Racism and Injustice Must End


Pakistan Army School Peshawar - map & satellite

 
Shamim Masih writes about the Taliban-Pakistan attack at a military operated school in Peshawar. In case you missed the news on this Taliban attack in which 141 died and of that number 132 were children. Here’s a BBC excerpt on the Islamic terrorist attack:
 
Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.
 
Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.
 
Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.
 
The attack – the Taliban’s deadliest in Pakistan – has been widely condemned.
 
 
A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to military operations.
 
Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.
 
US President Barack Obama said terrorists had READ ENTIRETY – BBC provides numerous photos of after affects (Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead; BBC; 12/16/14 last updated same date 13:30 ET)
 
Shamim is rightly shocked by the murder of children by Islamic terrorists. And apparently diverse political rivals in the Pakistan government have united to demonstrate that the Taliban will pay for this heinous crime … of killing Muslim children.
 
BUT I have to wonder. Where was the unity government call to action when the Taliban was involved in a Church slaughter by a couple of homicidal-suicide bombers killing a large amount of Church goers in Peshawar?
 
Also Shamim does something that on a personal level I have a pet peeve with; viz. showing a difference between radical Islam and so-called moderate Islam by saying, “…we show our solidarity with our Muslim brothers, we remember the impact of the twin bomb attack on a church in Peshawar last year”. It is my opinion that I know many will disagree with, that a good Muslim is one that at the very least regards the Quran as the inerrant word of the Islamic deity Muslims call Allah. Such a belief does little to separate the purist-radical Islam from the so-called moderate Islam. Indeed a Muslim that ONLY follows the peaceful and seeking Allah suras of the Quran are disobeying Quranic commands to hate Jews, Christians and polytheists.
 
Anyway, here is Shamim’s editorial report.
 
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Racism and Injustice Must End
 
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/19/2014 3:09 AM
 
ISLAMABAD: We had just finished our routine meeting in our office and were sitting in the reporting room. My colleague Nasir Kazmi told me that Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice Nasirul Mulk will be hearing the Kot Radha Kishan case today. During our discussion I received a text message from BBC producer Wietske, she said that our planned visit is postponed due to the incident in Peshawar therefore we cannot move to Lahore. The assault, which was still in progress at mid-day….. Was it a reaction of Operation Zarb-e-Azb [Blog Editor: Zarb-e-Azb inflicted fatal blow on terrorists: PM] or what else?
 
According to the reports, Taliban commandos stormed Army Public school in Peshawar. The fatal attack has resulted in at least137 deaths, and many were injured. The attackers were said to have been dressed like military soldiers in an attempt to subvert security protocols. They went after the unarmed and helpless. Every bully is a coward underneath it all. Victims were killed either in class rooms or corridors. Some survivors’ spoke of how they played dead to avoid being shot, terrified that they would never see the light of the day again. Education isn’t just the best antidote to poverty; it is one of the best anti-terrorism tactics – helps kids get out of hopelessness and into opportunity. But a band of men walked into a school in Peshawar and massacred over 130 children. What kind of person does something like this?
 
Although we do not expect many Christians to have been affected by this attack, but we show our solidarity with our Muslim brothers, we remember the impact of the twin bomb attack on a church in Peshawar last year, which killed a similar number of victims. The pain families went through required counseling and moral support and we stand with these latest victims. We need to stand united against this wave of terrorism. If we have taken stand against the brutality in All Saints Church, Peshawar, and had taken stringent measures to kill this mind set. It sounds good, when the apex court has ordered [the] arrest [of] the police officers, who were present while an extremist mob burnt the Christian couple alive on November 4. CJ also ordered to take action against Molvi Noor Hassan and Arshad Baloch for provoking the crowd on that day.
  
These Taliban are killing children and fighting for their superior belief system which they want to spread around the globe and recreate the grand days of the Caliphate. As most of them can’t read or write, how could they do that? This Fazlullah character [Blog Editor: The rise of Maulana Fazlullah, the ruthless Taliban leader who ordered the Peshawar school killings] is nothing but another Stalin or Hitler in making, corrupting all before him. The educated Muslim community needs to very publicly disavow these perverters of their faith. Call them what they are, misogynistic, megalomaniacs with serious psychological problems.
 
It’s time that PM Nawaz Sharif learns that you can’t make a deal with the devil. Find out where the villages that shelter these animals are and carpet bombs them. Those “civilians” that provide refuge are supporters. Pakistani law enforcement agencies should be aware of them where these mutts are.
 
