Christians Staged Protest against the Killing of Christian MPA


Christian Pakistanis Protest Murder of Handery Masih Baloch

Shamim Masih sent an update on the murder of Handery Masih who was killed by his own bodyguard. This update pertains to Christians in Pakistan protesting the murder. In a large part I am certain the protest is happening because the Muslim police in Pakistan tend to ignore crimes against Christians.

 

JRH 6/17/14

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Christians Staged Protest against the Killing of Christian MPA

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 6/16/2014 11:58 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Christian community staged a protest against the brutal killing of a minority Member of the Provisional Assembly (MPA) in front of National Press Club, Islamabad.

 

According to details, Samuel Yaqoob, a human right activist led a protest against the killing of the minority MPA in front of National Press Club, Islamabad. Talking to the media he said that since the PML (N) is in power, Pakistani minorities [live] under a threat, they feel unsafe under this government.   Joseph Colony and Gojra culprits are still rooming about [in Christian minds]. Now since the PML (N) is ruling the party and a Christian MPA is killed right under the nose of the Baluchistan government, [Samuel Yaqoob has] demanded the government to take the necessary measures to protect Pakistani Christians. A constitution of Pakistan gives equal rights to minorities but this [has not and] is not implemented. Last time, the government announces a 5% quota for the religious minorities [to have representation] but practically it is not implemented, he added.

 

Handery Masih, a member of the Baluchistan Assembly, was shot dead in Quetta on Saturday. Political leaders including Khursheed Shah and Shahbaz Sharif chief minister Punjab, strongly condemned Handery’s assassination. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has earlier strongly condemned the murder and ordered the Baluchistan government to take strict action against the culprits.

 

It is a common practice in Pakistan that commercial activities around the country come to a standstill [gripped with] fear and tension, but since a minority MPA [has been] killed, no major protest was observed in the country. [This] shows that the Christian community is divided into small groups. Until they join hands together, they cannot achieve anything like rights and equality.

 

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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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Pakistani Christian community celebrates Equality Day on August 11


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Shamim writes about minorities and the Christian minority in particular celebrating Minority Day under a different name in a form of a protest and calling it Equality Day. The Islamic government did not publicly celebrate Minority Day because it fell during the Muslim festival of Eid.

 

JRH 8/12/13

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Christian community celebrates Equality Day on August 11.

 

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Sent: 8/12/2013 7:03 AM

 

The Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) is celebrating the Equality Day instead Minorities Day in Rawalpindi where leaders of minorities from Pakistan participated.

 

The leaders present a paper on how minorities are being targeted by the extremists in Pakistan, when we are equal citizen of the country, they said.

 

The government had declared August 11 as minorities’ day in 2009 by the efforts of then minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti who was shot dead in the country’s capital in 2011.

 

The day signifies Quaid-e-Azam’s speech to Constituent Assembly on August 11 1947 in which he had said, “You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”

 

The government is in no mood of celebrating minorities’ day.

 

However, Information Minister Pervez Rashid said that the day was falling during Eid holidays.

 

“Though Pakistan is going through a testing time—but minorities are on our priority list,” he added.

 

Talking to the gathering at Christian Study Centre – CSC Albert David, Chairman PUCM criticized the government declaring them a second class citizen in the country. Minorities have been ignored by the current government. August 11 was not only a day where Christians were especially made part of the whole nation, but a clear and wider picture was given to the members of the Constituent Assembly, he added.

 

Tahir Naveed Chaudhry Ex-MPA has launched a new political party on minorities’ day, 11 August. Talking to the media at the launching ceremony of Pakistan Minority Alliance- PMA he said that he will continue the struggle of Shaheed Shanbaz Bhatti, who played his role for Pakistani Minorities. I am the true follower of the Shahbaz Bhatti (late) and will continue the mission he started, he said.

 

Samuel Yaqoob chairman Muslim Masihi Ithad has protested on this day outside the Press Club Islamabad. He claimed that we have the equal rights according to the founders’ speech but the religious extremists are trying to draw a line between citizens of the country. 

 

Minority Day Protest - Simon Yaqoob - Muslim Masihi Ittehad 8-11-13

 

On behalf of British Pakistani Christian Association BPCA, Shamim Masih, a journalist and representative of BPCA in Pakistan held a meeting with leaders from the key faith in Lahore and an agreement was made for a peace mural to be incorporated at Joseph Colony Badami Bagh, Lahore. 

 

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Edited by John R. Houk. All links are for information and added by the editor. Shamim sent three versions of this post and I chose the one with the extra paragraph. Some of this information can be found in greater detail at the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) blog under the title, “Newly Elected Pakistani Government refuses to celebrate state celebration termed “Minorities day,” as it would tarnish Islamic Eid Celebrations!

 

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Protest in Islamabad


Protesters - Christian and Human Rights Activist - about Joseph Colony 3-9-13

Here is an update from Shamim Masih relating to the Muslim rampage against Christians at Joseph Colony just outside Lahore, Pakistan. The rampage and pillaging of Joseph Colony was the result of Islamic intolerance of Sawan Masih saying something about Mohammed undoubtedly in a negative light. Or perhaps Sawan said nothing negatively about Mo and a Muslim or two decided to settle an argument by taking advantage of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws. Thank God I live in a nation in which the Constitution says I have Free Speech and that Congress cannot make a law in which one religion is superior to another religion.

                                                              

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Protest in Islamabad

 

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Sent: 3/9/2013 1:13 PM

 

Christians of Islamabad/Rawalpindi staged protest against Badami Bagh incident

 

Islamabad Pakistan (Shamim Masih): Christians of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, on receiving the news regarding Badami Bagh tragic incident, cancelled all their engagements and immediately convened an emergent meeting about this incident.

 

Later, Christians’ human rights activists, member civil society staged a protest at National Press Club, Islamabad. They were holding banners and shout slogans against on the attack on the poor Christians of Joseph Colony, Lahore.

 

Basharat Khokhar, a human rights activist said that the ugly fact is that the blasphemy law is an enabler of mob violence against vulnerable groups. As long as such laws remain on the books and the authorities remain unwilling or unable to rein in mobs playing judge, jury and executioner, Pakistan will remain plagued by abuse in the name of religion, he added.

 

Samuel Yaqoob urged the Punjab Government to investigate and prosecute as appropriate campaigns of intimidation, threats, and violence against Christian and other vulnerable groups. 

 

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