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UNITED NATIONS – A group of Jeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz members on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the UN building to protest against what they called increasing incidents of persecution and violence, especially of Hindu communities in Sindh province.
Shouting “Jeay Sindh” slogans, they urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take up the matter with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif so as to end the ongoing attacks on the places of Hindu worship, life and property as well the forced conversions of their women.
In a memorandum, the group also sought UN chief’s help to bring an end to disappearances of Sindhi nationalists and political activists.
They also denounced as a “draconian law” the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance.
Those who signed the memorandum were: Dr. Sarang Ansari, Habib Bhutto, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Unar, Attsa Vistro and Paras Noorani.

December 27, 2011

 

According to the most recent (1998) census conducted by the Government of Pakistan, Hindus make up 1.20% of the population and Christians (Protestant and Roman Catholic) 1.9%, or around 2.3 million people.[4] Other estimates put the numbers higher. Historically, there was also a small contingent of Jews in Pakistan most of whom left in the 1960s, their numbers are estimated to be between 1000-5000 predominantly in the city of Karachi.

The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2002 estimates the Shi’a population between 10-12%,[5] among which around 900,000 are Ismailis which is a sect of Shi’i Muslims and who pay tribute to their living spiritual leader, the Aga Khan. It also lists Christians at 2.09 million; Ahmadis at 286,000, Hindus at 1.03 million; Parsis, Buddhists, and Sikhs at 20,000 each; and Baha’is at 50,000-100,000.

In a 2011 book, Ishtiaq Ahmed wrote that “Some independent studies, however, suggest that the non-Muslims population of Pakistan is nearly 10 per cent and Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis make up four million each. It is generally noted that while majorities play down minority figures, the minorities inflate them. This is especially true of the Ahmadiyya community. Official statistics return less than half a million for them while the Ahmadis claim to be around ten million.”[6]

Discrimination and violence[edit]

Further information: Freedom of religion in Pakistan and Sectarian violence in Pakistan

According to the 2012 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report, “The government of Pakistan continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief.”[1][7] The USCIRF has designated Pakistan as “country of particular concern” since 2002.[1][8] The report argues that “The country’s blasphemy laws, used predominantly in Punjab but also nationwide, target members of religious minority communities and dissenting Muslims and this frequently results in imprisonment. The USCIRF is aware of at least 16 individuals on death row and 20 more serving life sentences. The blasphemy law, along with anti-Ahmadi laws that effectively criminalise various practices of their faith, has created a climate of vigilante violence. Hindus have suffered from the climate of violence and hundreds have fled Pakistan for India.”[9]

A BBC FAQ notes that “Beginning in 1980, a slew of clauses was added to the chapter of religious offences in thePakistan Penal Code. These clauses can be grouped into two categories – the anti-Ahmadi laws and the blasphemy laws.” The BBC notes that three is widespread popular support for the these laws in Pakistan, and that two prominent critics of these laws, Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, have been assassinated in 2011. Regarding the blasphemy laws, the BBC observes that: “Hundreds of Christians are among the accused – at least 12 of them were given the death sentence for blaspheming against the Prophet.”[10]

The Human Rights Watch noted that the condition of religious minorities deteriorated sharply in 2012, with the government unwilling or unable to provide protection against attacks by extremists or to reign in abuses committed by its own security forces.[3][11] Mass anti-Christian violence recently occurred in the 2009 Gojra riots and in the2013 Joseph Colony riot and the 2013 Gujranwala riot.[12] Recent anti-Shia violence includes the February 2012 Kohistan Shia Massacre, the August 2012 Mansehra Shia Massacre[13] and the particularly deadly January 2013[14] and February 2013 Quetta bombings.[15] The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan was targeted in the similarly deadly May 2010 attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore; the New York Times noted on that occasion that “Minority sects like the Ahmadis and the Shiites and have come under increasing pressure as religious extremism has taken hold, fomented by sectarian groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, formerly state-sponsored organizations.”[16]

Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part ofinternational human rights law. Like children’s rightswomen’s rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalizedposition in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first post-war international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the U.N.Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Subsequent human rights standards that codify minority rights include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 27), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities,

 

 

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May 30, 2014 

Petition Presented to Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron Asking to help in Stopping of Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan

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Dear Honourable Prime Minster, Rt. Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to Her Majesty’s Government 10 Downing Street London

Subject: Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan 

Dear Honourable Prime Minster,

We Sindhis of the UK would like to draw your attention to the extrajudicial killings of Sindhi human rights activists by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

On 21 March 2014 bullet riddled and charred bodies of two Sindhi political activists, Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi and Salman Wadho, were found in a car near a small town of District Nawabsha, Sindh. The initial reports confirm that the two were first fired upon and then their car was set ablaze. Mr Maqsood Qureshi was the spokesperson of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) and one of the key organiser of  a peaceful rally ‘Freedom March’ on 23rd March 2014 in Karachi.  The Freedom March was being held in order to inform the international community about the violations of Sindhi people’s human and democratic rights. It should be noted that Maqsood Qureshi was brother of the slain Sindhi nationalist leader Bashir Khan Qureshi who was also allegedly poisoned to death on 7th April 2012 by Pakistan Intelligence Services.

On 15th August 2013 four human rights activists Afzal Panwhar, Zaman Shah, Umed Ali and Yameen Chachar were killed by Pakistani authorities.  On April 2013 Amir Khawar and Sajad Markund’s bullet riddled bodies were found.– Approximately 40 activists were taken by authorities and still missing. On 22 May 2012, Muzaffar Bhutto, Leader of JSMM, bullet-riddled body of was found on road after he was abducted by Pakistani Army. On the same day, 12 Sindhis and Balochs were killed in Karachi during a Peace Rally, when snipers of fascist organization of Karachi directly fired on the rally.

Honourable Prime Minster, currently Sindhi people are facing one of the worst onslaught from Pakistani establishment agencies in their national history. This includes disappearances and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political workers, state-sponsored rise in religious extremism, persecution of religious minorities, complete denial of rights and opportunities for social, economic, cultural and political development. Pakistani Intelligence Agencies encourage and providing hubs to settle Talbans in Sindh and establishment of madarsaas, which are resulting systematic discrimination, hostilities and persecution of indigenous non-Muslim Sindhi people.

Sir, we Sindhis are 50 million people in Sindh, who are historically secular. We genuinely believe that together with the international community they can play a great role in the fight against rising threat of religious fascism to global security and peace. We believe that one of the reasons of the attack of Pakistani establishment on Sindhi people is to undermine their potential role in achieving global security and peace.

We Sindhi people, in the light of your commitment to human rights and global peace, request you to press upon Pakistan government to stop violations of human rights of Sindhi people committed by their agencies and proxies. We also request that you pursue to establish an International Enquiry into the human rights violations against Sindhi and Baloch people.

We also request you that any UK aid to Pakistan should be conditioned to its commitment and observation of human rights according to the UN charter.

May 30, 2014 

Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Activist Munir Choliani Condemned

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Sindhi Human Rights Campaigner Munir Choliani – Victim of Extra Judicial Killing. Mr Choliani continued his activism even with paraplegic condition.

World Sindhi Congress (WSC) strongly condemns the extrajudicial Killing of Munir Choliani, a prominent Sindhi nationalist leader and Media Coordinator of Jeay Sindh Muthida Mahaz (JSMM). On 29 May 2014 he was travelling from his native town Warah, District Larkana, to Sann, District Dadu, with his wife and daughter when their car was stopped on Indus Highway by plain-clothed persons traveling in a vehicle following them. All three were abducted in their own car and later on wife and daughter of Munir Choliani were released at a nearby village. The car was abandoned  in Gidrchi Forest. Within hours bullet-riddled body of Munir Choliani was found near Boobak town, District Dadu. It is important to note that  for last many years Munir was completely wheelchair-bound as his lower half was completely paralysed.

WSC is deeply saddened and strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Munir Choliani. WSC notices with great distress and concern that abduction and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists who raise the voice for the democratic rights of Sindhi nation have become routine.

WSC requests the international community to take notice of the brutalities of Pakistani state agencies against Sindhi people and press upon Pakistan government to stop the atrocities against Sindhi people. WSC requests all Sindhi political and civil society organisations to unite to fight against the state fascism. WSC is in touch and has requested the UN, the international community and the international and Pakistan-based human rights organisations to take immediate actions to stop further killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists.

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May 30, 2014

Petition Presented to Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron Asking to help in Stopping of Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan

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May 12, 2014

Resolutions Passed on the Day of Remembrance in Bradford, UK (May 12th, 2014)

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May 12, 2014

On Rememberance Day: International Community Asked to Investigate the Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Activists

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May 12, 2014 

Resolutions Passed on the Day of Remembrance in Bradford, UK (May 12th, 2014)

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1. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists

On this event of Martyrs’ Day, we call upon the Pakistan authorities to stop the enforced kidnapping and killing of Sindhi political leaders and activists and release all political activists immediately.

We demand of the Pakistan and Sindh governments to set-up an independent judicial inquiry into the killings of all the political workers, including the most recent ones of those of Shaheed Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadhiyo and bring to book those responsible for these criminal acts

2. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists: A plea to the international community

This House requests the international community to take notice of the extrajudicial  killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political leaders and activists by Pakistan security agencies.

This House request the international community to impress upon Pakistan government to set-up an independent judicial commission to investigate into the said murders and abductions and release all the political activists with immediate effect.

3. The Rise of Religious Extremism

This House resolves that Pakistani establishment is responsible for the ever rising religious extremism in the country as a whole and in Sindh, which had never seen such religious motivated crimes before as are happening now.

This House strongly condemns the atrocities, committed against the indigenous Sindhi Hindus, including the burning of their temples and forced conversion of their women, by state supported elements.

4. Thar Famine

This House strongly condemns the criminal negligence of Sindh and Pakistan governments shown in the case of dying and suffering people of drought-affected people of Thar.

This House demands of the governments of Sindh and Pakistan to take immediate and effective measures to tackle the drought and famine problems and bring relief to the suffering masses.

5. Murder of Rashid Rehman

This meeting of the World Sindhi Congress condemns the gruesome murder of Rashid Rehman, Advocate, Co-ordinator of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and very active and undaunted champion of the rights of the religious minorities.

On this Martyrs Day, World Sindhi Congress demands of the Pakistan government to institute high level judicial inquiry into this heinous crime and bring to justice the culprits at the earliest.

This House further demands of the Pakistan government and the legislators of the country to bring about desired legislative changes in order to repeal the laws of the country, which are making the minorities of the country very unsafe and insecure.

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May 30, 2014

While the rest of the country was feasting, three Hindu men were shot dead in cold blood in Shikarpur district on Eid day. The men who were killed were pillars of their community — a doctor and two businessmen. The unfortunate fact is that crimes against members of minority communities are often not investigated. The motivation for this crime seems pretty clear and so, if the police has the will, it should make arrests and convictions. The Hindu community had been a target in the area ever since three Hindu men were accused of sexually assaulting a Muslim girl, and it was only a matter of time before the tension spilled over into violence. Sadly, when a crime is committed by a minority against someone in the majority community, it usually leads to collective punishment. It goes without saying that this should not be allowed to stand.

Such murders will continue to occur and go unpunished as long as there is persecution of the Hindu community at the official level. A recent study by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found that hatred for Hindus is instilled in official Pakistani textbooks. The study said that “Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty.” From a young age, Pakistanis are taught that being Hindu equates to being Indian, while the cultural and economic role played by the community in Pakistan is ignored.

Repression against the Hindu community is especially acute in Sindh. In recent years, young Hindu girls have been kidnapped and forced into marriage after being unwillingly converted to Islam. Local clerics claim that the girls willingly converted and so no crime was committed. In fact, they welcome the supposed ‘conversions’ for bringing more people to the Muslim fold. In Balochistan, too, where Hindus have been part of the community for centuries, they are now being forced to flee out of fear for their lives. All of this is taking place with officials turning a blind eye, even if they are not actually sanctioning it. The hope would be that the murders on Eid would be the last straw. Unfortunately, the history of violence against Hindus would make that diagnosis far too optimistic.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2011.

 

Sindh acts to protect Hindu minority

The government and civil society are working to curb violence against Hindus.

By Zia Ur Rehman

2014-04-16

 

KARACHI – The Sindh government is beefing up security as civil society calls for an end to the recent violence against Hindus and their places of worship.

Hindu activists April 1 in Hyderabad protest recent attacks on Hindu worship places in Sindh Province. The Sindh government beefed up security around worship places and took steps to prevent inter-faith violence. [Courtesy of All Hindu Students Hyderabad]

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Miscreants have launched several attacks in Larkana, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts since Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated March 16, said Sanjesh Dhanja. Dhanja is president of the Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust, a Hindu rights group.

In one March 31 attack on a temple in Verhijhap village, Tharparkar District, unidentified men “desecrated parrh (a piece of sacred cloth wrapped around an idol) and stole a trishul,” Tharparkar Hindu activist Arjun Kumar said.

Other incidents of vandalism and arson targeting Hindu temples and deities’ statues took place in Larkana and in Hyderabad District March 15 and 28, respectively.

Civil society responds

Hindu groups and civil society organisations have responded with demonstrations in several Sindh cities.

“We are very concerned about the spread of intolerance and temples being torched and attacked in areas where citizens of all faiths had long lived in harmony,” the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said March 31.

The province, traditionally hospitable to Pakistani minorities and home to the country’s largest Hindu community, is slowly falling into the hands of Taliban-minded militants, Dhanja said.

But Hindus and Muslims in Sindh are working together to prove that militants cannot create animosity between the two communities.

One large group organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council demonstrated outside the Karachi Press Club March 31. It called on the Sindh government to protect Hindu temples and take action against the culprits behind the violence.

“Violence against the Hindu community is killing the spirit of religious pluralism that has been a hallmark of Sindhi culture,” Dr. Qadir Magsi, head of the Sindhi nationalist party Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, told Central Asia Online.

It is high time for political parties, civil society, enlightened religious scholars and media to act together to prevent such insanity and promote inter-faith tranquility, Magsi said.

Government efforts

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the ruling party in Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), asked Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The PPP will ensure full security for minorities’ worship places … any discriminatory treatment will not be tolerated,” Zardari said March 29.

Shah ordered police to secure worship places and take firm action against the miscreants, according to a chief minister office statement March 29.

Police have beefed up security around 154 temples in the Hyderabad police range, Hyderabad District Police Chief Sanaullah Abbasi said.

Police are taking the orders seriously and have already made progress.

Tharparkar District police arrested four suspects accused of involvement in the temple’s desecration and recovered the stolen trishul March 31, District Police Chief Muneer Shaikh said, according to the Express Tribune.

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Roots of Sindhi-Hindu Exodus from Pakistan

Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

 

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particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

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Roots of Sindhi-Hindu Exodus from Pakistan

Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

 

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particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

 

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borders; however it primarily needs to liberalise state ideology and mindset of bureaucracy;de-Talibanise Pakistani society; control radical Madrasah’s, secularise academic curriculumand ensure security and equal rights to Hindus, Christians and other minority groups. Italso requires urgent federal reforms, assuring demographic and ethnic sovereignty to thefederating provinces. Separation of religion from the state is a prerequisite for it. Otherwise,the legacy of partition will space out too many sub-partitions in Pakistan.

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RACHI: They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.

“People don’t consider us as equal citizens. They beat us whenever they want,” said Mol Chand, one of the teenage boys gathered at the temple. “We have no place to worship now.”

It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn’t even bother to disguise their faces. The small temple, surrounded by a stone wall, is a tiny religious outpost in a dusty, hardscrabble neighbourhood so far on the outskirts of the city that a sign on the main road wishes people leaving Karachi a good journey.

Local Muslim residents blamed people from a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the US. No one was seriously injured in the attack.

It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against Hindus in this 95 per cent Muslim country, where religious extremism is growing. Pakistan’s Hindu community says it faces forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam, a lack of legal recognition for their marriages, discrimination in services and physical abuse when they venture into the streets.

The story of the Hindu population in Pakistan is one of long decline. During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus opted to migrate to India where Hinduism is the dominant religion. Those that remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens, and are mostly concentrated in Sindh province in the southern part of the country.

Signs of their former stature abound in Karachi, the capital of Sindh. At the 150-year-old Swami Narayan Temple along one of the city’s main roads, thousands of Hindus gather during the year to celebrate major religious holidays. Hindus at the 200-year-old Laxmi Narain Temple scatter the ashes of their cremated loved ones in the waters of an inlet from the Arabian Ocean.

But there are also signs of how far the community has fallen. Residents in a city hungry for land have begun to build over Hindu cemeteries, the community’s leaders say. Hindus helped build Karachi’s port decades ago, but none work there now.

Estimates of the size of the Hindu population in Pakistan are all over the map — from 2.5 million or 10 million in Sindh province alone to seven million across the country — a reflection of the fact that the country hasn’t had a census since 1998.

It isn’t just Hindus who are facing problems. Other minorities like Christians, the mystical Muslim branch of Sufis and the Ahmedi community have found themselves under attack in Pakistan, where the rise of religious fundamentalists has sometimes unleashed a violent opposition against those who don’t follow their strict religious tenets.

The discrimination has prompted some Hindus to leave for India, activists warn, though the extent is not known. Around 3,000 Hindus left this year, part of a migration that began four years ago, sparked by discrimination and a general rise in crime in Sindh, said DM Maharaj, who heads an organisation to help Hindus called Pakistan Hindu Sabha.

He said he recently talked to a group of Hindus preparing to move to India from rural Sindh, complaining that they can’t eat in Muslim restaurants or that Muslim officials turned them down for farming loans. Even during recent floods, they said Muslims did not want them staying in the same refugee camps.

Other Hindu figures such as provincial assembly member Pitamber Sewami deny there’s a migration at all, in a reflection of how sensitive the issue is. Earlier this year, there were a string of reports in Pakistani media about Hindus leaving the country, sparking a flurry of promises by Pakistani officials to investigate.

In India, a Home office official said the Indian government noticed an upward trend of people coming from Pakistan but called reports of Pakistanis fleeing to India “exaggerated”. He said he does not have exact figures on how many Pakistani Hindus have stayed in India after entering the country on tourist visas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

There’s more of a consensus of the seriousness of the problem of forced conversion of Hindus.

Zohra Yusuf, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the pattern goes like this: A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassahs often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed.

Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced.

The Hindu community has also been hurt by a lack of unity within its ranks. Hindu society within Pakistan and elsewhere has historically been divided by caste, a system of social stratification in which the lower castes are often seen as inferior. Members of the lower castes in Pakistan say it wasn’t until two girls from a high-caste family were forcibly converted this year that high-caste Hindus took the issue seriously, although it’s been happening for years.

“We always fight our war ourselves,” said Bholoo Devjee, a Hindu activist from Karachi, speaking about the lower castes.

In recent months the government has begun to take the concerns of the Hindu community more seriously. In Sindh province, legislators proposed a law to prevent forced conversions in part by implementing a waiting period before a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim can go forward, and there’s discussion about proposing such a law on the national level as well.

In the case of the Sri Krishna Ram temple, law enforcement authorities opened a blasphemy case against the people who rampaged through the building. But residents here are skeptical that these developments signify any long-term improvement in their plight. Weeks after the incident no arrests have been made, and the Hindus complain that no high-ranking Hindu officials have come to visit them or help them get compensation.

Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. “We are Pakistani,” he said.

But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons.

“Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple,” he said.

Dead body of a Hindu young man was dug out from the grave.

 Yesterday, in Pangrio City, District Badin, Bhooro Bheel. The young man died in a road accident. His parents buried his body in an old graveyard. When a Muslim religious person knew that the buried body was a Hindu, they react heinously and Pangrio city was forcefully shut down based on their reaction. After such a reaction the religious people dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s body. While a decision was made by Pir Zulfiqar Shah in the presence of SSP Badin and other police officers that therelatives of Bhooro Bheel (Dead Body) were asked to take his body and bury in another place.

This incident is not the first occurrence. The same act was committed in this area on two other grave sites; two dead bodies were dug up from their graves some time ago. One of these dead bodies was Mrs. Meeran, wife of Kewdo Kolhi, whose dead body was dug out by Kalifo Abdul Khaliq. They desecrated these gravesites. This person was an Extremist who brought a group of people and desecrated the body and no one knows where that body is located after the grave was opened and the body desecrated.

Third incident  occurred some time ago in village Khalifo Qasim near Pangrio city, the dead body of a 70 years old Maavo Kolhi, was buried in old joint graveyard but as the Religious Extremist group of people knew that dead body was a Hindu’s, they desecrated Maavo kolhi dead body, political parties, media and civil society showed no any reaction  against  this inhuman acts.
They are dragging as the dead body of Bhoro Bhel as they are dragging civilization and religious harmony of thousand years…

dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s Dead body.

 

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Some peasant families were working on agriculture land of a landlord…their movement were confined due to debt…they were working as a bonded laborer on his land .when they filed a petition against the fabricated and false loans that were claimed against them as well as their physical freedom of movement?  According to the judgment of the court, peasant families who were confined by landlord due to debt, it was ordered that each family pay 5000 thousand in penalties to be paid to the court due to fake charge against land lord and petition was deposed off.  Now the question arises while our country Pakistan has 60 billion dollars in foreign loan, does this mean that according to international law can the people of Pakistan  be penalized or that our right of movement should be banned and we should live on the will of debtors? !f the court may give such a judgment, should we as a whole nation be declared as a bonded laborer of IMF or World Bank and America??  

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1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

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(Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

“Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

“IMPUNITY”

Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

“Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

“The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

“It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

“The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

“Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

“Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

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1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

CREDIT: REUTERS/FAHEEM SOORMRO/FILES

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(Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

“Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

“IMPUNITY”

Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

“Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

“The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

“It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

“The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

“Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

“Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

(Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

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I do not see it all ending in Pakistan because of extreme right wing view some group of Muslims have. Same is the case for Muslims in India where there is an extreme right wing Hindu group now surging to take power in hand for complete destruction of what ever has been holding on as a secular state of India. Only talks and commitment to keep promise can bring the hope back and smile in our faces. And if this continues then sooner or later there will be a nuclear strikes to bring this madness to a conclusion. But whatever has to happen it must happen fast.

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  1. This!report!is!an!individual!stakeholder!submission!to!the!Office!of!the!High!Commissioner!for!