Be Blessed,
 
Shamim Masih
 
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
 
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Remembering the Martyrs’ of All Saint Church Peshawar


All Saint Church Peshawar Victims 9-22-13

All Saint Church Peshawar Victims 9/22/13

Just a little more than a year ago two Islamic terrorists committed homicidal suicide at a Pakistani Church so old it was built during the old British Raj of India. Shamim Masih writes a remembrance article about the hundreds of Christians that were killed in the name of Islam.

 

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Remembering the Martyrs’ of All Saint Church Peshawar

Remembering Islamic Terrorism in Pakistan Church

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/26/2014 9:36 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: It was sunny morning when I reached in Lahore on 22nd September, 2013; I received the phone call from my friend, he told that All Saints Church Peshawar is under the attack. As soon as I switched on the TV there was breaking news saying there was two suicide attackers struck at the end of the services at All Saints Church Peshawar. It was the deadliest attack that the Christian community had ever experienced in the history of the country. This attack had left the Christian community shocked and shattered which left 127 people dead and hundreds injured.

 

After one year Christian community around the country gathered there to offer special prayer and paid tributes to the victims of the twin suicide bombing who had lost their lives at All Saints Church Peshawar.  People are gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of the horrible suicide bombings at All Saints Church, Peshawar.

 

Bishop Azad Marshall, Bishop of Iran and Gulf went to All Saints Church Peshawar to stand along with the survivors. According toBishop Azad Marshal in Peshawar Shahzad Gill the chaplain to Rt. Rev Dr. Azad Marshall, there were gathering of 4000 people who joined hands in sharing the body of Christ at All Saints Church, Peshawar. Talking to the gathering Bishop Azad Marshall said that after one year of the incident that pain and agony hangs on; souls have [been] scarred for life but we have hope in Christ. The attack was not on the Christians of the Peshawar but also an attack on humanity. We will continue our struggle for a just and equitable Pakistan, he added. He demanded the authorities to ensure the safety and protection of the religious minorities as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan.

 

Observing the first anniversary of the Peshawar church attack; chairman PUCM Albert David said all political parties are united in the war against terrorism and supportive to promote peace building in the country. Speaking at the Remembrance service followed by the candlelight vigil he said we as PUCM stress for a collective effort to promote the soft image of Pakistan through a peaceful and harmonized co-existence at home. Expressing solidarity with Christians Marching in Memory Peshawar Church bombingfamilies of the victims, he said that though wounds have healed however the scars remain and remind us of the tragic incident even.

                                                  

Muslim Christians Unity forum also arranged candle light vigil to pay tribute to the martyrs of the September 22, 2013 bomb blast at the All Saints Church Peshawar. Basharat Khokhar, a social activist said that federal and provincial government made many promises but nothing is being delivered so far. He targeted the Christian leadership and said political leadership is the representative of their political mother parties. They do not represent Christian minority but to their Muslim mother party.

      

The small and largely impoverished Christian community suffers discrimination intolerably [among the] Muslim majority [in] Pakistan. And nobody cares about it. 

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Minorities have no choice in Pakistan


Intro to ‘Minorities have no choice in Pakistan’

Editor: John R. Houk

Intro typed: September 17, 2014

 

 

 

Shamim writes about Pakistani minorities being persecuted by the majority Sunni Muslims. That persecution is executed with mercilessly robbing, beating, raping, damaging property, damaging Churches, damaging religious centers and artifacts other religious minorities which includes loss of life. Of course Shamim writes from a Christian perspective but he includes other religious minorities because in Pakistan they are the recipients of the same vicious hate as Christians from Sunni Muslims. Shamim insinuates a sense of abandonment from the Western World specifically mentioning Americans and Jews.

