Live Your Life – Let Others Live Too


Shamim Masih

Shamim Masih

Shamim Masih considers himself a patriotic Pakistani. It often filters his eyes that the Pakistani government will someday protect the rights of all Pakistanis. That is “all” is in not just the Sunni Islamic majority but also religious minorities of which Shamim is a Christian. Many Christians in Pakistan look back and revere Pakistan’s founder – Mohammad Ali Jinnah – secularist minded Muslim who felt a Hindu dominated India would not be a fair place for Muslims to live in.

 

It is my sense that Shamim is realizing that an Islam dominated Pakistan will always be a raw deal for Pakistani Christians.

 

JRH 4/4/16

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Live Your Life – Let Others Live Too

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 4/3/2016 3:46 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: With all respect to Muslims …… Multiculturalism is failure. And that was the reason for Pakistan. There is no point when Muslims migrating to Western Nations and imposing them to accept them or otherwise call them as racists. Do Christians migrate to Muslims nations? Do they accept Christians at all? Simply, no … But the fact is that Muslims do not let other religious minorities to live in their countries and to practice their religion freely. I am by birth Pakistani, not an immigrant; even before the partition [India/Pakistan partition 1947] my forefathers used to live in the same area called Punjab province. Somehow, in early 2000 we shifted to the Twin city (Islamabad/Rawalpindi) and settled living in rented houses, very obviously owned by Muslims.

 

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Pakistan has become a Sunni Muslims dominated country and this sick mind-set has changed the concept of the creation of the country. Founder of the country, Mohammad Ali Jinnah struggled for a country where all people can live peacefully. He clearly announced that every person is free to live his life. On 12 March, 1949, the second constituent assembly of Pakistan passed the Objective Resolution which was proposed by the first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, proclaimed that the future constitution of Pakistan would not be modeled entirely on a European pattern, but on ideology and democratic faith of Islam. The legislative election in 1954 saw the Awami League coming to power and its leader Huseyn Suhrawardy becoming country’s first Bengali Prime Minister. Promulgation of constitution in 1956 leads Pakistan declaring itself Islamic Republic (official name) with the adoption of parliamentary democratic system of government.

 

Since then Islam phobia prevailed in the country and Mullahs are busy in spreading hate against other religions. Thousands of people have been either killed or sent to prisons saving Islam. Muslims believed that Islam is the only sacred religion and they are busy in saving it by killing others. Clerics are busy in giving fatwas and thus creating Mumtaz Qadris. [Blog Editor: Should be of interest – “Pakistan’s Islamic Religious Right Mobilizes Anew to Defend Blasphemy Laws and Try to Get Asia Bibi Hanged”]

 

Good Friday is a Christians’ ritual and its common practice that Christians gather for mass and worship God. Honestly speaking I am not too religious and do not attend church on a regular basis and on these types of occasions I usually worship at my home as I feel every man has his personal affiliation with his creator. There is more than one reason to it, as I am sick of so called pastors (religious businessmen) (will write on it later). So we, family members gathered for Good Friday service and started worshiping in our house. While the service was on someone knocked at the door, I went out to see and found the landlord there. He said that it’s not church and you are not allowed to say our prayer at home, if you want to [not] keep it [your home], continue [praying], better to leave the house. I explained to him that we did not invite others but [our] family members and [we are simply] praying on our religious event. But he was not satisfied and ordered us to leave the house. It’s not the first time, in June last year, when we gathered for my mother’s death anniversary, he disturbed our gathering.

 

Is this country made for Muslims only? Do we have no right to live our lives? Will justice be done? Is this a safe place for our children? I know that government issuing statements that minorities are given equal rights and some minority parliamentarians are doing the same. Some so-called patriotic [Pakistanis] claim try to show their loyalty by criticizing others. But my question is; where does a common Christian person stands? A major portion of Pakistani Christians are living below the poverty line and the same segment faces problems in everyday life.

