The European Parliamentarians express their deep concern over human violations in Pakistan and have urged the European Commission to take notice of the suppression of individual's freedom to practice their religion. In a letter to Mr. Nasir Saeed, Co
Another Member of the European Parliament, Ms Glenys Kinnock has informed Mr. Saeed of that the European Commission during its recent visit to Pakistan in October has raised Human Rights issues with Pakistani authorities. The European Commission has called for more protection for Christians and members of other minorities in Pakistan. Ms. Kinnock said that the European Union is very much aware of incidents occurred over the past two years, in particular, he mentioned the attack on the office of Idara-e-Amn-o-Insaf (A Christian NGO working for Justice and peace in Karachi), the killing of worshipers at churches in Bahawalpur and Islamabad, and atrocities committed against Christian institutions in Muree and Texala. Ms. Kinnock said the European Union would continue to urge the Pakistan authorities to strengthen its efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and to take adequate measures to prevent recurrence.
She also informed that the EU has reiterated its concern about the blasphemy laws, and continue to call on the Government of Pakistan to take all possible measures to prevent the abuse of the blasphemy laws, and those accused under these laws should be provided protection.
Both the MEPs have appreciated the efforts of CLAAS for highlighting the plight of the Pakistani Christians in Pakistan, and have extended the full support to promote the just cause for Human Rights. CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement) was established in 1998 to promote the human rights and to work outside Pakistan to provide assistance and relief to the victims of minority community whose lives are in danger due to the religious persecution.
Mr. Jack Starw, the Foreign Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in his letter has supported the campaign against Shariah Law by saying "we have taken action on this issue with our EU colleagues, as well as raising it repeatedly in both official and ministerial level contact with the Pakistanis." He said the government of NWFP has repeatedly given assurances of its intention to safeguard minority rights, however we consistently advocate that any further moves should also protect and enhance minority rights.
Mr. Mike O'Brien, the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, of Foreign &b Commonwealth Office has also supported the campaign against Sharia Law and informed that he is closely in touch with representatives of the religious minorities, and the government of Pakistan.
Mr. Nasir Saeed Coordinator of CLAAS, speaking to the scribe told, "We believe that every human being in the world should be respected, and able to enjoy full human and fundamental rights. Mr. Saeed, after the adaptation of Shariah law in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, has been campaigning to get the religious minorities exempted from Shariah law in Pakistan, and get the blasphemy law abolished, which has mandatory death penalty. He told that he has received a very positive response from the Members of the European Parliament. The EU has asked the Government of Pakistan to guarantee fully the fundamental rights of all Pakistani citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, such as women, children and religious minorities. He said he would continue to take every appropriate opportunity and forum to urge Pakistani Government to pursue laws and practices, which foster tolerance and mutual respect, and to protect religious minorities against discrimination and intimidation and attacks.