Quaid Dr. Sabiha Arshad Al-Mashraqi and other trainers and speakers among Rana Ajmal Khan, Aneela Soomro, Zahid Ali, Abdul Qadir Sodher, Muhammad Nazir Ahmed, Sarmad Mughal, Abdul Latif and others on the occasion. Khaksar leader Dr. Sabiha said that there are numerous challenges in our country and specially youth facing hardships of economy, unemployment, lawlessness, price hike, terrorism. We need a leadership like our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and on his footsteps to play our role in modern world for social change and revolution he said. She also said that we offer a critique of existing conceptual frameworks for youth development, which we call the problem-driven and the possibility-driven approaches to resolve their matters because of youth are as second class citizens and barriers to fill democratic participation she said. On the occasion, speakers of the workshop emphasized youth and masses to unite against all social evils and said the society need attention and development of education, added that the young people have a distinct capacity for facing life challenges and achieving positive development. The people from different social and educational fields said that there is dire need of technical skills and know-how about the professional education among the youth of country. The participants including civil society and NGO representatives spoke high about the law and order situation, human rights issues and several other matters by the social, political, NGO leaders, journalists, columnists, traders, professors on the occasion. The workshop highlighted the capacity development of new generation with skillful and resource based trainings, participants stressed on the quality education and character building is the need of hour they said. They said the training workshop would be an opportunity to develop skills and capacity development youth also, it is the learning process where the skills could develop and empowerment of society through a social change.

Pakistan Christian Congress to challenge blasphemy laws in Supreme Court of Pakistan

Karachi: June 16, 2010. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that Christians in Pakistan not trust in promises of Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities that he will bring legislation to revise blasphemy law because he claimed it in 2009 also but failed to fulfill his commitment. Pakistan Christian Congress PCC announced that Blasphemy laws shall be challenged in Supreme Court of Pakistan to pray for repeal of it because it is like sword on necks of millions of Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan. On pretext to blasphemy law, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, pastors gunned down, Churches vandalized and Christians burnt alive in Pakistan by Muslim mobs. Nazir Bhatt said “we appreciate campaigns of signature petition by some International and National Christian organization to press upon government to repeal blasphemy law in Pakistan but we must keep in mind that Pakistan have very weak democracy without any moral standings that a simple petition shall force government to repeal controversial laws: “The Blasphemy law was legislated on directives of Higher Courts in Pakistan and PCC believes that Judiciary can repeal it when its contrary to basic human rights guaranteed in constitution of Pakistan” added Nazir Bhatti Pakistan Christian Congress PCC is awaiting for draft legislation of Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti to be presented in parliament as he recently claimed during his visit to EU. “PCC do not want to make Shahbaz Bhatti run away from his promises this time because if PCC files petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan before his proposed draft resolution legislation in national assembly of Pakistan, he will make it an excuse that matter is in Supreme Court of Pakistan, so, he cant present repeal legislation“ clarified Dr. Nazir Bhatti PCC legal time is regularly monitoring situation and ready to file lawsuit to repeal blasphemy law in Supreme Court of Pakistan on any convenient time. Nazir Bhatti urged leaders of organizations who are campaigning for signature petition to repeal blasphemy law in Pakistan to join hands with Pakistan Christian Congress and become signatory in lawsuit.

Kashmir’s third straight summer threatens to unleash nuclear winter. By Robert Terpstra

Currently the world’s most intractable problem lies in what most correspondents call ‘war’s most beautiful paradise’. The description appears at first to be an oxymoron, unfortunately this is the state that is Kashmir. Srinagar in summer. Muzaffarabad in mid-winter. Many visiting the region will vehemently argue that there are no two places like it. Kashmir’s aesthetics are an extrinsic beauty, some now claim, as the recent death toll in the disputed territory has reached triple figures. One hundred and seven civilians killed – zero casualties handicapping authorities. Philosophical differences began in 1947 when Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan were partitioned, at last released from the yoke of British rule. Each country soon laid claim to Kashmir — China also retains partial rule over a northeast chunk — and war erupted in one form or the other. After both countries on the sub-continent formally became nuclear powers in 1998, the then U.S. President Bill Clinton labelled it, “the world’s most dangerous place”. The statement seemed to be a prophecy as the Kargil War in 1999 befell the countries and nuclear warfare seemed imminent. Cooler heads prevailed, but tensions remained. In 2007 under Pervez Musharraf, a solution presented itself but then vanished. ‘All bets were off’ when a group of militants financed by Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba embarked from the port city of Karachi and landed in Mumbai. The date was Nov. 26, 2008, a worldwide audience captivated, 173 killed. Fast forward to August 2010, the third straight summer that threatened to unleash nuclear winter. Protestors’ stone throwing was met with live fire, crowds of a dozen escalating into thousands, unhappy about India’s iron fist presence in the region. Most, teens who gathered strength through social networking sites, demanded a plebiscite and the end to merciless Indian occupation in an area the majority of which is Muslim. Parents within the territory often cannot discourage their overzealous children from participating in demonstrations because a generation ago they walked in their shoes – a sign that the unsolved problem has bridged the gap between young and old. “We need a complete revisit of what our policies in Kashmir have been,” Professor Amitabh Mattoo at Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Kashmiri Hindu said in the Aug. 13 issue of The New York Times. “It is not about money … It is not about fair elections. It is about reaching out to a generation of Kashmiris who think India is a huge monster represented by bunkers and security forces.” Finding a common ground surrounding a problem older than the Israel-Palestine question has plagued all involved. This includes government officials ranging from Manmohan Singh and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to Omar Abdullah. The region’s critics’ common response posits that Singh chirps empty rhetoric, the spiritual Mirwaiz lacks the wherewithal to accept responsibility and the politician Abdullah simply doesn’t possess the necessary credentials. On Sept. 21, a peace delegation of Indian officials surveyed various sites within the powder keg – it would be a stretch to state they were welcomed with open arms. It is the latest effort from New Delhi to cease activity. One window of opportunity that does seem to be open is that this current intifada, as some on the ground are labelling it, appears to not be state-sponsored. In the past Pakistani financiers fuelled the anger of the populace, with violence the natural result. And so if demonstrators and rioters can be quelled in the short term without the further escalation of casualties, a long term solution may be viable. Often times over the course of history, and well documented scholarly, Ramadan has played a critical factor in fitna. Bread riots in Cairo, civil war strife in Beirut, demonstrations within Kashmir, and scores of other incidents appear to have their origins within the hungry, frustrated and deprived bellies of beleaguered Muslims. This does not excuse those involved and their actions, nor pave the way for their oppressors, it simply presents a hypothesis in which a physiological symptom metastasizes into spiritually-enraged venom. What may be needed is a change in leadership, a tribunal into unprovoked, indiscriminate slaughter, transparency in state and local media, movement in and out of the country —flights are currently grounded while the Line of Control stands firm — the world needs to learn about and understand Kashmir. ‘Never again’ it was once suggested. Unfortunately this is the state that is Kashmir and token phrases just don’t suffice.

Egyptian Policeman Shouted 'Allahu Akbar' Before Shooting Six Christians

Cairo: January 14, 2011. (By Mary Abdelmassih AINA) Six Copts were shot by an off-duty policeman on a train between Assiut and Cairo on Tuesday. One Copt was killed and five remain in critical condition. The gunman, identified as Amer Ashour Abdel-Zaher, was on his way to work in Beni Mazar police station when he boarded the train at approximately 17.00 hours in the town of Samalout in Egypt's Minya province, roughly 260 km south of Cairo. He shot the six Copts after chanting "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Great) then attempted to flee but was apprehetnded by passengers. Fathy Ghattas, a 71-year-old Coptic Christian, died immediately. His wife Emily Hanna underwent an operation to remove her left kidney and spleen. She is in intensive care. Another Coptic woman, Sabah Saniod, 54, underwent an operation on her liver. Three of the injured Copts, Marianne, Maggie and Ashraf, were flown by helicopter to Kasr-el-Aina teaching hospital in Cairo for further treatment. The communique issued by the Egyptian interior Mministry said the gunman shot randomly at the train passengers, while according to the Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm the assailant had checked passengers for the green cross traditionally tattooed on the wrists of Coptic Christians in Egypt. After identifying several Copts, the gunman shot at them. The Ministry of Interior later said that the assailant was "mentally unstable" and had been undergoing medical treatment for some time. The Governor of Minya denied any sectarian motives behind the incident and said that the assailant is unstable and shot indiscriminately at passengers. The Coptic Diocese of Minya said that the perpetrator went up and down the train compartment before shooting at the Copts while chanting Islamic chants. Dr.Naguib Ghabrial, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations, described the incident as a premeditated "sectarian" attack, aimed at the Copts, since they sat together and sang Christian hymns, and the assailant shouted Allahu Akbar three times before shooting. Ghabrial criticized the Interior Ministry for downplaying the shooting as usual. "The gunman did not shoot at random, otherwise Muslims would have been wounded as well," Ghabrial told BBC Arabic TV. "This is one in the series of attacks aimed at Copts, before this there was the Alexandria Massacre." "I am sorry that the Ministry hastily issued a statement that the assailant was mentally unstable." Said Ghabrial. " Would someone who is mentally unstable be issued with a weapon and ammunition, would he be able to differentiate between Copts and Muslims?" he said. "I am telling the Interior Minister do not under-estimate Coptic intelligence and do not undervalue Coptic blood, for Coptic blood is not cheap." He called once again for the minister to resign after all these Coptic Massacres. Coptic activist Mariam Ragy reported that a clash took place between Muslim youth and more than 200 angry Coptic protesters who converged outside the Good Shepherd Hospital, which belongs to the Coptic Diocese of Samalout, where the wounded were brought. The police tried to disperse the Copts with tear gas, rubber bullets and stones. Several Copts were injured. (video showing security hurling stones and firing tear gas at Copts in front of hospital.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JXzpa0-Y7I&feature=player_embedded Father Estephanos Shehata from Samalout Diocese said in an interview on Coptic channel Hope-Sat that witnesses told him the policeman called out Allahu Akbar and shot the Copts who were in the cabin. He confirmed the clashes between Copts and security forces outside the hospital. "Security fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd. Live ammunition was also fired but not by security, we do not know who fired them," he said. On January 11, Egypt recalled its ambassador to the Vatican for consultation over comments made by Pope Benedict XVI following the bombing of the Christian Coptic church in Alexandria on New Year's Eve which killed 23 and injured more than 100. The Pope commented that the mass attack "offends God and all of humanity." He called on world leaders to protect Egypt's Copts. Egyptian foreign ministry issued a statement saying "Egypt will not allow any non-Egyptian faction to interfere in its internal affairs under any pretext. The Coptic question is specifically an internal Egyptian affair." Commenting on tonight's train shooting incident, Coptic activist Mark Ebeid said "What will the government now have to say to the international community? Will they still argue that the Coptic question is specifically an internal Egyptian affair when nearly every 10 days they are massacred?"

Pakistani High Commission London staff assaults a British Pakistani Christian leader

London: May 20, 2011. (PCP) There were news in social media that Pakistan High Commission in London is reluctant to issue visit visa to a British Pakistani Christian leader and his family but detailed news have been posted on Blog of British Pakistani Christian Association leader Wilson Choudhry; Here under are horrified details in post when Christian leader narrates that how he was attacked by Security staff of Pakistan High Commission in London in the High Commission Mansion. He was locked in a room of PHC London and assaulted by the staff on intimation of High Commissioner. Full text of Blog of BPCA: Many of you are aware of the ban imposed on me via the UK High Commissioner for Pakistan, yet few know the full details. I chose to refrain from divulging the full incident details until I had safely seen the return of my wife and children to the UK. Many of you may query why?.. and I promise to reveal the full facts as we proceed with this posting. The incident first started after my wife and I decided to take a trip back to Pakistan to see her family, she is Lahore born and had not returned for 2 years, due to the work I have been undertaking for the BPCA and the heightened threat in recent years. Prior to that we had been travelling to Pakistan annually. Whilst completing her documents the first applications were rejected as the forms on the web were not current, these subsequently were re-completed with newer forms. Wanting to be sure about the application process, my wife took the opportunity to approach some High Commission staff at a meeting with the Interior Minister, I had been invited to in my capacity as Chairman of the BPCA. They offered her assistance before submitting the application and confirmed a date and time for her to come to the High Commission in a few days time. In the meanwhile I published my story about the exhibited insouciance to tackle minority concerns exhibited by the Interior Minister and must have ruffled some feathers, as when my wife arrived with me at the allotted time and date we were told no-one was around to help. I was a little frustrated with this but the officers agreed another date and time for assistance to complete the forms. Lo and behold in error the Officers had scheduled the second meeting on "Pakistan Day" a National holiday at which they could not possibly help, as they were busy with eating halwa puree, cake and other niceties. We noted no Christians were present and I opted to write a story about the lack of minority representation and the lack of desire to hold a 1 minute silence to the recently lost Federal Minsiter Shahbaz Bhatti Shaheed. If you thought my article on the Interior Minister pulled their nose out of joint you would have been shocked at the cold treatment I was getting from High Commission staff from here on. I have always stated that I am not out to make friends, nevertheless, I find it a real blessing when friends are created as a consequence of my work with the BPCA. First and foremost however, the BPCA has been created to raise a voice for the voiceless minorities of Pakistan. Five ensuing trips to the High Commission drew little assistance and problems such as dual parent authorisation of our children's applications, a photo that was older than 6 months old and queues too long to allow service in time for that days Visa's actions prevented success. One particularly grating and shambolic delay was caused by a Visa officer confirming that we would be able to submit our eldest daughters Visa application without a full birth certificate(using the briefer copy), as long as we paid the full cost for a visa rather than applying for a discounted visa under the provisions set for Pakistani Passport holders (My wife's). After submitting the documents we were later told this could not be done. If it was not a defined process such a scheme should not have been offered. To me it seemed as if any possible hurdle was being erected to prevent my visa and my family would suffer as a consequence. Despite the fact that the application for my visa was correct and that two of my other children had fully complete applications by our 3rd visit, all visa applications were communally assessed? On the 4th visit I held a snap protest after hearing that another brother was accused under Pakistan's controversial Blasphemy Law, this action seemed to grate the High Commission staff. We are legally obliged to hold any protest we want in this country, however, the police prefer prior notice as it prevents a breach of the peace - we need permission to use a megaphone. I chanted on my own whilst given verbal abuse by many Muslims who could not understand why I was so impassioned about Christian persecution when they were suffering attacks form Americans? I tried to explain that one wrong does not justify another and tried to explain that Pakistans Christians were not complicit in the actions of America - to no avail. I had by now taken 5 days of work and was rather fatigued so I asked my wife to attend the last session to get the Visa's once we knew all was complete. The High Commission staff now decided to play their final card. They informed me that I would have to have an interview with Juliet in my presence confirming that my children were allowed to leave the country. I found this a rather contrived process as the people who were interviewing me were the same that had seen me with Juliet 5 times during the week? The General Secretary and an applications officer were well aware of my attendance and support for the VISA applications. They and other officers including the Communities Officer, had promised me that the application would be a smooth process and requested that I inform them if I had any problems on several occasions? Disappointed and discombobulated as I was, I agreed to attend an interview with Juliet and the General Secretary. A time had been set for 12:00 and on our arrival at 11:30 I informed them of our arrival. We waited in a queue to be seen and at 13:30 they then advised me that the meeting had been moved to 15:00 without any apology or reason. I had programmed another meeting for that time and was fuming that more of my time was being squandered unnecessarily. They had been holding my passport and those belonging to my family for several days now. Moreover, information such as letters from the owners of property inviting us to attend, which they had requested and had caused delay to our applications, proved to be worthless and whimsical. My application had been fine from the outset and yet they had chosen to delay return of my documents with the appropriate visa approval. I asked the lady at the counter for a reason for the additional delay, she stated that the decision had come from the High Commissioner. I suggested that I provide a letter of confirmation which could be left with my wife which the officer categorically refused. I did not want to waste another day at the High Commission so agreed to stay. At 14:30 I asked if they could check if Mr Zecharia would be on time for 15:00. she called his office and stated their would be no guarantee. By now I felt as if I was being played as a chump. I asked the counter server if I was being treated this way due the work I was undertaking for the BPCA. She just smiled back at me other officers were sniggering at this point. My applications had been discussed with a much wider number of visa staff than was usual -a multitude had been involved in the process for some unknown reason. We had been passed from pillar to post in a visible attempt to prolong the process. At the end of my tether I shouted out stop persecuting me for being a Pakistani Christian. I just wanted my visa and I stormed out shouting how fortunate it was to be a British Pakistani Christian and promised not to stop fighting for the freedom of my brethren. The Security officers outside the entrance to the High Commission accosted me and asked me what was wrong, as I explained one of them pushed me back into the foyer of the High Commission, whilst the other incessantly punched me to the face, which unbalanced me. I was dragged to a corner inside the High Commission and the heavy door was shut locking me in and causing a real dread. I prayed as I was being sprayed with punches and God gave me the strength to push the two security Officer's away. The officer dealing the blows, seemed to suddenly cower and I warned him that if he decided to use his fists again that I would retaliate - this was more bravado then any real threat. I am very slight of frame and have not had a fight since I was 11 years old or younger... I took advantage of the "temporary stay of execution" and called the local police informing them that I was being held against my wishes and had been assaulted. In the meanwhile a diplomat came in telling me he too had call the police for an alleged assault on him (he was not even in the room), the lady from the counter also arrived by now and accused me of punching her in the eye, she showed a bruise that had been covered in make-up and was rather old looking (probably the result of the usual domestic bullying in families originating from Pakistan). Unless I was Green Lantern or Mr Fantastic I cannot perceive how I could have punched her through the reinforced glass counter screen, moreover she arrived at the scene of my attack well after the blows had terminated? The police arrived my wife and I told my part of the story, the High Commission gave their side of the story. Two further High Commission employees gave their testimonies regarding the incident and I was bemused to hear that I was to be arrested under charges of assault. Much due to the large number of witnesses. My wife heard a private conversation between the diplomat and a colleague. What he said would translate as; "If he keeps on with this campaigning we will deal with him" I assumed these were words spoken in anger when my wife first informed me and were not a deeper threat to my very existence. The police refused to place me in cuffs despite significant clamour from high commission staff. They had already decided that I was harmless and were not going to put me through the ignominy of such loss of freedom. Moreover, they informed me that they would pursue for CCTV footage for the incident in an attempt to prove my innocence or guilt as they could see the High Commission was well equipped. I was put in a cell but was treated exceptionally well. Police provided me with a blanket and a newspaper and the cell was rather comfortable. I prayed for God's intervention and after 2 hours I was set free as the High Commission dropped charges, probably through lack of evidence due to a reluctance to provide the very video footage that would incriminate them. I did not immediately press charges as I wanted to drop the affair as I still wished to meet my in-laws in Pakistan. The next day I met with the General Secretary for the High Commissioner Nafees Zecharia who informed me that my wife and children could go to Pakistan, however that I was to be banned indefinitely. As upset as I was with this decision I did not press charges against the Security officer until a further 3 days and only when my back started paining and I felt my health had been compromised. I asked for these charges to be dropped after the ISI (Pakistan's Secret Police) visit to my wife at her parental home The ISI interviewed my wife for two days, mainly focusing on me and my life here in the UK. Today an Imam and two ISI officer's have returned to her parents home and I have grave concerns for their safety. I never envisaged that my work with the BPCA would have such ramifications and cannot believe the duplicity shown by the Pakistani government in interviewing my wife's father, an innocent man in his 60's, who has kept a life free of trouble. I ask for Christians to pray for a ceasing of the recent attempts at thwarting justice and a stopping of the intimidatory actions utilised by the ISI. By Wilson Chowdhry

Pakistani Christians National Conference demands Elections not Selection on reserved Parliament seats

Sambrial, Sialkot: October 10, 2011. (PCP) The hundreds of delegates representing different Christian Social, Writers, Poets and Political organizations from all over Punjab in “National Christians Conference” adopted an unanimous Resolution demanding Election on reserved seats for religious minorities in National Assembly of Pakistan and five provincial assemblies of Pakistan, instead of existing Selection system. The National Christians Conference called by Pakistan Christian Writers Guild was held in city of Samrial on October 8, 2011. The Christian moot was presided over by Mr. J Salik, former federal minister of Population Planning, government of Pakistan; Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize and Convener World Minorities Alliance. Mr. Rana Asif Mahood, Member Punjab Assembly and Mr. Sarfraz Khan, Chairman SMS, a Civil Society Activist were guest of honor in National Christians Conference. The National Christians Conference rejected practicing electorate system in which Muslim political parties select minorities’ representation in Parliament of Pakistan on seats reserved for them. The speakers of this venue said that existing electorate system for minorities has brutally violated Christian’s rights and termed it conspiracey against religious communities. The National Christian Conference expressed grave concern on not awarding representation to minorities from Federal Capital area in Senate of Pakistan in 18th Amendment. In his presidential address, Mr. J Salik said that announcement of four seats for Minorities in Senate of Pakistan are not proportional to our population and without any notification of allocation and distribution of four seats among different religious minorities is creating confusing. J Salik demanded amendment in Peoples Representation Act of 1976, to clarify limitation on Minorities seats in National Assembly of Pakistan, Senate of Pakistan and Provincial Assemblies. The National Christians Conference expressed reservations on member of national assembly who are legislating such laws oppose ideology of Quaid-e-Azam which is creating feeling of insecurity among millions of minority individuals. Rana Asif Mahmood, Member Punjab Assembly, in his speech demanded Dual Voting rights for minorities. J Salik had challenged Selection on reserved seats for minorities in Supreme Court of Pakistan before national general elections of 2002. Mr. Salik in his speech said that after democracy in Pakistan, the act to endorse Ordinance of a dictator regarding Selection System in 18th Amendment is very surprising for him when decision was pending on his petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan to challenge Selection system. Professor Yousuf Nayyer, Yousaf Naz, Javed Yadd, Tariq Tabassum, Charles Gill, Parvez Bazmi , Aftab Javed and Zehshan Joseph also address the gathering. Mr. Javed Gull, Ajnum Parvez Gill, Tariq Tabassum, Dr. Tajumal Fiaaz, Babar Imtiaz, Nasir Javed, Zafar Khokhar and Fazal Khiali praised delegates who traveled from far flung areas of Punjab to participate in Conference.

SUP has reservations on creation of new provinces

LARKANA: February 20, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Sindh United Party (SUP) Chairman Sayed Jalal Mehmood Shah on Monday expressed his reservations over a creation of new province is actually trampling over the ideology of Pakistan and SUP province wide public campaign will be launched against from Larkana on March 09. Talking to the media men in press conference, SUP leader said that the party will launch struggle against the silent supports of corruption, they have increased the miseries of people of motherland among the ruling PPP. He said there are numerous future threats to the country and the policies of dictator Musharaf are on going with the support of PPP government, added that SUP will fight against such a conspiracy. Sayed Jalal Shah said SUP condemned the rulers for the formation of Sindh and silent spectators over the issues relating to the NFC award and provincial autonomy. He said present rulers violating the Pakistan Resolution On the occasion, central leaders of Dr Dodo Maheri, Ameer Ali Thebo, Anwer Leghari, Advocate Ghulam Shah and others were present. Chairman SUP said that Pakistan was established on the basis of Pakistan Resolution 1940, which clearly stated that all national units deciding to join Pakistan will be the part of the Federation of Pakistan. “There was no such thing as administrative unit or administrative province”, he claimed. The SUP Chairman said that it was completely against the 1973 constitution to hold the debate of administrative provinces in the Senate of Pakistan and National Assembly. He said the Sindh Chief Minister slacked over the case of Sindh and disappoint in the dialogues on Sindh, despite this he was supporting as member of federation. Shah said NFC award was a lollypop for the Sindh people and instead of taking its due share 60 billions losses were faced to Sindh province, regarding the tax collection, while there was major share in pool, so that the Sindh case was correctly presented by the Chief Minister Sindh he claimed. He said even heavy migration in Sindh province and major devastation in Sindh, the people of Sindh still waiting for their rights, added that every common men should awake from their deep sleeps and fight for their rights otherwise present rulers are not sincere to their motherland he said.

Influential Muslims grab land of Christian graveyard in interior Sindh

Hyderabad, Pakistan: June 23, 2012. (PCP) Some influential Muslims vandalized graves of Christian graveyard to grab land in village Mohabat Khan Bhurgari, near district Tando Mohammad Khan in division Hyderabad in Sindh province of Pakistan. According to sources close to Pakistan Christian Post PCP, the local Christians are under fear of Muslim land mafia tools who threaten to kill them if they raise voice against them. The influential Muslims who vandalized Christian graves have sold half portion for commercial purpose while half has turned in cattle farming. These Muslim occupiers of Christian graveyard are Muhammad Sharif son of Suleman Rajput, Muhammd Zarif wal, Muhammad Sharif, Baqar Khan son of Ismael Rajput, Abdul Shaheed son of Baqar Khan and Muhammad Ilyas son of Mumtaz Ali who is ex-General Councilor of Town Committee. The Christians living in District Tando Mohammad Khan in a meeting decided to file an application with District and Divisional administration to regain control on graveyard land but influential Muslim land mafia is so resourceful in government that none is ready to act according to law. Mr. Saleem Masih and Mushtaq Masih who are campaigning against Muslim land mafia who seized Christian graveyard have appealed to Christians in Pakistan to raise their voice in favor of Sindhi Christians.

Rimsha Masih case contaminator Muslim Cleric granted bail in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: October 11, 2012. (PCP) Pakistani cleric Khalid Jadoon, who was accused of adding burnt Holy Quran pages to make the case against Rimsha stronger, was granted bail by a trial court on Thursday noon. A Session Judge Islamabad granted the bail on submission of a surety bond worth Rs200, 000. Jadoon’s lawyer Wajid Gilani maintained that since all the witnesses against his client backtracked from their statements, police now have no evidence of his involvement in the case. The cleric was accused of adding pages from the Holy Quran to ashes seized from 14-year-old Rimsha to implicate her and was sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand by a magistrate. Three witnesses who had testified against the cleric had later backtracked from their statements saying that the police had “forced” them to testify. Jadoon's lawyer says police have no evidence of his involvement in the case

Planning of Year of Faith in Anarkali Parish of Lahore

Lahore: February 8, 2013. (Fr. Inayat Bernard) January 26, 2013: The first mini convention was organized in the centre of Babu Zulfiqar Joseph at Amin Park in the Year of faith declared by the Holy Father Pope Benedict the XVI from 11th October 2012 till 24th November 2013. With his 11 catechist s parish priest Fr. Inayat Bernard has planned to have a mini convention every month preaching the 12 articles of faith of the Apostles’ Creed. The first article was I BELIVE IN THE FATEHR ALMIGHT; CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. Fr. Inayat Bernard told the multi-denominational congregation of around 200 people that God is the father who has shown himself in the Holy Bible as the creator and caretaker. He said to remember three personalities of the Bible as far their faith was concerned. First was Abraham who believed in the Creator and took his son to the mountain to be sacrificed. He said that as a father Abraham must have thought how can this be that the Almighty gave him the son in his old age and now He was asking his sacrifice. Humanly speaking it should have been very hard but due to this act of taking his son to the mountain Abraham is called the father of Believers. Second personality to remember was that of Moses who believed in the powerful hand of God who brought the people of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt after 430 years of slavery. Moses broke the two tables of ten commandments and let the people drink out of the water of the ashes from that golden calf as their penance for their disbelief. Third personality to remember regarding faith was that of St. Peter. When he was focused on Jesus Christ he was able to walk on water of Sea of Galilee but as soon he is distracted he is about to be drowned. The distractions of life may weaken our faith but when we are focused on the Lord then we will be victorious. He told the worshippers that we believe in the creator of heaven and earth and we are honored to be his creatures. We are expected to have faith in Him and be His witness of His mercy and love for all human beings. The Creator takes care of each and every human being and all creation. He is above all things and if we submit ourselves to His will He is always at our side and provides what is necessary for each one of us. One of the catechists said that it will be a chance to revive the faith of our people who go to different fortune tellers and hopefully they will trust in the Lord completely as compared to other gods and superstitions will be over. Another lady from Amin Park said that the three personalities from the Bible will help our faith by looking at their faith in the Lord. The second mini convention will take place in the third week of February in a another Catechist’s locality.

PCC nominates prominent Christian lawyer from Gujranwala as member of legal committee

Karachi: June 17, 2013. (PCP) The Central Executive Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC approved nomination of Mr. Samson Joseph Advocate as Member of PCC Legal Committee in a meeting here today. Mr. Samson Joseph advocate is a practicing lawyer from Gujranwala and struggling for social justice to oppressed communities from years. He is famous to provide free legal to victims of persecution of Christian with running non-governmental organization. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti said that I was impressed by the program of social uplift of Mr. Joseph Advocate high Court when I met him last year in USA. Dr. Bhatti congratulated Mr. Samson Joseph Advocate on Joining PCC Legal team. Mr. Mushtaq Gill Advocate High Court, President of PCC-Lahore, has welcomed Samson Joseph Advocate in Pakistan Christian Congress. Mr. Raymond Wallace Durrani, President PCC Canadian Chapter, Mr. Pervez Iqbal, President PCC Holland Chapter and Mr. Babar Khokhar President of PCC Chapter in USA have also congratulated Samson Joseph Advocate on his nomination as Member of PCC Legal Committee.

Yousaf Masih lost his job for attending his late sick daughter

Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan: December 4, 2013. (PCP) Yousaf Masih S/O Piyara Masih R/O Kamalia, Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan has been a sweeper in Punjab Police Department from 1987 to 2000. He has served his duties with all responsibility that there has been no complaint during 13 years of his service and he was always appreciated by his concerned authorities for his work. In the year 2000, Yousaf’s daughter got so much sick and was on death bed in the hospital. Yousaf submitted application for leave so that he may attend his daughter in the hospital. Leave in unavoidable circumstances is a right every individual in public service and Yousaf Masih requested for leave which was his legal right and he also had his leave of many days spared. He had not take leave for last many years so he had leave of many days in hand too. Instead of accepting the leave, the authorities started threatening Yousaf for expelling him from job and the doctors continued to call him for attending his daughter and Yousaf Masih was left with no option but to continue to beg the authorities for granting him leave. He continued to beg for the leave so that he may take her daughter to some big city and to a good hospital so that he may spare her daughter’s life. Lead by the love of his only daughter, Yousaf Masih wrote an application for leave, left it on the table of his concerned authorities and went to the hospital to take care of the dying daughter. In spite of the all the efforts of the doctors and the prayers of Yousaf Masih and his family, his daughter could not survive the sickness and died in the hospital after about one week of treatment. After the burial ceremonies, Mr. Yousaf Masih went back on job and was told that he has been expelled from the job for being absent. On inquiring, Yousaf Masih told that the authorities tore his application and cast it away in the garbage basket. Yousaf Masih told the authorities about all what happened with his family and his only daughter, but in vain. The authorities took no sympathy over his unavoidable circumstances and took no mercy even after the death of her only daughter and expelled him from job. Since then, Yousaf Masih is knocking one and the other door for help and he has not been heard and helped by anyone! God made it happen that Yousaf Masih contacted me after hearing about our work with the Suffering and Persecuted ones! He contacted and told about his story. I strongly condemn his expulsion from job and I am of the opinion that law permits him to get reinstatement on job with all the back benefits. Peace and relief work is never less expensive and dear people like Yousaf Masih who are left with no option then to remain without job and with no money, find it very difficult to get the proper forums to get relief and justice. I have filed the case of Yousaf Masih with the Provincial Ombudsman who at presently is looking into the matter and is convinced that Mr. Yousaf Masih has been persecuted for his faith and that he must be reinstated on the job. We are thankful to all of our supporters who help us with our work for the Orphaned, Slaved, Suffering and Persecuted ones in Pakistan. I oblige to continue to pledge your prayer times for persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Your prayers and help is a great blessing for us for being a blessing to those in need. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to help support the persecuted ones! Yours prayers and support is needed and appreciated. I express all of my gratification for joining with us in faith, trust and prayers and thank you so very much for standing along with us in expectancy!

Government delaying Asia Bibi case hearing to Pardon Geo TV blasphemer; PCP Report

Lahore: May 27, 2014. (PCP) The sources close to Law Ministry of Pakistan told Pakistan Christian Post today that Asia Bibi appeal hearing will not be brought before Division Bench of Lahore High Court until Pardon to Mir Shakeel Ur Rehman, Dr. Shaishta Lodhi, Vena Malik, Asad Khatak and other staff of Geo TV Chanel who are facing over a dozen cases of blasphemy in different Police Stations of Pakistan on committing blasphemy against family members of Holy Prophet Mohammad in a show which was watched by millions. Today, hearing of appeal of Asia Bibi against her death sentence on accusation of blasphemy was set before Division Bench of Lahore High Court on May 4, 2014, for May 27, 2014, but when case list was hoisted in court room, there was no mention of her appeal. Pakistan Christian Post when contacted Registrar office of Lahore High Court, it was revealed that Pakistan Government and Government of Punjab is pressuring Attorney General of LHC not put forward appeal hearing of Asia Bibi. In Morning Show of Geo TV, the host of Show Shashita Lodhi committed blasphemy on which viewers lodged a strong protest and cases were registered against owner of Geo TV Chanel in different cities of Pakistan under Section 295 C PPC and 298 PPC. The government of Pakistan stepped forward to protect Geo TV and Muslims named in cases of blasphemy on which 30 Muslim clerics issued Decree that if any Muslim commits blasphemy but apologies of his or her act then charges of blasphemy cannot be pressed and Pardon is Islamic act. The Law Ministry of Pakistan sources told PCP that if Lahore High Court upholds sentence of Asia Bibi then Pardon for Mir Shakeel and other Geo TV staff will be difficult, so, Asia Bibi case hearing will not be held before Pardon to these Muslim media person. Asia Bibi was sentenced to death on witness of one person under Section of 295 B and C of PPC which these Muslims are facing in FIR,s lodged against them; Meanwhile, CLAAS UK, issues following press release; Once again Aasia Bibi’s court hearing has been postponed. Aasia has been death row since 2010 and during the recent months her court hearing has been postponed three times. Her last hearing was due on April 14 but CLAAS lawyers were told that her case had been moved to Islamabad division Bench, and a date was set for May 27. But now we have been informed that her court hearing has been cancelled again and no new date has been set. Aasia Bibi was charged under the blasphemy law in 2009 for insulting the prophet Mohammad but she denies the charges which were brought against her by her colleagues working in the farms. During the recent months several cases have been registered, while Rashid Rehman, a lawyer defending blasphemy victim Junaid Hafeez was killed in his office. He had earlier been threatened in the presence of judge for not stopping defending Hafeez, a lecturer of Bahauddin Zakariya University. In another case 68 lawyers were charged under blasphemy law, while a 65-year-old man charged under the blasphemy law was killed by a teenager while being held in police custody. Around two weeks ago the owner of Pakistani channel GEO TV, and the host of Utho Jago Pakistan, Dr Shaista Lodhi, and her guests on the show were charged under the blasphemy law. Dr Shaista has apologised but there is dispute among the Ulemas about whether she should be pardoned. As this news was being written I received an email from my Ahmadi friend that minority member Dr. Mehdi Ali, a cardiac surgeon from Ohio, USA, who was volunteering in Pakistan, had been killed. The chief justice of Pakistan during a recent court hearing of the suo motu case of the bomb blast in a Peshawar church last year, where at least 85 Christians were killed, and more than 100 were injured, remarked that according to the Pakistan Penal Code’s (PPC) Article 295 “offence” against any religion falls under the blasphemy law. Chief Justice Jillani said that the apex court would “share the grievances of the minorities” and can direct establishment of a “new force” to safeguard the minorities”. He also expressed his anger over the non-registration of cases against those involved in setting temples ablaze in Sindh. Justice Jillani told the minorities’ representatives that due to the importance of the case the apex court would appoint amicus curiae – Munir A Malik, Khawaja Haris and Hassan Aurangzaib – who would assist the court in the matter without charging any fee. He directed the minorities’ representatives to submit a report which should indicate sections where the material has been used to abuse the minorities, and identify areas where law enforcing agencies failed to secure their life and property. Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS-UK, has welcomed the chief justice’s concern and said it must be of some comfort to the minorities, undoubtedly raising their hopes and helping to restore their faith in the courts. It is widely believed that blasphemy laws not only protect the veneration of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) Islamic personage, etc but justice Jillani has reinterpreted the law and nobody can deviate from it. Mr Saeed said: “This interpretation can be helpful to stop further attacks and fire being set to churches and temples. It is now up to Christian political and religious leadership as to how they take this interpretation and what course of action they take to protect their places of worship. “Since the chief justice seems sincere in providing justice to the minorities it is time for the minorities to use this opportunity wisely.” He further said the misuse of the blasphemy law is dangerously on the increase and creating chaos in the country. Since the Chief justice has realised the perils of the blasphemy law, the Pakistani government should also recognize the situation, bring changes and introduce safeguards immediately.

“Saleebi Kalemat” by Fr. Francis Tanveer spreads light, fragrance of peace and moderation: Dr. Maqsood Jafri

I met Father Francis Tanveer in Rumi Center Brooklyn run by under the supervision of eminent poet and columnist Mr.Ashraf Mian. I found him a convicted person. He believes in religious harmony and Interfaith dialogue. I have read his poetry. His poetry is religious and social. He is a practicing Christian, preaching love, peace and cordiality. I have read his Urdu book "Saleebi Kalemat" which in English means The Words on Cross. In that book I found the Biblical message of Love and Peace. The human history is drenched in the blood of humans in the name of God. It is very tragic that even today the hard liners of all faiths have made God the apple of discord. Father Francis Tanveer spreads the light and fragrance of peace and moderation. He is a good poet and a docile priest with facile pen and sweet tongue. His Urdu poetry is regularly published in Pakistan Weekly New York whose I happen to be the Chief Editor. Besides his spiritual and human mission his poetry is metrical and praise worthy. Dr.Maqsood Jafri

Peace in South Asia relates to Resolution of Kashmir. Peoples League

Srinagar: July 28, 2009. (PCP) Executive Member APHC and Acting Chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Mukhtar Waza in a statement said that it is now a well-accepted fact that the peace process in the sub-continent is irreversible. It may move in fits and starts, but the direction is clear. There can be no denying of the fact that during the last four years, political initiatives – local, domestic, bilateral and international – have all been moving in a positive direction, albeit at a slow pace. There are a few remarkable features about this peace process, which have a bearing on its sustainability, that were not in evidence in the earlier initiatives. There is no denying the fact that there are a lot of complexities in the JK issue with the intra-state relationship between Delhi and Srinagar and between Islamabad and Muzaffarabad. These intra-state relationships are further compounded by the emergence of a host of political parties and it is only peace which can guarantee perpetual peace in whole of the sub-continent whose fruits are always sweet and beneficial, Waza said. He urged that without the intervention of civilized world the permanent, honorable and durable solution of Kashmir issue can not be choked out because present world is governed by open market economy with bizarre maxim in the race of the survival of fittest and urged the result oriented parleys with the sense of meaning in the ambit of tripartite nature because in the prevalent new world order one can not live in isolation. It is only the peaceful resolution of Kashmir which can ensure peace in south Asia otherwise people in the region are doomed to face nuclear cataclysm, Waza said.

Asif Zardari must fulfill dreams of martyred Benazir Bhutto. Naheed Khan

LARKANA: November 30, 2009. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Naheed Khan, the political secretary of martyred Benazir Bhutto, said on Monday that the President Aisf Ali Zardari and his government must fulfill the promise and dream of Benazir Bhutto about the 58 2-B and 17th amendment. Addressing the 43rd Youm-e-Tassis (foundation day) by Pakistan Peoples Party, Naheed Khan said the Federal and Provincial Ministers must depend on workers and remain intact, not alone in the bunkers she said. She expressed that all the party workers demands for immediate probe and wants to know about the killers of Benazir Bhutto, who snatched their leader and offered money or plan behind. She along with workers still waiting to identify and arrest those culprits, otherwise Naheed demanded if the probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto could not be reached at, all the workers will took to the streets and roads led by her she added. Naheed Khan said the workers are depressed due to the inactive policies of government and current situation of Pakistan is not favorable due to the crises in Northern areas and other parts of country, added that the Pakistan Army in their own motherland busy in the operation against the terrorists she said. She said the Party workers are unite but devided and confused by the present rulers policies, she appealed all the workers to protect the asset of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and her legacy. She said the workers should take steps of accountability and protect the vision of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto could not bow herself before the dictator of the country and step ahead for true democracy in country; she said her struggle and sacrifice for the country will remain in the golden words, who devoted herself for the cause of democracy and now there is a political gape which could be fulfilled like her braveness and acknowledged world leader she said. She said the PPP government Ministers are responsible to protect the ideology and vision of Benazir Bhutto, she sacrificed her life and the ultimate result of present government she said. Senator Dr. Safdar Ali Abbasi, on the occasion criticized the present PPP government policies, said the party workers has lost their identity and searching their files for their sacrifices, further added that the workers are confused and unhappy with party leaders and demands for real and true spirit in the Party leaders. He said Benazir Bhutto legacy could not be fulfilled by only with government hollow slogans but their must be a true sense and actual ground struggle with letter and spirit, so we are protector of political asset of PPP he said. Senator Safdar said there is a conspiracy and enemy elements for PPP and spreading the regional approach and nationalist, but the PPP struggle is a federal and democratic he said. He said all the workers are united and demands after 43 years on this day that the party workers identity is in the crises that must be maintained and put together them in democratic rule he said. On the occasion, MPA Haji Munwer Ali Abbasi, Advisor Chief Minister Sindh Ameen Mengal, Mazhar Ali Junejo and large number of party leaders and workers were present in the gathering

Pakistan: Sharia Act on non-Muslims is unconstitutional. Agnes Massey

Toronto, Canada: March 8, 2010. (PCP) Agnes Massey, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Canadian Chapter said here today on International Day of Women that Pakistani Christian women are deprived of their equal rights and suffering under Sharia law. Agnes Massey said “I predicted during General Elections of 1985, just after the Referendum of President General Zia ul Haq, who announced Hadood Ordinance through Maglis-e-shora. I protested from his stage that Chastity of Christian girls is not safe. President asked me what happened? I replied that due to Qanoon-e-Shahadat, if Muslim will abduct a lady from Minority communities and commit adultery, then evidence will be from Muslim side and not from non-Muslim’s side, which is very unjust. and burning point of the day. President asked me for representation, which I handed over to him immediately, who thanked me for quick response” Moreover I pointed out to President Zial-Ul-Haq that Constituency for the National assembly is the whole country and for the Provincial Assembly is the whole province for minorities. It’s very difficult to reach to our voters. I further suggested that there should be a double vote system. President announced from Chitral ,that he is responsible for the chastity of ladies from the minority communities. Then Sharia Bill was tabled in the National Assembly which was passed only by120 members while mandatory majority to pass a Bill should be 2/3 members. So practice of Sharia Act on non Muslims is illegal and unconstitutional could be challenged and it's easy for present Government to exempt minorities from Sharia act and allow them to practice their own personal laws. According to the Constitution of Pakistan, Minorities are free to practice their religion while according to the Holy scriptures Christians are not allowed to embrace laws of other religion. You advised me to send my picture of speech with this article which I already sent you last week.

GAWO to launch Child Education Project in Karachi on Independence Day of Pakistan.

Holland: June, 16, 2010, (By Pervaiz Iqbal) ) Good Angels World Organization (GAWO) Holland has finalized to inaugurate Child Education Project for working and non school going children in Karachi on independence day of Pakistan 2010. Mr. Gulbaz Fazal, Vice President, GAWO talking to PCP explained, project is at final touches and confidently assured classes will be started from August 16, 2010. Replying to a question about study material, Mr. Gulbaz said books and other study material has been selected after due consultation with the Education department and other relevant institutions to ensure latest and required standard of education to raise up our children and future of Pakistan and to equip them for all success in and outside Pakistan. Procedure for selection of Teachers will strictly be followed keeping in mind the importance of Child Education as well as sufficient qualification, experience and professional skills said Mr. Gulbz Fazal. Lastly Mr. Fazal showed his hope that circle of this project will be enhanced to the other cities of Pakistan.

UK: Anti-Islam EDL Group Viewed as “New Face of Europe” By Jeffrey Imm

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights of religious freedom, freedom of conscience, and freedom of worship for all people. R.E.A.L. rejects hatred and rejects the activities of those who seek to promote hatred towards identity groups and specific religions. R.E.A.L. rejects calls for violence and violence, vandalism, and protests to disrupt freedom of religion by individuals at houses of worship. At blogs this week, the British anti-Islam group, the English Defence League (EDL) involved in numerous violent protests against Muslims and mosques, was alternatively being viewed by a Hudson Institute writer A.Millar as “the new face of Europe” or compared to the American “Tea Party” by the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) leader Pamela Geller. Hudson Institute’s “A. Millar” believes that the EDL has the potential of “bringing the diverse groups of society together, in support of national tradition, liberty, and democracy — the movement might one day be the new face of Europe.” SIOA Executive Director Pamela Geller has sought to promote the EDL, and she states on the American Thinker blog that “The EDL is routinely smeared in the British media, as the Tea Party activists are smeared in the U.S. media.” An SIOA supporter claims that there are efforts to create an EDL-like group in America. The SIOA invited EDL members to join their 9/11, 2010 protest against the Park Place Islamic Center in New York City. They ignore that the EDL has been involved in violent protests across the United Kingdom against mosques in that country. The EDL’s history of violence and hate can’t be ignored, or merely dismissed as just a few troublemakers buying their “hoodies.” The repeated photographs of EDL protest violence and hatred have been captured by many in the media, including the right-wing Daily Mail, the Birmingham Mail, the AFP, the Guardian, and many others. I urge readers to look at such reports and ask themselves, “is this what we hope to see as the ‘new face of Europe’”? The English Defence League (EDL) group has been repeatedly associated with violence against police, chanting vulgar and hateful remarks, and terrorizing the elderly with their violent protests. The EDL has been associated with violent protests in April 2010 tearing down police barricades, and again in July 2010 throwing bricks at police officers. The EDL was once again involved in a violent protest on August 28, two weeks before they came to the 9/11 NYC protest. One of those planning to come to the NYC rally EDL leader Tommy Robinson was denied access to the United States by Homeland Security. One EDL member was even arrested for suspicion a terrorist plot against a UK mosque. The EDL violent hatemongering has been captured on video and can been seen on YouTube. Some EDL members proudly display swastikas and “Heil Hitler.” Some claim this is “leftist” media – the Daily Mail, the UK Sun, are hardly “leftist” media in their reports on the violence by the EDL.

