Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 14 Oct 2010 20:46

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan self-touted as having been created as a haven for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent, the minority Shia Muslim sect are prevented by the majority Sunni Muslim sect from praying in a Islamic shrine

Appears that being a Muslim in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is no guarantee for being free from persecution if one belongs to the “wrong“ sect of Islam:

Sehwan incident
Dawn Editorial
Thursday, 14 Oct, 2010

It is a sad reflection on Pakistani society when sectarian differences and schisms begin to affect Sufi shrines, long considered bastions of tolerance and communal harmony.

The golden-domed mausoleum of Syed Usman Marwandi — better known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar — in Sehwan had to be sealed on Tuesday to prevent a clash between two groups of devotees belonging to different sects. ……………

Tension started mounting when the brother of Sindh’s senior minister announced that a majlis would be held in the shrine’s Dhamal court. This provoked members of the Sunni community, ………………..

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Raghavendra » 05 Nov 2010 14:03

No place for Ahmadi body in a Muslim graveyard http://tribune.com.pk/story/71177/no-pl ... graveyard/
BHALWAL: Interred body of an Ahmadi was exhumed here on Sunday from a Muslim graveyard after some local clerics led protest against the burial and the Sargodha tehsil police forced the dead man’s heirs to remove it from the graveyard.

Shehzad Waraich, who died on October 30, was a resident of Chak 24 North.

Shehzad’s brother told The Express Tribune that several members of the family including his grandparents and parents were buried in the same graveyard. He said there never had been any objection or disapproval.

He said that their families were the only two Ahmadi families in Bhalwal, a town with a population of only a few thousands. Chaks 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 have three government graveyards, shared by the residents of the area, he said.

He said that the people of his village, Chak 24 North, had not objected to his brother’s burial in the Chak 19 graveyard, so he had buried the body there. “Some of our elders are also buried there, we decided to bury him in the same graveyard,” he added. Waraich’s body was buried in the Chak 19 graveyard on the morning of October 30.

He said that on October 31, Sadar Division SHO Azhar Yaqoob and DSP Ghulam Murtaza came to their village along with other police officials and asked his family to remove the body of his brother from the Muslims graveyard of Chak 19.
“I told him that our elders were all buried in the graveyard. Neither the people of my village, nor of Chak 19 had raised any objection,” he said.
He said that the police told him that some local clerics in Sargodha had objected to the burial and in the interest of law and order, asked him to remove the body of his younger brother.

He said that the family, some relatives and the police then exhumed the body from the graveyard on Sunday.

“I don’t think that the police were forced to do this. The way I see it, the police forced us.”

Saleemul Din, an Ahmadi community spokesman condemned the police action. He said, “To this day, 30 Ahmadis’ bodies have been exhumed for similar reasons. The police do have no right to humiliate the dead from our community like this. Yet, they have been doing it since 1984.”

Sadar Division DSP Ghulam Murtaza said that some clerics had approached him and asked him to remove the body. He said that they had threatened him with protest movement against the police if the body of the Ahmadi man was not exhumed. In view of the sensitivity of the situation, he said, he did his best to resolve the matter peacefully by ordering the removal the body from the graveyard.




Police thwart Hindu kidnapping attempt http://tribune.com.pk/story/70157/polic ... g-attempt/
SUKKUR: The police managed to foil a kidnapping attempt on Saturday when they arrested a rickshaw driver and found a small boy with him.

Class six student Sahil, 12, son of Sunil Kumar, came out Falcon Public School at DCO Chowk on Saturday and signaled to a rickshaw to stop. The boy asked the rickshaw driver, Niaz Mastoi, to take him home at Quaid-e-Azam Road but instead of going to Sahil’s house, Mastoi sped off towards the bypass in Saddar. From there, Mastoi whisked the boy out of the rickshaw at gunpoint and was trying to take him away when a police mobile unit appeared on the scene and the boy started shouting for help.

The police rushed to help and arrested Mastoi.

DSP Jacobabad Ehsan Buledi told The Express Tribune on the phone that his team was on routine patrol when they heard the boy shouting. They have registered a case the rickshaw driver at Saddar police station. Sahil has been reunited with his family. An investigation is underway, added Buledi.

Meanwhile, incidents of kidnapping of Hindu children have been reported earlier in the year, the more recent being the disappearances of three boys from Kashmore in September and October.

As these kidnappings continue, Hindu families living in interior Sindh have started planning to move to other cities out of fear for their children’s safety.