Human!Rights!(“OHCHR”)!for!consideration!in!its!summary!of!submissions!for!Pakistan’s!

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  1. This!submission!focuses!on!the!increased!discrimination!against!lesser!known!religious!

minorities!of!Pakistan,!particularly!the!Hindus.!This!review!will!particularly!discuss!the!recent!

exodus!of!the!Hindu!population!out!of!Pakistan!as!a!result!of!increased!targeted!discrimination!

including:!kidnappings;!forced!abductions!and!conversions!of!Hindu!women;!bonded!labour;!and!

the!unequal!distribution!of!resources!during!flood!relief!efforts.!

  1. According!to!the!1998!Census,!there!were!a!recorded!2,443,614!million!Hindus!living!in!Pakistan.!

It!is!estimated!that!while!Hindus!consisted!of!15%!of!Pakistan’s!population!following!partition,!

today!the!number!has!rapidly!been!decreasing,!to!what!is!now!just!over!2%!of!Pakistan’s!170!

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!!Pakistan’s!Hindu!Council!however,!estimates!that!Hindus!consist!of!5.5%!of!

Pakistan’s!total!population,!with!4.78%!of!the!Hindus!living!in!Punjab!province;!1.61%!in!

Baluchistan!province;!and!93.33%!of!Hindus!living!in!Sindh!province.!

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  1. There!are!approximately!40!castes!belonging!to!the!‘Scheduled!Castes’!or!Dalit!Hindus,!including!

the!Bheels,!Jogis,!Kohlis,!Meghawals,!and!Odhs.!While!official!statistics!state!that!the!Scheduled!

Caste!population!consists!of!0.25%!of!Pakistan’s!population3

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higher.!!Representatives!of!Scheduled!Castes!claim!their!number!is!deliberately!underestimated!

and!that!the!Scheduled!Caste!population!in!Pakistan!is!as!high!as!2,000,000,!and!70!to!80%!of!

Pakistan’s!total!Hindu!population.!

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!!Despite!a!specific!recommendation!in!the!previous!review!

to!take!measures!to!prevent!discrimination!against!this!group5

,!the!situation!has!not!improved!

in!the!period!under!review.!

DISCRIMINATION!PATTERNS!

  1. Forced!Marriages!and!Forced!Conversions!of!Hindu!Girls!and!Young!Women!

(a) Whereas!Pakistan!has!accepted!the!recommendation!to!take!action!against!forced!marriage!

in!the!previous!review6

,!there!has!been!an!increase,!particularly!in!Sindh,!of!the!abduction!

and!forced!conversion!to!Islam!of!Hindu!girls.!!Young!Hindu!girls!are!being!kidnapped,!

subjected!to!forced!marriages!with!Muslim!boys,!and!converted!to!Islam.!

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!The!Asian!Human!

Rights!Commission!documents!that!20!25″forced”conversions”are”occurring”every”month”in”

Sindh,”and”fears”that”a”situation”is”being”created”which”may”force”Hindus”to”leave”Sindh.”

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“”In”

2011,”kidnappings”of”teenage”girls”in”the”Aaklee”village,”Sindh,”prompted”approximately”71″

Hindu”families”to”relocate”to”India.”

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“”Contributing”to”the”crime”of”abductions”and”forced”

marriages”of”Hindu”women”is”the”fact”that”there”is”currently”no”system”to”register”Hindu”

marriages”under”Pakistan”law;”therefore,”married”Hindu”women”are”also”falling”prey”to”

abductions”and”forced”second”marriages.10″””On”March”14,”2011,”Pakistan”People’s”Party”

lawmaker,”Azra”Fazal”Pechuho”addressed”the”Pakistani”Parliament,”warning”that”Hindu”girls”

were”being”kidnapped”and”forced”to”marry”Muslims”against”their”will.”

11″In”October”of”2010,”! “

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Pakistani”Senate”State”Committee”on”Minorities”Affairs,”“expressed”concern”over”abduction”

and”conversion”of”Hindu”girls”in”Sindh,””and”recognized”that”in”some”cases,”“the”conversion”

of”a”girl”from”a”minority”faith”began”with”her”abduction”and/or”rape””[…]”.””””

(b) It”is”reported”that”the”police,”in”many”cases,”are”refusing”to”register”the”First”Information”

Reports”(‘FIR’)”Complaints,”rendering”the”girls’”families”with”little”recourse”against”the”

assailants.12″”And”in”those”cases”in”which”FIR”Complaints”are”registered,”and”which”are”

brought”to”trial,”the”girls’”relatives”are”often”not”allowed”inside”the”courtroom;”and”are”

unaware”of”the”whereabouts”of”the”girl.13″””Further,”pending”the”Court’s”final”ruling,”girls”

have”been”sent”to”Islamic”school”centers,”or”returned”to”the”alleged”kidnapper’s”home,”

rather”than”to”secular”women”shelters”or”to”the”girls’”families.14″”The”Human”Rights”

Commission”of”Pakistan”(HRCP)”‘Working”Group”on”Communities”Vulnerable”Because”Of”

Their”Beliefs’”report”that”the”courts’”practice”in”such”cases”has”typically”been”to”not”decide”

custody”matters”in”favor”of”the”girl’s”family,”even”when”the”girls”are”12″or”13″years”old.”

15″”

  1. Increase!of!‘Kidnapping!for!Ransom’!Cases!Against!Hindus:!

(a) Hindu”businessmen”in”Sindh”are”increasingly”subject”to”extortion”or”kidnappings”for”

ransom.16″Additionally,”Baluchistan”has”seen”a”rise”of”ransom”related”kidnappings:”43″Hindus”

were”abducted”in”Baluchistan”province”between”2008″and”2011.1718″”And”within”the”past”few”

months,”at”least”23″Baluchistan”Hindus”were”kidnapped.19″”According”to”the”Human”Rights”

Commission”of”Pakistan,”2009″Report,”the”Hindu”minority”community”in”Baluchistan,”

suffered”because”of”increased”“kidnappings”for”random”and”forced”conversion”of”girls.”””In”

certain”areas,”“Hindus”did”not”feel”safe”…”and”were”avoiding”going”out”in”the”daytime”due”to”

security”reasons.”20″”According”to”the”Society”for”the”Protection”of”the”Rights”of”the”Child,”23″

Hindu”children”were”kidnapped”between”2008″and”2010.21″”The”Human”Rights”Commission”

of”Pakistan”reports”that”many”of”the”victims’”families”are”failing”to”register”cases”with”police”

“out”of”fear”of”violent”retaliation.”22″

(b) Police”failure”to”register”complaints”has”left”Hindus”without”protection.””“The”failure”of”

government”authorities”to”protect”Hindus”has”forced”many”to”pay”local”gangs”‘protection”

money’”to”avoid”being”kidnapped”for”ransom.””Often”times,”however,”a”family”is”unable”to”

pay”“protection”money””and”cannot”afford”the”demanded”ransom,”resulting”in”the”abducted”

victim”being”murdered.”23!

  1. Discrimination!Specific!to!Hindu!‘Schedule!Caste’!Members:!

(a) Bonded”Labour:”An”estimated”1.7″million”people”are”enslaved”as”bonded”labourers”in”

Pakistan,”as”a”result”of”outstanding”financial”debts.”

24A”report”by”Anti!Slavery”International”

reported”a”prevailing”practice”of”bonded”labour,”with”the”majority”of”the”victims”belonging”

to”the”Scheduled”Caste”Hindu”populations.25″Bonded”labour,”including”bonded”labour”of”

children,”continues”to”exist,”despite”the”Government’s”2001″extension”of”the”1992″Bonded”

Labour”System”Abolition”Act,”and”recommendations”made”in”the”previous”review.2627″“”As”the”

Asian”Human”Rights”Committee”states:”“[T]he”Hindu”community”in”Sindh”province,”along”the”

borders”of”India,”is”from”different”scheduled”castes”like,”Bheel,”Kohli”and”others,”and”their”

women”are”subjected”to”abduction,”rape,”arbitrary”arrest,”torture,”displacement”and”! “

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killings.”Most”of”the”bonded”labour”in”Sindh”is”from”the”Hindu”community”and”has”been”for”

many”centuries.”The”women”are”the”worst”sufferers”of”the”bonded”labour.””In”the”districts”of”

Badin,”Mirpukhas,”Sanghar,”Umerkot,”Tharparker”the”Hindu”women”had”been”made”as”

slaves”because”of”religious”hatred”and”debts”claimed”by”their”masters.”28!!Local”government”

officials”have”failed”to”enforce”the”Bonded”Labour”Abolition”Act”and”police”often”fail”to”

register”complaints”against”abusive”landowners.”

29″”The”bonded”labour”system”is”

characterized”by”patterns”of”abuse,”detention,”and”exploitation.30″””

(b) Lack”of”Political”Representation:”In”the”allotted”seats”for”the”minorities”in”the”Pakistan”

National”Assembly,”Senate,”and”provincial”assemblies,”not”a”single”Hindu”from”the”

Scheduled”caste”holds”a”seat.”This”is”largely”due”to”the”fact”that”since”1997,”there”has”been”

no”electoral”option”for”minorities”to”choose”representatives,”as”political”parties”select”the”

candidates”for”minority”representation,”none”of”which”have”been”of”a”Scheduled”Caste.”

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Pakistan”Government”has”failed”to”provide”any”official”data”on”the”representation”of”the”

Scheduled”Castes”in”the”political”arena.”In”the”federal”political”level,”in”61″years,”only”one”

Scheduled”Caste”member”has”been”a”minister”in”the”federal”government.32″”The”Human”

Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”reported”that”in”2010,”“there”was”a”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”

effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens”even”under”the”joint”

electorate”system,”as”well”as”little”possibility”of”holding”to”account”lawmakers”nominated”to”

seats”reserved”for”minorities.””

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(c) Discrimination”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”Flood”Relief”Distribution:”Between”July”and”September”

of”2010,”unprecedented”flooding”in”Pakistan”displaced”approximately”7″million”people,”and”

destroyed”1.9″million”homes.”

34″”Sikhs”and”Hindus”were”observed”as”being”pushed”away”from”

flood”distribution”points”in”Sukkur,”following”the”2010″floods.35″”Scheduled”Caste”members”

in”particular”were”lacking”in”basic”shelter”aid”relief.”

36″”In”the”Badin”town”in”Sindh”district,”

where”6000″villages”were”destroyed,”though”20%”of”the”population”consists”of”Scheduled”

Caste”members,”none”of”the”almost”300″government”camp”shelters”were”allocated”for”

Scheduled”Caste.”

37″”Without”allocated”shelters,”groups”such”as”Kohli,”Meghwars,”Jogis”and”

Bheels”were”denied”entrance”to”camps”on”the”basis”of”discrimination,”and”were”left”to”find”

shelter”on”the”roads.”

38.””Scheduled”caste”members”also”faced”looting”due”to”fact”that”they”

did”not”have”resources”to”retaliate.””Government”officials”did”not”acknowledge”or”account”

for”the”religious”and”caste”based”discrimination.

39″”This”policy”is”contrary”to”the”government’s”

responsibility”to”provide”disaster”relief”without”discrimination,”which”has”been”detailed”in”

the”UN”Guiding”Principles”on”Internal”Displacement.40″

  1. Pakistan’s!Failure!to!Protect!Hindu!Minority!Citizens!Violates!Pakistan’s!National!and!

International!Legal!Obligations!

(a) Pakistan’s”Failure”to”register”complaints:”””Pakistan’s”failure”to”lodge”complaints,”investigate,”

and”prosecute”the”growing”abductions,”forced”marriages”and”forced”conversions”of”Hindu”

girls,”as”well”as”the”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”the”growing”number”of”kidnapping”

ransom”cases”of”Hindus,”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”constitutional”safeguards”against”all”

forms”of”discrimination.””Pakistan’s”Constitution”also”guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”

liberty”of”every”citizen;”the”inviolability”of”man;”freedom”of”movement,”assembly,”and”! “

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association;”the”right”to”free”speech”and”expression,”the”right”to”profess,”practice”and”

propagate”religion;””and”guarantees”that”all”citizens”are”equal”before”law”and”are”entitled”to”

equal”protection”of”the”law.41″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”kidnapping”and”

forced”marriages”of”young”girls”and”women”specifically,”is”also”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

Penal”Code,”which”prohibits”the”rape”and”the”abduction”of”women42″and”Article”16″of”the”

Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights,”requiring”that”“marriage”shall”be”entered”into”only”

with”the”free”and”full”consent”of”the”intending”spouses.”43″”Additionally,”it”is”in”conflict”with”

international”documents”including”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”Rights”of”the”Child44,”

and”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”all”Forms”of”Discrimination”against”

Women45,”both”of”which”have”been”ratified”by”Pakistan.””The”state’s”inaction”also”violates”

the”Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(UDHR),”specifically,”the”right”to”equality”before”

the”law”and”protection”against”discrimination;”the”right”to”life,”liberty”and”security”of”person;”

the”right”to”a”fair”and”public”hearing;”and”the”right”to”freedom”of”thought”and”religion.46″”The”

laws”are”also”in”violation”of”Articles”2,”3″and”4″of”the”UDHR,”which”categorically”condemn”

religious”discrimination”and”all”forms”of”intolerance”based”on”religion”and”belief.””The”state”

police”failure”to”register”or”investigate”these”acts”of”violence”against”Hindu”citizens,”is”in”

conflict”with”the”International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR),”article”26″which”

states”that”all”persons”are”equal”before”the”law”and”the”law”prohibits”“discrimination”on”any”

ground”such”as”race,”color,”sex,”language,”religion,”political”or”other”opinion,”national”or”

social”origin,”property,”birth”or”other”status”.47″””

(b) Pakistan’s”policy”towards”Scheduled”Caste”members”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

Constitutional”safeguards”against”all”forms”of”discrimination,”specifically”right”of”individuals”

“to”enjoy”the”protection”of”law”;”Article”9″guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”liberty”of”every”

citizen;”Articles”15″to”17″ensure”the”“inviolability”of”man””and”“freedom”of”movement.”””

Further,”such”discrimination”is”in”violation”of”the”Bonded”Labour”(Abolition)”Act”which”

declares”all”customs,”traditions,”practices,”contracts”or”agreements”concerning”bonded”

labour”void”and”inoperative.””Pakistan’s”Penal”Code”also”prohibits”buying”or”disposing”of”any”

person”as”a”slave;”human”trafficking”of”slavery;”and”unlawful”compulsory”labour.48″”The”

discrimination”against”Scheduled”Castes”also”constitute”violations”of”the”Universal”

Declaration”of”Human”Rights”namely”the”right”to”life,”liberty,”and”security”of”person;”the”

prohibition”of”slavery,”the”right”to”be”equal”before”the”law;”the”right”to”an”effective”remedy;”

the”right”to”freedom”of”movement;”and”the”right”to”rest”and”leisure,”including”reasonable”

limitation”of”working”hours.”49″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”end”public”advocacy”of”discrimination”

against”Scheduled”Caste”populations”is”in”violation”of”Article”20″and”26″of”the”International”

Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR).”

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  1. Evidence!of!Religious!Based!Discrimination!Contributing!to!Hindu!Emigration!Out!of!Pakistan:!

(a) Increasing”discrimination”and”violence”directed”towards”Pakistani”Hindus,”including”

the”abductions”of”young”girls,””is”prompting”an”observed”emigration”of”Hindus”out”of”

Pakistan.””In”2010,”500″Hindu”families”in”Baluchistan,”because”of”fear”of”abduction”

for”ransom”or”death”threats,”migrated”to”India.”

51″”The”Pakistani”Hindu”Seva,”

community”welfare”organization,”estimates”that”while”10″Hindu”families”migrated”to”

India”from”Sindh”every”month”since”2008,”in”the”past”10″months,”400″families”have”

left”to”India”due”to”fear”of”safety.52″”In”2009,”the”Times”of”India”reported”that”official”

statistics”recorded”5,000″Hindus”migrating”to”India”from”Pakistan”in”the”past”4″years”

out”of”fear”of”safety”due”to”increasing”discrimination”as”well”as”security”concerns”

from”Taliban”related”extremists,”but”that”actual”figures”were”much”higher.”

53″”

Additionally,”Pakistan’s”Hindu”Council”estimates”that”at”least”1,000″Hindu”families”

are”now”leaving”Pakistan”per”year.”

54″”The”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi”reported”on”the”

observed”rise”in”Hindu”emigration,””The”Hindus”in”Sindh”live”a”hard”life.”The”reality”is”

getting”harder”for”them;”they”are”forced”to”migrate”because”the”state”is”unable”to”

protect”them”and”their”property.”55″””

10!.!Recommendations!

!

(a)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnapping”and”Forced”Conversions”of”Hindu”Girls”and”Young”

Women:”

x The”police”must”be”instructed”to”lodge”FIR”complaints”in”all”cases”of”alleged”abduction”of”””

Hindu”girls”and”women.”

x Judicial”safeguards”must”be”built”in”to”any”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”and”

conversion”cases.”

x The”alleged”victim’s”age”must”be”accounted”for”in”whether”or”not”she”can”give”legal”

consent”to”the”marriage”and”conversion.”

x In”alleged”abduction”and”forced”marriage”cases,”third”parties”are”to”be”prevented”from”

interference”in”a”case”through”the”use”of”intimidation”or”threats”towards”the”victim”or”

her”family.”

x Victims”to”be”given”a”place”in”safeguarded”women’s”shelter”up”to”the”time”of”her”final”

hearing”.”

x The”victim’s”family”should”be”given”access”to”court”proceedings.”

x The”victim’s”family”shall”be”given”police”protection”if”needed.”””

x Police”must”be”given”special”training”on”working”with”female”kidnapping”victims.”

x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”to”the”police”versus”

number”of”cases”being”lodged,”and”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”and”punishments”

rendered”by”the”courts,”to”discourage”further”kidnapping”schemes.”

x Pending”Court’s”final”judgment”in”forced”kidnapping”and”conversion”cases,”the”State”is”

to”Implement”Temporary”Safe”Home/Women”Shelter”guidelines”for”victim”! “

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placement.56″”The”shelter’s”staff”should”include”religious”minorities;”and”victims”should”

have”access”to”community”social”workers,”and”psychological”counselors.57″”Furthermore,”

human”rights”or”social”workers”,”should”have”access”to”visit”the”victim,”and”the”

opportunity”to”ireport”on”the”victim’s”conditions.58″”The”shelter”or”safe”house”must”also”

be”kept”free”from”undue”influence,”threats,”or”intimidation.””The”girls'”parents/family”

should”be”given”the”opportunity”to”visit”their”daughters,”while”they”reside”in”the”safe”

homes,”if”so”requested”by”the”victims.59″”

(b)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnappings”for”Ransom”Cases”of”Hindus:”

x Police”to” be” instructed”to” lodge” FIR” complaints” in” cases” of” alleged” kidnappings” for”

ransom.””

x Judicial”safeguards”to”be”built”in”to”all”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”cases,.”

x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”versus”number”of”FIR”

complaints”actually”being”lodged”by”police”as”well”as”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”

and”punishments”rendered”by”the”courts.”

(c)”Recommendations”Regarding”Disparate”Treatment”of”Scheduled”Caste”Populations:”

x State”to”investigate”reported”bonded”labour”cases,”and”to”prosecute”and”fine”landlords”

who”utilize”bonded”labor.”

x State”government”to”make”visible”efforts”of”paying”any”outstanding”debts”owed”

to”landlords”in”order”to”secure”the”release”of”any”bonded”laborers,”and”provide”safe”

accommodation”and”economic”support”to”the”released”laborers.60″

x Creation”of”an”independent”secular”body”that”serves”as”a”shelter/rehabilitation”

center”for”bonded”laborers.”

x State”to”provide”free”public”service”announcements”and”education”to”scheduled”caste”

populations”regarding”the”illegality”of”bonded”labour”and”freedoms”afforded”to”each”citizen.”

x State”to”allocate”percentage”of”flood”rehabilitation”resources”for”scheduled”caste”

populations”who”are”otherwise”being”denied”access.”

x State”to”publicize”in”flood”ravaged”areas”that”the”denial”of”flood”resources”to”Scheduled”

Caste”members”is”punishable”under”the”law.”

x State”to”enact”quota”for”representation”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”national”and”provincial”

government”.”

x State”to”ensure”that”members”of”the”religious”minorities,”including”Scheduled”Caste”

members,”have”access”to”representatives”of”the”National”Committee”of”Minorities.”

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 1

Mark”Magnier,”Pakistani!Hindus’!Ashes!Brought!to!India!to!be!Scattered!in!Ganges,”LA”Times,”July”25,”2011,”

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/25/world/la!fg!pakistan!hindus!20110725;””Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus!in!South!Asia!and!the!

Diaspora,!A!Survey!of!Human!Rights,!2007,””estimates”Hindu”population”in”Pakistan”at”1.6%”of”the”total”population,”available!at:”

http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf).” 2

“Pakistan”Hindu”Council,”population”statistics,”available!at:”http://www.pakistanhinducouncil.org/hindupopulation.asp” 3

“Population”Census”Organization,”‘Population”by”Religion’”available”at:”http://www.census.gov.pk/Statistics.php.” 4

“International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf)”;”see”

also”‘Minority”Rights:”Dalits”Want”Greater”Share”In”Census”Over”Upper”Case”Hindus’(26″July”2011)”available”at:”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/217136/minority!rights!dalits!want!greater!share!in!census!over!upper!caste!hindus/.” 5

UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”Group”on”the”Universal”Periodic”Review”(Pakistan)”(4″June”2008)”A/HCR/8/42,”20,”

recommendation”31.” 6

UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”(n”7),”recommendation”7.”! “

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“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 7

“Asian”Human”Rights”Commission,”Pakistan:!‘The”Failure”of”the”Judicial”System!”Another”Hindu”Girl”Was”Forcibly”Converted”to”Islam”and”Her”

Whereabouts”are”Unknown’,”(March”7,”2012,)”available!at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent!appeals/AHRC!UAC!042!2012),”Also”

mentioned”in”http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/hindus!in!pakistan!victims!of!abduction!forced!conversions!and!oppresion/1/138751.html.” 8

Ibid” 9

“World”Sindhi”Congress”Report!on!Forced!Conversions!to!United!Nations!Minority!Forum,”November,”2011”

(http;//www.worldsindhicongress.org);”also!see”Middle”East”Media”Research”Institute”(MEMRI)”report,;”Gopiniath”Kumar,”‘Lawmaker”Marvi”

Memon”Slams”Anti!Hindu”Violence”in”Pakistan’(January”13,”2011)”Pakistan!Hindu!Post”available!at:”

http://pakistanhindupost.blogspot.com/2011/01/pakistani!lawmaker!marvi!menon!slams.html” 10Id.,!also!see,”Zahid”Gishkori,”Divorce!Remains!Sticking!Point!in!Hindu!Marriage!Act,”The”Express”Tribune,”October”12,”2011.””(Reporting”that”

while”Pakistan”has”no”current”system”to”register”marriages”for”Hindus,”a”proposed”Hindu”Marriage”Act”is”being”considered”in”Pakistan’s”National”

Assembly.)” 11Hindu!Girls!Are!Forced!to!Marry!Muslims:!Zardari’s!Sister,”Indian”Express,”March”15,”2012,”available!at:”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindu!girls!are!forced!to!marry!muslims!zardaris!sister/924247/1″ 12Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)”p”125,”(reporting:””Investigation,”prosecution”against”agents”of”violence”and”intimidation”against”

minority”groups”was”not”a”priority,”charges”were”“seldom”brought”against”those”responsible”for”violence,”intimidation,”and”discrimination.”.”.”