Bosnia and the myths of peaceful Islam and the hidden Islamic jihad. Lee Jay Walker, The Modern Tokyo Times

The hidden “Islamic jihad” and dimensions of Bosnia have been ignored prior to the conflict, during the civil war in the early 1990s, and afterwards. This misrepresentation of reality meant that thousands of Islamists from all over the world were aided by so-called democratic powers and the role of the mass media and many leading academics served the ambitions of Al-Qa’ida and other outside powers. Therefore, what is the reality of Bosnia and why is it claimed that all communities resided in peace and tranquility? According to many naïve Western commentators Bosnia was a tranquil reality where Muslims and Christians lived happily together for many centuries. Not only this, the Western rhetoric claimed that in modern times it was the Muslim leadership in Bosnia which was open-minded, democratic, modernist, and which desired to maintain a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. The truth could not have been further and Western commentators and academics are clearly glossing over reality because the Ottoman Empire was not based on enlightenment. On the contrary, the Islamization of Bosnia was paid by the blood of Christians and the slavery and forced conversions of young Christian boys who were forcibly converted to Islam via the barbaric devshirme system. John R. Schindler stated in his book called Unholy Terror that “The most hated aspect of Ottoman rule in Bosnia, and the one whose memory lingers most sharply even today, was the practice of devshirme, the blood tax imposed on Christians. For three centuries beginning with the conquest of Bosnia, the Ottomans annually levied male children as tribute; every year, up to one-fifth of Christian boys in Bosnia – usually aged fourteen to twenty, but some were younger – were forcibly taken from their families in contingents of a thousand and shipped to the imperial court at Istanbul to become warrior-slaves in the janissaries, the Sultan’s elite guard. They were converted to Islam….” Page 23 – Unholy Terror The Christians of Bosnia clearly faced pogroms, institutional discrimination, and a system which was brutal. If Christian men happened to fall in love with Muslim women then they faced the death penalty because it is forbidden in Islam, however, countless numbers of Christian women were taken by Muslims, just like in modern day Egypt and Pakistan, and the legal authorities deemed this permissible. In fact the myth of peaceful Islam in Bosnia could not be further from the truth because conditions for Christians in Bosnia was especially brutal because the landed elites who were Muslim, ruled over their Christian subjects with disdain. The Western hype of multi-cultural Bosnia is just that and in the middle of the 19th century you had around one hundred mosques in Sarajevo but only one Orthodox Christian church. Non-Muslims suffered the fate of being dhimmis and converts to Islam used their power in order to maintain a system which supported every indignity that you could imagine. It was a policy based on the “superior Muslims” against the “enslaved Christians” and if the Christians did not accept dhimmitude, paying heavy taxes via jizya, and allowing young Christian boys to be converted to Islam and taken away to Istanbul, then the Islamic sword awaited them. World War Two also witnessed the mutual support of the Muslim elites with Nazi Germany and Orthodox Christians faced the brutality of many forces. This notably applies to the Croatian Catholic Ustasha regime which was genocidal towards the Serbian Orthodox Christians and it must be stated that Muslims participated fully within the military wing and police force of this brutal and barbaric regime. At the same time Muslims served under the Nazi regime of Germany and the 13th Volunteer Mountain Division of the Waffen-SS (Handschar) was famous for killing Orthodox Christians. John R. Schindler states that “Despite strong local support, Himmler’s Bosnian division ultimately did little to help the Nazi cause or defend the Bosnian Muslims…….the 13th Division’s actual combat record was slight, while its depredations against unarmed Serbs were impressive; the Muslim troops spent more time killing and looting than actually fighting…….the 13th Division ended the war ingloriously, plagued by war crimes and desertion.” Page 36 – Unholy Terror Again, it must be remembered that this Bosnia is the same Bosnia that Western journalists and academics claimed was peaceful and based on religious and ethnic toleration. It would appear that these journalists and academics deem the control of land in the hands of Muslims; converting Christian boys to Islam by the barbaric devshirme system; killing Christian males for marrying Muslim women; no rights under law during cases involving Christians and Muslims; a brutal jizya tax system; the mass inequality of the dhimmitude system; and the fact that Muslims joined forces with both the Ustasha fascist regime and the Nazi SS; somehow, all this in the eyes of Western academics and journalists meant ethnic and religious bliss. If the same journalists and academics had vindicated Western European and Arab slavery of Africans in Africa then the mass media would have ridiculed such disgraceful notions of history. However, the same mantra was used in order to vindicate the Muslim side in Bosnia during the 1990s. The communist interlude in Yugoslavia certainly contained Islamists in Bosnia but Muslim elites like Alija Izetbegovic were waiting in the wings and his pan-Islamic dreams for the Islamization of Bosnia and then further afield remained strong. However, when the conflict broke out in 1992 the media in the West remained silent about this and other future crimes by both Bosnian Islamists and international Islamic jihadists who glorified in beheading Orthodox Christians and spreading a new Islamic jihad. The hidden “Islamic jihad” in Bosnia was covered up because this suited the needs of interested parties and it was not productive to show America, Alija Izetbegovic, Al-Qa’ida, the global jihadist network, and other nations, working hand in hand. Therefore, the “Muslim victim card” was played and the same applies to re-writing history. The Serbians, who had been the victims of Islamic jihad under the Ottomans and then suffered so brutally under the Ustasha/Nazi/Islamic collaboration during World War Two, were once more victims, just like they had been under the Habsburg Empire, because during the 1990s it is clear that the mass media sided with all anti-Serbian forces. This applies to supporting Croatia, the Muslims of Bosnia, and the Albanian Muslims of Kosovo. In my article called Bosnia and Clinton’s Radical Islamists, I comment that “Sky News has obtained clear and proper evidence of a major cover-up and footages of massacres against Serbian Christians have been seen. According to the investigation and footages which were shown, it is abundantly clear that thousands of radical Islamists from all over the world were given a free-reign in Bosnia.” “This free-reign meant that innocent Serbian Christians were to meet terrible and disturbing deaths at the hands of radical Islamists who celebrated openly while cutting the heads off innocent civilians. The same Islamic forces which unleashed September 11th and which stone people to death in order to create “year zero,” were welcomed openly by ex-President Clinton and by people within his administration.” Vojin Joksimovich in his book called Kosovo is Serbia states that “Tudjman preferred Milosevic to Bosnian Muslims and their leader Alija Izetbegovic, whom he detested and described him as an Islamic fundamentalist with ambition to create an Islamic state in Europe. Needless to say, Washington and the Germans, as appeasers of radical Islam, did not allow Tudjman and Milosevic to proceed with their plan which would have avoided the war and associated sufferings.” Page 106 – Kosovo is Serbia Vojin Joksimovich also states that “During the war in Bosnia, Milosevic supported every single peace proposal for termination of the war, starting with the Vance-Owen plan in 1993 in contrast to President Clinton who undermined four peace proposals and thus extended the bloody conflict in an attempt to deliver victory to the Bosnian Muslims. Milosevic fired Milan Babic, Republic of Serbian Krajina president, for rejecting the Vance Plan for autonomy of Krajina which Milosevic considered acceptable.” Page 107 – Kosovo is Serbia However, for Muslim elites the Bosnian conflict provided an opportunity and Alija Izetbegovic who had ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and who openly admired Ayatollah Khomeini, saw an opening for Islam in Bosnia and his pan-Islamism meant that he ignored the Sunni-Shi divide. Izetbegovic’s Islamic Declaration made it clear that he supported a pan-Islamic state which would include vast areas of land and link Europe with the Muslim world in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, and to nations like Indonesia. In his views “There can be no peace or harmony between the ‘Islamic religion’ and non-Islamic social and political institutions.” However, despite Izetbegovic having links with the Muslim Brotherhood and obtaining support from Iran in the 1980s during the height of a Muslim crackdown against all forces of moderation in Iran, he somehow emerges under the wings of moderation during the Bosnian conflict. The leader of America, Bill Clinton, in the early 1990s was not concerned about Izetbegovic stating that “Islamic society without an Islamic government is incomplete and impotent.” Before the war broke out in 1992 it is clear that the Muslim leader understood full well about which direction he wanted Bosnia to go. Izetbegovic visited Iran before the conflict erupted and asked for support. John R. Schindler comments that “Izetbegovic and his entourage, including his sons, were treated royally by the Iranians, the culmination of the Bosnian Islamists’ love affair with revolutionary Iran. They wanted Tehran’s help, and they received it. Izetbegovic asked Iranian leader Rafsanjani about the views of Iranian intelligence regarding the situation in Bosnia, regarding the risks of a war, and explicitly asked for Iranian “help” if hostilities broke out. The Bosnians were pleased when they were informed that they could count on Iran’s full support; they received blank checks…..” Page 54 – Unholy Terror Therefore, we have a whitewash of past history and how the Serbian Orthodox Christians suffered during the Ottoman Empire. This applies to the brutality of the devshirme system, dhimmitude, pogroms, and the enslavement of Christians. The reality of history is being reduced in order to meet current political trends and this collective amnesia also applies to the Muslims supporting both Croatian fascists and the Nazi Party during World War Two. Turning to events in the 1990s it is clear that Alija Izetbegovic had an Islamic vision for Bosnia and he also spoke about the need to support all Muslims throughout the former Yugoslavia. At the same time he was welcomed with open arms by Iran and he had links with the Muslim Brotherhood. However, this meant nothing to Bill Clinton and Al-Qa’ida was given a free-reign in Bosnia by America and other forces which had vested interests. Vojin Joksimovich in his book called The Revenge of the Prophet highlights the role of Al-Qa’ida because he states that “Osama Bin Laden saw a great opportunity in Bosnia and established a base of operations in Europe against Al Qaeda’s true enemy, the U.S. The Afghan Jihad and the Gulf War combined to produce fertile ground for 9/11. However, Bosnia became the direct springboard for 9/11, the Madrid train bombings and probably London.” Page 298 – The Revenge of the Prophet Just like the mass media and academics had falsified history they were now ignoring the reality of Bosnia. Islamic jihadists were given the “green light” alongside terrorist networks and thousands entered Bosnia with the complicity of the Bosnian Muslim government and agencies which were serving Bill Clinton. Therefore, the beheadings of Orthodox Christians were not shown on television, nor were images of thousands of Islamists who were killing in the name of Allah and of course the real underdogs were the Bosnian Serbs because they were fighting Bosnian Muslims, Croatians, Islamic jihadists, and covert military support and training from Western nations who were involved in murky dealings with nations like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and a host of other nations. The Islamic agenda of Izetbegovic before the war was ignored and then during the war the mass media and academics, alongside political leaders, all developed collective amnesia. Memories of history remained strong but somehow the Orthodox Christians of Bosnia were meant to welcome their future “dhimmi” status if Izetbegovic’s dreams were to come true. John R. Schindler states that “How the mujahidin, bin Laden’s holy warriors, came to Bosnia, were funded by corrupt Islamic financiers, and left their unfortunate mark on Europe is a tale of fanaticism, criminality, and violence that must be explained to understand the actual course of events in Bosnia during the war and after.” Page 147 – Unholy Terror El-Mujahid fighters in Bosnia and other Islamists enjoyed torturing Christian captives and beheading them and then sending these images to the internet. Just like Islamists have done after capturing Americans and other nationals in Iraq and other parts of the world. However, for Bill Clinton and the Western media this did not concern them because they had to highlight the “Muslim victim card.” Yet the same Americans who were disgusted when Muslim jihadists did this to their nationals in Iraq did not know that their own American government tolerated this during the war in Bosnia. In fact it is known that billions of dollars were sent to Bosnia in order to fund an Islamic jihad and Islamists entered Bosnia freely and with tacit support. John R. Schindler states that “Izetbegovic and SDA higher-ups mendaciously claimed to have no knowledge of el-Mujahid or any such units, a pleasant fraud that nobody in the West seemed interested in unmasking. Izetbegovic’s mid-November 1993 visit to the “el-jihad unit of the Army of Bosnia and Hercegovina” was reported by Sarajevo radio, including the president’s counsel to the holy warriors to “be merciless towards the enemy,” but none of the legion of Western journalists in the capital bothered to take note.” Page 167 – Unholy Terror Izetbegovic stated that “He who rises against Islam will reap nothing but hate and resistance” and the Bosnian Orthodox Christians new full well that he was not interested in sharing power or a democratic nation which was based on pluralism. On the contrary Izetbegovic was warning the Christians to accept dhimmitude and Islamization. At the same time he welcomed support from the Muslim Brotherhood, international Islamists, Al-Qa’ida, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Islamic channels via Sudan and other nations. Izetbegovic also stated that “….In perspective, there is but one way out in sight: creation and gathering of a new intelligence which thinks and feels along Islamic lines. This intelligence would then raise the flag of the Islamic order and together with the Muslim masses embark into action to implement this order…..” Chris Deliso who is the author of The Coming Balkan Caliphate: the Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West , comments that“…the proliferation of foreign-funded fundamentalist groups has challenged the power and legitimacy of traditional Balkan Muslim communities in unprecedented and often violent ways. Well-funded groups like the Saudi-backed Wahabbis continue to exploit internal schisms within local communities…” Chris Deliso also comments that “The direct relation between Bosnia as a localized jihad and Bosnia as a springboard for Islamist attacks in the West became felt almost immediately. Hundreds of foreign mujahedin, treated as heroes and presented with Bosnian passports after the war, were naturalized into the country, and were awarded their own enclaves ruled by Sharia law. Veterans of the Bosnian war who had seen it as just another in a series of jihad operations proved reluctant to settle down into rural ‘retirement,’ however. Failed terrorist attacks against the 1996 G-7 Summit in Lille, France and Los Angeles International Airport in December 1999 both involved veterans of Bosnia. Indeed, “five years before the sophisticated terrorist assault on the U.S.,” the Los Angeles Times would conclude in October of 2001, “the French were starting to uncover loosely linked violent networks spreading into several countries, all tied together by a common thread: Bosnia.” “Most disturbingly, with the seminal attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington several individuals, including fundraisers, planners, and actual hijackers were associated with the Bosnian jihad. In addition, a tight-lipped CIA source also told the Washington Times on September 18, 2001 that there was a definite connection between the 9/11 plotters and Albania-based Islamic terrorists. Finally, a group of Albanian-American imams who had gleefully predicted the attacks the month before, and who had links with Kosovo Albanian organized crime structures, were briefly detained in Kosovo by UN police; however, they were inexplicably released. In November, 2007, it was revealed that some of the 9/11 hijackers had also been trained in Turkey, which despite being a secular Islamic state had also long been a two-way conveyor belt for international mujahedin and fundraisers active in both the Bosnian and Chechen jihads.” It is clear that Muslim demographic factors will continue to alter the landscape of parts of the Balkans and alongside this will be major investments from Islamic nations which desire to spread and create Islamic states in Europe. Added to this are Islamic terrorist cells and individuals who were welcomed into Bosnia and Kosovo by local Muslim elites and by policy makers in Washington during the conflicts of Bosnia and Kosovo. Policy makers in Washington now have a different agenda but more recent terrorist activity is evidence that the international Islamists have spread their ideology alongside Muslim elites in Bosnia who had an Islamic agenda. The “Muslim victim card” is still being used and this needs to be challenged because the conflict in Bosnia was complex and the Bosnian Serb leadership faced a “hidden Islamic war” and a “covert war,” whereby international players openly manipulated the situation on the ground. Serge Trifkovic (Srdja Trifkovic) who is the author of The Sword of the Prophet states that “The American intervention in the Balkans – humanitarian bombings, multicultural Muslims, and all – was the Clinton team’s exercise in counter-realism. Its end result is the strengthening of an already aggressive Islamic base in the heart of Europe that will not go away.” Page 227 – The Sword of the Prophet John R. Schindler states that “Although Sarajevo’s supporters went to great lengths to deny it, there was no avoiding the reality that after 9/11, as al-Qa’ida attacks multiplied across the world, a disturbing number of the terrorists involved had close ties to Bosnia and the holy war waged there. The dedicated cadres bin Laden had first nurtured in Afghanistan and brought to fruition in Bosnia were ready for the all-out confrontation with the “apostates” and “infidels” that al-Qa’ida had promised.” Page 296 – Unholy Terror John R. Schindler continues by stating that “The role of the West in the fate of Bosnia cannot be underestimated. The willful blindness of Western elites, the dishonest and mendacious representations of Bosnia and its war presented by intellectuals, academics, entertainers and journalists, decisively influenced the course of the conflict, to the benefit of radical Islam.” Page 324 – Unholy Terror The events of Bosnia and the role of Izetbegovic and radical Islam did not fit the Western agenda and for multi-cultural media outlets which desired to maintain the “Muslim victim card myth” it suited their quaint upbringings. Therefore, while the Serbians were being demonized the international Islamic brigade was slitting the throats of Orthodox Christians and they clearly had the blessing of Izetbegovic. The ramifications of Bosnia continues and this applies to Islamic terrorist cells; Islamization funding projects by Bosnian Muslim elites alongside funding from Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations; demographic factors; the “Muslim victim card” in order to radicalize Muslim youths; and other factors. However, despite everything it appears that America is still intent on a unified Bosnia whereby a Christian majority will be ruled by Muslim elites. Maybe the leadership in America could point to a nation where non-Muslims welcomed being ruled by Muslims and what happened once they became ruled by Islamic Sharia law? It is clear that the Bosnian Serbs cannot trust the international community because of past deeds and the ongoing reality of Kosovo where Orthodox Christians reside in fear and in the knowledge that many Orthodox Christian churches and monasteries have been destroyed. The past reality of Islam in Bosnia means that you have no history of mutual co-existence because dhimmitude, jizya, pogroms, and the devshirme system was brutal. Therefore, you had a Muslim landed elite and an Orthodox Christian peasantry which was taxed heavily in order to maintain Islamic power and control. Overall, the distortions of past history and events during the war is one of international shame because the media bias was not only extreme, it was dangerous. Therefore, Islamists within the Bosnian elites were given a power base and they increased their power base by blocking any compromise and allowing thousands of Islamists from all over the world to enter Bosnia. Today global Islamists and the followers of Izetbegovic are still dreaming about an Islamic state and Saudi funding and other policies are intent on changing the Balkans. Islamists also hope to use the demographic factor in order to achieve this. Therefore, the Bosnian Serbs need either an independent nation state or to be allowed a referendum in order to join Serbia. If not, the Serbs face another de-Orthodox Christianization reality and this factuality can be seen in modern day Kosovo where their culture, churches, and community is under constant threat. The rich history of Orthodox Christianity in Kosovo faces a bleak future and one of little hope. If the Bosnian Serbs continue to wait or are forced by the international community to accept Bosnian centralization then surely the same fate awaits them and this applies to Islamization

Foreign and Commonwealth Office report notes on plight of Pakistani Religious Minorities

London: May 20, 2011. (PCP) CLAAS has questioned the accuracy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s annual report on democracy and human rights which makes no mention of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and the plight of the country’s religious minorities. The report dedicates 10 pages to Pakistan but says nothing of the enormous human rights abuses being carried out against Christians and other minorities as a direct consequence of the blasphemy laws. CLAAS has raised its concerns in a submission to the FCO following the publication of the 2010 report. In it, CLAAS UK Coordinator Nasir Saeed says: “I don’t see this report as being comprehensive unless a chapter is included about religious minorities, who are suffering because of their faith both at the society level and the government level because of discriminatory policies.” Whilst the FCO report praises the Pakistani government for its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Convention Against Torture, Mr Saeed warns that these steps still fall short of convincing the international community of the commitment of President Zardari’s administration to the promotion of human rights. “In profound contrast with these initiatives, the human rights situation in Pakistan has greatly deteriorated particularly for members of religious minorities,” he said. Mr Saeed raises particular concern over the murders of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who was shot dead by his own bodyguard in January after voicing support for the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy last November; and for Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Minorities Minister and outspoken campaigner for reform of the blasphemy laws who was shot dead by gunmen in March. “Following the recent killing of Governor Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, questions need to be asked about the government’s ability and willingness to protect those who speak out against extremism,” he says. The submission raises concern over the misuse of the blasphemy laws by extremists and serious weaknesses in Pakistan’s judicial system, namely corruption. “Judges and lawyers are often intimidated resulting in shambolic trials falling short of Pakistan’s International Human Rights obligations,” says Mr Saeed. The amendment or repeal of [the blasphemy laws] is an absolutely necessity for the survival of religious minorities in Pakistan. “Yet the Government is paralysed by fears of Islamist street power from those who are against any changes to these laws. “As a result it is unable to ensure protection for those who speak against the laws". The submission ends with a challenge to the UK government to “recognise the plight and danger” faced by religious minorities in Pakistan and “open up its doors to all refugees who have nowhere else to go”.

Egyptian Army, Police Kill 35 Coptic Christian Protestors

Cairo: October 10, 2011. (AINA) For the second time in five days military and police forces forcibly dispersed Coptic protesters. 35 Copts were killed today and over 300 injured. The numbers could rise dramatically as many bodies are still unidentified and disfigured beyond recognition. The dead and injured have been transported to the Coptic Hospital in Cairo. Bodies of 4 Copts were found in buildings and taken to the public morgue, reported al-Ahram Daily. There were discrepancies between reports from the official State-owned TV and independent TV stations. Al-Hayat confirmed that army armored vehicles went into Maspero "in a strange way" and ran over the protesters. A video clip of the armored vehicles running amok through the 150,000 protesters was shown on Al-Arabia TV. Egyptian State-run TV said that Coptic protesters killed 3 soldiers and injured 20. They gave no numbers for the fallen or injured Copts. They also said that the Copts had weapons. This was refuted by Coptic priests and activists. Nader Shoukry, Coptic activist and journalist, said "We only had wooden crosses." "Today occurred a massacre of the Copts," said Coptic priest, Father Filopateer Gamil in a telephone conversation with CTV Coptic Channel. "I was an eyewitness to all what happened." According to witnesses, the army forces were waiting for the Copic rally to arrive at Maspero, near the state television building. "They arranged a trap for us," said Father Filopateer. "As soon as we arrived they surrounded us and started shooting live ammunition randomly at us. Then the armored vehicles arrived and ran over protesters." Father Filopateer said he saw army police and affiliated thugs torching police cars, to later blame it on the Copts. He believes that the assault on the Copt was preplanned. Copts announced a few days ago that they would stage a rally to protest the torching of the church in the village of Elmarinab in Edfu, Aswan (AINA 10-1-2011), as well as the brutal attack on the Coptic rally in Maspiro on October 4 (AINA 10-9-2011). Rallies were to be staged in Cairo, Aswan, Minya, Beni-Suef, Assiut, Suez and Alexandria. "When we announced this peaceful rally we made it understood that it will be from 5-8pm and no sit-in and no blocking of traffic," said Ihab Aziz, Coptic-American activist, who was one of the organizers. Aziz said that the procession started today at the Christian populated district of Shubra and went to Maspero, in front of the TV building, on the river Nile. On their way, some Muslims fired live ammunition over their heads to terrorize them and some bricks were hurled at them. By the time they arrived to Maspero there were nearly 150,000 protesters. "The army and police were waiting for us about 200 meters away from the Maspero TV building," said Aziz. "They started firing at us before two army armored vehicles came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels." He said he saw at least 20 dead Copts around him. "The most horrible scene was when one of the vehicles ran over a Copt's head, causing his brain to explode and blood was all over the place," recalled Aziz. he held out his hand, showing two bullets in his palm. "We got a clear message today that we are no first class citizens." The same description of events was confirmed by Nader Shoukry. He said that when the Copts were trapped by the army forces, some threw themselves in the Nile and some just fainted seeing other people being run-over in front of their eyes. Copts ran to hide in the neighboring buildings, but the police dragged them out and assaulted them. Michael Munier, head of El Hayat (Life) Party, said that what happened to the Copts today was a massacre. He asked why do the authorities kill the Copts who were protesting peacefully for their rights, while at the same time when Salafists blocked the trains in Qena for 10 days protesting against a Copt being nominated for governor of Qena, no one touched them? "People are being prosecuted, including former President Mubarak, in courts presently because they killed demonstrators on January 28. Now the military police is doing the same to the Copts," said Shoukry. A curfew has been announced tonight in several Cairo streets.

Killers of ZA Bhutto and BB are still free.

LARKANA: February 21, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Former federal Minister MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto on Tuesday said that the present allies’ government hasn’t delivered its proper mission and vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, while the killers are still free. We are still clueless about the murder of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and people in his constituency questions government that who is the responsible to arrest of killers of Z. A Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto he termed. The first cousin of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, former Federal Minister for youth affairs MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto has alleged the present rulers for monopoly in the government policies and they are not sincere to the people according to the objectives and mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. He said it is an ill-fated that the traditional politicians have destroyed the image of ideology; these corrupt strangers are jeopardy on the resources of country and even ignore the ideology of Pakistan. He condemned those elements they are entered with their vested interests and hijack party and government to fulfill the agenda of their enemies and supports anti-PPP in government. Shahid Bhutto highlighted that the nation still in coma and they must wake up and distinguish the party and enemies of Bhutto-ism, added that we must acknowledge the failures of four years passed and should be held ourselves accountable democratically to the people of country he said. Earlier, MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto along with civil society while visit to a senior Journalist Nazir Siyal for condolence on the sad demise of his mother and with secretary BISE Larkana Mumtaz Memon. On the occasion, MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto and civil society leaders, MNAs and MPAs expressed their grief on the sudden demise of the mother of Nazir Siyal and prayed Almighty Allah to rest his soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude. Earlier, the spokesman of President and the news editors, staff of print and electronic media organizations also sent messages and condoles on the sudden demise of his mother on the occasion

AWAM holds training workshop for media personnel on disability issues

Faisalabad: June 23, 2012. (PCP) Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) organized a training workshop for media personnel titled "Engaging Media to Highlight Disability Issues” held on June 18, 2012 at Lord’s Inn Hotel in Faisalabad, which was joined by 22 journalists from print and electronic media. The objective of the workshop was to impart knowledge among media personnel about disability concepts and framework, update them about injustice, inequality and discrimination towards persons/women with disabilities, and highlight role of media in reporting the cases of people with disabilities. At this juncture, the trainers emphasized on the media personnel to keep the government accountable through media attention towards plight of persons with disabilities, and play their role by raising awareness, using proper language and right terminologies when addressing disability issues. Speaking on the occasion, the Executive Secretary of the AWAM, Naseem Anthony said, “The journalists must use a good approach for the persons with disabilities to feel accommodated, when highlighting their problems and concerns." "There is general lack of awareness about disability, and it is not too late for the media to play an important role in bringing disability to the fore-front," he added. The Coordinator of the AWAM, Shazia George said, “Government should include disability issues in the curriculum, and must build good infrastructure at religious sites for persons with disabilities so that they could easily participate in their religious rituals.” “Role of media is imperative for integration of persons with disabilities in the mainstream, therefore media should come forward to highlight the plight of people with disabilities objectively, and make their stories positive and visible," she stressed. A Journalist, Farakh Shahzad said, “Media coverage plays a crucial role in educating the public by providing information on disability issues. It serves as the key for advocacy, networking and opinion-making, therefore reporting on disability must not perpetuate negative effects of disability nor reinforce stereotypes." A Journalist, Iftikhar Ahmad said, "People with disabilities suffer from a lack of presence in the media, because they are not regularly featured, strengthens the negative perception that they are somehow not the part of normal life. Journalists can play a role in raising their visibility by including them as their sources.” A Journalist, Ali Ashfaq Hashmi said, "The media just like any other development actors should play a critical role of raising awareness by not only reporting on disability but also setting the disability agenda. Media coverage on disability needs to be balanced, non-discriminative, and should not reinforce negative effects of disability." The Executive Director of the Society of Disabled People for Rights and Development (SDPRD) and a person with disability, Dr. Sajid Ali said, "The media can help begin to overcome the common feeling of isolation that persons with disabilities face by showing that they can be consulted on issues of national interest and are similar to able-bodied persons." "Depicting and portraying persons with disabilities by media in responsible positions contributing to the society will frame people's assumptions, perceptions and expectations," he added.

Another teenage booked for blasphemy in Karachi Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: October 11, 2012. (SHAMIM MASIH): Rimsha’s case is still grabbing the headlines, and another case of blasphemy was reported to police on Wednesday, 10th October. The house of accused Ryan Brain Patris (boy) was ransacked and furniture was wet on fire in a violent protest, this time was not in a slum but in a middle-class neighborhood of Gulshan-i-Iqbal Karachi. Ryan Brain 15 years, Christian boy has been accused of sending text messages containing ‘blasphemous’ content to his Muslim friends. The incident took place in the staff colony of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) located at the junction of University Road and Abu al Hasan Ispahani Road, Karachi. Police said that the boy was accused by the residents that he had sent text messages containing blasphemous content to his Muslim friends. As the SMS reportedly circulated among the residents of the colony comprising workers and officers, they eventually attacked the residential quarter of Ryan Brain, 15, and his mother, Rubina Bryan, on Wednesday, police said. Ms Bryan worked as a superintendent at the SSGC, they added. The SMS had been sent on Tuesday night. However, apparently after realizing the gravity of the situation the family had vacated the house and been placed in a safe place, said a senior police officer of the area. “Had they not left the house, the situation could have been really bad,” the officer observed. On Wednesday, the enraged people ransacked the house and set fire to the household articles, including the bed, washing machine and fridge, after bringing them out on to the main University Road. The protesters also raised slogans against the family. After the turmoil, police reached the scene and tried to appease the protesters assuring them that police would register the case. A case (FIR No 432/2012) under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet) of the Pakistan Penal Code, Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 25 of the Telegraph Act was later registered at the Mobina Town police station. A duty officer of the police station said the FIR was registered against Ryan Stanten, son of Ms Bryan, a resident of SSGC staff colony on a complaint of SSGC chief manager Khursheed Alam. People scared Describing the trend as very dangerous, in which the Christians were also being targeted, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chief Zohra Yousaf said that people had become very scared. Earlier in August, a 14-year-old Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, had been accused of blasphemy by a cleric in a suburban neighbourhood of Islamabad. She was finally released by a court and had to be airlifted to an undisclosed location for security reasons. Earlier in 2009, under FIR No. 767, dated 28.11.2008 under sections 295-c/109 PPC, 25-D Telegraph act, Pakistani Additional Session Judge, Muhammad Sarfraz Akhter in Rawalpindi has acquitted the accused Hector Aleem, Basharat Khokhar and Robin Masih in the same kind of case. The court stated in its order, “in nutshell on the basis of illegalities committed by investigating agency of the police and prosecution agency the prosecution has failed to prove the charge against all the said accused persons. They are therefore, hereby acquitted of the charge.

Tunisia and Internal Crisis for Ennahda: Assassination of Belaid and Undermining of PM Jebali. By Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker

The political crisis is still evolving in Tunisia after the brutal assassination of Chokri (Shokri) Belaid. It appeared that Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali had responded quickly to the brutal murder of Belaid by rallying for a period of unity. However, within 24 hours it became apparent that the Ennahda Party is divided and by their collective actions they are sowing the seeds of more confusion within the body politic of Tunisia. Belaid was known for being against the Islamist tide because he supported a more open and secular Tunisia. In some quarters, the Ennahda Party is known for being “a mild Islamist political party” but for others this movement may have more sinister undercurrents in the long-term. This is open to interpretation because the political process in Tunisia is still chaotic and based on mutual distrust in many quarters. In many ways, the same distrust between secular forces and Islamist parties can be seen in Egypt even if many angles diverge because of different social and economic factors in both nations. However, within the Islamist movements of Egypt and Tunisia it is fair to say that the Ennahda Party in Tunisia and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are much more moderate; than more militant Salafist forces which seek to control the mechanisms of the state. Yet for many secularists who worry about the real motives of “more moderate Islamist forces,” you still have a lot of concern given the events of what happened after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Also, the history of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt remains murky and the “veneer of moderation” still remains to be tested in the long-term. Jebali stated that “Belaid was killed, but the real target behind the assassination is the Tunisian revolution as a whole…He represented the true values of dialogue, respecting and embracing others in rejecting violence. This is a political assassination.” Jebali immediately after the assassination of Belaid called for the government to be dissolved in order for “a government of technocrats who would be non-partisan” to take charge during this difficult political period in Tunisia. The Prime Minister notified the Tunisian people on national television about his plans to restore unity. He stated that a new government would be filled by “competent nationals without political affiliation” and that thepolitical mandate of the new ministers will be “limited to managing the affairs of the country until elections are held in the shortest possible time.” It is clear that Jebali decided on this action because he fears about political convulsions getting out of hand in Tunisia. However, others within the Ennahda Party have rejected this within less than 24 hours and this can only create more tensions. After all, it means that the Ennahda Party is divided and that no real political consultation must have taken place. Also, it clearly undermines the Prime Minister of Tunisia because now his words seem meaningless. Therefore, this disunity will only further lead to mounting tensions within Tunisia and it will also create internal divisions within the Ennahda Party. Aftrer all, close allies of the prime minister can’t be happy with the current internal political situation and clearly Jebali must also be alarmed by the disarray within the Ennahda Party. The Vice-President of Ennahda, Abdelhamid Jelassi, clearly highlights the internal divisions and lack of consultation because he states that “The prime minister did not ask the opinion of his party.” Jelassi further comments that “We in Ennahda believe Tunisia needs a political government now. We will continue discussions with others parties about forming a coalition government.” Therefore, with Tunisian witnessing mass demonstrations and with labour unions calling for a general strike this Friday, the last thing Tunisia needs is enormous confusion within the political hierarchy. However, the good intentions of Jebali have been undermined by the political party he belongs to and this doesn’t augur well for Tunisia. Tunisians are waiting anxiously to see how events unfold because the funeral of Belaid will be held on Friday and this alongside the general strike will test the institutions and armed forces of Tunisia. At the same time the Ennahda Party is in disarray. Therefore, many Tunisians are fearful about the dark forces of Islamist militants and the possible hand of the old guard which may seek to exploit the crisis. leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

Muslim landlord keeping Christian girls as sex slaves in Manawala village in Punjab

Sheikhupura, Pakistan: June 18, 2013. (PCP) The Voice, a Christian human rights orgnization in Pakistan reports that there team was approached by the family of Parveen Bibi daughter of Kalu Masih residents ofMirzapur, Manawala Village; district Sheikhupura, about the illegal and illegitimate acts of sexual harassment from the sons of the Landlords of the Village named Rana Saeed mainlyagainst the Christian women of the Village. A team of The Voice Society reached the village on 8th of June 2013 at about 10:00am in the morning and met the family and few neighbors. They told us that Rana Saeed is a rich man andalways have bad sight for the Christian girls. He always along with his fellows uses to harass the Christian girls and develop illegitimate relations with them forcefully. He use to abduct the Christian girls and women forcefully and keep them in his illegal confinement for as long as he wants and then leave them after satisfying his lust. This time he have a bad eye on Parveen bibi and he demands from the family to leave Parveen in his custody for three days. Whereas parveen is getting married on Sunday 15th June. Rana Saeed have terms in police and as well as in the political parties.Amir Masih s/o Mushtaq Masih told the Voice that he is the first cousin of Parveen bibi, he saw Rana Saeed harassing and trying to kidnap his cousin sister Parveen on 6th June of when she was going to the tube well to wash the clothes. Rana was on his motor bike along with one of his friend and he stopped Parveen when she was going on tube well along with her sister in law to wash the clothes. Rana threatened her and forced her to sit on his motor bike. He said, I want to stay with me for three days and then I will let you go. Parveen tried to escape but Rana stopped her and pulled her, so her clothes were torn and she became half naked. Rana said you are a beautiful woman I will make you happy. Amir said I could not bear all this, I tried to interrupt but Rana started firing bullets in the air and left saying that I will fulfill my wish at any cost, it is better for you to stay away from my matter or you will be killed. Kalu Masih Father of Parveen bibi told The Voice crying that,” I am a poor man, I have three children, two daughters and a boy. I want justice, is it a crime to live a respectful life. My elder daughter is married and so is my son. He is having two children and I don’t want to see him in trouble as well. Police is not listening to us, Rana is practicing this humiliation upon Christians from so many years. We are only three Christian houses in this whole village and we are all suffering pain, and humiliation. We do not work for the Muslims here. We use to work in the city, and our women are all alone in the house/village when we are out in city. They go to the tube well to wash the clothes because of load shedding. We have no light and therefore do not have enough water to do everything at home, so our women go out at tube well to wash the clothes. In such circumstances Who will protect us? Who will protect our respect and dignity? Rana and Muslim people like him in the village rape our daughters and we are unable to speak because of the life threats. Now my younger daughter Parveen is 24 years old and going to get married on this Sunday i.e. 15th june, but Rana and his friends threatened us that they will take my daughter for three days before marriage. He pleaded for help from God as well as from the Voice.Iqbal Bibi another Christian resident of the same village told the Voice that her daughter Najma was also abducted by Rana and he kept her for three years and during that time he kept on sexually exploiting her and raped her forcefully. We tried our best, we went to his family members, and other respectable Muslim people of the village but nobody helped us. Even the police did not listen to us. Instead of helping us police and his family members threatened us that they will kill all men of our family if we ever tried to raise hue and cry. “we will leave her when we feel like” Than after three years he released my daughter Najma. No body helped us and nobody came to save us. So it is a very common practice here, Rana will do whatever he wants and nobody will protect Parveen, because Rana have strong connections and he is very rich. The Voice team went to the police station and met the SHO who refused to register an FIR saying that there is no such incident happened. The Voice team than approached DIG (Deputy Inspector General) of Punjab and brought the situation in his knowledge. He ordered an immediate action and orders to register an FIR against Rana Saeed and Yasir his friend. The police lodged an FIR numbered 171/13 under section 365 B/ 511 Pakistan Penal Code upon The Voice’s efforts and arrested Yasir, co-accused of the case. Whereas Rana succeeded to get the pre-arrest bail (bail before arrest) . The voice also got the security for Parveen bibi from DIG’s office on the day of her marriage which was on 15th June. Thank God every thing went well and Rana couldn’t do anything. Parveen got married now and is safe, but the animal named Rana was still on bail, which was pending for 17th of july. By the grace of God the Voice lawyers contested the bail and the bail application was dismissed by the additional sessions Judge Sheikhupura on 17th June, but unfortunately Rana Saeed was escaped from the court room and was not arrested.The Voice teams is pursuing this case very keenly and hope that whenever he will go to the High Court he will be arrested and punished for his deplorable and Heinous offence. Please pray for the affected family, and all such women that are suffering by the hands of Evil like Rana. Please pray for the Voice team as well so that God keeps on helping us and we keep on helping his people, sons and daughters.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Remembered

Bhopal, India: December 4, 2013. (PCP) On the eve of 29th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Rashtriya Isai Maha Sangh remembered the innocent victims with the inter-religious prayer meeting. The prayer meeting was attended by people of different faiths. Speaking on the occasion Isai Maha Sangh Convenor, Father Anand Muttungal said that we pray for the repose of about fifteen thousand people and the survivors of the tragedy. The Buddhist religious leader Banthe Shakya tragedy has brought immeasurable suffering to people. It must become an indicator to adopt proper safety methods in all industrial units. The prayer meeting was conducted with lighting candles in their memory and offering prayers by religious heads and various religious followers according to their own faiths. Isai Maha Sangh General Secretary Jerry Paul said, “Even after many years of people are lacking drinking water and basic facilities. There have been many court battles but very unfortunately justice is not delivered to the victims. The Mayor of Bhopal Krishna Gaur has said that the Bhopal Municipal Corporation has taken very step to provide safe drinking water to gas affected areas. Victims have disapproved the claims of BMC. Isai Maha Sangh Senior Vice President Mrs. Sheela Santiago said that in 2004 and in 2012 Supreme Court issued directions to the State Government to provide piped water to the victims but still now this order has not been fulfilled in total. The inter-religious prayer meeting was attended by large number of people including Naveen Xess, Richard James, Denis Topo .

Government assures slum dwellers not to make homeless

Islamabad: May 28, 2014. (PCP) Convener World Minorities Alliance Mr. J Salik led a massive protest demonstration against the cruelty on slums, today in front of National Press Club, Islamabad. On the occasion a great number of slums residents, pastors, youth and local public leaders put slug in their heads to express their immense grief of their powerlessness. On the occasion PML N leader Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah addressed to protesters and said that the residents of slums are our brothers and I am standing with you on the issue of slums. The issue of slums is an important national issue, I will definitely talk to our leadership on the issue and our government will never let anyone be homeless, he said. He said that for the development of our country we have to provide justice to grass root level people, have to give rights to every individual, it’s not justice to snatch the shelter of poor people, our constitution gives this responsibility to state for providing food, clothing and shelter to public, so it will be inordinate injustice if the decision of demolishing slums will sustain to make the residents homeless. On this occasion Naib Ameer jamait-e-islami Mian Aslam also addressed to the people and said that slum residents have no sort of facility in their homes and now their water supply is also disconnected by the Yazid’s of the time, and no one is there to ask them. No one is talking about the rights of ninety five percent public but everyone is worried for only about five percent of people and ninety five percent of people are constantly being ignored, he said. He said that inflation rate in the country is continuously going up, it made hard for common man to manage their bread and butter now, and the poor of country is being poorer day by day. On this occasion J.Salik said that the leadership should left their senselessness now and should talk about the rights of poor otherwise the ninety five percent public will come out on roads. He said that we can no more follow the selfish and wrong decisions taken by governments as a single erroneous decision of eighteenth amendment is constantly violating the rights of fifty percent of our public the totally changed the concept of constitution of 1973, governments took foolish decisions and the public has to face the worst results of them but it’s over now and it should be stopped now. It’s the height of senselessness that people are constantly protesting and its making no difference on establishment. He demanded that there should be live monitoring cameras outside National Press Club and the footage should be seen in Prime Minister House, President House, Parliament House and commissioner house as well, so that the people protesting outside NPC get noticed by them.

Government begging for help after loosing war on terror. Mumtaz Ali Bhutto

LARKANA: March 27, 2009. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Chairman Sindh National Front Mumtaz Ali Bhutto has said that president rulers have displayed the immaturity to push the country into the foreign war and put the sovereignty and solidarity of the country at the stake. He expressed these notions in a statement issued here from Dahesar House Larkana on Thursday. Ex- Governor and Chief Minister Sindh Mumtaz Ali Bhutto said now the Pakistan is begging for help from the International community after loosing war against terror in NWFP and Balouchistan, he further added that the rulers have inducted thousands of security guards for their personal protection, while they did not pay any heed to the security of the common men he said. Mumtaz said the entire world has confessed the war against terror in Afghanistan and Iraq were being fought only against the Muslims by US and his allies. He said the rulers should realize the fact about the ground reality and immediately halt the war against own people of country. He said that the security Incharge of Bilawal Zardari are those same people, who were the security Incharge of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, he prayed that may Allah to protect Bilawal Zardari’s life he added. Bhutto criticized to the Nisar Khuhro on comparing MQM Chief Altaf Hussain with his late leader and founder PPP Z. A Bhutto, he added that he is trying to pave the way of his entry into the MQM; after all he thinks that the ship of PPP is sinking now he said. He allegedly said that the track record of MQM has been unrealistic in the development of nation, as they are responsible of the killings of hundred and thousand people of country he said. ___Two abducted were recovered and three culprits arrested with Kalashnikovs after brief encounter in the jurisdiction of Baqa pur Police station near Larkana on Thursday. According to the press conference by SP investigation Masroor Jatoi told media men that Larkana police led by himself along with DSP Saddar and SHO Taluka and other police contingent conducted raids for two day in the Baqa pur area and cordoned off the surrounding village and hide outs, where the criminals had kept the kidnapees Mashooq Bosan and Saleem Gopang. Masroor told that Saleem Gopang was recovered and one day before, while during the late night police encounter with dacoits, recovered abducted Mashooq Ali Bosan from the clutches of dacoits and police arrested three accused Shabir Gadhi, Javed Chandio, Sudheer along with Kalashnikov. He further told media men that the search operation is continue for the more arrest of criminals and soon they will be brought to book he said. Whereas, the First Women Bank Cashier was hypnotized and looted 150000 by two old age women after change of cash. After the 15 call, market police reached First Women Bank and enquired about incident, police tried to trace women at vehicle but they managed to escape from the scene. While, the manager First Women Bank told this scribe that three ladies arrived branch to change money, when the cashier counted the cash after a moment the cash was short, but the women were escaped she said. __Provincial Minister Sindh for Women Development Tauqir Fatima Bhutto said that women has an important role in the economic development in country and our heartland is full of rich resources like agriculture sector, live stock and other opportunities for women. This she said while addressing as a chief guest on the occasion of “Certificate Award and Tool-Kit distribution Ceremony” among 186 Lady Live stock Workers of Larkana and Kamber-Shahdadkot here at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Library. She said there is 52 percent women population and the services of womenfolk are commendable in the different field, she said UNDP and other organization to educate women in different fields of trainings. She said it was the mission of their leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. She said Lady Workers can work together men shoulder by shoulder for the economic development of country. Minister said that in the rural and far flung areas our ladies working hard, so that the UNDP and Engro foods to present their proposal to the government of Sindh for the empowerment of women sector. She hoped that under the program lady workers will be provided training in each and every village of the province. She said that the present PPP government has formed the policy for the welfare of the women, in this regard the microfinance loan facilities may be provided in the remote areas, so that they can start their small business at their home. On the occasion Director Engro foods Shamasddin, Coordinator Sajid Baloach, General Manager Saood Ahmed Pasha, Project Director Mohammed Ramzan Buriro, Manager Riaz Hussain Shaikh, Hussain Ali, Dr. Rukhsana Bughio Live stock sindh government and other civil society also spoke in the event. They said that the objective of this project to enhance income and employment generation of rural women through livestock skills development, improved livelihoods and food security at the household and community level. They said through a public private partnership between UNDP and Engro foods initiative program for the development of economic condition of rural lady workers to train them in Live stock. They told that program is running in 9 districts of Sindh and 12 different projects are working in the country and aim of the projects/program to control the poverty in the remote areas of the country. On the occasion UNDP, NPM Riaz Ahmed Shaikh told that the project’s mission is to create a cadre of female rural entrepreneurs who are economically empowered and serve their communities to effectively address the livestock management issues. ___Working Social Welfare Larkana organized free medical camp for the skin disease patients at Global School new Shaikh Zaid Colony Larkana here Thursday. On the occasion senior registrar Chandka Medical College Dr. Muzafar Hussain Shaikh checked up about 500 ailing skin patients from different vicinities of Larkana and provided free of cost medicines. Earlier, Executive Officer Social Welfare Larkana Ghazanfar Hussain Qadri inaugurated the free medical camp of skin diseases, while on the occasion Ghulam Asghar Mahesar, president working social welfare Association, Munwer Rind, Ghulam Hyder Khaskheli, Imtiaz Jokhio and others were present.

Pushing TRPs Up For The Girl Child: By Anjali Singh

Lucknow: July 28, 2009. She epitomises the plight of girl children in India to the neglected, rejected, abused and sold off like property, "Laali", the character that Ratan Rajput plays in the popular tele serial "Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi kijo", has become an instant hit with viewers all over . No prizes for guessing why. In Lucknow recently to promote the Zee TV serial, ‘Lalliya’ as she is widely known now spoke to Citizen News Service (CNS) about her experience of playing a village lass who goes through the travails that are forced upon a girl child in India. “When I used to hear these stories of girls being sold off in marriage and widely discriminated against in their families I thought they were just exaggerated versions of village tales. But when I was offered Laali’s character I was taken aback at what was being described in the serial. I instantly called my mother in Patna in Bihar and asked her "kya aisa ladkiyon ke saath hota hai gaon mein" (does this happen to girls in the villages), and she said yes. That made me even more keen to do the serial so that we can tell people about it and motivate a change,” says the petite Ratan Rajput. Recalling her shooting days in the villages she describes how the life of a normal village girl is vividly portrayed in the serial. “I thought I would be able to act out a village lass quite well. But that was not so, every minute that I observed the girls there I learnt something new about them. The way they walked, spoke and even the way they played with their hair and scratched it was very different from what we see in the city. I tried to incorporate it all in my character,” she adds. But did she expect it would be so difficult? “More than difficult I would say that it was quite challenging. To put life into the Laali’s character feel exactly what she feels and get the audience to identify with the shock and pain that she as a young child goes through. Laali has changed me completely, she has made me more sensible. The life that I lived for two months in the villages roaming the gallis barefoot and actually trying to reflect the true picture of the life that a girl child lives was extremely challenging,” says the actor. Nevertheless playing the character has been immensely satisfying for her she says, being a small town girl herself. “It’s sad that today women are women’s biggest enemy. Most of the atrocities that girls are made to go through are by women themselves. I understand that a woman has to fight for place in a man’s world. 'Magar purusho se hum apna haq tabhi mang sakte hai jab hum auratein ek jut ho' (we can only ask for our rights in a world dominated by men if we women are standing together and united)" she believes. Food for thought though it may be to ask Ratan what does she feel needs to be addressed at once by the government to improve the life of a girl in this country? And pat comes the reply, “Education for the girl child is must. Wherever I went in the villages it struck me how much a girl wants to study but is not allowed to or has financial constraints which prevents her from going to school. So I feel that the government should do as much as much as possible to help educate them.” While that may be a quite an expected response from the nation’s darling "gaon ki beti" (girl child of villages), steer the conversation towards a personal note and the response is just as stoic. Even when quizzed about Ajay Balara who, if the grape vine is to be believed is much more than her co-star. Ask her was that true and she surprises you with,"Ajay and me are like Tom and Jerry. We just go mad on the sets and like to pull each other’s leg. But beyond that there is nothing else going on.” Hmmm! If you say so Lalliya. And what are her plans for marriage? “Well marriage is definitely a part of the plan but I need to find the right guy first. More than anything else he must be a very nice guy at heart.” So what’s her take on "Rakhi Ka Swayamwar"? “I Have not watched the show and I don’t plan to have a 'swayamwar' though,” she laughs. We hope not too Laali! (The author is a Special Correspondent to Citizen News Service (CNS) and also the Director of Saaksham Foundation. Email: anjali@citizen-news.org)

PFP demand release of four citizens in Pakistani Kashmir

Muzaffarabad: December 02, 2009: (PCP) The human rights organization Press for Peace (PFP) has called upon the Supreme Court to take notice of arrest of four innocent young Kashmiris in Pakistan controlled Kashmir allegedly kidnapped by state agencies. “The PFP is concern on illegal detention of four Kashmiri citizens by state agencies from capital of Pakistan Administrated Kashmir. The chief justice of the highest court of the region must take action of such kind of violation of basic rights in order to protect the citizens”, the PFP said in a statement issued for the media here on Wednesday. According to the details released by human rights group PFP, four persons Faizan Butt, Shahid Qayum, Ali Rathore and Shafiq Butt and were kidnapped by staff of security agencies in Muzaffarabad on gunpoint on November 21, 2009 and since that the related families of the abductees have no information about their whereabouts. The Family members of abducted persons allege that these young men were arrested by the security agencies. They claim that the police have refused to lodge FIR regarding the incident. Condemning the incident PFP said that this happening is an open attack on human rights and civil liberties. “The concerned authorities must release the citizens without any delay and responsible must be brought to the justice”, it said. “The Government of Pakistan is claiming the reconciliation on Baluchistan issue, on the other hand, its agencies are repeating the similar tactics in Pakistan controlled Kashmir to suppress and harass the public,” the statement further said. The PFP demanded that the judiciary must take notice of such kind of occurrences where blameless people have illegally been detained by the state organs.