Residents have also complained that the Hindu MNAs and MPAs have also failed to protect their community.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Prem » 11 Nov 2010 00:52

A Christian woman named Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by District and Session Courts after year long trial on accusation of blasphemy filed by Muslim villagers of Ittanwali, where she was residing from generations.
While working in farms with other Muslim women, Asia Bibi was dragged in religious dialogues on June 19, 2009, when Muslim women termed her an “Infidel” and Christianity a “Religion of infidels” and pressed her to embrace Islam. Asia Bibi who is married and have two children, defended Christianity with her little knowledge and told Muslim women that Christianity is only True religion on which Muslim women made a roar and accused her defiling Prophet Mohammad.The Muslim men working in nearby fields also gathered and attacked Asia Bibi on which she fled to village in her home. The angry Muslims followed her and took her out of home and started beating her. They tortured her children also but meanwhile some one informed police.
The police took Asia Bibi to police Station and filed FIR against her under section 295-B and C of Pakistan Penal Code but showed it a protective custody to other Christians of Ittanwali village. Section 295 B and C PPC are subject to life in prison or death sentence but it is first judgment in history of Pakistan when a woman is sentenced to death.


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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 12 Nov 2010 08:28

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, non Muslims are reminded yet again of their lowly status as Dhimmi’s.

AFP's take on the above story:

Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby sanjeevpunj » 12 Nov 2010 08:55

Believe me, reading all this convinces me we have to do another Bangladesh here in Pakistan itself.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 17 Nov 2010 19:53

The official Vatican press agency Fides reports that in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Christian women are treated as war booty or 'mal-e-ganimat' by Muslim Men.:

Christian lawyers note “growing discrimination and persecutions”

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby darshhan » 18 Nov 2010 23:10

Baloch and Brahui tribal structure explained in detail.

http://www.tribalanalysiscenter.com/PDF ... Brahui.pdf

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 23 Nov 2010 08:27

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan members of the minority Sikh religion are prevented from carrying out their religious practice by the Government.

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is it halal for Dhimmi’s to demand to be treated on par with the Momin :?: :

Sikhs protest govt decision to bar 'Palki' procession in Pak



……………. Pakistan Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee president Sardar Bishon Singh said that if Muslims are freely allowed to observe their rituals, there should be no restrictions on Sikh festivals in the name of security.

"People from the Barelvi school of thought have taken out religious processions on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed with security and the same facility could be extended to Sikhs," Singh argued. ………………

PTI via TOI

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 23 Nov 2010 21:34

Fasi Zaka contrasts the religious freedom in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and India.

He does the above by contrasting the treatment meted out to Aasia Bibi, a member of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Christian minority under sentence of death for “blaspheming Islam” and India’s Islamic tele-evangelist Zakir Naik whose criticism of other religions in a bid to puff up Islam is fully protected by India’s constitution despite himself belonging to a minority religion in India:

The one person who can save Aasia Bibi

Aasia Bibi’s laudatory words for Jesus may have meant she didn’t think in the same way for Islam. Which, of course, she doesn’t, because she is not a Muslim.
Now look at this implication of the blasphemy law in Pakistan. Keep this in mind, Christians think Jesus as the greatest man while Muslims feel the same for Mohammed (pbuh). Now ask a Christian, “In light of your knowledge of Mohammed (pbuh), who is the best man who ever lived?”

If the Christian’s answer is in line with his religious dogma, he can be put to death. It’s 295-C taken to the legal extremities of its philosophy. The law is not just about outright, inflammatory or hateful blasphemy but even inferences from normal discussions between non-Muslims and Muslims. All you need is someone to litigate.
That’s why Dr Zakir Naik, whom Pakistanis watch with great relish on cable from international channels, can never have a comparative religion debate in Pakistan. Whoever he goes up against can be prosecuted for proselytising against Islam or thinking less of the Prophet (pbuh) because they have stated why they believe in something else. Aasia Bibi, on the other hand, was indirectly forced into that position. Maybe Zakir Naik needs to be the one defending Aasia Bibi, since, ironically, his bluster is based on the religious freedom he has in India.


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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby anupmisra » 24 Nov 2010 17:09

Insecurity Amongst Hindus in Baluchistan
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A few years ago, my friend Basant Lal Gulshan, a reputed political representative of the Hindu community in Balochistan and currently a minister in Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani’s cabinet, visited me at my Daily Times bureau office inside Universal Complex on Jinnah Road, Quetta. We discussed over a cup of coffee amid irritating load-shedding in a July noon about the social, political and economic state of the Hindus, the largest religious minority in Balochistan.

“Basant, tell me one thing,” I said as he glanced at an Urdu newspaper lying on the large wooden table.

What? Are you also trying to convert me into Islam?” he laughed and wittingly referred to one such question that he, and surely several other Hindus, had to grow up with in a Muslim-majority society.

“Aray no,” I immediately interrupted, “Just tell me, when did the Hindus first come to Balochistan and Where did they come from?”