 

Pakistan is a Muslim dominated country and Muslims have changed the societal culture by building mosques and madrassas on every corner but Christians are not allowed to build [Churches or pray in own homes]. In the capital, Islamabad only, there are hundreds mosques and madrassas are constructed illegally. The Founder of the nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, created this country and [proclaimed] given rights [for all religions]. But his successors have changed his ideology. These hardline clerics are defaming the face of Pakistan not we Christians……

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

 

Journalist, Blogger and Human Rights Activist
http://oiwerk.blogspot.com/

 

The best way to SUPPORT Shamim’s Christian advocacy in Pakistan is via Western Union sending money with this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Shamim’s email is shamimpakistan@gmail.com, Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

All text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor. All links are by the Editor.

 

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Independence Day


August 14th commemorated Pakistan’s independence from British rule and the Muslim partition from India. Shamim Masih reflects on how this Independence Day has evolved for Pakistani Christians and other non-Sunni Muslims in general. Shamim does not say this specifically, but his description of the plight of Pakistani Christians is the result of Sharia Law and Islamic Supremacism.

JRH 8/16/15

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Independence Day

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 8/14/2015 11:51 AM

As a Sunni majority Pakistan is celebrating the 68th Independence Day, where religious minorities of the country are still living in fear. Pakistan came into being on the basis of the odd two nation theory. In spite of living together for centuries, the Hindus and the Muslims were unable to co-operate and co-exist with each other on the basis of religion. Thus the two nation theory was presented and pretended that there were two different nations living in the sub-continent, who have different religions, cultures and social values and back ground. And they can never merge with each other; whereas cultural and social values were mostly common other than religion. Therefore Muslim leaders demanded a separate homeland for them.

After years of struggle, Mohammad Ali Jinnah succeeded in getting a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia in 1947. On August 11, 1947. This was just three days prior to independence. Jinnah the founder of the country made a speech in the constitution assembly and called on Pakistanis not to interject religion into their public lives. The important role of minorities was enshrined in the national flag with a white bar. He said, you are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.

Now you see that the founding father has set other religions minorities’ free and mentioned that religion, caste or creed has nothing to do with the business of the State. But after two decades, an ideological state established in the name of Islam lost its east wing. East Pakistan emerged on the world map as Bangladesh. Unfortunately Pakistan is not independent in true spirit yet; certain mindset persons dominate and rule [the nation]. After the partition of Bangladesh [from the central government in the west], later Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto started discrimination with religious minorities. He declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims and managed to sideline the religious minorities nationalizing Christian’s educational and health institutions.

Later a military dictator Gen Zia made strict blasphemy laws and since then more than 1500 blasphemy cases were reported. Sources confirm that 51 blasphemy accused were murdered before their respective trials were over. How can Pakistan be truly called independent when its religious minorities suffer? Asia Bibi, mother of five, Sawan Masih and a Christian Couple in Gojra and many others are still suffering in jail from a death sentence accused of blasphemy cases. If the constitution gives equal rights to all citizens; why were Christian colonies like Shanty Nager, Sangla Hill, Gojra and Joseph Colony and a Church in Mardan city all set ablaze? The Christian couple was burnt alive and churches in Bhawalpur [or Bahawalpur], Peshawar and Youhanabad, Lahore were attacked where hundreds worshipers were killed and many were injured. Christians along with other minorities of Pakistan faces discrimination and persecution by the State and fellow citizens. They are routinely been accused of blasphemy and attacked or jailed. Their homes and worship places are burned down. Young girls are kidnapped, raped and forcefully converted to Islam and married.