Sindh Ministers inaugurate Art and Science Exhibition

LARKANA: March 8, 2010. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Senior Minister for Education and Literacy Department Sindh Pir Mazhar-u-Haq along with Provincial Law Minister Mohammed Ayaz Soomro inaugurated Art and Science Exhibition at Government Girls Degree College and B. Ed, M. Ed classes at College of Education, while announced Muhtarma Shaheed Benzir Bhutto Elementary College/School Larkana regular classes here on Monday. Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy said that he has fulfilled the promise of Benazir Bhutto to re-open 15000 non functional and closed ghost schools in Sindh. He said the deteriorating condition education in Sindh Schools is a slap on our society, while there is much difference in education system and they were not producing such results as compared to the other provinces including Punjab, NWFP he said. He also observed corruption in the School Management Funds and declining situation of education and most of the teachers were not competent in their ranks, but they were politically recruited in past government or for drawing their salaries at home he said. He confirmed that 60 to 80 percent merit recruitment was made during the recruitment of teachers in Sindh and the teachers training with quality and skill development is the objective of this government, he said the lack of training of school teachers and due to the deteriorating condition of education, the present government has decided to impart quality of education with trainings and trends of new concepts and good education to the teachers. Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq said that the media and civil society should eye on the funds utilization and monitor schools activities all over Sindh and the Registration offices of private schools in Larkana and Sukkur will be opened very soon, while the scholarships by the SIDA will be offered those brilliant students who will secure 80 percent attendance in the schools of Sindh. He said for the development of quality education in Sindh the salaries and scale revised as per new education policy and in this regard the directions have been recieved by the President Asif Ali Zardari to promote education in Sindh districts he said. On the occasion, Law Minister Mohammed Ayaz Soomro said that the people should take step to the future and realize the experiences of past, he said political victimization discontinued the institutions like the classes of B. Ed and M. Ed were shifted to Sukkur and further started by the PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. He said once the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto once has been fulfilled and the male and female of Larkana will get their basic right of education from this institution regularly. He said the present PPP government has given more than 50 thousand jobs to the people of Sindh and the data has been computerized according to the talent, while due to the modern edge the workers is connected with their Ministers by SMS their pending matters resolved easily he said. DCO and Administrator Larkana Syed Hassan said the quality education for our future is a must to impart modern, technical and stardard education, in this way the Paksitan can develop with high quality education and institutional capacity in country. He said the opening of B. Ed and M. Ed classes is a first step towards the education and prosperity of country. On the occasion, EDO Education Syed Rasool Bux Shah, Bureu of Curriculium Abdul Latif Siddiqi, PPP Vice President Larkana district Khair Mohammed Shaikh, Principal Elementray College Abdul Rasool Chandio, Principal Government Girls College Shabroz Sandeelo and others were spoke on the occasion.

Kalabagh Dam: By Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

The controversy regarding the construction of Kalabagh dam has been raging on since Zia ul Haq’s period and all successive governments have failed to resolve the issue. ANP fears that the reservoir lake will submerge most of the land in the KPK province including the city of Nowshera, and the Sindhis apprehend that as lower riparian they will be deprived of their due share of water from the river Indus. Both provinces think that only Punjab will stand to gain from it. The project is neither fully abandoned nor looks to be resumed in the near future and this state of uncertainty has cost the nation heavily both in terms of time lost and the money spent on it so far. A simple technical matter has been un-necessarily turned in to a political issue. I think the politicians are not the right people to decide such technical matters and it should be left purely to the professionals and technical experts to do it. As a first step, therefore, let their be a series of open debates/discussions on TV between the panels of experts, the exponents and the opponents so that the entire nation becomes aware of its details thoroughly. I am sure it will help a great deal in forming a general opinion of the masses for or against it, who will then prevail upon their representatives to take the correct and agreed decision. Unfortunately, I don’t know how our politicians think that parliament can take a decision about any matter whether it falls within its purview or not. A case in point - Parliament declaring Qadiyanis as non-Muslims. A matter entirely religious that cannot and should not be decided by the count of vote. It was a matter purely for the religious scholars – I mean real scholars – to decide. Let, therefore, the nation decide to have or not to have Kalabagh dam.

Obama’s Wars in the hands of Afghan Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams. By Robert Terpstra

“We need to make clear to people that the cancer is in Pakistan.” – U.S. President Barack Obama, in Obama’s Wars Sanjeev Miglani reported in Reuters on Sept. 23 of just how intricate the war within the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan really is. This observation comes on the heels of reporter-cum-demigod Bob Woodward’s book, Obama’s Wars. Woodward, a reporter for The Washington Post, is infamous for exposing the Watergate scandal with fellow colleague Carl Bernstein. Watergate led to the impeachment and resignation of the then U.S. President Richard Nixon. In Woodward’s latest book, the author’s usual ‘fly on the wall’ presence is evident, detailing infighting among senior officials of the administration, however more alarming is the actual gravity and importance of the discussions. What is certain is that the U.S. is supporting or operating under the purview of an other government agency (OGA), and in military terms, this usually refers to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Granted, the U.S. and its units are officially prohibited by Islamabad from operating over the border in Pakistan. However, the book elucidates an OGA that is financing various warlords’ highly skilled and handsomely compensated foot soldiers via proxy to carry out a more sophisticated mode of operations than previously thought in Pakistan. This information was largely disclosed in late July after WikiLeaks posted 76,000 classified U.S. military field reports on its website using various decryption methods. The reports reveal the secret war being conducted by Afghanistan’s 3,000 member Counterterrorism Pursuit Teams as instrumental. The Post paints a picture of the operations as, “a nerve centre in the covert war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda”. The OGA’s efforts, now operating on a vast scale, have included calculated assassinations of high-threat, midlevel insurgents, execution of unmanned drone attacks – a number now totalling over 70, and while in the combat zone, the collection of sensitive intelligence materiel. Absent is the long held belief that the U.S. conducted raids by way of Special Operations (SO) forces or conventional means. A further revelation illustrates that the Afghan OGA’s paramilitary wing, also known as the Special Activities Division, has been operating since 2001, at the onset of the invasion and ground assault in Afghanistan. The Afghan OGA has metamorphosed into a finely tuned killing machine, expanding its operations within the country and providing much needed support for SO forces. As Woodward claims, everyone in the Obama administration, from the president down, weighed in on the OGA’s importance and understandably, with differing opinions. However, it was the president himself who initiated a directive for a proxy that would eliminate the lethality of the threats from al Qaeda. Obama deduced that the path to success simply could not be traversed without arresting the development of a force running rampant within the tribal areas of Pakistan. On Sept. 23, The New York Times’ review of Obama’s Wars emphasized that the president, in addition to the war’s 2009 Strategy Review hoped to, “deny safe haven to al Qaeda”, “degrade the Taliban insurgency”, “[build] sufficient Afghan capacity to secure and govern their country”, while understanding that, “this approach is not fully resourced counterinsurgency or nation building, but a narrower approach”. The president’s modus operandi contrasts what the Reuters wire story poignantly points out: That financing shoots of the Afghan OGA increases the intrinsic importance of acting warlords and their militias. Therefore, for the U.S. it becomes a slippery slope, backing the very players it once hoped to squeeze out of a resolution formula. In trying to rescue Pakistan from becoming a failed state and sustaining the infrastructure of Afghanistan, arms support is being siphoned from Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in Khost and Paktika, provinces that border Pakistan. From the major news sources’ perspectives to the WikiLeaks-made public reports, it appears that Obama’s Wars and its cancerous, rapidly growing intricacies have only just begun.

Two Christian women forced donkey ride with blackened faces and shoe garlands on blasphemy accusation

Lahore, Pakistan: January 15, 2011. (PCP) Angry Muslim mob attacked two Christian women and beaten them unconscious when a Muslim woman on an argument accused them of defiling name of Prophet Mohammad. The angry Muslims collected old shoes and made garland of it while Muslim women brought Iron plates “Tawas” on which they cook bread and then Insult to humanity began when garland of shoes were put in necks and faces were blackened with “Tawa Carbon” of Christian women. The Muslim brought donkey and forced these two Christian women to ride and rounded them in the area. It is not any village of Punjab province of Pakistan but its capital city Lahore where police station is not far away but non approached to stop humiliation to these Two Christian women. On the same day, an agitation of Islamic parties was being held when leaders of Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam JUI(F) Jamaat-ul-Dawa, Sunni Tehreek, JUP, Tehreek Khatam-e-Nabuwat and Tehreek Namoos-e-Risalat were cursing Pope Benedicts on his comments to repeal blasphemy law. It was also same day when President Obama in a meeting with President Zardari was discussing terrorism and blasphemy law in Washington DC. According to PCP sources, two Christian women were rescued by a Civil Society activist and they left their homes with families and went into hiding for safety of their life. PCP is waiting for more details of incident and trying to interview victim women.

Pakistani Christian condemn assault on Wilson Chowdhry in Pakistan High Commission in London

Karachi: May 20, 2011. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned attack of Pakistan High Commission staff on Wilson Chowdhry, leader of British Pakistani Christian Association, in premises of Commission building when he was called for presentation to seek visa to visit Pakistan for his wife which was facing delaying tactics in Counsel Section. Mr. Chowdhry was struggling for weeks to seek visa for her wife who intended to meet her family in Pakistan but Pakistan High Commission was reluctant to issue visa on campaign of her husband Wilson Chowdhry against blasphemy law in Pakistan According to information revealed to Pakistan Christian Post, the Pakistan High Commission security gourds who were Pakistani nationals assaulted Mr. Wilson Chowdhry and punched him down on raising voice against delay in visa to her wife and children after weeks of appointments. The Security guards locked Mr. Chowdhry in a room of Pakistan High Commission and tortured him. Instead of brutal attack on Mr. Wilson, the High Commission officials alleged Mr. Wilson to assault visa section lady officer and called London police to arrest him. The assault case was later dropped by Pakistan High Commission when Mr. Wilson urged London Police to seek CCTV evidence to prove High Commission allegations. Dr. Bhatti said “Its shameful for High Commissioner of Pakistan High Commission in London on such treatment with a Christian leader who is from Pakistani origin and struggling for equal right of Pakistani Christians” “Wajid Shamslu Hassan must tender apology to Mr. Wilson Chowdhry on inhuman behavior of Pakistan High Commission, unless Pakistan Christian Congress PCC will campaign with British government and Commonwealth to declare him as racist person and expel from UK” added Dr. Bhatti Nazir Bhatti said that Pakistani Missions in Europe and North America have engaged some tools from Pakistani Christian Diasporas as agents to spy on Pakistani Christian movements in Western countries which raise voice for equal rights of Pakistani Christians and have set policy to deny renewals of their passports and issuance of visas to their families to visit Pakistan. Dr. Bhatti also condemned harassment of wife of Mr. Chowdhry by ISI agents in Pakistan and invited attention of International community on this incident which have created feared among Pakistani Christian Diaspora on visiting Pakistan to their families.

KT organizes one-day workshop on Social Cange

LARKANA: October 10, 2011. (By Nazir Siyal) Khaksar Tehreek Larkana Chapter organized one-day workshop tattled on “Social Change and Character Development in Society” for the large number of youth of district here at Provincial office KT on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Central Deputy Secretary General Khaksar Terhreek Pakistan Zaighum Al-Mashriqi said that the increasing illnesses and unrest in society have been developed due to the negative attitude and collective behaviors change. There is need to pick up Islamic Education, where the need of tolerance and brotherhood among all the humanity he said. He opined that the youth could play their role in business, social life, school and college activities and various routines, there is dire need of technical training and skill and character building in these workshops. Zaighum said the educated youth are the asset of Nation and Khaksar Tehreek can mobilize the communities for social change and charachter development of the masses, which is need of hour he said. Khaksar movement will prepare all Muslims in the most ordered way by inculcating in them religious zeal and military discipline, so that the every youth of the nation to come forward and take this responsibility to launch this campaign for social change and character development by a basic fundamental objective of organization he said. He said the way we can struggle and serve our nation and vowed that all issues and society illnesses can be dealt through skill, technical trainings and capability building of masses in each and every nook & corner. In order to draw attention to politicians and civil society representatives that the Khaksar terheek guarantee of discipline and austere way of life only through training of nation as well introduction and implementation of educated poor and middle enlightened class representation in the Assemblies he said. He said there are numerous challenges of inflation, soaring commodity prices, law and order situation, unemployment and various issues can only resolve through character building in each Muhalla, area, village and cities around the country he said. He said US and his allies in Muslim countries have been committed criminal activities and Human rights violation killed millions of human in Iraq, Afghanistan and now invading in Pakistan but he will face difficulty as Russian faced defeat.

Armed Muslim injure two Christian in attack on Pastor House of Grace Ministry Pakistan

Faisalabad: February 22, 2012. (PCP) The dozens of Muslim attackers wounded Sajid Masih in lethal arms firing and threw away Boota Masih from twenty feet high roof of Grace Ministry Pastor and Guest House after beating with rifle butts in an attempt to take possession of the Church property. The Grace Ministry was founded in April 1987, by Rev. Altaf Khan and Mrs. Kim Mi Kyeong Khan in Faisalabad; Rev. Rehmat F. Chand, father of Rev. Khan also served Church from 1942 to 1998, which provided breeding ground to grow steadily to Grace Ministry in Pakistan. Rev. Khan told media after attack on his ministry “Since last two months I and my family members were receiving life threatening calls from the extremists and unknown terrorist who wanted us to stop our evangelistic activities. Some local Christians and Muslims who were jealous of our growing ministry were also lending these terrorists groups financial support. According to information’s, on February 18, 2012, around 5:00 p.m. around 15 to 20 armed men forcefully broke in and took over control of Grace ministry house, just in front of residence of Rev. Altaf Khan. There were orphan children in guest house who were taken care by grace ministry. The security guards of Church of Grace Ministry were attacked and assaulted by attackers. The Evangelist Rev. Khan was present at his residence with wife and son Aman Khan who is attorney by profession and he called Rescue Police who arrived within 15 minutes and temporarily brought the situation under control. However, the police did not arrested armed men but let them walk free. The same day after few hours around mid-night (12:45 ~ 01:25 a.m.) on February 19, 2012, those armed gangsters along with some local residents came with the firearms and hurled bricks and stones at Rev. Khan’s house. The mob accused Rev. Khan of converting people to Islam and threatens to burn his house and to kill his family. The neighbor of Rev. Khan who was the only Muslim family in street was the informants and main witnesses that guest house of Grace Ministry was being used for the evangelism and gospel activities. Instead of taking action against Muslim attackers, the police arrested driver/helper Mr. Pervaiz Masih, Mr. Nazish Nadeem and Church security guards Mr. Rafiq Masih and Mr. Shahzad. Mr. Sajid and Mr. Boota were immediately rushed to the emergency hospital in the ambulance where doctors operated for more than four hours to take out the bullet from Mr. Sajid's ribs. Still, Mr. Sajid is in critical condition and doctors have told that his arm may have to be amputated in order to save his life. The x-ray reports have shown that the bullet is stuck in one of his ribs. The police have lodged report against Rev. Khan and more than 20 believers of Grace Ministry while attackers are not arrested.

CCA and EAC observe World Refugee Day in Canada

Toronto: June 24, 2012. (PCP) The Word Refugee Day Program was hosted by Canadian Christian Association (CCA) and Evangelical Asian Church (EAC) on June 22, 2012 in Brampton Ontario under the guidance on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The event was held across Canada in several major cities. Prof. Obaid Chaudry CMA, CA., past president of CCA, welcomed the guests on behalf of the CCA and EAC, moreover he highlighted some accomplishments of CCA and EAC and explained the objectives of the World Refugees Day Program. Mr. Shabaz Sindhu explained about the UNHCR and World Refugees Day. There were several guest speakers including: Mr. John Gill, president CCA, Mr. Sharoon Gill, barrister and solicitor, Mr. Joseph Dean, Pastor Shaid Kamal, Jose Mathew, Mark Dozert, Adly Abanoub – representing Egypt, Medlum Meroginew – representing Iraq and Tabassum Iqbal. Several topics were covered by the speaker such as Private and Government Sponsored Refugees Programs, strategies on how to sponsor refugees. Daniel Niamat, executive CCA, closed the program with thanks remarks and encouraged everyone to get involved to help each other. The program was conducted by Augustine James of the ECA.

PCC Sindh President with a delegation visits Essa Nagri

Karachi: October 11, 2012. (PCP) Pakistan Christian Congress PCC President of Sindh Province Mr. Dilawar George Bhatti Advocate visited Essa Nagri along with Pastor Sulman Manzoor Chairman Rapha Mission International and Mr. Asif Raza Gill Chairman King of Kings Ministry. Few days before some Muslims Pashtuns belong to ANP attacked in the area of Essa Nagri against Christian where two were dead and many received bullet injury. That visit was consist more than four hours continue walk from one house to others victims and while we were visiting their house for condolence along with local welfare committee of youth, Pastor Sulman Manzoor Chairman Rapha Mission International has given 50,000/= thousand to each family for compensation. Mr. Dilawar Bhatti Advocate also offered legal services to all victims of Muslims attacked also deliver condolence on behalf of PCC Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti However, apparently after realizing the gravity of the situation some family had abandoned the house, on Wednesday, “We reached the scene and talked sense to some clerics who were leading the welfare committee in Essa Nagri,” Finally, this is very pertinent to mentioned here that the pastor Sulman Manzoor has offer them future help without any bondage he has to walk with them for all extent in future.

Communal Love that can lead us to the attainment of “Global Harmony”

Islamabad: February 8, 2013. (Shamim Masih): Reformation for Empowerment and Alleviation of Poverty (REAP) and Youth Development Association (YDA) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 held a celebration to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week, observed annually during the first week of February. A major goal of the Week is to make the ongoing work of interfaith groups to be made more visible to the world around. The thousands of events organized by these groups often go unnoticed not only by the general public, but also by other interfaith groups themselves. In September 2010, His Majesty King Abdullah proposed the launch of the World Interfaith Harmony Week at the UN General Assembly, which adopted the initiative. Re-affirming that “mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace”, the UN General Assembly proclaimed “the first week of February of every year World Interfaith Harmony Week between all religions, faiths and beliefs”. The week serves as a voluntary occasion for people to express their own religious teachings about tolerance, respect for others and peace, in hopes of bringing people together across the globe. During the ceremony, held at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hall, attended by Dr. Rushadi al Ani- Iraqi Ambassador and eminent speakers, said the King had offered a gift to humanity through this proposal which was made clear during a speech to the UN General Assembly in October 2010 by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi Bin Mohammad. Pakistan, the largest Muslim populated (96%) country in world, has long suffered from internal conflicts due to sectarianism. Eminent speakers like Ashok Chand, Prof. Saqib Akber, Jennifer Javin and Romana Bashir addressed in the program and stressed on interfaith dialogue and need to promote social justice. They said that all religions teach to respect the basic rights of the human. Different faiths do not bind in limits but allow caring others cultural and mutual respect, so that every citizen of every country can live peaceful life. Romana Bashir, consultant for Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Pakistan said that the harmony we are pushing for is democratic, and built on effective communication and mutual respect. Gatherings and activities for World Interfaith Harmony Week have been held in various countries across the world with diverse backgrounds, including Pakistan, Indonesia, Italy, and Jordan, she added. Ashok Chand proposed the idea with the aim of achieving a “faith-driven world harmony by extending its call beyond the Muslim and Christian community to include people of all beliefs and those with no set religious beliefs as well”.

Mushahid presents Defence Committee report to Senate

Islamabad: June 20, 2013. (PCP) The Chairman of the Senate Defence & Defence Production Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, presented the latest report of the Committee before the Senate. Speaking on the occasion, while laying the Report, Senator Mushahid referred to the work of the Committee on revival and restructuring of the Airports Security Force (ASF), including preparing and passing legislation. Senator Mushahid Hussain also referred to the Defence Committee's role in promoting harmony between Khaki and Mufti, the civil and military, particularly expressing solidarity with the Armed Forces in the wake of military martyrs in the aftermath of firing across the Line of Control. He also said the Defence Committee had arranged special briefings for its members on the Defence Budget, the Defence Housing Authorities (DHA), and in a first for the Parliament Public Hearings on civil-military relations and Counter-Terror Strategy, with specialists and experts invited from outside the Parliament to present professional briefings before the Defence and Defence Production Committee, which remains the only parliamentary committee having its own website. The 5th Report of the Committee also includes a letter of appreciation from the Chief Justice of Pakistan in which he expressed 'appreciation for the Defence Committee's resolve to present a new vision for national defence' as well as details of the interactions with visiting delegations of the Command & Staff College, Quetta, the Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad, delegation of Military Attaches of the European Union and meeting with the Senate Delegation from Thailand. Senator Mushahid thanked the members of the Defence Committee for their cooperation and support to ensure the successful working of the Committee, plus the Senate Secretariat and the Committee's own secretariat led by Special Secretary, Amjed Pervez, and SPS, Riaz Khan.

Human rights group asks Glasgow to 'Make Noise for Peace'

Glasgow UK: December 5, 2013. (PCP) A Glasgow-based human rights organisation is asking people to Make Noise for Peace tonight (Friday 6 December) by coming along to the gig at Blackfriars Basement (36 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG) Merchant City, in the heart of Glasgow. Global Minorities Alliance, which fights for the rights of persecuted minority groups the world over, is hosting the event to raise awareness of the struggles people across the world have because they are different to the majority community in their country. Whether this difference is due to their religion, beliefs, ethnicity, gender, background or orientation, Global Minorities Alliance stands behind them in their struggle for acceptance, equality and Justice and peaceful co-existence. The Make Noise for Peace gig features bands such as The Corvus Experiment, Static Rock, Electrobuddha, Alexander Macdonald, Laser Fox and Pedro. Doors open from 6pm and the music starts at 7pm. "Music is a universal language which can inspire and encourage us to help the helpless and make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most," says Shazar Khan, the Alliance's Ambassador of Music and Culture. New Zealand based singer and composer Rachel Hamilton’s song 'Pearl of Peace' has been dedicated to the Alliance and will also be premiered at the night. The song has been written by Alliance’s vice-chairperson Shahid Khan. "Global Minorities Alliance aims to tackle poverty on a grand scale from the slums of the third world cities to the aftermath of natural disasters," says Will Johnstone, musician, journalist and newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Alliance. "They seek to stamp out racism, fascism, sexism, ageism and empower the equality of women in all countries where their human rights have been neglected and reforming discriminatory laws, essentially modernizing the legal systems in those countries and working together with the aim of a peaceful coexistence between all people." Tickets cost £5 and will be available on the door. There will also be a one minute silence for the victims of Clutha tragedy to pay respect to the friends and families of those who lost their loved ones. Minority communities - such as Rohingya Muslims in Burma, Roma communities in Europe, Coptics in Egypt, Baha’is in Iran or Christians in Pakistan - are often marred with inequality and discrimination in the countries of concern where Global Minorities Alliance is working to promote equality and human rights. As well as awareness raising events like Make Noise for Peace, Global Minorities Alliance is also fighting persecution through education. The current campaign is 'GMA Gift Box 4 Kids' campaign will help the most disadvantaged and the neglected children in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Pakistan and Myanmar to gain their education.

WVIP not against Pakistani Christian Asylum seekers in Thailand

We, World Vision in Progress (WVIP), would like to inform you that there is some misunderstanding going on in Bangkok, Thailand that we are against the Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers and we are collecting their data to resend them back to Pakistan. This is ABSOLUTELY INCORRECT. WVIP is supporting and will stand by our Pakistani Christian brothers who are in Bangkok, Colombo and Malaysia. We know that Pakistani Christians are facing a lot of problems in Pakistan and we will never go against our brothers on any condition no matter whatever happens. We will help our community and soon we will file a petition in Geneva –against the Discrimination and deliberate delay in the determination of the Pakistani Christian's cases. We have observed that UNHCR is treating Pakistani Christians as step children and they are not showing any interest in Pakistani Christians. In this situation we will surely support our Pakistani brothers in Thailand who are homeless and facing miserable conditions. We will help them in their resettlement and would try our best to relieve them from their miseries. In Him we Trust World Vision in Progress May 31, 2014; Bangkok

ICOS Welcomes President Obama’s Sustained Development Approach to Afghanistan

LONDON: March 27, 2009. (PCP) The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) today welcomed President Obama’s revised strategy for Afghanistan. The announced shift from the ‘bullets and bombs’ approach of his predecessor to one of sustained development is desperately needed. ICOS field research in southern Afghanistan over the past five years has documented the devastating impact of the previous strategy. “We hope that this increased focus upon training ANA and ANP forces, and the placement of more civilian developmental experts on-the-ground, will see a reduction in the devastating kinetic operations that have come to characterise the military effort,” said Paul Burton, Director of Policy at ICOS. “Should this new focus not be pursued vigorously, then the hearts and minds of ordinary Afghans will be lost for a generation.” Although President Obama’s new strategy outlined the broad goal of ending the country’s reliance upon the illicit opium economy, the announcement was short on detail regarding how this will happen. “It is crucial that President Obama breaks from the same failed counter-narcotics policies of the past, which, if continued, will prove catastrophic to both the Afghan people and the coalition troops serving there,” said Burton. “President Obama can send out an immediate message that he is serious about undermining the opium economy by calling for the establishment of a Poppy for Medicine pilot project”, said Burton. “This project – which converts Afghan opium into morphine - will offer Afghan farming communities a licit income and cut off a key source of revenue for the insurgents.” "We urge the administration to undertake a wholesale review of opium policy in Afghanistan,” said Burton. President Obama’s repeated call for an international approach to Afghanistan is welcome, says Burton, but “must be heeded by European NATO allies, many of whom are yet to pull their weight in Afghanistan.” ICOS has proposed a Poppy for Medicine licensing initiative which calls for pilot projects that would allow Afghan farmers to cultivate poppies for the production of morphine. This would address the global shortage of painkillers in the developing world and help diversify the economy of Afghanistan's rural communities. Afghanistan’s poppy fields now provide 93% of the world’s heroin, which continues to fund the growing Taliban insurgency.

“Life For All” announces to observe “Black Day” on August 11, in Pakistan

Lahore: July 29, 2009. (PCP) The Christian leaders of “Life for All” welcomed release of Joseph Francis and declared him an asset of Pakistani Christian here today in a press conference on July 28, 2009. Mr. Rizwan Paul, President of Life For All said that we appreciate efforts of Christian leaders who worked and dialogued day and night for release of Mr. Joseph Francis. Mr. Paul also praised the services rendered by Joseph Francis from 20 years for uplift and Christians and to ensure justice for persecuted Christians. A delegation of Life for All also visited Mr. Joseph Francis when he was sent to judicial custody after cancellation of his bail from Lahore High Court on July 12, 2009. Mr. Rizwan Paul also announced to join other groups in Lahore and Islamabad to observe “Black Day” on July 11, 2009. The “Life for All” leaders also condemned attack on Mr. William, Coordinator of Islamabad PCC in Rawalpindi and demanded actions culprits. Mr. Rizwan Paul, President of Christian human right organization based in Lahore, named “Life For All” was addressing press conference along with Mr. Kashif Mazhar, General Secretary, Amer Anwar and other directors to express solidarity with other groups to observe “Black Day” on August 11, 2009. The President, Mr. Rizwan Paul stressed the dire need of Unity amount the Christian Community, he briefed about the renovation and expansion of the orphanage and the school for the Christian Children so that they can be educated and become a productive citizens. Currently there are 75 Children at the orphanage and around 500 Children at the School, who are getting free education. The General Sectary, Mr. Kashif Mazhar also made an appeal for donations for the construction of the Church at Pind Dadan Khan as the foundation stone has been laid and the boundary wall is being made. The proper construction work is starting from 30th July 2009, he requested people to donate generously for this cause as the people of Pind Dadan Khan will not be able to construct the Church on their own. The Coordinator Mr. Amer Anwer gave the details of the Church construction work being done at Youhanabad, Lahore.

HIV patients protest in Pakistan

LARKANA: December 2, 2009. Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Suffering from HIV-Aids affected people staged protest demonstration out side the press club for non provision of Aids related health facilities as promised by Sindh government and NGOs here on Tuesday. On the occasion, Muhammad Bachal Buledi, Mehar Ali Mirali, Abdul Qadir Mashi, Muhammad Yousif Bhutto told media men that they are suffering from HIV aids, but the government and local administration have not taken any steps to address their problems. They said that government facilitate them as they are effected and suffering from HIV-Aids, they added there is no any rehabilitation center as various boosting by the NGOs and Hospital administration. They demanded of government to take immediate measures to provide health facilities and resolve their other problems otherwise they will continue their protest. Meanwhile, Sindh Peoples Youth District Larkana observed black day and took out protest rally against the unfair criticism on Sindh Culture and Sindhi Topi (cap) here on Tuesday. On the occasion, large number of activists youth led by President Saleem Ahmed Soomro, Fida Hussain Khoso, Shabir Ahmed Hajano, Bashir Ahmed Bhutto and others holding placards, banners, inscribed slogans infavour of President Asif Ali Zardari while talking to media men they condemned the PVT TV channel and its anchor on criticizing on PPP Co-chairman wearing Sindhi Topi. They said that such act of anchor shows his narrow minded approach and bias with Sindh Culture and its people they said that we are proud of being Sindhi, they said that Sindh was first province which had passed resolution for Pakistan. Protestors demanded from government to take action against such private channel and its anchor on assaulting Sindh culture.

Watson Gill to lead Social and Political wing of Urdu Church Holland.

Rotterdam: March 8, 2010. (PCP) During Sunday Services of Urdu Church Holland, in presence of large number of congregates, Pastor Eric Sarwar made announcement that Watson Gill will be leader of congregation in Social and Political services of Urdu Church in Netherland.\ Mr. Watson Gill in his speech presented brief of his meetings with Pakistani Ambassador in Holland in Shazia murder case. The video of his meeting with delegation was also shown to congregation. Press Release Pastor Eric Sarwer blessed Mr. Watson Gill as a Community leader and extended his support for him in future events. Mr. Nadeem Din, Elder Michael William, Mr. Robin Javed, Mr. Johnson William and Mr. Serfraz Ijaz also shared about their previous meeting with Pakistani Ambassador in Den Haag regarding Shazia Bashir Masih’s case.

Asghar Masih Gill, another Christian victim of blasphemy law in Sialkot

Sialkot: June 16, 2010. (PCP Report) After accusation and killing of young boy Robert Danish in Police custody under Blasphemy Laws in September last year, now another young man named Asghar Masih Gill resident of neighboring village of Jethy kay from where last year Robert Danish was put to death in police custody and church was set on fire by the Muslim Extremists and religious workers. A family member of Asghar Masih Gill talking to PCP explained that Arshad Masih Gill was appointed as Coordinator by an International NGO working for Christian Freedom and Rights for Christian Community in the the area as he remained in the font line for protests and struggles for Christian Rights and Freedom. Arshad Masih Gill now hiding himself to safe his life and avoid troubles to his family. After incident in Jethy Kay Village and death of Rober Danish in Police custody, Arshad Masih Gill is living life of an alian in his own country from village to village and city to city. Muslim Religious workers continuously searching and pressurizing local police for arrest and after death of Arshad Masih Gill on the same ways of Robert Danish and family members of Arshad Masih Gill trying to save his life but until when they will succeed? this is greatest question to Minority leaders, Human Rights Workers and Government of Pakistan itself. This is one of the chain of accusation of Christian Youth, Men, women properties and honour under Blasphemy in Pakistan. PCP has decided not to mention name of family member who is source of this news and to refrain from publishing his photo of Arshad Masih Gill due to safety reasons and protection.

“Anti-Islam Action and Speech Resolution“ in UNHRC by Pakistan is to globalize Radical Islam

Karachi: September 25, 2010. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have urged member states of United Nations Human Rights Council to block “Resolution against Anti-Islam action and Speech” submitted by Pakistan on behalf of Organization of the Islamic Conference because it will end Interfaith Dialogues and damage Religious Freedom. The government of Pakistan through its Federal Minority Ministry is staging drama of “Interfaith Dialogues” in Pakistan and on other hand with such Resolution in UNHRC plans to end dialogues among different faiths. “The government of Pakistan never condemn burning of Holy Bibles and destruction of Churches by extremist Muslims nor have ever brought culprits before court of law to ensure justice and OIC have been also silent on violence against religious minorities in Islamic countries” said Nazir Bhatti Dr. Nazir Bhatti added “In thousands of mosques in Pakistan on every Friday Sermons the Imams use derogatory remarks about Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadi and call them infidels but government of Pakistan have never legislated to stop such hate against their citizens but moves a resolution in UNHRC which proves its double standard on religion freedom” The Islamic Cleric or Speaker is free to spread hate in public gatherings or in Seminars in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria and Malaysia but Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC have never urged its member Islamic states to ensure safety of places of worship of religious minorities. Nazir Bhatti said that it is strange behaviors of Pakistan and OIC that they call Islamphobia to comments of other religions on Islam but feel themselves free to call others Infidel and have not legislated any law to punish Islamic extremists in their respective jurisdictions. “It is feared that if Anti-Islam Action and Speech Resolution is adopted by UNHRC, then radical Islam will be at liberty to being preached and spread terror around globe” said Nazir Bhatti

Christian not feeling safe in Pakistan. By Nazir S Bhatti

After broad day light murder of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by his bodyguard in Islamabad and threatening marches by Islamists in Pakistan have created feeling of insecurity among millions of Pakistani Christians. The undue support of lawyer fraternity to killer of Salman Taseer and slow pace of investigation in this high profile murder of a leader who was a strong man of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party have confused poor Pakistani citizens in particular. There was murder of Mir Murtaza Bhutto in Karachi but his sister Benazir Bhutto was unable to bring her brother’s killers to justice during her premiership. Benazir Bhutto was martyred in Rawalpindi and her husband being President of Pakistan from two years is unable to disclosed her wife’s killers. There is continued episode of murders in PPP leadership but non is punished. The PPP leadership also not seem serious in investigation of assassination of Salman Taseer, who acted to highlight moderate and enlighten Islam agenda and met Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, sentenced to death on accusation of blasphemy. The PPP leadership not dared to take stand on his commitment but took U-Turn on blasphemy law repeal issue to prolong their rule in Pakistan. What a country, Pakistan is? The Chief Minister of Punjab remains absent from funeral services of Chief Executive of his province on threats of Islamic elements who issued decree that Governor Salman Tasser is “Murtid” after commenting on blasphemy law and Muslims should not participate in funeral of Murtid. The head of Pakistan Peoples Party and President of Pakistan Asif Zardari not bothered to attend last rituals of his dedicated party leader. It seems as “Stay in Rule” is only motive of political parties and Pakistani leaders, for which humanity is on sale also. The Pakistani Christians were surprised on silence of Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti after his appointment from Pakistan Peoples Party PPP. There were always directives from President House in print and electronic media for Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti like “Go to Gojra” “Go to Sialkot to visit family of martyr Danish Robert” “Go to Lahore to help murdered housemaid Shazia” “Go to Karachi to meet raped Christian Student Nurse” which created impression that Federal Minority Ministry is run from President House not by Shahbaz Bhatti. We see a big change in statements of Shahbaz Bhatti now, he is put on helm to face blasphemy law saviors while Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani have openly announced not to amend or revise blasphemy laws. The Prime Minister and President of Pakistan have disowned private bill submitted in national assembly secretariat by PPP leader Sherry Rehman and she is under constant life threat after murder of Salman Taseer, then what’s game of PPP to encourage Shahbaz Bhatti to issue statements to revise blasphemy laws. Why PPP government not presented revision in blasphemy laws in draft of 18th Amendment when scraped other laws legislated by military ruler Zia-ul-Haq? Why demand of millions of Pakistani Christians was not considered who have been complaining on misuse of blasphemy laws since 1986? After murder of Salman Taseer and threats to Sherry Rehman from extremist Muslims, common Christian in Pakistan is so fearful that he is thinking to fled from Pakistan.

Pakistan: Christian women manhandled, pressure over land and daily persecution

Islamabad: May 20, 2011. (Xavier William, Modern Tokyo Times) Pakistan, two more shocking cases have surfaced in Punjab which is the hub of extremism and hatred towards the Christian community. Two Christian women, Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi, are female sanitary workers at the Fatima Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. A source from the Fatima Memorial hospital said that Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi were assaulted and unlawfully detained for several hours by a Muslim officer at the medical facility. First Information Report (FIR) was lodged against the medical officer at the Ichchra Police Station, Lahore. According to the sources, the man allegedly snatched a cellphone from Nusrat Bibi and money from Muneeran Bibi, when the women resisted, he began assaulting Muneeran Bibi. Then Nusrat Bibi was slapped and attacked with a wooden stick which the alleged attacker had pulled out from a stand placed in his room. He also tore up her shirt when she raised an objection to their physical search.“They were kept in illegal detention for about 9 hours,” said the source. According to the hospital administration, Nusrat Bibi and Muneeran Bibi were allegedly accused of theft, but nothing was recovered from them. Activist from Life for All, Mr. Rizwan Paul said, “This is indeed a brutal act, the victims must be provided justice, and the accused must pay for the inhuman act. Both women are sanitary workers, but they are human beings as well, they are not animals. They had said that they had not stolen anything, then why weren’t they trusted? Because they are Christians, just because they are Christians, they were subjected so brutally. We strongly condemn the act and demand that the authorities take immediate action.” Another disturbing case took place in Jalal Pur Jattan, a town located in the Gujarat District of Punjab. Allegedly a Muslim group on the behest of a former MPA (Member Provincial Assembly) invaded two Christian houses in the city. Father Naveed Dominic an activist from Jalal Pur Jatta said, “The local former MPA had his eyes on the agricultural land in the heart of Jalal Pur Jatta. This land belongs to local Christians and they had been receiving threats from various groups to vacate the land, but they didn’t.” The group threw out the belongings and physically assaulted the women present in the houses. The locals contacted the police, but they refused to get involved. Father Dominic further said “The Church is also being pressurized not to get involved in the matter, the authorities have kept a deaf ear to the situation. The hatred towards the Christian community and the growing cases of persecution has been reported to the authorities……. but the authorities don’t seem to take an interest.”

Dalai Lama Interview on Tolerance. By Anne Stiens

It was one of those few perfect sunshine days when you can smell the summer, flowers, trees and grass, and feel the warm touch of sunlight on your skin with temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius as you expect in India, when His Holiness The XIV Dalai Lama met friends and Tibetans in the park of the Villa Goetzfried in Wiesbaden in Germany. The introduction was a moving performance by a charming Tibetan woman named Dechen Shak-Dagsay, who is a famous mantra-vocalist from Tibet. Her songs and graceful appearance in original Tibetan dress moved the hearts of the visitors and transported their emotions from Germany to far away Tibet. Afterwards he arrives. The Dalai Lama welcomes everybody and sits down on a small podium in front of us. There is no distance or aloofness between the Holy Man and the people. You feel his warmth and friendliness directly. He starts his speech by underlining our own responsibility for our world: “We are the same human beings and share this small blue planet”. Therefore he demands that we forget all differences between religions and nations, find the roots of violence and also decrease the gulf between the poor and the rich. “There is no me and they”, the Dalai Lama said, “the whole world is me”. In connection with his speech I got the chance for a unique interview with the Dalai Lama about his main ideas: to promote tolerance, learn from different religions and establish close contacts. As The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect (www.codesoftolerance.com) is the most important project of the World Security Network Foundation, I asked him about his experience and proposals. How can we promote tolerance and respect towards other religions and ethnic minorities, Your Holiness? Dalai Lama: “I always mention that the concept of one single truth and one religion is itself a contradiction. But on the level of the individual it is very relevant and can be very helpful. You should keep a single-pointed faith for yourself. In the reality of different communities and religions with so many people the concept of only one religion is irrelevant. In reality we have different religions and a concept of one truth seems irrelevant to me. From the personal point of view everything is relative and one truth for a single person is relevant. But when you have many people with different values and backgrounds this concept is not convincing as there are many truths and religions - and this is good so.” What can we all as simple human beings do? Dalai Lama: “We must develop close contacts with others and their traditions. In India for over 1000 years - besides the home-grown religions - all major religions were established there as well and lived together. Generally they lived together in harmony and friendship for a long time. One researcher found a Muslim village with a population of 2000 with only three Hindu families there. But the Hindus had no fear and everybody was very friendly. That is India. Sometimes there are problems as in all populations. That can happen and is understandable. Basically a spiritual sense of brothers and sisters existed. India kept 1000 years of religious harmony - why not in other areas in the word?” What can we learn from others? Dalai Lama: “The more close contacts we have on the personal level the deeper is the understanding and mutual respect. You need close contacts to learn about the values of other religions from each other like Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindu or Buddhists. The deep understanding of their values develops a basis of mutual respect. We Buddhists are eager to learn more about mutual respect and the practise of tolerance and compassion. Some Christian friends have implemented these things already in their religion. Thus we develop a spiritual brother-and-sisterhood.” When will the situation in Tibet change for the better? Dalai Lama: “When Mahatma Gandhi and other great leaders started their work nobody gave them any guarantee of success. But they were very determined and full of will-power whatever the obstacles were. When my Indian friends started their freedom-fight no one knew when freedom would come - they were determined as well and advised me to follow it. Nobody knows when things will change but you must keep your determination - that is important.” What impressed me most is that you cannot find intensive missionary thoughts in the Dalai Lama’s speech to conquer people for his Buddhist belief. He is a general missionary for humanity and the good cause of peaceful coexistence, integrating all major religions into global codes of tolerance. For him there is no right or wrong religion. He stated: “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message: that is love, compassion and forgiveness; the important thing is that they should be part of our daily lives. We can't say that all religions are the same, different religions have different views and fundamental differences. But it does not matter, as all religions are meant to help in bringing about a better world with better and happier human beings. On this level, I think that through different philosophical explanations and approaches, all religions have the same goal and the same potential.” For him moral action means not to interfere in the people’s desire for happiness and joy. Everybody must also consider the interests of others. Sensitivity is needed to take care of other people. He teaches that “Good fortune arises from spiritual qualities like love or tolerance which make us more happy”. Also, I like his other ideas : “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” “In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.” “It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.” “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness and my philosophy is kindness. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple.” “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” “With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.” The Dalai Lama grounds humanity in all of us, in our kindness and responsibility as human beings. (Anne Stiens is Vice President Media of the independent global www.worldsecuritynetwork.com , the largest social media in foreign affairs)

Radical Islam to hit streets of New Delhi on March 3rd

India: February 24, 2012. (PCP) The UK based organization “Sharia for Hind” is conspiring riots in secular India inciting millions of Indian Muslims to rise for Islam and imposition of Sharia law. A Muslim named Sheikh Anjem Choudry in a press release has urged Indian Muslims to protest in front of Indian parliament on March 3, 2012, to revive Islamic rule in India. Anjem Choudry is stamped as hate cleric in British media who demanded UK government to establish Sharia Courts. “Alhamdulillah (all praise be to Allah) the Shariah4Hind project will continue unhindered until sovereignty and supremacy is returned to Allah and the authority is for the Muslims alone. We would like to make it clear that Muslims do not obey any man-made law and thus any attempt to silence calls for the Shariah” comments Sheikh Anjem on his call of protest on March 3, 2012, in New Delhi, India. Sharia for Hind website have not disclosed its organs in India but its feared that Muslim extremists and terrorists shall be involved in March 3rd protest who have taken responsibility of many bomb attacks in India under banner of “Indian Mujahdeen” Read one statement of Islamic extremism posted on website of “Sharia for Hind” to undermine democratic means: “The Muslim Ummah (nation) is a community unparalleled in history. At its height in power it ruled over three continents. It brought tyrants to justice and liberated the oppressed. History still records their magnificent conquests, which against all odds defeated the mightiest of superpowers. But somewhere along the line that bright light waned and in 2012 we (Muslims) find ourselves bizarrely under the thumbs of the very people we were meant to liberate! India is now ruled by the most incompetent, unqualified and wicked individuals who have no clue about their purpose in life let alone how to rule a nation. The Indian constitution, just like its Pakistani and Bangladeshi counterparts are an appalling attempt at law and order, a stab in the dark, a gross display of trial and error. Indian political parties have preyed on the Muslim community, as the wolf preys a lamb; they have divided us with nationalism and poisoned us with democracy but most significantly have made us forget what the final Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent down for i.e. the total domination of the world by Islam” Meanwhile, TwoCircle News adds that a Member of National Integration Council, Mr. Navaid Hamid has urged Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to cancel the shariah rally due on 3rd March in New Delhi, and immediately block the website Shariah4Hind.com, which has given the call for the rally. “I earnestly request you to kindly order the cancellation of the permission, if any, given to the organizers of the proposed rally on 3rd of March 2012 and use your good office for advising the Ministry of Telecommunication to immediately block the website of the Shariah4Hind,” demanded Hamid in a letter to the Home Minister on Thursday. The NIC member has urged the PC to “order investigation to locate the origin of the website as the site also contains the contact numbers of the office bearers of the organisation; advising the MEA to urgently revoke the visa issued to Abu Baraa, Chairman for Shariah4Hind and Sheikh Anjem Choudary and ban their entry to India” Prominent Indian Muslim leader Navaid Hamid have written a letter to Indian Home Minster regarding ban on the visit of leaders of Shariah4hind and their proposed rally on 3rd March at New Delhi. Pakistan Christian Post is publishing copy of the letter of Indian Muslim leader for our readers : Dear Mr. P. Chidambaram, May I draw your kind attention towards the proposed rally on 3rd of March 2012, purportedly by some Muslims and inspired by a foreign based organisation having its website with the name of www.shariah4hind.com. The contents posted on the website are highly inflammatory and needs urgent attention. The purpose of the proposed rally as mentioned on the website is to gherao Indian Parliament; to instigate the Indian Muslims to rise for implementation of Shariah Laws; to discard Indian constitution; to rally to rise and unite the Indian subcontinent under Islamic governance and complete rejection of the Indian constitution. The hate mongers claims that in the proposed rally they would also target Indian politicians and issue a fatwa against political parties and Indian politicians including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Mr. Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Mr. L K Advani and Mr. Narendra Modi besides issuing a fatwa against the Indian constitution. The pictures posted on the website are also highly inflammatory and conveys the message of hate and a challenge to the Indian State. The official program of the rally also includes information about the address by Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad, leader of Al-Muhajiroun through video conferencing and also by Abu Baraa, Chairman for Shariah4Hind and Sheikh Anjem Choudary, Judge of the Shariah Court of UK in presence. You might be aware that Sheikh Omar Bakri is the same person who was expelled from UK for openly advocating Jihad and implementation of Sharia laws in Britain and also for advocating terror strikes. I wonder why the Delhi Police has given permission to any organization which openly challenges the basic character of Indian constitution, incite its citizens to revolt against state and also why the Indian High Commission in UK had granted visas to Abu Baraa, Chairman for Shariah4Hind and to Sheikh Anjem Choudary without a proper verification of the background of the two. Interestingly the website of Shariah4Hind claims that the Press Conference on 2nd March would also be addressed by a Hindu convert to Islam. The whole purpose of the website and the proposed rally seems to create chaos, animosity and discord between different communities and they have been successful in their mission as the first group to take notice of their activities and website are the people associated with Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal who have filed a PIL in Delhi High Court (as per the information available on website). It is interesting to mention that Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, the President of Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal was arrested for attack on Advocate Prashant Bhushan recently and some other members of the organisation were booked for attacking Muslims who have came to attend a rally of Popular Front of India at New Delhi railway station around two months back. In light of the above, I earnestly request you kindly order the cancellation of the permission, if any, given to the organisors of the proposed rally on 3rd of March 2012 and use your good office for advising the Ministry of Telecommunication to immediately block the website of the Shariah4Hind; order investigation to locate the origin of the website as the site also contains the contact numbers of the office bearers of the organisation; advising the MEA to urgently revoke the visa issued to Abu Baraa, Chairman for Shariah4Hind and Sheikh Anjem Choudary and ban their entry to India. Also it is matter of investigation that if no such visas are issued, no permission is given for a march to Parliament on 3rd of March 2012 and no such organisation exist as claimed on the website, than how Bhagat Singh Kranti Dal came to know about the organisation, website and its contents and the real motives of the propaganda behind it. With kind regards Navaid Hamid Member, National Integration Council Secretary, South Asian Council for Minorities (SACM)

Stephen Gill’s Shrine and the Flame in Romanian Language

Ottawa, Canada; June 24, 2012. (PCP) Stephen Gill’s two collections of poems, Shrine and The Flame, are now available in Romania in their own language. The poet explores in these poems the enlightened coexistence, a theme also of his novel The Coexistence and other works. Shrine is the one collection that has been translated in Romanian language. It is titled Altarul. The Flame is another volume of Stephen Gill that has been translated. It is titled Flacara in Romanian. The Flame is an epical poem about the destruction caused by maniac messiahs. Two book-length studies by university professors have appeared just on the Flame, and several research papers have been contributed to anthologies and research journals. Students in India are working on their doctorates on the poetry of Stephen Gill. For front cover designs of both the titles, please visit: www.writerslifeline.ca Both the collections of Stephen Gill were translated by the students of Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad, E Satu Mare with the help of a cultural project that started in October 2011 and completed at the end of May 2012. The project was supervised by Dr. Olimpia Jacob who has a doctorate in the theory of translation. She is an associate professor and a literary translator. Another scholar who supervised the project was Dr. Zotta Alexandru who also holds degrees in the area of translation. A famous essayist and a literary critic, Dr. Zotta is a lecturer of Romanian and also World Literature. The volumes have been introduced by Dr. Zotta, and have been released by Editura Fundatiei Cultural Poezia , Romania.

