John R. Houk
© April 18, 2011
It has been a while since I have updated on the Islamic persecution of Christian Pakistani Hector Aleem. In brief Hector was accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. “Blasphemy” means that in some way Hector is accused of insulting Mohammed, Islam or Allah. The punishment for blasphemy according to the Quran and supported by the Pakistan legal code is death. Can you imagine that?
It really is not really difficult to commit blasphemy against Islam in the Muslim dominated world. Non-Muslims have become accustomed of living a life of walking egg shells. As a Christian you can simply thank Jesus for the Blood of Christ that redeems our spirit man from the darkness of being slaves to the present world age dominated by the tentacles of Satan. By ending a prayer in public with something like “in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” would be considered an open affront to Islamic Supremacy and not an issue of religious freedom. An affront to Islam is blasphemy. The penalty for blasphemy is death.
What was Hector Aleem’s accused act of blasphemy?
“Last November (2009), a scholar associated with the national Islamist political movement Sunni Tehreek (In order to get a grasp of Sunni Tehreek HERE is a good place to read) received a text message claiming to have come from Aleem. The religious scholar registered blasphemy charges against Aleem on Nov. 28 at the Rawalpindi police station.
Police raided Aleem’s house at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 and assaulted him, his wife, and his two daughters. They also stole 50,000 Pakistan rupees (US$630) worth of valuables and broke pictures of Jesus hanging on their walls, according to a report from the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS).
Authorities charged him with violating sections 295c (blasphemy) and 109bb (abetting) of the Pakistani criminal code. Aleem was transferred to a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court for a second hearing on Jan. 30, where an even larger crowd of protestors gathered shouting that his life would not be spared. Many of those who came to protest were associated with Sunni Tehreek, which has been involved in violent sectarian clashes with other Islamist movements in the last decade.” (From SlantRight post: “Hector Aleem Convicted of Blasphemy without Proof”)
The last posted update about Hector Aleem was February 17, 2011 which was a plea from Mehwish Aleem for continued monetary support because Hector’s lawyer has been working under a death threat AND as such requires rather assiduously for payment of services with the underlying possibility of discharging representation of Hector. The irony of Islamic Supremacism in Pakistan is there is also a bit of accommodation for the semblance of judicial protocol because Pakistan’s big military supplier is the old US of A. This is important to Pakistan because the Islamic Republic’s greatest enemy is the largest Western style democracy on planet earth – India. Both Pakistan and India have been playing “keep with the Joneses” since their mutual Independence from Great Britain in 1948. In playing the Jones game both nations have developed a nuclear WMD arsenal. For Pakistan to keep playing the Jones game it helps to tantalize America with either an anti-Communist agenda (Cold War days) or anti-Taliban/anti-al Qaeda agenda (the current GWOT days) to keep America on the hook for military innovative weaponry.
Since there is a semblance of judicial protocol the option of Appeals is still open to Hector Aleem who has faced trumped up legal charges when the blasphemy charges could not be proven in a Pakistan court of law.
Part of that protocol for an Appeal is for the documentation of Hector’s conviction was to be provided to Hector’s lawyer. Guess what? That documentation has mysteriously NOT been passed on.
Below is the most current update I received which gives some of these details about Hector Aleem’s incarceration with a much needed plea for more funds transferrable via Pay Pal.
Easter Card Campaign: Hector Aleem
By Mohammad Shouman
April 13 at 10:26pm
Sent to Members of Free Hector Aleem
Thank you so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, and support. The Aleems have been receiving many notes of encouragement, and they’re grateful for your petitions, letters, and donations.
Below is an update of Hector’s case, along with suggestions on how you can help.
On December 21 of last year, Hector was sentenced to seven years in prison based on another charge. The Aleems understand that you want to see the decision note by the judge, but they have been refused access to this documentation. They believe it is because the decision is a baseless one that contained no proof, and was used as a means to keep Hector in prison for protecting the Christian community. Furthermore, until the family receives that written decision form, they will not be able to file an appeal in a higher court.
In addition, the blasphemy case is still ongoing in the courts. Because the charges of blasphemy are baseless in the first place, Hector’s lawyer has applied to quash (discharge) it. As such, the court is legally obligated to hold on the trial until the application to quash is investigated. Unfortunately, this has not happened: due to pressure from Sunni Tehreek—the accusers—the trial is going on without investigating the veracity of the charges! The trail has reached its final stages, and the lawyers will be presenting final arguments soon.
HOW TO HELP
I know the above sounds complicated. The Aleems know that, and are in fact living through this. They are frustrated at how the law is acting against them, rather than protecting them.
How can you help?
First, please continue to keep Hector in your prayers and thoughts.
Second, please send Hector an Easter card. He needs all the emotional support he can get. Please mail the cards to this address:
RAWALPINDI – PAKISTAN
Third, please consider donating a few dollars through PayPal. This case is not a popular one in Pakistan, and the representing lawyer receives threats. So the family needs to continue paying the lawyer to help support him, and give him fewer reasons to quit on them. You can donate to PayPal through this link: http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem
Finally, please tell your friends about Hector’s case, and to invite them to this Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Hector-Aleem/157906700937745
Thank you for taking the time to read this message. I wish a blessed Lent to those observing, and a wonderful week for everyone.
PLEASE! Keep Helping Hector Aleem – Persecuted Christian
John R. Houk
© April 18, 2011
Easter Card Campaign: Hector Aleem
April 13, 2011