Nazir S Bhatti, president Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) said Pakistan Christians are not free in a true sense, instead they are gone into slavery. They can’t worship freely and enjoy their life. He said rulers have bulldozed minorities’ basic rights and turned them into second class citizens of the country. Thus the independence day of the 14th August, does not represent a true spirit of freedom. Albert David, chairman Pakistan United Christian Moment (PUCM), while expressing his view on Independence Day said unfortunately the real freedom and real democracy could not prevail in the country. The government and private sector have failed to provide equal rights to minorities in Pakistan. We can even see the discrimination in the legislation. Top most offices in the country are banned for minority representatives. Doors of the President house, Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Chief of Army Staff and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are closed for religious minorities.

During Ramadan, all restaurants and other coffee shops are closed, not only this no minority member can eat or drink in an open space. The law is extremely hypocritical and prejudiced not only on a social level, but also on a religious level. It has been preached and a guarantee of equal rights to minorities in [our] Islamic [nation] as well as the constitution of Pakistan. Then why are religious minorities deprived to eat in restaurants or at offices or any other public place? Why [enforce Islamic religious obligations on minorities if] it is not their religious duty to fast during Ramadan? Enforcing respect of Ramadan by an ordinance is a violation of human rights. [Can you agree that] it is not a violation of human rights? Now the time has come that the people of Pakistan and the government have to realize that religious observance is usually a personal matter, not an insurance plan.

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

Correspondent,

Pakistan Today, (About Pakistan Today)

Blogger and Human Rights Activist

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending money with this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text or links embraced by brackets are by the Editor for an American reading audience.

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Honor is Mandatory


Pastor Henry Madava

 

Intro to Shamim’s ‘Honor is Mandatory’

Edited by John R. Houk

By Shamim Masih

August 2, 2015

Shamim Masih writes about Biblical Honor. The tone of the post is in relation to the Glory Filled Pakistan Christian Leadership Conference held in Islamabad Pakistan July 14-18. Shamim in true Pakistani style called the meetings the “National Church leadership Conference”. The felicitator for the conference was Pastor Henry Madava and the organizations sponsoring the Christian event was Christ For All Cities (CFAC). The CFAC is an outreach of Victory Christian Church located in Kiev, Ukraine (I had to use Google Translate on the Church’s location page for it is in Ukrainian). Here is an excerpt from Victory Christian Church’s “Wellcome” page that gives you a feel for the Church and its Pastor Henry Madava:

Victory Christian church is a place where every person can hear the message of the Word of God, receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and learn to build true relationships with Lord and other people, find peace with oneself and also to fulfill his destiny.

Victory Christian church is a place for the whole family where by getting know God`s principles relationships between spouses, between children and parents are been healed, where close friends become even closer. Everyone here has an opportunity to develop oneself, grow spiritually, to spend his time actively and fruitfully. Our church is open for everybody.

Henry Madava is the founder and senior pastor of the Christian Victory Church network and the founder of the international ministry Christ for All Cities.

Henry Madava was born in Zimbabwe. He arrived in the Soviet Union in 1986. After graduating from the Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation, he founded the Victory Church in December 1992.

The mission of Henry Madava is to help people to find salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and to become integral to live the full-fledged life in society. Pastor Henry works on God’s field by teaching and preaching God’s truth not only in Ukraine but all over the world. Consistent and clear explanation of the Word of God makes his teachings accessible to everyone.

Pastor Henry Madava is the well-known preacher and speaker at many conferences. He has preached the Word of God in more than 40 countries worldwide. As one of the prominent Christian leaders in Ukraine, Henry Madava is eager to see the awakening that would cover the entire Ukraine and the whole world. A lot of Victory Churches have already been founded in Ukraine and abroad.

As an evangelist, Henry Madava holds Festivals of Jesus in different parts of the world every year. These are evangelistic healing meetings where … (Wellcome to Victory Christian Church!)

I felt compelled into Victory Christian Church because it is so similar in name to the Church I attend in Tulsa OK (Victory Christian Center). In the brief reading on CFAC and Brother Henry Madava it appears to me he is an awesome preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is a Vimeo video sharing the promotional Pakistan conference that teaches Christian Pastors and Preachers to be understand a Glory Filled life:

(I looked up the link for the video which was provided but other than social sharing Vimeo denied direct access. It could be because I live in the USA, Pastor Madava’s Church in Ukraine, access was limited to connections with Pakistan or all of the above.)