There”was”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens…”)” 13Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation;”also”see”U.S.”Congress”

Representative”Brad”Sherman”letter”addressed”to”Pakistan”President”Asif”Zardari”on”issue”of”forced”Hindu”conversions,”March”12,”2012.” 14″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation.” 15″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”137.” 16″The”U.S.”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011(recommending”that”Pakistan”is”declared”a”“country”of”

particular”concern””pursuant”to”the”US”International”Religious”Freedom”Act”for”failure”to”protect”religious”freedom),”p.”114,”documenting”

attacks”on”Hindus”and”Sikhs,”available!at:”http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf”

18Hassan,”Nadir,”‘Minority”rights:”For”Hindu”Community,”Asylum”May”be”the”Only”Option’,!!June”11,”2011,”The!Express!Tribune,”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/186683/minority!rights!for!hindu!community!asylum!may!be!the!only!option/”

19‘23″Hindus”Kidnapped”in”Pakistani”Province’,”March”3,”2012,””Deccan!Herald,”http://www.deccanherald.com/content/231810/23!hindus!

kidnapped!pakistani!province.html” 2020Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”125.” 21″US”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011,”p.”114,”available!at:”

http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf.” 22Ibid.,!p.”114.” 23″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Summary”of”Violence/Discrimination”Against”Hindus”in”Pakistan,”2012,”citing:”Asian”Centre”for”Human”Rights,!

“Pakistan:!The!Land!of!Religious!Apartheid!and!Jackboot!Justice,!A!Report!to!the!UN!Committee!Against!Racial!Discrimination,”(August”2007),”

available!at:”http://www.achrweb.org/Review/2007/179!07.htm.”” 24Bakshi,”Roopa,”“Bonded!Labour,””(November”2002),”The!South!Asian.com,;”“Bonded”Labour”in”Pakistan,””Report”Prepared”for”UN”Economic”

and”Social”Council,”(June”23!July”9,”1999),”Anti!Slavery”International,”available!at:”

http://www.antislavery.org/archive/submission/submission1999!08Pakistan.htm).” 25″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”citing”“Chronology”of”Events”Related”to”Bonded”

Labour”in”2008,””Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”available!at:”http://www.hrcp!web.org/hrcpDetail_cs.cfm?catId=209.” 26UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report!of!the!Working!Group!(n”7)”p”20″recommendation”37.” 27″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at,”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf;”(“

reporting”that”in”2001″Pakistan”Government”implemented”the”National”Policy”and”Plan”of”Action”for”the”Abolition”of”Bonded”Labour”and”

Rehabilitation”of”Freed”Bonded”Labourers).” 28″Asian”Human”Rights”Commission”Statement,”“Pakistan:”Religious”Minority”Groups”Have”Nothing”to”Celebrate”on”International”Day”on”Women,”

March”8,”2010,”available”at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc!news/AHRC!STM!043!2010).” 29Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”2007,”available”at:”

http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf)”p”63.”

31″Ayesha”Shahid,”Caste”Makes”them”Outcast,”Dawn”Pakistan,”January”21,”2012,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/21/caste!makes!

them!outcast.html;”stating”that”10″of”the”342″National”Assembly”seats,”and”23″of”all”provincial”assembly”seats”are”reserved”for”non!Muslims;”

Ramesh”Jaipal,”Chairman”of”Scheduled”Caste”Movement”states”that”a”substantial”number”of”Scheduled”Caste”members”want”“some”sort”of”

electoral”option”where”their”representatives”are”‘elected’”rather”than”‘selected’”.””” 32″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions”for”Inputs”to”the”List”of”Issues”(October,”2008),”p.”4,”Submitted”

by”IDSN,”Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf.” 33″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(“n”18)” 34″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan””(n”18)” 35See”Ibid.” 36Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Untouched”by”Aid,”Relief,””(report”on”lack”of”available”shelters”for”Bheels,”Meghwars”and”Kohlis”following”flooding”in”Badin,”

Sindh)”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/untouched!by!aid!relief.html).” 37Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Flood”Relief”by”Caste,”Creed,”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/flood!

relief!by!caste!creed.html” 38See”Ibid.”Also”see:”Maria;”Pakistan’s”Dalits”Denied”Flood”Aid”Because”of”Caste”Discrimination”(reporting”that”hundreds”of”thousands”of”Dalits”

have”been”denied””shelter”and”relief”items”due”to”discrimination),”Minority”Voices”Newsroom,”available”at:”

http://www.minorityvoices.org/news.php?action=view&id=830″”! “

10

“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 39See!Ibid.” 40United”Nations”[UN]”High”Commissioner”on”Refugees,”Guiding!Principles!on!Internal!Displacement!(22″July”1998)”UN”Doc”E/CN”4/1998/53/Add”

2,”pp”4,1.” 41″Government”of”Pakistan,”The!Constitution!of!the!Islamic!Republic!of!Pakistan!(as”amended”30″April”2010),available!at:”

http://www.infopak.gov.pk/Constitution30April2010.pdf”arts”9,”15!17,”19,”20,”25″(1)”.”” 42Pakistan!Penal!Code,”1860″[Pakistan]”Act”XLV”of”1860″(6″October”1860),”available!at:”

http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/legislation/1860/actXLVof1860.html#140″s”375,”366!368.”” 43″Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(adopted”10″December”1948″)”UNGA”Res”217″A(III)”UDHR).art”16.” 44″Convention”on”the”Rights”of”the”Child”(adopted”20″November”1989,”entry”into”force”2″September”1990)””GA”Res”44/25″,”arts”3,8,9,16,30.” 45″Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”All”Forms”of”Discrimination”Against”Women”(adopted”18″December”1979,”entry”into”force”3″September”

1981)”A/Res/34/180″(CEDAW),”art”16.” 46CEDAW”(n”33)”arts”7,”8,”10,”18.” 47″International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(adopted”16″December”1966,”entered”into”force”23″March”1976)”999″UNTS”171″(ICCPR)””,”

Article”26,”(also!see,”Article”27″stating”that:”“In”those”States”in”which”ethnic,”religious”or”linguistic”minorities”exist,”persons”belonging”to”such”

minorities”shall”not”be”denied”the”right,”in”community”with”the”other”members”of”their”group,”to”enjoy”their”own”culture,”to”profess”and”

practice”their”own”religion,”or”to”use”their”own”language”).” 48Pakistan!Penal!Code”(n”30)”s”368,”379,”374.” 49UDHR”(n”31)”arts”4,”7,”8,”13,”24.” 50ICCPR”(n”35)””art”20″stating”that,”“any”advocacy”of”national,”racial,”or”religious”hared”that”constitutes”incitement”to”discrimination,”hostility”or”

violence”shall”be”prohibited”by”law,”;”Article”26″stating”that”“the”law”shall…”guarantee”all”persons”equal”and”effective”protection”against”

discrimination…””.” 51″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)” 52Vimal”Bhatia,”Fearing!Taliban,!Pak!Hindus!take!Thar!Express!to!India,””September”10,”2009;”http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009!

09!10/india/28087838_1_pak!hindus!indian!citizenship!munabao).” 53!Id.”(Reporting:”Official”numbers”of”Pakistani”Hindus”entering”India”via”the”Thar”Express”Train”port:”2006!”392″persons;”2007!”880;”2008!”1,240;”

2009!”1000.”Actual”numbers”expected”to”be”much”higher”based”on”railway”employees’”observations.)”” 54Discussion”on”behalf”of”the”stakeholders”with”Pakistan”Hindu”Council”Directors,”March,”2012.” 55″Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(interviewing”Friar”Anwar”

Patras,”the”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi,”who”reports”of”the”increasing”number”of”forced”kidnappings”and”conversions”of”Hindu”and”Christian”girls”in”

Pakistan;”and”reporting”on”the”pending”forced”marriage”and”conversion”Pakistan”Supreme”Court”case”of”19″year”old”Rinkle”Kumari,”and”threats”

her”family”received”after”identifying”the”perpetrators.),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!she!

would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html”” 56″See”Pakistan”Christian”Post,”Enforcedly!Converted!Hindu!Women!Under!Life!Threat!in!Shelters,”March”28,”2012″(Dr.”Nazir”Bhatti,,”President”of”

Pakistan”Christian”Congress”(PCC),”states”that”it”is”common”knowledge”that”the”women”shelters”known”as”Darul!Amans,”are”run”by”provincial”

governments,”have”Muslim”employees,”and”have”a”reputation”of”running”‘forced”prostitution”rings,’”and”are”therefore,”not”in”fact”providing”a”

safe”temporary”shelter”for”female”kidnapping”victims.””Also”reporting”that”victims”of”forced”conversions”are”kept”silent”with”death”threats”on”

the”grounds”of”‘apostasy’,”which”decrees”death”to”those”who”leave”the”religion”after”conversion),”available!at:””

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/viewnews.php?newsid=1799.”” 57″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.” 58″”Ibid.”” 59″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.””Also!see,”Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!

Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(reporting”that”alleged”kidnapping”and”forced”marriage”victim,”Rinkle”Kumari,”

states”that’s”that”she”would”rather”be”killed”than”to”return”to”the”Darul!Aman”[Koranic”school],”where”she”was”placed”by”the”Supreme”Court”as”

a”temporary”‘safe”house,’”pending”the”final”ruling”in”her”case),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!

she!would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html.””” 60″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

combating”bonded”labour.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

             
 
 

 

NEWS    EOPM 

EOPM   is a Human Rights Organization that strives to focus the attention of the international community on human rights violations blatantly perpetrated in Pakistan and help raise a unified voice against the atrocities committed on minorities in a country known to encourage and protect acts of religious fanaticism. We endeavour to create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses and to ensure improvement in the political, educational, social and economic conditions of all minority communities in Pakistan. EOPM brings to the attention of the UN and other intergovernmental regional organizations, cases of human rights violations in Pakistan in order to confront hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity for minorities in the country.

While most of the world welcomed 2014 with celebrations, Pakistan rang in the New Year with a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta on January 1, 2014 when a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a bus in the outskirts of the Balochistan capital carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran. This atrocity illustrates that while years and dates may change, very little changes in the wave of religious and sectarian terrorism in Pakistan. The killing of an Islamabad leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Munir Muawia, in the federal capital on 3rd January, 2014, is yet another bloody footnote in the once-again simmering sectarian wars and the state’s inability to control them. It is not surprising anymore that a drive-by shooting can occur in Islamabad and that the assassins can simply melt away. Helplessness seems to be the only reaction of the heavily financed and resourced capital police. If the heart of the capital city Islamabad cannot be made safe by security officials, then what hope is there for Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi or the rest of Pakistan? 

The number of incidents related to attacks on minorities in Pakistan is continuously increasing in the country. A suicide attack on the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan on September 22, 2013, killed at least 85 Christian worshippers and left more than 100 injured in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan. Suicide attacks on minorities in Pakistan have not only resulted in the death of a large number of people across the country but the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan also rose by 39 per cent in 2013. 46 suicide attacks were reported in 2013 compared to 33 in 2012. Of these, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed 18 suicide attacks in 2013 while 12 attacks occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Furthermore, nine suicide attacks occurred in Balochistan, five in Sindh and one each in Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir. This was revealed in the ‘Pakistan Security Report 2013’ launched by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips), a think-tank based in Islamabad which is engaged in research to understand ongoing conflicts such as militancy, extremism, radicalisation and insurgency.

Recent years have witnessed mounting attacks on the lives, properties and places of worship of minorities in Pakistan 
& an ‘increased social vulnerability’ of non-Muslim Pakistanis in terms of access to education, jobs and healthcare.

May 2014 

Lahore: Christian polio worker poisoned by fellow worker in Lahore, 19 May, 2014

A Christian polio worker recently employed at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, was poisoned by a fellow worker in Lahore. Asad Masih, 23, son of Parviaz Masih of Shahdara, Lahore, was appointed as a polio worker at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, as part of a two member team. Reportedly, he was poisoned by his fellow Muslim team member for reasons not yet known. Masih was admitted in Mian Munchi Hospital in Lahore in a critical condition, but was shifted by his parents to Services Hospital Lahore where the young Christian still remains unconscious. The parents have been warned by polio officials to keep silent about the incident.

Pakistan Government and the DCO are responsible for the safety and security of polio workers, but being a Christian, who are considered 2nd class citizens 
in the country, Pakistani Christians have no rights, safety or security even within government organizations.

Karachi: 3 Shias killed in targeted terrorist attacks, 19 May, 2014

A Shiite man, Shaukat Sherazi, aged 45 years, a custodian of Shirazi Imam Bargah and a leader of Jafaria Alliance, was killed along with his Sunni friend, Qaisar Hussain, aged 50 years, in Mithadar in the Old City area of Karachi. 
Another Shia man, Aga Masud Hussain, aged 40 years, an activist of Anjuman Shababul Momneen, was shot and killed in an attack on his shop in Liaqatabad Dak-Khana area of Karachi. 
Shia Muslim Sajjad Hussian, died after he was critically injured in an earlier attack in Block No. 7, Federal ‘B’ Area of Karachi. The killing of Shias in Pakistan has caused international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence against the Shia community, which makes up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

Peshawar: 1 Shia slain, another injured in terrorist attack, 19 May, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia Muslim and injured another in a targeted attack in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Shiite Sardar Ashraf Ali was killed and Sardar Abid Ali, another Shia Muslim man, sustained critical injuries in the firing of Yazidi terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba near People Mandi, Peshawar.

Pakistan: 5,000 Hindus flee Pakistan annually as a result of Islamic persecution, 19 May, 2014

Around 5,000 Hindus migrate from Pakistan to India and other countries every year due to religious persecution, ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani told the Pakistani National Assembly. “During the last two months, six incidents of religious desecration happened in Sindh province alone. In all incidents, religious books of Hindu minority and their places of worship were burnt,” said Wankwani, who also heads the Pakistan Hindu Council. He said that the government had so far neither made arrests nor taken action against any extremist group involved in the attacks. “No one from the minority community feels safe in Pakistan,” he said while commenting on the law and order situation in the country. He blamed the government for failing to control frequent attacks against Hindus and maintained it was the community’s constitutional right to practice its religion freely in Pakistan. “But the rights of Hindus have never remained a priority here. The problems of Hindus are multiplying in Pakistan instead of decreasing. Are we not part of this country?” he questioned.

Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani informed the Pakistani National Assembly that scores of Hindu women 
have been abducted in the last few years in Sindh province and later married to their kidnappers after forcible conversion. 
He urged the government to take steps to counter it as discrimination against minorities was forcing Hindus to flee the country.

Mirpur Khas: Four Pakistani Christians arrested and charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, 17 May, 2014

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four evangelical Christians, including three women and a male pastor, were arrested after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The Christians have been charged under Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which punishes those who “outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.” Local Islamic extremists have begun holding protests against the Christians demanding exemplary punishment be meted out on the accused Christians. On May 18, 2014, Pastor Younis Masih, his wife, Nazia, and two other Christian women, Mary Rose and Kiran, were arrested by Pakistani police in Mirpur Khas, a district located in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. According to reports by Asia News, “the four Christians were distributing Christian literature at a local railway station when a Muslim religious leader, belonging to Isalmist Sunnat wal Jammat, read the material and, realizing that it was Christian literature, immediately reported the four to the police.” A mob of enraged Muslims surrounded the train station with the intention of exacting mob justice, shortly after the police detained the 4 Christians. To prevent violence, the police arrested the 4 Christians and moved them to the nearest police station. The mob followed, demanding for punishment to be meted out against the Christians immediately. The case is under inquiry now.

Pakistan: Blasphemy accused Muslims are forgiven while Christians face Death Sentence, 17 May, 2014

Christians in Pakistan have complained of a double standard being applied when it comes to enforcing the country’s controversial blasphemy laws to religious minorities. In many cases, when the accused is a Muslim, the accused just has to apologize publicly before being allowed to go. When applied in a case where a Christian is accused, it is very difficult to stop Pakistan’s courts from passing down a death sentence. Dr. Nazir. S. Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) expressed apprehensions, on May 16, 2014, on double standards in the implementation of Blasphemy law on citizens of Pakistan because when any Muslim commits blasphemy, he is pardoned on an simple apology note, but when a Christian or Ahmadiyyia community member is allegedly accused of blasphemy by a single Muslim accuser, the minority community victim faces death sentence no matter how repeatedly he swears that he has not defiled name of the Holy Prophet. He further said, “All Christian victims of blasphemy laws have publically denied committing blasphemy after their arrest but no court or complainant has pardoned them. However, when a Muslim cleric or any Muslim openly defiles the name of Prophet Mohammad, Islamic decrees appear to Pardon these Muslims.” Nazir Bhatti added, “Christian colonies were set on fire, Christians were burnt alive, Christians were brutally murdered in court compounds, Christians were gunned downed and Christian worship places were attacked by Muslim mob on the pretext of blasphemy while none of Muslim blasphemers were ever arrested in Pakistan”

Sheikhupura: Teenager dressed as cop kills Ahmadi blasphemy accused inside police station, 16 May, 2014

A man facing blasphemy charges and lodged in a police lock-up in Nankana district was shot dead inside the police station by a teenager disguised in police uniform. The police said that the assailant had introduced himself as Mubashir and had told officers at the Sharqpur police station that he wanted to see Khalil Ahmad, 65. He was given access to Khalil, but he shot him dead after a brief conversation. Nankana’s District Police Officer Afzaal Kousar told reporters that the Sharqpur SHO and a constable who was posted as guard at the time of the killing had been suspended for negligence of duty. He said that the assailant, 18-year-old Saim Mubashir, was a seminary student. He was overpowered by policemen at the police station soon after he had shot Khalil. The deceased was a member of the Ahmadi community and was among six people named in a blasphemy case on May 11, 2014. Hailing from Sajowal village, near Sharqpur, he and the other accused men, had allegedly thrashed shopkeeper Syed Riaz Hussain Shah and had torn an Islamic calendar. The shopkeeper immediately approached local leaders of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, who mounted a protest and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for about five hours. They lifted the blockade only after police officers registered a case against the six suspects under blasphemy laws. The Sharqpur police later arrested Khalil.

Khalil Ahmad (65), an Ahmadi Muslim, was brutally murdered on 16 May, 2014 whilst in police custody at Sharq-Pur Police Station in District Shaikhpura, Pakistan. 
The deceased had been arrested some days earlier on entirely baseless blasphemy charges, along with three other Ahmadi Muslims.

Lahore: Christians complain of ‘Denial of Rights, Equality’, 16 May, 2014

Representatives of Pakistan Christian National Party said at a press conference that the minority Christian community was disappointed with their ‘second-class’ status and discriminatory treatment meted out to them in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Christian National Party Chairman Joseph Francis, Vice Chairman Martin Javed Michael, Zia Khokhar, and Samuel Piara said that Pakistani Christians had played a positive role in the creation of Pakistan but had been denied their rights and equal status under the post-1947 political leadership. The party leaders alleged that Pakistani Christians were being deprived of their rights under the 1973 Constitution and faced social, economic, and religious discrimination at an unprecedented level. Talking to media persons, Joseph Francis said that Christians had struggled for independence from the British and had expressed their unwavering solidarity with Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the freedom movement. Jinnah had promised the Speaker of the then Punjab Assembly, Dewan Buhadar SP Singha, and members of the Christian community that Pakistan would welcome people of all religions and refrain from discriminating on the basis of faith, colour, caste or creed. Francis said that Jinnah in his speech on August 11, 1947 had expressed his desire for a country run on secular values and principles of democracy. Joseph Francis said that it was unfortunate that after Jinnah’s death, the country was hijacked by religious interests and political elites hungry for power. He said that Christians had became ‘second-class’ citizens overnight despite their loyalty to the state. He said lands had been taken away from the Pakistani Christians under General Ayub Khan and they were yet to receive their share of properties from the current PML-N government which included the St Francis High School in Anarkali and plots of land in Sahiwal and Rawalpindi.

Karachi: Shia athlete escapes Takfiri terrorist attack in Quetta, 15 May, 2014

A Shia athlete escaped a targeted attack in Quetta by Pro-Taliban takfiri terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who wanted to murder him due to their ideology of intolerance, hatred and fanaticism. According to reports, a Shia Hazara youth, Mubarak Ali Shan, was returning from office when 5 Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi/ASWJ, an affiliate of the outlawed terrorist outfit Taliban, ambushed him on Mechanki Road in Quetta. He fell on the ground to dodge the bullets and fortunately saved his life by his timely action.

Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province where banned Sipah-e-Sahaba’s ringleader Ahmed Ludhianvi 
is rabidly involved in the genocide of Shia Muslims.

Karachi: Pakistani Christians’ protest against Travel Ban to Israel, 14 May, 2014

In the city of Karachi, Pakistani Christians held a protest outside the Karachi Press Club against travel prohibition to Israel which they insisted they should be allowed to visit. Israel has no proper diplomatic relations with Pakistan and Pakistani passports state explicitly that they are valid for all countries except Israel. The God’s Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan (GPFP) which prepared the demonstration says that the travel ban infringes their rights to perform pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other Christian holy places in Israel.