 

As Americans go I have to disagree. American citizens are the largest givers of foreign charity in the world. As to Shamim’s disappointment of Jews providing aid to Pakistani-Christians or any Pakistani-Religious minority for that matter, may rest on one historical fact. Jews have faced thousands of years of persecution being ejected from their homeland twice. In this present age the Muslim world begrudges Jews living on their God-Promised land even that land is extremely miniscule in the 21st century. Any enlargement of Israeli territory since 1948 has come due to existential wars guided by Muslim nations and Muslim terrorists intent on destroying the Jewish homeland for a third time and executing a Jewish genocide if such an ungodly destruction of Israel occurs. Because of a history of Christian and Muslim degradation of Jews over the last few centuries there is little affinity for Jews to invest in persecuted Christians or other minorities that have expressed antisemitism toward Jews in general. Despite the years of persecution from non-Jews, Jews – particularly American Jews – are remarkable givers to non-Jewish charities. As far as that goes to Pakistan, I have no idea. My first inkling is that Jews are more giving to alleviate natural disasters than to overcome non-Jewish socio-religious issues.

 

Nevertheless, Shamim is correct to be disappointed. The American media is nearly absent on reporting the plight of Pakistani Christians. The American media would do a great service for American givers if the illegitimate Pakistan Christian leaders (i.e. the corrupt and money grubbing) were exposed while highlighting Pakistani Christian leadership doing actual social and civil rights work among the exploited, abused and often violently murdered poverty stricken Christians.

 

As such Shamim Masih is one of those legitimate Christian civil rights leaders. There is some donation information for his very dangerous work in an environment in which the hatred of Christians is pervasive at end of Shamim’s report below.

 

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Shamim at the place of twin blast in Peshawar church

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/15/2014 9:35 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Sitting on the top roof of the four stories building in the capital, a man roared that if you uttered a single word from your mouth I will send you directly into hell. There were four people from three different faiths, Sunni, Shia and a Christian. It can happen only in Pakistan that Sunni Muslims can use rough language about others but they are not ready to listen against themselves, because they are in power. Religion should not be the state’s business; I am sorry, but it’s clear that your religion is not your personal matter. It is the matter for all of us to interfere in, as and when we feel necessary or find a choice.

   

The recent attack on the Sikh community of Peshawar {Times of India] and on an Ahmadi community in Gujranwala [WSJ] has given out a clear message to minorities that Pakistan is not for them. Harjeet Singh, 30, was present in his grocery shop in Nothia Bazar of Peshawar, when two unknown assailants on a motorcycle opened fired on him and killed him on the spot [The Nation].

 

It’s a clear message to all minorities that they don’t have the right to practice their religion or sect nor to run their business for their living. If you did so, you better [be] ready for an army of so called preachers deliberately enforcing a religious polemic argument on you. It makes no difference, how patriotic you feel for Pakistan, you will always stay an American or Zionist agent. Although it is fact, Americans or Jews least bother about Pakistani Christians. The Taliban have already given warnings to the people of Chitral valley (heretics) to either convert to Islam or be ready to die [The Frontier Post & Dawn.com]. A few months back, three Hindu temples were desecrated in Mir Pur Khas district [Central Asia Online &.Pakistan Times] Earlier this year, in Larkana, the heart of Pakistan Peoples Party, a mob looted a Hindu temple before setting it ablaze [Hindu Human Rights & The Hindu]. After the attack on Peshawar Church last year, the Taliban made it quite clear that the attacks were exactly according to Sharia. Religious extremists looted the houses in Joseph Colony [in] Lahore before setting it ablaze. Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and [the] Christian couple (Shagufta Bibi and Shafqat Emmanuel) in Gojra are sentenced to death. And all it started with Christians allegedly framed in a blasphemy case [For Pakistan].

 

[Imran Khan]

I K representing new Pak

 

The killing of [a] Christian family in Gojra including small kids and burning the 100 years old church in Mardan were some chilling events that can’t be forgotten. Even, the sizable Shia community faces the same fate as other minorities do. Shias are killed on regular basis in the country. People are pulled down from the buses, identified and they are mercilessly massacred.

 

It’s again pathetic when we see that neither Pakistani Christian organizations like CLAAS and so on nor the international community step forward to protect Christian rights. Some so called social activists are active for their vested interests in the name of protecting Pakistani Christians.  Sorry to say,Pakistan drainage system at slums but this is not a country for minorities, you better leave. But how come, it is possible [for] neither European nor other Christian countries to welcome Pakistani Christians? We are left here to suffer and suffer no bright future for children [due to the] stiff environment around.  

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Services by Horizon – WVIP


Kashmala Munawar - Victim of Peshawar Church Terrorism

 

Shamim Masih reports on some heroic exploits that occurring because of the Christian compassion of World Vision in Progress (WVIP) in Pakistan pertaining to the victims of the Islamic terrorist attack shortly after a Church service in Peshawar that claimed around 90 victims at the All Saints Church. WVIP is helping many of these victimized Christians but Shamim focuses on one particular success story of the young girl Kashmala Munawar.