Frankly I am amazed, gratified and blessed such a conferences was allowed to take place in Sunni-Islam dominated Pakistan. This is a nation in which Sharia Blasphemy Laws are used as a tool to persecute devout and nominal Pakistani-Christians all alike. Here is a “Glory Filled” conference info excerpted from the first day of the conference:

The purpose of Glory Filled conferences is to equip pastors and leaders with the knowledge about the glory and power of God and to impart them with the anointing and fire of the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel in their cities, countries, and nations.

A lot of work has been done to make this vision happen. The Pakistani national conference committee has been working hard for the last six months to organize this big event together with the ministers from the Christ for All Cities. The largest venue in the city—Jinnah Convention Center—was booked in advance to hold this mega event. Its nominal capacity is 2200 people, and it can be extended by placing additional chairs. Special permissions were secured from different governmental authorities to hold this conference. Big promotion work was done in different cities of Pakistan to attract pastors and ministers to participate in the event. More than 500 pastors and ministers came to Islamabad from other cities, and the total number of registered people exceeded 3500. The majority of them came from the region of Islamabad and RawalPindi, the twin cities located in the beautiful mountain region in the north-east of Pakistan. The Christ for All Cities Ministries helped some of them to get to the convention center by providing 30 buses and vans that made multiple trips to distant areas of Islamabad and RawalPindi to pick up people there. In total, about 1500 people could have a possibility to use these buses and vans to come to the event.

Pastor Henry preached from the Gospel of Matthew 16:13-16.Jesus asked His disciples, saying “Who do men say Me to be?” Simon Peter answered and said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Then Jesus answered and said to him “You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” … (Bold Text Mine – Glory Filled Pakistan: Day 1; Event: Glory Filled Pakistan Christian Leadership Conference; CFAC; 7/14/15)

People have been jailed and/or killed for standing for the basic Christian tenet of faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. Islam specifically condemns this belief hence the belief is blasphemy in Islam.

I am presuming Shamim attending all or part of the Glory Filled Pakistan Leadership Conference. The subject of Christian honor has touched Shamim’s heart enough to share it with me and thus I share it with you.

JRH 8/2/15

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Honor is Mandatory

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 8/2/2015 8:04 AM

ISLAMABAD: When it comes to being a follower of Christ, honor is a fact and way of life. Honor is a lifestyle of stopping to embrace the people and places that surround your life. Yet, so often in ministry, honor sometimes seems elusive. Speaking at the National Church leadership Conference, Pastor Henry Madava advised to bring unity among the body of the Christ. He said, being united doesn’t mean, to bring them all under one umbrella, we can stay united in different platforms.

Speaking at the National Church Leadership Conference, “Glory Filled Pakistan” international speaker Pastor Henry Madava said, as a pastors and ministry leaders, the truth is, we are called to show honor to all those around us. Sometimes, it’s blessing for us because we are giving what we have never received ourselves. Honor means, “To hold in high esteem, to regard with great respect, to revere”. Develop a culture of honor, he added.

Many religious leaders around want to be honored but have yet to be model that before their congregation. The truth is, honor has to be cultivated, and honor doesn’t happen by accident but is the result of intentionally living out a vision to lift up those around us. It happens as the result of an intentional pastor or leader that decides to sow the seeds of honor in how they serve our ministries to how they treat their ministers. The honor level in your church is a direct reflection of the level of honor we have modeled as pastors.