Karachi: Shia shop owner slain on ‘sectarian grounds’, 14 May, 2014

A shop owner was gunned down in Federal B Area on sectarian grounds, said a Samanabad police official. Mazhar Abbas, 40, was in his shop in Block 18 of FB Area when four men on two motorcycles opened fire on him, said Gulberg SDPO Azam Durrani. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered multiple bullets to the chest. The police said that the victim belonged to the Shia community and was a resident of the same locality where he had been targeted.

Sharqpur: Members of five enslaved Christian families released in Pakistan, 14 May, 2014

According to the Fides News Agency, members of five Pakistani Christian families who had been enslaved by their employers have been released following a court case. For 25 years, one of the women had been enslaved by a Punjabi furnace owner. Nasir Saeed, director of the UK-based Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement, said, “It is sad to see that even in the 21st century slavery continues to exist in Pakistan. The owners of furnaces are often wealthy and influential and are rarely prosecuted.” Saeed added. “Sometimes they are sold from one furnace to another. The government is aware of the situation, but has never taken serious measures to stop the despicable practice.”

Slavery still exists in Pakistan. One of the Christian women who had been enslaved for 25 years 
in Pakistan cries after her release by a court.

Karachi, Hasan-Abdal, Hangu: 4 killed in separate takfiri terrorist attacks in different parts of Pakistan, 13 May, 2014

KARACHI: Takfiri terrorists stormed into the office of an estate agency, situated in Federal ‘B’ Area Block Number 16, near al-Mohsin Mosque and Imam Bargah and shot dead an estate agent in Federal B Area, Block-16, the police said. Aun Mohammed Naqvi, 35, was sitting inside the estate agency near his home in Abdullah Square when gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fired on him and sped away, said an official at the Yusuf Plaza police station. He added that the victim sustained bullet wounds and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A spokesperson for the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that the victim was a Shia and it was a targeted attack on sectarian grounds. 
HASSAN-ABDAL: A Shia doctor, Dr Faisal Manzoor, was ambushed by Yazidi terrorists in Hassan Abdal, in Punjab province. He was killed instantly like his cousin Dr Babar Ali who was also attacked by the Yazidi terrorists. 
HANGU: A Shia teacher along with his Sunni colleague were killed in Hangu district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa. Terrorists stormed into Chashma Jaat area and opened fire on the two teachers, Liaquat Ali and Shameem, near Government High School. They sustained critical wounds in the shooting and were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital, where they succumbed to fatal wounds. Liaquat Ali is said to be a Shiite Muslim and Shameem was his Sunni colleague.

Sheikhupura: 11-year-old-Christian girl gang-raped for 3 days, 12 May, 2014

Just weeks after the rape of a 7-year-old Christian girl by multiple Muslim men was reported in Pakistan, another report of a 11-year-old Christian girl being abducted and raped by Muslim men has surfaced. According to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, a 11-year-old Christian girl was abducted from a town in Sheikupora and raped multiple time during her three day ordeal. 11-year-old Maria Sarfraz, was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days. Maria had gone to attend school but members of a political party had seized the girl and had taken her to another city. After three days, Maria was recovered and the medical report stated that the minor girl had been forcefully raped by the accused for three nonstop days. Her father Sarfraz Andrew went to the police station and registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) No. 272/14 on 25th April, 2014. Local police took Muhammad Safdar and Muhammad Mehboob into custody but the politically well connected accused are compelling the family to patch up. The perpetrators of this crime are threatening violence against the Christian family in an attempt to keep them from seeking justice just like in the previous cases. The rapists have demanded that the Christian family should settle the matter out of court or else they will start a riot in the town and burn down all Christian homes in the town. The girl’s grieved family had demanded justice from the CJP, asking for strict legal action against the accused and provision of security for their life and properties claiming that the companions of the rapists were intimidating them with terrible penalties, if they don’t compromise with the accused. This case continues to highlight the sufferings of Christians in Pakistan.

11-year-old Maria Sarfraz was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days in Sheikhupura district, according to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan.

Karachi: Christians in Pakistan hold protest against Job Discrimination, 12 May, 2014

Christians in Pakistan have held a protest against job discrimination in public sector jobs. Over 100 Christian gathered together and demanded the government to implement the law that requires Pakistan’s government to hire at least 5% religious minorities in the public sector. Even though it is legally mandated that religious minorities should make up 5% of Pakistan’s public sector, reality shows that Christians and other religious minorities make up far less than the required 5% quota. The leaders of the protest are now planning a series of demonstrations to bring the issue of job discrimination against religious minorities to light. Over 100 Christians staged a demonstration seeking implementation of the five per cent quota in public sector jobs, especially in the police and education departments. Speaking on the occasion, National Minorities Alliance chairman Lala Robin Daniel disclosed, “Recently, the Education Department made some recruitments but the 5 per cent minority quota was not fully observed.” He said that the police department was also recruiting but Christians were being ignored.

Dera Ismail Khan: Shia man killed in combined shooting & grenade attack, 12 May, 2014

A Shia Muslim man was killed in a shooting cum hand grenade attack in Dera Ismail Khan of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Khurram Abbas, a Shia Muslim, was ambushed near Gomal Medical College where Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists opened fire upon him. After sporadic firing, the terrorists also a threw hand grenade that exploded killing Khurram Abbas on the spot.

Once a respected and well-integrated minority in Pakistan where they comprise roughly 20 per cent of the population 
and count the nation’s founder as one of their own, Shia Muslims within Pakistan have become a community under siege in recent years.

Sharqpur: Six Ahmadis charged with blasphemy in Sharqpur, 11 May, 2014

Six persons from the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan have been charged with blasphemy for allegedly tearing an Islamic calender, in the latest case to highlight growing intolerance in the country. According to an FIR, the six Ahmadi men allegedly tore an Islamic calendar hanging on the wall of a shopkeeper during a religious debate with him in Sharqpur village. After the incident, several Al-Sunnat Wal Jamat activists held a demonstration and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for several hours to protest against the minority community, demanding exemplary punishment for the accused men.

Karachi: Ahmadi man killed, 10 May, 2014

Zafar Ahmed, appearing to be in his 30s, was sitting at his paan shop at Urdu Chowk in Mominabad when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said a police official. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered two bullet injuries. The police said that he was a PPP activist. Following his death, tension spread through the locality. Moreover, PPP leaders and workers reached the ASH to protest against the killing and demanded for the immediate arrest of the culprits.

Multan: Islamic Radicals murder human rights activist lawyer for taking on ‘Blasphemy Case’ in Pakistan, 8 May, 2014

A lawyer was shot and killed in his law office because of his willingness to take on the case of an individual accused of blasphemy. The accused, an English professor, was accused of blasphemy in March 2013. Since then, he had been unable to find legal representation due to the fear surrounding blasphemy, which carries the death penalty in Pakistan. Those accused of blasphemy are often lynched or languish for years in jail without trial because lawyers are too afraid to defend them. In February 2014, lawyer Rashid Rehman, said to be a Christian, took on the professor’s case, but this decision proved fatal. The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan, marked the first time a lawyer has been killed for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan. Rehman had been representing Junaid Hafeez, an English lecturer, accused by hardline student groups of making blasphemous remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in March last year. Hafeez had been in prison without being able to find a lawyer until Rehman agreed to represent him in February, 2014. Rehman, a junior lawyer and an assistant were sitting in their office near Kutchery Square when unknown armed gunmen entered their chamber and fired, injuring Rehman and his associates. Regman was reportedly shot five times. The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital where doctors pronounced Rashid Rehman dead upon arrival. Rehman, who was also a coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Multan, had been threatened last month inside a courtroom in the Multan Central Jail and on five other occasions.

The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan marked the first time a lawyer has been killed 
for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan.

Lahore: Autopsy of Christian killed in Pakistan raises questions, 8 May, 2014

The autopsy report on a dead Christian in Pakistan, originally reported as a suicide victim, has raised questions. According to the report, the Christian was shot in the head twice, indicating that he may not have killed himself. The death of the Christian man came 24 hours after a Muslim co-worker demanded him to convert to Islam. The Punjab state medical examiner’s report of Haroon Haidar’s death on 16 April, 2014, indicates that he suffered two injuries to his skull, raising questions about whether the 24-year-old married father of two could have killed himself. Haroon Haidar’s father, Haidar Masih, said that his son had been threatened a day earlier by a coworker who was angered by his son’s refusal to convert to Islam. At about 9:00 AM on April 16, 2014, Haidar Masih, working at Pakistan Printing Press, received news that his son, Haroon, had been killed. He rushed to the spot in Lahore where Bank Islami Pakistan is under construction, and where Haroon worked as a sweeper. Haidar Masih said that he had learnt from the police that a security guard, Umar Farooq, the only person present with Masih in the building at the time of incident, had told the police that he had left his pump-action shotgun on the table and had gone upstairs to the washroom, when he had heard a gunshot. He had rushed downstairs and seen that Masih had killed himself by shooting himself in the forehead with his gun. Haroon Haidar’s relatives and friends said that he had showed no signs of depression or leaning toward suicide. Rather, they said that he was happily married and a well composed person. Haroon Haidar had a 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. His widow, Hina Bibi, said that her husband was a faithful man and they were leading a happy life. “I cannot believe my husband can kill himself,” she said.

Karachi: Notable Shia citizen shot and killed in takfiri terrorists attack, 8 May, 2014

Ishtiaq Hussain, 45, an active Shia notable, who was the founder and incharge of the 9th Moharram mourning procession, was killed in a targeted attack by Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists in Korangi No.3, Karachi. Taliban terrorists opened fire on the car of Ishtiaq Hussain son of Shaukat Hussain, near Korangi No 3 1/2. He was killed on the spot. His driver Ata Ur Rehman, a Sunni Muslim, was also killed in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of yet another Shia notable in Karachi. They said that inaction of PPP’s government was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent people in Karachi. They said that the lip-service of the PPP leadership against the terrorists was not enough to defeat terrorism.

Daska: 7-year-old Christian rape victim prevented from receiving medical treatment for 2 days, 7 May, 2014

In late April, reports of a 7-year-old Christian girl being gang-raped by multiple Muslim men surfaced in Pakistan. Sources now report that threats from the Muslim rape accused man’s family prevented the 7-year-old gang-raped Christian girl from receiving hospital care for two days in Punjab Province. The young daughter of a farmhand in Malhe Ki village in the Daska area had gone out on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, to a neighborhood shop when Fakhar-e-Alam Nagra, known as Phool, and another man had attacked her from behind, said relatives of the girl. The two men had blindfolded the girl and had taken her to an abandoned outhouse, where Phool had raped her. The girl’s brothers, Shahbaz and Emmanuel Masih, set out to search for their sister, when she did not return home that afternoon, according to the First Information Report (FIR No. 152/14) filed on April 22 at Daska Saddar Police Station. “We were passing near Akhtar Ali Nagra’s property when we heard screams. We rushed inside and saw Phool scaling the back wall. Our sister was on the ground, wailing in pain and bleeding profusely. We lifted her in our arms and ran home. Our sister suffered from trauma and immense pain for two days at home because the Nagra family was forcing us to reach a compromise with them,” said Shahbaz Masih in the FIR. The victim’s paternal aunt, Nasreen Joyce, told media persons that the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, looked after the cattle of Zulfiqar Nagra, an uncle of the primary suspect. “When the family saw her condition, her father Iqbal went to see Zulfiqar Nagra and told him how Phool had assaulted the child and he should provide justice for his minor daughter. But rather than helping my poor brother, the landlord gave him 1,000 rupees [US$10] and told him to buy painkillers for her. He also warned him not to approach the police or go to the hospital, threatening that if the family disobeyed his order, they would regret the consequences,” said the aunt. Joyce said that when her brother insisted on justice, Zulfiqar Nagra had refused to let him go and had held him hostage. “On hearing about the terrible incident, I reached their village the next day, only to find that my neice had not been given any medical treatment, and her condition was becoming worse because of excessive blood loss. My brother Iqbal had still not returned home.” Joyce said, adding that the family did not know who to call for help, as there are just eight Christian families in the village, all of them low-wage earners. On April 22, the family gathered the courage to meet the district police chief, Gohar Nafees, who ordered area officers to recover Iqbal Masih and investigate. “On his order, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Arif registered a case against Phool and took him into custody. The police managed to recover Iqbal from Zulfiqar’s house but failed to arrest any of the abductors,” she said. Joyce said that the girl was kept in the intensive care unit for six days as doctors tried to stop internal hemorrhage. Denying the charges that the police were reluctant to arrest the alleged abductors, Sub-Inspector Arif told reporters that medical examination had confirmed that the child had been raped. The police official said that Zulfiqar and Yar would soon be in police custody.

The father of a minor Christian girl went to her rapist’s family to appeal for justice but was given 
1,000 rupees [US$10] to buy painkillers for the hemorrhaging girl

Karachi: 2 Shia Muslims critically injured in targeted attack, 6 May, 2014

2 Shia Muslims were critically injured in the targeted firing by armed Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists in Karachi. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ambushed the Shiites near Sakhi Hassan North Nazimabad. Raza Ali and Sadiq Hussain were wounded in the firing. They were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot, injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 5 May, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stormed into an EVO device sales shop. They opened fire upon Syed Sami Haider there and fled from the scene. Sami Haider, the injured Shiite was rushed to hospital for treatment where his condition was stated to be critical.

Karachi: Shia political activist Raza Haider gunned down, 5 May, 2014

Shiite Raza Haider, 30, was killed in Karachi’s Gulbahar in the targeted firing by Imdad Allah, a member of the terrorist organization Sipah-e-Sahaba. The incident occurred when the terrorist opened fire on a mirror shop near Haideri Mosque. The victim’s body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities and then shifted to Old Rizvi Shah-e-Karbala Imambargah.

Khi: Firing in Gulshan Iqbal leaves 1 Shiite dead, 5 May, 2014

Shiite Syed Irteza Hussain Rizvi was shot dead alongside his Ahle Sunnat associate, Moizullah, in Karachi’s Gulshan Iqbal 13-D. The two men were travelling in a car which was fired on by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban. The intensity of the attack left them both dead on the scene. They were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital for legal formalities and Irteza’s body was then moved to the Ancholi Imambargah. The Shia victim worked as a marketing manager and was a resident of North Nazimabad. He was married.

Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of Shias in Pakistan claiming that ‘inaction by the PPP’s government’ 
was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent minority Shias in Karachi.

Pakistan: Sacrifice of Pakistani Bishop John Joseph remembered 16 years later, 5 May, 2014

On the 16th anniversary of Bishop John Joseph’s suicide, Christians across Pakistan remembered the sacrifice the bishop had made on behalf of the Christian community. Sixteen years ago, Bishop John Joseph had committed suicide in front of the Sahiwal Court in Punjab Province in protest against Pakistan’s abusive blasphemy laws. In a note left by the bishop, he explained that he hoped his desperate act would highlight the issue of blasphemy for the International Community and would spark positive change for the Pakistani Christian community within the country. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws remain on the books and Christians continue to be disproportionately accused and convicted under the controversial set of laws.

April 2014 

Hangu: 1 Shia Muslim killed, another injured, 30 April, 2014

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Taliban shot dead a Shia Muslim man in the capital of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. They opened fire on Syed Athar Abbas Zaidi son of Mohammad Abbas Zaidi, killing him on the spot. He was 38. 

In Hangu, takfiri nasbi terrorists stormed into Phat Bazaar, Khan Barhi, where they opened fire on Farhad Hussain. He sustained bullet injuries to his face and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the ever mounting targeted attacks on Shia Muslims. They said that the Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists have intensified genocide against Shia Muslims. They demanded military operations to liquidate the terrorists.

Dera Ismail Khan: Shia policeman killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in D I Khan, 27 April, 2014

Yazidi nabsi takfiri terrorists shot and killed Allah Nawaz, a Shia policeman, on Diyal Road in Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Allah Nawaz was a resident of Kotli Imam Hussain. He was posted in Rescue-15.

Karachi: Busload of Shia worshippers escape bomb attack that killed 4 in Clifton Town, 25 April, 2014

At least four people were killed while 30 others including 3 Shiites, sustained injuries, in an explosion near a Sunni Bralevi mosque on Chaudhry Khaliq uz Zaman Road in the Delhi Colony area of Clifton Town after a bus was targeted, which was carrying Shia passengers on their way from a Shia Mosque ‘Masjid-wa-Imambargah Yasrab’, after Friday prayers. According to initial reports from the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU), explosive material weighing 8-10 kilogrammes was used., The timed IED device was planted in a rickshaw, loaded with ball bearings and nut bolts. IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of the terrorists, whose bomb explosion in Karachi claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of a terrorist attack, whose bomb blast 
in Delhi Colony, Karachi, claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

Daska: Minor Christian girl raped, 25 April, 2014

A gang of four Muslim men raped a 7-year-old Christian girl named Sara in village Malleyki-Daska, Sialkot district, Punjab. The child is admitted in Sialkot hospital, in the intensive care unit in a “critical” condition, according to doctors. Reportedy, the police, instead of arresting the culprits, helped the local clan to kidnap the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, who was hidden in a secret place to “force the family not to register the crime and to compel the minor girl’s family to reach an agreement with the criminals so that arrest and dispute on religious grounds could be avoided”. While talking to newsmen, the Daska police said that they have arrested a person for raping the minor Christian girl. The DSP revealed that the little girl’s medical examination had confirmed ‘rape’ and the minor victim’s condition was still stated to be critical at Daska Civil Hospital. He added that accused Fakhar Alam alias Phool had confessed to the crime. He said that the Daska police had also arrested another accused, Zulfiqar Ali, for forcibly preventing the grieved Christian family from registering the case with the the Daska police. According to the FIR lodged by the victim’s brother, Shehbaz Maseeh, the incident occurred on April 20, 2014.

4 Muslim men gang-raped a 7-year-old Christian girl in Malleyki-Daska village in Sialkot District, Punjab.

Sanghar: Hindus protest ‘raid’ on congregation, 25 April, 2014

Members of the Hindu community belonging to the Bheel, Oad, Kolhi and Meghwar castes, held a protest demonstration and sit-in for over three hours on Mirpurkhas-Khipro Road against a police raid on their congregation in Hur Colony and detention of four Bhagats (hymn-chanters), the previous night. An official at the Khipro police station, when contacted, said that the action was taken after Muslim neighbours had complained that they were being disturbed by the noise of hymn-chanting by the Hindu congregation.

Kasur: Christian man severely beaten by Muslim employer for taking Easter holidays, 23 April, 2014

On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten and tortured by his Muslim employer. A complaint has been submitted in Saddar Police Station, Kasur. According to fellow Christians in the area, the medical report has been obtained from District Headquarters Hospital Kasur according to legal procedure and the FIR is to be lodged against the culprit at the police station. If the FIR is not registered by the police officer for any reason, then the petition will be moved in the Court of the Session Judge Kasur for the registration of the FIR. Saleem has been working for five years for his Muslim employer, Muhammad Abbas, whose father is a Headman of Village Bagree in Kasur. Saleem left work on Easter and came back to work after enjoying two more days as holidays. Reportedly, his employer had become enraged at this action and had beaten him severely, but he was rescued by the intervention of some villagers.

On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten by his Muslim employer for taking 2 days leave for Easter.

Sanghar: Shia general manager of a factory shot dead, 23 April, 2014

A 38-year-old general manager of a factory was shot dead in a targeted attack on his car in Manghopir area, said the police. The Pirabad police added that Ejaz Najaf Shah was attacked by armed motorcyclists near Nusrat Bhutto ‘Mor’ shortly after leaving his residence in his car. He sustained three bullet wounds and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Pirabad SHO Fasih Zaman said that the victim originally hailed from Gilgit. He said that his murder could be related to the continuous wave of sectarian violence in the metropolis. Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference at Pak Moharram Hall, deputy secretary general of the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen, Allama Amin Shaheedi demanded immediate arrest of killers who were targeting people on sectarian grounds in Karachi as at least 10 Shias have been killed in the past couple of weeks. He said that inaction against banned outfits would have dire consequences for the authorities too. The government should not forget the fact that their image was tarnished and that their reputation was at stake due to unabated killings on sectarian grounds.

Pakistan: 3 more Shias shot dead, 23 April, 2014

Karachi: A Shia Muslim man, Ejaz Hussain s/o Najaf Shah, aged-36, was shot dead in an attack in Nusrat Bhutto Colony area. The Shiite was traveling to his office where he was a Bank Manager. The murdered man belonged to Gilgit-Biltistan. 

Dera Ismail Khan: In village Shah-Dawo area of Tehsil Paharpur, terrorists of Pro-Taliban Lashkar-e-Jhagvi killed a Shia Muslim, Nazar Abbas.
According to reports, another Shiite, Moharram Ali, has been abducted by Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ) terrorists. 

Faisalabad: Takfiri Deobandi/ Wahabi pro-Taliban terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia youth, Syed Ahsan Zaidi, inside his shop in Ghokowal area. Two Shia brothers Jafar Ali and Hyder Ali had also been shot dead in the same location a year earlier.

Shikarpur: Shia Advocate attacked in Shikarpur, 23 April, 2014

Terrorists attacked a Shia advocate, Ghulam Abid Larik, in Shikarpur while he was performing Fajir prayer at mosque ‘Masjid-e-Imam-e-Zamana’ near Lakhidar area. The injured man, who was shot once in his neck, twice in his abdomen and once in his thigh, was shifted to Sukkur Medical Center after the case was referred from Shikarpur Civil Hospital. The victim is an ex-activist of Tahreek-e-Jafria Pakistan. He then joined Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Pakistan, where he is head of MWM-Shikarpur Laywers Forum. Ghulam Abid Larik is also an ex-government official of PTCL.

Islamabad: Pakistani Authorities demolish Christian-majority slum, 22 April, 2014

According to reports coming out of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, authorities have demolished a slum mainly inhabited by Christians, situated on the edge of Islamabad. Authorities have decided that these slums are illegal and a haven for terrorists and extremists. Unfortunately, many of the demolished slum’s residents were Christians who were unable to find high-paying jobs due to discrimination against the religious minority. As Pakistan becomes more and more religiously intolerant, opportunities for Christians and other religious minorities continue to dry up. This grinding cycle of discrimination and poverty has left many Pakistani Christians seeking to exit Pakistan altogether. Pervaiz Masih, who lives in a Christian slum, says that the Pakistani Christian community is frightened. “We have no land or other property to move to and we cannot build houses even if the government gives us land as we have no money to do so,” said Masih, tears rolling down his cheeks. “This locality was not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did CDA officials not stop the people when they had started building?” he said, accusing officials of taking bribes to let the settlement stay. The city’s administration (CDA), has drawn up a list of 14 such slum settlements calling them illegal, and plans to clear them all with no compensation or rehousing plans for the residents.