 

VIDEO: Kashmala Munawar

 

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By Shamim Masih

Sent: 3/26/2014 4:57 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Christian mourns the death of their relative who were killed in the September 22, blast at the All Saint’s Church, after the service in Peshawar. Victims of All Saints church still bears the physical scars of the September 22 bombing believed to be the deadliest ever against Muslim majority Pakistan’s small Christian community. More than 85 people were killed and around a hundred were injured when a devastating two-pronged suicide attack targeted their place of worship on September 22. 2013.  The seemingly senseless slaughter of so many innocent civilians shocked Pakistan and it is still not clear who carried out the attack.

 

Peshawar church blast has united the Christians of the country. Christians all over the country and world came and showed their support. Many social rights activists including me reached there to help the victims, many helped them in many ways but with the passage of time, they got busy with their routine work. There are few FB activists and politicians, who just visit and post pictures to show their activities. Certainly organizations have their different projects but at the same time there is an organization that is still working on and helping the victims.

 

Yes, it is none other than World Vision in Progress (WVIP). WVIP not only covers the cost for annual supplies of medicine and hospital costs but also is supporting victims for medical treatment abroad. During early February, WVIP supported Kashmala Munawar to fly to Australia for further treatment. Kashmala Munawar was one of the victims of Peshawar church blast who had multiple pellets in her legs. Doctors amputated her one leg and a rod was fixed in her second leg. But doctors were not sure about saving her second leg. WVIP requested its Australian partner Jeannette Wells and her husband Ron for her treatment in their country. The said couple requested Children First Foundation to help them in this regard. And thus she went to Australia for her further treatment.

 

WVIP is playing a vital role in helping Christians suffering attacks and riots in recent years. Many victims still waiting for the government promised [aid] and church administration [is also still waiting] as well for the maintenances [that the government promised]. Even when the walls are pristine again, it will take rather longer to heal the emotional scars of a traumatized congregation. 

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Don’t play with Pakistani Christians


pictures of All Saints Church Peshawar  dead people

Photos of dead Pakistani-Christians from All Saints Church Massacre

Shamim Masih writes of the All Saints Church Massacre of Peshawar Pakistan by two homicidal suicide Islamic terrorists associated with the Taliban. Shamim anguishes over the lack of support for the slaughtered victims and the failed promises of the Pakistan government.

 

JRH 10/14/13

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Don’t play with Pakistani Christians

All Saints Church Peshawar

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 10/12/2013 10:28 PM

Shamim at the place of twin blast in Peshawar church

 

ISLAMABAD: As results of the explosions in All Saints Church Peshawar about 126 Christian’s worshipers were killed and more than 160 were wounded. The assailants were Jihadist suicide bombers linked to the Taliban. This was not the first attack on the Christian community in Pakistan nor do we believe that this is a complete list of the victims, but it should be more than enough to alarm the world, especially I would have thought the Christian world. But, alas, with a few notable exceptions there has been an uncomfortable and disappointing local media silence and international civilized champions.

 

Malala Yousaf Zai, 16, was gunned down last year at her school after angering the Taliban with her courageous and outspoken pleas for girls to be educated. But what about the sacrifices of Sunday school teachers and Sunday school students at All Saints Church, Peshawar? As a Christian Journalist and humanitarian, I find this silence unfathomable. The attack on the church was an act of cowardly violence that brutally targeted innocent Christians. And now she got international fame and honor and million dollars have been added in her fund. My heart bleeds with pain and agony, in what I view as the most atrocious form of suicidal killing attempts. It is [our] country’s responsibility to protect its citizens and tackle the growing militancy and extremism. I have been raising Christian’s voice since Gojra attack on Christians. It is the height of hypocrisy for our Muslim leadership to criticize the Western world for perceived injustice, while they allow the discrimination and slaughter of Christians in their own lands, if a mosque can be built in Paris, surely a church should not be banned in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I went to Peshawar as soon as I heard the news and arrived only hours after the incident. On my arrival I found human body pieces hanging on trees in the church courtyard and other gory remains. A full account can found here:

 

http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/report-on-twin-suicide-attack-on-church.html

 

On October 6, 2013, I returned again as per instructions of Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistan Christian Association – BPCA, to chart progress and see how we could provide aid to help the victims. [A] Major portion of the Christians in Pakistan are sanitary workers and laborers working under extremely unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Some work as teachers, nurses, and very few hold higher ranking positions.