Honor is mandatory and Bible has lot to say on the subject of honor. In fact, the Bible calls us to live a life style of honor. “Render therefore to all their due………honors to whom honors.” Romans 13:7 (NKJV) and “Honor all people…….” 1-Peter 2:17 (NKJV)

We are called to live a lifestyle of honoring people, of highly regarding those around us. Often, as pastors, we take pride in being Word passed, but when it comes to our cultivating a culture of honor, have we embraced the Word’s call?

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

Correspondent,

Pakistan Today, (About Pakistan Today)

Blogger and Human Rights Activist

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending money with this LINKto a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Equal Rights or Might is Right?


Christians surrounding Lahore (including Youhanabad)

 

Intro to ‘Equal Rights or Might is Right?’

Intro by John R. Houk

5/5/15

Post by Shamim Masih

Sent: 5/2/2015 12:56 PM

 

Pakistan’s religious minorities are a persecuted lot in the Sunni majority nation. All those minorities receive a large dose of violence and horrors from Sunni Muslims. As a Christian myself I find it particularly horrific the kind of treatment Pakistani Christians receive. Examples range from kidnapping females for forced matrimony, forced conversions, rape, physical assaults due to false accusations of committing blasphemy against Islam (which could be something as simple as burning a single page of the Quran) to settle disputes or to steal Christian property AND downright just horrible violence of graphic forms of murder. In contrast if a Muslim denigrates Christ or Christianity there has been ZERO enforcement of the rule of law against Muslim perpetrators. Muslim mobs will rampage on a Christian community burning homes, Churches, Bibles and murder sprees. Legal consequences against Muslim victimizers are rare. If the Christian community is lucky maybe one or two scapegoats get a slap on the wrist and a probable suspended sentence.

 

In researching the latest Shamim Masih submission for posting I found an article exposing the marginalizing of Pakistani Christians in the NY Times of all places. Here is an excerpt:

 

… According to one estimate, in the last two years there have been 36 targeted attacks on Pakistani Christians, 265 Christian deaths from suicide bombings and 21 “persecutions” of Christians under Pakistan’s blasphemy law. To their credit, several TV anchors ran heart-rending montages of recent incidents in which Muslim mobs or terrorists had shot, bombed or burned Pakistani Christians.

 

But by last Tuesday the conversation had changed, after it was established that the two men lynched by the Christian mob were blameless Muslims who happened to be near the churches when the explosions took place. (Police officers had apprehended the men on suspicion of abetting the bombers, but quickly gave them up to the rioters.) The news of their innocence gave the debates a kind of retributive equilibrium, allowing Muslim politicians to spar with Christian leaders about the other community’s excesses before rolling out their convenient conclusions: All of Pakistan was under threat from Islamist terrorists, even if religious minorities were especially vulnerable; the attack on the Christians was no different from attacks on Shiites and Ahmadis, two sects that have also been targeted by hard-line Sunni groups.

 

The message — that the bombing of two churches was no big deal in this war-torn country — was not lost on anyone.

 

But Pakistani Christians have a strong claim to being the country’s most anciently marginalized group, their predicament made all the more intractable by the silence that surrounds it.

 

This silence is not just about religion; it is also about caste. Most of Pakistan’s 2.8 million Christians are descended from low-caste tribes converted by Anglican and Catholic missionaries during the period of British rule. Dwelling mainly in Punjab Province, these tribes were associated with menial occupations such as sweeping and carcass collection, and had for centuries borne the corresponding stigmas of ritual pollution and “untouchability.” By converting to Christianity — so the missionaries claimed — these long-oppressed peoples were embracing a life of salvation and dignity. …

 

 

What we have, then, is the peculiar despair of a people who are unable to articulate their real grievance, a people who have no political parties or voting blocs of their own, who have only churches and pastors and the eternal motifs of suffering and deliverance to see them through this dark period.