Sindh Minister criticizes nationalists

LARKANA: October 11, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro has criticized the Nationalists and the opponent political parties defying the SPLGO due to their wicked approach and double standard policies against the rulling PPP, we challenge them for open dialogue. Addressing the first Press Conference in a high level security at Circuit House Larkana after hand grenade attacks on residences of PPP Ministers and parliamentarians, Law Minister Sindh said that they should protest peacefully but their illegal actions will be faced legal actions against all Nationalists and thier supporters, if they will barged any illegalities Ayaz said. Ayaz Soomro warned the Nationalists that they want bloodshed in the motherland but they will not succeed in their nephrious designs against the democractic government and PPP will complete its tenure he said. He further said that they will also prortest like a hanging the bangles and they will do the same at Hyder Mazil, but they respect G. M Sayed, who also passed first resolution of Pakistan during the independence. He said about Rasool Bux Paleejo wanted a Senatorship but the PPP will offer the same to his basic worker he said. Ayaz Soomro highlighted that CrPc is under the federal government powers and all concerned powers deligate very clearly in the Sindh peoples local government Ordinance (SPLGO), there is no any superiority of the Mayor in Karachi or without the consent of concerened Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners as well the revenue orders as accordingly. He said they will not rebut to show their evil actions due to their illegalities, because their struggle believe in the democracy and will of the masses, if they want to participate in forthcoming election there is an open ground for them to come and participate peacefully. Soomro further said that PPP believe in true democracy and the bombs and other portrait burning threats will not bend them to wave-off their struggle, adding that the nationalists should remain calm and show their strength peaceful protests not by any threats of blasts, which could harm the Sindhi population their and we all parliamentarians are Sindhis also. Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said that they have proofs in CCTV camerafootage at Chief Minister House of our opponent political parties among Pakistan Muslim League (F), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Muslim League (Q), Jamiat Ulami Islam (JUI) and others, they have assured about the SPLGO before the submission to Sindh Governor and in Sindh Assembly session, adding that they have not spoke against the SPLGO in Sindh Assembly, which was unanimously accepted. He was charged on the occasion and criticized Takht Lahorities politicians, that they have not accepted the Z. A Bhutto and present democractic struggle of PPP will never bent upon their conspiracies and complete its tenure he said. Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro has challenged to Leaders of Nationalist organizations to debate him on every section of newly passed bill of SPLGO while the peaceful protests and demonstration is constitutional right of every citizen but no one will be allowed to take illegal steps. Soomro strongly condemned the coward attacks on houses of MPAs he said miscreants planted bombs on his residence and Speaker Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro but local Police timely recovered and defused them he added that culprit has been arrested red handed who has confessed the crime . He said PPP will complete its 5 year term by dynamic leadership and political vision of President Asif Ali Zardari opponent should wait for next general election which will be held on March 2013. On the occasion DIG Larkana Abdul Khaliq Shaikh, Commissioner Larkana Dr Saeed Magnejo, Deputy Commissioner Larkana Assadullah Abro, Vice Chancellor SMBBMU Larkana Pro Akbar Haider Soomro, SSP Larkana Javed Jiskani, SSP Shikarpur, SSP Jacobabad and other officials were present.

Ch. Nisar agrees with J Salik on demand of Election on reserved seats

Islamabad: February 9, 2013. (PCP) Opposition leader National Assembly of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan answered a question from a journalist during his press conference on February 8, 2013 that he is 200% agree with JSalik’s demand of election on reserved minority seats rather than selection. He said that he will raise this point within his party, Pakistan Muslim League (N). Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Pakistan (Dr. Qadeer Khan’s party) has also written a letter to Election Commission of Pakistan on February 7, 2013 in which they are demanding for direct Election. they said 70 reserved seats are being filled is violating constitution, Instead it should be filling with direct elections that means they are not true representatives chosen by nation but getting selected on personal relations to sit in the Nation Assembly Government of Paksitan. Salik said that now there are not the true and genuine representatives of the minorities in Assembly because they are not elected by the votes of minorities; they are only selected by the major political parties.

India, Pakistan and Terrorism: Counter-Terrorist and Security Expert Bahukutumbi Raman Passes Away. By Lee Jay Walker

It is with great sadness that Modern Tokyo Times hears about the death of Bahukutumbi Raman who was a foremost expert in the field of counter-terrorism, national security and geopolitics in India. Raman passed away after fighting against cancer during the later part of his life. However, true to the very nature of Raman he kept on churning out essential analysis of major international events related to India and the surrounding region until the very late stages of his life. I myself contacted Raman several years ago when Modern Tokyo Times was in its infancy and he kindly allowed our agency to publish his work until we could get off the ground. The beauty of Raman is that despite knowing extremely powerful individuals within India and much further afield; he was also open to anyone who cared and had a valid message to give to the world. Therefore, it was a great honor when such a distinguished individual gave the Modern Tokyo Times a helping hand in the cut-throat world of the mass media. His distinguished career runs of the pen naturally when it comes to security related issues and being at the center of safeguarding India. Raman is a former Additional Secretary (retired), Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of India. Also, Raman is the former head of India’s intelligence agency called Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) which applies to external threats. Therefore, by being a former head (and one of the founding fathers of RAW) of this important counter-terrorism agency; it is clear that Raman was very important within the power mechanisms of India in relation to national security. Raman also was the director of the distinguished Institute for Topical Studies which is based in Chennai. Alongside this, Raman was also an important contributor to the South Asia Analysis Group. Outside of major institutions he frequently wrote about geopolitics, counter-terrrorism, military issues, national security and other related areas in relation to India and South Asia. He also kept in touch “with the street” by utilizing social media and was open to individuals irrespective of their position because he firmly believed in humanity. India Express states that Raman was “One of the few officers who witnessed the creation of RAW in 1968 by RN Kao, his analysis on Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China have been an asset to the intelligence community. In his memoir Kaoboys of Research and Analysis Wing: Down Memory Lane, he talked about his days in the agency.” Raman cared passionately for the national security of India and to create mechanisms whereby terrorism and geopolitical land grabs by hostile nations could be dampened and repulsed before chaos broke out. On May 10, 2013, despite the pain of his severe cancer Raman bravely stated about the elections in Pakistan that“Better relations with India will be a minefield. The sensitivities of the army and the fundamentalist and jihadi organizations may have to be taken into consideration by the mainstream parties doing well in the elections before they take any major initiative for a policy change in a positive direction. They have to go very slow and keep down their enthusiasm. Better relations with India are, therefore, unlikely to be for tomorrow unless the PML (N) comes out with an absolute majority of its own.” “India’s immediate policy interest ought to be not in the prospects for a quick improvement in the bilateral relations, but in the prospects for the better internal stability and better internal security in Pakistan with a genuine control over the activities of the TTP, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) and other jihadi organizations.” “India has had a contentious relationship with Pakistan ever since the two countries became independent in 1947. If this contentious relationship continues for some more years, we can live with it provided the new ruling dispensation in Pakistan shows the courage and foresight to take on the fundamentalist and jihadi organizations and defeat them in the interest of the people of Pakistan and at the same time persuade the Army to co-operate with the civilian leadership in this direction.” Raman even in the last days of his life and suffering enormous pain showed the passion of youth but with the knowledge of age. India should note the wise words above because Raman was focused on seeing the events of the day and the reality of long term problems which he foresaw in the future. Raman stated about international terrorism which is eating away at many nations based on various different factors that “How would I characterise international jihadi terrorism as personified by Al Qaeda and the International Islamic Front (IIF) formed by it in 1998, which pose the greatest threat to international peace and harmony? It is revanchist in character, medieval in its objectives and modern in its methods of operation. It wants to avenge through mass killings the imaginary wrongs which, according to it, were done to the Muslims of the world over the ages by the rest of the world. It is not a clash between civilizations. It is a clash between savagery and civilization. Civilization has to prevail over savagery and it will. It wants to take the Islamic world not forward into the modern world of democracy, prosperity and enlightenment, but back to the days of the Islamic Caliphate. It has mastered or is trying to master modern means of destruction in order to achieve the destruction of modernity and take the Islamic world back to its dark ages. “ “International jihad terrorism has only pretexts for its actions. It has no legitimate root causes. In its revanchist, it is like the Nazism of the past. Imagine what could have happened to the world if leaders such as President Franklin Roosevelt, Sir Winston Churchill, Gen. de Gaulle and others had said “let us first address the root causes of Nazism before we eliminate Adolf Hitler and his cohorts.” Where would the world be today? It would be equally absurd for us to say “let us first address the root causes of Al Qaeda and the IIF before we eliminate the leaders of Al Qaeda, the IIF and their cohorts.” They have to be eliminated first by all of us thinking and acting in unison.” After the death of Osama bin Laden the distinguished Raman commented that “The death of the jihadi Frankenstein’s monster in the cradle of the Pakistan Army has thrown the spotlight even more intensely than till now on another Frankenstein’s monster— namely, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.” “Since the 1980s,the ISI was was pampered, fed and fattened by the US along with the Pakistan Army. The US, which closed its eyes to the pernicious role played by this State Frankenstein’s monster in sponsoring terrorism of various kinds against India, Afghanistan and other countries, is confused and does not know how to act against this State Frankenstein’s monster after having killed the non-State monster.” “The end of Osama bin Laden will not be the end of international jihadi terrorism. The non-state head of international jihadi terrorism may be dead, but the State of Pakistan, which continues to use this terrorism, lives in a denial mode. Neither the State of Pakistan nor its civil society is prepared to admit that Al Qaeda and its surviving leaders have managed to escape arrest, prosecution or death so far, because of the support extended to them by the State of Pakistan. The same is the case with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) and other jihadi affiliates of Al Qaeda.” Raman gave his soul to India and helped the international community because of his enormous wisdom. He passed away on June 16, 2013. However, he will live on within the people he touched based on his writing, knowledge and the humanity he showed the world. http://ramanstrategicanalysis.blogspot.jp/2013/05/impact-of-pak-elections-on-ties-with.html http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?271660 leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

Bahawalpur Church carnage 2001, she still fears to speak

It was October 28, 2001, day of Sunday; 8 o’clock in morning, city of Bahawalpur in Southern Punjab of Pakistan and place was St. Dominic Church of Catholic Diocese of Multan where Pastor Rev. Emmanuel Allah Ditta, of Church of Pakistan had to lead Sunday Services instead of routine Catholic Congregation that day. Elishba, a six years old girl walks holding hand of his father in St. Dominic Church for Sunday Services as usual where she kneels down and tries to sing hymns; Elishba closes her eyes when Pastor Emmanuel Allaha Ditta offers blessing to end prayers but suddenly silence brakes out with chanting of slogans by three masked men “Afghanistan and Pakistan the "graveyard of Christians." "Allahu Akbar" (God is most great) and uproar of gunfire. Elishba sees Pastor Emmanuel falling on floor and masked men turning their Kalashnikovs on worshipers and people running towards Altar to save their lives. She remembers nothing after hearing cries of women, men and children and blood spreading on Church floor mats It is story of eyewitness Baby Elishba who was in St. Dominic Church Bahawalpur when Islamic militants attacked Christian worshipers and killed 16 and injured dozens on October 28, 2001. That 6 years old girl was found under dead bodies of worshipers with two bullet wounds on her legs. When I talked with Elishba on October 29, 2013, her age is 19 years and she is student of a college but she is scared to speak about that horrible incident of October 28, 2001. Father of Elishba also survived with bullet wounds on his arms but there were 16 unlucky worshipers who were martyred and many injured in an Islamist militants attack on Sunday Services at St. Dominic Church which started at 8; 52 am and ended at 8: 55 am. (only 3 mintues) Elishba told me “I am 19 years old now and student of 12th grade in a college. I have one brother and three sisters. I was 6 years old when incident of St. Dominic Church happened on October 28, 2001. I saw blood everywhere in Church. I was told later that I was found beneath 12 dead bodies when attackers left Church and rescuers approached. My father was also victim of firing of Islamists who’s right arm received bullet injury” “I am grateful to Lord Jesus Christ that he saved us and many other worshipers to glorify his name in front of others” she said She told me “There was fear among Christians of Bahawalpur after incident of October 28, 2001” and she became silent when she was trying to portray horror details of that incident. I felt pain in her voice when Elishba said “I am fearful to tell all about that horrifying situation in Church because till this day I am scared of being killed if I speak” I also became silent for few moments and started thinking “What kind of human being we are? What type of Christians we are Pakistani Christians? Why we forget our martyrs? Why there was not any memorial service in any Church of Pakistan and wherever Pakistani Christian Diaspora is on October 28, 2013, to remember 16 martyrs of St. Dominic Church of Bahawalpur city? Why we never celebrate anniversaries of Niamat Ahmar, Buntu Masih, Manzoor Masih and others who were killed by Muslim extremists on accusations of blasphemy? Why we not gather for 8 Christians burnt alive in Gojra by Muslim mob every year on August 1st? Then, a very big question make my head spin; Are, we Pakistani Christians a live nation or a community which died with its traditions and values? Let us view incident of St. Dominic Church of Bahawalpur under facts: The Bahawalpur is about 60 miles from City of Multan in Southern Punjab province of Pakistan. The city of Bahawapur was headquarters of a banned Islamist organization “Jaish-e-Mohammad” which was formed by establishment of Pakistan to recruit Mujahideen for terror acts in occupied Kashmir by India. The Mujahid of “Jaish-e-Mohammad” were trained by ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) of Pakistan Army and provided full security in Pakistan to spread terror in Kashmir. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked WTC and Pentagon in USA and killed thousands of innocent civilians on which war was declared against Terrorists by former US President George W. Bush. The US Administration demanded Afghanistan to handover Osama Bin Laden and his affiliates of “Al Qaida” or to face war on which high alert was announced in Pakistan to provide adequate security to Churches and Christians to counter backlash if USA attacks. Four police guards were deployed at St. Dominic Church in city of Bahawalpur also like other Pakistani cities but three policemen went for breakfast on morning of October 28, 2001, leaving behind only one policeman when service started at 8; 00 AM, while they also knew that a week earlier, some men had approached the police guards, questioning them about church timings. The Islamists in Pakistan took note of visit of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Pope John Paul II's special envoy, Archbishop Paul Joseph Cordes, to Pakistan in same week and Al-Qida issued a press note of Christmas Bloodbath in newspapers which confirmed possible attack on Christians in Pakistan. The Islamic militants planned to kill as many as Christian worshipers in St. Dominic Church on October 28, 2001 but Catholic Worship Service was switched with Protestant Worship Time for Sunday. There were Catholic congregates in majority in Bahawalpur city while with agreement with Catholic Parish Priest Fr. Rocas Tatrias, the congregation of Church of Pakistani in city was also performing Sunday Services in St. Dominic Church as they had not own worship place. Therefore, more than one hundred members of Church of Pakistan were in St. Dominic Church at time on incident. According to PCP information’s, six men on three motorcycles rode up to Saint Dominic's Church and pulled out AK-47 assault rifles, shooting police guard before entering the packed church. Leaving their accomplices outside to stand watch and shoot any of their victims who managed to escape. The men were bearded, conventionally dressed in loose cotton shirts, and unmasked. The police guard might not have realized anything was wrong until the bags were unzipped and Kalashnikov assault rifles were pulled out. By then, it was too late for him, and for the people praying inside St Dominic's. The gunmen locked the doors and sprayed bullets at the Protestant congregation who were using the church at the time, riddling the walls with bullet holes. Five of the dead were children, including two brothers of two and eight years old. Four were women, and half a dozen of them were members of the same family named Jamshed Akhtar, a government clerk, his wife, Rifat, and five of their children, as well as Jamshed's brother Javed and his wife, Nargis. On October 29, 2001, the daily Nawa-e-Waqt, Multan, received a fax from the militant group Lashkar-e-Umar, claiming responsibility for the incident. The fax stated, “We have accepted the crusade announced by US President George W. Bush. This is the answer to Bush. If he does not stop attacks on Afghanistan, we will continue to take action.” Shafiq, the person who faxed the message was arrested. More than 100 suspects in the Bahawalpur Church killings were detained by Pakistan police authorities including of at least three hardline Islamic militant groups, Jaish-e Mohammed, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The government of Pakistan paid compensation of one lakh rupees (over $1,600) to the families of the 16 Christians and one Muslim guard killed and to injured in the attack In July 2002 four people were arrested in connection with the Church massacre but on July 31, 2002, Police in Pakistan's Bahawalpur district said in a statement that the four were killed on Sunday when a police vehicle carrying the four came under attack which meant that government not wanted any one to bring before courts to ensure justice. Now, I understand why Elishba is scared to speak because killers of Christian worshipers are walking free in streets of Bahawalpur. There is hundreds of millions of US Aid in Pakistan after 2001, but none is allocated to furnish benches in St. Dominic Church in Bahawalpur City not any Christian victim is awarded with USA or EU visa for asylum nor any financial support is given to victims who were just massacred as backlash on interests of Western nations in Afghanistan. Weather, they are victims of Gojra, Joseph Colony Lahore, All Saints Church Peshawar or St. Dominic Church Bahawalpur, no one wants to live in Islamic Republic of Pakistan due to rising incidents of violence against them on religion grounds but what a fate? USA, Canada, Australia and EU is ready to give permanent residencies to Muslim terrorists of Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Egypt and Iran but reluctant to accept Pakistani Christians as refugees or issue them even visit visas. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in a statement said that Australia offers asylum to hundreds of thousands of Muslim Hazara community members after Quetta incidents and some EU countries offer permanent residencies to Muslims of Syria but Australia, EU, Canada and USA never showed any human sympathy towards victims of Bahawalpur, Gojra or Peshawar Churches victims who were only assassinated that they are Christians which is religion of NATO forces. PCC Chief said that more than fifty accused of blasphemy laws are hiding in different cities of Pakistan who can be killed by Muslim extremists in their cities but EU, Australia, Canada and USA are reluctant to issue visa to them. “I appeal all human rights supporting countries to award asylum to Christian victims of violence, oppression and Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan” said Nazir Bhatti (By Pakistan Christian Post PCP investigative team)

A young Christian boy was murder after sodomy

Gujranwala: May 31, 2014. (PCP) A young Christian boy Sanwal s/o Arshad Masih aged 17 was murder by Muslim boy Ali Abbas aged 22 who lust by committing sodomy upon him and gave poison to him in vine at Dhaila Chatta Tehsil Wazirabad, District Gujranwala on May 30, 2014. Keeping in view the sensitivity a CLAAS fact finding team headed by Mr. Joseph Francis MBE (National Director), Mr. Sohail Habel (Finance Manger), Ms. Rama Rasheed (Assistant Program Officer) and Ms. Shagufta Nazir (Assistant In-charge Legal Department) and Mr. Hunny Bashir (Assistant In-Charge Legal Department) immediately rushed to the occurrence place to collect the real facts behind the occurrence. At 5:00 pm CLAAS team reached the place and attended his funeral ceremony and met with grieved family and show their grief concern with this family. CLAAS team assured this poor family that they will be there whenever they need to help them in this difficult time legally and financially. According to facts he started doing work at Haji Abbas dera for five months ago on Rs. 5000/- (PKR) monthly wages. On May 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. street children informed to his family that he was lying faint near Haji Abbas house. His uncle rushed the place and took him to near private hospital but due to his crucial condition they referred to civil hospital Wazirabad. And on the way Sanwal told to his uncle that Ali Abbas commit sodomy with him and give poison to him in vine and left him alone in critical condition. In civil hospital doctors referred him to Lahore due to his crucial condition but on the way he was died. After his death Haji Abbas came his home and threaten and forced his family to bury him immediately. But the grieved family went Ahmed Nager Wazirabad police station and lodged FIR 197/14 offence under section 302/337 J PPC against Ali Abbas. Police took his dead body at Civil Hospital Wazirabad for postmortem. Report is pending now accused is under arrest. Investigation is in process under the guidance of I. O (Investigation Officer) Javed Iqbal. Team visits the police station Ahmed Nager Wazirabad and met with SHO (Station House Officer) Muhammad Sawar who told to team that police will investigate the matter on merit and the justice would be provided to the victim’s family. Team also met with accused Ali Abbas in police station.

ROD activist of women rights attacked and implicated in a case.

Sargodha: March 31, 2009. (By Jawad Mazhar reporting for PCP from Pakistan) A ‘Rays of Development Organization’ (ROD) feminism activist sustained critical head injuries from the hands of Robin Alfred in a bid to broker a reconciliation deal, between him, his spouse and Children. ROD activist was immediately taken to Divisional Head Quarters (DHQ) Hospital for first aid. The sad episode took place on March 13th at 3:30 PM, at Rehmat Park University road, Sargodha, Pakistan Christian Post established from the well placed sources of ROD and family members. Robin Alfred son of Alfred Charles divorced his Pakistani National wife Noureen Bibi before he left for Germany several years back, said Waseem Dean the brother of Alfred’s wife. Waseem Dean added that Robin Alfred who inflicted barbarian torture on ROD’s women rights activist used to visit his Pakistani wife Noureen Bibi alias Noori from time to time and she gave birth to his two (02) Children, though he had divorced her. The brother of Robin Alfred’s Pakistani wife said that this time on his arrival in Pakistan, Robin Alfred tortured his Pakistani wife and two Children ruthlessly and threw them out of house saying ‘Go and pool money for me to buy return ticket to Germany.’ ROD Chairman Mr. Ferhan Mazher told PCP that on March 13th ROD feminism activist Imran Mazher, Waseem Dean the brother of Alfred’s Pakistani wife and other eminent local elders including Dr. Rashid, Mr. Naseem Shafqat and Billu Thakedar were trying to broker a reconciliation deal between Robin Alfred and his Pakistani national wife Noureen Bibi alias Noori and Children. During the peace dialogue between the opponent parties, Robin Alfred and his sister’s son Humayun alias Chhootu, Dr. Rashid and Billu Thakedar got fiery for apparently no reason, said Waseem Dean and Naseem Shafqat, and they started hurling glasses at them and left the peace process threatening of dire consequences. Both respected elders also said that after a few minutes Robin Alfred and Humayun alias Chhootu returned brandishing a pump action rifle and pounded the gate of Naseem Shafqat’s home with bricks and stones and broke the security bolt of the steel gate and abused the family members and ROD activist. Naseem Shafqat said that Humayun alias Chhootu and Robin Alfred attacked ROD’s feminism activist and thrashed him with iron rods and deadly Pump Action riffle butt warning to stay away from this matter. Shafqat and Chief of ROD Mr. Mazher said that this attack left two ROD activists injured including Imran Mazher with critical head injuries and Ashir Emmanuel sustained minor injuries. Chief of ROD said that both the ROD feminism activists were rushed to DHQ hospital where Imran Mazher is still bed ridden and under the observation of doctors of DHQ. Chief of ROD Mr. Ferhan Mazher slammed the local Cantt Police Station officials saying they have not registered Case against the culprit Robin Alfred and Humayun alias Chhootu for inflicting immense torture on Imran Mazher and Ashir Emmanuel and ransacking the house of Mr. Naseem Shafqat. ROD Chief alleged that Mr. Alfred has bribed the Cantt Police Station’s investigating Officer Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Shameer and he is continuously threatening ROD members and family members of Mr. Naseem Shafqat. Mr. Mazher added that Robin Alfred and his nephew Humayun alias Chhootu self-flagellated and obtained a fake Medico Legal Certificate (MLC) from DHQ Hospital and registered a fake case against ROD activist, Mr. Naseem Shafqat and Waseem Dean under article 337 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). ROD Chief urged that Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti and Punjab’s Provincial Minister for Minorities Mr. Kamran Michael and other Christian parliamentarians should look in to this matter and ensure that Cantt Police Sargodha does not harass innocent Christian family members of Mr. Naseem Shafqat and ROD activists. He also underscored that Christian Ministers and parliamentarians should ensure that justice is served to the Children and Noureen Bibi the wife of Robin Alfred.

Chief Minister stresses to eliminate corruption in Sindh

LARKANA: July 29 , 2009. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) The Chief Minister Sindh advised the Anti Corruption Establishment to inject bud rampant corruption in Government Departments causing colossal losses to the province, henceforth the Chairman enquires and Anti Corruption Establishment informed that in a recent meeting of A.C.C-I, it was decided that civil servants who are facing the registration and prosecution in corruption cases, shall also be arrested for getting loss to the Sindh province and its precious resources. This he said by the Chairman Enquires and Anti Corruption Establishment Sindh Munawar Opel presided over a high level meeting with five District Coordination Officers of Larkana, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Kamber-Shahdadkot regarding to review the progress of the cases and further its prosecution. On Wednesday at Circuit House Larkana, ACC-II Larkana, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Kamber Shahdadkot @ Kamber districts’ about 300 cases were presented on the occasion and DCOs including Larkana Mohammad Jaffer Abbasi, DCO Kamber-Shahddkt Zahid Hussain Memon, DCO Jecobabad Kazim Hussain Jatoi Deputy Director Anti Corruption Establishment Larkana Region Fakhur Din Abro, Circles Officers of Larkana Region and other concerned officers attended the meeting and briefed the Chairman E& ACE Sindh. The meeting was informed that all 19 cases were decided for Challan, out of which 12 cases of Larkana District, 3 in Shikarpur and 4 cases were challaned in Jacobabad districts during the year 2008, while 5 cases were approved for departmental action, 1 in Larkana district, 1 in Shikarpur and 1 in Kamber-Shadadkot, in this regard 7 cases were decided to dispose of under section 173 CrPc, out of which 5 cases of Larkana district, 2 cases of Shikarpur and 6 complains were converted into the cases in which 4 in Larkana and 2 in Shikarpur districts. The meeting was also informed that during the year 2008 the 67 complains were decided for departmental action out of 43 in Larkana 8 in Shikarpur 16 in Kamber Shahdadkot, meanwhile 38 complains were decided to dispose off, which 29 in Larkana, 02 in Shikarpur, 07 in Kamber-Shadadkot. The meeting was also informed that 144 applications were received and decided by the ACC-II to initiate open enquires out of which 77, in Larkana, 34 in Shikarpur and 34 in Kamber-Shahdadkot. It was also informed in the meeting that 34 applications were received and decided for departmental action out of which 7 in Larkana, 27 in Kamber Shahdadkot and 82 applications were received and decided to dispose off which 79 in Larkana, 01 in Shikarpur and 02 in Kamber Shahdadkot. In this regard all 280 complaints were received out of which 221 were finalized in Larkana region as per details received in official meeting said the sources. Chairman Enquiries and Anti-Corruption Sindh has urged upon all the DCOs that they must ensure to hold regular meetings of ACC-II, so that the cases may be decided in time and relief and justice may be provided to the common people without any discrimination. Earlier, the Chairman Enquires and Anti Corruption Establishment Sindh Munawar Opel while presiding over a meeting of Circle officers of Anti Corruption of Larkana region to gear up their efforts and after completing all the legal formalities, arrest the accused persons without any delay and FIRs may be lodged against such guilty persons at once. He also directed them to work without fear and favour and show performance and provide relief and justice to the people without any delay, so that corruption may be controlled in various departments. He also said that all possible facilities may be provided to the circle officers and their problems will be resolved on priority basis, the meeting was attended by all concerned.

Catholics fight over language used in liturgy: Bible quiz cancelled

MANGALORE: December 2, 2009. The Bangalore Archdiocese cancelled its annual Bible Quiz as the Tamil speaking Catholics and Kannada speaking Catholics had a raw over the language used in liturgy. The quiz had become a vital part of the cultural events of the archdiocese for some years now. Thousands of students gathered from various parishes of the Archdiocese used come together in St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary for the quiz including several cultural activities like dances, drama and singing. The event usually comes to a close with the students visiting the Bible Museum within the Seminary premises. This year the venue had been set at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Bangalore. And the Kannada, the state language, speaking Catholics threatened to disrupt the event saying that most of the prizes last year were given away to the Tamil Students. The migrant Tamil speakers are from the neighboring Tamilnadu, and the majority in the Catholic archdiocese while the native Kannada speaking people form the minority. Both demand their language to be the official language of the liturgy practiced in the archdiocesan churches. The fight has been on for sometime now. Some priests who are involved in the controversy also had been arrested earlier for disruption of the liturgy and an Episcopal ordination. The priests who wish to have peace in the diocese say that the Quiz programme was intended to unite the fighting groups, and lately it had become a cause for division among the catholic fold. The rector says that the seminary cancelled the event as the dispute defeated its ‘original motto.’

Nigerian Jihadi Muslims slain 500 Christians in Dogo Nahawa village attack. ICC

Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2010)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that yesterday, Nigerian Muslims murdered 500 Christians in village of Dogo Nahawa, near the city of Jos. Most of the victims are women and children. The Muslims invaded the village yesterday at 2 AM local time and slaughtered the Christians with machetes. In some cases the Muslims wiped out entire members families. They also burned down the homes of several Christians. A local government official told ICC that around 380 Christians were buried in one mass burial space. He added that other victims were buried by their families and there are still bodies being collected. The official, who requested to remain anonymous, also said that police have arrested 93 people and recovered guns, knifes and other types of weapons from the suspects. “The genocide committed by Muslims against innocent women and children is another clear demonstration of Muslims brutality and intolerance of Christians in northern Nigeria. The Nigerian government must bring those responsible to account for this evil crime against humanity. The right to freedom of religion must not just be written in our Constitution but must be seen to be in practice. We are appealing to Christians all over the world through ICC and continual prayers for believers in Northern Nigeria,” said Reverend John Hayab. Reverend Hayab is the Secretary General of Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State. This latest anti Christian Jihad came on the heels of a conflict between Christians and Muslims in Jos in January of this year. During that conflict, over 300 people were killed. Over 13, 750 Christians have been killed by Muslims in northern Nigeria since the introduction of Sharia laws in 2001. ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, said, “We condemn in the strongest words this latest Jihad attack against Christians. It’s both unconscionable and extremely heinous for the Muslims to slaughter women and children in the middle of the night simply because of their religious belief. This is yet another example of danger of Islamic fundamentalism. The international community must assist the victims and their families. Nigerian officials must be held accountable for their failure in protecting Christians from Muslim aggression.”

Public Forum on “Forms of Gender Discrimination-Struggle for Just Society”

Faisalabad: June 16, 2010. (PCP) ) On 12th June 2010, AWAM (Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation) in collaboration with LEHR (Liaison for Enforcement of Human Rights) organized a public forum titled “Forms of Gender Discrimination-Struggle for Just Society”. Naseem Anthony (Executive Secretary-AWAM), Shazia George (Coordinator-AWAM), Zafar Iqbal, Nazia Sardar, Mumtaz Kousar, Shahzad Rafiq and Nabila Emmanuel were among the speakers of the public forum held at Wazir Khan Wali in Faisalabad. Naseem Anthony said, “The customary practices such as; vani, wata satta, early marriage, honour killing and marriage to the Quran, cause decline instead of development for the citizens, therefore, key to progress of the nation is the exclusion of such traditions and customs from the society.” Shazia George said, “Male dominating society defines roles for females and confines females to household chores due to widespread gender discrimination in society, therefore females are bound to recluse from the development process.” Zafar Iqbal said, “Patriarchal system is the main reason behind the prevalence of different forms of gender discrimination in the society; therefore, it is pertinent for citizens of Pakistan to struggle for bringing about a positive change in social behaviours and for building a just society free of any kind of discrimination by elimination of gender discrimination.” Nazia Sardar said, “The basic obstacle in the empowerment of women is the mounting tendency of discrimination in the society on the basis of gender, therefore, exploitation of women’s rights and male dominance has increased due to negligence of existing discrimination on the grounds of gender in the society.” At this juncture, the speakers demanded that: public awareness about laws against Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment at Workplaces must be multiplied and implementation of these laws must be ensured; discrimination in laws against women like Evidence Act and Citizenship Act must be amended; customary practices against women must be banned and jirga system must be outlawed; women’s representation as per their proportion of population must be ensured in every field of life by increasing reserved quota for women; govt. must ratify ILO convention 177, must acknowledge working women such as; peasant workers, domestic workers and home based workers as labourers, and must ensure protection of their rights through legislation and formation of union.

Koran burning furor has only made life more difficult for Pakistan’s Christians: CLAAS

London: September 27, 2010. (PCP) No Christian in Pakistan expects life to be easy but there are times when life is harder than usual and right now is such a time. Since the threat made by a US church to burn copies of the Koran, Christians have been living in greater fear for their lives than usual. Despite the fact that the church cancelled its plans, our colleague in Pakistan says that Muslim groups have been holding protest rallies across the country almost every day, burning the American flag and effigies of the US President Barack Obama. Naeem says the worst of the protests are taking place in the Khyber Pakhtoon region and that the level of anger on display is “frightening”. He has told us how on September 13 he was distributing aid among flood victims in Pubi and Noshera Kalan, when he saw a large rally by Muslims who were shouting chants against the US and brandishing guns and axes. He says it is the first time he has seen Muslim protestors so openly brandishing their weapons. He gave us this report: “We were scared and prayed that the rally would remain peaceful as they were passing through the Christian area. We knew anything could happen and there have been previous occasions when extremists have sought revenge in the wrong places.” It is not uncommon for Muslim extremists to seek revenge in Christian communities for the actions of the US or other Western countries, as they have the misconception that local Christians are allies of the West simply because they share the same religion. Pastor Terry Jones cancelled the burning of the Korans but sadly similar events have taken place in other parts of the US, angering millions of Muslims. It is almost certain that extremists will take advantage of these actions to take their revenge out on innocent Christians.

MYS holds seminar on Martyrdom of Salman Tasser and Future of Pakistani Christians

Lahore, Pakistan: January 17, 2011. (By Samuel Nazir) The Mashal Youth Society MYS held a seminar on January 16, 2011, in Lahore to pay homage to Martyr Salman Tasser here today. In opening comments of Mashal Youth Society MYS, President Mr. Saleem Shakir welcomed Christian leaders and other signatories from different walks of life and expressed importance of seminar subject to “Martyrdom of Salman Taseer and our Future”. He said that sacrifice of Salman Tasser leads Christian youth to unity because we can only be successful with our unity. Saleem Shakir said that Salman Taseer is Hero of Christian community of Pakistan and his martyrdom is ray of light for oppressed Pakistani Christians. Mr. Pervaiz Jamal, a Writer, Mr. Zeshan Joseph, President of Pakistan Christian League, Mr. Yasir Barket Khokhar of Revival internestion Monthly Magazine. Mr. Sohail Jonson of Shairing Life Ministry, Mr. Martin Javed Michael, Gen. Secretary Pakistan Christian Democratic Alliance and Bishop Yaqoob Paul (President Pakistan Christian Democratic Alliance also spoke in seminar and paid tributes to Salman Taseer. After message from speakers Mr. Sohail Jonson from "Shairing Life Ministry" Showed the documentary of different incident happened in Pakistan, like Bahmani, Gojra, Faislabad, Asia Bibi and others. Some Leaders suggest that Christian youth should also take step against Muslim community, But mostly leaders delivered message for peace, unity and also ability for choose good leaders for Christians community in Pakistan.

Muslims Surround Church in Egypt, Prevent Its Reopening

Cairo: May 24, 2011. (AINA) -- On the morning of May 19 two Coptic priests went to St. Mary and St. Abraham Church in Ain Shams and opened it together with some of the Coptic residents, but later in the day thousands of Muslims surrounded the church to protest its opening, hurled stones at the church building and the Copts, who responded by throwing stones. The army and the police stood there watching and did not intervene (video). Unable to secure the church, the army and police closed it and arranged for a "reconciliation" meeting between the Coptic priest and the Salafi sheikhs. They also arrested eight Copts, one of them 13-years old, and three Muslims. They were all charged with rioting, violence and causing injury to citizens. Three Copts were also charged with having cartridges but no guns and one 15-year-old boy with possessing two knives. The 3 Muslims were charged with throwing stones at the army. Father Filopateer Gameel, one of the organizers of the Maspero sit-in, said that during a meeting with the Minister of Interior he was told he cannot choose the churches to be reopened because it was all "planned with the Salafis and the security authorities so that when we go, there will be no problems." He confirmed the minister had himself suggested the names of the three churches to be reopened. The "reconciliation" session was held in a tent by the Islamist imam Kerdassi, the main opponent of the reopening of the church, who also recently built a mosque facing the church. Next to the tent was another one hosting Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi sheikhs, among them the renowned Salafi sheikh Hassan and over 3000 guests all chanting "Islamic, Islamic." The session lasted for 5-hour, and was attended by sheikhs, imams, priests, lawyers and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in which the Muslims insisted the church was a factory and the Christians explained that it was a church, although it has no dome or bell, and has been used as a place for worship and has a consecrated alter. The Coptic diocese bought the building, which used to be a clothes factory, in 2004 and used it for worship until November 22, 2008, when it was closed by State Security after nearly 3000 Muslims surrounded the church, pelting it with stones and terrorizing thousands of parishioners inside. "The atmosphere of the meeting was belligerent," said attorney Ashraf Edward, "and one of the sheikhs threatened us by saying that should the church be opened without their permission it would end up like the church in Soul which was demolished by Muslims." He said the church was offered a larger place to relocate to away from the Muslim families as the imams said. "They presented us with a petition from the Muslim families against the opening of the church." The representative of the Ministry of Endowment suggested the church be closed until permission is granted for its opening from the relevant authorities, to which all sides agreed. At the end of the session a joint statement was read by the Imam Kerdassi, which said "It was decided to close the place and no Christian prayers is to take place there until permission is granted. If there is permission then we should respect it and since there is no permit at present then all parties agreed to close the place permanently, no one to approach it and no one of us to harm it until the authorities have issued a ruling. We all have to love each other, so that Egypt would remain strong and secure as Allah wanted it to be." The Muslims demanded that should the church be reopened, it should be without cross and dome. Coptic attorney Dr. Ihab Ramzy said the army and the police did not participate in the "reconciliation" meeting. "This shows the government is ignoring the problem. Am I there to get the Salafis' permission to open the church? If they say no, does this mean I should not open the church?" "The joint statement linked the opening of the church with the consent of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces," said activist Mark Ebeid, "so the military council has to know that if the church is not opened, this means the dignity of the State has been lost in front of the Salafis. Everyone believes the government should have carried out its decision to open the church whatever the outcome. The big question now is will the government give us a written permission or not?"

Coptic Christians massacre: Obama praised the new Egypt? By Lee Jay Walker and Joachim de Villiers, Modern Tokyo Times

Hosni Mubarak lost power in Egypt earlier this year and the former friend of America was rebuked by President Obama of America. Obama stated that “Egypt will never be the same” and that the peaceful movement “bent the arc of history.” However, words are cheap because the military maintained its power and the Muslim Brotherhood is the most powerful Islamic movement in the world when it applies to ideology. Recent footage shows a different Egyptian military which appears anti-Christian and willing to use force against the Christian minority. This is a dangerous period for Egypt and a far cry from Obama’s words which stated that people could create a new democratic government which “represented their hopes and not their fears.” It may well be that Egypt becomes a democratic nation in the future and that Christians will have equal rights one day in a nation which favors the Muslim majority. However, the Muslim Brotherhood clearly desires an Islamic state irrespective of any manipulation of language that they may state. Christians suffered from institutional discrimination during the period of Mubarak but forces which desire to crush the Christian minority were kept under a leash. In the “new Egypt” Islamists are demanding more constraints against the Christian minority and the military doesn’t fear driving into a mainly Christian crowd and killing people. David K. Kirkpatrick (New York Times) in his article called Church Protests in Cairo Turn Deadly comments that “The protest took place against a backdrop of escalating tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of the population. Christians had joined the pro-democracy protests in large numbers, hoping for the protections of a pluralistic, democratic state, but a surge in power of Islamists has raised fears of how much tolerance majority rule will allow." “But the most common refrain of the protests on Sunday was, “The people want to bring down the field marshal,” adapting the signature chant of the revolution to call for the resignation of the military’s top officer, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.” David K. Kirkpatrick in the last paragraph comments that “Father Ephraim Magdy, a priest fleeing the tear gas, said he saw soldiers fire live bullets at protesters, and showed a journalist two bullet shells. “It is up to the military to explain what happened, but I see it as persecution,” he said. “I felt that they were monsters. It’s impossible for them to be Egyptians, let alone members of the army that protected the revolution.” However, it was the army with support from security officials in plain clothes and Muslims who turned against Christians. The original demonstration was based on the recent partial dismantling of a Christian church in Aswan and some Muslims also joined in on the side of the Christian demonstrators. It is clear that elements within the army are biased against the Christian community and the Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni Islamic extremist organizations seek an Islamic state. It is wishful thinking to believe that pluralism will be guaranteed in the short-term because you have too many negative forces in Egypt which seek power and to crush democracy. The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle condemned the violence against the Coptic Christian minority. He stated that “It is about time that the Egyptian leadership understands the importance of religious plurality and tolerance.” Clearly the comment “It is about time…” is aimed at constant anti-Christian agitation by Islamists and Muslim rulers who are opposed to religious equality. Therefore, this comment is widely appreciated because Guido Westerwelle is making it clear that he fully understands that the recent massacre is not an isolated case against the Christian community. Meanwhile, turning back to Obama and democracy, then despite anti-Christian attacks and growing fears of the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in a future government; America is intent on arming the current military of Egypt despite the delays to democracy and their role in doing little to protect Christians. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency “notified Congress Friday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt for 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits for co-production and associated weapons, equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.329 billion.” "The Government of Egypt has requested a possible sale that includes 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits for co-production, 125 M256 Armament Systems, 125 M2 .50 caliber machine guns, 250 M240 7.62mm machine guns, 125 AGT-1500 M1A1 series tank engines and transmissions, 120mm test cartridges, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support equipment, special tool and test equipment, personnel training and equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. Articles may be provided in furtherance of a co-production agreement. The estimated cost is $1.329 billion.” "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.” “The additional M1A1 tanks will provide Egypt with a modern tank fleet, enhancing its capability to meet current and future threats. This will contribute to Egypt’s goal to update its military capability while further enhancing interoperability between Egypt, the U.S., and other allies. Egypt, which has co-produced the M1A1 Abrams tank, will have no difficulty absorbing the additional tanks.” Therefore, before democracy is installed and during a period of constant attacks against Christians throughout various parts of Egypt, it is nice to know “the real Obama” and restate his naïve comments after the demise of Mubarak. Obama stated that “Egypt will never be the same” and he said this like a child and with glee but he wasn’t in any position to know if this would become a reality after the downfall of Mubarak. Then while democracy is being stalled by the military and Islamic attacks continue against the Christian minority, the “democratic President” of America is in full knowledge about possible military sales. It is clear that Egypt could go in many directions and not all of them are positive. Therefore, the world doesn’t need Obama making empty promises and nor does it need governments to sell military hardware during times of such uncertainty in Egypt. http://www.dsca.mil/pressreleases/36-b/2011/Egypt_10-67.pdf MILITARY SALES http://www.copts.com/english/ COPTIC WEBSITE http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/world/middleeast/12diplomacy.html http://moderntokyotimes.com

Pastor accused of forced conversion in Tamil Nadu

India: February 23, 2012: (CSF) John Chidambaran has been ministering in Thuvakudi, Trichi District for the past 20 years. He has a church named Mercy Prayer Hall which he built about 20 years ago. The land on which the church and the parsonage stands built on his own land which includes about 3 1/2 (three and half) cents of poramboke land allotted to Pastor John Chidambaran by the Thasildar of Tiruvarambur. Pastor’s neighbour who demands part of the poramboke land picked up a quarrel and broke the water pipe on February 21, 2012. Aggrieved by this, the pastor made a complaint to Thuvakudi Police Station. In retaliation to the police complaint, the neighbour brought about 10 RSS men led by one Mahendra and had the pastor beaten. His daughter Mercy (27years), was also beaten who was taken to the Hospital for treatment. The Police came into the picture and said that they will settle the matter amicably and took an undertaking from the Pastor. Even after this, the neighbour, along with Mahendra the leader of RSS men went to Pastor’s brother and had him beaten and sent him to Judicial custody in Trichy central Jail on 22nd February 2012. Mahendra had created some problem for the pastor about 8 years ago and he has revived his attack on the ground of forced conversion.