Basant laughed loudly at what I subsequently realized was an absurd question.

What do you mean that when and from where the Hindus came?” he explained, “Hindus are in fact the original inhabitants of this place. They were very much here even before the arrival of anyone else in Balochistan. Hindus have been living in Balochistan since time immemorial.”

Basant had a valid point. Hindus have lived in Balochistan for centuries. They have loved Balochistan for its secular and religiously tolerant culture. While millions of non-Muslims left for India at the time of Partition in 1947 from all three provinces of Pakistan, the Hindus of Balochistan, on the other hand, did not emulate their compatriots. They have not only lived in Balochistan with much respect and tranquility but also possessed exorbitant businesses in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan, and many other districts of the gas-rich province. One finds a sizeable number of Hindus running impressive businesses and offering laudable social services in the districts of Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Bolan, Jhal Magsi, Sibi, Khuzdar, Kalat, Dera Bugti, Mastung, Quetta, Lasbela and other districts.

My journalistic mentor Siddiq Baluch often jokingly reminds me that if you pick up the telephone directory of one of these Baloch districts, you will find so many (Hinud surnames) Kumars, Kapoors and Sharmas that you will start believing for a while that you are searching the telephone directory of Mumbai or New Delhi.

The behavior of secular Baloch tribal chiefs has historically been friendlier than the State towards the Hindus minorities. For example, prominent Baloch leader Nawab Mohammad Akbar Khan Bugti, who was killed by Pervez Musharraf regime in a military operation, used to keep the Hindu population very close to his legendary fort in order to safeguard the religious minorities from the criminal elements present in the area. It was this reason that when the fort of Nawab Bugti was attacked by the Frontier Corps (FC) on March 17, 2005, a lot of Hindus, mainly women and children, were killed in the assault which was directed at the Baloch tribal chief and a former chief minister of the gas-rich province.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), the country’s foremost credible human rights watchdog, in its 2005 report “Conflict in Balochistan” issued the list of 31 Hindus, including 19 children, 3 women and 11 men, who were killed by the security forces in the attack on Nawab Bugti’s fort.

Another 24 Hindus were injured in the same attack. No investigation was ever carried out against the killing of innocent Hindus by the security forces nor was any one punished for this grave violation of human, more importantly minority, rights. Unapologetic about their actions, the security forces further intensified their war against democratic Balochs until it culminated in the state-sponsored murder of a former Baloch chief minister Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, 79.

Even in the most turbulent times, the Baloch leaders endeavored to ensure the safety and security of the Hindus. They were offered a sense of ownership and equal status in the society because of their peaceful nature, loyalty with their historic land and enormous contributions in the local businesses. They were never discriminated against on the basis of religion in the Baloch society where ethnic identity is still given preference over the religious identity.

Unfortunately, Balochistan has recently witnessed the surge of violence against Hindus with the rise of criminal activities. The provincial government, headed by the Pakistan People’s Party, has entirely failed to guard the life and property of the people living in the province. The presence of an incompetent government that has remained unable to maintain its writ in the province, several criminal groups have been encouraged to take the whole society hostage. These groups particularly target the Hindu businessmen in cases of kidnapping for ransom.

Since the Hindus are actively involved in local businesses and lack considerable representation in the local politics, media and the civil society, they have become a very soft target of the criminal groups. Dozens of Hindus have been kidnapped by these criminal groups from time to time in different parts of Balochistan. The provincial government has not taken tangible measures to immediately address this pressing issue.

The killing of Hamesh Kumar, a Hindu trader, in Quetta city and the kidnapping of his son, Rajesh, earlier this week is a graver reminder of an opening chapter of violence against religious minorities. No matter what the motives behind such desperate actions are, they lead to more insecurity among the members of the Hindu community. Insecure and terrorized Hindus bring shame to secular Balochistan. Therefore, Baloch tribal elders and nationalist parties should also rise to reiterate their commitment to minority rights.

Members of the Balochistan Assembly hailing from the minority community, including my friend Basant Lal Gulshan, staged a walk out during the previous session to vent their anger over the increasing violence directed at the Hindu community in Balochistan. The minority MPAs must not have walked out of the BA happily as all of them are already a part of the provincial government. They must not have done so to offend the provincial chief minister. In fact they did so as a last resort to draw the attention of the chief minister and the top officials of the provincial government towards the kidnapping and killing of Hindu traders.

It is, I admit, unfair to ask for selective justice from the government. After all, the responsibility of the government is to safeguard all members of the society irrespective of their religious and ethnic affiliations. On the other hand, one would hardly expect any improvement in the state of insecurity that has engulfed the Hindus of Balochistan for the reason that the province is already undergoing an anarchic phase of its history. Teasing tactics and violent behavior with the religious minorities is not the hallmark of the Baloch society and the current cycle of violence should be reversed.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 25 Nov 2010 21:49

X Posted.