 

To live in present-day Pakistan is to know all this in one’s bones. It is to recognize a welter of prejudices related to the word “Christian,” with its caste associations of waste and blood and a rarely acknowledged but ingrained sense of primordial difference. …

 

Last week’s riots, which were instigated by a religious attack, brought a long-oppressed community’s fury to the fore. … READ ENTIRETY! (Pakistani Christians Fight Back; By ALI SETHI; NY Times; 3/24/15)

 

Shamim Masih brings an onsite Pakistani Christian perspective about the injustice that finally erupted into a rare Christian reprisal against Islamic terrorism in the murder of two Muslims not involved in the homicidal-suicide bomb attack on two separate Churches in the Youhanabad area of Punjab Pakistan. Shamim focuses on how the local authorities have rounded up Christian leaders such as the Human Rights activist Joseph Francis to blame for the murders of the two Muslims AND YET there have NEVER been any arrest of any Sunni leaders in relations to a decades long occurrence of heinous Christian Persecution.

 

Joseph Francis- MBE Award from Queen Elizabeth II 2014

 

Joseph Francis thanked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the dignity and rank of honorary member as well as nominated him for the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) award 2014

 

 

JRH 5/5/15

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Equal Rights or Might is Right?

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 5/2/2015 12:56 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Interior Minister said, if religious beliefs of others are not given respect then it will only promote terrorism. People of Paris should have protested against the cartoons the same way they protested against the attack on Charlie Hebdo, he added. Showing disrespect, being insensitive and ridiculing any religion or faith certainly cannot be termed as freedom of speech which may invite different reactions leading to what happened in France. However, Pakistani Interior Minister cannot preach to others as not only its [Pakistan Muslim] own education curriculum contains a hatred element for other religions which needs to be addressed. First as the same [Charlie Hebdo violence] has resulted in violence against minority communities and treating them as second CLAAS citizens as well. Mr. Nisar should first establish [his religious respect opinion as a] norm in Pakistan and then preach for others. For peaceful coexistence and harmony in this country, all should respect the other religions and avoid doing anything that hurts or insults other people. Disrespecting others’ religion is not ‘freedom of speech’. We know how other religions are being disrespected through school education, law and in society in Pakistan, is not this hypocrisy?

 

According to the media reports, most recently, the Punjab Govt. planned to implicate Joseph Francis, a [human] rights activist in the Youhanabad case. Earlier many Christians from Youhanabad were booked for the lynching of two Muslims after a deadly suicide bomb attack on two Churches which killed more than 20 Christians and many were injured. According to CLAAS, many are still missing and police did not produce them in the courts. CLAAS had filed a writ petition no. 8344/15 in the Lahore High Court (LHC) in which police did not produce the detainee Parviaz [or Pervaiz] John, Yousaf Kamran and his son Shaleem Yousaf. The learned judge LHC disposed of the writ petition with the direction to file a petition under section 22 A & 22 B for the registration of FIR before the Sessions Judge, Lahore with the power of Justice and Peace against the concerned SHO, DSP and SSP investigation. After the judgment from the learned court, according to the media reports, Punjab Government announced [it would] arrest Mr. Francis for blaming Sharif family [as] responsible for the Youhanabad incident and ordered to take action against Christians’ NGOs in Youhanabad and around the vicinity. Punjab govt. also blamed that Mr. Francis instigate the mass to violate which resulted road blockage and ransacking of Metro bus railings.

 

According to Joseph Francis, he was admitted in the hospital during this period and secondly, Pakistani are witnessed to many such types of protests which not only resulted ransacking but in August 2014, we have seen that Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf PTI and PAT – remained sitting on the red zone area but also attacked the Parliament house and PTV buildings. Mr. Nisar and CM Punjab, can you tell me, have you ever announced to arrest Imran Khan and Tahir ul Qadri? I am not supporting people to violate the law but [do] want the equality and the rule of law to be same. After the assassination of the late Benazir Bhutto, protesters not only destroyed public properties but also looted ATM machines in many cities of the country. How many of them were detained and punished?