Shahid Bhutto vows to unfold conspiracies in murder of Bhutto’s

LARKANA: June 26, 2012. (Nazir Siyal) Former Federal Minister and MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto a first cousin of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in Larkana has vowed to unveil all conspiracies behind the murder of Bhutto’s and ongoing anti-PPP policies would be ruined by serving the masses. MNA Shahid Bhutto along with his political workers, local leaders and other communities started separate election campaign in different constituencies at Larkana NA-205, Bakrani PS-35 and NA-206 and other areas and villages throughout. Addressing on the occasion, he said Benazir Bhutto had asked the party to serve the masses without any cost, creed and religion, so we must serve the people and we are working towards the objectives to fulfill the promise of our slain leader Benazir Bhutto, as per her directions he said. MNA Shahid Husasin also said Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto always fight for the rights of poor people and saying the people of country are the real power and Benazir Bhutto sacrificed for the downtrodden masses. He also assured the people of Larkana and real party members that they will succeed in up coming general elections and defeats the anti-PPP elements on the occasion. Meanwhile, after the joining of former provincial minister Haji Altaf Hussain Unar and PPP Leader Shafqa Hussain Unar has announced to contest the election on PS-35 at Bakrani in up coming general election. They have claimed that thousands of voters in Bakrani and Dokri talukas are with him on the occasion. Meanwhile, they have addressed the Public gatherings at Pir Jo Goth near Taluka Bakrani of District Larkana and other villages. On the occasion, MNA Shahid Hussain Bhutto, PPP Leader Moazam Khan Abbasi, Shafqat Hussain Unar, Barkat Khajar, Basharat Hussain Bhutto, Akber Ali and others were present.

Pakistan Christian Congress condemn arrest of 16 years Christian boy under blasphemy

Karachi: October 11, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has strongly condemned arrest of a 16 years old Christian boy Ryan Stanten from Karachi on charges of blasphemy, terrorism and cybercrimes without due investigation as assured by authorities in filing FIR under blasphemy charges. The government of Pakistan have assured to Christian leaders after every case of blasphemy that First Information Report FIR will not be charged until high officials of the district will not order after investigating facts but such practices are never observed and a Sub-Inspector of Police files FIR on pressure of Muslim mob. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that filing of blasphemy charges against 16 years old Christian boy on pressure of Muslim mob is unfortunate and eye opening for government of Pakistan. Ryan Stanten, 16 years old Christian boy, forwarded text messages to his friends from cell phone which he never read as it said “forward this message to earn good luck’ which were termed to be blasphemous by Muslims. The furious Muslim mob attacked home of Ryan in Sui Gas Colony in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi where he was living with her mother who is employee of Sui Northern Gas Company. When Muslim mob not found Ryan and her mother at home they broke in apartment and set on fire furniture chanting slogans “Death to Blasphemer” “Kill Christian Infidels”. The mob marched to other Christian home in vicinity that fled after news spread that Muslims have set on fire home of a Christian on defiling name of Prophet Mohammad. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “Government have failed to protect Christians from misuse of Blasphemy law from Muslims on petty personal issues” “It is unfortunate that Momin Abad Police Station filed FIR against 16 years old Christian boy without investigation that who sent him that SMS and offered good luck on forwarding it” said Nazir Bhatti Nazir Bhatti demanded government of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy law to prevail religious freedom in Pakistan which is harming harmony among religious communities and inciting extremist’s elements to target activists like Malala Yusufzai. Nazir Bhatti said that Blasphemy laws are root cause of spreading extremism and terrorism in Pakistan.

Muslims associate with a rapist attack house of Christian rape victim

Pattoki, Punjab: February 9, 2013. (LEAD) A Christian minor girl, Fouzia bibi, 15 from a small village of Roday, Dristrict Kasur, in Punjab Province of Pakistan became victim of rape by local two influential Muslim men, Sher Muhammad (meaning Lion of Muhammad) and shabbir Ali. LEAD intervene the case and got registered FIR bearing No.22/13 at Police station seria Mughal through submitting application to DSP Pattoki. Yesterday some Muslims and some police men, not in Police Uniforms, raided Kaila Masih's house and beaten and tortured Christian women Zareena Bibi, Hameedan Bibi and Sharifan Bibi and also used abusing words for them. Today 9 February 2013, Chief of LEAD, Sardar Mushtaq Gill was called by Rev. Saleem Gill and Mr. Kaila Masih about this sad and tragic incident. Chief of LEAD immediately moved to Pattoki and met with Rev. Gill and Christians of Village Roday and filed to applications to DSP Pattoki one for registration of FIR against the police officials and other Muslims who beaten the Christians women and other for transfer investigation of rape case from Police station Serai Mughal to DSP Pattoki. Police has arrested one culprit and yet not sent him jail, other culprit is free and making threats to Christians of the area. Demands must be made for an immediate arrest of the other culprit who also perpetrated the vicious acts on poor Fouzia Bibi and arrested culprit must be sent to jail. Rev. Gill told to LEAD's Chief that our people are poor that's why they are treated like this. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with Children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God's grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion gender or ethnicity. We ask for financial and moral support for the continuity of work which LEAD provides in Pakistan. We are thankful for all who are financially supporting LEAD’s work for the Persecuted Church. We pray for more who have same vision for the Persecuted Church, to be our partners in this noble cause.

Christians in Rahim Yarkhan under threat of life by Muslim extremists

Lahore: June 21, 2013. (By Aneeqa Maria Advocate) The Voice team requests you to pray for the Christian brothers and sisters residing in Nasrat Colony, Bheel Nagar, Rahim YarKhan about 650 kms away from Lahore. The Voice got a call from the source that in Nasrat colony there are about 2,000 Christian families are residing and the whole Christian colony is surrounded by Muslims there. Sipa-e-sahaba a radical Islamic organization attacked the colony and threatened the Christians that they will burn down the whole colony within two days. The reason is that, a Christian family residing there named Sadiq Masih's family had a dispute with a Muslim family named Mohammad Javed Sanjhu. the Muslims created the dispute on 21st June at about 6:00 pm in the evening saying that Sadiq Masih's nine years old son-in-law is sexually harassing the Muslim women of Javed's family. javed along with about 20 Muslim fellows of Sipa-e sahaba and entered the house of Sadiq Maish, they raised slogans and started firing at the house due to which the neighbors gathered around the house of Sadiq Masih and called the police. the attackers left the house after that and the Christians of the colony gathered and went to the police station to file a complaint against the Muslim group. When they returned home they heard the announcements on the loudspeakers of the Mosques that were inviting all sipa-e-sahaba group to attack the Christian Colony. Meanwhile, the Muslim group started gathering the Christian colony the Christians called the police but nobody came, than the Christians of the colony started protest against the Police and the Muslim group. After the protest started police went there and dispersed the Muslim crowd. The Voice came to know about this incidence and immediately contacted the DPO (District Police officer), DSP, (Deputy Superintendent of Police) and SHO (Station house officer) named Malik Ashraf, of the police station C-Division RahimYar khan to take the immediate and safe measures. At about 12:00 am in the night SHO told the Voice team that he have deputed two police wagons and is arranging for more Squad that will be arranged by 2:00 am. The Voice team is ready to take all the precautionary measures to save our Christian Brothers and sisters in Christ and are contacting all of our friends and contacts in order to avoid a terrible terrorist attack on a Christian Colony. The Christians are still sitting there outside their houses and trying to protect their houses. The Voice team is with them. Please pray for all our brothers and sisters in Christ and for the Voice team so that God may help us all in this dreadful situation and save us all.

IDA-Pakistan received International Peace award from Germany

Bremen, Germany: December 9, 2013. (PCP) On November 29th, 2013 Insan Dost Association (IDA), Sahiwal Pakistan received the 6th International Bremen Peace Award in the Category of Exemplary organization for 2013 from German organization “Stiftung die Schwelle” at 6th award ceremony of Peace award held in Town Hall, Bremen City, Germany. According to Stiftung die Schwelle, Every two years the Schwelle Foundation selects nominees for the Bremen Peace Award – "crossing thresholds - breaking vicious circles". With this award foundation honor people and organizations that lead with a good example in their work for Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation IDA is the sixth peace award winner after five organizations from different countries i.e. Germany, Bulgaria, Colombia, Nigeria and Palestine but it is first time that a Pakistani organization received this award. IDA was proposed by the Örestad Lokala Samorganisation, Malmo, Sweden. The other two award winners are Ms. Natalia Sarapuro from Argentina and Ms and Mr von Bernstorff from Germany. The Insan Dost Association (IDA) has been committed to helping the victims of physical, psychological and sexual abuse since 1986, especially the workers of the brick kilns. IDA encourages them to found trade unions as a possible way of liberating themselves from the shackles of slavery. As a result, 185 associations have developed over the course of the years. Several committed workers fight with increased confidence together with IDA to improve working conditions and for a state regulated minimum wage, irrespective of the violent attacks from brick kiln owners. The awards ceremony, held every two years in the Town Hall, Germany is an important event in the Bremen City. The Bremen Peace award winners take centre stage at the awards ceremony to present their work and address the assembled audience.

J Salik struggling for slum residents; Qadri

Islamabad: June 2, 2014. (PCP) CEO Islamic Help Pakistan Mr. Khalil Ur Rehman Qadri has said that the issue of slums was being complicated constantly and the government behavior was really not good on the issue but the tireless efforts of Mr. J Salik made it possible for government to change their attitudes. He said that the participation and address of PML N leader Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah on 28th May, 2014 in the protest held by World Minorities Alliance is really appreciating and encouraging. The efforts of Mr. J Salik for the rights slums residents are really valued; Islamic Help is always with him in each and every step taken by him and is ready for any sort of collaboration.

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali stepping down on differences with Archbishop Dr. Rowan

UK. April 1, 2009. (PCP) The divided Church of England after 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops on homosexuality among clergy was failure of Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan William as a leader to keep united largest Christian congregation of protestants around world. The difference on theology followed by statement of Bishop Dr Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, on ’No Go Areas” in UK for evangelists and favor of Archbishop to Islamic Sharia Courts surprised Christian on shaky administration. Bishop of Rochester and first colored bishop in UK, Bishop Michael Nazir Ali received death threats after saying that parts of Britain had become “no-go areas” for non-Muslims was living under police security. “The UK media reports have hurt Christians living in Islamic states when newspapers quoted Bishop Ali as Radical Bishop” said Nazir S Bhatti, Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in statement here today. Nazir Bhatti added “ Bishop Michael Nazir Ali is true servant of Lord and his services for Anglican Church shall be ever remembered weather he leads holy prayers or steps down for persecuted congregates in Muslim countries” “The resignation of Bishop Nazir Ali shall be warning call to clergy who are abandoning true Christian teachings in favor of radical ideology under so-called Christian-Muslim dialogues” said Dr. Nazir Bhatti PCC Chief said, “ Can Archbishop of Canterbury demand Saudi Arabia to permit building of Churches in kingdom after his undue favors to UK Muslims on Sharia courts” Acceding to one UK media commentator Melanie Phillips said it was “a shocking rebuke to the church, that Bishop Ali has to leave his post of influence and authority as a bishop in order to carry out the church’s core duty to defend its own against attack.” Bishop Dr Nazir-Ali came under Lambeth pressure to resign after speaking on Islam and homosexuality in light of biblical teachings. Another media outlet reports that in a letter to clergy in his diocese, the bishop said: “I have decided that the time is now right for me to step down as Bishop of Rochester. I have valued my modest part in the life of the Church locally, nationally and globally.” While a spokesman said: “Bishop Michael is hoping to work with a number of church leaders from areas where the church is under pressure, particularly in minority situations, who have asked him to assist them with education and training for their particular situation.” Born in Pakistan to Christian parents who had converted from Islam, Dr Nazir-Ali is the Church of England’s first and only Asian bishop.

3rd August deadline by Chak Shehzad victims to burn belonging

Islamabad: July 29, 2009. (PCP) “If we failed to get justice for our three main issues till 2nd August, we shall set on fire our 30 tents and house holds on 3rd August” it was announced by former Federal Minister J Salik, after burning 7 tents along with beds, clothes, furniture and other hose holds on the same place in Chak Shehzad from where slum dwellers were evicted by a brutal Police action on 18th May. A rally of hundreds of Chak Shehzad efffectees with their 7 tents and house holds reached the same venue from where they were evicted in result of a Police action 70 days back. Julius Salik Convener World Minorities Alliance was in lead. They set on fire seven tents along with beds, clothes, furniture and other house holds. Protesters were carrying place cards with pictures of Chief Justice of Pakistan and Great Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. A man in rally said talking with our reporter that it is J Salik who has cool down Christians especially youngsters in the touchy issue of detention of 47 young Christian women all night in private camps of Police after 18th May brutal action. He added that its J Salik’s patriotic nature that he is keeping the matter in low pace, so concerned quarters should take positive step to solve the issue at earliest before it is too late. I feel very sorry to say that in last 70 days non of any persons belonging to so called human rights lovers, NGOs or Government officials appear to even utter words of sympathy to these effectees of such shame full illegal Police action, said J Salik when he was standing by the burning tents at Chak Shehzad, Islamanbad. He warned “If we failed to get justice for our three main issues till 2nd August, we shall set on fire our 30 tents and house holds on 3rd August”. And an other option is still on board that we shall give a Nation wide call for strike with the help of our Muslim forces, which has always sowed solidarity with Christians in past.

HRCP condemns attack on columnist

LAHORE: December 2, 2009. (PCP) The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the attack on the house of renowned columnist Kamran Shafi and described it as a cowardly bid to stifle the country’s media. An HRCP statement issued on Wednesday reads as following: The attack on journalist Kamran Shafi’s house in Wah on the eve of Eid cannot be dismissed as an ordinary crime, it constitutes a cowardly attack on the country’s media, and a threat to all independent-minded journalists. Shafi, himself a retired major of the army, is a vocal critic of defence services’ role in affairs of the state and had suggested in a recent column that the country’s premier intelligence agency, the ISI, should be headed by a civilian. The columnist said he received abusive e-mails on this point of view soon after he had expressed it. Then on Nov 27, a gunman fired six times at his house late at night. In his complaint to the police, Shafi said the attackers were linked to unidentified ‘agency.’ The attack on Shafi is not the first of its kind. Several other noted journalists have faced similar threats and abuses in the past and umazingly the culprits always remain unidentified and go unpunished. Besides, the targets happen to be journalists whose views disagree with those of the security establishment. Not a single perpetrator of such crimes has been apprehended, which strengthens the belief that some rogue elements within the establishment are involved. Whatever freedom Pakistani media enjoys today has been gained after an arduous struggle and it should now forge unity to safeguard that freedom. HRCP demands the authorities must hold a credible and independent inquiry into the attack and punish severely those found guilty. Needless to say, that in the age of information technology attempts to muzzle the media are self-defeating

Establishment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto medical university discussed

LARKANA: March 9, 2010. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) Chairman Sindh Peoples Development Committee Dr. Shafqat Hussain Soomro has urged upon the officers of NHA and Works and services Department Larkana to realize their responsibilities and complete development work being carried out in different sectors and ensure the quality of the work. This he said while presiding over a high level meeting regarding the SPDC at circuit house Larkana on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed and discussed the progress of schemes in detail including establishment of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University, establishment of Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, Engineering College Larkana and establishment of Industrial zone Larkana. The chairman Dr. Shafqat Hussain Soomro directed the NHA officers to complete the survey work of the land that was utilized in the construction of link of Larkana-Khairpur Indus Bridge so that timely compensation may be provided to the land owners. The chairman directed the highway officers to complete the roads and ensure the quality of work and according to the PC-I of remaining portion of circular road Larkana may be prepared and sent to the Government for approval. During the meeting the representatives of NHA told that the work on 247 km roads costing Rs. 4.25 billion will be spent for the completion of roads. On the occasion, Vice Chancellor of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana Prof: Sikandar Ali Shaikh informed that the Chief Minister Sindh approved an amount of Rs. 88 million land purchase for the University, which was enhanced by experts and revised PC-I of Rs. 150 million prepared and sent to the Chief Minister Sindh and he also demanded for providing regular budget for the University. During the meeting the Project Director Qaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto Engineering College, informed the meeting that the college is consisting of 80 class rooms and two halls and there is need of two buses for pick and drop to the students of college and other problems were also pointed out in the meeting. During the meeting the representatives of industry department of Sindh informed the meeting that there is a need of 500 acres of land for establishment of industrial zone at Mohen-Jo-Daro airport road Larkana after acquiring the required land the development works will be started. In the meeting administrator TMA Larkana Ghulam Mustafa Hullio informed that the work of street lights will be completed in due course of time in this regard he has written a letter to higher authorities for release of funds. The meeting was largely attended by MPA Haji Munawar Ali Abbasi, Ghulam Serwar Siyal, DCO/ Administrator Larkana Syed Hassan Naqvi, Khair Muhammad Shaikh, Abdul Fatah Bhutto, Ghulam Mustafa Laghari, Ameer Bux Gaad, and large numbers of concerned officers were present.

President Zardari to participates in 57th Birthday Anniversary of BB

LARKANA: June 20, 2010. (By Nazir Siyal) 57th Birthday Anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto former Prime Minister of Pakistan is being celebrated in respectable manner at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and President House Naudero on Monday (today). The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and other Federal and Provincial Ministers reached here to participate in the birthday celebrations of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux and Naudero today. Sindh Chief Minister Sayed Qaim Ali Shah, MNA Faryal Talpur, Bakhtawer daughter of Benazir Bhutto and other Ministers visited the Bhutto Maesolium and offered Fateha and laid floral wreath. On the 57th birth day of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the Quran Khuwani and recitation of Holy Quran, as well as the fateha at the Mazar of Benazir Bhutto at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and floral wreaths will be laid on the Mazars of Shuhda, while “Guard Of Honor” will be presented at Mazars of Shuhda and National anthem will also be presented by the children of different Schools at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on June 21st, 2010 morning. While at evening, 57th pound Cake Cutting Ceremony will be held at the President House Naudero, where the party leaders, MNAs, MPAs and Ministers will paid glowing tributes to the martyr PPP leader Benazir Bhutto and also a cake cutting ceremony will be held at the residence of Haji Munwer Ali Abbasi at Waleed Larkana. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with his cabinet members has finalized all the arrangements of birthday celebrations, besides the Central and Provincial leadership of PPP will also continue the birthday anniversary programs at Garhi Khuda Bux and Naudero House on June 20 and 21st, 2010. On the occasion Blood Bank donation Camps will be established at Ratodero, Naudero, Bakrani, Dokri and Badah from today, the security arrangements have been put ensured by the Law enforcing agencies and the administrators of the city and towns of the district.

Delegation from Ireland meets Larkana administration on flood relief

LARKANA: September 27, 2010. (Nazir Siyal) The Ireland Delegation under the leadership of Dr. Mary Mc Loughlin Country Director held a meeting with DCO Larkana Abdul Aleem Lashari here in Larkana on Monday. The delegation informed that they are engaged in long-term relief activities for three years and above, in order to re-establish, needy flood victims of Sindh Province who were affected by recent floods. They also informed that delegation have conducted very successful distribution of food stuff among the homeless flood victims in remote areas of Thatta, Makli and Sajawal and distributed five thousand (5000 kg) of flour, Ghee, Tea and hand-fans among the flood affectees. The delegation also informed that currently we have started a relief operation in Larkana and surrounding area in order to distribute food stuff and clothes, as well as the relief camps, the Medical relief may also be provided by the visiting health care workers they informed. The delegation also discussed with DCO Larkana for the rehabilitation of flood victims about long-term plan on the occasion. Later, the delegation visited the different relief camps established at Municipal Stadium Larkana and relief camps at new Sabzi Market, Old Bus-Stand, New Bus-Stand, Arts Council, Railway-Station and distributed food stuff, clothes and medicines among the flood victims. On the occasion, EDO Revenue Larkana Asadullah Abro briefed the delegation about relief and rehabilitation plan, which is being prepared by District Government Larkana, the District Officer Revenue Larkana Tariq Anwar Khokhar was also accompanied the delegation.

Pakistani Christian Diaspora in UK calls on former President Parvez Musharraf

London: January 17, 2011. (Taskeen Khan Exclusive) Rather than amend the law (section 295 of Pakistan Penal Code) punishing those convicted of insulting Islam, Pakistan should ensure the laws were not abused, said Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan president and currently the head of the newly-formed political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). The laws have come under scrutiny after a Christian mother-of-five, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death for allegedly defaming the prophet Mohammed in her Punjab village. Salman Taseer, governor of the Punjab, was then killed by one of his own bodyguards, Mumtaz Qadri, for backing reform of the law, in an assassination exposing deep division between liberal and conservative Pakistan. Later the killer declared hero by some hardliners in the country. Pervez Musharraf said blasphemy laws are deeply sensitive in the country and doing away with them is not possible. He did say however that Mumtaz Qadri, the killer, must face court trial. "The killer of the governor, he is a culprit, he is a criminal, he must be tried and he must be punished," he said during a packed party meeting in London secretariat of the APML. Before the press briefing Pakistani minorities’ representatives met Pervez Musharraf to share their view point on recent events and the expectations from his party APML. During a special ceremony Kashan W. Bennett had been named as the president of the Minority Wing of UK Chapter of APML. Taskeen Khan Exclusive (Draft: APML Minority Wing UK requests the following proposals to be accommodated within APML manifesto) 1. Basic human rights of all religious minorities will be assured, as they must be treated as equal citizens of Pakistan. 2. Minorities will have full religious freedom in line with the spirit of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s historic speech of 11th August 1947. 3. Transparent census of religious minorities to be ensured for determining their adequate representation in the parliament, senate and provincial assembles in accordance with their population. 4. Adequate quotas for religious minorities to be allocated in all walks of life in line with their population; a. Quota for plots to be allocated in all urban housing societies, residential colonies and kachi abadies b. Quota to be allocated in distribution of all agricultural land c. 5% quota in job to be implemented, passed by the current government. d. Quota to be allocated for admissions in the professional universities and colleges, i.e. engineering & agricultural Universities, medical colleges etc. e. Quota to be allocated for all scholarships for overseas studies 5. Religious minorities to be given the right of dual vote for electing their minority representatives while staying part of the mainstream politics. 6. Religious minorities to be entrusted with the key ministries within Federal & Provincial Governments. 7. All discriminatory laws, including the blasphemy laws, hudood laws, qanoon-e-shahdat, qisas-o-diyat and condition to be Muslim for becoming President, Prime Minister etc., to be repealed from the constitution. 8. Minorities’ representation to be ensured in all delegations sent overseas; be they political, educational, diplomatic, business or cultural. 9. Contribution of minorities in the creation, progress & service of Pakistan should be included in the academic curriculum 10. Denationalisation and returning of all Christian educational institutions, especially Murray College in Sialkot, Gordon College in Rawalpindi and Edward College in Peshawar. 11. The Christian identity of all missionary welfare institutions, including schools and hospitals, should be protected and rights of their employees be safeguarded. 12. The largest religious minority should be addressed as Masihi and not Esai 13. Christian students in educational institutions to be given option for Biblical studies as a subject, just like Muslim students are to study Islamic studies. 14. An anti-discrimination law to be passed for the protection of religious minorities and incitement to hate should be made punishable offence. A complete ban on all provocative hate literature against religious minorities to be enforced.

Extremist Muslims lodge blasphemy case against handicap Christian: By Jawad Mazhar

Lahore, Pakistan: May 24, 2011. (PCP) Police in tehsil (administrative division) Cheechawatni, of district Sahiwal have registered a fake Blasphemy Case, against a mentally ill Christian person for hurting Muslims’ religious feelings, under Pakistan’s black controversial blasphemy laws. The Christian families elated to 25-year-old Christian youth identified as Babber Masih – the only other Christian families in the area – have fled their homes after a Muslim mob threatened to harm them, relatives of the accused told PCP. Cheechawatni police in Pakistani Punjab Province registered the blasphemy case against Masih on May 02nd after arresting him at about 2200 hrs. The Christian family handed over the Christian youth over to the Police as Muslims and radicals Muslims had gathered there to kill him.PCP learnt through Rana Sardar, who had informed the Shakir Masih’s family that they must hand over Masih to the police for his own safety. Islamic clerics attacked the police van in bid to kill Masih on the spot, Local sources on condition of anonymity told PCP. Well placed and reliable sources went on say Muslim mob of fanatics continued chasing after the Police vehicle as it carried him away. But by the grace of God this gave an opportunity to the Babber Masih’s related families to escape in order to save their lives. PCP was apprized by sources at present the Christian families were in hiding. Masih’s brother, Amjad Masih, said that after fleeing from their home, he talked with neighbors who told him that several other neighbors had been pressured by Muslim clerics to go to the police station to provide testimony against the accused. “These neighbors were of the opinion that they could not refuse to give evidence after the Muslim clerics forced them, telling them that they were coming out of the mosque after prayer when Babber Masih used abusive language against the prophet Muhammad,” Amjad Masih said. “They told me, ‘It is such a sensitive matter that we could not refuse.’” He said Babber Masih has suffered a mental illness for the past six or seven years typified by fits of unprovoked rage. He said that his brother’s loss of mental balance was reflected in abusive language and lack of concern for food and clothing. Amjad Masih told PCP that he had learned from witnesses that Babber Masih was walking by the Canal Mosque looking upward and calling out names as the mosque leader was coming out and heard him using abusive language about Muhammad. He said he did not learn about the alleged incident until he had returned from an area bazaar. “When I reached home I saw a large number of Muslim clerics that had gathered outside our house,” he said. “I believe they had come from other cities, because I cannot identify them and they were not of our area.” When he asked why they had gathered there, he said, the clerics told him that Babber Masih had used insulting language about Muhammad, which can be punishable by death in Pakistan. His older brother James Masih, he said, had locked the accused in a room. He confirmed that neighbors believed that the clerics would kill Babber Masih unless police were informed. Police were not available for comment at press time. Representatives from a human rights organization have met with Babber Masih in Sahiwal Central Jail, where he has been since Tuesday (May 3). Masih was charged under Section 298 of Pakistan’s blasphemy statues for “uttering words . . . with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings” and Section 298-A for “use of derogatory remarks . . . in respect of holy personages.” Attorney Khurram Shehzad Maan of the ‘European Center for Law and Justice’s office’ in Pakistan said that the complainant in the case was not the cleric who allegedly saw Babber Masih speaking ill of Muhammad and other Islamic figures, but rather a dairy farmer named Zeeshan Arain whose property is on the same street as Babber Masih’s. He said the police should have examined him to confirm whether he was insane, as Babber Masih’s family had informed them. Maan said that Section 84 of Pakistan Penal Code states, “Nothing is offense which is done by a person who, at the time of doing it, by reason of unsoundness of mind, is incapable of knowing the nature of the act, or that he is doing what is either wrong or contrary to law.” Therefore, he said, police had the option of sending him to a mental asylum rather than registering a First Information Report. In the FIR, Arain clearly states that Babber Masih was addressing the stars as he allegedly cried out against the prophet and holy personages of Islam, Maan said. “It means that the police must have come to know since the beginning that Babber was not a sane person, who was addressing stars, and also Babber never meant to injure feelings of any Muslims,” Maan added. Amjad Masih said that the few neighbors who were not siding with the murderous mob had told him not to return home, as police out of uniform, the clerics and several others were visiting their houses to see if they had returned. “I want to go back home,” he said. “We have business there, and we don’t want to leave the place, but we fear that the people will attack us. We do not have any idea how to respond in this situation.” With tensions running high in the area, on Thursday May 5th there was a meeting known as a panchayat (gathering of local elders parallel to the Courthouse) in which Islamic clerics from all major mosques of the local and surrounding areas gathered with Christian representatives. Muslims in the Panchayat were not willing to allow the Christian families return their homes.

Pakistan Christian Congress Condemn massacre of Egyptian Christians

Karachi: October 11, 2011. (PCP) The Central Council Secretariat of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has strongly condemned Egyptian Security Forces on massacre of Coptic Christian in Cairo on October 9, 2011. Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC said that to kill peaceful Coptic Christians under armed vehicles of Egyptian army is heinous crime against humanity and international community must rise up to condemn barbaric act of Egyptian Security forces. Thousands of Coptic Christians were peacefully protesting in Cairo against burning of Churches by extremists Muslim sect when two armed vehicles of Egyptian Army ran over them murdering on streets where Coptic Christians had joined Muslims for so-called Arab Spring to topple Hussnie Mubarak regime. The live rounds of army soldiers also killed many protestors. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that Coptic Christians have been expressing feelings of insecurity after incidents of setting their worship places on fire by fundamental Muslims but government instead of adopting adequate security measures for their life and property indiscriminately gunned down innocent protestors. Nazir Bhatti said “So-called Arab Spring have unleashed monster of Islamic extremism which is trying to swallow religious minorities in these Islamic countries and it must be caped in down by forces which supported this Arab Spring unless situation of anarchy and chaos will be at peak” “The killing of Iraqi Christians after democracy in Iraq and now massacre of Egyptian Christians have created grave concerns among religious minorities in Islamic states” added Nazir Bhatti Pakistan Christian Congress PCC demanded security of life and property of Coptic Christians and urged resignation of Defense and Home Ministers of Egyptian government.

Pastor accused of forced conversion in Tamil Nadu

India: February 23, 2012: (CSF) John Chidambaran has been ministering in Thuvakudi, Trichi District for the past 20 years. He has a church named Mercy Prayer Hall which he built about 20 years ago. The land on which the church and the parsonage stands built on his own land which includes about 3 1/2 (three and half) cents of poramboke land allotted to Pastor John Chidambaran by the Thasildar of Tiruvarambur. Pastor’s neighbour who demands part of the poramboke land picked up a quarrel and broke the water pipe on February 21, 2012. Aggrieved by this, the pastor made a complaint to Thuvakudi Police Station. In retaliation to the police complaint, the neighbour brought about 10 RSS men led by one Mahendra and had the pastor beaten. His daughter Mercy (27years), was also beaten who was taken to the Hospital for treatment. The Police came into the picture and said that they will settle the matter amicably and took an undertaking from the Pastor. Even after this, the neighbour, along with Mahendra the leader of RSS men went to Pastor’s brother and had him beaten and sent him to Judicial custody in Trichy central Jail on 22nd February 2012. Mahendra had created some problem for the pastor about 8 years ago and he has revived his attack on the ground of forced conversion.

ATA-Pakistan demands for proper legislation and other effective actions against Torture

LAHORE: 26 June 2012: Torture in custody is a serious problem affecting the rule of law, used as the most common means to obtain confessional statements in Pakistan. It has become endemic and on many occasions the police have demonstrated torture in the open place to create fear in general public. Police torture is a colonial legacy, known as police remand, which is a brutal way of investigations. There are no independent investigation procedures in Pakistan to investigate cases of torture. Torture has adverse impact on individuals as well as society as a whole, resulting loss of rule of law and people’s trust in the law enforcement agencies. A delegation of Anti-Torture Alliance- Pakistan led by Mr. Samson Salamat (Director-Centre for Human Rights Education) called upon the IG-Punjab Haji Habib-ur-Rehman, and Assistant Inspector General Sohail Akhtar Sukhera on International Day against Torture. The members of the delegation included Mr. Suba Saroya Advocate, Adhu Ram, Asif Arthur, Manzoor Bhatti and Noreen Meraj. They expressed their grave concern on the widespread torture and inhumane practices and presented recommendations for its elimination. These same concerns were also expressed by the Human Rights activists and speakers at a number of peaceful demonstrations organized in various cities, including Islamabad, Mianwali, Chakwal, HariPur, Chiniot Khushab, Jhal Magsi, Sargodha and Faisalabad in connection with International Day against Torture, under the banner of Anti-Torture Alliance (ATA) Pakistan on Thursday 26 June. These demonstrations were organized in front of local press clubs and busy places. The demonstrators were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against menace of torture. They were demanding legislation to ban torture by police and law enforcement agencies. The HR activists were of the view that despite prohibition of torture in the Constitution, police and other law enforcement agencies are running detention and torture cells in almost every city in the country. Pakistan has ratified the UN Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in June 2010, however legislators are least interested in making the law against torture, they lamented. Forced disappearances, illegal detention, torture, extra-judicial and in-custody killings is rampant in the country, particularly in Baluchistan. Hundreds of journalists, writers, HR defenders, students and political activists have been killed extra judicially in the province. The security of the media persons is remained a big question. Over 1000 cases are reported of severe torture in police custody during the year 2011. Sexual violence is reported by up to 70 per cent of women in police custody, along with the violation of their basic human rights. Anti Torture Alliance-Pakistan is concerned over the increase of incidences of torture in custody; extra judicial killings, forced disappearances, as well as other incidents of HR violations, which reflects complete breakdown of rule of law in the presence of an independent judiciary and parliament. ATA-Pakistan calls on Government of Pakistan to urgently pass legislation for criminalization of torture and to ensure it will be vigorously enforced. All law-enforcement agencies should be held accountable for picking up or torturing people on suspicion or in the name of national security. The government must ratify the optional protocol and respect all obligations of UN Convention against Torture. The Government must take immediate steps to stop the large scale of abduction, lawlessness and disappearances and release of all those forcibly disappeared and every perpetrator be brought to justice. The provincial governments must perform their constitutional responsibility and check the menace of torture in their provinces.The Punjab Govt. must improve the condition of human rights standards at police stations, lock ups, jails and appoint female SHOs while setting up 100 model police stations in different parts of the province.

PCI in USA express concern on Talban targeting Malala Yusuzai

New York; October 11, 2012. (PCP) We at Pashtun Cultural Institute in the US – A Non Profit Group that has promoted the cultural diversity of the Pashtun Community, which is scattered between Afghanistan and Pakistan today. We currently would like to condemn the brutal attack on the Malala Yusufzai in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a 14-year-old Girl. A very bright Child, living in the region in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which follows a strict code of the Pakhtunwali and practice Islam in majority. She is the latest victim of discussing a moderate view on the present day atrocities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan. The region has been under the attack ever since the Afghan WAR- that resulted in a massive Exodus for the many Pashtun tribes from Afghanistan to live in Pakistan and many have settled around the Globe today. The People of this region has always been deprived from essential needs and being this is a mountain region the fittest can only survive, the code of Pakhtunwali needs to be understood as the people of this region have been historically connected to many Rulers, and before the coming of Islam in the 7th Century.Histoy tells us that the Bani Israel tribes which are now considered as the lost tribes, their roots have shown that the settlement came when the Babylonian at the time when King Nebuchadnezzar ruled and he had captured the Bani Israel, the tribes of Benjamin were settled in the present day Afghanistan, in history it is recorded that the Grandson of King Saul who’s name was “Afghana” was one of the early settled in this mountain region, History records that “ Afghana”, was appointed as a Commander in Chief at the time King Solomon Ruled. Ever since the ancient time and many changes in the world ruling powers the Bablyonians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and theTurks, the present day region has been an ancient gateway to the many Rulers of the world and the centuries of calamity and War, the region has been known to become a race of its own kind by virtue of defending its own integrity and many times lost the cultural barring, many rulers had been harsh in there approach to rule, at the time when Genghis Khan was a ruler this was common practice, the region being an Ancient gateway has seen the passage of Alexander the great, than came the Moguls and than centuries later the British Raj . The region brings you stories of Valor and Warfare. And since the Afghan War now is suffering thru the worst of its time, the most recent term of known to us is a Mujahidin’s, or the most popular term used is Taliban (in translation means many students). The current policies of both the Government in Afghanistan and Pakistan has made it difficult for the struggling region, to develop and potent culture under warfare, ever since the Afghan war and becoming and a passage to the ancient Gateway into India, has made life for the mountain region more harsh and painful. While living under these provisions, and seeking ways to discuss the various components that act violent and mis construe the interpretation, speaking about making the improvement in a culture, which has been dominated, by many cultures is a fresh air. The most recent brutal attack on one such fresh air is a violet crime and has to be condemned and addressed on all platforms. This teaches a lesson that peace is unattainable and it is at the cost of Blood. We as a cultural advisor condemn the attack and ask the international community to finds ways and means to address the regional needs and ask to hold anyone and everyone accountable for such an Attack. And our sincere prayer for the Yusufzai family as Malala recovers. This is a lesson learned for years of being in war, and now this is a war within- I ask the Chairman Mr.Asfandyar Wali Khan of Awami National Party, the Honorable Governor Syed Masood Kausar the Chief Minister Honorable Ameer Haider Khan Hoti the Federal Minister of Defense Mr.Rahman Malik and all the Government and Civic associations to work collectively in reaching to the root cause of this barbaric assault and use the necessary means to pace a security in the lawless land. May the almighty send peace over the trouble region, as many are struggling for the basic needs to survive? We would request the UN, and the world super powers to address the concerns of this nature abundant region of the Pashtuns- which has seen many wars and have defended themselves, a region that is known for its bravery and as a Pashtun looking straight into your eyes and tell you “ I am as good a man as your are” Long life the Pashtuns. (Reported by N N Khan – Pashtun Cultural institute)

Lawyers demand arrest of killers of M M Tariq Advocate

Karachi: February 9, 2013. (PCP) We condemn Mr. M. M. Tariq’s brutal murder who was the prominent Senior Advocate. We hereby appeal before the Sindh Government to provide independents gesture of justice so that positive services can be provide in the interest of justice and further we appeal to arrest the culprits / terrorists who are the target killers as soon as possible and we also submit our submissions / appeal before the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan as well Chief Justice of Sindh to take serious action against the target killing of the advocates. It is quite crystal clear that terrorists and the people those are not law abiding persons have made up their minds and have set up their network to come up with their illegal and unlawful atmosphere which is quite adverse to the democracy and human rights in Pakistan. However, we pray in the name of Almighty God for the peace and harmony / patience for the rest of members / dependents of the M.M. Tariq’s family. Here, we pertinently much anxious for the life threats being conveyed to Mr. Saleem Khursheed Khokhar Advocate who is also Representative and voice of the Religious Minority in Sindh Assembly and struggling for the equal citizenship rights of the non Muslims in Pakistan as Member Provincial Assembly Sindh. Therefore, categorically we strongly appeal before the Sindh Government to increase security of said MPA and his family. We here for the press release are gathered altogether namely Mr. Daniel Bakhsh Advocate, Shahbaz Sahotra Advocate, Samuel Xavier Advocate, Jacqueline Sultan Advocate, Yaqoob Ghulam Advocate and Alomia Alraj Advocate and others.

Silence of PM, CJ and CM Punjab on naked parade of Christian women condemned

Karachi: June 22, 2013. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned complete silence of Prime Minister of Pakistan Main Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on parading naked three Christian women in a village of district Kasur by Muslim landlord with support of their Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group parliamentarian. Dr. Bhatti also expressed concern on silence of Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court Choudhry Iftikhar Mohammad and Chief Justice of Lahore High Court on not taking any notice of inhuman and heinous crime of forcing three Christian women to walk naked after tearing up their clothes and torture in a village of district Kasur by Muslims. According to report published in Pakistan Christian Post on June 6, 2013, Three Christian women Arshad Bibi, Sajida Bibi and Saruyia Bibi were beaten by armed Muslims who entered in their home at about 11: 00 PM while they were sleeping and only 73 years old man Sadiq Masih and his wife Bibi Rani 70 were with them. The Muslim landlords of the village Sereser Chak No.21, Abrahim, Muhammad Rafique, Munir, Ahmad, Asif, Ahmad, Abid, Usman, Waseem, Waqas and Shabir and three unknown persons after beating made them publicly naked and forced them to walk in village streets. Such a inhuman incident was witnessed by dozens of Muslim in village on June 3, 2013 but none courage to safe these Christian women. "Few days ago some goats were entered in the fields of Muslim landlords and they made them locked up in their house. I went to request them to give back my goats but they refused and abused me and slapped at my cheeks in front of many people on which I returned back home," told Shoukat Masih to PCP who is related to Christian victim women. With support of Christian activists of LEAD, case was registered on June 4, 2013, with FIR No.231/13 against the alleged Muslims at Police Station Saddar Pattoki under Sections 452, 354, 337/FI, 149, 148 of PPC, bur no arrest was made. The Saddar Police Station of Pattoki, on pressure of one Pakistan Muslim League PML(N) parliamentarian registered a counter case against Christian women and their family members with FIR No.234/13 under Sections 440, 379, 148, 149 of PPC so that victim Christian women and family may be forced to enter in an outside court compromise. Nazir Bhatti said " Whenever Pakistan Muslim League PML (N) comes in power in Pakistan, the violence against Christian and other religious minorities rises and whenever party of Mian Nawaz enters in power in Punjab, the incidents of Muslim mob attacks on Christian life and property touch its peak" The incidents of burning homes of Christian in Joseph Colony Lahore, Gojra, Korian Village, Bahminwali village in Kasur and village Shanti Nagar took place by Muslim mob during PML (N) governments. The burning of seven Christians alive, gunning down of blasphemy accused Rasheed Brothers in court compound, killing of Pastors, Kidnapping of Christian women and their enforced conversion to Islam and selling them as sex slaves to Muslim men happened during PML (N) government in Punjab while Muslim culprits involved in these incident were set free and none was punished. "The incident of parading Christian women in a village of Kasur takes place only few miles from Lahore where Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, claims to "Khadim-e-Alla" failed to take notice and ensure justice to poor Christian women" said Nazir Bhatti PCC Chief said " The Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chief Justice of Punjab High Court also never listen cries of poor and persecuted Christians of Punjab then where this oppressed Christian nation will knock for justice" Dr. Nazir Bhatti demanded immediate arrest of culprits involved in forcing Christian women to parade naked in street of village Kasur and torture on them.

AWAM demands improved legislation for protection and inclusion of persons with disabilities

Faisalabad: December 9, 2013. (PCP) On 3 December 2013 the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) in collaboration with the Beacon Foundation for Visually Impaired persons (BFVP) and the Society of Disabled People for Rights and Development (SDPRD) organized a public forum at Faisalabad. More than 80 persons with disabilities along their families, human rights and disability rights activists, media personnel and government officials were present at the event. In the public forum, a documentary was showed to the participants which was composed by AWAM. There is no law in Pakistan that protect the rights of 15% population of persons with disabilities. A new law is required to protect and include persons with disabilities in the society for appropriate participation. The inclusion and mainstreaming of persons with disabilities must be ensured by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in the society, this was demanded by the speakers of the public forum entitled "Breaking Barriers and Opening Doors for Creation of an Inclusive Society" to mark the international day of persons with disabilities. Speaking on the occasion, the executive secretary of the AWAM, Naseem Anthony said, “Persons with disabilities are the important members of our society, this invisible group is neglected by government also. It is the responsibility of the government to organize awareness raising campaigns, establish training centers, provide education and health facilities to persons with disabilities. Every citizen pays tax to the government so it is the duty of government to provide accessible environment to persons with disabilities for their inclusion and empowerment." "The government must introduce new laws in accordance with international convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to ensure their protection," he demanded. The president of the Beacon Foundation, Rana Yasir Nadeem said, “Persons with disabilities have to face negative behavior and attitudes of society. The inclusion and mainstreaming of persons with disabilities must be ensured by focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers in the society, value diversity and integration. Government is responsible to launch new schemes and programs for the inclusion and betterment of persons with disabilities to make them more confident and social." The coordinator of the AWAM, Shazia George said, “Negative attitudes and inaccessible environment restrict persons with disabilities especially women with disabilities within the four walls of house. The patriarchal society does not allow women with disabilities to make progress and come out from their houses. Even this attitude make hostile environment for them at home, society and at government level also." "The government must ensure accessibility of PWDs at all public buildings by providing ramps and lifts to ensure their accessibility on roads, parks, shopping malls, schools and universities, and also provide them the dignified employment and life style," she demanded. The medical social officer (MSO) of social welfare Zahida Naz said, "Persons with disabilities are not different from the persons without disabilities but the lack of opportunities and the existence of barriers make things difficult for them. "The gaps and lacunas are big hurdles to lessen the ordeals of PWDs facing during disability registration process." There must be a responsible institution to deal with the PWDs issues because three department are doing work together to complete the registration process but no single institution is there to take decision. There should be one-window operation for disability registration. The district officer of the social welfare department, Waheeda Iftikhar said, “The persons with disabilities facing problems from their families, society and also from the government's side which becomes the hurdles in the way of their success. All the citizens have to play their vital role collectively and individually as well. The civil society and government need to encourage and enable them to stand on their own feet for playing their useful role in the society.” The executive director of the AWAM, Nazia Sardar said, “The existing of a law is not enough and law is considered dead without implementation. It is the duty of government to implement the law in its true sense. The population of persons with disabilities has increased more than 10% but the existing quota is 2% only, which is insufficient for them. "The quota for PWDs must be increased and a monitoring mechanism must be introduced to stop the exploitation against them," she demanded.

Self – esteem and dignity lies in mutual respect. By Shamim Masih

Islamabad: June 2, 2014. Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate themselves. The key to an honest and accurate evaluation knows the basis of our self-worth - our identity. Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes. Many Christian activists are working in this arena; some have solid background and support. While others pretend but actually are playing blame games. This is the point which disgrace and create ambiguity among our Pakistani Christian among west. I am aware of most but not all the activists and groups I noted trying to uplift lives of Christians in Pakistan. Who begin with good intentions but don’t always follow through once larger sums start coming in. This is sad that some Pakistani seem to work against each other and this is what West see so does not feel able to trust or believe unity is possible to move the cause forward and support it. I quote; the shameful act some Pakistani people did against the chief of World Vision in Progress – WVIP; Farrukh H Saif. I guess and believe that it is fabricated and planned against his organization and his family. To my knowledge and seen his working for the last couple of years, he is not this kind of person. Whatever his past is, I damn care but now he has saved hundreds of lives of innocent Pakistani Christians who caught under the false cases. Farrukh is the leading person from Pakistani Christian community who is currently working for the persecuted Christians in the Islamic world. And this act by some duffer not only is a try to defame him only but the entire community involve in helping Christians in the country. He said neither he has any affiliation with PML-N and nor can go against Christian of the country. Pakistani Christians are dear to me and I love them and serve them beyond horizon, he added. Farrukh himself denied and condemn this shameful and cowardly act and urged those people to stop doing cunning and work honestly for the betterment of Pakistani Christians. Instead sitting in different countries and enjoy luxurious life in the name of poor Pakistani Christian. He also warned and cautioned to take strict measures against the people involved in it.

South Asian Outreach Ministry of the Presbytery of Florida on devotion at Palm Sunday

Florida: April 1, 2009. (PCP) The leader of SAOMP Musarrat Nasir issued a devotional message for Palm Sunday. In a message she wrote “As we are approaching Palm Sunday, let us remember what happened in that week. There was stir in Bethany and along the road leading to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of the Pass over. What is Passover? This was the feast in remembrance of the day in which Lord brought Israel out of the house of bondage after the first born of the Egyptians died. Children of Israel were asked by God to take a Lamb without blemish and scarify it and put some blood on the lintel and the two doorposts of their houses. And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord struck all the firstborn in the Land of Egypt, but He Passover the doors with the sign of the blood. Those were the houses of the Israelis. Jesus and His disciples were going to the Jerusalem for this celebration of the feast of the Passover. Crowd was gathered, disciples threw their robes over a colt and placed Jesus upon it and the procession started. Jesus got the public recognition and celebration of His right as Messiah king. It was different than a coronation of a king. In their enthusiasm, people tore off branches from the Palm and Olive trees and carpeted the highway. There were three types of people in that crowd” The ones who were overjoyed and amazed by His teachings and His miracles. They believed in Him and proclaim Him king. Shouts rang through the air, Hosanna, blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21: 9 2. The ones who questioned, who is He? They never heard of Him or never paid attention to His teachings. Pharisees, who said to Jesus, teacher, Order your disciples to stop. Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out” Luke 19: 40 Let us ask a question to ourselves, which group do I belong to? THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Who is the king of Glory? The Lord Jesus Christ, He is the Lamb without blemish, the lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world. Jesus is our sacrificial Lamb.