The CDA, Islamabad city’s administration, has drawn up a list of 14 slum settlements which it says are illegal. 
It plans to turn them to rubble with no compensation or rehousing plan for the residents.

Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 22 April, 2014

Sajjad Raza Mehdi son of Mehdi Nawaz, was ambushed near Noor Hospital in Samnabad near Incholi Society, Sadat Colony, on the road between Block 18 and 20 of the Federal B Area. He died on the spot. He was 27 and a resident of Federal B Area Block 18.

Karachi: Trader killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 22 April, 2014

A trader was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Gulberg Town, Samanabad police said. They added that as Syed Sajjad Mehdi, 30, left his home in Block-18 in a car, gunmen riding a motorcycle, wearing uniforms of security guards and masks, intercepted him near Syed Asghar Ashfaq School in the same locality. One of the attackers got off the motorbike and opened fire on him. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Police investigators found four empty bullet casings from a 9 mm pistol at the crime scene. A Samanabad police official said that the victim was a Shia and his murder might have been prompted by sectarianism.

Sukkur: Hindus protest ‘kidnap, forced conversion’ of teenage girl, 21 April, 2014

Several hundred Hindus belonging to the Bagri clan took out a rally, held a protest demonstration for hours and surrounded the car of a former lawmaker in Jacobabad, protesting against police failure to recover a teenage Hindu girl of their community, who they said had been kidnapped and was being forced to convert to Islam. Rani Bagri, who sold clothes in the neighbourhood, went missing about a week ago and her family has been protesting against police failure to help locate her since the day after her abduction. After a few days, the family lodged a case against Sarwar Abro at the Saddar police station, claiming that he had kidnapped her and was forcing her to convert. Abro however, left his home to escape arrest. Sources in the area said that Rani Bagri had, since then, embraced Islam under duress at the Dargah Bharchundi Sharif near Daharki town of Ghotki district and had also changed her name to Rani Khatoon. It is, however, not known if she had got married. The Bagri clan organised a huge rally from Shaheed Allah Bukhsh Park to condemn the local administration and the area police for not co-operating with them in the recovery of the girl.

Karachi: Shia professor killed, colleague injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 21 April, 2014

A Shia professor was killed and his colleague was injured when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba ambushed them near Liaquat Underpass. Professor Saifuddin Jafari and his colleague were travelling in his car when terrorists riding motorcycles opened fire on them near Gharibabad–Liaquatabad Underpass. The target killed Professor Shamsuddin was a professor in the Government College of Technology. His injured colleague was identified as Shakil.

Karachi: FATA Christians still without domicile, 21 April, 2014

It has been 100 years of permanent settlement in Fata, yet local tribal customs have been hurdles in allotting domiciles to thePakistani Christian community resident there. Chairman Christian Community Fata, Arshad Masih said “Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot and since then we are here and many generations have grown up and passed away, but we Christians don’t have the right to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,”. Describing the intolerant attitude towards the Christian community in FATA, whose population crosses 3,000 in number, Arshad said that as the Christian community did not fall into any tribe catagory, it had not been issued domicile, which permits a citizen to purchase property in the area. He further added “Due to not having a domicile, we can neither purchase property nor have a share in the 5% job quota allocated for minorities under the Constitution. In addition, we don’t have any share even in the development funds in the area. With the passage of time our population has increased and our requirements have also expanded and that is why it is the need of the hour to amend the FCR to pave the way for us to possess our own properties and businesses,” he said.

“Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot but we Christians don’t have the right 
to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,” cry out Christians in FATA.

Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot dead in ‘sectarian attack’, 20 April, 2014

A Shia shopkeeper was shot dead in an attack, apparently on sectarian grounds, in the Kharadar area, said the police. They added that Ali Raza, 35, had been sitting at his shop in Jeelani Centre near Tower, where he sold potato chips, when armed motorcyclists targeted him and rode away. He was taken mortally injured to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. “The victim was a Shia and it appears to be a sectarian killing,” said Kharadar SHO Zafar Iqbal.

Karachi: Shia Seminary teacher, student killed in targeted attack on Shias, 17 April, 2014

A seminary teacher and a student were shot dead in a sectarian attack on Shahrah-i-Noorjehan, officials said. A brother of one of the victims was also wounded in the attack, added the police. The victims were waiting for a rickshaw near a marriage hall close to the Sakhi Hasan traffic intersection when they were attacked, said Shadman DSP Iftikhar Lodhi. The police revealed that Esar Qasmi had died on the spot while his brothers Zia Rehman and Masood Shabbir were severely wounded. The police seized nine spent bullet casings of a 9 mm pistol from the spot. The victims were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from where they were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road. Masood died during treatment. “It was an act of targeted killing,” the DSP said. Shahrah-i-Noorjehan SHO Asif Munawwar said that the victims belonged to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ). He added that the attack was the result of sectarianism. An ASWJ spokesperson said that Masood was a seminary teacher in New Mianwali Colony of Manghopir while Esar Qasmi was a seminary student. He said that the victims had been returning home after performing “security duty” at the Siddiq Akbar mosque during Friday prayers when they were targeted.

Karachi: Another Shia shopkeeper killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 17 April, 2014

A shopkeeper was shot dead in a sectarian attack while his employee was wounded in Rizvia Society, said the police. They said that Syed Sadiq Hussain, 55, along with his employee, Mohammed Ali, 32, was sitting at his “Hassan electric and hardware shop” in Nazimabad No1 when two gunmen riding a motorcycle and wearing surgical masks had attacked them at around 11:30 AM. The wounded men were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Sadiq succumbed to his wounds during treatment. The victim was a Shia and the incident might be an outcome of sectarianism, said Rizvia Society SHO Mazhar Iqbal.

Lahore: Pakistani Christian man murdered for refusing to convert to Islam, 16 April, 2014

Two young children in Pakistan are mourning their Christian father after he was shot dead by a Muslim guard for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, 24, was attacked while working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, said the police. Haroon, alias Sunny, was murdered by a Muslim security guard Umer Farooq who shot him dead on April 16, 2014. According to reports, Farooq used to mock Haroon’s Christian faith on a daily basis and tried to force him to embrace Islam promising him a life of luxury and marriage to a rich Muslim woman. When Haroon told his father about what was going on, he was advised to ignore Farooq. On April 16, 2014, Haroon went to work and Farooq started a conversation about religion as usual and began pressurizing him to embrace Islam but Haroon refused to convert, stating that he was a true follower of Jesus Christ. Farooq is reported to have opened fire on Haroon, killing him on the spot with a bullet to his head. He later started shouting that Haroon had attempted suicide. The police took the security guard into custody immediately, but did not register an FIR because they wanted to project the murder case as suicide. When local Christians heard about the murder they came out of their houses and staged a protest in front of the police station, after which the police lodged an FIR.

Haroon, alias Sunny, aged 24, was murdered by a Muslim security guard, Umer Farooq, who shot him dead 
on April 16, 2014, for refusing to convert to Islam.

Hyderabad: 3 members of Hindu family die in mysterious blast, 15 April, 2014

Three persons including two minor children belonging to a Hindu family were killed in a mysterious explosion within the jurisdiction of Matiari police station. The victims were identified as Nathu, his son Vishnu and daughter Tulsi. Two men were injured in the blast. One of the injured men was identified as Lachman. There are conflicting accounts regarding the incident. After looking into different theories, Matiari SSP Amjad Shaikh said that Nathu, who dealt in scrap metal, had procured some articles on the day of the incident and was apparently trying to dismantle or break them into pieces. This attempt caused the blast and since his children were sitting in close proximity, they too had fallen prey to the explosion, said the SSP. Reports revealed that the deceased belonged to a nomad family who had been living on government land off the National Highway. People of various other communities have made the land their abode as well and around 30 to 40 families are living there. According to the SSP, some family members of the deceased including his brother claimed that occupants of a car had thrown something towards their hut which had caused the explosion. But the officer ruled out the claim.

Karachi: Shia engineer shot and killed by Yazidi terrorists in Karachi, 12 April, 2014

Engineer Muhammad Yousif alias Muntazir Mehdi, a lecturer at the NED Engineering University was target killed in Karachi. His body was taken to Dadu, his home district for the funeral. Engineer Muntazir Mehdi was an eminent official of Asgharia Organisation, a Sindh-based organization of Shia professionals and graduates. He was Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects.

Engineer Muhammad Yousif, Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects was killed 
in a cowardly terrorist attack on an eminent minority Shia.

Quetta: Two Shia Hazaras killed in Quetta bus attack, 12 April, 2014

Unidentified armed militants killed two Shia Hazaras on Sariab road, the police said. The police said that armed militants had singled out two members of the Hazara community from a passenger bus and had opened fire on them. One person was killed instantly while the other succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, they added. The attackers sped away on their motorcycles after the double murder. “The incident is an act of targeted killing,” said the police, adding that the passenger bus was preparing to leave for Karachi when it had been intercepted by the militants.

Unremitting gun violence across metropolitan cities in Pakistan continues to snuff out Shiite lives everyday.

Karachi: Lawyer killed in sectarian attack, 11 April, 2014

Two people were killed in apparent sectarian attacks in Karachi. In the Jamshed Quarters area, an assistant director of the Federal Ombudsman office in Karachi was gunned down by assailants near Imambargah Shah-e-Najaf. Syed Ghulam Haider, 50, travelling in a car when attackers fired at him. The injured victim succumbed to bullet wounds while being shifted to a hospital. Haider also worked as a lawyer, making him the second lawyer to be gunned down in two days. Investigators, however, termed the attack as part of an ongoing wave of sectarian killings in the city, stating that the victim had probably been shot dead on the basis of his faith.

Karachi: Shia notable murdered by Yazidi terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan, 11 April, 2014

An eminent Shia notable, Behram Khan Gadi son of Ilahi Bux Khan, was ambushed and killed in Jhok Gadi Malekhi area of Dera Ismail Khan.

Rawalpindi: Custodians of five razed Shia Imambargahs allege government bias, 10 April, 2014

Custodians of five Imambargahs, one completely razed and four others partially damaged, have decried what they allege as ‘sheer discrimination’. Rebuilding of the razed seminary complex began last week after they had been completely ignored by the authorities. Seminary Taleemur Quran and 100 shops are being reconstructed at the cost of Rs 340 million despite the fact the site on which it is being raised again is reportedly a disputed land. “The government and its departments have to act with impartiality, but we have to say here that what we are facing is a perfect example of discrimination,” charged Iqrar Shah, the caretaker of Hifazat Ali Shah Imambargah at Bohar Bazaar, that was gutted on Ashura day, five months back. The Zuljinnah was beaten to death inside the building and the Imambargah was set alight by terrorists. The five Shia Imambargahs that were attacked and torched, including Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian, and Imambargah Colonel Maqbool, are facing step-motherly treatment from the provincial government as well as the local authorities. “It appears the administration and the local members of the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly are under pressure not to speak fairly by raising their voice for us,”complained Iqrar Shah. The cost of rebuilding his Imambargah is put at Rs30-35 million. Raja Zahur, who is custodian of Imambargah Qadeemi, near Banni Chowk, told media persons that the interior of the building had been destroyed and alams, taaziyas and other sacred articles torched by a group of terrorists.

5 Shia Imambargahs, Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian & Imambargah Colonel Maqbool 
were set on fire by a group of terrorists who destroyed the interior of the buildings, alams, taaziyas & other sacred articles.

Karachi: Shia lawyer target killed after reconnaissance by Yazidi takfiri terrorists, 10 April, 2014

A Shia lawyer was shot dead when Deobandi Takfiri terrorists opened fire on his car in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area. The Shia victim, identified as Advocate Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi, was the vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz’s lawyers’ wing. Zaidi was gunned down while he was on his way to court from his house. Following the incident, Sindh High Court Bar Association boycotted court proceedings in protest against the advocate’s killing. His body was immediately shifted to Jinnah Hospital. According to hospital sources, Shah had been shot in the head as well as in the chest. Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi was targeted after reconnaissance, said police personnel.

Parachinar: Shia taxi driver shot dead in takfiri terrorist attack near Parachinar, 10 April, 2014

A Shia taxi driver was killed in unprovoked firing by Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists near Parachinar. According to news reports, Mohammad Karam was driving his taxi when the Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stopped him. When the terrorists came to know that he was a Shia Muslim, they pulled him out of his taxi and shot him dead. The victim was resident of Jallandar area of Kurrum Agency, FATA.

Karachi: Shia vegetable supplier shot dead in sectarian attack, 9 April, 2014

In yet another sectarian attack, a Shia man was murdered at Khajoor Bazaar in Kharadar. The police said that 40-year-old Syed Iqbal Shah, a member of the Shia community who ran a vegetable supplying business, was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle. Baghdadi SHO Mohammad Alam Dehri said that the attack seemed to be sectarian-motivated.

Washington Report: 1,000 minority girls forced into marriages every year in Pakistan: 8 April, 2014

An estimated one thousand Christian and Hindu women are forced to convert and marry Muslim men in Pakistan every year, says a report. According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, up to 700 of these women are Christian and 300 are Hindu. “The true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or don’t progress through law-enforcement and legal systems,” the authors claim. The Christian community in Pakistan is over two million in size, accounting for 42% of Pakistan’s minority population, and is mostly resident in Punjab. MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls, usually between the ages of 12 and 25, are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity. Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out, which prevents the terrified victim from telling the truth. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. These patterns of violence and miscarriages of justice are explored in the report through an examination of 10 illustrative cases.

Once in the custody of an abductor, the minority community kidnapped girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, 
forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse in Pakistan.

Karachi: Shia doctor shot dead in Yazidi takfiri terrorist attack, 8 April, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia doctor in Karachi. Reportedly, Yazidi takfiri Deobandi terrorists opened fire on Dr Qasim Abbas who was getting into a car near Yousuf Plaza Water Pump, Federal B Area, Block 16. He was critically wounded and breathed his last on the way to hospital. The murdered doctor’s Sunni driver Kaleem was injured in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of the Shia doctor and said that terrorists boldly continue the genocide against Shiites because the Pakistani government is appeasing them through talks instead of launching a focussed operation to stop them.

Sukkur: Arrest of Sufi shrine caretaker triggers protest, 8 April, 2014

Hundreds of disciples staged a demonstration and cordoned off the Mirpur Mathelo police station in district Ghotki, protesting against the arrest of Sakhwat Ali Shah, the caretaker of Dargah Jahan Pur Sharif. According to reports, Sakhawat Ali, who is also a singer of Sufi songs, was travelling in a vehicle when ASP Abdullah Ahmed Yar intercepted his vehicle in the locality of Khosa Phatak at Moomal-Ji-Mari, and took him to the Mirpur Mathelo police station. When the arrest came to the notice of the Ghotki SSP, he asked the DSP and SHO of the area to have him released.

Karachi: Another Shia doctor killed in Karachi, 8 April, 2014

Doctor Haider Raza was gunned down by unidentified attackers in front of Darul Sehat Hospital. Another man in the car with Raza was also injured in the attack, although his identity is not known yet. Senior police officer Pir Muhammad Shah said that three gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed a car with number ASV-987, near Darul-Sehar Hospital, in Gulistan-e-Johar, injuring Dr Haider Raza. He was shifted to hospital, where he succumbed to wounds. “It appears that the car was being followed by the assailants,” Shah added. It was the second attack in 24 hours in which Shia doctors were targeted.

Rawalpindi: Pakistani police ask Minorities to protect themselves, 7 April, 2014

After a recent order issued by the home department for the security of minorities’ worship places, Christian and Hindu worshippers complained that no concrete measures had been taken in reality. Previously the home department had ordered the police to increase security in view of potential terrorist attacks. According to a notice issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches of the garrison city, the administrations have been asked to take nine steps for their protection. These include the installation of CCTV cameras, storing one month’s footage, securing the place with barbed wire, eight-foot high boundary walls, setting up a police post on the roof, proper lighting and hiring security guards from a registered company which is verified by the police. Entry gates and barriers should be installed as well, states the notice. Also, the police should be informed before the start of a ceremony so that they can make security arrangements. Representatives of minorities said that provision of security is the responsibility of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Chairman Clergy Association of Pakistan and pastor St Paul’s Church, Rawalpindi, Dr Samuel Titus, said, “Security is provided to big churches only on special events. After the suicide attack on All Saint’s Church in Peshawar, the government allowed us to make our own safety measures but when we applied for arms licenses, the government turned down the applications. We are capable of protecting our worship places but the government should also take some initiative. It is impossible for a security guard to stop an attacker equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

Notices were issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches in Rawalpindi advising them to take nine steps for their protection. 
But for unarmed minorities, it is impossible to fight attackers equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

Karachi: Shia youth shot and killed by terrorists, 7 April, 2014

A Shia youth, Ali Babar, was shot and killed for secterian reasons in Khada Market Memon Society area of Karachi. Pro-Taliban militants attack Shia Muslims in Pakistan on a regular basis, often targeting their religious gatherings. The country’s Shia leaders blame the government for failing to provide security for the Muslim minority.

Karachi: Pakistani Christians protest string of ‘Blasphemy Convictions’, 6 April, 2014

Christians in Lahore gathered together and held a peaceful protest against the misuse of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, committing blasphemy against Islam can carry a punishment as serious as capital punishment. In the past month, three Christians have been convicted under the country’s blasphemy laws, all three having been awarded the death penalty. Many Christians and human rights organizations have pointed out that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently misused and often target Christians. Will the world continue to turn a blind eye? A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws. The protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minorities leaders, Rufus Solomon and Asif Sohail Khokhar, demonstrated against the blatant misuse of the blasphemy laws especially against minority Christian community members. Addressing the protesters, Rufus Solomon said that the recent death sentences handed to Sawan Masih, the central character of a blasphemy case which resulted in the riots at Lahore’s Joseph Colony in March, 2013, and Shafqat and Shagufta Emmanuel over alleged blasphemous text messages sent to local Muslims in Gojra, had shocked the Christians and moderate Muslims alike. “It’s a pity that these three people were convicted even though there was no concrete evidence against them. We strongly protest the blatant misuse of blasphemy laws to target the minority communities to settle personal scores and vendettas,” said Rufus Solomon, adding that it had been observed that in most cases the judges were pressurised by local clerics and vigilante groups into convicting innocent people. He said that the Christians unanimously demanded that the High Court should review the verdicts in the light of actual evidence against the blasphemy accused and deliver justice to them.

A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration 
against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws.

Karachi: Shia man killed on ‘sectarian’ grounds, 7 April, 2014

A 45-year-old Shia man was killed on sectarian grounds in Hassan Colony, said Gulbahar police. Anwer Shah was in his bakery near his house in Hassan Colony when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Shah was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died.

Karachi: ‘69 Shia community members killed in three months’, 7 April, 2014

The leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) have expressed concern over the killing of 69 members of the Shia community in the past three months. Talking to media persons, MWM spokesman Ali Ahmer said that the killings continued to take place despite ongoing targeted operation by Rangers. He said that it seemed as if criminals had been given a free hand to kill innocent citizens and the fear of being target killed among members of the Shia community was causing them to emigrate from Karachi. Ahmer questioned the claim of federal interior minister who had said in the national assembly that 813 target killers had been caught from Karachi. Ali Ahmer said that if the target killers had been arrested then the suspects should be produced in court to be punished accordingly. He said that the provincial chief minister, the information minister and other ministers of the ruling party continued to promise that the operation would continue till the criminals were eliminated, but so far repeated requests to them to curb sectarian killings has not been heeded. He demanded the prime minister to take notice of the horrible situation faced by minorities in Pakistan before it was too late.

Islamabad: Banned Pakistani Taliban launches its Urdu website; threaten Shiites, 6 April, 2014

The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has launched its Urdu website ‘umarmedia.com’, hosting videos, a magazine, and interviews and statements of its top leaders. In the videos, terrorists of Tehreek-e-Taliban and its associate terrorist organizations have threatened Shiite Muslims in Pakistan by declaring a war against Shiites. It was not clear when the website was launched but a background check on the domain name shows it was registered on November 24, 2013 and was first updated on January 24, 2014. The website has been registered on the internet with an address in Queensland, Australia. A strip on the homepage said, ‘Official site of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’. The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

The Taliban website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate 
and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

Toba Tek Singh: Christian couple awarded death in blasphemy case, 4 April, 2014

Additional District and Sessions Judge Amer Habib awarded death sentence and Rs 100,000 fine to a Christian couple in a blasphemy case. The judge conducted the trial in the District Jail and awarded the death sentence and the fine to a poor watchman of a local school Shafqat Masih and his wife Shagufta Masih. The prosecution said that the convicts had sent blasphemous SMS to shopkeeper Malik Muhammad Hussain of Malkanwala Chowk about a year ago. The Gojra City police had arrested the Christian couple after registering a blasphemy case against them. A court in Toba Tek Singh heard the case against Shafqat Emmanuel, 43, and his wife, a cleaner at a local missionary school and mother of four young children. They were accused of sending blasphemous text messages on June 18, 2013, to complainants Muhammad Hussain and Gojra Tehsil Bar Association President Anwar Mansoor Goraya from a number allegedly registered in Shagufta’s name. The Gojra City Police in Punjab charged them with blasphemy under Sections 295-B (insulting the Koran, punishable by life imprisonment), 295-C (insulting Muhammad, punishable by death) and 25-D of The Telegraph Act of 1985. Section 25-D recommends a maximum of three years for intentionally “causing annoyance.”

A Christian couple, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta belonging to Punjab Province, both of them incapable of writing proper Urdu, 
was sentenced to death for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row in Pakistan to four.