The Asian Human Rights Commission puts out a statement condemning the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for acts of extrajudicial murder targeting the Baloch minority carried out by State Actors like the Frontier Corps and Security Agencies :

PAKISTAN: Extrajudicial killings rapidly increase in Balochistan

Meanwhile the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sardar Aslam Raisani , confirms to the BBC the involvement of security agencies of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the killings of the minority Baloch:

Top Balochistan minister alleges extrajudicial killings

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby A_Gupta » 26 Nov 2010 19:53

http://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2010/1 ... -extremist

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: The Christian community in Karachi needs immediate protection from imminent attacks by extremists

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 27 Nov 2010 11:44

International press freedom watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières suspects the kidnap, torture and murder of minority Baloch journalist Abdul Hameed Hayatan as an act of extrajudicial execution committed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Note the cynical message of “Eid present for the Baloch people.” pinned to the journalists body. Is an “Islamic Republic” which claims to be the worlds first “ideological Muslim State” permitted to indulge in practices that lower the sanctity of a Muslim holy day ? :

Baloch journalist kidnapped, tortured and murdered

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 28 Nov 2010 12:44

In the “Moderate” and “Enlightened” Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dhimmi Christian’s once again under likely threat of violence emanating from their Muslim fellow citizens.

The Asian Human Rights Commission:

PAKISTAN: The Christian community in Karachi needs immediate protection from imminent attacks by extremists

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby SSridhar » 30 Nov 2010 18:41

3½ Year Old Hindu Girl Kidnapped
Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti has taken notice of abduction of a minor girl who belongs to the Hindu community and pledged to get her released at the earliest. He said the kidnappers would be dealt with iron hands.

The three and a half year old Aanchal was kidnapped from outside a Hindu temple in Kashmore district, on Thursday.

In a statement released on Monday, the minister directed the authorities concerned to ensure the safe release of the girl and stressed for conducting special operation for the purpose as early as possible.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Raghavendra » 01 Dec 2010 10:03

Shia leader killed in Karachi
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.as ... 2010_pg7_4
KARACHI: A Shia leader was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Mehmoodabad on Monday. in an apparent sectarian killing incident as Muharram approaches.

Ferozabad police said Pasban-e-Aza president Nayyar Zaidi, 50, was travelling in his car with his nephew. An armed man intercepted them near the railway line in Chenesar Goth. He dragged out Zaidi from the car and shot him five times, they added.

DSP Chauhadry Asad said the culprit resorted to firing with a submachine gun and managed to flee on a motorcycle parked a few feet away from the spot.

The body was handed over to the family after medico-legal formalities. The police, with the help of Zaidi’s nephew, have drawn the sketch of the killer.

After the incident, tension prevailed in Soldier Bazaar, Ancholi, Rizvia and other Shia-majority areas while heavy contingents of law enforcers were called in.


Sectarian killings arise as Muharram approaches
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.as ... 010_pg12_3
KARACHI: Two people have been gunned down in apparent sectarian killing incidents within two days, suggesting that anti-social elements have become active in the city as the revered month of Muharram approaches.

A Shia leader was shot dead by an unidentified armed man in Mehmoodabad on Monday, said the Ferozabad police.

Police said Pasban-e-Aza president Nayyar Zaidi, 50, resident of Mehmoodabad No 4, had left home in his car (PG-4378) with his nephew and was intercepted near the railway line in Chenesar Goth by an armed man. He dragged out Zaidi from the car and shot him five times, they added.

His body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and handed over to the family after medico-legal formalities.

DSP Chauhadry Asad said the culprit resorted to firing with a submachine gun and managed to flee on a motorcycle parked a few feet away from the spot.

After the incident, tension prevailed in Soldier Bazaar, Ancholi, Rizvia and other Shia-majority areas while heavy contingents of law enforcers were called in.

The funeral prayer of the deceased was offered at Masjid-e-Erum, Mehmoodabad and he was buried at the Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard.

The police with the help of Zaidi’s nephew have drawn the sketch of the culprit.

On Sunday, activist of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, formerly Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), Abdul Rehman was gunned down in Sharifabad police limits.

On Nov 25, another Shia man, an active member of Pak Haidery Scouts and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was shot dead in Block Q, North Nazimabad, while the son of famous Noha Khwan Razi Rizvi was gunned down in the North Karachi area on Nov 11.