PMM and PCWO shall observe “Black day on 11 August” in Pakistan

Sargodha: July 30, 2009. (PCP) We condemn statements of Federal Minister of Minority Affairs Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti on different forums and his policies related to minorities issues. To continuous protest on whole week, Pakistan Minority Movement (PMM) organized a big Procession (Jalsa-a-aam) on 12 August, 2009 at Sargodha , Eid-Gaa Basti, time 6:00 PM. Whole program is organized by PMM and many Minorities leader of different parties will come on the occasion. This program is presided by Mr. Taro Mall, Chairman of PMM. Chief Guest of this program is very respectable Political Leader Professor Salamat Akhtar, President Pakistan Meshihi League. Other speakers of the day are: Suneel Waqas Chohan Chief Organizer Pakistan Minority Movement, Dr. Salmeem Humdard, Pakistan Iqlaiti Party, Danial Bhatti, Pakistan Iqlaiti Prame Party, Younas Iqbal President Anjuman-a-mazarain Punjab, Ashiq Bhatti Chief Organizer Pakistan Meshihi League, Sulman Rindahawa, Youth Wing , Pakistan Minority Movement. Meanwhile, President of Pakistan Christian Welfare Organization (PCWO) has announced to support the idea of observing Black Day instead of Minorities Day. Mr. Shamas, President of PCWO said that all our sympathies on this occasion are with our oppressed and suppressed community in Pakistan who are being continuously denied of their fundamental rights.

PCC Lahore office establishes contact with EU, Canadian and Australian Liberal Democrats

Lahore: December 3, 2009. (PCP) Mr. Inderias Bhatti, President of Lahore PCC Council writes to Liberal Democrats in European Parliament, Canadian Liberal Members in House and Australian Democrats for support and better cooperation on issues of Christians in Pakistan: Mr. Inderias Bhatti writes, Your Highness, Peace and blessings from Pakistan Christian Congress Council, Lahore – Pakistan. It is one of the sub-offices of a Pakistani Christian political party “Pakistan Christian Congress” http://www.pakistanchristiancongress.org. While being appointed as its new president it will be my privilege if your highness and your passionate Liberal Party of Canada share your shoulders and stand to me in my new political liabilities. In a brief I want to map the Christians in Pakistan who face many challenges in Pakistan from poverty to deprivation where they confront exclusion, generational oppression, verbal and physical violence both at social and state levels. Added to this are the general attitudes of authorities, law enforcement agencies and even the justice institutions that give continuous defeatism to the Christians particularly and the minorities at large in Pakistan that either make them snubbed or silence with bitter anger within. The helpless people vent their anger on their family, dependents, co-fellows within their relatives and neighborhood. So division among Christians on the bases of various denominational identities, social status and other miscellaneous entitling have got the vacuumed anger which makes them politically weak specially while needing the neighborhood and community support in the issues of oppression and violence. Along with it the fear of the few supportive people who keep silence to stand and witness the violence with a fear of being involve in false cases or of the life risk threats of the oppressors. At this point I humbly seek your enriched knowledge, experience, dedication, passion, stand and shoulders which will surely enable our subjugated Christians for their equality, freedom, rights, justice, gain and growth. I am much sure of your concern and sympathies for a result oriented change for the people of Pakistan. May God continue to bless you with all the worldly and divine sanctions!!! With prayers and blessing, Inderias Dominic Bhatti, President, Pakistan Christian Congress Council Lahore – Pakistan.

Fear of Muslim Collective Punishment Grips Christian Villagers in Upper Egypt

Cairo: March 9, 2010. (By Mary Abdelmassih AINA) -- Fear has gripped the inhabitants of the upper Egyptian village of Sheikh Telada in Samalout, 250 kilometers south of Cairo, as they anticipate collective punishment against them by the village Muslims, in the wake of two sectarian incidents which took place in the village during February. They fear their fate would be similar to that of Farshout, Nag Hamadi and Bahgoura, where Muslims destroyed, burnt and looted Coptic homes and properties prompted by incidents provoked by Muslims against only one Copt. State security forces have forced the Coptic villagers to remain indoors, and place a news blackout on the village. The presence of state security in the area is viewed with suspicion. Activist Mariam Ragy of the advocacy group Katibatibia sees in their presence "a way to keep Copts prisoners in their own homes and not for their own protection." Rafaat Samir of the Egyptian Union Human Rights Organization sees in it a slow death for the Coptic villagers. "Is the state security incapable of protecting the Copts so as to force them to remain indoors and abandon their work and schools?" asks Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub. "Is security so powerless every time the Copts are placed under siege by a mob imposing collective punishment on all village Copts?" The first incident took place on February 2, 2010, when Coptic Zarif Elia and his wife were driving along the agricultural road, when they were followed by three men who stopped them and tried to rape his wife, after beating them both with batons. During the altercation, Zarif hit one of the perpetrators on the nose, and fled with his wife. A few hours later Zarif was accused of killing Basem Abul-Eid, one of the Muslim attackers. Dr. Ihab Ramzy, Zarif's attorney, told activist Sherif Ramzy of Freecopts, that Abul-Eid's wounds were superficial and that he died of natural causes, which he assumes was caused by the excitement of the brawl and of chasing after Zarif and his wife. Zarif's wife was never interviewed by the police. In spite of the fact that Zarif was exercising his right of self defense, the dead Muslim's family believe that Zarif's family and the whole Coptic community should be held responsible for their relative's death. Following this incident, Copt Ephraim Shehata from Telada gave an interview to Coptic activist Wagih Yacoub in which he warned of the seriousness of the situation in his village and appealed to human rights organizations to intervene to lift the siege of the villages Copts. The interview was aired on many Coptic sites and Paltalk rooms which are frequented by thousands of Egyptians, including the Egyptian state security monitors, who listen in to gauge Coptic sentiments on specific issues. A few days later, on February 27, as Efraim Shehata and his wife Rasha Samir were on their way to work they were ambushed on a side lane by a man who ordered them to get off their motorbike. The man threw Ephraim on the ground and hit his leg with the baton to immobilize him, then started firing at the couple with a cartouche hand gun, according Rasha. She went on saying that she threw herself over her husband to protect him, when they saw 4 or 5 men coming towards them, whom they mistook for rescuers. The attackers assaulted the couple before shooting. "They were aiming at Ephraim's head, but the bullet went to his neck instead, besides the bullets to his side and abdomen." said Rasha, who was also shot several times." Ephraim underwent several surgical operations, however, shrapnels from the bullet which went into his neck lodged in his spine causing paralysis on his right side. The police arrested all five perpetrators. "While being assaulted Ephraim was told that this attack was in revenge for having published on the internet the case of the Copt Zarif Elia from Telada," said Mariam Ragy who interviewed Ephraim in hospital. Many observers see the hand of the state security in the attack on Ephraim, to penalize him for breaking the news blackout and as a warning to others. On March 1 State Security arrested Habib Benjamin, one of Ephraim's relatives, for venting his anger by criticizing the behavior of Muslims after the incident. Coptic activists expect a repeat of the security scenario of detaining more Copts in order to force the victims to give up their rights to get their relatives released. Wagih Yacoub is holding state security responsible for the present situation in Telada, especially because Ephraim had warned of the pending danger prior to being attacked. Yacoub sees evidence of systematic State persecution against the Copts. "Security agencies in all governorates are deliberately not protecting the Copts and in some cases even helping the extremists, by not penalizing them, and intervening only after they have finished burning and looting Coptic homes, as was the case recently in Farshout, Nag Hammadi and Bahgoura." Reverend Stephanos Shehata, of Samalout Coptic Orthodox Diocese, told Katibatibia the situation of the Copts in Telada is quite dire, as they are frightened to leave their homes and are extremely distressed. Commenting on the arrests of the perpetrators he said that even if they are arrested, they will go free. "Any one of us is liable to get killed and the Muslims know they will be acquitted," he said. "We are very disappointed. The problem is that we all know the perpetrators will be acquitted. We all know that state security will detain Copts -- then comes the bargaining between security and the victims, in which they are forced to relinquish their rights to get those detained out. The same story then starts all over again somewhere else."

Pakistani Church leaders compromised on Education Reforms. Professor Anjum James Paul

Samundri, Faisalabad: June 20, 2010. (PCP) Chairman of Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association PMTA, Professor Anjum James Paul have raised a very important question “Is Pakistani Church ready to defend Faith?“ because some organizations running under Churches supervision were part of National Curriculum ETHICS in 2007, but same compromised to damage Christianity in Textbooks. The PMTA is struggling for Education Reforms in the Pakistani curriculum and educational institutions since 2006. The main achievements of PMTA are making Arabic an optional subject, introducing the subject of Ethics (compulsory) for minorities’ students for grade III-XII, somehow recognizing the role of minorities in the creation of Pakistan, chapters on peace , tolerance and respecting for human beings and respect for all religions. Dr. Mohsin Naqvi, Mr. Rochi Ram, Dr. C.J. Dubash, Mr. Mehboob Sada, Mr. Haroon Nasir, Ms. Sameena Imtiaz, Mrs. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha and Dr, Mimpal Singh developed the National Curriculum ETHICS, for Non-Muslims for grades III-XII in 2007. Three out of eight who developed the National Curriculum ETHICS, for Non-Muslims for grades III-XII were Christians. I would like to have the introduction of Christians as it is written in the list of curriculum developers. 1. Dr. C.J. Dubash Ph.D (Educational Psychology) Vice Rector at Forman Christian College & Associate Professor with Department of Education Consultant with Diocese of Raiwind Education System, Trainer with Catholic Board of Education and Member of Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan 2. Mr. Mehboob Sada MA, M.Ed Director Christian Study Centre, Rawalpindi Editor: Al- Mushir (Theological journal of Christian Study Centre), Rawalpindi 3. Mr. Haroon Nasir M.Th Research Associate Christian Study Centre Editor: Al- Mushir (English Section, Theological journal of Christian Study Centre), Rawalpindi Member: Graduate Student Council (Ph.D/M.Phil), Sh. Zayed Islamic Centre, University of Peshwar Professor Anjum Paul pointed out that these 3 employees of Church based establishments have sold the faith of Christians on the sacrifice of Abraham’s son. In the recommended National Curriculum ETHICS for grade III sacrifice of Ishmael instead of Isaac has been recommended for our Christian students due to the negligence of these people who were either absent when the content was being developed or compromised for the completion of their personal designs deceiving the entire Pakistan Church. If chapter on Jesus Christ could be removed from the textbook of Ethics grade 9 of Sindh Textbook Board as it was developed in the Islamic perspective then we are again united on this issue. I would also inform you that textbooks in the subject of Ethics are being developed by Muslims who are writing on beliefs and fundamental teachings of Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Parsees and other religions. What a tragedy! PMTA has protested through writings and meetings with the esteemed offices of the government of Pakistan on this serious matter which is a threat to the minority religions of Pakistan. It has been requested to the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to take sue moto action against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan. PMTA would ask these fellows; did they inform on any platform that they were compromising with the faith of Non- Christians? No, certainly not, they have deliberately did this all, perhaps according to them this was also a way to promote interfaith harmony to step back from the fundamental teachings of faith. PMTA wrote a letter to the President of Pakistan on May 2, 2006 on the subject ‘Representation of educationists from the religious minorities in the curriculum committee to revise syllabus 2006.’ Again on June 14, 2006 a letter was written to Prime Minister on the subject ‘Substitute syllabus for the minorities’ students.’ We were succeeded but what has been the fruit of our struggle. PMTA has been protesting through letters to the esteemed offices of the government of Pakistan, electronic and print media, seminars and with the concerned corners in meetings but on our disappointment a letter was written to Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on June 8, 2010 on the subject ‘Request to take sue moto action against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan for violating the Rights of the students of minorities.’ And again on June 15, 2010 letter to Federal Minister for Education on the subject ‘Reservations and recommendations on textbooks and national curriculum recommended by the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan’ along with the review on textbooks and recommended curriculum (pages 29). The same copy was mailed to the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan which they received on June 16, 2010. PMTA has decided to launch a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan after the silence of the church authorities on this issue, though there are a number of commissions that are working on education and minorities’ issues. They rush even for the wrong reporting as they did in the tragic incident of Gojra in 2009 but their constant silence on the much important issue of faith is not only very meaningful but a threat to the Christian community of Pakistan. Let us all be united on such a serious matter of our

A Family waiting for Asylum for Five Years speaks with Parvez Iqbal, President PCC-Holland Chapter

Early in the morning as I opened my email box, I felt both, surprised and happy. Surprised because I would remain so near to this family while still unaware of the full extent of their problems. Being familiar with pen and words, I thought I was doing what was expected of me to the best of my abilities, but I was wrong and am not sure how many more families there are around whose voice I have to bring before the authorities to secure their rights and their release from constraints on their freedom of action and movement.. What made me feel happy was because they trusted me and gave me a chance to serve them. After having contacted them by telephone, I fixed a time to meet them. I left for their residence, Building "C" room Nos 23 and 24 in a refugee camp situated in a village named BORNE. It took me 85 minutes to cover 157 kilometers distance from my home to their refugee camp. During all this time I kept preparing myself for discussions and questions with them. After parking my car, I approached reception counter, where Kamran, the second son of the family, was waiting. The security officer on duty put routine questions and then returned my passport with a visitor pass and instructed me to return the visitor pass on leaving camp not later than 9.00 p.m. After giving an affirmative answer to the security officer, I started moving towards their room with Kamran. While passing corridors I saw at right and left many refugees of different nations, colours and languages busy cooking; they looked at us with eyes full of questions and hoping to be the first to help. They may have thought this new face was a new refugee in the camp, and were as usual trying to be first in helping newcomers in the camp. I am very well aware of this because six years ago I was in a refugee camp with the same status and the same thoughts. During walk through the camp, all the days of my past reminded to mind, flashing as an electric signal through my head. Thus reliving briefly all memories of my past, I arrived with Kamran at the entrance of Building "C" where I found Mr. Younas waiting. After a routine welcome he took me inside the room. In this small room, after installing two beds, two small cupboards, one table and a chair, there was not enough space left for a person to stretch his/her legs and relax for a short time. Yet they are required to accept leading life in this small room, as they have no other option. Still looking around and considering their living in this room, I saw Mrs. Younas entered with their young daughter.... and after traditional greetings I decided to drink a glass of water and after paying my thanks and offering all possible assurances I started to inquire about the latest five years of their past. Mr. Younas, after thanking me, summarized all that had happened in the past 5-6 years and provided the following information: "After great efforts and difficulties should it be better to tell what were these difficulties? I fled from Pakistan with my wife and 4 children and on arrival in Holland asked for asylum with full hopes of receiving shelter and support quickly, but we faced a first shock with regard to my eldest son Imran, who had severe wounds on his feet through the attacks he suffered in Pakistan and that did not heal because he suffers from sugar-illness. He did not have medicaments at the moment because our travel-agent had warned us not to tell he was diabetic. Because we were very afraid, we did everything he told us. Imran tried to control himself with all the pains and wounds but after one week when his condition got even worse, he was instantly hospitalised and for three days kept in a Very Intensive Care Unit. After three days he was diagnosed as having sugar illness and got his right medicaments. We were still in this shock condition and trying to stand on our own legs when Immigration authorities expelled us from the refugee camp as a result of our asylum request being denied. Immigration officials directed us to approach an NGO in Amsterdam for shelter and further help." Here I interrupted Mr. Younas with the question: What were the reasons your asylum application was rejected??? Mr. Younas, after regaining control of his emotions and voice, slowly answered "when life is not safe in one's home land, how can one expect strangers to give protection??? That is what we experienced. The immigration authorities just said that they did not believe all we said and explained. We then went to Amsterdam and approached the NGO at the address given to us; the first action they undertook was to break up our family; my wife and daughter were allowed to stay there in the hostel, but my three sons and myself were sent to an address in another city, " Utrecht ". On our arrival at Utrecht , they did not even allow us to enter the building and while insulting us they threw us into the road and we travelled back to Amsterdam . This time, out of mercy with us, the hostel management allowed us only for the night in the hostel, to sleep there. The whole day after that we kept together and spent our day at the Railway Station of Amsterdam; for night shelter we had to go separate ways but during all day we felt helpless and in steady fear of the police and what they might do for our staying illegally, and these fears increased our worries with time. After no more than three days, Hostel Management refused to give us shelter anymore and we were thrown again on the street like garbage; once again we felt ourselves all alone amid millions of people around. I felt like caught between two oceans and was only hoping for a miracle through our prayers that God would send some Moses to us who could pave our way through this deep ocean of people. All our countrymen had taken possession of all our things and tried to kill us, and we surely thanked God for rescuing us from that grave by getting us to Europe . We heard there is love everywhere but all we received was insults and hate. Our children were passing their time by moving individually from one railway platform to another and we as husband and wife, in addition to our own troubles, worried about the poor condition of the eldest son, which added to the burden of our routine and daily worries. It is said that when people in this world give up thinking, then God will take control and protect His people. Exactly that is what happened to us. A lady wearing Pakistani dress walked and passed in front of us. I told my wife to stop and ask her for help, may be she could take pity and help us. She was approached and kind heartedly she agreed but asked if she could first call her husband. After her call, her husband arrived at the station and they took us to their home. We thanked our God Almighty for helping us in such a miraculous way.. We discovered that she knew Shazia, our eldest daughter who had to flee with her husband and little son in 1999. Since a couple of years we had succeeded to get contact with her and knew she was alive and living in Holland . But again our travel-agent had forbidden us to tell anyone we had a daughter there, so we obeyed him of course and didn’t even have her address nor phone-number with us. The Pakistani lady called Shazia who was crying and weeping for months because we were lost. So immediately she came to see us. After some deliberations with her Dutch “mother”, Mrs. Ingrid, she decided to take us all to her house and the day after to Mrs. Ingrid’s house (she had a very large house) near to Heerenveen. She and the church whom she was belonged to provided all possible care for our life, food, shelter, health and everything for almost one year, including ensuring kidney surgery for our eldest son Imran and language classes for us to learn the Dutch language. Not only this, she also helped to find a better lawyer to get us again through Immigration procedures for a second attempt. But after four years this second asking for asylum was refused. The reason: the IND discovered we had used false names. And we did indeed, we had been obliged by the travel-agent to do so, we did not know why, we thought he knew the best. So at this moment we will soon start a third procedure, but we are very afraid about the results. During all this time of misery, how we mentally, physically, morally and spiritually suffered is hard to explain, and even now we feel our souls trembling when recalling all those days. But I now want to enlist your newspapers and associations for making public our voice and for bringing our plea before the competent authorities so they might please give us freedom and security of life. What we need to live we will not beg; we will obtain it by our own efforts. We wish to be treated as human beings and enjoy the human rights we deserve." Once again on my instigation Mr. Younas briefly said that during all these times of suffering, he was four times severely attacked with paralysis, losing the use of the left side of his body. When still in his home land he had been a member of a team of prominent football players, but now he is spending life as a disabled person. Mr. Younas already suffered a very serious double attack (brains, then heart) in 2002. "Maybe this is a my punishment for asking asylum here in this country." On being asked about the medical treatment he had received, Mr. Younas showed his satisfaction and said: "As a result of timely action and proper treatment, I am now talking to you even after four severe attacks of paralysis. But there is no prospect of further improvement of my present health condition. This has been confirmed by the doctors about my health", said Mr. Younas. Mr. Younas further explained that his powers of memory have also suffered badly. "I tend to forget things within seconds, with the result that I forget that I have to stay all the time at home and if I go outside, often I forget the way back home, and this has increased the worries of my family members. Doctors have also advised me to keep a mobile cell phone always with me, but I cannot operate it myself and have lost 3 or mobile phones, not even knowing where. When, on my request, Mr Younas had narrated his story in proper order and in detail and had described the way his mental condition had been affected, he said with tearful eyes: "I can only call these memories my own, for I have lost everything, my country, language, home, family, honour and respect; everything I have lost and now have only these few memories to live with. All I can hope for is being allowed to live on with my memories and receive respect and honour, but nobody trusts us. Sometimes I think may be we do not know how to tell the truth effectively. It is said that in the end truth always prevails, but in our situation I fear that the truth is that we have no hope left. BUT UNTIL WE DIE WE SHALL NEVER GO THE WAY OF FALSEHOOD. Explaining about the other family members Mr. Younas said that, owing to persistent troubles, worries and mental afflictions, his wife had been diagnosticised as a diabetic; she is also having hernias in her neck and often suffers bad fits of migraine. The eldest son Imran has been granted asylum because of his health conditions and the operation (he got both a new kidney and pancreas) he had, but his living alone always keeps us in permanent worry. We are all in a refugee camp so we cannot stay with him as temporary guests, and because of the cost of travel we cannot visit him regularly to look after him. Many times we tried to apply for his being re-united with his fiancée in Pakistan but we were always disappointed. Far away she has been waiting for the last eight years, everyday waking-up with hopes that today she will get permission to come to her promised husband, but after every whole day of waiting and disappointment she will have to go to sleep to renew her dreams of hope. For all we wish, we cannot help her nor do anything for her. Even from any humanitarian or women's international or local organization no woman has turned up to say a few words of comfort or help her in any way. What will happen to her? This worrying thought is haunting us all the time. Next in age after him is Kamran, We are most concerned about him. He underwent the hate of a young Muslim refugee three years ago in a refugee camp. Kamran was severely beaten by him for being a Christian. The camp manager transferred that Muslim boy to another camp but he left with threats and very badly insulted all of us, including our women. Ever since that boy's threat to take revenge we have been in extra worries about Kamran. We have asked Kamran never to go alone outside the camp or outside home. He thus virtually has house arrest and this has destroyed all his possibilities of career, education and other things. In this hopeless asylum situation he can neither follow any course or training nor is he permitted to study or join a language school. What life has in future for him we cannot be sure. I want to explain you very clearly that the story of this family is not a common story of the average refugee. Yes, they had to flee from their home-country like all of them. But in the years that followed, they always lived in fear about the life of the eldest son, Imran, who was so very ill and nearly died several times. After his operation in 2007 they felt very comforted. But in 2008 a new danger threatened the life of the whole family: the youngest son, Nasir, got a relation with a Muslim girl, and the girl ran away from home because her family kept her behind closed doors and wanted to marry her to a nephew. Her family started to threaten this whole family to kill them (indeed, honour killing in Holland happens more than you think) and they needed to be protected by the police for more than one year. They had to move to another AZC, they could not leave the camp, the daughter could not go to school and received threatening sms. They never thought to suffer again from Muslim in this Christian country. The life of the youngest son, Nasir, is trapped in a dead-end of misery. He cannot plan nor hope anything for himself nor for his wife and one-year-old son. The husband and wife had dreamed of coping with all sorts of hardness so as to achieve a happy home and a bright future for their son, but in the present circumstances, Nasir has no hope for his own status and life, and how can he manage as a father and husband? In all situations, whether present or future, his newly born son is suffering badly and facing punishment for violating laws and conditions he cannot ever have known about; thus he is heading for an unknown destination. No matter who is at fault, or how strict rules and laws are, how can one blame this child, which is still so young, and why is he to suffer for things of which he is not aware, simply expecting some comfortable in life? Who is to give voice to the cries for help of this innocent and child, unable to speak for itself? Despite their good intentions his parents are tied in rules and hand-cuffed. In this situation, is there no law to protect the legal rights of this innocent child, upheld by organizations that have worldwide recognition? No law that will warrant the freedom and opportunities for his parents to raise this one-year-old child according to their own conscience and hopes? The way I see it, such a responsibility is the right of every person in the community, regardless of social, cultural, religious or similar considerations. I asked Nasir to answer a question about the constraints and difficulties he has to cope with. He said: "In the present situation I am not allowed to undertake a study or develop a career, nor am I allowed to do paid work to stand on my own feet in supporting wife, son and household. Not only that, but there is the persistent fear that the permission to stay here with my wife and son will be retracted, so how long I have to suffer nobody knows. For full six years of life we have here faced hate, disillusion and failures, and I don't know when a light of hope could begin to shine in our lives, nor do I know how much more time it will take to be granted the legal rights a human being deserves. Where there is no hunger, we do not try to obtain luxuries such as delicious and warm dishes with of all varieties of food. What we want is to work hard and struggle to achieve a better life as a respectable family of this country, abiding by all the rules and contributing our share in the development of this country. We are capable of providing for ourselves but we need opportunities. In the family the youngest daughter, not yet mature, had to leave school and books, classmates and friends to change over to the life of a refugee. "At a time when I could expect to enjoy life with my friends, I was transferred from one refugee camp to another, and thus became aware of the importance of freedom. What value is comfort and easy life inside a golden cage with a big lock? That is my situation. Fortunately I have been granted admission to school and permission to attend classes at my own expense, but when turning up for exams, I have much poorer chances than my brothers. My parents have dreamed a bright future also for me. I myself once dreamed of building a successful career by respectful means, but the biggest barrier is having to wait for a permit to stay. I see only an ocean of disappointments ahead and nothing else. In these circumstances, who will act as Moses and clear my path through this sea of disappointments and neglect? I am suffering as a refugee yet fulfilling my responsibilities as a daughter and Asian woman. I am determined to keep the respect of my family and parents and will always remain honest to them. Last year when my father had an attack of paralysis and was in hospital, every one in our family was worried about his health and recovery, but father was most worried about me and my future, more than about his own life. I hated myself then for being only a daughter who could not help my father and even caused him extra worry on top of his fear of losing life. He wanted to lessen his worries about me by getting me engaged. Keeping in mind his health condition everyone including myself agreed and I was engaged last year in keeping with all our customs and traditions. In my present and insecure situation, what will happen to me? I ask this of every father in this world, all the relevant and competent authorities, women's national and international organizations, Human Rights workers and makers of laws for the protection of refugees. I have spent the golden years of unmarried age facing difficulties as a refugee, undergoing disappointments and neglect from all sides. Now I beg , please allow me to breathe free air, and to be treated as a human being deserving a good and happy life. My request to all of you is, please give me a free and torture less life in your refuge. I assure you all, I will do all I can to achieve a good life and build a respected career while abiding by all the rules and regulations of this country. Thank you." Listening to this appeal of this daughter of Eve, my forehead turned all wet and my heart filled with pain, even my whole body started shivering but, controlling my emotions, I assured her that her request will be presented to the addresses she would wish, and then turned to Mr Younas with the question "How was the behaviour of our Pakistani Christian Community during all this procedure????" Mr. Younas, after taking a long breath, apologized for restricting his comment on this to two lines of poetry in the Urdu language, which run as follows: "In this city who will wipe our tears? I see every one’s clothes are wet." He, with all his hopes, promised to raise his voice and bring before the proper and competent authorities his request for their practical help in a spirit of mercy. He was sure there must come some good out of this. Throughout these talks I noticed many emotional scenes in the family and everyone helping and supporting each other to control emotions, to inspire courage and to be brave with these words "everything will be alright" That fleeing to save life, asking for asylum and getting permission is so difficult, I have now heard for the first time. I am sure this is not all. If I meet another family, they might have even bigger troubles in their life than this family. Yet listening to this family and hearing all that happened to them during these past 5-6 years, my heart is oppressed and my eyes are filled with tears. I hope yours are, too. I am sure our support and prayers will help them to overcome their troubles and obtain a properly human life. Let us cross fingers and pray for their happiness in a pleasant life.........

ICCF condemn killing of Salman Tasser

New York: January 17, 2011. (PCP) International Community Care Foundation (ICCF) Chairman James Fazl and Director Tariq Javed have strongly condemns the fanatic forces, the cold-blooded, cowardly and brutal assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the people of Pakistan. We pay tribute to the daring services of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer for raising a voice for the minorities favoring amendment in Blasphemy Law, wielded primarily against minorities and often used to settle personal scores- many a time, local people take the law into their own hands and lynch individuals accused of blasphemous acts. Taseer's assassination was a ruthless act indeed, and that it would create chasm between the liberal and fanatic forces. This assassination indicates the involvement of retrogressive forces in Pakistan that have over the past couple of decades made inroads into all sections of society and institutions of the state, including those institutions upon which Pakistani citizens rely for their security. We are concerned for the safety of Christians, the democratic and progressive voices struggling for the well being of the common Pakistanis and fervently express our solidarity with them. The board of ICCF-USA sincerely requests the International Community to join us in urging the Pakistan Government to act swiftly and strongly to ensure safety of the people in Pakistan by taking a courageous stand and introducing an amendment to the law in the national Assembly in order to curb rising religious extremism and forces promoting hatred and violence. ICCF USA is a humanitarian non-profit organization based in New York working for the senior care and physically and mentally challenged individuals as well as coordinating/sponsoring (Internationally) Leadership Trainings for talented individuals for the social-economic uplift of the marginalized communities

Demo against false case against Minority leader in Pakistan

HYDERABAD, May 25, 2011: (PCP) Civil society along with Hindu communities of Kolhi, Bheel Meghwar and others took out rally in Hyderabad against registration of false murder case on Hindu leader and noted social worker Veerji Kolhi at Nagarparkar police station on behest of an influential Wadera. The activists of various civil society organizations took out rally from city gate hotel on national highway to press club where the leaders addressed it. Hundreds of men and women participated in rally. They were chanting slogans to withdraw false case against Veerji Kolhi. Those who addressed the rally before press club Hyderabad included Punhal Saryo of Sindh Hari Porhyat Council, Zulfiqar Shah of SPO, Jabbar Bhatti, M. Parkash of Pakistan Liberal Forum, Javed Soz Halai, Dr. Ashothama Sindh coordinator of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Shafiq Kandhro, Abbas Khoso, Kashif Bajiee, professor Amar Sindhu of Aurat Foundation, advocate Bhagwandas Bheel, Pahlaj Kolhi, Veersi Kolhi and Mukesh Meghwar. They said that Veerji Kolhi is a noted social worker who had done a labourious struggle for human rights. He had carried an arduous struggle last year for getting justice for the rape victim Hindu girl Kishwari. His such activities proved thorn in eyes of Waderas who are used to commit atrocities with the minority people men and women. Being infuriated the influential Waderas who are involved in atrocities against Hindus including committing rape on their women arranged registration of false murder case against Veerji Kolhi only to remove him from the path of right. They said that on the day FIR at Nanagarparkar police station was lodged Veerji was in Hyderabad having meeting with civil society.They said that the human rights activists cannot be bowed by such false cases. They demanded judicial inquiry of this case and demanded to punish police officers who had lodged case on behest of Waderas. Otherwise they warned to extend the scope of protest in whole country.

PPP Government fully concentrating on relief of flood victims. Qaim Ali Shah

HYDERABAD: October 11, 2011. (By Nazir Siyal) Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Sindh government has fully concentrated on relief and rehabilitation of rain/ flood affectees and has prepared a Rabih Plan to provide free of coast seeds and fertilizers to growers of rains and floods affected areas of the province so that they could be compensated from the losses which caused by rains in their farmlands. Talking to media persons and delegations of different walks of life here at the residence of MPA Mir Hayat Talpur on Monday, the Chief Minister said that Rabih Plan would surely help the rains and flood affected growers to sow Rabih crops in time. The directives in this direction have already been issued to departments concerned, he said and hoped that such efforts of the government would minimize the losses that faced by the growers of the province. Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that directives have already been issued to authorities concerned to dispose off the standing rainwater from the farmlands so that the growers could reclaim their agriculture fields for Rabih crops.He said that the President Asif Ali Zardari has issued directives to prepare future strategy with short, mid and long terms planning in order to avert such kind of natural disasters which experienced by the people of Sindh in respect of unprecedented floods and rainfalls since last two years.On the directives of the President Asif Ali Zardari, the Chief Minister said that a team of experts has started preparation of such strategy to save the people of the province from the future disasters. The Chief Minister informed that he is visited the rains and floods affected areas of the province along with technical experts so that relief and rehabilitation of affected people could be carried out on urgent basis. Responding to a question of a media person, the Chief Minister said that millions of people have been affected as a result of heavy rains and floods in Sindh, however, the government is making all out efforts to provide maximum relief to affected people. Dispelling the allegations of the opposition of not providing relief and rehabilitation, the Chief Minister said that time is required to rehabilitate these millions of affected people with provision of required relief. The government along with national and international organizations has been engaged to carry out effective relief and rehabilitation work for rains and floods affected people of the province, he said and added that issuance of Pakistan Cards has been geared up with objective to ensure transparent distribution of compensated amount to the affected persons. “We needed more donations to carry out relief and rehabilitation work in successful manner”, the Chief Minister said and added that all available resources are being utilized to rehabilitate the affected people. Meanwhile, responding to a complaint during meetings with delegations of different segments of life, the Chief Minister directed the officers of the Police department to take immediate action and opened all such culverts, which plugged by the people to save their lands. As a result of the blocks of these culverts, the standing rainwater is not being drained out from the farmlands in proper direction, he said and added that if any one received losses as a result of removal of these blockage, the government would compensate him. The Chief Minister also directed the officers of Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) to activate the networking of Dhoro Puran Outfall Drain (DPOD) and ensure the discharge capacity of the drain according to its design. At present, he said that Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) is taking 20 thousand cusecs of saline water but disposing only 14 thousand cusecs into the Arabian sea while remaining four thousand cusecs water is playing havoc after overtopping from the project, he said and added that KPOD is also disposing off the water accordingly and with activation of DOPD, the situation could be brought under control. The Chief Minister also directed the removal of all encroachments from the drains in order to smooth disposal of water to safer areas. Among others, MNA Mir Munawar Talpur, MPA Mir Hayat Talpur and notables of the area were also present on the occasion. Earlier, The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited relief camps at Taluka Digri and Tando Jan Muhammad Town of Mirpurkhas district. Accompanied by Sindh Agriculture Minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA Mir Munawar Talpur and MPA Mir Hayat Talpur, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while talking to the affectees said that with the assistant of the federal government, the provincial government would evolve a comprehensive short, mid and long terms strategies in order to avert such kind of catastrophes which are being witnessed by Sindh province since last two years. He said that the government has also been engaged to prepare a comprehensive development plan in rains and floods affected areas of the province so that the people could not be affected in future at such a major scale which they are experiencing since last two years, he said. He assured that the government would not take sigh of relief till complete rehabilitation of rains and floods affected people of the province. By the financial assistance of national and international donor organizations, the Chief Minister said that all possible measures are being adopted to provide maximum relief to the affected people and later launch a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for them. The hectic efforts of the government would surely bring the situation into normalcy in affected areas of the province, he assured. The Chief Minister asked the officers of Sindh Irrigation Department and Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority to ensure the early de-watering from farmland so that the growers could be able to sow their crops for next season. All efforts should be made for the purpose with installation of maximum numbers of de-watering machines in the farmland where the rainwater is still standing, he said and warned the officers concerned that no negligence in this direction would be tolerated by the government. He assured the rains and floods affected people that the government would provide maximum compensation towards their losses of valuable and in order to ensure transparent distribution of compensation amount, the government has started issuance of Pakistan Cards to the heads of affected families. During visit to the relief camps, the Chief Minister distributed relief goods and clothes to affected people who have taken shelter there. He asked the affected people of their problems and assured that they would be rehabilitated as soon as possible.

Pakistan Christian Congress demands release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Karachi: February 24, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has expressed grave concern on media reports on issuance of execution orders of Pastor Nadarkhani by Iranian government. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 on charges of apostasy which is subject to death under Iranian Islamic laws. There were options for Pastor Nadarkhani to recant his faith to seek freedom from jail in 2011, but Pastor denied such offers of Iranian regime. Dr. Nazir Bhatti said that Iran is supposed to respect human rights and religious freedom being member state of United Nation and signatory of Universal Declaration of Human Rights of UN. “Apostasy was never a crime in Islamic history but protected under “Madina Treaty” signed among Prophet Mohammad and non-Muslims” said Nazir Bhatti Nazir Bhatti said that Muslim states are using Islamic laws for political agenda and to prolong their rule like Pakistan and Iran where Blasphemy laws and Apostasy are targeting religious freedom and human rights. Nazir Bhatti has appealed President of Iran to pardon Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to uphold true Islamic justice values and release him from jail to profess his religion. Meanwhile, US State department have issued a statement on news of execution of Pastor Nadarkhani; as “The United States is deeply concerned by reports that a provincial court has renewed the execution order for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Mr. Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence on charges of apostasy and has refused to recant his Christian faith. Such government persecution for simply following one’s faith is common in Iran, where followers of many religious traditions face harsh treatment and severe violations of their religious freedom. We have also witnessed a dramatic increase in the arrest of adherents to the Baha’i Faith recently, as well as an increase in repression of freedom of expression in all forms. We stand with religious and political leaders from around the world in condemning Youcef Nadarkhani’s conviction and call for his immediate release”

Jeanne Swartz raised voice for jobless Pakistani Christians in PAC moot in DC

Washington DC: June 26, 2012. (PCP) As anglo-American long time interested in Pakistan community issues who had pleasure to attend this year's Pakistan American Congress events, I was approached by PCP editor to give perspective, and especially regarding comments I made to US State Dept representative Ms. Robin Raphel. First, congratulations must go to Dr Khalid Luqman and all PAC board members and attendees on achieving this 20th Day on the Hill anniversary. It is indeed major achievement to arrange such a successful event bringing ex-pats and supporters from around the country (California, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and more) to rally for the common cause to regain good relationship between their country of origin and now chosen country of heart and home. My only disappointment stems from the lack of coverage as it seems the media hype on Pakistan issues never follows such a positive, grass-roots event, and especially when such event clearly shows the understanding and democratic process in action by ex-pats who themselves openly admit were raised in a country steeped in corruption, especially in the political realm. Now regarding my specific comments: These were made in response to a PAC member’s question raised to US State Dept representative Ms. Robin Raphel about US funds being used for projects that rarely reach the average Pakistani, or effect change for lives of the poorest. A larger question was then posed to send funds targeted specifically to create "American style" universities. My shock at hearing this, in a room where majority were dressed to the nines, while I, the "born-here" American sat in plain Punjabi cotton dress, caused me to consider perhaps most of these who proudly stated how America had allowed them to achieve professional status such as businessmen, doctors, lawyers, professors, engineers, etc were not aware of the history of most universities in USA, even though some had more than likely attended Harvard, Princeton, Vanderbilt, etc or were even currently professors there (perhaps as Fulbright scholars as many Congress reps who came that day noted Pakistan has for years been the largest recipient of these scholarships). So I raised my hand, first time ever at a PAC event, to advise the reason all the colleges and universities are named such is exactly because men who had achieved success in America and saw the need for wider uplift of community thru access to higher education put their OWN money from pennies to large fortunes on the line, and formed personal consortiums and trustee funds with friends to create places like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Vanderbilt, and Univ of Penn etc. And after explaining I requested attendees with successful careers do the same to build universities overseas where the dollar goes much further, instead of asking or expecting larger funds from America. In fact, I brought up how more and more Americans I know are becoming incensed as they hear and see how the academic system has changed from its start leaning on personal donations to slowly since the Morrill land-grants (that did not include any component to fund research) being turned into a "cash cow" where there is now an expectation by academics to have more and more tax-payer money fund all types of outlandish and even anti-American research projects and scholarships that definitely do not support the original purpose for the university creation. Indeed, majority of the above universities were founded solely to train Christian clergy to propagate the gospel of salvation and eternal life found through faith in Jesus Christ alone throughout the new colony. But sadly, most have left those roots to pursue other "kingdom building" efforts. And some even now discriminate against Christian students and clubs on their own campus practicing or sharing their faith in Jesus. How sad! But at the same time, I did agree with the point that many Americans question if USAID funds really are reaching the average Pakistani or effecting lives most in need. To agree with this, because Ms. Raphel had at end of her speech noted how she would be happy to hear personal stories, I posed example of my long-time friend Mr. Shamim Mehmood Masih, husband to Najma and father of four who has been diligently hunting for quality full-time job ever since working his way through Punjab system to achieve an MBA. Most of his jobs have been part-time, temporary consulting positions and since last 6 months he has found it impossible to secure even these, although he is willing and has worked variety of service level jobs. It was hard to be calm trying to explain how unacceptable and inappropriate I found it when Mr Masih advised me he had been approached by a USAID project leader to volunteer his assistance! How could it be anyone representing the US could insult a national with education and experience (who I can sincerely vouch has during the various tragedies in Pakistan past few years personally organized fundraisers and lead assistance efforts) but now finds himself in need of assistance but preferring a job, not interview and test him to offer a paying job; but be bold enough to ask him only to volunteer, which would mean he would have little time to continue the more necessary job search? Does the US prefer nationals should be held captive begging for assistance, or are we not there to uplift the people and build good relationships as average Americans are being told by State Dept reps? How arrogant to believe a US worker who probably has same schooling but little practical experience in any country they are sent to, would know more than a national where and how the project and related money could be used most effective. Yes, I believe the US has right to direct operations when our tax money is involved. But this situation is similar to what I have heard from friends in many nations where nationals are rarely hired for quality jobs or even asked for input, but only used as volunteer resource or service level such as cooks, drivers and laborers by USAID as well as UN projects. Some from PAC did question the appropriateness of my raising a “personal issue”, but I think it is well within American tax-payer interest to wonder who the jobs our money is funding go to. Are State Dept and USAID project leaders interviewing and hiring based on merit or are they bowing to what Pakistani's themselves often bring up as corrupt "hiring" policies being forced by feudal lords or ruling parties to give job to highest bidder or favored family member or friends? American tax-payers have the right to know. But then I thought it perhaps more appropriate to raise the question if perhaps the issue was not in fact much different and larger. Yes, no one can never know full facts of why someone is not considered the right fit for any job. And of course, all over the world jobs are becoming harder for anyone to find due to economic downturn. But in Pakistan and many other Islamic-based countries, I have been told often the issue is purely one of discrimination based on religion. This was recently backed up by Fr. McCullouch after President Zadari bestowed on him highest civilian honor, Sitara-e-Quaid-Azam Award, and during a related interview the Father noted primary issue for Christians in Pakistan is discrimination, not persecution (although he admitted persecution by extremists exists as well). Consider my friends statement to me when I travelled there in 2006 and he arranged a meeting with members from People to People chapter, as we both belonged to that group that works to create "peace through understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities". When we reached the P2P office I asked Shamim why he had gone to such expense renting a space and couldn't we have just met in his home. My eyes opened wide hearing his response "Jean, majority of members are Muslim and so would never come to my house as I am Christian and have the cross and pictures of Jesus hanging.". This is not to say that I was not greeted cordially and had good conversations with members. I enjoyed hearing of the efforts both Muslim and Christians in the chapter worked on together. Yet, one can only think how few belonged to this chapter and if these few are "open minded" that will meet with Christians but still have barriers, what does that say about the larger population without open minds who are the majority and therefore run most businesses and do the hiring? In fact, the other example of his job hunt hits this point clearly. When he interviewed for a job with a Dubai bank, in fact a former team member from a job in Pakistan did the interview. But when Shamim was called back, his friend had only rejection to offer him stating "I know you have the knowledge and proven experience, but my hands are tied as I was told this is an Islamic-based bank so does not hire Christians". Of course, never would this be put in writing or said in public. But one can only think same would be policy of Islamic-based banks in Pakistan, and sadly also multi-national companies even if originally incorporated and headquartered in the USA. (And don’t get me started about how impossible it is for minorities to obtain visa for travel or study, much less if offered quality job outside Pakistan). So even though minorities, if they find funds usually thru sacrifice of extended family and villages and are allowed to attend universities by filling spaces mostly from quotas, not open enrollment, and doing so learn the same Islamic principles by which systems are run in Pakistan, it seems they are still not considered viable for jobs simply due to religion. I say this speaking for all minorities, not just Christians, but Sikh, Hindu, Ahmadi, any not considered Muslim in Pakistan. My biggest thought now as to why my friend with MBA can not find quality full-time job is simple religious discrimination. If cause is not discrimination, I ask Muslims of Pakistan to prove me wrong by interviewing and hiring Mr. Masih for full-time job at Islamic-based bank or other business suited to his MBA and experience. Of course, at same time I also charge Christian business owners, NGO directors and church leaders to reach out with assistance for his job search. (Anyone reading with true interest to interview Mr. Shamim Masih can contact me to have information forwarded via peacefullifeis@yahoo.com). Anyone who knows the history of Pakistan also knows majority of leaders over past few centuries were educated in Christian institutions, primarily supported by Americans, Brits and Germans. And still today majority of students at Forman Christian College and majority receiving scholarships there are Muslim. So Christians have not discriminated but surely have given much to Muslims in the country. As Christians of Pakistan wait and trust in hope of the Lord through all this, I offer selection for meditation for those of all faiths from the Holy Word God gave to David as Psalm 18 (v18-28) to coincide with June 18th day PAC event was held: "They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God. All His laws are before me; I have not turned away from His decrees. I have been blameless before Him and have kept myself from sin. The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. To the faithful You show yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless, to the pure You show Yourself pure. But to the crooked You show Yourself astute. You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light". Indeed, I am sure I was in presence of many enlightened and progressive Muslims at PAC event who consider themself blameless of this religious discrimination situation and want to see change come to truly make Pakistan the land of the pure. But tell me what is solution when even those who come to DC lobbying for democratic processes in Pakistan do not offer to make connections for a well-educated Christian they hear about struggling in Pakistan? Do PAC members want aid for only (poor) Muslims, or do they agree funds need to be equally shared with minority communities? And indeed as is history of USA, perhaps that even "affirmative action" (that may have been used by some PAC members or family to obtain higher education or jobs in USA) is needed to educate and employ minorities in Pakistan? I ask if even the USAID workers who are there representing American principles of liberty and justice for ALL are not willing to hire the few from minority communities who do somehow find opportunity to achieve higher education, what really is the option for them? US workers can surely direct projects and oversee the money to ensure no corruption, but democracy is built by letting people experience it first-hand. So especially in countries where such as nepotism and discrimination is the name of the game, shouldn’t the US example democracy by hiring fairly based on interviews and proven ability, and, if necessary, also use “affirmative action” to uplift minorities who would rarely have a chance for such a quality job? In keeping with the spirit of democratic voice, I beg Ms. Raphel, PAC leaders, parliment reps who attended, and all PCP readers to answer when true justice will prevail and minorities in Pakistan will not face constant struggle to simply make a living, much less rise the social ladder, in the country where they were born and so also love. No justice, no peace was once a rallying cry of civil rights in America. I present the same holds for Pakistan - a land whose greatest need to prosper is peace. As PAC association poses, the people of Pakistan and America need to come together to example and create true, democratic systems where ALL living in Pakistan will do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God and show this by living and working in peace with all other citizens regardless of social status, ethnicity, or creed. Salam, Khuda Hafiz Jeanne Swartz (average American hoping to give voice to the voiceless minority in Pakistan) Wilmington, DE

PTA condemn barbaric attack on Malala Yousufzai

Pakistan: October 11, 2012. (PCP) Mr. James Rehmat, Convener PTA and Mr. Suba Sroya Advocate, Deputy Convener PTA, Peace and Tolerance Alliance, an alliance of human rights organizations and human rights activists to promote peace and tolerance in the society has strongly condemned the barbaric attack on National Peace Award Holder Malala Yousufzai and has demanded that state institutions, political parties and other stake-holders should revisit their policies and stance against religious extremism and militancy. Members of Peace and Tolerance Alliance held a special meeting to pay tribute to Malala Yousufzai. During the meeting members said that “we salute the courage and commendable efforts of Malala against the violent activities of the militant groups to stop women and girls to exercise their rights, especially their right to education and they bombed their schools and colleges”. PTA members further said that “this is a highly critical situation and a great deal of seriousness is required on part of all the stake-holders including the state institutions, political parties to deal with the violent elements who use religion for their vested interest and persecute marginalized segments of the society including women, girls and religious minorities”. Member organization called upon the urgent attention of the government on the following demands: • Best medical facilities and resources should be made available to save the life of National Peace Award Holder Malala Yousufzai. • The perpetrators who attacked Malala should be apprehended immediately and brought to justice. • The state must clearly announce and implement its policy to end religious extremism and to deal with the armed militant groups. • Concrete measures should be taken to protect human rights defenders especially the women human rights defenders, educationist, and progressive writers as the threat has significantly increased against all of them in Pakistan. Peace and Tolerance Alliance members also appealed to the people of Pakistan to reject the militant groups and their supporters to save Pakistan and make it a peaceful place for all citizens.