Parachinar: Innocent Shia youth killed in firing of security forces in Parachinar, 4 April, 2014

Trigger-happy security officials opened unprovoked firing in a Shia majority area in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan, leaving a Shiite youth killed and another seriously injured in Parachinar. Due to unprovoked firing by trigger-happy personnel, Shaban Ali was killed in Ali Zai, Parachinar of Kurrum Agency. Another Shia youth, Kamal Hussain, was wounded in the firing. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the brutal murder, complaining that such irresponsible actions by security personnel brought a bad name to security institutions of Pakistan. They demanded that strict action should be taken to punish the officials involved in the firing incident.

Khairpur: Shia prayer leader injured in Yazidi terrorist attack dies, 2 April, 2014

A Shia prayer leader who was critically injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Khairpur breathed his last. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba have taken over Khairpur that was once an independent Shia princely state. Maulana Younus Chandio who was attacked while preparing to offer Fajr prayers in Phorhi Chandio Village of district Khairpur’s Tando Masti, succumbed to fatal wounds in hospital. Shia parties and leaders condemned the Yazidi terrorist attack that angered peaceful Shiites of the area who said that Sindh Chief Minister had failed to establish his writ in his home district, let alone the entire province.They demanded for stern action be taken to eliminate Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorist sttacks on Shias and other minorities in Pakistan.

Tando Allahyar: Ahmedi man held for ‘desecrating’ the Quran; Anti-Ahmadi rampage in Sindh, 1 April, 2014

A number of residents of various localities of Tando Allahyar city and activists of religious parties took to the streets against alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and attacked the home-cum-worship place of a man belonging to the Ahmedi community for his involvement in the alleged sacrilege. The charged crowd rushed into Tahir Ahmed’s home and went on a rampage in the worship place on the ground floor. He took refuge on the upper floor, where his family lived. A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the spot and detained Mr Ahmed while protesters threw stones at the suspect and injured him. The attack was sparked off when 12-year-old Salman who was proceeding from a seminary in Mansoor Colony, Tando Allahyar city, was intercepted by two men riding a motorbike. The men reportedly had snatched the Quran from him and had beaten him up. Salman went back home and told his family that Ahmed and an unknown man riding a motorbike had roughed him up and had snatched the Quran from him and had desecrated it. A big charged crowd soon gathered chanting slogans against the suspect, went to the Ahmedi man’s home in Mansoor Colony and went on a rampage in the small worship place in the ground floor of the house. An FIR (68/2014) was registered on the complaint of Qari Mohammad Ayub Siddique, Salman’s paternal uncle, under Sections 295-b, 337-A-1 and F-1 against the two suspects at the A-Section police station. The protesters burnt tyres and resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night. According to sources, it was rumoured that some people wanted to grab Tahir’s house, which was the real reason for the disturbance.

A rampaging mob at Tando Allahyar protesting against an Ahmedi Muslim man for allegedly desecrating the Quran, burnt tyres and 
resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night.

March 2014 

Karachi: Hindus protest against increasing number of temple attacks, 31 March, 2014

A large number of Hindus gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday to protest against the desecration of their temples. In the last few weeks, Hindu temples have been attacked in Hyderabad, Larkana, Tharparkar and Tando Mohammad Khan. The protest was organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), the largest representative group of the community in the country. Holding placards, lawyers, students, politicians and rights activists demanded security for Hindu temples and urged the government to arrest the miscreants responsible for desecrating their worship places. “The Hindus and Muslims of Sindh live like a family in the province,” Lal Mohan Malhi, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA from Umerkot, told reporters at the rally. “But in the past few months, certain elements from outside have entered the province and are bent on spoiling the peaceful atmosphere here.” The protesters condemned the federal government’s “utter indifference” towards the rising incidents of hate crime and the absence of steps for Hindus’ security. “Whenever Nawaz Sharif’s party comes into power, we see a rise in the incidents of violence against minorities,” said Mangla Sharma, a member of the PHC’s executive council. She added that both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had condemned the attacks on the temples, but the federal government had kept mum about the issue. “We are also Pakistanis. We pay hefty amounts in taxes. We have the right to security,” she said. The PHC leaders said after the attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, the council had sought security from the government for other Hindu religious places. But the government’s apathetic response eventually caused more attacks. “The provincial government had failed to bring the law and order situation in the province under control,” said Sanjesh Dhanja of the Pakistan Hindu Seva. “It’s time that the Hindus from all over the country become united and demand that the government take steps to probe the attacks and bring the culprits to book.” The protesters believe that certain banned groups that have increased their activities in the province under the garb of social work are behind the attacks. “The government knows very well as to who is behind these attacks,” said Rajiv, a student. “However, we don’t see any action being taken against them.” Besides the arson attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, a Hanuman temple in Hyderabad was desecrated on March 28 and Faqir Par Braham’s ashram in Nagarparkar robbed on March 31, 2014.

Karachi: Shia tea shop owner killed by terrorists, 31 March, 2014

A Shia tea shop owner was killed in a Yazidi terrorist attack in Karachi, Nazimabad police confirmed. The police said that a Shia Muslim man, Karim Haider, son of Faqeer Mohammad was murdered at Gol Market, Nazimabad, district central of Karachi. His body was taken to a nearby government hospital. The victim was the owner of a tea shop. Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists blatantly continue the genocide of Shiites all across Pakistan without any problems due to the lacklustre approach of the Pakistani government.

Hyderabad: Muslims set fire to another Hindu temple in Hyderabad, 29 March, 2014

A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated early in the morning. Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7:00 AM, prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata. “They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene all around and set everything ablaze.” The temple’s caretaker, Revo Meghwadh, had died five months back after being bitten by a snake inside the temple. According to Darshan, the faces of the attackers were partly covered so he would be unable to identify them. They escaped without facing any resistance, he added. The fire, which gutted the photos of Hindu deities hanging on the walls, was put out by local people. The attack triggered protests at Fateh Chowk, Tando Wali Muhammad, Liaquat Colony, Cantt, Bombay Bakery and GOR Colony areas. The protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. An FIR has been lodged against three unidentified attackers on the complaint of Krishan Kumar.

Islamabad: Two members of Ahmadi family found murdered in Islamabad, 29 March, 2014

Two members of an Ahmadi family were found murdered in their house in the capital city. Bushra, 50, and her son Mubashir, 27, were found murdered in their home, by Mujahid the second son of the murdered woman, after he returned from Lahore. The motive behind the killings is yet to be ascertained. Police said that the two sons and a daughter-in-law of a deputy director of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) were living with their mother Bushra, in their house at G-11/3. The CDA official was residing with his second wife at G-7. When Mujahid came back at around 2:30 AM, he got no response from inside the house despite ringing the doorbell several times. Later, he broke into the house and found her mother dead in her bedroom and his brother lying murdered in another room. The police said that Bushra had been stabbed twice while Mubashir, a lecturer at a university, had nine stab wounds. During preliminarily investigations, the possibility of forced entry into the house and robbery was ruled out as no forced signs of entry were found and cash and gold ornaments, including those worn by the woman, were found intact. “It seems that there was a welcome entry given by the family to some acquaintances,” the police said, adding the inspection of the house showed six to seven people had come to the house as seven glasses as well as bottles of soft drinks and fruits were found on a table.” It seems that some people either overpowered the woman and her son or intoxicated them before tabbing them, the police said. The police stated that the deputy director had married two women in 1988 and used to stay with them alternately. On the day of the incident, he was with his first wife. It is yet to be established if the killings had any religious connection, enmity or dispute. The police said that they had picked up 10 suspects based on the list of telephone calls the woman and her son had made before their deaths.

Faisalabad: Poor Pakistani Christian and his 3 sons kidnapped by Muslim brick kiln owner, 28 March, 2014

A poor Pakistani Christian man, Mushtaq Masih and his three sons Aslam Masih, Kashif Masih and Akram Masih, have been kidnapped by a rich Muslim brick kiln owner, Rana Mohammed Tahir and his gang in Faisalabad, Punjab. Mushtaq Masih refused to work for Rana Mohammed Tahir, so the brick kiln owner attacked Mushtaq Masih’s house with a group of Muslim men fully armed with automatic weapons. The armed attackers kidnapped the poor Christian and his three sons. Local police are as usual doing nothing in this case of unprovoked attack of majority Muslims on unarmed and helpless minorities in Pakistan.

Karachi: Shia Muslim Zulfiqar Haider shot and killed in Karachi, 27 March, 2014

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ambushed and target killed another Shia Muslim man, Zulfiqar Haider, in sector 5 D Surjani Town in Karachi.

Karachi: Asia Bibi’s blasphemy appeal postponed… Again, 27 March, 2014

The hearing of the appeal for Asia Bibi in Pakistan has been postponed a second time by the Division Bench Lahore High Court , Lahore, and has been fixed for 14 April, 2014, after her accuser did not appear in the courtroom. In 2009, Asia was falsely accused of blasphemy after drinking from a well that villagers claimed was for Muslims only. A local cleric filed a blasphemy case against Asia, the only Christian living in the village. The case became internationally known after Asia was sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam in 2010. The first hearing of the appeal which was fixed for March 26, 2014, for the Pakistani Christian blasphemy victim, Asia Bibi, convicted on unsupported blasphemy charges and sentenced to death by a Court, has been postponed again. The trial has already been postponed twice.

Jhelum: Man acquitted in blasphemy case assassinated, 23 March, 2014

A blasphemy accused man, who was lately released in the blasphemy case, was murdered in Jehlum. Sharafat Gola told the police that his brother, Ashraf Gola, a former chairman of a district council, was travelling in a car along with a friend, Iftikhar Ahmed, when anonymous men intercepted their vehicle near Pind Dadan Khan, about 250 kilometres from Lahore, and sprayed the vehicle with bullets, leaving both men dead on the spot. The district and sessions judge had releasd Ashraf as no blasphemy charges was proven against him. Police have filed a case against the anonymous killers. The abominable incident draws attention to the fact that blasphemy victims are not safe in Pakistan even after being proven innocent.

Acquitted blasphemy suspect, Ashraf Gola, was gunned down with his friend in Jehlum

Lahore: Christian man awarded death penalty in Joseph Colony case, 23 March, 2014

A court in Pakistan sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy on 20 March, 2014, his lawyer said, over an incident that triggered a riot in the country’s second-largest city. Sawan Masih was convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed during a conversation with a Muslim friend in the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March 2013. More than 3,000 Muslims rampaged through Joseph Colony, torching more than 100 Christian homes in Lahore, after the allegations against Masih. Naeem Shakir, one of Masih’s lawyers, told media persons, “The judge has announced the death sentence for Sawan Masih. We will appeal the sentence in the Lahore High Court.” The verdict and sentence were announced inside the jail where Masih was held, said Shakir. Pakistan has extremely strict laws against defaming Islam, including the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. However, rights campaigners say that they are generally used to settle personal disputes. Masih has maintained his innocence and argued that the real reason for the blasphemy allegation was a property dispute between him and his friend.

Mobs rampaged through the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March last year 
after blasphemy allegations against Sawan Masih surfaced

Peshawar: Two kidnapped Sikhs freed after payment of ransom in Dera Ismail Khan, 23 March, 2014

Two members of the Sikh community, who were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan on February 11, 2014, have been released and have reached their home in Peshawar, official sources said. The sources said that the Sikh community members were released after a local jirga (tribal elders) negotiated with their unknown captors. Some insiders, however, said that a huge amount of ransom had been paid to secure their safety and release. The captives, Savendar Singh and Anand Singh, were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan on February 11, 2014, by unknown assailants. Anand Singh, speaking to media persons said that he and Savender had been running their herbal medicine business in D I Khan when they had been kidnapped at gunpoint by masked gunmen riding motorbikes. He said that the kidnappers had shifted them to an unknown place where the kidnappers, who were 10 in number, had informed them that there were some complaints against them and they would only be released if their Amir (commander/chief) was satisfied. Anand Singh rejected the notion that they had been released after payment of a hefty ransom. Special Assistant to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Soran Singh said that Anand and Savender had been kept in Mir Ali. Another member of the Sikh community in mohallah Jogan Shah told media persons that the two Sikhs had been released afterthe payment of Rs 4 million to the kidnappers.

Lahore: Old Hindu temple at risk, 23 March, 2014

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has sought the intervention of the chief justice of Pakistan to protect an old Hindu temple in Karachi that is threatened by the construction of underpasses and flyovers at Clifton. In a letter sent to the chief justice, the HRCP chairperson noted that business interests in complicity with officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had started the construction of multiple flyovers and underpasses around the Clifton seafront without any prior notice. She noted that such a major venture “which would vandalise the very face of a historical part of the city, has not undergone the environmental impact assessment (with public hearings) mandated by law.” The chairperson highlighted the HRCP’s concern over the adverse impact that this project could have on the more than 150-year-old Sri Ratneswar Mahadev temple located within a few metres of one of the underpasses. The chairperson noted that every year thousands of Hindu and Sikh devotees visited the temple located in a cavern under the Jehangir Kothari Parade. “Ground vibrations from excavation and from the eventual high-density traffic running so close to the temple could cause collapse of this irreplaceable place of worship,” the HRCP chairperson added. She said that the Hindu community in Sindh had been experiencing escalating human rights violations over the past few years. “The Laxmi Narayan Mandir, located at Native Jetty, near the Jinnah Bridge on M A Jinnah Road, had its access, privacy and environs severely affected a few years ago by another commercial project, Port Grand.” The letter called upon the chief justice to summon KMC officials to explain the matter and ensure that all necessary steps were taken to protect the temple.

Hindus in Karachi’s commercial hub urged officials to halt construction work on an underpass 
which they say would endander the 150-year-old Sri Ratneswar Mahadev temple.

Islamabad: 3000 Christian families will be homeless after bulldozing of their homes, 23 March, 2014

Dr J. Salik said that history is repeating itself in Pakistan with minorities facing identical troubles as they were before independence. The resolution against slums is an odious conspiracy against minorities to make them homeless, he said adding that it was shameful that the Capital Development Authority was asking poor slum dwellers to leave their homes in spite of the fact that the unfortunate inhabitants have been living here for the last four decades. Dr J. Salik said that more than 3000 Christian families will be affected in Islamabad. He said that the Pakistani Government has already illegally occupied properties belonging to Christians like: Rang Mahal Christian High School, St. Francis High School, Christian High School Sialkot Cant, Christian High School Daska Sialkot, Christian High School Sialkot city, Christian Girls High School Hajipura Sialkot city, Christian High School Bara pathar, Christian High School Wazirabad, Christian High School Martin pur, Mission High School Stunzabad, Dist Khanawal, ARP Mission High School 72/10-R Dist Multan, St. Vincent Model High School 133-6/16-L, Methodist Boys High School Stunzabad, C.M.R High School Okara, ARP Mission High School 148/9-C, ARP American Mission High School Sahiwal, Christian High School, Raja Bazar RWP, Christian High School, Gujarat, Mission Girls High School Gujarat, CMS High School Chak 462/6 B Lyallpur Faisalabad, St. Thomas High School Khushpur Faisalabad, Saint Albert High School Gojra (Lyallpur), CMS High School Chak 424/JB (Lyallpur), Gordon College Rawalpindi and Murray College Sialkot.

Christian neighborhoods in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad face demolition 
which would leave several thousands of Pakistani Christians homeless and helpless.

Karachi: Shopkeeper killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 22 March, 2014

In Rizvia Society, a Shia shopkeeper was gunned down. The police said that Shujaat Hussain, 24, was sitting in a general store along with his friend Taufiq Hussain when unidentified men on a motorbike attacked them with a 9 mm pistol. The injured men were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Shujaat was pronounced dead. Tension gripped the locality after the incident. SHO Mazhar Iqbal said that it might be a sectarian attack. Shujaat was the brother of Rizvia Imambargah trustee Amjad Shah, a spokesperson for Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen said. He criticised the government for its failure to stop attacks on Shias.

Lahore: FIA officer, his son shot injured in Takfiri terrorist attack, 22 March, 2014

A Shia deputy director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and his son were shot and injured by Takfiri terrorists in Lahore. Deputy director FIA, Farhat Abbas, was travelling in his official vehicle accompanied by his son when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists ambushed the officer in Muslim Town in Lahore. Both father and son were injured in the attack and were rushed to hospital for treatment.

Karachi: Shia officer of National Accountability Bureau killed in terrorists attacks, 22 March, 2014

A Shia officer of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), a former police office,r was shot and killed when terrostis of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat attacked him in Gulbahar Colony area of Karachi. Agha Jamil, a Shia officer of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was targeted at a hotel in Bahadurabad. Agha Jamil and a minor child were critically wounded in the sporadic firing. The injured persons were rushed to nearby private hospital where doctors declared that both victims had breathed their last. Agha Jamil originally belonged to the police department and served as Station House Officer and then as DSP.

Karachi: Another Shia life extinguished in terrorist attack, 22 March, 2014

Another Shia Muslim, Shujaat Hussain, was targeted by terrorists of ASWJ near Kazimain Imam Bargah Gulbahar Colony. He died on the spot. His namaz-e-janaza was held at Imam Bargah Shah-e-Karbala Rizvia Society. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the repeated and unprovoked terrorist attacks mounted on Shia Muslims. They demanded military action to eliminate the terrorists.

Sialkot: Christian cemetery in Pasrur comes under Muslim land mafia menace, 22 March, 2014

People in Pasrur, District Sialkot, are facing constant threat as an influential Muslim community land mafia group is trying to take possession of the community’s cemetery by force in order to build a roadway over Christian graves to connect their housing project. During the British regime, the cemetery was allotted tothe Christian community but local Muslims are now arguing that the land belongs to them. The construction group has recently initiated a housing project adjoining the cemetery and over the graves. The minority Christians of the city are courageously guarding the cemetery 24/7 stating that they are ready to sacrifice their lives if the Muslim land mafia ever attempts to vandalize the graves of their ancestors.

Christian cemetery in Pasrur face threats from a Muslim Land Mafia which is eyeing it for a housing project

Karachi: Shiite killed by terrorists, 21 March, 2014

Yazidi terrorists mounted yet another macabre attack on a peaceful law abiding Shiite namely Nasir Hussain in Nazimabad in the district central of Karachi. Nasir Hussain was rushed to a private hospital for treating serious bullet injuries, but he succumbed to his wounds. The victim was an active member of Anjuman Shabab ul Maumineen, an azadar organisation based in Karachi.

Khairpur: Mir Manzoor Talpur shot to death in Khairpur, 20 March, 2014

A Shia Muslim Mir Manzoor Hussain Talpur was shot and killed in Khairpur by Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) famous as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP). Manzoor Hussain Talpur was targeted in Panjhatti area of Khairpur in the morning. Shiites have staged a protest at Panjhati area against terrorists of ASWJ and have demanded for the registeration of the FIR against the culprits involved in the targeted killing. Shia Muslims of Khairpur district staged sit-ins refusing to bury the victim until the killers were arrested. The protesters placed the coffin of the Shia victim in front of the Sindh Chief Minister’s Khairpur residence and continued their sit-in there.

Punjab: Shia doctor killed, 20 March, 2014

A Shia doctor, Hassan Abdali, was shot dead in Punjab. Yazidi terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba known as Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal Jamaat (ASWJ)/ Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), shot and killed a Shia doctor who also served as a volunteer at an Imambargah in Hassan Abdal, a historic town in district Attock of Punjab province. Shia leaders have condemned the targeted murder and have demanded for capital punishment for the killers.

Karachi: Shia Muslim bank manager shot dead, 20 March, 2014

In Karachi, another Shia Muslim man, Mohsin Raza, was target killed in Shahrah-e-Faisal near the Star Gate traffic signal. He was a manager at the National Bank of Pakistan and a resident of Jafar-e-Tayyar Society Malir.

Hyderabad: Shia youth tortured and killed for his religion, 19 March, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists tortured and killed a Shia youth, Ghulam Nabi, in Hala Naka area in Hyderabad late in the night.

Lahore: Pakistan Court postpones appeal of Christian woman on death row, 19 March, 2014

The fate of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy remained unclear after a High Court postponed an appeals hearing. Asia Bibi was to appear on March 17, 2014, in front of the Lahore High Court in Pakistan’s Punjab province, but the case was adjourned when one of the two judges failed to appear, trial observers said. No new date for the appeal hearing was immediately announced. Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of five, has been in detention since 2009 after she told Muslim co-workers that Jesus Christ is alive. According to investigators, she had apparently made the remarks while working in the fields of a Muslim landowner.

Blasphemy accused, Asia Bibi, was to appear in front of a court on March 17, 2014, but the case was postponed

Rahim Yar Khan: Young Christian girl abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, 19 March, 2014

15-year-old Christian girl, Komal Yousaf, was abducted and converted to Islam by force in Rahim Yar Khan where more than 3,000 Christians reside. Yousaf Masih and his family lived in Sadiq Bazar where he and his wife Rubina worked in a factory to earn money to support their family. Muhammad Aslam who worked in the same factory as the ‘in charge’, tried to coerce the family to accept Islam so that he could marry their minor daughter Komal, although he was already married and had 2 children. On 24 February, 2014, Muhammad Aslam and some more Muslims came to the victim’s house to force them to convert to Islam but they left in anger when when Yousaf and his wife refused. Yousaf Masih complained to the manager of the factory, Jabran Hussian, but he did not take any action against Muhammad Aslam. On March 4, 2014, when Yousaf and his wife were at work, they got a call from a neighbor who told them that Muhammad Aslam and a few armed men had intruded into their house and had taken away their young daughter Komal. The couple rushed to the local police station for registering an FIR against the culprits but the police refused to register the FIR stating that their daughter had accepted Islam and had married Muhammad Aslam. Muhammad Aslam and a Muslim Cleric, Qari Javed, threatened Yousaf’s family that they will kill them if they did not stop following the girl. Yousaf Masih contacted Pastor David, his cousin from Multan who appealed to the NGO, World Vision in Progress, for assistance. On 15 March, 2014, with the efforts of the NGO and a local Muslim lawyer, the culprit was forced to produce the abducted girl in front of a committee set up to settle the issue. When Komal was produced she said that she had been taken by force from her house by Muhammad Aslam who had taken her signatures on papers. She also said that Muhammad Aslam had sexually assaulted all the days of her detention.