People belonging to the Shia sect and SSP activists have been targeted frequently in the city, with both parties blaming each other over the killings. Despite claims of city police on arrest of scores of alleged militants involved in sectarian violence, incidents of sectarian killings are becoming a routine in the metropolis.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby anupmisra » 01 Dec 2010 17:05

No minority rights in Pakistan

The fact is there are no minority rights in Pakistan.
Ironically, it is socially acceptable that people belonging to the poor Christian community are treated despicably, considered unhygienic, called names such as choora (sewer cleaner), regardless of their actual profession.
A few years ago, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had put up a banner on the Islamabad Expressway inviting the Christian biradari (community) to apply for janitorial jobs vacant at the CDA.
Minority members of parliament have to begin their speeches by first praising Islam and the government of Pakistan for guaranteeing them whatever limited rights they have, and still they are looked down upon by the ulema (sitting mostly on the treasury desks).
The Hindu community has faced constant harassment and the number of forced conversions in Sindh has been on a constant rise.
We live in such an ideologically insecure country hell-bent on maintaining our brand as an Islamic Republic that we undercount and under-report the percentage of minorities in our census.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby SSridhar » 03 Dec 2010 17:42

The fundamentalist Lahore High Court bails out Gojra massacre accused
The counsel for the accused claimed that the two applicants had no role in any incident of Gojra clashes between Muslim and Christian communities. He said the complainant of the first information report (FIR), Mainga Masih, was not present on the occasion while one out of two eyewitnesses mentioned in the FIR had gone abroad and never pursued the case. The court accepted the pleas by applicants and ordered their release on bail.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Narad » 03 Dec 2010 18:24

Graveyard 'purified' for the Muslims. Little girl exhumed from graveyard.

Someone tell these Islamic r@ts that dead bodies have no religion. :sad:


“When we buried our Summan Prem (in the Muslim graveyard) on October 1, 2009, we mistakenly thought it was the Christian graveyard,” an uncle of the girl told the Dawn newspaper, tears rolling down his cheeks as he remembered his niece who would have turned 10 this year.
The Muslims accused the management of negligence and threatened to stop burying their dead in the graveyard unless it was “purified” by removing the non-Muslim’s body.

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 03 Dec 2010 20:52

By offering a reward for the death of a Christian woman, this Muslim Cleric in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan hardly contributes to the claims made by Muslims that Islam is a Religion of Peace.

Will the Non-Pakistani parts of the Muslim world condemn this action that paints Islam as a Religion of Violence ?:

Cleric offers reward to kill Christian woman

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 10 Dec 2010 07:20

Coverage on the persecution being dispensed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Dhimmi’s whose forefathers did not have the good judgement to forsake the Islamic Republic at the time of partition.

Dhimmi Zoroastrian Havovi Cooper in Huffington Post:

Asia Bibi and Pakistan’s Selective Persecution

And in the Guardian , a Momin’s view on the persecutory antics of his fellow Muslim’s by Mustafa Qadri

Religious lobby is running riot in Pakistan

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Lalmohan » 10 Dec 2010 23:37

why only last week Mr Qadri was waxing eloquently about the jackbooted repression that Ms A Roy suffers from in a South Asia where journalists are under threat...

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 11 Dec 2010 20:03

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the self proclaimed safe haven for the Muslims of the Indian Sub Continent, worlds first IEDological Muslim state and sole Islamic nuclear power, this week has been a bad one for the minority Muslim’s of the Shia sect from the predatory attentions of fellow Muslim’s of the majority Sunni sect.

First a suicide attack on Wednesday:

15 killed in Kohat suicide attack against Shias

Then a second suicide attack during the week in which a Shia Hospital was attacked on the Muslim Sabbath of Friday:

At least 10 killed in Hangu sectarian attack

Truly amazing that in a country that takes great pride is proclaiming its Muslimness, it is commonplace for one variant of Muslim to seek to exterminate another variant of Muslim for some arcane difference in the interpretation of Islamic ideology :roll: .

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby shiv » 11 Dec 2010 20:20

arun wrote:Truly amazing that in a country that takes great pride is proclaiming its Muslimness, it is commonplace for one variant of Muslim to seek to exterminate another variant of Muslim for some arcane difference in the interpretation of Islamic ideology :roll: .


Must be festival time in Pakistan? 8)

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 12 Dec 2010 14:13

X Posted from the Baluchistan : The Story Of Another Pakistan Military Genocide thread.

Oppression of the Baloch ethnic minority continues. Security forces of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan kidnap Baloch student leader:

BSO-Azad leader whisked away by security agencies

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 12 Dec 2010 18:41

In the “Enligtened Moderate” Islamic Republic of Pakistan a doctor is charged with blasphemy for throwing in the waste basket a visiting card that had the name Mohammad printed on it.

The doctor of course belongs to the minority and by virtue of that fact the “less pure” Ismaili sect of Islam:

Pakistan arrests doctor for blasphemy: police

(AFP) – 3 hours ago

KARACHI — A doctor has been arrested for insulting the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan, police said on Sunday, in a second high profile case throwing the spotlight on the country's controversial anti-blasphemy laws.

Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad.

"The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic," regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP.

"Faizan accused Valiyani of committing blasphemy and asked police to register a case against the doctor."

Shah said the issue had been resolved after Valiyani, a member of Pakistan's Ismaili community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, apologised but local religious leaders intervened and pressed for action. …………….

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Brad Goodman » 12 Dec 2010 23:20

Pakistan: Christians Abducted

PAKISTAN – On Jun 21, 16 Christians were abducted by Muslim extremists when they collected to urge in Academy Town, Peshawar, Pakistan.

According to The Voice of a Martyrs contacts in Pakistan, “Salamat Masih and 30 of his family and tighten friends were collected to urge and applaud a birth of his daughter, when 12 Taliban [members] of a Lashka-e-Islam organisation pennyless into his residence yelling and shouting. They hold a believers during gunpoint. The Muslim house-owner, Haji Muhammad Saraj, was also benefaction during a time to collect rent.”


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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Brad Goodman » 15 Dec 2010 21:02

Pakistan: Christian girl raped by Muslims fears retribution

The foetus suffers from a severe form of hydrocephalus; no higher or lower limbs are present. It is destined for certain death due to miscarriage, or, should it come to light, in the first moments of life. That is the tragic diagnosis for the foetus in the womb of Kiran Nayyaz, the 13 year old Catholic girl of Pakistan who became pregnant after being sexually abused in April.

The incident was condemned by the Church in October 2010. Nayyaz Kiran, who worked as a maid in the house of a wealthy Muslim landowner, became pregnant after being subjected to repeated sexual violence by Muhammad Javed, a young Muslim, employed as a driver by the same family. The incident happened in the village of Chak Jhumra, approximately 30 miles from Faisalabad in April 2010, but a formal complaint against the rapist was only submitted to authorities on October 2, thanks to the intervention of the “Justice and Peace Commission” and the “Commission for Women” from the diocese of Faisalabad.

Kiran is now under the protection of the Catholic Church and has already moved from three convents for security reasons. The girl in fact, is threatened by her own relatives, as well as her attacker's. The family would like to eliminate her because her case is considered a stain, a “dishonour” to the family, according to the logic that gives precedence to the culture and ancestral traditions over Christian faith. The man who abused her, and his group of Muslim cronies would like to kill her to erase any possibility of legal conviction and, therefore, to have assured impunity.

The Catholic Church in Faisalabad is providing medical and psychological care to the youth. Local sources say that Kiran is absolutely exhausted, both physically and psychologically, in her painful condition of “child turned adult”. Some doctors say her life could be at risk, given the difficult pregnancy, now in its sixth month. The choice is, however, to “leave it in the hands of Providence and give up to God the life of the child that Kiran carries in her womb. There will not be, however, a voluntary termination of pregnancy. If there is a miscarriage, it will be accepted. If the foetus comes to light he will be baptised in the early moments of his life in the world. “We are always in favour of life, even in this tragic situation,” notes the Fides source.

Meanwhile human rights groups in Pakistan and also the Association of Pakistani Christians in Italy claim that those responsible for the violence, still at large, do not go unpunished, but be arrested and prosecuted.


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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby arun » 15 Dec 2010 22:08

X Posted from the ISI News & Discussion thread.

Death squad sponsored by the notorious intelligence organisation of the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), suspected in the killing journalist Mohammad Khan Sasoli in Khuzdar, Baluchistan :

I.S.I.'s death squad believed to be involved in Khuzdar reporter killing

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Raghavendra » 27 Dec 2010 20:45

Over 25 Pakistani Hindu families seek political asylum in India
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_ov ... ia_1486816

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Postby arun » 27 Dec 2010 20:52

Same story from Dawn.

Regional Director of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights, Saeed Ahmed Khan, at a seminar on “Provincial Conference on Balochistan Crisis” said, “ As many as 27 Hindu families from Balochistan have sent applications to the Indian embassy for asylum in India” owing to the murder and kidnap of Hindu’s in Pakistan occupied Balochistan:

Hindu families seeking asylum in India

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby Bhaskar » 27 Dec 2010 22:21

sanjeevpunj wrote:Believe me, reading all this convinces me we have to do another Bangladesh here in Pakistan itself.

Yes sir, its 1971 all over again...
We need to provide arms and ammunition to the Balochi/other seperatists... but, we need to remind ourselves that MMS is in power, not Indira Gandhi. Nothing's going to happen till we elect someone decisive as PM.