 

According to Bishop Humphrey the local government promised to pay five hundred thousand Pakistani Rupees to the dead victims’ families and two hundred thousand to any victims with severe injury. Since I am writing [this] he [Bishop Humphrey] confirmed that nothing has been received so far.

 

The two visits have been immensely difficult, I have seen victims with fractured bones and holes puncturing bodies of others, where ball bearings had been included in the incendiary device. I have seen numerous burn injuries of differing degrees and limbs missing from many victims. Some victims have large swelling of their whole body due to the high pressure of the bomb explosives and numerous internal injuries.

 

Many of the injured now purchase their medicines from the local bazaar without any financial assistance. Many of the medicines are incorrect or simply black market products not worthy of the label medicine. Hospital management teams have discharged those still suffering despite the dire need for continued professional medical assistance.

 

The critically injured victims require urgent medical care and need to be maintained in a professional hospital. There are orphaned children who are now being cared for by their relatives. These relatives cannot continue to provide for the extra mouths without assistance for any long term. The sad truth is as good intentioned as these family members are now, when push comes to shove they can barely fend for themselves. I am afraid these children will become long term victims forced to work as their school fees will not be affordable, they will certainly not attain any higher education without parental support. Already some children have been put to work and it is hard to ascertain whether or not they were working or studying before this incident.

 

I have observed there some seasonal human rights workers have installed their shops on the name of caring victims. I saw a brother and his sister in the Mission hospital, Peshawar pretending, helping injured, the same guy was seen in front of the church gate, showing himself as a good Christian social worker. But actually these types of people are black sheep in our society and have hard-pressed me to show their real face to the world. I am working on a documentary and will bring the real face of these land grabbers and money makers in the name of helping Pakistani Christians.

 

I never asked for money on the name of poor Pakistani Christians, whatever I do I always try to be blatant. I am not a holy angel but try to present reality. Off course I intend to pay the school fees for children who have lost their main breadwinner, will pay for artificial limbs as necessary and will support families who opt to care for relatives’ children financially and with advice. Yes I will continue this work and seek to place those who are critically ill back in hospital. Your donation will be used to provide food to victims who have lost their main household earner and will be provide advice on rehabilitation, Christian orphanages and counseling as necessary. I will be working with Bishop Humphrey Sarfraz Peter to secure the compensation due to victims. If you would like to donate to relief work the bank details are as follow:

 

IBN code: PK72ABPA

 

Account number: 0010025935800015

 

Bank: Allied Bank limited Pakistan

 

Alternatively account details are given below. With your support I hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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All Saints Church in Peshawar is Under Attack


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I just posted a Shamim Masih article about the corrupt political system in Pakistan that discriminates minorities with a focus on Christian-Pakistanis. As I was going through my emails I discovered Shamim had sent some news info about two Islamic Terrorist homicidal suicide bombers detonating themselves in an over 100 year old Christian Church killing and maiming Christian-Pakistanis.

 

Shamim was not privy to all the details by the time he sent the story to me. It has been discovered that the homicidal suicide bombers were the Taliban. The very group of Islamic terrorists that Pakistan’s government has been openly trying to negotiate a political peace because the political party running the show won their election based on demonizing the USA’s Global War on Terrorism (you know – the war that Obama says we are not fighting).

 

JRH 9/22/13

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All Saints Church in Peshawar is Under Attack

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/22/2013 12:58 PM

 

Peshawar: The Sunday Church Service at All Saints Church in Peshawar ended in heartbreak as two suicide bombers blew themselves up while the Sunday service just ended. [The explosion] killed more than 90 worshipers, 34 of them women, 7 children and more than 110 were injured. According to the Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the situation is different but Church sources said the death toll is expected to rise as many of the injured are in a critical condition. [The] interior minister said that the government would bear the cost of rebuilding the damaged church and declared three days mourning. Many other organizations announced the same. Peshawer blast Christian Victims

 

Peshawar [is the] capital city of KPK province, 188 Km away from the capital Islamabad. All Saints Memorial Church was its distinctive Saracen architecture first opened for service in December 1983 [Editor: I am guessing Shamim meant 1883 – See Also HERE]. The church is located in Kohati gate, an inner city area of the city. The church capacity is about 500 – 600 and usually the gathering is around [that number]. After the church service on Sunday, a person blows himself up and little later another man did the same thing. The blast shattered the glass panes of the nearby houses. Police said that the terrorists opened fire at the security guards at the entrance of the church, possibly killing one. The security’s agency said it was a suicide bombing [and] no group has as yet taken responsibility for this [Editor: As of this posting it is reported it was the Taliban]. They said each of the bombers was carrying eight kg of explosives. The federal government has decided to tighten the security for minorities and the institutions after this incident.