Hyderabad: Muslim University refuses to appoint Christians for anything but ‘Low ranked’ jobs, 19 March, 2014

A public university in Pakistan was resisting court orders and deceiving government authorities by avoiding giving state approved jobs to non-Muslims, claimed Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill, MP of Pakistan Muslim League (N). In May 2009, the government of Pakistan had passed a law requiring 5% of jobs to be allocated to religious minorities across the nation. The University of Sargodha located in the Punjab where most of the country’s Christians reside, has hired hundreds of employees since this law was passed and implemented in 2010, but continues to use bureaucratic tactics to avoid hiring non-Muslims. The law was made to protect religious minorities and minimize bias in the appointment of people applying for government jobs, but state officials are the main obstacle to its implimentation. The law was initiated by Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian MP who was murdered three years ago. Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill filed a case against the university through the Ombudsman in September 2012 and the university lost the case. Nearly one year has passed since the case was concluded but the university has not rectified its wrongdoing, said Gill. The record provided by the university to the Ombudsman verifies that 102 of the 111 Christian hired since 2010 are working as street sweepers. The remaining nine Christians are primarily working as clerks and gardeners with one working as a storekeeper and the other as a laboratory attendant. Gill further added that the University of Sargodha was not the only university ignoring the minority quota but there are dozens of other universities doing so too.

University of Sargodha is not the only university ignoring the minority quota but dozens of other universities in Pakistan 
continue to do so and give only low level jobs to Christians in Pakistan

Karachi: Shia school teacher shot and killed in Karachi, 18 March, 2014

A Shia Muslim, Arif Hussain, son of Muhammad Sharif, aged-25-years, was shot dead in a Takfiri Deobandi terrorist attack in Manzoor Colony area of Karachi.

Karachi: Shia political worker among 3 shot & murdered kidnapped men, 18 March, 2014

A Shia activist of a political party and two of his Sunni comrades who were abducted 20 days ago, were found murdered. Yawar Abbas Zaidi, Shamshad Haider and Farooq, affiliated with a Karachi-based political party, were kidnapped at gunpoint about 20 days ago. Their tortured bullet riddled bodies were found in Nooriabad area on the main superhighway in Karachi. Relatives of the victims identified the bodies as Yawar Abbas Zaidi, Shamshad Haider and Farooq. Yawar Abbas Zaidi was a Shia Muslim by faith.

Quetta: First ‘Shia genocide awards ceremony’ held in Quetta, 18 March, 2014

On 13 March 2014, an awards presentation ceremony was held in Quetta. Its sole purpose was to honour those Takfiri Deobandis who have dedicated their lives to promoting and justifying Shia genocide in Pakistan. To all intents and purposes, it was the First Shia Genocide Awards Ceremony. The head of the Sipa-e-Sahabah/Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (SSP/ASWJ), Mullah Ahmed Ludhianvi, flew in from Lahore and handed shields to various Shia haters. “Shia Kafir!” slogans were shouted before and after the awards ceremony,. Thousands of rounds of bullets were fired into the air to warn Shias living in Quetta that they could be the target of Takfiri bullets anytime. The tragedy behind the entire ceremony was the protection given by the police and inteligence agencies, who cardoned off the area so that no harm would come to Ludhianvi and his fellow Takfiri Deobandis. The PML-N government of Baluchistan looked the other way when Mullah Ludhianvi landed in Quetta with his Takfiri Shia haters. In fact they were given VIP welcome and protection. No channel or newspapers told the people of Pakistan how much anti-Shia venom was spewed out in Quetta that day. The ceremony closed after Mullah Ludhianvi declared that the war against the enemies of Islam would continue: More Shias will be killed.

An awards presentation ceremony was held in Quetta for the sole purpose of honouring the Takfiri Deobandis 
who have dedicated their lives to promoting and justifying Shia genocide in Pakistan

Karachi: Three Hindus injured in acid attack, 17 March, 2014

Three Hindus were injured in an acid attack during a religious festival in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, according to the police. “People were throwing colors on each other celebrating the Hindu religious festival of Holi in Model Colony area, when one of the participants threw acid-mixed color on the crowd and sped away,” said Pir Mohammad Shah, a city police chief. Ironically the acid-throwing incident follows the burning of a Hindu temple and a community office in southern Larkana district by angry mobs protesting the alleged burning of a Quran by a Hindu that happened the previous day.

Lahore: Shia publisher arrested for selling Nehjul Balaghah in Lahore, 17 March, 2014

Shia publisher and owner of a bookshop was arrested and detained for selling in Lahore, the Nehjul Balaghah, a book of sermons and sayings of Imam Ali. The police arrested Syed Mohammad Raza Shah, owner of Matkaba tur Reza from his Urdu Bazaar sales point. Anarkali police of Lahore had earlier registered a case against him on the complaint of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba’s fanatics. The registration of a case and arrest of an innocent Shiite publisher evoked instant reaction from Shia Muslims across Pakistan who warned that they would come out on the streets and would not return until the false case was withdrawn and Raza was released. Protesting Shia Muslims said that Takfiri elements were desecrating their mosques and Imambargahs and attacked temples and churches to express their hatred against Muslims and non-Muslims minorities alike.

Kasur: Brutal double murder of Chrisitian mother and her son, 17 March, 2014

Christian mother Parveen Bibi and her 17 years old son Zulfikar were killed by Babar Baig and his accomplices in Basti Kapt pura, Rao Khanawala village in district Kasur. Nargis Bibi said that her elder brother Youhana Masih had been murdered by Babar Baig on 19 February, 2013 and FIR No is 67/13 was registered. Reportedly he was murdered because he was an eye-witness in the murder of Shoukat Ali, who had also been murdered by Babar Baig and his accomplices. Since his murder, the murdered man’s family were continuously receiving threats from the accused men who also attacked Parveen Bibi and her son on many occasions. She submitted several applications to the police but of no avail. On 16 March, 2014, Babar Baig, Nasir and Mehmood alias Mooda entered the victims’ house forcibly after shooting down the main door. They entered the courtyard and opened fire on Zulfiqar who died on the spot. They also attacked his father Sadiq but Perveen Bibi intervened and saved him and their youngest son Waqar. The woman however died in the attack while Sadiq was critically injured. The attackers said that Sadiq and his family shouldn’t have persued the case against them and this was the result.

Christian woman Parveen Bibi died while trying to save her husband Sadiq and their youngest son Waqar 
from Muslim attackers. Another son Zulfiqar was killed on the spot during the attack.

Karachi: Ismaili doctor gunned down in ‘sectarian’ attack, 17 March, 2014

An Ismaili doctor was shot dead in a suspected targeted attack in Azizabad, said the police. They added that as Dr Shaukat Ali, 56, parked his car and proceeded towards his Mumtaz Miani clinic in Karimabad, armed pillion riders shot the doctor and fled. He sustained head wounds and was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The victim belonged to the Ismaili community, said Azizabad DSP Saleem Akhter Siddiqi, adding that the police were investigating the exact motive for the murder. He said that the doctor had recently shifted from Karimabad to Garden East from where he was on his way to his to the clinic when he was targeted. Azizabad police said that the clinic was run in the morning by his wife, who is a lady doctor, and by the doctor himself in the evening. Additional police surgeon at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Abdul Haq said that Dr Shaukat had received two bullet wounds on his head fired from 9 mm pistol. DIG West Javed Alam Odho said that the the Ismaili doctor’s murder might be related to sectarianism but the police were not sure about it.

Karachi: Death threats against Christian school principal and two women rights defenders in Pakistan, 17 March, 2014

A local Muslim cleric started a vendetta against the Christian ‘Saint Paul High School’, which has been serving both Christian and Muslim children for over 20 years. LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) had leased the Catholic School from the Catholic Board of Education. Mr Zulifqar Masih, a Human Rights Defender and Field Coordinator of LEAD, is the Principal of the school. Christian and Muslim children of nearby villages have been getting an education here, since the establishment of the school. On March 15, 2014, during school vacations, three anonymous armed persons entered the school premises by force and started beating up Zulifqar Masih, as well as two Women’s Rights Defenders, Mrs Zulifqar and Mrs Imran. The attackers took away school documents and a laptop. They also threatened the victims that if they did not shut the school down , they would have to face awful consequences including abduction and homicide.

Dera Bugti: Temples, gurdwaras targeted over alleged blasphemy, 16 March, 2014

After a Hindu temple and a community office in southern Larkana district was burnt by angry mobs protesting the alleged burning of a Quran by a Hindu, violent Muslim mobs attempted to set ablaze Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras in the southwestern Pakistan province of Dera Bugti, Dawn daily said in a report on its website. They also tried to enter Hindu localities, but police and Levies personnel foiled the attempt. The police fired into the air to stop the protesters from attacking a temple in Dera Allahyar area. All shops, markets and commercial centres were closed in the districts of Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Sobatpur bordering Sindh. Security has been beefed up, especially in and around temples and gurdwaras while police and Levies personnel were deployed to patrol Hindu and Sikh localities.

An angry Muslim crowd set fire to a Hindu community centre in Larkana and Muslim mobs attempted to set ablaze Hindu temples 
and Sikh gurdwaras in Dera Bugti after allegations circulated that a Hindu man had desecrated Islam’s holy book.

Karachi: Christian family beaten up for filing kidnapping case against daughter’s kidnappers, 16 March, 2014

In December 2012, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Yousaf and two unidentified persons kidnapped a Christian girl, 14-year-old Rafia Mansha, while she was going to the fields to pick some vegetables for her family with a Muslim lady named Zulaikhan Bibi. After the abduction, Muhammad Imran forcibly converted the kidnapped Christian girl to Islam and married the minor girl. On February 5, 2013, FIR No 79/13 was registered against the offenders but no action was taken against the influential offenders by the police. Her family filed a petition in Family Court Pattoki against the marriage of the minor Christian girl which was accepted by the family Court which passed a verdict in favour of Rafia Mansha by affirming and ordering that the marriage certificate was bogus & illicit, and therefore canceled. On March 12, 2014 four Muslim armed men, Imran, Boota, Yousaf and Ramzan forcibly went into Mansha Masih’s house and started thrashing him and his wife and daughter for registering a kidnapping case against them.

Lahore: Christian girl abducted by Muslim boss and sold as slave, 16 March, 2014

Sobia Masih, a Christian girl, aged 19, was abducted and sold as a slave to another influential Muslim of Muzaffargrah. Sobia Masih was abducted by Mohammad Adil Zulifiqar from Dera Ghazi Khan. Sharif Masih told media persons that his daughter Sobia Masih had not returned home on March 11, 2014, from the house of Mohammad Adil Zulifqar, where she had gone to clean the house instead of her mother Rani Bibi who was sick that day. When her parents went to Mohammad Adil Zulfiqar’s house in search of their daughter, they found it locked. While enquiring from neighbours, they were told that Mohammad Adil had gone to Lahore with their daughter and some of his friends that afternoon. The victim’s parents went to the police station to file a report of their daughter’s abduction but the police refused to register their report alleging that their daughter had run away from home and they were trying to shame Mohammad Adil Zulifqar who was a respectable Muslim of the area. Later, the girl’s parents received a call from Mohammad Adil Zulfiqar stating that Sobia Masih has accepted Islam and he had married the girl. On March 16, 2014, the culprit Mohammad Adil Zulifiqar was tracked down by a World Vision in Progress team who work for persecuted Christians in Pakistan. But Sobia Masih was not found with him. A close friend of Mohammad Adil Zulifqar named Muhammad Dildar told Ejaz Hussain of World Vision in Progress that Mohammad Adil Zulifqar had sold Sobia Masih to a rich man in Muzaffargarh.

Karachi: Shia youth Syed Khurram Abedi shot dead in Karachi, 16 March, 2014

A young Shia Muslim man, Syed Khurram Hasan Abidi son of Syed Muhammad Hassan Abedi, aged-30 years, was shot and killed in Karachi. Terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jammat attacked the unarmed Syed Khurram Hassan Zaidi near Peoples Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area of Karachi, when he was returning home from his shop in Sareena Mobile Market.

Young Shia Syed Khurram Hasan Abidi was killed by terrorists while on his way home

Dera Ismail Khan: Shia Muslim killed in captivity by Taliban terrorists, 15 March, 2014

Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of Taliban murdered a Shia Muslim who they had abducted from Dera Ismail Khan two days earlier. TTP/Sipah-e-Sahaba/ASWJ terrorists had kidnapped a Shia Muslim man, Shaukat Hussain son of Hussain Bakhsh, on 13 March, 2014. Two days later, they killed him while in their captivity in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province.

Khairpur: Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s top leaders & 60 other Shias arrested in Khairpur, 15 March, 2014

Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat, renamed ipah-e-Sahaba/ Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was allowed to hold their anti-Shiites and pro-terrorism conference in Khairpur where notorious terrorists and ringleaders belonging to the banned outfits spoke anti-Shia messages . However, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), leading Shia party of Pakistan, has been denied permission to hold the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah Conference in Khairpur, the home district of the chief minister of Sindh province. Top leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen (MWM), Allama Mukhtar Imami, Secretary General Aalama Karbalai and 60 other Shia activists have been arrested ahead of the scheduled conference in Khairpur by Rangers cops who stormed into Mumtaz Stadium and arrested Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s officials and workers while they were making arrangements for the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference. The witch-hunt against the MWM officials has sparked off stiff reaction from Shiites across Pakistan.

Larkana: Pakistani Hindu community under attack, Hindu temple burnt down, 15 March, 2014

A mob furious over alleged desecration of holy pages from the Quran, went out of control, surrounded the main temple and set a Hindu Dharamshala on fire late at night on Jinnah Bagh Road in Larkana triggering panic and fear in the entire city. People took to the roads in Usta Muhammad, Dera Allah Yar, Sohbatpur, Gandakha, Dera Murad Jamali, Tamboo, Mnajho Shori, Notal, Chattar, Phuleji, Mir Hassan and other areas of Jaffarabad and Nasirabad districts. Usta Muhammad suddenly turned into a battlefield as angry mobs set ablaze eight shops and destroyed more than 25 buildings. Shops belonging to Hindu community members were also looted. The Hindu community in Naudero and Ratodero closed their businesses and did not celebrate Holi due to fear of Muslim demonstrators. They remained confined in their homes as unruly Muslim mobs continued violent protests in many areas. According to reports, an unannounced curfew has been clamped in Larkana as immense tension overtook the entire city. According to police sources, a Hindu man who is said to have committed the sacrilegious act was apprehended by personnel of the Market Police Station and moved to an undisclosed location. Police sources said that the arrested 32-year man was intoxicated when he desecrated the holy pages.

An angry Muslim crowd set fire to a Hindu community centre in Larkana 
after rumours about a Hindu man desecrating the Quran went into circulation

Khairpur: 7 Shia youths injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 14 March, 2014

Yazidi terrorists of the banned Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured several Shia youths as they were writing graffiti for the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference in Panj Hatti area. 7 workers of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen were injured in the firing. Deobandi Sipah-e-Sahaba fanatics removed the graffiti that appealed people to attend the anti-terrorists and anti-Taliban Conference, Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference. The injured were identified as Zeeshan Shah, Najaf Shah, Arshad Mughal, Zeeshan Soomro, Ahmed Bhatti and Kazim. They were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Another Shiite was wounded in a shoot-out at a food centre.

Rawalpindi: Yazidi terrorists attack Shia leader in a bid to hide their blasphemous graffiti, 13 March, 2014

Takfiri terrorists of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba/Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat attacked a local Shia leader Saeed ul Hassan Rizvi, secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Rawalpindi chapter, accusing him of contempt for companions of Prophet (BUH), a baseless charge that banned takfiri terrorist outfits generally use to frame minority Muslims in Rawalpindi, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert public attention from their blasphemous graffiti against Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH). The Deobandi fanatics began a demonstration at Sadiqi Chowk to pressurize the police to register a fake FIR on their baseless accusations.

Karachi: Shia Azadar injured in Yazidi terrorist attack in Karachi, 12 March, 2014

Terrorists mounted a macabre attack on a peaceful law abiding Shiite namely Nasir Hussain in Nazimabad in district central of Karachi. Nasir Hussain was rushed to a private hospital for treatment for serious bullet injuries. He was an active member of Anjuman Shabab ul Maumineen, an azadar organisation based in Karachi.

Karachi: Shia Muslim Itrat Hussain target killed in Karachi, 11 March, 2014

Itrat Hussain s/o Afzaal Hussain Rizvi was target killed when Yazidi terrorists opened fire on him near a shop in Bilal Colony area in North Karachi. Hussain was 38 years of age and an active member of Anjuman-e-Shababul Momineen. The young man was married just last year.

Charsadda: Gunmen kill Sikh Hakeem & his assistant in Charsadda, 13 March, 2014

Two persons, including a Hakeem belonging to the Sikh community, were killed in the Shabqadar bazaar on Michini Road, official sources said. The sources said that four unknown men had alighted from a car outside the Unani Dawakhana owned by Hakeem Paramjeet Singh, on Michini Road in the Shabqadar Bazaar and had opened fire. Paramjeet Singh died on the spot while his assistant Zahid sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Civil Hospital in Shabqadar where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sikh ‘hakeem’ and his assistant were gunned down in a busy market in Pakistan’s 
north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by killers who escaped on foot from the crime scene.

Karachi: Two Shia men shot dead in ‘sectarian’ attacks, 11 March, 2014

Two people were gunned down in sectarian attacks in Liaquatabad and Federal B Area. Syed Naeem Jafri, 45, was inside his metal furniture shop near Baba-e-Fatima in Liaquatabad No 10 when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said Super Market SHO Anzar Alam. Jafri, a resident of North Karachi, was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he expired. He had suffered 11 bullets to the upper torso. 

Fazal Abbas, 35, was heading home from a bank in Manghopir where he worked when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him on Sohrab Goth bridge in Federal B Area, said Federal B Industrial Area SHO Nizamuddin. Abbas, a resident of Hussainabad in Malir Colony, was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had suffered six bullets to the head and chest.

Karachi: Man killed in Karachi ‘sectarian attack’, 10 March, 2014

A young man was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in New Karachi. Akhter Hussain, 35, was sitting in his Ali estate agency-cum-computer accessory shop at Do Mint Chowrangi when he was attacked, said Bilal Colony SHO Sajid Javed. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. The police officer said that Akhter belonged to the Shia community and might have been killed on sectarian grounds.

Faisalabad: Police break Ahmadi gravestones, 9 March, 2014

Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan (JAP) has criticized the police for removing gravestones from several Ahmadi graves at Chak 96-GB, Jaranwala. In a statement issued from Chenab Nagar (Rabwa), Saleemuddin, a JAP spokesperson, said that a man had submitted an application to the police for the removal of the gravestones, claiming that the words written on the Ahmadi graves were hurting his religious feelings. Following the illogical complaint, the JAP officials were summoned to the police station and were pressurized to remove the gravestones. When they refused, the policemen themselves damaged the gravestones from seven graves on March 9, 2013, alleged Saleemuddin. He said that the conduct of the police was in sheer violation of human rights, alleging that instead of maintaining peace and treating people equally, the police were playing into the hands of anti-Ahmadi elements.

The police broke Ahmadi gravestones when a man submitted an application for the removal 
of the gravestones claiming that the words written on these were hurting his religious sentiments.

Peshawar: Shia Muslim killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in Peshawar, 9 March, 2014

Terrorists of the banned Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba/LeJ/ASWJ stormed into Sarki area of in the capital city of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province, Peshawar, and opened fire on Iftikhar Hussain son of Ghulam Sarwar. The 40-year-old Shia victim died on the spot.

Islamabad: Witnesses in Shahbaz Bhatti’s execution gets death threats, 9 March, 2014

Two Christian eyewitnesses in the 2011 murder case of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, said that they have received death threats from the Taliban. Other than Sikandar Bhatti, elder brother of the late minister, advocate Akmal Bhatti has also received a note from Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) warning him to stop pursuing the case or he and his family members will die. Police have filed a case against anonymous militants of TTP and LeJ as several lawyers and witnesses in the case have been threatened and warned that they will face the same fate as Bhatti if they appear in court to give evidence. Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011, by four attackers for raising his voice against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

Pakistan: Pakistani Christians hope for special Refugee status in Netherlands, 9 March, 2014

For Christians, few places on earth are today a more challenging place to live in than in Pakistan. Routinely accused of “blasphemy” against Islam, entire Christian communities must often flee attacks by mobs of angry radical Muslims. Politicians who stand up for Christian civil liberties are assassinated and last year a single suicide bombing attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar left more than 80 Christians dead. Courts in the Netherlands are considering granting Pakistani Christians special refugee status, allowing them to seek refuge in the Netherlands more easily than refugees from the rest of the world. Members of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) were in the Netherlands this week to ask for greater efforts to protect persecuted Christians in Pakistan and make it easier for them to receive asylum in the country. During the meeting, genocide expert Professor Desmond Fernandes warned that the situation of minorities in Pakistan was getting worse. “If you look at the situation in 2013, atrocities against minority groups including Christians has increased substantially,” he said. Fernandes is even more worried after the recent ruling by Pakistan’s Federal Sharia Court, which specifies that life imprisonment does not suffice as a punishment for blasphemers and that only the death penalty should be permissible. “This suggests that there are specific directions and orders from the highest level, suggesting that the situation is just going to increase in terms of deterioration of circumstances for Christians and for a lot of other minorities,” he said.

Islamabad: Witnesses in Shahbaz Bhatti’s execution gets death threats, 9 March, 2014

Two Christian eyewitnesses in the 2011 murder case of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Minority Affairs said that they have got death threats from Taliban. Other than Sikandar Bhatti, elder brother of the late minister, advocate Akmal Bhatti has also received a note from Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) forewarning him to stop pursuing the case or else he and his family members will die. Police have filed a case against anonymous militants of TTP and LeJ. Lawyers and witnesses in the case have been threatened and warned that they face the same fate as Bhatti if they appear in court to give evidence. Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011 by four mysterious attackers for raising his voice against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011 by four mysterious attackers for raising his voice 
against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws

Okara: Pakistani Taliban kills Christian girl in Okara, 8 March, 2014

A Christian girl was shot dead by the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region of the country last week. She was hiding with a male cousin who had converted from Islam to Christianity few years ago. Since the conversion, he was declared ‘apostate’ and had been the target of the Taliban. Militants found their hiding place and shot the girl while the man managed to escape.The Christian community expressed outrage and asked for the intervention of civil institutions to defend the rights of minorities and all citizens against Taliban violence. Pakistan Taliban has been trying to impose its extreme views and has been killing whoever has gone against its diktats. A dialogue between the government and Pakistani Taliban reached a deadlock after Islamic militants told the government that “there is no possibility of peace in the country unless Pakistan changes its political and legal system and officially adopts Islamic law”.