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Postby Prem » 28 Dec 2010 04:29

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\28\story_28-12-2010_pg12_1
Abduction of 10 Shias by LEAs
KARACHI: The 10 missing Shias were abducted from different areas of the city within 10 days by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs).
The families of the 10 missing persons appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Ifitkhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take action against illegal detention of the 10 men. Maulana Naqvi said that since Ashura, LEAs conducted raids at different localities including Jaffar Tayyar, North Karachi, Federal B Area, Orangi Town, New Karachi and Cantt Station and picked up several people without any charges.The LEAs have started to pick up Shias without any logical rhyme or reason.
He accused the LEAs of not being able to put an end to the sectarian killings, which have claimed the lives of several people including doctors, engineers and other intellectuals.It seems that the agencies are hatching a conspiracy against Shias as they had done after the Nishtar Park blast by detaining several people for a long period of time without any charge.Security agencies should follow the rule of law and present the suspects before the court. He added that the agencies had shown Mesum and Komail, but did not present them before the court and their whereabouts are yet to be disclosed. He further said that the authorities were hesitant to take action against the culprits of Ashura and Chehlum blasts and those behind the killings of Shias, but they are not hesitant in abducting people without any reason from their home without search warrants. He also claimed that LEAs also threatened to kill the arrested men in vivid encounter if they raised their voices. He said 10 of our people were arrested in different raids including Hasnain Abbas, resident of Orangi town, Pervez Zaidi, resident of Orangi town No 10, two brothers Tanveer Abbas and Mazhar Abbas, residents of Sector 10 North Karachi, Sikander and Jhangir, residents of New Karachi 11-D were arrested from Cantt Station, Abrar and Ali Mehdi, residents of Jaffar Tayyar arrested when they were returning from Imambargah and Rafat Abbas alias Mesum and Komail, both were residents of Federal B area.

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Postby arun » 29 Dec 2010 08:06

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, self-claimed haven for the Muslim’s of the Indian sub-continent, students belonging to the minority Shia* sect of Islam are targeted by a bomb as they gather for prayer on the campus of Karachi University. (*The Imamia Student Organisation (ISO) is a Shia Muslim outfit).

Four ISO students injured in blast at Karachi University

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Postby wig » 03 Jan 2011 14:57

Over 100 Hindu families in Pak want to migrate to India
ISLAMABAD: Over a 100 Hindu families in Pakistan's Balochistan province are making efforts to migrate to India after becoming the target of a campaign of kidnappings and extortion, according to a media report today.

The Hindus of southwestern Balochistan have been hit hardest by incidents of abduction for ransom and extortion, with the records of the province's Home Department showing that a large number of the 291 people abducted last year were Hindus, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

Five Hindu families have already migrated from Balochistan's Mastung district to India and six more families are trying to seek asylum elsewhere or to shift to other parts of Pakistan, the daily quoted Hindu elders as saying.

Vijay Kumar, a 33-year-old chemist, claimed that over 100 Hindu families of Balochistan are making efforts to migrate to India because of the campaign of kidnappings and extortion.

""Our relatives are there in India, thus we Hindus prefer to settle India," he told the daily.

Suresh Kumar, 31, who runs a grocery shop in Mastung district south of Quetta, wants to migrate though his family has lived in Balochistan for almost a century.

"Most of the people are trying to migrate to India or other areas of Pakistan because of the deteriorating law and order situation," Kumar said.

"Kumar is not alone in this desire. Frightened by the rise in kidnappings in which their community is being targeted, many Hindus want to leave the country at the first opportunity," the report said.

In provincial capital Quetta alone, four of eight persons kidnapped last year belonged to the Hindu community.

The situation was worse in Naseerabad district, where half the 28 people kidnapped in 2010 were from the minority community.

"It is a common perception that most of the victims were released after paying huge sums of money as ransom to kidnappers. Relatives are reluctant to disclose how much money was paid to the kidnappers, fearing that they will be targeted again," the report said.

Balochistan's Minorities Affairs Minister Basant Lal Ghulshan said: "Recent incidents have shocked us."

Forty-one Hindus were abducted during the past three years and four more were killed when they resisted kidnapping attempts.

Juhary Lal, a well-known trader, was abducted about 16 months ago in Naal area of Khuzdar district and his whereabouts are unknown.