  

As the country was staggered by the latest bomb blast and Christians all around the country came on the roads to protest against it. Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan lead the protest rally in Lahore in front of the press club, Lahore and in Youhanabad and went to Peshawar city with his group. He said that he is going to provide them with medicine and food items as required. Bishop Yaqoob Paul also participated in the protest rally. Nadeem Anthony Advocate High Court, Yousaf Kamran, Human Rights Activist, Christian Protest Church BombingShaleem Yousaf, social activists also participated in protest rally in Lahore.

 

Albert David chairman Pakistan United Christian Movement left for Peshawar as soon as he heard about this sad incident. Tahir Naveed Chaudhry condemned the blast and said protection of minorities is a central duty of the state but unfortunately it didn’t do [such protection]. Protest rally was [centered] around the condemnation of the bombing in Islamabad/Rawalpindi as well, Samuel Yaqoob led this rally.

 

Dr. Paul Bhatti left for Peshawar and strongly condemned the bomb blast and said that terrorists have no religion. He expressed solidarity with the families injured.

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Shamim Masih, Tahir-ul-Qadri and Christian-Pakistani Rights


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Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri

 

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© January 17, 2013

 

Shamim Masih is a freelance journalist who is a Pakistani-Christian. It is through his post submissions about the plight of Christians in Pakistan that has provided me lenses to view Pakistan. Those lenses are important because is one of the few nations that the American media has reported persecution of Christians. Those reports though are still sketchy on the Pakistan Christian population in general. American media reports too often ignore the persecution of Christians as a whole and focus on individual Christians who have been the victim of Pakistan’s Sharia Law inspired Blasphemy Laws. When a Christian is convicted of breaking a Blasphemy Statute it typically is for being insulting to the Islamic religion or perhaps a Muslim converting away from Islam into the Redeemed life of a Christian. In Islam and in Pakistan the penalty for breaking these Blasphemy Laws is typically a death sentence.

 

Shamim is a part of a Christian Pakistan movement that seeks greater civil rights for the Christian minority in Pakistan. Christianity is a very small minority in Pakistan. Shamim’s activism for Christians has followed a multi-faith path. If you have read any of my posts about Islam you would be aware that I am not a fan of the religion called Islam. Because of Islam’s theology that actively promotes Muslims to regard non-Muslims as societal pariahs that are only fit for strained toleration. In Muslim majority societies a non-Muslim suffers egregiously for breaking Islamic theo-political rules or laws.

 

This is just a guess: I sense Shamim has chosen the multi-faith path to bring greater civil rights to Pakistani-Christians is because of a view that the only way toward greater Liberty is with Muslim agreement. Pakistan is littered with what Americans call Radical Muslims. These are the Muslims that take a purist view of the Quran, Hadith and Sira which apart from converting people to Islam is to humiliate or kill those that refuse to convert.

 

Pakistan was established as a secular Islamic republic at the inception of its nationhood in 1947. As the years have distanced itself from 1947 Pakistan has become more and more entrenched in the purist Islamic thought that revolves around the theo-political jurisprudence of Sharia Law.

 

Shamim has sent a news piece in which Pakistani-Christians have been led to protest political corruption as local and national elections draw near. These protests have been led by a Muslim with dual citizenship from Canada and Pakistan – Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri. Apparently Qadri has lived the last seven years in Pakistan.