 

In Gojra, Shanti Nager, Mardan, Joseph Colony many churches were burnt and how many of them were punished so far? Mr. Nisar, learn to give respect to [minority] religions and punish those who burnt the Christian couple alive in Kot Radha Kishan, and 8 family members including children in Gojra. Aslam Parvaiz Sohtra and Sohail Johnson are being targeted for being outspoken for the rights of community they belong to. The daughter of Aslam Parvez Sohtra said her father was patient and authorities didn’t allow the family to see him. It is just simply planted and Punjab govt. is doing it to curb the voice of Christians. This is very unfortunate that some Christian politicians are behind it, certainly they will meet their ends.

     

The latest US Commission on International Religious Freedom report also noted that Pakistan represents one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom”. The report on Pakistan said that the country continued to experience chronic sectarian violence targeting Shias, Christians, Ahmadis, and Hindus. Despite positive rulings by the Supreme Court, the government failed to provide adequate protection to targeted groups or to prosecute perpetrators and those calling for violence. The foundation of Pakistan was laid on the principles of peace, tolerance and religious freedom. But this is unfortunate that after 68 years of independence, women lack and minorities lack equality, religious dissenters are persecuted our political freedoms are curtailed. How can we think of becoming a great nation without giving freedom? Human rights defenders and journalists are staunched. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report for 2014 [See Also HERE] expectedly paints a grim picture of the state of human rights in Pakistan. Some of the highlights the report quotes are shocking. The number of people killed in terrorist attacks in 2014 was 1723 while 3143 were injured. Many of these were targeted 210 people lost their lives in sectarian attacks, 12 doctors, 13 lawyers and 45 members of polio vaccination teams fall victim to the killers’ bullets. The report speaks not just of the conditions of insecurity of human life we live under, it also notes that people’s freedoms, thought, association, religious beliefs or conscience have been under attack.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending money with this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

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Edited by John R. Houk

All links within Shamim’s report are by the Editor for source context and all text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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Justice without Discrimination, we Demand


Muslim murdered by enraged Christians 3-15-15

Muslim murdered by enraged Christians 3-15-15

 

Shamim Masih writes of the aftermath of the homicidal-suicide attacks on a Catholic Church and a Protestant Church. In the aftermath of those attacks some Pakistani-Christians became fed up with Sunni Muslim persecution and went on a rampage of their own in which two Sunni Muslims were murdered and burned. Pakistan police have been engaged in a manhunt for the Christian perpetrators. On the other hand Shamim is wondering where is the same degree of justice that Christian victims should acquire from decades of persecution by Sunni Muslims.

 

JRH 3/22/15

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Justice without Discrimination, we Demand

Frequently Attacked Christians

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 3/22/2015 5:05 AM

 

Islamabad: Over the last three decades, Pakistan has transitioned from a developing to an unstable and fragile state. Pakistan is confronted with terrorism which has emanated from the events in this region over the last thirty years. Although democracy successfully returned to Pakistan in 2008 after nine years of military rule, Pakistan continues to grapple with economic decline, weakening of the social capital and increasingly violent socio-political conflicts. The weakness of mechanisms to address conflict without violence are compounded by human rights abuses and widening division on the basis of ethnicity, gender and religion. Weakening cohesion between different segments of the society, conflicts over resource distribution, humanitarian assistance and representation often spiral into violence. Relationship between the government and its constituency lack trust, accountability and transparency.

 

Pakistanis have been attacked in Churches, Masjids [Shia], Imam Baragahs [aka Imambargahs (Shia Mosque) – See HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE], market places and schools. Our children and women were killed irrespective of their religion. Islamist militants in Pakistan have frequently attacked Christians and other religious minorities over the last decade. But the recent bomb attack on two churches in Youhanabad [Also See HERE and HERE] has left Christians terrified and afraid; many in the aftermath ran from the incident site and locked themselves in their homes. Others full of fury and rage rampaged through the streets, and a few of them took the law into their own hands murdering two cohorts of the attack who they alleged were believed to be involved in the terrorist attack. The two men were burned alive in an act that emulated the manner in which many Christians and other blasphemy law victims have been murdered by the extremists in the past years. Now the government has arrested many of them, I take them as victims now. They will suffer and nobody will help them in any sense. NGOs and other so-called activists is regularly going there for photo session but nobody will realize their pain.