The recent abduction of spiritual leader Luckmi Chand Gurji has shaken the Hindus

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 209730.cms

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Postby arun » 10 Jan 2011 21:08

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, self-claimed safe haven for the Mohammadens of the Indian Sub-Continent, target killings of Shia Muslims in Karachi and Hyderabad :

Two shia Men Martyred by the Terrorists in Sindh

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Postby arun » 11 Jan 2011 07:15

“Pope Benedict XVI urges Islamabad to repeal blasphemy law, saying it is a pretext for violence against minorities”:

Pope rebukes Pakistan blasphemy law

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Re: Oppression of minorities in Pakistan

Postby SSridhar » 11 Jan 2011 16:12

Hindu trader's son kidnapped
A son of a well-known Hindu trader of Quetta was kidnapped by unidentified men near the Main Bazaar of Naushki on Monday evening. According to sources, Rajiv Sagar, son of Pram Sagar alias Seth Gullo, a well-known trader of Naushki, was in a warehouse in the Naushki Bazaar when a group of armed men barged in and took him away at gunpoint. Police termed it a case of kidnapping for ransom, adding that that police and Levies have cordoned off Naushki district and nearby areas. According to the victim’s family, some two years ago unidentified persons kidnapped the brother of Rajiv, known as Basant Lal, who was later released by his captors, after the family had paid a large ransom. Some weeks ago the historic Kali Mandir Maharaj, Laksmi Chand Garji, was kidnapped along with four other companions in the Surab area on the RCD Highway. The kidnappers later released three captives, however, whereabouts of Maharaj are still unknown.

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Postby arun » 13 Jan 2011 07:12

In the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, self claimed safe haven for the Mohammadens of the Indian Sub-Continent, belonging to the majority Mohammaden religion is not enough and neither is belonging to the majority Mohammaden Sunni sect if one belongs to a minority sub-sect like the Deoband / Deobandi.

Mohammaden Sunni Deobandi Cleric and his son sentenced to life imprisonment for blasphemy on the complaint of a Mohammaden Sunni Barelvi, who are the most numerous religious group in the Islamic Republic

Well honed indeed are the ways of persecution and grossly immoderate are the laws in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan :

Blasphemy charges: Mosque imam, son jailed for life

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Postby Raghavendra » 15 Jan 2011 18:47

Pakistan: 2 Christian women beaten over blasphemy allegations http://www.zeenews.com/news680726.html

Lahore: Blasphemy furore hit Pakistan again as two Christian women were beaten and publicly humiliated by an angry mob in this city apparently over allegations of frivolous religious sacrilege.

The roughing up of the family forced them to go into hiding for fear of being killed, and the fresh incident as the country is yet to recover from the assassination of outspoken governor Salmaan Taseer for his support to Christian women Asia Bibi in jail on blasphemy charges.

According to media reports, the incident was triggered over a trivial dispute between a Muslim woman and her Christian sister-in-law, both residents of an east Lahore neighbourhood.

The two got into an argument on Tuesday night.

Though the matter was apparently settled, the Muslim woman walked out onto the street on Wednesday morning after her husband had gone to work and started shouting that her sister-in-law had abused Prophet Mohammed, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

A short while later, a group of men led by Muhammad Sameer, a member of a religious organisation "keen on raising its sectarian profile”, forced their way into the Christian woman's house and started slapping her, said her brother.

"Other men and women from the neighbourhood started gathering at the house too and they beat up my sister and mother. They were the only people in the house," the brother said.

"We tried our best to get her to confess her crime," Sameer said. As a member of a religious organisation, he said he could not tolerate any derogatory remarks about the Prophet.

Khadim Hazoor, Sameer's son-in-law, said faces of Christian women were blackened and they were made to wear necklaces of shoes and paraded around the neighbourhood on donkeys. The crowd showed no-mercy even as the women repeatedly touched the feet of the men denying committing blasphemy and asked for forgiveness.

Sameer said he was "very proud" of his wife for beating the Christian woman.

"She beat (the woman) more than anyone else. Her hand is so swollen that she hasn't been able to make rotis since the day of the incident. I've been getting my meals from a restaurant," he said. The Christian woman's family left the neighbourhood soon after the incident.

"None of our relatives is ready to let us stay with them. They fear the wrath of the extremists, particularly after the assassination of Salmaan Taseer," a male member of the family said. He was referring to the recent killing of Taseer, the Punjab Governor, by a police guard who said he was angered by the politician's criticism of the country's controversial blasphemy law.

Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Taseer, is a member of the same group as Sameer, the man who led the mob that beat the Christian women.

The group also runs a 24-hour cable channel. Hazoor said the people of the neighbourhood would not allow the Christian family to return to their house.

He claimed that the fight between the Muslim woman and her Christian sister-in-law revolved around the upbringing of Muslim woman's 18-month-old daughter.

The Muslim woman wanted to raise her daughter as a Muslim but her sister-in-law wanted her niece to be raised as a Christian, he said.

Zameer Khan, an NGO worker, helped the family flee the neighbourhood after they were attacked.

"Apparently there was no blasphemy, just an argument between two women," he said. He said he had helped relocate the family temporarily.

Pakistan's blasphemy law has been at the centre of a heated debate since a lower court in Punjab sentenced Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old Christian woman, to death last year for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed.


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