Why Christians have not Equal Rights in Pakistan? By Javed Iqbal

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All Pakistani Christians are raising their voices with unity for one goal: that they should have equal rights in Pakistan, except egotistical members into them. Today no one can deny that the Pakistani Christians are not enjoying equal rights according to the constitution of Pakistan. In spite of this some politicians and religious treacherous are claiming that Christians are enjoying full equal rights. Federal Minster Shabaz Bhatti has, with his views, infuriated the entire Christian community when he said in an interview with the Germen Ambassador and the German Federal Parliament Mrs. Marieluise in "International The News" on November 17, 2009 that minorities are enjoying full human equal rights. How he said insouciantly when Christians are suffering due to their faith and creed. So he was significantly discovered to be an imposter. Pakistan is a country where the majority of the population is Muslim and it is crystal clear according to past incidents that fundamental Muslims are endorsing their own faith by forcing conversion upon many. This forced conversion has now become a very common practice.
One of the problems that Christianity and other small non-Muslims groups deal with on a daily basis is kidnapping and rape of underage girls. These victims are, in many occasions, forced by Islamic extremists to convert from their religion and marry Muslim men. If many girls disagree then these extremists deliver death threats to their families. In many cases, a non-Muslim family faces dire consequences resulting in torture and death. In trepidation, a family reluctantly agrees to get their young daughter married to a Muslim man, wishing only for the safety of their family. As a majority of the country is Muslim, the Pakistani judiciary system protects these men in the name of Islam instead of bringing them to justice. Once a girl is declared as Muslim the parents of the girl are forbidden of having a relationship with her.
The nature of this situation is inhuman and merciless; therefore Pakistani Christians are extremely passionate to enlighten these issues which will in time impact Christians lives in countries like Pakistan. It is also important to note how ignorant some religious and political leaders are who turn a blind eye to the treatment of Christians in Pakistan. They claim being has the right to have? These religious and political inane figures mislead the international media, human rights organizations and the United Nation for their own personal gain.
This is the reason why Pakistani Christians can not be recognized as Ahmedi's community recognize themselves. When an Ahmedi Muslim applies for an asylum on the basis of religion, the western countries never raise the question that Ahmedis have not a problem in Pakistan. However, Christians are not treated in the same way. If you wish to see your brothers and sisters, who are suffering from the blasphemy law in Pakistan, to be recognized like an Ahmedi's Muslim, then you need to take a firm stand with against those leaders who are willing to lie and mislead for their personal benefits.

(Javed Iqbal is President of Christian Social Link based in UK)

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