  

We Pakistanis are already living in critical zone; always living under constant different threats, we cannot move freely in parks, markets and we are not even safe in worship places. We always face short of different services, occasionally our Internet and mobile service is struck off due to security reasons. And Christians of the country are an impoverished segment of the nation. It was contrary to their usual reaction. Any Christian around the world supports their [revenge-minded Christians’] arrest and the arrest of any protesters that caused damage to the public and private property. We believe that the rule of law is paramount to order and control. Local Christian leadership has given the names of those who were involved in this incident and some mob destruction of property. Christians normally do not react in this manner. However there are examples of reaction seen many times, protesters even have razed every blockage on their way and destroyed the public and private property. But don’t want to drag the names of the people who have been working for the humanity. There are rumors that authorities has registered the names of some of those people as well. Very obviously; we believe, it is inhuman and degrading treatment [act of revenge], but where [does the anger and fury] come from?

 

I believe, law breakers must be brought to justice but can someone give me the names of the perpetrators of the Gojra incident where eight family members including two children were burnt alive, how about the people involved in burning 2000 Christian’s houses including 13 churches in Shanti Nager, Shangla [Sangla] Hill and in Joseph Colony Lahore, where 178 Christian house including two churches. What about the protesters, who destroyed the twin city and looted shops and ATM machines around the country when Benazir Bhutto was killed in Rawalpindi. How about the mob that went to French Embassy when there was hue and cry about sketches? In the recent year, how many were punished while attacking the parliament house and even Supreme Court of Pakistan? And most recently how many were punished when Christian couple was burnt alive in Kot Radha Kishan. Justice should be given to all without discrimination.

 

The government of Punjab and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar claimed to take strict action against the perpetrators of the violence. Mr. Nisar and CM Punjab are answerable to the Christian community to provide justice without any discrimination. We do not condone such violence and hatred said Wilson Chaudhry, chairman British Pakistani Christian Association. We wholeheartedly support the arrests and prosecution of any Christians involved in the murder. But we condemn the excessive force by police who are quite randomly capturing Pakistani Christians in a crack-down that is deemed biased. We call the government to protect all those arrested while they go through legal process, he added. Pakistani media have wholly focused on the murder of “more valuable lives of Muslims”. Their skewed reports on the attack have fuelled the great hatred towards Christians in Pakistan.

 

The Supreme Court has ordered to protect the worship places of religious minorities. But sadly interior ministry doesn’t seem interested to do so. Ch. Nisar claimed that due to the shortage of the staff, ministry is unable to provide security to all worship places in the country. However police officer told us (agreed not mention his name) thousands of the police officials are fixed in and around Raywind Mohal and the same are deputed in Raywind for the religious services of Sunni Muslims.

 

It’s another Sunday, Church leaders have called for their parishioners to attend their churches despite threats that their churches will be bombed. It will continue and continue….  Let’s pray for Pakistani Christians, let’s stand with each other, and let’s hold one another. Many of us are tired of government and are looking to build sustainable communities. Governments are their intelligence services and their lack of respect for human rights are wreaking havoc and promoting fundamentalism around the world and especially here in Pakistan. 

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

 

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

 

Daily Khabrian – in Urdu (PakBiz.com description – in English) & Channel – 5 (A project of Khabrian Group of papers)

 

For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending this LINK to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

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Edited by John R. Houk

Text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

All links are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Masih

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.

 

JRH 9/17/14

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Minorities have no choice in Pakistan

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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Edited by John R. Houk

All text or links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Masih

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Editor: For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

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