Muslim-Christian leaders emphasize on Youth’s proactive role in conflict resolution and peace building

Faisalabad: February 9, 2013. (PCP) The government must capitalize on youth potential as peace leaders who can serve as powerful drivers of political, social and economic transformation. These views were expressed by speakers at a Seminar "Role of Youth to Promote Peace" which was organized by the Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) in collaboration with Christian Study Centre (CSC), Pakistan Girl Guide Association (PGGA) and the Peace and Human Development (PHD Foundation), and held on 29 February 2013 at Mamukanjan in sub-district Tandlianwala of Faisalabad District. Speaking on the occasion, the project manager of the CSC, Fahmida Saleem said, "The almighty God has introduced diversity, therefore he has sent several prophets to mankind in different periods, and created different kinds of humans. His creature is not eligible to challenge the diversity created by the God.” “The people need to own, respect, embrace and celebrate the diversity among the communities rather than rejecting each other, for culture of peace and tolerance,” she added. The director of the PHD Foundation, Suneel Malik acknowledged youth as agents of peace and emphasized upon involving and partnering with young people for positive change, rather than considering them as a problem. “The hatred breeds nothing except disintegration and devastation, therefore the tendencies of extremism and discrimination can be reduced by tolerating difference of opinion and accepting people as they are,” he added. The director of the AWAM, Nazia Sardar said, “The educational curriculum has promoted sectarian disunity among people, and encourages religious intolerance which lead to severe interfaith disharmony and intolerance in Pakistan.” “The curriculum must be purged from biased material in order to make it a source of peace promotion, whereas material promoting human rights, peace, harmony and religious, sectarian & ethnic tolerance must be added in the syllabus,” she added. A Muslim activist, Amna Ehsan said, “Lack of education and ignorance also play a vital role in interfaith disharmony. When people are illiterate, they cannot really understand the essence of religious teachings and are easily instigated to stand against each other on petty issues.” A Muslim social worker, Tahir Iqbal said, “The Islam and Christianity have several common teachings promoting peace, tolerance and protection of others’ rights, therefore people should develop spirit of dialogue and harmony to remove misunderstanding among different faiths.” A Christian human rights activist, Naseem Anthony said, “Every positive social change depends upon our dialogue with self and with each other. Dialogue based on respect and reconciliation is the most effective at transforming and resolving conflict.” A Christian feminist, Shazia George said, “Peace is all about understanding each other’s perceptions, therefore people and different societies can be brought closer by not interfering or criticizing others’ religions. Creating and promoting fraternity and harmony among various communities can help ensure peace and prosperity in the society.”

Khalid Gill writes about late Peter John Sohtra

Toronto, Canada: June 22, 2013 (PCP) Peter John Sohtra died in this month in city of Liverpool in UK, away from his home country Pakistan where he grew up and enjoyed very powerful life as Christian politician. He was a Catholic Christian and always supported by Catholic Church of Pakistan Diocese of Faisalabad. Mr. Khalid Gill, Chief Organizer of APMA, wrote a special note about late Peter John sohtra on intimation of Pakistan Christian Post PCP that Christian may know more about him. Mr. Gill writes; Peter John Sohtra Advocate son of Ch. Sohan was born in Christian Town (Gujar Basti) in Lyallpur city of Punjab province. He shifted in 1990 in SAHOTRA HOUSE Warispura, Daud Nagar (Warispura) Faisalabad. He was elected Councilor Municipal Corporation Lyallpur in 1983, under Separate Electorate system. Late peter john Sohtra rise up to be a State Minister of Minorities Affair in Government of Pakistan during Nawaz Sharif government in 1990, when he won election of Member of National Assembly. Before it he was Parliamentary Secretary of Social Welfare in Punjab government and elected member of National Assembly in 1997, but during Musharraf Regime he took refuge in UK. His son Joel Amir Sohtra was also elected as Member District Assembly Faisalabad and Nominated MPA in 2002 -2008 and 2008 -13 in the current electoral system in Pakistan. He also became Coordinator Minority Advisory Council, Govt, of Punjab and Parliamentary Secretary Minority Affairs Punjab Peter John Sohtra died in UK but he was buried in city of Faisalabad, Pakistan, where thousands of mourners attended his funeral services.

Pak - Dutch Christians Delegation will meet Dutch Member of Parliament.

Holland: December 9, 2013. (Parvez Iqbal) A highly qualified, prominent and experienced delegation from Pakistani Christians Community in Holland , well known as true and honest Social Workers having soft heart , courage and boldness to be the voice for Rights and Respectful status of their country fellow Christians Asylum Seekers in Holland has scheduled to meet Mr. Joel, Member of Dutch Parliament on 11th December, 2013 to discuss, exchange views and be sure of situation as well as handling of Asylum Procedures of Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers in Holland. Also get true picture of ground realities and show to the Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers crystal about rumors spreader by few self-centered and individually focused peoples about facilitating Pakistani Christians Asylum Seekers in Holland. For which our religion fellows not only face heart breaking situations but als pass though more terrible situations when dream of fruit tree were shown to them and they get dry leaves. Delegation will also file 5 point petition comprising upon Speedy Trial of pending Cases, Re-open of rejected and shelter less Pakistani Christian Asylum Seekers, Equal handling procedure for both Pakistani Ahmadi and Pakistani Christian Asylum Seeker, Authentication or verification of new comers being Christian of Pakistani origin, Naked sword of force deportation be put into its cover and asylum seeker be give a level of Human beings and Sick, Disables Widows and Single Parent Pakistani asylum seekers be given preference for speedy trial of procedures with permission to start new, safe and respect full life in Holland.

Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP) Overseas Training Program

Karachi: June 2, 2014. (By Khuram Pervez) Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP) in order to animate young lay faithful to empower local Church in Pakistan sent three people to Philippines to attend a summer Trainer’s Training Course to ministers engaged in the Biblical Pastoral Ministry. Among them were one which was sent by Maktaba-e-Anaweem Pakistan (MAP). It was 15-days training program on Introduction of Holy Bible, in which provided information about Sacred Scripture, Liturgy, Encyclical letter of Holy Father, Recite of Holy Bible and direct use of Lectionary, Practice of Prayer by Recite of Holy Bible and geographical studies of Old and New Testament. During this training arranged 3-days workshop regarding Bibliodrama, in which provided guidance of Praise the Lord by dancing and physical movement as well as for making strength of religious life. More than 60 people participated belongs to all dioceses of Philippines in this training. This course was supervised under guidance of Bishop Renato Pine Mayugba, Bishop of the diocese of Laoag the first Zone of Philippines. They attended another three days program at Divine Mercy Asia Center of Formation & Spirituality. The theme of this course was “The Divine Mercy Message & Spirituality for The Third Millennium.” This course was arranged in attractive place Tagaytay on 5-7 May 2014. The participants were Ms. Shabna m Raphael from the Archdiocese of Lahore, Ms. Zubia George from the Diocese of Hyderabad, Sr. Azar Rozi SCJM where as Mr. Khuram Pervez from the Archdiocese of Karachi. The main objective of this training program was to give biblical pastoral training to the young lay faithful arranged by diocese of Laoag established in surrounding area of Philippines. They visited many places in surrounding area of their reach including St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Church of Paoay historic church built in 1593 by St. Augustine missionary diocese of Laoag, in 1724 built the largest church St. Monica ilocos and St. Cruz Parish, Church of St. Juan Del Monte in Manila. They deeply observed national office of FABC, Human Recourses, active and dynamic churches of Manila staying in St. Roque Parish in particular. They were amazed to see the architecture and spiritual atmosphere of the churches as well as engaged groups in church services.. Fr. Bonnie Mendis (Coordinator of Caritas Asia) accompanied them to many palces including Little sisters of Jesus, Sister Adorers Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of charity (AASC) and Fathers of the Holy Cross. They provided useful information about role of Pakistani Church as minority in Muslim milieu, National Politics, Social conditions and religious freedom. They shared about activities, services, Training and Formation programs and publication of Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP) and Maktaba Anaveem Pakistan (MAP) to local churches of Philippines. Fr. Bonnie Mendis. Sr. Mary Anaveem and Fr. Mir Yuqas were their source of inspiration and guidance overseas whereas Fr. Emmanuel Asi, the Executive Secretary of Catholic Bible Commission Pakistan (CBCP) was their keystone in making and guiding each and everything while in Pakistan.

Security measure adopted for 30th anniversary of Shaheed Zulfikar A Bhutto

LARKANA: April 1, 2009. (Nazir Siyal reports for PCP) District Coordination Officer Larkana Mohammed Jaffer Abbasi and District Police Officer Larkana Irfan Ali Baloch in joint press briefing regarding the 30th anniversary of Shaheed Zuflikar Ali Bhutto at Naduero and Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on Apirl 4. In a joint address, they told that all the arrangements and security measures have been taken to finalize the programs of anniversary of Z. A Bhutto, they said 35 acre land have been arranged for parking of 4000 vehicles some 3-5 km away from public gathering, while the 60 shuttle (vehicle) service will carry all public to and from Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux. They further told that high security alert have announced in the district and deployment of 6000 police force from all the district of Sindh including Sukkur region, about more than 450 rangers with commandos will perform their duties from 2nd April. The DPO Larkana told that 12 SSP rank officers will supervise and monitor the activities in Garhi Khuda Bux and Naudero vicinities. An aerial surveillance at the surrounding the Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux will be carried out and monitor the activities, besides 45 CCTV cameras will be installed at the different locations of Naduero President House, Garhi Khuda Bux and its surrounding at Jalsa gah and parking areas. On the occasion, Bomb Disposal squad, bomb detectors, scanning, jammers, 2 walk through gates with police vehicles and mobile will be setup to check and monitor for the security objectives. All activities will be monitor by the AIG Sindh and concerned officials on the eve of anniversary. DPO Larkana denied any threats said that due to perceptions of terrorism and security purpose people should protect and monitor round the clock he said. He said in this regard CID and other intelligence services will also perform their Jobs, where the Deputy Inspector General-CID will monitor to the concerned job. DCO Larkana Mohammed Jaffer Abbasi told that the expected gathering of about 20 lac, while the capacity of 3-5 lac people will participate in the public meeting he said. He said various medical and other welcome camps would be established and 60 fire brigade will be deployed at the various locations, added that the medical team along with equipped hospitals and ambulance services will serve the public. __District Mazar Committee meeting was held under the chairmanship Incharge Committee along with Federal and Provincial Ministers, including Syed Khurshed Ahmed Shah, Agha Siraj Durani, Mohammed Ayaz Soomro, Munwer Ali Abbasi, Noordin Abro and several other party leaders and parliamentarians to finalize the arrangements of Z. A Bhutto anniversary on April 04. On the occasion Khair Mohammed Shaikh, Mashooq Ali Jatoi, Nisar Bhutto, Anwer Bhutto, Asghar Ali Shaikh told to the media that the accommodation arrangements and other necessities for the caravans from four provinces, Azad Kashmir and different parts of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Thatta, Sanghar, Tharparkar, Ghotki, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Dadu and others have finalized and all welcome and reception camps, party flags, banners have been installed at different routs of district. They told that the caravans will reach from today and will pay homage to their beloved leader at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto. They also told that the SPSF and Youth will perform their security duties at Naudero and Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on 3rd and 4th April. On the occasion the anniversary programs will start till dusk to the dawn with Mushaira, speeches, recitation and documentary film will be displayed, while the lunger will be distributed among the participants. ___Chandka Medical College Hospital Medical Superintendent Syed Mehboob Ali Shah said that all the hospitals including Rural Health Center (RHCs) and Basic Health Units (BHUs) of Larkana, Ratodero, Naduero, Garhi Khuda Bux and others have been put on high alert on the eve of 30th anniversary of Z. A Bhutto on April 4. While talking to a group of media men he said the rescue centers along with 35 ambulances, 150 Doctors, Surgeons, anesthetics, cardiologists, physicians and other consultants with 2000 paramedical staff and technicians will perform their duties. Syed Mehboob Shah further told that two well equipped mobile dispensaries have been provided at President House Naudero and operation theatres at different locations including Ratodero, Naudero, Garhi Khuda Bux have been setup. He said that EDO health and Medical Superintendent will supervise all the activities in the district. He said the first time Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have been inaugurated at Chandka Medical College teaching Hospital after long efforts of 14 years

Women groups protest against Virginity tests in MP, Kerala

New Delhi: July 30, 2009. (PCP report) Women organisations in the country demonstrated in New Delhi today on 29 July 2009, against virginity tests in Madhya Pradesh and Kerala and the stripping of a woman in Bihar, and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister calling for an end to an assault on the dignity of women. Women groups included The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), All India Democratic Women (AIDWA), the Samvidhani Andolan (SA), Center for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), Guild of Service (GS), Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) Joint Women’s Program and Women’s Desk, CBCI.. CPI MP D Raja, civil society leaders John Dayal and Swami Agnivesh joined the leaders of all women’s organizations addressed the meeting. Reflecting the tone of the memorandum, the organisations’ representatives said the virginity test on the Nun in Kerala and on 151 or so young women by the Madhya Pradesh government, the stripping of a woman in Patna and the anti-woman and murderous actions by various caste Panchayats in north India were glaring evidence of how discrimination against women takes a wide variety of forms. In a shocking incident scores on June 26, when 151 young women were subjected to virginity tests by the administration in Madhya Pradesh, during a state-sponsored mass marriage under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana. The girls had to reportedly undergo tests to prove their chastity to avail the governments financial. Such degrading treatment would not be tolerated in a sane society. Similar incident shook the conscience of the society where the CBI, the country’s premier investigating agency forcefully took a Nun for virginity tests when she was being investigated in an alleged murder case. More degrading is the use of language in the charge sheet filed by the CBI. It is insulting to the woman concerned and also reflects a perverted mentality of the officials and needs disciplinary action against the officers involved . Yet another shocking incident was in Patna when an young girl was abused, stripped off and molested by a group of men in full public view at a busy road in the state capital Thursday evening, where a police team was reportedly present at the site and watched the attack on the woman for nearly an hour before taking the culprits to the police station!. Virginity testing is not only an affront violation of the fundamental rights availed in the Constitution of India but also various International Laws the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), and the Convention concerning Discrimination in respect of Employment and Occupation to which India is signatory. Virginity test is, predominantly women, and once again shows the subjugation and oppression of womanhood. We appeal to People of goodwill everywhere to join hands to stop such perverted actions of the officials who are in responsible positions. We demand the immediate suspension of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and the CBI officers in Kerala, and the Bihar policemen in whose presence the girl was stripped of her clothes and dignity.

HRCP demands probe into firing on car by security forces

Lahore: December 3, 2009. (PCP) The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over injuries to a seven-year-old girl in firing by Frontier Corps personnel on a car in Peshawar, and demanded a credible probe into the incident. A statement issued by the commission on Thursday said: “The girl was apparently injured when her family’s car approached a security forces’ convoy. Amid a heightened threat of terrorism, it is all the more important that the security forces take every possible precaution to ensure that civilians are not affected by their actions. The government must immediately hold a transparent inquiry to ascertain what led to the tragic incident and how it could have been avoided. It must also ensure that the child is provided the best medical facilities and the family is compensated. The incident highlights the need for improved procedure for the security forces to distinguish between civilians and terrorists.”

Radical Islam & terrorism in the Balkans. By Lee Jay Walker

The former Yugoslavia was engulfed by many civil wars and during the mayhem and carnage it is clear that radical Islam built “a new bridge.” This “new Islamic bridge” was built on foundations which had already been built in Bosnia. However, the 1990s enabled this potent force to enter other areas and to gain ground throughout the former Yugoslavia and this notably applies to Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Other areas of concern apply to Albania, Montenegro, and parts of Serbia (Sandzak). After all, if the Kosovo model is to go by then the situation looks grim in Bosnia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, because the Muslim population is rising much more quickly and the same applies to the Raska Oblast in Serbia. At the same time, some Islamic organizations are intent on spreading radical Islam throughout the region and many charities and non-governmental agencies are behind this ongoing reality in the Balkans. Chris Deliso, who is the author of The Coming Balkan Caliphate: the Threat of Radical Islam to Europe and the West, highlights the current threat to the Balkans. This book, and other authors and politicians who are raising this issue, should be listened to and of course each individual will have their own perspective on this issue but all will agree that this is a real problem and one that appears to be neglected. Of course the issues are complex and you will have different fusions and factors behind each region but for Orthodox Christians, moderate Muslims, and other non-Muslims, the ongoing Islamization is a cause of concern. At the same time nationalism on all sides will continue to divide different ethnic and religious groups and this will merely play into the hands of Islamists who desire to spread their influence. Also, of major concern is the demographic time-bomb because it is abundantly clear that the Muslim population is growing much faster and if no unitary function exists to bind all ethnic groups and faiths; then past events in Bosnia and Kosovo will continue to haunt the future and in time the destruction of Christian churches and communities will continue, just like what is happening now in Kosovo. Chris Deliso comments about the spread of radical Islam because he states that “…..the proliferation of foreign-funded fundamentalist groups has challenged the power and legitimacy of traditional Balkan Muslim communities in unprecedented and often violent ways. Well-funded groups like the Saudi-backed Wahabbis continue to exploit internal schisms within local communities, while the international administrations in Bosnia and Kosovo have actually strengthened the grip of local mafia groups–business partners of terrorists.” “Worst of all, the Western peacekeepers’ chronic “don’t rock the boat” mentality has allowed extremist groups to operate unchallenged. Nevertheless, regional demographic and cultural trends, coinciding with an increasingly hostile attitude in the larger Muslim world over Western military actions and perceived symbolic provocations, indicate that the lawless Balkans will become increasingly valuable as a strategic base for Islamic radicals over the next two decades. Utilizing the post-al-Qaeda tactics of a decentralized jihad carried out through small, independent cells (“leaderless resistance”) while seeking to fundamentally and violently remold Muslim societies, such Balkan-based extremists pose a unique and tangible threat to Western security.” If we turn the clock back and focus on Alija Izetbegovic it is clear that he had stated that he believed in an Islamic state and he clearly welcomed radical Islamists into Bosnia. The former leader was instrumental in helping to spread radical Islam because in his book The Islamic Declaration it is clear that Izetbegovic desired an Islamic state and pictures show him smiling with radical Islamists who were bent on slitting the throats of Christians. Izetbegovic stated that “… Muslim nations will never accept anything that is explicitly against Islam, because Islam here is not merely a faith and the law, Islam has become love and compassion. He who rises against Islam will reap nothing but hate and resistance. …” Note how Izetbegovic states “Islam has become love and compassion” and then continues that “He who rises against Islam will reap nothing but hate and resistance……” and this is a clear sign that he was never interested in sharing power but on the contrary, he was warning others that you either accept Islamic power or you will face resistance and death. Izetbegovic also stated that “… In perspective, there is but one way out in sight: creation and gathering of a new intelligence which thinks and feels along Islamic lines. This intelligence would then raise the flag of the Islamic order and together with the Muslim masses embark into action to implement this order. …” “… The upbringing of the nation, and especially the mass media – the press, TV and film – should be in the hands of people whose Islamic moral and intellectual authority is undisputed. …” Again it is clear by this statement that Izetbegovic was not interested in democracy because he desired to control the mass media and regulate society in accordance with Islam. Therefore, what hope for the Christian majority in Bosnia (may soon become a minority because of the Muslim higher birth rate) and for liberal Muslims or non-religious people? In the next quote Izetbegovic sounds like Osama Bin Laden or the Muslim Brotherhood because he states that “… the Islamic movement should and must start taking over the power as soon as it is morally and numerically strong enough to not only overthrow the existing non-Islamic, but also to build up a new Islamic authority. …” “… In one of the thesis for an Islamic order today we have stated that it is a natural function of the Islamic order to gather all Muslims and Muslim communities throughout the world into one. Under present conditions, this desire means a struggle for creating a great Islamic federation from Morocco to Indonesia, from the tropical Africa to the Central Asia. …” Therefore, it is clear that Izetbegovic desired an Islamic state and this Islamic state was not aimed at only Bosnia but according to him it applied to one pan-Islamic federation from “Morocco to Indonesia, from the tropical Africa to the Central Asia….” Today many Islamic charities and organizations are intent on spreading the same philosophy in the Balkans and terror networks are operating under surveillance but they are still operating. The dream of Izetbegovic and his lack of concern for the various Christian communities and other minorities are clear for all to see and while he may have died it is obvious that other Islamists share the same vision. Lee Jay Walker is the Tokyo correspondent for The Seoul Times

Pakistan fighting for survival. Yousuf Raza Gilani

LARKANA/GARHI KHUDA BUX: June 21, 2010. (Nazir Siyal) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said that the Pakistan’s struggle is for his own survival and soveriegnty not for the US battle, as a member of the international community follow the international rules but will not follow the dictations of any one. He was talking to newsmen after paying his respects at the mausoleum of Benazir Bhutto graveyard in Garhi Khuda Bux. The Prime Minister Mr. Gilani said that the killers of Benazir Bhutto will not be spared and will be brought to justice and we are fighting war of people for the country's integrity and the government was moving forward in investigation in light of UN report. Prime minister responding to a question, said whether there was any pressure on Pakistan regarding the multi billion dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline projects, the Premier said if the US put in place any restriction on Iran the same would be reviewed in the light of international laws. Replying a question on Kalabagh dam scheme, Gilani said the project has been contentious since 1985 adding that he was not personally opposed to the disputed project but the issue should resolved with consensus among the provinces. He said in the recent debate in the National Assembly some members of the former ruling party were playing to the gallery as they could have built the dam while they were in power. He said law and order is a provincial subject and could be resolved through negotiations with allies. Prime Minister said we are pursuing the policies of reconciliation and taking all institutions on board under the v ision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who believed in a policy of consensus and wanted resolution of all such matters through reconciliation, added that the Benazir Bhutto had a vision to strengthen democracy, constitution and the media and gave a call for long march for restoration of judiciary. He said he too was arrested by the authorities. Gilani said Shaheed Benazir Bhutto was the symbol of the federation and a chain of all the four provinces. She was not only leader of Sindh or Pakistan but a great leader of the world. He said vision of Benazir Bhutto was same as of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the rule of law, freedom of press and democracy in its real spirit in country. He said that the dictatorship had ended, 1973 constitution, that restored and 18th constitutional amendment was passed by the parliament unanimously. To another question, Prime Minister said it came up during talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh both leaders agreed that war is not a resolution to the issues. The peoples of both the countries face a number of other problems, such as, poverty, inflation, unemployment and terrorism. Both countries should pursue dialogue which was the only best solution for resolving all issues. Pakistan wants to have good relations with the neighbouring country, he stated. On the NFC award, he said it was a consensus award and said it would go a long way in empowering the provinces. On the occasion, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani paid visit to the grave of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, on the eve of her 57th birth anniversary, he also offered Fateha and placed a floral wreath, while Prime Minister also visited the grave of founder of pakistan peoples party Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shaheed Shahnawaz Bhutto offered fateha and laid floral wreaths. Prime Minister was was accompanied by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Ministers Syed Naveed Qamar and Raja Pervez Ashraf, provincial ministers, Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE Khurshid Ahmed Junejo, and leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party.

Government will control Price Hikes of Essential Commodities. Nazir Bughio

LARKANA: September 29, 2010. (Nazir Siyal) Advocate Nazir Ahmed Bughio, the member National Assembly of Pakistan has said that the government was taking steps to control prices of essential commodities; he said told that due to the demand and supply, the prices of basic items from shopkeepers and citizens should be under control and authorities to strictly monitor rates at shops. Taking to the media men, Bughio underlined the need for making price control committees more effective. He said the Pakistan was facing a unique environment as it suffered from an earthquake, then prices shot up with a recession in the global economy and then it was hit by floods. He said economical stability in the country was linked with political solidity, while the statement given by Abdul Qayoom Jatoi was in his own capacity and now he was no more with the government. Commenting on the current economic crisis in the country, he said the government had inherited the power crisis from the previous administration. Those talking about changes in the government will be disappointed, he said. He said that a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking deferment of the hearing in the NRO implementation case till a review of the beneficiaries' cases was complete. Government has “not received any list of NRO beneficiaries as yet,” he said. Responding to another question regarding resignations by certain PPP ministers, he said “jointly we have come and jointly we will go”.

Sunni Islamists slit the throat of a Christian mother in Somalia. By Lee Jay Walker, The Modern Tokyo Times

The reality of Islam in all its hatred can be seen in Afghanistan, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen, and a few other nations, where converts from Islam face the death penalty. In Somalia, the Sunni Islamic fanatics called the Al-Shabaab (Al-Shabab) have once more killed a convert to Christianity and in true style the soldiers of Islam held down a Christian lady and slit her throat in front of many villagers. This hatred is clearly based on the teachings of Mohammed because he supported killing apostates and the ongoing Islamic inquisition continues in nations like Somalia. Religious minorities in so many nations are facing the Islamic sword and often it is difficult to notice the difference between Islamic jihadists who slit the throats and behead innocents in order to appease Allah or national governments which support killing apostates. After all, the Al-Shabaab in Somalia and the Taliban in Afghanistan support killing apostates and these groups are deemed to be Sunni Islamic fanatics. However, government elites and the legal system also support killing apostates in both Afghanistan and Somalia. Therefore, it is difficult to notice the difference in some nations because Islamic hatred is being installed on all sides, irrespective if they are Sunni Islamic jihadists or national governments. The same problem of religious intolerance and discrimination is factual within nations like Egypt where Coptic Christians suffer from institutional discrimination and in Pakistan it is clear that Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs, reside in fear because of blasphemy laws and mass discrimination. Therefore, on January 7th in 2011 the holy warriors of Islam captured a Christian mother of four and slaughtered her in front of many villagers in Warbhigly in Somalia. Like usual the Koran holding individuals will have been shouting Allah Akbar while cutting the throat of Asha Mberwa. The 36 year old Asha Mberwa was a mother of four and she had committed no crime and had harmed nobody. However, Mohammed supported the killing of apostates therefore the Al-Shabaab killed the Muslim convert to Christianity in order to appease the Islamic god. In true Islamic justice an innocent convert to Christianity was killed in cold blood and bystanders were forced to watch while her throat was being cut. Her death, like so many other Christian martyrs in Somalia, is a witness to the reality of Islamic Sharia law and the brutal teachings of Mohammed. Therefore, the Islamic inquisition is in full swing in Somalia and Christians are being hunted down and killed. The reality of modern day Afghanistan and Somalia is the same reality which befell the Buddhists and Hindus of Afghanistan in history. If we look at the modern Islamic inquisition in Somalia then we can imagine how Buddhism and Hinduism were destroyed in Afghanistan. Hindus also face complete annihilation in modern day Kashmir and the Hindu population in Pakistan is in freefall. The same applies to ongoing persecution in Bangladesh of Buddhists in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and Hindus throughout this nation. It should also be noted that it is abundantly clear that many members of Al-Shabaab have been brought up in nations like America and the United Kingdom. Therefore, the multi-religious agenda of equality is clearly failing and Muslims who are joining Al-Shabaab in the West appear to have a different Koran to that of the liberals or appeasers of Islam. However, the Koran of these Muslims is based on the real texts of Islam and they fully understand the Hadiths and all the quotes that justify killing apostates and enforcing Islamic Sharia law. Al-Shabaab is being supplied with manpower both internally and externally and the terrorist attack in Uganda is clear evidence that this Islamic movement is intent on spreading Islam and terror to other nations. Therefore, the Al-Shabaab is clearly causing concerns throughout the region. Also, returning Islamic jihadists to America, the United Kingdom, and other nations, may spread their terrorism and objectives because the Islamic terrorist conveyor belt is ongoing. Steve Emerson, executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, stated in his article called How al-Shabaab Target Western Youth, that “At least six Americans have been killed after going to Somalia to join al-Shabaab. One of those was Shirwa Ahmed, who left Minnesota in December 2007. Ten months later Ahmed blew himself up, apparently becoming the first American citizen to carry out a suicide bombing. Another is Jamal Bana, 20, who in July was reported killed in Somalia. He was studying engineering at two Minneapolis schools when he disappeared in November 2008. Bana’s family said it learned of his fate when a photograph of his body appeared on a website. Burhan Hassan, 17, also disappeared from his Minneapolis home in the fall of 2008 and flew to Somalia to join al-Shabaab. He, too, was shot to death in June.” Steve Emerson continues by stating that “Thus far, Congress and the intelligence community have been reluctant to conclude that Americans who train with al-Shabaab could return and stage terrorist attacks in the United States or threaten American interests outside the Horn of Africa.” “But Mudd, associate executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, provided one significant caveat when asked how serious a problem the group is.” This applies to Philip Mudd commenting that “I would talk in terms of tens of people, which sounds small but it’s significant, because every terrorist is somebody who can potentially throw a grenade into a shopping mall,” he said. Mudd added that information about the number of American recruits for al-Shabaab is “fuzzy” because “[t]here are thousands of people – thousands – going to the Horn of Africa every month. You can go to Kenya to look at game parks, and it’s hard for me to tell you if somebody’s going to a game park or going to Shabaab. So I am sure that there are people out there that we’re missing.” (IPT NEWS – January 29, 2010) http://www.investigativeproject.org/ Therefore, the ongoing Islamic inquisition in Somalia is being supported by Muslims who once resided in America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and other nations. It is abundantly clear that Muslims or converts to Islam who have joined Al-Shabaab have rejected all notions of religious pluralism, democracy, and liberalism. Instead, they have joined a Sunni Islamic group which supports killing all converts to Christianity, stoning women to death, chopping hands and feet off, and other crimes against humanity. Asha Mberwa is the latest Christian martyr in Somalia to be killed by the followers of Islam who follow Islamic Sharia law, the teachings of the Koran and the Hadiths. This innocent Christian lady was killed by Muslims reciting the Koran and her death was slow and with the knowledge that the same Islamic fanatics would try to find her children and indoctrinate them. It appears that the Christians of Somalia have been abandoned and if we look into the mirror then this Islamic inquisition is the same Islamic inquisition which befell the Buddhists and Hindus of Afghanistan in past history. Sadly, the annihilation of non-Muslim faiths is still being allowed but this darkness is not only a tragedy and a crime against humanity; it will also encourage Islamic jihadists to spread their hatred to new nations. Currently it appears that the “light” of Asha Mberwa and religious freedom is being allowed to be defeated by the forces of “Islamic darkness” which desires complete Islamization in Somalia.

Christian Woman Kidnapped and Gang Raped by Muslim Men in Punjab province of Pakistan.

Faisalabad: May 25, 2011. (By Shahid Anwar) Afshan Sabir (29), a Christian factory worker and mother of three children from Millat town, Faisalabad was kidnapped and raped by her co-worker named Waqas alias Kashi with his 6 mates at some unknown place in Gojra for whole night of 27th March, 2011. First, they intoxicated her and then quenched the lust turn by turn. After the unspeakable act, they left her on the spot and fled away. When she came to her senses at morning, she found herself at desolate place. Then she made a phone call to her neighbors Mr. Shamas and Muhammad Zafar for help. On the same day, when she came back to Faisalabad, she immediately submitted an application to Mr. Aftab Cheema (Regional Police Officer, Faisalabad) for the redress of grievance. The said application was marked to in-charge of Police Post Millat Town Mr. Rana Maqsood (sub-inspector) who handled that application. He had plotted with the rapists and not taken that matter into consideration. Mr. Maqsood had got Afshan’s thumb impression on a blank paper for next day hearing and then next day told her that she had compromised with rapists. Afshan bibi reported to National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), Faisalabad that Waqas kidnapped her from her home by enticing her for job with his 6 mates in a van. When she started shouting, they beaten her and then intoxicated. Afterward, they took her to an unknown place in a village of Gojra where they sexually assaulted her whole night. Later on, Afshan bibi filed a petition against Station Head Officer (SHO) and Rana Maqsood (sub-inspector) of Millat Town Police Station for the registration of FIR (First Information Report). The NCJP Faisalabad office is providing legal assistance to her. The matter is under investigation with Millat Town Police Station so far.

Call to observe a Black Diwali. By Bobby Ramakant

To protest against the decision of Planning Commission of India to file an affidavit with ridiculous definition of poverty, growing number of people from many cities will observe a five-days fast (22-26 October) and observe a black Diwali (Indian festival of lights). "We have decided to observe five day fast from 22nd October 2011, to the morning after the Diwali at my Ashram in Lalpur village of Hardoi District of U.P. and will observe a black Diwali along with the villagers this year. The government has adopted an economic policy which is clearly benefitting the already well off sections of society at the cost of the poor. It has no idea how to deal with poverty and price rise making the survival of poor very difficult. It has not been able to check farmer suicides, hunger deaths, malnourishment of children or maternal mortality rate. While the ministers have made crores in corruption the government has chosen to remain insensitive to the issue of poor" said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and a visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar. The call for black Diwali has been endorsed by the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), Asha Parivar and Lok Rajniti Manch among others. The signature petition campaign in support of this drive is online at: www.citizen-news.org The five-days fast and observance of black Diwali is to demand: (1) Withdrawal of BPL norms of expenditure of Rs. 32 per person in urban areas and Rs. 26 per person in rural areas. (2) Universalisation of Public Distribution System. Every poor should get subsidized food as they can demand work under NREGS. (3) BPL lists to be decided by Gram Sabha/Ward Sabhas. (4) Withdrawal of the cash transfer scheme as a substitute for PDS. (5) Rs. 250 as minimum wages under NREGS with scope for upgradation with price rise and with every hike in salaries of government employees. All agricultural wages to be paid through NREGS. (6) Inclusion of the concept of Common School System under Right to Education Act. "It is high time issues of poor are raised as the poor are being taken for a ride by the ruling elites with the middle class keeping silent. The increasing gap between rich and poor and different quality of services like education, health care, etc., for different classes of people cannot be allowed in a democracy. This protest is on the issues of discrimination against poor and rural areas and hence the fast is being undertaken in a poor village consisting of SC-OBC population" added Dr Sandeep Pandey, who also leads National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and is a member of National Presidium of Lok Rajniti Manch (People's Politics Front). (The author serves as the Director (Policy and Programmes), CNS and is a World Health Organiza

Rally to demand independent status for United Nations

Islamabad: February 24, 2012. (PCP) World Minorities Alliance has decided to take out a rally demanding independent status for the United Nations and recognition of Urdu as one of the UN languages. Convener World Minorities Alliance J Salik in a statement issued Friday announced holding the rally on March 1 (Thursday) in front of National Press Club Islamabad at 2 pm. Chief Patron World Minorities Alliance Mehboob Ullah Jan will lead the rally. J Salik said for as long as UN Headquarters was located in the United States of America, the world body would not be able to work independently. He said ironically those wanting to visit the UN need a US visa as if the world body was one of the serving states of America. He demanded shifting of the United Nations Headquarters to an independent soil where the world body should have its own currency, passport, airport and visa issuing authority. He also demanded a reserved seat for minorities in the UN. He warned that if the UN was not given an independent status it would not be able to avert Third World War as the League of Nations failed to save 50 million live lost during the World War Two.

PCC Holland Chapter will participate in Inter Faith Harmony Meeting.

Holland, June 27, 2012 (PCP) President, Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter, Journalist, Poet, and President of Serving Hearts International (SHI) Holland Mr. Parvez Iqbal, on special invitation of Pasha Foundation Holland will attend Inter Faith Harmony Meeting lead by Allama Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Councl on June 30th in Amsterdam Holland. Confirming his availability for the meeting Mr. Parvez Iqbal, thanked Pasha Foundation for invitation and assured all possible coordination.

Encirclement of Syria continues: The Russian Federation needs to step up. By Helmut Joachim Schmidt and Lee Jay Walker

The mass media manipulates in order to make out that national governments are the main causes for bloodshed. In reality, it is a million miles away whereby military minnows turn out to be powerful forces internally. This is then followed by NATO intervention after the media does the dirty work. Therefore, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), rebels in Libya and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) became military units literally overnight. Clearly, the United States did not desire to intervene militarily before the election of November 6, 2012. However, with this date moving closer then suddenly events on the ground in Turkey and Jordan is beginning to take shape. Up until now the Russian Federation remains firm behind a negotiated solution to the problems which beset Syria. However, with Turkey becoming more antagonistic and behaving like “a regional bully” then it is essential that nations which have been open-minded step up and provide Syria with international support. In the past, political elites in Washington, London and Paris have ignored the wishes of the Russian Federation in several conflicts. Also, with war mongering voices being especially heard loud within the Republican Party in America, the Turkish government of Erdogan and the socialist government of Hollande in France; then “new clouds” are moving closer to Syria. At the same time, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are maintaining the terrorist, mercenary and Islamist ratlines alongside Turkey and covert operatives from Western nations. The nation of Turkey continues to occupy northern Cyprus and after this occupation vast numbers of Orthodox Christian churches were destroyed alongside architecture. Not surprisingly, the Christian population fled. Turkey also violates the sovereignty of Iraq by bombing the Kurds within Iraq when it is deemed necessary. Now Turkey is not only arming, training and providing covert support to the FSA; but with NATO firmly in the shadows the Erdogan government wants to lore Syria into a war. If the Russian Federation does not provide military support to the government of Syria then this nation will be seen to be “a paper tiger.” China will do little because economic interests always come to the fore for this nation and Syria is too distant without the support of the Russian Federation for the political elites in Beijing. Therefore, the onus is on the Putin government alongside other nations like Iran and Iraq to work together in order to prevent another NATO induced conflict at the behest of Erdogan. It is abundantly clear that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been allowed to sponsor international terrorism and sectarianism openly. Turkey also joined-in sensing Syria was in a weakened condition. The upshot of this is training camps within Turkey and countless ratlines with regards to military arms, terrorist infiltration, spreading Islamist indoctrination, giving mercenaries a free hand and other unsavory realities. Despite this clear infringement against the sovereignty of Syria, the United Nations somehow condemned the government of Syria for defending itself. Also, it is still unknown or at least debated about who fired into Turkey but video evidence does point the finger at the FSA. Irrespective of this, it is clear that this does not threaten the sovereignty of Turkey. On the contrary, it is Turkey which is violating the sovereignty of Syria, northern Cyprus and Iraq. This reality means that the Russian Federation should put severe pressure on Ankara and all nations which seek to crush the independence of Syria. If not, then this weakness will only backfire in the long-term because the same scenario will keep on arising. On top of this, the expansion of NATO is clearly aimed at the Russian Federation and the same applies to the missile shield issue with America. Jordan also appears to be giving the green light to America to destabilize Syria despite the so-called task force being relatively small in number. Yet clearly, the so-called American task force will be involved in many covert operations whereby the planning stages are being prepared. The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Gennady Gatilov, commented that “In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones.” It appears that Ankara, Washington, Paris and London are not listening like usual and NATO will be weighing up many covert options. This means that the Russian Federation needs to do more to stop the same “failed state syndrome” from destroying the independence of Syria. It is essential that Turkey is warned by several nations that their militaristic behavior will not be tolerated. If not, then nations that abandon Syria in “its hour of need” should look into the mirror – after all, Washington is banking on the containment of the Russian Federation and China while chipping away at their respective power bases. leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

Islamists in Nigeria Brutally Murder North Korean and Nigerian Health Care Workers. By Lee Jay Walker

In the last few days twelve health care workers have been brutally murdered by suspected Islamists in northern Nigeria. This applies to three separate attacks whereby nine Nigerian female vaccinators were gunned down in two incidents. Their only crime was trying to stem the tide against polio but in the eyes of Islamists they are worthy to be killed. Meanwhile, three North Korean doctors have just been murdered whereby one was beheaded and the other two had their throats slit like animals for slaughter. It is known that a militant Muslim cleric spoke out against the vaccination drive by whipping up fear. However, it isn’t clear if this is connected with both attacks because Islamists often murder people in parts of Nigeria. The brutal murder of female health care workers in Nigeria sadly resembles a similar massacre which took place in Pakistan by fellow Islamists. Therefore, in the twisted world of militant Islamists it is fair game to murder doctors, health care workers and educators who teach young girls. This reality means that people face being killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, for merely trying to help humanity. Despite this, many patrons throughout the Gulf region and in other nations are allowed to spread this dangerous ideology – which seeks to crush Muslim diversity and to enslave non-Muslims – based on their theory of hate. Magaji Musa, a police spokesperson, commented about the two attacks in the Kano area which killed nine people, that “Gunmen on bikes opened fire on a health centre in the Hotoro district killing seven, while an attack on Zaira Road area of the city claimed two lives.” President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria denounced the latest murders. He stated that “The government will continue to do everything possible to track down and apprehend agents of terrorism in the country.” In the latest brutal attack which killed three North Koreans it was reported by AP that “Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday.” “The deaths Saturday night of the doctors in Potiskum, a town in Yobe state long under attack by the sect known as Boko Haram, comes after gunmen killed at least nine women administering polio vaccines in Kano, the major city of Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.” Blame is being pinned on Boko Haram which is a militant Islamist group that seeks the implementation of Islamic Sharia law in its entirety. Yet, in the past this group claimed responsibility for its brutal attacks; therefore, you have some fears that splinter groups have either been created – or you may have new Islamist groups emerging – either way, this angle is most worrying. Of course, it could be that Boko Haram is feeling real pressure therefore this movement is going even further underground in order to escape detection. Whatever the truth is, it is clear that Nigerian authorities are worried about this new dimension. One can only imagine the fear of the three North Korean doctors when machete wielding Islamists broke into their home. The same applies to the Nigerian health care workers who were gunned down by militants. After all, these individuals had dedicated their lives to helping society and caring about humanity. However, the anti-forces of humanity murdered them while believing that this is their sacred religious duty. Nigeria faces a very dangerous internal enemy which seeks to crush diversity and to turn the clock back to “year zero.” In their world all and sundry are open to be persecuted because “the other” is hated; irrespective if the “other” is Muslim or non-Muslim. Indeed, Islamists have attacked several leading indigenous Muslim figures in Nigeria and recently the emir of Kano was lucky to survive an attack against his life. Sadly, the rise of militant Islam is growing in parts of Nigeria and clearly health workers are easy targets for the people of hate. leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

Syria and the Sponsored Revolution Costing Tens of Billions of Dollars and Terrorist Ratlines. By Helmet Joachim Schmidt and Lee Jay Walker

The Obama administration, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom and various Gulf nations have managed to destabilize large parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Indeed, the very same nations have collectively paved the way for al-Qaeda affiliates, vast numbers of different terrorist organizations, sectarianism and other sinister forces to spread throughout the Levant and stretching all the way to Mali in West Africa. Such irresponsibility knows no bounds in recent history but despite mass atrocities, religious cleansing, more failed states and other sinister forces; the same above nations are drunk on chaos and propping up Takfiri Islamists who behead for fun. In the new world where the Obama administration can snoop on media agencies in America, manipulate the IRS and lie over Benghazi; then anything is possible because the Democrats can literally get away with murder and breaking the law. Suddenly, when the “sponsored Revolution” was going pear-shaped the “chemical flag” was issued in order to start another front whereby sectarian forces and terrorists will gain. The Russian Federation is focused on diplomacy but outside NATO nations and Gulf powers are intent on weakening nation states, in order to further strengthen their respective geopolitical and sectarian hands. Of course, for Western powers they are focused on geopolitical factors while for Gulf nations it is about sectarian issues and in Turkey it is a mixture of both under the leadership of Erdogan. The mass media in the Gulf and West for the first two years in the conflict in Syria – which was sponsored from day one – have collectively spread mass misinformation on the whole apart from a few agencies which have tried to be more balanced. Yet the major media players have manipulated language, rarely shown the barbaric truth of various al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups and the brutal reality behind the Free Syrian Army (FSA) mask. Indeed, leading figures within the FSA praise al-Nusra which belongs to al-Qaeda and many joint operations have been implemented by an array of different sectarian factions. Even today terminologies like “rebels,” “revolution” and so forth are mentioned despite the obvious reality that this “sponsored fraud revolution” is being backed by tens of billions of dollars throughout the Gulf and by major NATO powers. Not only this, terrorist sponsoring governments are sending military hardware from various nations and sectarian terrorists from all over the world are entering Syria. In other words, the “sponsored revolution” relies on tens of billions of dollars; vast quantities of military hardware; Sunni Takfiri clerics spreading sectarianism; Western backed military training; and a whole array of terrorist ratlines which have turned NATO Turkey into a major conduit for terrorists, covert operatives, mercenaries and a steady flow of military hardware entering Syria. Therefore, the “only revolution” is the fact that the Syrian government is managing to survive this barbaric onslaught. The “sponsored revolution” against Syria and “terrorist ratlines” have also been boosted by trying to crush the economy of this nation based on a brutal economic blockade and destroying the infrastructure. At the same time, the world of democracy enforced a media blackout against Syrian media agencies because dominating the mass media wasn’t good enough. It should also be stated that the FSA and various terrorist factions have killed journalists and targeted media agencies in Syria. Meanwhile, Turkey is currently the number one nation in the world for arrested media personnel who languish in jails. However, while mass demonstrations by secularists are showing their discontent towards the Erdogan government in Turkey; the enterprising Obama administration alongside fellow nations involved in supporting terrorism, sectarianism and sedition – are all busy with another fresh attack against secular Syria and this also includes the treachery of the government of Jordan which is a free zone for the CIA, MI6 and covert operatives. Recent footage of Takfiri killers chopping the head of a civilian and then shooting two women to death and dropping their bodies down well prepared holes equates to zero within the mindset of the enemies of Syria. The sad reality is that vast numbers of civilians are petrified of the growing menace of terrorists and Takfiri killers because the utter barbarity beggars belief. Yet when senior political leaders in America can openly lie about Benghazi in order to cover-up the links with al-Qaeda affiliates and sending military arms to Syria via the conduit Turkey. Then it is difficult to have any faith within the Obama administration and the same applies to schizophrenic France – supporting terrorism against Syria but fighting against terrorism in Mali (this crisis created by the same meddling powers in Syria) – and clearly nobody expects a grain of truth coming from the leadership of the United Kingdom based on firm links with the House of Saud. It is comical that a Saudi Arabian and Qatari funded conflict was ever deemed to be “revolutionary” in the first place. After all, Saudi Arabia is the most reactionary nation in the world – at least 50% of North Korea’s population will not get whipped if they don’t cover-up from head-to-toe. Therefore, how can anyone believe that Saudi Arabia would support a democratic revolution when this nation supports killing all apostates to Christianity; allows old men to marry little girls of 8 and 9 years of age; supports whipping and putting women in prison for not covering-up from head to toe; will arrest people if they openly carry the New Testament outside; and a host of other brutal realities. Likewise, Qatar is not a bastion of democracy and when you add this to the terrorist and military ratlines of the CIA, MI6 and other secret services – then surely the “sponsored revolution” is a complete fraud but a very dangerous fraud all the same which unleashes sectarianism, terrorism and sedition against Syria. In Libya black Africans were lynched and put in cages by the side which was supported by major NATO and Gulf powers. Gaddafi loyalists were butchered in horrendous fashion and today this state is another failed nation just like Afghanistan and Iraq. Sufi shrines have been destroyed and the minority Christian population resides in fear. The current patchwork of various militias in Libya is a constant reminder that outside nations are very good at destroying governments they hate but the aftermath is one of more pain and sorrow. After all, look at modern day Iraq whereby sectarian attacks are all too common. Not only this, the current leaders of America and the United Kingdom are “spitting on the graves” of the thousands of dead military personnel who were killed in this country. This can easily be stated because now al-Qaeda affiliates have been allowed a free reign to destabilize Syria by the same forces in London and Washington which were fighting their new “allies of death and destruction” not so long ago. Also, it is known that the single biggest provider of Sunni jihadist fighters which went to Iraq came from Saudi Arabia. However, just like the majority of people which did September 11 being Saudi citizens – then clearly the House of Saud can not only persecute all non-Muslim faiths but seemingly their ratlines in the chain of the deaths of so many American and British nationals is easily forgiven and covered-up. In areas under the control of the Syria government you will find Alawites, Catholics, Sunni Muslims, Orthodox Christians, Shia Muslims and other people from different faiths like the Druze. Yet in areas under the control of al-Nusra and other terrorist groups then all religious minorities either flee or keep a very low profile in order to escape Takfiri barbarity. Despite this, major Western powers are involving themselves in a sponsored Gulf sectarian conflict by siding with such dark forces. Turkey under Erdogan is merely opportunistic but now many of his own people fear that he will dismantle secularism at home by stealth. Meanwhile, the multi religious armed forces of Syria are trying to stem the tide of sectarianism, terrorism and sedition in order to preserve the independence of this nation and to protect the rich mosaic of secular Syria. Sadly, it appears that a new stage in the tens of billions of dollars “sponsored revolution” and “terrorist conveyor belt” is being laid for a fresh assault against the government of Syria. It is hoped that the friends of Syria will remain firm but while this may be the case; it is must be stated that it is outside anti-Syrian nations which are furthering the bloodshed. Likewise, it is anti-Syrian nations which are funding terrorism, sectarianism and sedition against the last major Arabic speaking secular nation in the Middle East. leejay@moderntokyotimes.com http://moderntokyotimes.com

Dr. J Salik pays homage to Nelson Mandella on International Human Right Day

Islamabad: December 10, 2013. (PCP) Convener World Minority Alliance, Former Federal Minister and Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize Dr. (Honorary) J Salik on 10th Dec, 2013 at 4Pm in front of National Press club Islamabad arranged for “International Human Rights Day.” On this occasion more than two hundred children were carrying in their hands the portraits of Nelson Mandela. Dr. J Salik called the International Human Rights Day as Nelson Mandela Human Rights Day. He highlighted the services rendered by the great leader for humanity. He added that in the times to come no prophet will come for up gradation and betterment of humanity, as such the heroes like Desmond TuTu and Nelson Mandela are the role models for us. He said that it’s the fruit of Nelson Mandela’s struggles that a black race man can rule over America. He said that both Islam and Christianity give more importance to human rights as compared to the rights of God. He emphatically said that we should work for the betterment of humanity especially for the depressed people of society from the core of our hearts. He demanded that Human Rights Day should be renamed as Nelson Mandella Human Right Day On this occasion Pastor Karamat Masih specially prayed for the patience of Nelson Mandela’s family and his loved ones.