 

Qadri is a man that a little controversy has followed in the West. Check out this excerpt on how Qadri speaks to English speaking people and along the same theme to Urdu speaking people:

 

Outside Pakistan, Qadri is often been presented as a “moderate” Sufi scholar who famously wrote a 600 page fatwa against terrorism in 2010 which won him international applause.  However while his work to counter extremists has brought him his share of admirers, there hangs a question mark over the extent of Qadri’s own moderating influence. For example one video doing the rounds over the internet shows Qadri giving what appear to be two contradictory statements on blasphemy – the subject of so much controversy in Pakistan. In one clip he is shown speaking in English where he says: “Whatever the law of blasphemy is, it is not applicable on non-Muslims. It is not applicable on Jews, Christians and other non- Muslims minorities. It is just to be dealt with Muslims.” Yet then in Urdu in a different clip he says:  “My stance was that, and this was the law which got made, that whoever commits blasphemy, whether a Muslim or a non-Muslim, man or woman – whether be a Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, anyone –  whoever commits blasphemy their punishment is death.” (Who is Islamic cleric Dr. Tahir ul-Qadri? And why should Pakistan care? By Syed Hamad Ali; The Independent, 16 January 2013)   

 

Even with this bit of controversy Qadri is demonstrating a sincere concern for Christian minorities by organizing a series of protests against Pakistani government corruption. The Pakistan government is not pleased with Tahir-ul-Qadri:

 

Thousands of protesters led by Barelvi cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri rallied in Pakistan’s capital for the third straight day, giving the government until Wednesday night to resign and dissolve the national and provincial assemblies.

 

The government hit back by issuing warrants to arrest Qadri and 70 others for attacking police, and announced it was determined to complete its five-year term and hold elections only by May. (Qadri thunders, Pak govt shows arrest warrant; by REZAUL H LASKAR & M ZULQERNAIN, The Indian Express, Jan 17 2013, 01:43 hrs)

 

I don’t know Qadri’s motivation for helping downtrodden Christians; however Shamim seems to write in a positive manner about him. For all the mistrust I have for the religion of Islam, if Tahir-ul-Qadri manages to effect change for the civil rights of Pakistani-Christians I say AMEN.

 

Might be of interest: Rehman Malik angers Pakistan Christians, says Tahir-ul-Qadri acting like ‘semi-Pope’ (1/17/13)

 

JRH 1/17/13

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 Insensitivity of Pakistani Christian politicians and civil society leaders

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: January 17, 2013 8:58 AM

 

ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN – SHAMIM MASIH:

 

Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri a Muslim religious scholar from Lahore has mobilized about 50,000 devoted followers coming from the lower middle class for a sit-in of the main Jinnah Avenue of Islamabad.  Remarkably, the men, women and children have remained steadfast in this protest rally under extremely harsh winter weather conditions without any shelter.

 

The Christian protestors are demanding reforms in the electoral system to bring in transparency in the forthcoming general elections and elimination of corrupt practices among the ambitious politicians and parties.  So far, Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has fairly succeeded in winning the attention of all political players who have recognized the demands of holding free and fair elections through some constitutional reforms.

  

The Present regime is tense while handling the protest rally on one hand and anxious in fighting judicial proceedings against its stalwarts for mass scale corruption, on the other hand.  The provincial capital of Peshawar is also in the grip of police firing to maintain law and order facing another protest rally against target killings.  Earlier the provincial government in Baluchistan went into [imposed] Governor’s rule after failing to address another issue of target killings of the Hazara tribal Shias.

 

In the wake of the above critical situations, a criminal silence and a careless attitude of Christian leadership in the country is alarming.  Pakistani Christians express their deep concern for continuation of peace and harmony not only in Pakistan but in the whole world.  There have been many wake-up calls, but Pakistani Christian politicians have gone into a long snooze. The cases of Bishop John Joseph, Shantinagar, Gojra, Asia Bibi and Rimsha are an example of Christian leaders’ callousness.

 

The local Christian politicians have been making money on the pretext of safeguarding minority rights but these financial resources are being used in getting positions in other political parties instead spending those funds for achieving Christian unity.  Some of them, as Christian representatives, have been a part of the constitutional assembly which approved the blasphemy law and they kept quiet at that time.  Now, we have few Christians political parties registered to contest general elections but have no contact with the Christian community and have not shown any seriousness in guarding Christians’ rights and are rather busy in making deals with major Muslim parties.

 

 

When all other parties, groups and organizations can put their heads together and be unanimous on the solutions, why can’t Pakistani Christians sit together for their rights?  Instead of pronouncing moral judgments on everything and anything, why can’t Pakistani Christians stand altogether for their welfare?

 

It is high time that we define our role as conscious Christians and respect our rights for the better future of Christians in Pakistan. 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

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