An Exclusive Interview by Parvez Iqbal, President Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter with persecuted family during his visit to Pakistan.

(Interview recorded on 10 May, 2014 in Karachi, Pakistan) After formal greeting and welcome, I introduced myself as Parvez Iqbal, President, Pakistan Christian Congress Holland Chapter and recording this interview for Pakistan Christian Post (an on line newspaper by PCC). Introducing PCP, briefly informed that for more than three decades, Pakistan Christian Congress is the largest non-government organization in Pakistan struggling and raising voice for Christians in Pakistan as well as Pakistani Christians around the globe for their basic rights, protection and safety of their lives, honor and properties on all forums to bring them to peaceful and protected life with all basic needs and rights. I also informed them, Mr. Sylvester Nadeem, in December 2013 contacted me through our Head Office and requested to help as much as possible to explain his problem with regard to his asylum procedure in Holland. I explained Mr. S. Nadeem that indeed PCC will stand with him but not very fast and blindly. As per our policy, we need some clarification and facts to know the real situation and truths of the problem and after having everything clear and satisfactory, we raise our voice as much as we can and to struggle for his legal rights of protection and respectful life ahead. I travelled down to Pakistan to attend PCC Youth Conference in Lahore and planned to visit them to know more facts and realities about problems of this family and to bring them to the competent authorities for all possible support as per rules and provisions of the country. I also showed my hope that Mrs. S, Nadeem will tell us the real picture and facts of the incident that lead the family to get apart, face hardships for daily life and ask protection for future ahead. PCP: Mrs. S. Nadeem please first introduce briefly yourself and your family Mrs. S. Nadeem: My name is Mrs. Sofia Nadeem wife of Sylvester Nadeem married 25 years ago living in Karachi Pakistan and having two sons, youngest Steve Adnan is with me. My elder sons Stallone Zeeshan is not at home because He is most of the time stay far from home by living and rotating from family to family because of his own safety and protection. PCP: Why the same situation is not with younger son? Mrs. S. Nadeem: Because my elder son is known by face by the Maluvis and Muslim peoples of the area and also after his father’s escape, he was responsible to take care of all our daily life need; Muslims extremists often search him to catch. Therefore we decided to keep him rotating and stay away from home to keep him safe from evil eyes and actions of Muslim peoples of the area. About my younger son, I asked him to change his outlook and stay at home most of the time. But I cant keep him as house arrest, sometimes he goes out for routine shopping etc but with extra alert and care. PCP: Now please narrate briefly the problem you and your family are facing. Mrs. S, Nadeem: After our marriage we were having a stabled happy life. God has blessed us with two sons, My Husband Sylvester Nadeem and I were having respectable job with enough earning to raise up our children and spend God fearing life happily. My Husband was active in Community services and church activities. He had very good reputation in the community and became pastor now about seven years. He was with the outreach ministry of the church, there once he meet a Muslim young boy who became in continuous contacts of my husband and was very keen to know about Christianity and teachings of Lord Jesus. He asked for Bible, which my husband provided him. He was so convinced and decided to accept Lord Jesus as his savior and became Christian through my husband. My husband brought him to the church where Bishop Khadim Bhutto of our church Baptized him in presence of few members of our church. Thereafter actual problem was started for our family. Family of the boy, Maluvis and Muslims community became very angry to my husband and after filing a false case in local police station against my husband under Blasphemy Laws started grave threatening time to time. My husband discussed with church members and Bishop Khadim Bhutto advised him to remain out of the scene by hiding himself. Knowing the situation and experiences with Christians in this same situation, our church administration decided to arrange my husband escape from the homeland as a try to add few more years in his life. Luckily my husband managed his escape with help of family, friends and Church members. PCP: For how long your husband is away from home and how is your family situation? Reply: Mrs. S. Nadeem, This is third year of his escape, since he was the head of our family and in our society he was responsible to take care of us but after his escape as a women I am facing troubles both by the society as well as local police. They often disturb us to search my husband and create problems for us, therefore we move time to time to our relatives to hide ourselves, but knowing our situation our relatives are avoiding to give us shelter and stand in help to keep them out of danger. Than we don’t see any other option but to turn back to our own home with all risks of life and grave threats. PCP: why don’t you approach to higher police authorities to ask protection and help? Mrs. S. Nadeem: I personally have never approached to any higher officer, but when my husband was here, he tried to get help, but Deputy Superintendent of Police of the area, refused and advised to report to the police station as proper channel and SHO of the Police station was himself searching my husband to put him behind the bars for false allegation under blasphemy laws. Not only once but several time together with Muslim peoples, police officers raid our home to catch my husband and harm us to tell whereabouts of my husband otherwise we should be ready for dangerous actions from them. After we escape for few weeks and when feel the situation is little calm, we turn back to home. Only life has changed like a football during the match, kicked by the many players at a time. PCP: How about your church now and Bishop?? Are they still helping you? Mrs. S. Nadeem: As earlier said, In the beginning our church member were so kind they stood in all situation even helped and managed escape of my husband outside the country. After my husband, the Muslim peoples started threatening the Bishop Khadim Bhutto for he baptized the Muslim boy. First Bishop Khadim Bhutto hides himself to save him but on increase of danger to him, he has also escaped from the country with the same situation leaving behind his family. So two families are destroyed for one Baptism of Muslim Boy. Now our church has stopped us to enter in the church even for Sunday services and all other activities. So I can say openly that in trouble times, no one stand to support, neither the relatives nor the church family, Law enforcement agencies and our Society. PCP: Did you faced any problem, before this incident of Muslim Boy? Mrs. S. Nadeem: No, I already said that life was smooth and our home was a model of happiness. PCP: How many other peoples were motivated by your husband and were baptized? Mrs. S. Nadeem: This Muslim boy was the first and last who was motivated by my husband and baptized. His first Conversion leads him to escape and leave us behind in troubles all over. PCP: How often your husband discussed this problem with you and children? Mrs. S. Nadeem: As we lives in a male dominated society, men never discuss things at home and with wives. In the beginning of this problem my husband did not shared with us but kept silent and we noticed his worries, but when the trouble increased he explained to us. PCP: You have shown me a document Fatwaa (Decree) issued against your husband by the Muslim peoples, how you knew about this and how you got it? Mrs. S. Nadeem: As I said my younger son goes outside, once he saw this speeded and pasted in surrounding area. He informed me and I discussed this with my husband. My husband asked to get one or two copies of this Fatwaa (Decree). I asked my son to take out from some of the wall with all care. He some time during the dark took this out from one of the wall. PCP: What will be outcome of this Fatwaa (Decree) you think? Mrs. S. Nadeem: In this Fatwaa (Decree) they have clearly mentioned that my Husband is liable to be killed for violation of Blasphemy Laws. And one who will do this as Jihad will be treated as True Muslim and get special favor of God. So if any one of them sees my husband, he will kill my husband as per the motivation of this Fatwaa (Decree) PCP: You have also shown me a letter of Rev. Shafique, is he one helping you in this situation? Mrs. S. Nadeem: After escape of Bishop Khadim Bhutto and closing the doors of our church for me and my children, I approached Rev. Shafique and asked him for help. He told me clearly the with regard to issuance of this letter is ok but he cannot help openly because of his own safety and dangers. PCP : After hearing all you said, in my opinion, your husband did not had much experience of handling such issues and lack of due knowledge put himself and you with your children in this critical situation of life threats. What are your views on my opinion? Mrs. S. Nadeem: On some points you are right; indeed he was active and keen to do as much as he can to full fill his responsibilities as Pastor. But he was not aware of this situation. He and we did expected that as a result of one conversion, so many enemies will raise up to kill my husband and destroy us. He was sincere with his religion and his innocence leads him to this situation. PCP: Do you know what happened to the boy converted as Christian by your husband? Mrs. S. Nadeem: As I know, he was also succeeded to escape and his whereabouts are not known to us. Honestly we never tried to know more about him as enough damage was made to us due this Muslim boy. PCP: What you expect from Pakistan Christian Congress, after this interview? Mrs. S. Nadeem: I am not sure how much Pakistan Christian Congress can help us but as I know through you peoples our voice will be spreaded to the concerned authorities, Human Right Organizations, and United Nations to know them how the Christian families are suffering after head of the family managed his escape to save his life. Up till now few and only the key victims of Blasphemy Laws against Christians in Pakistan have been highlighted, but nobody considers or even think about the family left behind as co-victims. No one even like to listen, how as woman, I am taking care of my two sons and my self for life, honor and daily life needs. In these years, I have experienced that not only the Law enforcement agencies and our society has become against us to suck our blood on standing and shining daylights but also our family members and church peoples has turned their faces and left us in troubles. (Mrs. S. Nadeem lost her emotions and started to wipe up her tears with her Shawl) controlling herself she continued, Its ok life must moves on, we keep struggling un till we breath. PCP: Sorry I did not meant to scratch your wounds, but in the end of this would you like to add something? Mrs. S. Nadeem: Brother, I am happy still someone from Pakistan Christian Congress, felt our pain and stepped forward to listen our troubles. Otherwise every one enjoy with our situation, treat us as animals and think whatever they want can do to us including hanging till stoppage of our heartbeats. I am thankful to you for long distance travelling and spearing time to listen us as neglected and helpless citizens of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Through this I would like to appeal to readers and competent relevant authorities to please consider us as human beings and respectful part of the society on this earth all over. We are labeled here as agents of White peoples and Jews, but when we approach for life safety outside our homeland, we face same neglected attitude that really destroy and damages our souls too. My Appeal is together and united with my husband and children Please Give us ONLY life and its safety. We'll struggle and work hard for our life needs and never be a burden on any one or on any Government but we contribute to uplift the status and development of country of our residence with abiding of all rules and regulations. Thank You. After completion of this interview, I also meet Rev. Shafique in his Church to confirm the contents of this interview narrated by Mrs. S. Nadeem. Rev. Shafique had confirmed the happenings with this family are genuine and said instead he and his church want to help them in any way, but due to their own life risks and dangers, they cannot say anything openly or re-act publically and they are praying for them regularly that Lord may open doors for their re-unification and success in life. During and after this Interview, I have taken some photographs with this family and Rev. Shafique, but keeping in mind their protection and safety, cannot publish for public views. Some other relevant information are taken out for the same reason. Mr. Nazir Bhatti, President, Pakistan Christian Congress, myself (Parvez Iqbal) as President Pakistan Christian Congress, Holland Chapter, PCP's Central Committee and PCC members wish this family a safe and happy life ahead.

Solve Kashmir, harvest peace

Srinagar: April 2, 2009. Hurriyat Executive and Acting Chairman Jammu Kashmir People League Mukhtar Ahmad Waza in a statement has said that in view of present economic world situation it is obligatory upon those developed countries who claim to be the champions of democracy to help for ending up all the predicaments and core issues which exist on the globe. Taking stock of the Asian situation the two core issues Palestine and Kashmir are the bone of contention between various countries , which need to be addressed -so as to give peace a chance to prevail , no matter India is a young democracy and Pakistan is trying to establish the institutions of democracy firmly -the balance of power between Indian and Pakistan is apposite` therefore both the countries must learn to live like responsible neighbors and not to give third country to haunt their state affair - who comes with the vested interests : for that both the countries are urged upon to develop a mechanism- so that an amicable, acceptable and durable solution of Kashmir is evolved: which will respect the sentiments, and aspirations of common stock of people of Jammu Kashmir, Waza said. Mukhtar maintained that it is only peace which can ensure sustainable development in the region, so far as peace is concerned it is to be evolved in Kashmir out of the situation but not to be imposed .

Breaking News: Muslims set on fire 40 Christian Homes, Children and Women burnt to death

Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan: July 31, 2009. (PCP report) Many Children and Women are feared burnt to death in 40 homes of Christians set on fire by Muslim attackers in village Korian in district Toba Tek, Punjab. The Faisalabad-Gojra Road is blocked by Muslim mob who are lying on road to block any help to reach village Korian where homes of Christians are burning. The teams of CLAAS and SLMP have left Lahore for Toba Tek after call from Christians in Gojra who are also hiding in homes on fear of attack by Muslims. According to PCP sources in Toba Tek, which is also district headquarter, there was a marriage cermony of a Christian in village Korian on Sunday where large gathering of Children, Women and Men of relatives were present for celebration. The Muslim accused one boy in home of marriage cermony that he have burnt down the pages of Holy Koran. The elders of Christians and Muslims in village met to defuse tension on clarification of christian youth that he have not burnt pages of Koran. On night of July 30, 2009, at 9:00 PM the Muslims of Village Korian announced on loudspeakers of mosque to gather and teach lesson to infidel Christians who are protecting accused of blasphemy on burning holy pages of Koran. The nearby villages also made same announcements from mosque and Muslims gathered before homes of Christians in large numbers. “Allha Oh Akbar” “Kill infidels” and Muslim mob started setting on fire homes of Christians. As it was night the Christian Children, Women and Men with fear locked their doors to hide inside. According to PCP, many Children, Women and Men are also burnet to death inside homes. When news of attack on Christians came to District Police Officer in Toba Tek, he ordered deployment of police and Fire Brigade but Muslim mob blocked roads by lying on road. It is second incident of burning homes of Christian in Punjab province when Muslim mob on accusation of blasphemy attacked village Bahamin Wala in district Kasur on July 1, 2009. According to Pakistan electronic media, Chief Minister of Punjab have ordered DPO Toba Tek to reach to village Korian and take control of situation but still Faisalabad-Gojra Road is blocked by Muslims. Talking to PCP, CLAAS Director Joseph Francis and SLMP Chief Sohail Johnson told PCP that they on way to Gojra to reach Village Korian and it will take 4 hours because weather is not good. There is widespread fear among Christians in Punjab province on safty and security of life from attacks of extremist Muslims and misuse of blasphemy laws. The details are awaited of this barbaric incident of burning Children, Women and Men in homes by Muslims as SLMP and CLASS teams approach the secne of incident.

Join prayers for forgiveness to Muslims at Harrow Civic Center

UK: December 4, 2009. (PCP) Mr. Stephen Gash, who is leading a movement “Stop Islamisation Of Europe” have invited Christians to join a prayer crusade for Forgiveness to Muslims who are Persecuting Christians in Islamic countries. The SIOE will also stage a demonstration in front of Harrow’s Civic Centre on 13th December at 14.00 but an area will be set aside for prayers to be held and time allotted for this The Christian speakers to describe the persecution being carried out against Christians in Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Egypt, Iran and Nigeria are invited to contact Mr. Gash. The SIOE handout reads as: Why is none of these men a Muslim? The answer each man gives is guaranteed to incense Muslims. n fact, the mere presence of Christians in Muslim countries appears to incense Muslims. This leads to persecution of Christian minorities. Serious persecution of Christians in Islamic countries – video Christians persecuted in Iraq – video Malaysia: Muslim Persecution of Christians – video Pakistan: Christians terrorized by Muslims – video Help Iran’s persecuted Christians – video Christians in Somalia – video Christian Persecution in Nigeria –video Persecuted Christians – Sudan – video It is true that Christians are persecuted in other countries, but Islamic countries more often than not are top of the list for persecuting Christians It is sad, but true, that oppression of Christians is taught in the mosques in Islamic countries. Extreme Christians are those who are fed to lions or crucified while forgiving those feeding them to lions or crucifying them. For one reason or another there are few extreme Christians. They are either dead or fail to live up to the ultimate sacrifice for their faith. Nevertheless, Christians are suffering in Muslim countries and Christians fortunate enough to live in Western democracies may show their concern by praying for those doing the persecuting and their victims. It doesn’t matter what others may say, follow your Christian conscience and pray for their salvation.

India Create Hurdle In Resolving Kashmir Issue: Chairman Peoples League

Srinagar: March 10, 2010. (PCP) Senior Hurriyat Leader and Chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League, Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob in a statement has said that India’s stubbornness on Kashmir is the main impediment to settle the long-standing dispute. Sheikh Yaqoob reiterated that the resolution of the Kashmir dispute according to the aspirations of Kashmiris is vital to peace and stability in South Asia. Yaqoob maintained that the relations between Pakistan and India could only be normalized through the amicable solution of the long-standing dispute. Yaqoob said that India had adopted a dual policy as, on the one hand, it showed readiness for dialogue on he Kashmir dispute, while, on the other, it was trying to quell the ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir through use of brute force. Sheikh Yaqoob also condemns the gross human rights violation in Kashmir, and called on HR bodies to help the people of Kashmir on this critical situation. He said that India is just playing game and until India plays game, the peace will be a dream. He said that killing of innocent civilians, rape, torture and extra judicial killings by military forces must stop in Kashmir. He said that Kashmir issue can be resolved only if India accepts the UN resolutions and let the people of Kashmir decide their future according to UN resolutions. Sheikh Mohammad Yaqoob called for UN investigation for war crimes against Indian army in Kashmir. He said that India has committed war crimes in Kashmir, and these crimes must be investigated by World body. He said that killings are still going on and only way we can stop these killing is to raise the issue in UN.

Agony of Pakistani Christian wife after target killing of her husband

Karachi: June 21, 2010. (PCP) Her husband was Head Constable in Karachi Police and she was living peacefully enjoying life with her three children. She used to attend Sunday Services in local Church at Manzoor Colony Karachi with her husband Tariq Khokhar offering special prayers for everlasting happiness of her family. She was very happy when her husband Tariq Khokar was appointed Special Investigating Unit of Karachi Police where arrested terrorists are investigated. After appointment in Special Unit, Tariq Khokar used to tell her wife that he receives many threat and hate calls from unknown people. I told his wife that callers say him “You infidel leave this Unit of Investigation and make transfer to any other police department” She was praying more for her husband and sometime compelling him to leave Police job and join any other job but her husband always assured her that “All is fine, I am also driver of Superintendent of Police of his unit and nothing will happen to him” On April 24, 2010, she receives call from Jinnah Hospital Karachi from a policeman that that dead body of Tariq Khokhar is in hospital and she shall come for identification. She falls unconscious on receiving call of death of husband but her brother brings her to conscious and asks her to take care of children while he goes to hospital for confirmation of news. She sits on floor of her two rooms house taking her three children in her lap and prays to Lord that this news may be wrong. She visualizes from her tearful eyes when she saw last glimpse of her husband Tariq Khokhar yesterday on April 23, 2010, when he kissed their youngest child before leaving for duty. Her brother reaches hospital and finds dead body of her brother in law in hospital where other policemen tell him that dead body of Tariq Khokhar was found in a bag in Malir River (Malir NadI). There were multiple bullet wounds on body of Tariq Khokhar as he was kidnapped, tortured and then executed. The killers then put dead body in plastic bag and threw it in river. The First Information Report FIR was lodged in Ibrahim Hyderi Police Station in district east of Karachi against unknown killers and Tariq Khokhar was buried in Nusrat Bhutto Colony graveyard. There were condolences messages by administration of Karachi Police to her and many assurances that killers will be arrested and brought before court. Months have been passed but there is no news of arrest of killers of her husband Tariq Khokhar and she looks very strangely on newspapers which published photos and story of death of her husband. She is Christian housewife and instead of justice receives calls from unknown people “You wife of infidel, convert to Islam if you want life of yours and your children, unless you all shall be killed” She cries aloud and goes in hiding in city of Karachi as it is not a metropolitan city of Pakistan but a Jungle where no rule of law prevails. She cries again and utter her agony “May be I am Christian and its my fate in Pakistan

Police baton charges flood victims on distribution of Watan Cards

LARKANA: October 1, 2010. (Nazir Siyal) As many as thirty people have been fainted and injured in a stampede during the standing rows for Watan Cards here at the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the flood victims in Larkana on Friday. According to details, police led by (U.T) SSP Larkana Waqar, who was trying to manage the flood affectees, suddenly started baton charged on thousands of flood victims, they were suffering in scorching heat out side the center, later the massive victims’ damaged windows and walls inside the established NADRA Center at Government Commerce College Larkana on the occasion. It was also observed that there was no planning for the hundred and thousands affectees to get their Watan cards peacefully at Center, which resulted the stampede occurred and fainted several as flood victims gathered at the narrow entrance of Nadra Office here, the flood victims also tried to move inside, resultantly baton-charged by the police here at Government Commerce College for girls and boys. Under Trainee SSP Larkana Waqar, who was controlling all activities inside and outside of the Centers and several police personals were busy in making deals with approaching victims for the issuance of Token and other facilitation. On the occasion Anwer Khokhar the in charge of Watan Card Center, who also told that they were facing hardships during the distribution of watan cards to the flood affectees, he said that there should be an announcement for separate areas, during the watan card distribution process, they have making only 400 to 500 cards but there is thousands of people coming for the watan card. Nadra officials also told this scribe that they will not start distribution until the administration ensured their security as it was shut down in Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto after the incident. Larkana SSP Waqar told that it is impossible to cover these angry mobs trying to attack inside so that there should be another centers as well as tehsil and Union Council level announcement should be made to distribute the watan cards on the occasion. The hospital authorities have confirmed several injured were in critical condition they were injured in stampede here at Watan Card center in Larkana. Earlier, during the distribution of Wattan Cards at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto and in Larkana dozens of people have been fainted and injured in baton charge by the police. It is also observed by the media men here on Friday that the local administration have been failed to plan and chalk out peacefully distribution of watan cards among the victims here in Lakana and the education of government commerce college was disturbed due to the presence of hundred and thousands of flood affectees coming for watan cards and they have damaged doors, windows and walls of Government Commerce College Larkana. In this regard, when contacted District Coordination Officer (DCO) Larkana Aleem Lashari about the ill-planning and no proper arrangements for the distribution of watan cards among flood victims, he could not attended or reply of journalists calls.

MEP Fiorello Provera Condemns rising violence against Christian in Pakistan

STRASBOURG, France: January 20, 2011. "The EU Parliament's vice-chair for foreign affairs, Fiorello Provera, has condemned the escalation of religious hostility towards Pakistan's Christian minority in the wake of the sentencing to death of Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges, and the recent killing of Punjab's governor Salman Taseer. Christians make up approximately 2% of Pakistan's population, but in recent years many have been victims of intimidation and harassment as churches have been attacked., and in 2009, six Christians were burned alive after Muslim extremists attacked their homes in the Punjabi village of Gojra. Since the death of governor Taseer, many Christians have reported feeling isolated and vulnerable to fresh attacks. This is a sad situation given the country's founder Muhammed Ali Jinnah encouraged religious freedom and tolerance ".

Muslim land mafia vandalize Christian graveyard to grab land in Pakistan.

Chak Jhumra, Punjab: May 25, 2011. (By Shahid Anwar) A group of Muslim landlord in Village Chak 127/R.B., Behlolpur of Chak Jhumra, Faisalabad destroyed and desecrated the graves of Christians by tractor for cultivation and stopped them to bury the dead bodies in the graveyard. They ploughed the graveyard badly that even the coffin and bones of the dead bodies came up from the ground. The Christian community of the village submitted an application in local police station of Sahiyanwala for the registration of case against 10 landlords. The landlords started threatening them that if they didn’t stop legal proceedings they would not resided them in the village. Mr. Mazhar-ul-Haq, the Station Head Officer (SHO) of concerned police station had not taken that matter into consideration and evading registering the case against them as the people of mafia had relations with influential people. The said land of graveyard was belonged to Christians since last 100 years but due to less Christian population in the village; the land Mafia had possessed the land and started cultivation over there. The applicant Sanaullah Masih nominated Nasir Ahmad, Nazar, Zaib, Arsalan, Sadaam, Adnan Sarwar, Yaseen and Zahid Ahmad resident of the same village in the application for registration of case against them. The Team of National Commission for Justice and Peace, Faisalabad visited the graveyard and collected the coffin and bones of dead bodies. The team of NCJP also had a meeting with Mr. Aftab Cheema (Regional Police Officer, Faisalabad) and Mr. Naseem Sadiq (District Coordination Officer, Faisalabad) for the redress of the grievance. Now, Nasir Ahmad, one of the land mafia members filed a suit that the said land is already allocated to him. The next hearing in this case will be heard on 13th June 2011. On the other hand Sanaullah Masih also filed a petition against the land grabbers for illegal encroachment and destroying and desecrating the graves. NCJP-Faisalabad is providing legal aid in this case.

The target killings and Baloch freedom fighters. By Ahmar Mustikhan

To kill a man by becoming a judge, jury and executioner is unforgivable and so is it to kill a man's dreams. On September 15, 2011, a frantic call from an American Baloch friend about his relative who was killed in Kosh Kalat in Kech District. The man Mohammad Hussain was killed in Taliban-style, nothing was left of his face. The killers also took away the victim's cell phone and Rs. 5,000. His relatives who attended many events organized by the American Friends of Balochistan were in mourning. His nephew was crying. They were bereft and so was I. On top of that the victim was declared a government spy. I used to be very impressed by the BUC News until recently when I came to know that it was in fact part of an international terrorism syndicate in which Baloch writer Hafeez Hassanabadi -- Anders Breivik from Balochistan, who is now in Oslo -- is a key player. But first of all it is time to say sorry to all those whom I had antagonized by my belief that the sarmachars or Baloch freedom fighters are infallible saints. Just like many American super-patriots who believe, U.S. is always right even though it committed crimes against humanity in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan (during Mujahideen days), I was under an impression that sarmachars never kill unjustly. Patriotism is the last refuge of fools. Charity begins at home so my first apology to journalist Malik Siraj Akbar, whose news web zine the Baloch Hal has created the greatest awareness about Balochistan conundrum and is an excellent source of news and information about Balochistan. It was I believe February 2010 when the Baloch Hal published a news item that said the sarmachars were threatening to harm a co-education school in Panjgur and were asking the school to adopt sexual segregation. I posted a rash comment, which if I recall correctly, said something on the lines that Malik Siraj Akbar has joined the Military Intelligence. Akbar, who has taken great personal risks to speak the truth, was so hurt that he shut down the Baloch Hal for a few weeks. Like a hichmachar, who does not differentiate between friend and foe, I also called him a “young Punjabi journalist.” Forgive me journo and when I die please write a kind obituary. My sincere and unconditional apologies to the honorable Baloch leaders and activists who got antagonized as I became a hichmachar with a pen. In fact this can be even more dangerous than the one with the gun. I hope Hafeez Hassanabadi would also realize this, sooner rather than later. Differences should never mean we are enemies. The thinking "either you are with me or you are my enemy" and "my way or the highway" is a suicidal way of thinking Baloch can ill afford. Hassanabadi's advocacy of killing of all 70,000 members of the National Party and the Mengal family that leads the Baloch National Party has rightly put him in the same killer basket like Anders Breivers. There was unprecedented national unity in the ranks of the Baloch leaders and masses at the time of the killing of former Balochistan governor and chief minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in fall 2006. This unity prevailed even three years after his death. Massive protests marked the killings of Baloch political activists Ghulam Mohammed Baloch, Lala Munir Baloch and Sher Mohammed Baloch in April 2009. Not that there was love between the major stakeholders, but still there was some degree of unity in spite of mistrusts and suspicions. However, the rifts began widening after two main developments: release of Hyrbyair Marri from Belmarsh Prison and the shifting of controversial writer Hafeez Hassanabadi from St. Petersberg to Oslo, Norway about two years ago. Returning to the September 14 killing, an organization that I founded in the wake of the killing of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, American Friends of Balochistan, announced a week-long suspension of its lobbying work in protest against Hussain's slaying. I was under the impression this would help prevent such killings in the future. But within two weeks, a second activist Dr. Lal Bakhsh was killed. I very well remember the last Tuesday of November, 2009. Immediately after the Balochistan International Conference in Washington DC I received a phone call and was interviewed by three FBI agents from Baltimore who wanted to know if I belonged to the Baloch Liberation Army. I very openly told them I have no clue about B.L.A. and proudly told them my beliefs that Balochistan war is a war in self-defense as Balochistan was under occupation. They asked me if I sent monies for the fighters and I replied, “I wish I could.” In fact, I told them that I depend upon the Baloch Diaspora for my activism work and even asked them that the U.S. should support the Baloch movement. I remember one of the agents agreed that the U.S. did provide help to the Kurds in Turkey. But the killing of Hussain scared me to death. I can not lie to the U.S. government. What I saw was a Taliban-style killing, but in my interview with the Feds that wintry Tuesday I had told them we have nothing in common with the Taliban thugs. Killing of Mohammed Hussain proved me wrong; there was no difference between the Baloch hichmachars and the Taliban terrorists. I sent a condolence to Rashid Baloch that was copied to Hyrbyair Marri and Dr. Allah Nazar. The condolence read: “We note with sadness that deceased Mohammed Hussain was your second first cousin to lose his life in the tragedy unfolding in Balochistan. Last year your first cousin Maula Bakhsh Dashti was also allegedly killed on the mere suspicion of being an I.S.I. informer though his services for his land and people spanned more than three decades. We had condemned Dashti's killing as "cowardly." “It is unfortunate that Hussain was accused of playing a role in the enforced disappearance and subsequent slaying of Jameel Yaqoob, a cousin of BSO Azad leader Khalil Yaqoob. We hope those charges are unfounded. Even if the charges against Hussain were true, such issues of alleged treachery will have to be dealt with through due process in an open court once Baloch become masters of their own destiny. “We appeal to the honorable Balochistan independence leaders to prevail upon the resistance fighters not to target civilians, whether Baloch or non-Baloch, as this will bring a bad name to Balochistan. “We view each Baloch as the blood and bone of the Baloch nation. Harming any Baloch at this juncture would cause irreparable damage to the independence movement and benefit the state. We are of the considered opinion that such senseless killings of Baloch on mere suspicion of being state informers are totally uncalled for and counter-productive for the freedom movement.” I was expecting a call from either Dr. Allah Nazar or Hyrbyair Marri as we had worked very closely with them over the last two years but did not hear from them. After that we sent an email to Samandar Askani, aka Pervez Baloch, who too is a member of the international terrorism syndicate though he is angry with Hassanabadi over his extremism. I asked, “Members of the A.F.B. will like to talk with Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch over the killing of Mohammed Hussain, a cousin of A.F.B. member Rashid Baloch. “Whatever our differences with N.P. we can never allow killing of political activists.” However, Askani replied that Dr. Allah Nazar was inaccessible. To drive home the point that we meant business, I again sent an email that all work has been suspended in Washington DC for a week as a mark of respect for Mohammed Hussain. I had plans to meet Senator Joe Lieberman, chair of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, at a book launching ceremony in Washington DC on September 20, 2011 to inform him about the ongoing situation in Balochistan but called it off. I appealed to Dr. Allah Nazar and Hyrbyair Marri one more time, “The A.F.B. requested the resistance outfits not to become a second Pakistan military who are already making Baloch women widows and children orphans. "We are of the considered opinion the resistance outfits are not sacred cows, who can act above the law like the Pakistan military. Just because they are holding guns does not give them the right to hold the entire Balochistan society hostage. “The resistance outfits must be answerable to each and every Baloch and the international community for their actions and deeds. By their actions today, they must show they will be upholding the rule of law tomorrow.” After passage of two weeks, I once again wrote to seek an apology from Dr. Allah Nazar through one of his emissaries: “I am writing this to you in my capacity as founder of the American Friends of Balochistan. “We take the issue of political and civil liberties very seriously and are of the considered opinion that nothing is more sacred for us than human lives. “We shall never tolerate the killing of political activists by labeling them as government informers over personal disputes. “We demand an unconditional apology from Dr. Allah Nazar Baloch over the killing of Mohammed Hussain, who is a first cousin of American friends of Balochistan presiding council member Rashid Baloch. We also request the B.L.F. to immediately sack Khalil Yaqoob, who is responsible for Mohammad Hussain's slaying. “We shall always give priority to Baloch national interests over our own personal interests and I hope you understand what I mean.” To my chagrin, instead of listening to our voice of reason Faiz Baluch unfriended me on Facebook while the B.L.F. thugs killed a second worker of the National Party, Dr. Lal Bakhsh, in as many weeks. The worst thing about it all is that the totally immoral killers accuse the victims of being government spies and informers. This is totally untrue and unfair. I was told by my old friend and former speaker of the Balochistan provincial assembly, Akram Dashti that the National Party had always tried to join the protest against enforced disappearances and extra judicial killings. "But we were told to stay away as they said we try to cash on the situation for election purposes," Dashti told me on the phone. Dashti is reputed to be a honest politician from Balochistan, while Hyrbyair Marri knows very well about the level of corruption in Balochistan. Many of his former cabinet colleagues allege that he even sold a peon's position when he was education minister. We had tried to create a more effective voice for victims of enforced disappearances, International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, but the same narrow-mindedness of Mr. Marri and his paid adviser Hassanabadi killed the efforts. Kachkol Ali Advocate graciously agreed to become a member and so did former senator Sanaullah Baloch. Mehran Baluch, Mr. Marri's younger and more affable brother, and Noordin Mengal, his nephew was all willing to put in their efforts. Baloch Human Rights Council was also represented. However, Mr. Marri's my way or highway spelled the demise of the organization within the first few weeks. I had requested Mr. Marri numerous times to talk with at least two other politicians former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal and the Khan of Kalat Mir Suleiman Daud to form a united front, but to no avail. The only time Mr. Marri worked with the Khan for about five to six months was immediately after the end of his terror trial at Old Bailey. Let alone other politicians, Mr. Marri has not been talking to Mehran Baluch. Mr. Marri's slogan is "neither brother, nor friend just the cause." This is more or less like a Nazi slogan that has dangerous repercussions for politics and society. The craziest thing happened in fall of 2010. An announcement was made by Samandar Askani, aka Pervez Baloch and Wahab Baloch of the Baloch Rights Council, that Baloch organizations have nominated Mr. Marri as their "international representative." When asked, Mr. Marri defended the ill-fated move. Nothing could be more ridiculous. Mr. Marri's dealings with his tribal adversaries leave much to be desired. He s not willing to shake hands with those who do not agree with his Stalinist views. I must admit Dr. Jumma Marri had in spite of past injustices wanted to work with Nawab Marri's sons, but got a firm rebuff. For example, he wanted to attend the Balochistan International Conference in Washington DC, but the sponsors said no. I know for a fact they do not treat Sher Alam Marri, son of another legendary guerilla leader, Sher Mohammad Marri aka General Sheroff, as an equal human being. This type of tribal arrogance is not helpful to the creation of a modern, secular democratic Balochistan where all people are equal. I wish I had taken a firmer stand on the killing of innocent Punjabi settlers and the most cowardly killing of Professor Nazima Talib. Just as I have done in the case of Baloch political activists. I had asked Hyrbyair Marri about Professor Talib, but he had put a counter question what was the fault of the Baloch woman who had died during the military raid on her home. Punjabi settlers who live in the midst of Baloch population are the bahote of the Baloch. Every Baloch must go an extra mile to help protect and save their lives. We are humans first and the national independence movement should be based on the love for the Baloch, not on hatred for Punjabis, mohajirs or Pashtuns. In short, when the sarmachars kill innocent political workers they must remember a place in London called Belmarsh Prison. There they strip search everyone. They won't listen to you if you say you have the right to become judge, jury and executioner.

Pakistani Christian Teacher attacked on accusation of blasphemy

Lahore: February 25, 2012. On 23rd February 2012, a mob stormed the school where Saira Khokhar teaches in an attempt to abduct her after she was accused of burning a copy of the Qur'an. Little is known of the affair, but police had to take the woman into custody even though no formal charges have yet been laid. Paul Bhatti and other Christian activists have come to her defense. Jibran Khan for Asia News wrote; After Asia Bibi, another Christian woman has been targeted by Muslim fundamentalists because of allegations of blasphemy. Saira Khokhar, who teaches at the City Foundation School in Lahore, is accused of burning a copy of the Qur'an. However, the case is still shrouded in mystery. Police took Ms Khokhar into custody and launched an informal investigation. No First Information Report (FIR) has been filed yet, but Christian activists and organisation along with the special adviser to the prime minister on minority affairs, Paul Bhatti, are closely monitoring developments to ensure her safety and rights. Local sources told AsiaNews that at 9 am a mob from a village not far from the school burst into the building accusing Saira Khokhar of burning Islam's holy book. The school is run by a Christian NGO, City Foundation. The attackers seized the woman but police prevented them from taking her away. The local police chief took the Christian teacher into custody to examine whether the case warranted a First Information Report.

Kidnaped Pakistani Christian girl Tania has suffered a terrible ordeal. Nasir Saeed

London: June 29, 2012. (PCP) The CLAAS legal team is continuing to pursue the case of a young Christian woman, who was abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and to marry a Muslim man. Tania Rubeeca, 22, was abducted as she walked home in Nankana City. When the family reported their daughter missing, the police took no interest. Tania was only located when the family were able to trace her whereabouts through a cellphone number belonging to Muhammad Zafar. Tania’s relatives approached Muhammad Zafar and were able to find out where she was being kept. However, when they went back to the police with the information, officers were again reluctant to get involved and register a First Information Report. A FIR report was only registered after CLAAS director Joseph Francis put pressure on the police to take action against Tania’s kidnapper. The police then raided Muhammad’s house but Tania was not there as she had been moved to another location. It was later revealed that she had been sold to a couple for 85,000 rupees (around $940). After a long struggle, Tania was eventually freed, but only after her family handed over 90,000 rupees. Tania was extremely traumatized by her abduction and even after being taken to the CLAAS office, was unable to speak about it for some time. She was taken to the CLAAS Rehabilitation Centre Apna Ghar where she was able to receive counseling and start the process towards recovering from her ordeal. When she was able to speak about her experience, she told how she had been blindfolded, beaten and raped repeatedly by her kidnappers. Despite some initial delays, CLAAS was able to get a court judge to record Tania’s statement. CLAAS is in contact with the police handling the case and will continue to monitor progress closely. Nasir Saeed, CLAAS-UK Coordinator said: “Tania has suffered a terrible ordeal. The police should being doing their utmost to bring her abductors before the courts and sentenced for the crimes they have committed. Too many Christian women are being exploited and abused because of their faith, and in some abduction cases it is sadly left to the families to find their daughters and free them. This is completely unacceptable. There has been an astounding lack of urgency towards Tania’s case but we are determined to see that her abductors are held to account for their actions. We ask for your prayers as Tania continues to come to terms with her ordeal, and pray for us too as we fight the legal battle against her abductors in the courts.”

Christian families stopped offering Prayers in Mehrabad where Rimsha Masih lived

ISLAMABAD: October 11, 2012. (SHAMIM MASIH): On October 11, 2012, Islamabad court granted the bail on submission of a surety bond worth Rs. 200,000/- Wajid Gilani, his lawyer maintained that since all the witnesses against his client backtracked from their statements, police now have no evidence of his involvement in the case. Muhammad Khalid Chishti Jadoon would have been released while I am writing this story. Let me remind you his statement on this issue printed in all English Papers of Islamabad on August 25, 2012, “Christian community had previously caused antagonism by playing music in services at their makeshift church during Muslim prayer time and said burning the pages was deliberate. “They committed this crime to insult us further. This happened because we did not stop their anti Islam activities before,” he said. “Last Christmas, they played musical instruments and there was vulgarity in the streets during our prayer time. I warned them but they did not stop.” During his sermon at Friday prayers, Chishti told worshipers it was “time for Muslims to wake up” and protect the Holy Quran. (The Express, Tribune 25th August, 2012) On Sunday, 7th October, Christian’s families from Mehrabadi were not allowed to worship during Sunday services, so they went to the administration and filed an application to DCO under the leadership of Akram Waqar Gill, chairman joint action committee for the rights of displaced families of Mehrabadi, Islamabad. Assistant commissioner (AC) Islamabad had marked their application to SHO police station Ramna G-11 for the investigation and to report her promptly. While she marked the application AC Islamabad said that she has personally visited the area and aware of the situation and will take serious action against the culprits if found. While submitting the application to official, Akram Waqar Gill said that I used to visit the families on daily basis and will not leave them alone until the situation becomes normal. We are all Pakistani and have the same rights in here and our constitution give shelter although we have to fight for it and we will fight. I am thankful to the administration for the taking care of it, he added. Akram Waqar Gill stated that APMA has nothing to do with resettlement of the displaced families of Mehrabadi, they just claim on papers and receive funds on their names. APMA had not provided a single meal to any displaced family. Dr. Paul Bhatti’s statements are totally baseless. He is just sitting to mount up money on their name; he has not visited them yet. He is coward and claimed all the things sitting in his shell. I requested the high official to investigate the donations he collected on Rimsha’s name without delivering anything to them. It is clearly seen that there are some people in the country who claim the ownership, while they forget that people from other religion are Pakistani too. All Pakistani have right to perform their religious duties according to their religion, under the light of Quaid-e-Azam speech on 11 August, at the time of independence. People belong to other religions other then Muslims have contributed in partition campaign.

Ignorance and lack of education sow hatred and division in our society; Dr. Muhammad Amjid

Islamabad, Pakistan: February 11, 2013. (Shamim Masih): Peace and harmony must not be promoted only in words, but also in concrete actions of peace. The people from different communities can develop strong ties with each other, once their leaders interact and work jointly for harmony and tolerance, said Dr. Muhammad Amjid. Talking to Shamim in an interview Dr. Amjid said that non-violence and dialogue is an effective tactic to resolve conflicts and remove prejudice, and therefore people from different faiths must come closer by taking joint initiatives for promotion of peace and harmony. Dr. Muhammad Amjid, a business magnate, a futuristic and politically in, lives and runs his business in Islamabad for the last two decades. A former student of Forman Christian College, Lahore, settled in Islamabad and started his business and gradually stepped in list of the successful business man of the history of Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Being the Chief Executive of Pharmaceutical Production unit, he has been involved in Research & Development of different Pharmaceutical Products, which include Drugs, Vaccine & sera. In addition, the Open International University awarded due to above work Ph. D. for complementary Medicine. We are forced to wonder when someone doing charitable work among the poorest of this nation trying to ease their misery- the name appeared, Dr. Muhammad Amjid, kind hearted man comprehend the ache of the average man faces and fervent to alleviate miseries of his surroundings. Being practical, he started a non-profit organization under the name “SHELTAR International” in 1999. SHELTAR International; is a society for health, Environment, Literacy and Rehabilitation. It aims to bring social and behavioral change in the system through mass awareness and community participation. Hepatitis is a virus that travels through the blood stream and attacks the liver. Pakistan is among those countries that have a high carrier rate of Hepatitis B and C and as compare to women it is more prevalent in men. A large number of people need to have screening for Hepatitis. Talking about the humanitarian work done, he briefly described that though the tests are not very expensive but the fact is most of our community is poor and vulnerable so cannot they cannot afford these tests. Sheltar International identified and polish the potential of the community to avail the opportunity and also to improve their quality of life. Keeping in view the above mentioned problem SHELTAR International supported women VOs and they have series of activities against Hepatitis to provoke the rapidly spreading HBV & HCV in our local community. He has very positive in resolving the issues of the people. Dr. Muhammad Amjid had been part of the governing team in previous government, and associated with All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) as Senior Vice President. He denied the news printed about joining Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), he said he met with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in December, 2012 but didn’t join PPP as party member. Dozens of former military dictator Gen (Retd) Parvaiz Musharraf’s aide, including Fawad Chaudhary, have quit APML so far. Like I have full faith in the fact that there is God, I also have solid belief that Pakistan is here to stay and we have everything. There is shortage of nothing but committed leadership who work for the sake the country. I simply have no doubt in writing; he is committed to deliver to the nation.

LEAD Director Mushtaq Gill under life threats

PATTOKI: June 24, 2013. (PCP) Yesterday at about 14:30 PM (Sunday,23 June,2013) LEAD Director, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was allegedly threatened by three armed men anonymous when he was coming back home with his friend on motor bike from Pattoki to Bhai Pheru after meeting with the victim family of Village Sereser Chak.No21 where a few days ago an heart breaking incident took place ;Christian women were attacked and paraded naked by a mob of Muslims. Gill visited the family and told them that LEAD would file petition on Monday 24,June 2013 in Pattoki Court for direction to arrest the alleged accused. On June 4, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, National Director at LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) was informed by the Rev. Saleem Gill to give legal aid and assistance to the harassed family. Advocate Gill visited the victims and collected the details of the case and approached the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Pattoki for the registration of the case. Consequently an FIR was registered against the landlord and his henchmen under numbers 231/13 of Section of 452, 354, 337/FI, 149,148 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). Instead, the police quickly filed a case against the Christians under FIR 234/13 under Section 440, 379, 148, 149 of the PPC on behalf of the landlord. This came as no surprise to the victims as it is a common practice of the local Muslims to create pressure on the Christian community to withdraw FIRs.19 June 2013,this news spread in all Pakistani and international social and print media after publishing by The Asian Human Rights Commission ( AHRC), and (Daily Times). "We were forcibly at gunpoint stopped at Bypass Multan road and threatened to kill and they open fir in air" told Gill. "I am confused that they did not tell any thing else they just terrified us by their deadly act" told Gill. "we are not coward, we will not stop to do which we were assigned by Jesus to do and to fulfill His Mission in Pakistan" added Gill. LEAD has also petitioned in Lahore High Court Lahore to cancel the bail granted to the alleged "Muslim extremists" of Bedami Bagh incident in which next date of hearing is fixed 27 June,2013 in the Honor able DB of LH