Okara: Under-construction church attacked, Church foundation stone & holy verses from the Bible removed in Okara, 8 March, 2014

Residents of Okara district vandalised an under-construction church and desecrated a cross on March 2, 2014. Christian residents in the district had started construction of the church on a two-kanal piece of land owned by one of their community members. A day after they had installed a cross on the partially constructed building, the foundation stone of the church and the holy verses from the Bible inscribed on a stone plaque were removed by a Muslim mob in Village 3/4L. Reportedly, Khalid and Ghulam Ali of village 3/4L, had arrived on a tractor leading a crowd of 20 men armed with batons into the church site, where the violent Muslim mob damaged the foundation stone and the verse slab. The Pakistani Christian community in Okara stated that the mob had damaged the building first with their hands and later with a tractor in the presence of local Christians. Yohanna Masih, s/o Barkat Ali, got a case FIR No.214/14 u/s 295/A and 506/B PPC registered in the Police Station at Sadar, Okara. The Muslim Christian Action Committee leaders Younus Iqbal Masih, Mian Nadeem Abbas and David Zahid demanded police authorities to apprehend the criminals.

While speaking to The Express Tribune about the attack on the under construction church in Okara, 
Human Liberation Commission Pakistan chairperson Aslam Parvaiz Sahotra said that the Christian community 
was not protected in Pakistan and that they face discrimination at every level.

Islamabad: Unknown men set Yoga Centre on fire, 8 March, 2014

Banigala police have registered a case against eight unknown men who had set fire to a yoga centre at night. The guard of ‘An Art of Living Yoga Centre’, Hasan Ali, filed a written complaint with the police stating that eight armed men, with faces covered, had entered the centre and had tied up the two guards, including himself. Hasan Ali said, “The men asked us if there was any cash or valuable in the centre, to which we replied that there was nothing except blankets, furniture and documents. They then sprinkled petrol in different rooms and set them ablaze after which they escaped in two vehicles. Due to low visibility, it was not possible to see their number plates.” Zarmina Sehgal, the media coordinator of the yoga centre, told media persons that they had never received any threats so they could not say who could have been behind the incident. A police official, requesting not to be identified, said there was an impression locally that yoga is a Hindu practice and that the people at the club were being influenced by Hindu religious leaders. “However this cannot be confirmed till the investigation is completed or someone claims responsibility for the incident,” the police official said.

Karachi: Shia genocide continues; Shia worker of political party shot to death in Karachi, 7 March, 2014

At least two more Shia men have been shot dead in different parts of Karachi after terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked them. Syed Muhammad Ali Naqvi alias Arif and his comrade Hammad were attacked in Gulbahar area of Karachi’s district central. The injured men were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment where they breathed their last.

Karachi: 4 blasts near house of Shia deputy speaker Sindh Assembly, 6 March, 2014

Four low-intensity explosions took place near the official residence of Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, a Shiite, located on Stadium Road, said rescue sources. Although no casualty was reported as a result of the blasts, the terrorists have used these blasts to convey a threat to the Shia deputy speaker of Sindh’s provincial legislature. Heavy contingent of police reached the site of the incident soon after the blast.

Four low-intensity explosions took place near the official residence of Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker 
Shehla Raza, a prominent Shiite political leader

Karachi: Young man killed in ‘sectarian’ attack in Karachi, 6 March, 2014

A man was gunned down in an apparent sectarian attack in Ittehad Town, said the Baldia Town police. Sajjad, 25, was standing near his residence in Sector 9-E of Ittehad Town when two men on a motorcycle had opened fire on him. His body was taken to the Civil hospital, where a medico-legal officer said that the victim had received three bullets to the upper torso. The police said that Sajjad belonged to the Shia community and was gunned down on sectarian grounds.

Toba Tek Singh: Legal representatives of Christian couple accused of blasphemy get threats, 5 March, 2014

Almost 8 months ago, Shafaqat Emmanuel, who is partially paralyzed, and his wife Shagufta Kausar were accused on blasphemy charges The couple’s legal representatives, have been repeatedly receiving threats to their lives. The blasphemy victims live in the fear that the husband will be given the death penalty and that his wife will be sentenced to 35 years in prison. Over the last few months their advocates have been making efforts to acquire aid from the Session Court and High Court of Lahore. A month after Emmanuel, who is partially paralyzed, lost his cell phone, local Muslims reportedly began receiving offensive text messages from the phone. When the police filed a complaint against them and came to arrest them, Shagufta told the police that they have lost the cell phone a month ago. She denied the charges, but police started 3rd degree torture methods on the crippled Shafaqat Masih. The police reportedly tortured the physically challenged man in front of his wife and four terrified hildren before arresting the couple.

Almost 8 months ago, Shafaqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar were arrested in Gojra District for allegedly sending blasphemous 
text messages to local Muslims. Police registered the FIR 407/13 under section 295-B and 295-C.

Karachi: 2 Shia youths shot dead by trigger happy cops in Karachi, 4 March, 2014

Two innocent Shia youths were shot and tragically killed by trigger-happy cops in Karachi. Raza and Samar Abbas had gone to Nazimabad in connection with a personal engagement when the police opened fire on them at midnight. In order to cover up their botched attack on the Shia youths, the police officials reportedly made baseless charges against the slain youths insinuating that the young Shiites were robbers and therefore had been killed. But it was found that they were not wanted in any case.

Thousands of the mourners attended the namaz-e-janaza of the 2 Shia youth held in Jafar-e-Tayyar Malir. 
The young men were buried in a nearby graveyard.

Peshawar: Recovery of missing Christian sanitation worker sought in Miranshah, Peshawar, 4 March, 2014

Members of the Minority Welfare Society asked the government to recover a missing Christian sanitation worker. In a press release, members of the minority community including Khalid Iqbal, Mushtaq, Pervez, Vaid Kumar, Waris and others said that Gulfam Maseeh had gone missing two months ago but had not be recovered so far. They said that they had knocked on the doors of everyone including the Taliban for his safe recovery but to no avail. They threatened to observe a complete strike if the government failed to recover the missing worker within three days.

Karachi: Shia Muslim man killed in Karachi, 4 March, 2014

Yazidi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba/LeJ/ASWJ opened fire on Shahid Ali Shaukat Ali in Manghopir area. The Shia man was killed on the spot. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of Shahid Ali. They said that they had been demanding for targeted operations in Manghopir and Kanwarni Colony against militants because banned Taliban terrorists have made these areas safe-havens for themselves.

Karachi: Police shoot dead two fleeing ‘sectarian killers’ in Karachi, 3 March, 2014

SSP Central Muqadas Haider told media persons that two men had arrived at the stationery shop of Shiite Abid Farooq, 35, in Gulbahar’s Urdu Bazaar and had shot him multiple times. The attackers were escaping when SHO Afzal and his team chased them down and killed them in an ensuing encounter. The two men fleeing after killing the Shia man in Gulbahar were gunned down by police in a shootout near Baqai Hospital in Nazimabad. A policeman and three passers-by, including a mother and son, were also injured in the encounter.

February 2014 

Hangu: Shia official of Revenue department assasinated in his office in Hangu, 28 February, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia official of the revenue department in a terrorist attack in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa Province. The macabre attack occurred in the Patwar Khana (revenue office) in Hangu City.

Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 27 February, 2014

Another Shia youth, Aslam Shaik, was ambushed by Yazidi terrorists in Federal B Area Block 14, Karachi. The body of the youth was taken to Shah-e-Karbala Imam Bargah for final ablution and funeral.

Karachi: ‘Sectarian’ attacks leave 10 people dead in Karachi, 27 February, 2014

Sectarian attacks across the city claimed the lives of 10 more people, including 2 Shia men. Hamid Raza, 25, was standing outside his house in Sector 11-D of New Karachi when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Raza’s body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where an MLO said that he had suffered three bullets to the upper torso. The police revealed that the victim belonged to the Shia community. 

Aslam Sangi, 30, was at his mechanic shop in the Water Pump locality of Federal B Area when motorcyclists shot him multiple times, killing him on the spot. Police said that the victim belonged to the Shia community.

Karachi: Shia religious scholar shot dead in Karachi, 27 February, 2014

A religious scholar was shot dead in Karachi’s Nazimabad area. At least four unknown gunmen opened fire on a rickshaw near board office intersection in Nazimabad area of Karachi wounding Allama Taqi Hadi Naqvi. He succumbed to his wounds while being shifted to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Renowned within the academic circles, Hadi was born in Moradabad area in the Indian state of Sirsi and moved to Pakistan along with his family after the creation of Pakistan. His father, Hakim Maulana Syed Mohammad Hadi, was also a religious scholar. Recently Allama Taqi Hadi Naqv was associated with the Jafria Disaster Cell (JDC)’s educational board.

Religious scholar professor Allama Syed Taqi Hadi Naqvi was shot dead in a Takfiri terrorist attack 
near board office located in North Nazimabad area of Karachi.

Rawalpindi: Christian hospital a final option for maimed in Pakistan, to be shut, 26 February, 2014

Since 1964, St Joseph’s Hospice has taken care of hundreds of injured and ailing patients, who had no other place to go even as Pakistan experienced two military triumphs, wars and a dangerous rise in militancy. But as prosperous donors and foreign benefactors take off due to violence and unrest, so also did the donations the hospice relies on to treat more than a 100 patients who visit it every day. Rehmat Michael Hakim, chairman of the hospital’s executive committee that oversees the functions of the hospice says that mounting expenses from ever-increasing utility bills has affected St Joseph’s. He said that the hospice relies on generators during load shading to warm paralyzed patients. “If we don’t use electric heaters in winter, the patients will die of cold,” Hakim said. Margaret Walsh, an Irish nun who has run the facility as the chief administrator since 2009 said, “Initially, we managed to handle the situation, but now the situation is alarming, I feel pain when I think about the worst scenario of closing down the hospital.”

The hospice has a deficit of half a million rupees a month. They are on loan funds and in spite of cutting expenses as low as they can,
there’s not a lot they can do. They hope to raise the money to continue operating the 60 bed hospice.

Karachi: 4 Shias including Shia scholar killed in sectarian attacks, 24 February, 2014

Four Shia men, including a Shia scholar, were killed on sectarian grounds. Two of these attacks took place in Orangi Town. Syed Sarwar Abbas, 28, was targeted outside a meat shop near his residence in Madina Colony in Orangi Town’s Sector 11 ½. The area police said that the victim sustained a bullet wound in the head. They said that he was Shia working at a garments factory. The murder might be an outcome of sectarianism, said Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt.

Karachi: Shia elder killed in sectarian attacks, 24 February, 2014

A Shia elder was killed in Karachi in the firing by takfiri terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba. Takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia elder, Syed Safdar Hussain. The terrorists ambushed the 65-year-old Shiite at Aath Chowk area of Lyari that is not far from the police stations of Lyari.

Karachi: Teacher at the Iranian cultural centre shot dead in sectarian attack, 24 February, 2014

Three men, including a teacher at the Iranian cultural centre, were shot dead in suspected sectarian attacks in the city. The teacher, who had been wounded by armed robbers the previous month, was killed in the fresh attack soon after he was discharged from hospital. SSP Syed Pir Mohammed Shah said that Mohammed Hussain, 45, was wounded in Clifton on January 28, 2014. He was under treatment at a Soldier Bazaar hospital from where he was released on February 24, 2014. As soon as he stepped out of the hospital along with his attendant, Asad Ali, 25, armed motorcyclists opened fire on them and fled, the SSP said. Both of them suffered wounds and were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road, where doctors declared Mr Hussain dead. A spokesperson for the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen condemned the attack and said that the victim was a Shia who taught Persian at the Iranian cultural centre Khana-e-Farhang-e-Iran in the city.

Karachi: Shia man murdered in Orangi Town gun attacks, 24 February, 2014

Sarwar Imam, 32, who worked at an embroidery shop and was a member of the Shia community, was shot dead near Quba Masjid in Block-L of Orangi Town. Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt said that Sarwar was standing outside his house when two men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him. Sarwar suffered three bullet wounds to the head and died immediately. The SHO said that the attackers had used a 9 mm pistol in the attack.

Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes a major portion of Pakistan’s GDP, is rife with murder 
and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

Shia motorist target killed, 24 February, 2014

Soldier Bazaar police said Aga Muhammad Salman, 45, was travelling in his car when he was attacked by two men riding a motorcycle. He breathed his last at the Aga Khan Hospital. A young man, Asad Ali, was also injured in the attack. The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen said that Salman’s murder was sectarian in nature. It added that three members of the Shia community had been targeted in the last 12 hours.

Karachi: Shia motor mechanic killed, 24 February, 2014

A motor mechanic was murdered in Waheedabad, Gulbahar in what seemed to be another sectarian attack. Rizvia police said Shazad Hussain Zaidi, 28, a member of the Shia community, was present in his shop when two men riding a motorcycle shot him multiple times. Zaidi died at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 24 February, 2014

Takfiri terrorists have shot and killed another Shia Muslim in Karachi, capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province. Notorious terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba stormed into L block of Orangi Town where they targeted 25-year-old Sarwar Abbas Naqvi.

Kohat: At least 12 Shiites killed in Kohat blast, several wounded, 23 February, 2014

An explosion on Hangu road near Police Lines area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat district killed at least 12 Shiite Muslims and injured several others. Security and rescue teams rushed to the site of the explosion which was heard across a long distance. Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Nasir Khan Durrani, said that the blast had taken place near a passenger vehicle at Peshawar chowk on Hangu road. Rejecting the notion that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber, he said that it appeared to have been carried out using a planted device. Durrani said that according to initial reports, five kilograms of explosives had been used in the blast which was planted in a wooden crate placed on the roadside. The explosives were detonated as a passenger wagon reached Peshawar Chowk injuring the occupants of the vehicle and the driver of a rickshaw parked nearby.

A bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near Police Lines in Kohat exploded killing 13 people 
including 12 Shiites, two women and a child, and wounding 16, authorities said.

Lahore: Muslims use false allegations of blasphemy to steal Christian land in Joseph Colony, 21 February, 2014

Sawan Masih told a court hearing the blasphemy case against him that some businessmen at a steel market near Joseph Colony had hatched a plan to drive out Christian families residing there by alleging blasphemy against Christian residents of the area. After recording Masih’s statement, an additional district and sessions judge fixed March 6, 2014, for hearing the defence evidence and final arguments. Masih said that Joseph Colony was located next to a steel market and some businessmen at the market had been pressing the Christian families residing there to sell their properties to them. He said that when the residents refused their offers, the businessmen had hatched a plan to drive them out by alleging blasphemy. “The warehouse owners were having market committee elections at that time, in which two groups, Aman Group and Ittehad Group, were contesting. Both groups had put up banners accusing me of blaspheming against the Holy Prophet. Announcements were made in the area mosques that ‘a Christian man had committed blasphemy’. The businessmen played on the religious sentiments of the neighbours, who registered a case against me and set the colony on fire,” said Masih. Masih alleged that the police were also involved in the ‘conspiracy.’ “Police caused alarm among the Christians who were advised to leave the colony to save their lives,” he said. “The Christian families were leaving Joseph Colony till late into the night on March 8 and on the morning of March 9, 2013. They then set the 200 houses on fire. Police arrested me on the night of March 8, 2013,” saidSawan Masih.

On March 9, 2013 a fierce mob of Muslim rioters descended upon Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore torching more than 150 houses and two churches. Joseph Colony, located on a piece of immensely valuable real estate and owned by the Lahore Municipal Corporation, is home to very pricey industrial estate which was the reason for the attack on the impoverished Christian families living there in the guise of punishing Sawan Masih for alleged blasphemy.

Sindh Province: Yazidi fanatics desecrate sanctity of Shia Islam in Hala City, 21 February, 2014

Yazidi takfiri nasbi fanatics torched an Alam Pak (banner of Islam attributed to the flag carried by Hazrat Abbas-AS in Karbala) in an Imam Bargah in Hala City. Fanatics belonging to Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists stormed into Imam Bargah Karbala and torched the Alam Pak there. The terrorists took to their heels after the incident. The police failed to take any sort of action against them. Business activities remained suspended as a strike was observed in Hala on the call by Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen to protest against the desecration of the Imam Bargah.

Kohat: Shia notable killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in Kohat, 21 February, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia notable in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Sher Mohammad Toori, a pushto-speaking Shia notable was passing through Garhi Banoorian Bridge when the Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists ambushed him and killed him by direct fire on the unarmed man. Sher Mohammad Toori was the custodian of Qaumi Imam Bargah and head of Shia Young Men’s Association.

Lahore: Family of Christian sisters face blasphemy charges after abduction bid of the sisters for conversion was foiled, 20 February, 2014

Two Christian sisters Hina and Marina from Lahore city near the Nishter police station area faced an attempted kidnapping bid for forced conversion from their religion to Islam. Reports state that 2 Christian sisters, Hina and Marina, had been chased and pressurized by Islamist radicals to marry Muslim men and convert to Islam. According to police sources, Mulana Abdul Attiq had taken his son Hafiz Nasir and his nephew Abid Attri to organize the enforced marriage of the Christian sisters to the Muslim men. The enforced marriage efforts was declined by the Christian sisters and their family. After the sisters’ refusal of the enforced marriage and forced religious conversion, the Punjab police in Lahore declared that the two sisters and their family had committed blasphemy during the talks with Muslim priests concerning their marriage. The report confirms that the police have filed an FIR under Pakistan law 295-C against the Christian family on blasphemy charges.

Gujrat: Fired from government job for being a Christian, 20 February, 2014

Due to job quotas reserved for minorities in Pakistan, 39 year old Naveed Maqsood, the father of three young children, obtained a job as a driver in a government school, Government Special Education Center at Sara-e-Alamgeer in Gujrat. The Muslim principal of the institute, Nargis Parveen, had a personal grudge against the Christian and from December 2012 till September 2013 she illegally blocked the payment of his salary. The man went to her and asked for regularization of his job, but the principal said that the place assigned to him was ‘intended’ for an associate of hers. The Muslim principal, claimed Naveed, was not happy because Maqsood was a member of ‘a minority religion’ and for that reason did not pay him his wages. He took the case to court and failing to resolve the argument, Naveed was transferred to Faisalabad, where he started working for the National Special Education Center. In the meantime, the government ordered that he be paid his wages. The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) brought the case before a Lahore court on Naveed Maqsood’s side. The court sent two sub-peons to the principal, but she never appeared before the judges. In January 2014 Naveed was called to testify in the presence of school authorities and the result was his firing from the government job.

Christians do Pakistan’s lowest status and lowest paid jobs and many Christians work as cleaners, sweepers and domestic servants, jobs done by so-called ‘untouchables’. “Christian children in government schools are not treated well. They call them sweepers and Muslims tell them that they can’t eat with them or drink with them. Because we are marginalised and have become the poorest of the poor there is a psychological problem with most Pakistani Christians. We have become so timid and scared that we are refugees in our own country” claim most Christians in Pakistan.

Hyderabad: Shia Session judge’s son shot dead in Hyderabad, 18 February, 2014

Pro-Taliban Deobandi Takfiri terrorists have shot dead the son of Session judge on Thandi Sarak area of Hyderabad. According to reports, the deceased Aqib Hussain, son of Session judge Khalid Hussain Shah, was traveling with his family when his vehicle was intercepted by takfiri terrorists. The police said that the gunmen had forced him out of the vehicle and had sprayed him with bullets before fleeing.

Karachi: Shia employee of Karachi Municipal Corporation gunned down, 18 February, 2014

In another incident in Orangi Town, a Shia employee of Karachi Municipal Corporation was gunned down, officials said. The Pakistan Bazaar police said that, Mohammed Feroz Hussain, 35, was on his way to his office on a motorcycle when armed motorcyclists attacked him in the slum area of Sadiqabad. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. SHO Pervez Gujjar believed that the murder could be an outcome of some personal enmity.

Karachi: Shia man killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 18 February, 2014

A young Shia man was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Orangi Town, police said. They added that Syed Azeem Hussain, 22, was attacked outside his home in Orangi Sector 11-½. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The deceased worked at a jewellery shop, said an official at Market police station. The victim was a Shia and his murder might be related to sectarianism, said SSP West Irfan Baloch.

Karachi: Three Shias killed within a span of 12 hours: 52 Shias killed within 1 month, 18 February, 2014

Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen condemned the killings of three Shias within a span of 12 hours. Addressing a press conference, Abdullah Mutaheri, political secretary of Sindh MWM, said: “During 12 hours, three Shias, Shahab Naqvi, Feroz Hussain and Azeem Hussain, were killed.” Within a month, he said, at least 52 Shias had been killed. He said that the MWM would stage demonstrations across the province and surround the Chief Minister’s House in protest against the killings if the government failed to act against the terrorists. The Takfiri terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an affiliate of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban, shot and killed Feroz Hussain at Safaid Chowk in Orangi Town. Later, the terrorists of LeJ/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and martyred Syed Azeem Naqvi in Iqbal Market of Orangi Town. Terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on Shahab Haider Naqvi who was sitting inside his shop in Incholi. The victim fell injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment where he succumbed to fatal wounds.

Karachi: Shia Paan shop owner killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 18 February, 2014

The owner of a paan shop was gunned down in Ancholi, Federal B Area. The SSP Central said that Shahab Haider, 35, had been present at his shop when two men riding a motorcycle had fired gunshots at him. He died at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. He was shot five times in the chest and head with a 9 mm pistol. Police said that Haider’s murder appeared to be sectarian in nature. Following the murder, members of the Shia community staged a protest in Ancholi demanding the arrest of the killers.

Karachi: Killers of Christian Cabinet Minister Shahbaz Bhatti could walk free in Pakistan, 17 February, 2014

Due to death threats and peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government, the killers of Christian cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, could be released from prison without facing justice. On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down due to his criticism of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. Calling for reforms to the laws, Shahbaz was the only government official brave enough to speak out publicly about the laws and how they were abused against religious minorities, especially Christians. Will Shahbaz and his family ever receive justice? Suspects in the murder of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet minister could walk free due to intimidation tactics by Islamic extremists. “The suspects have confessed”, said Dr Paul Bhatti, brother of the former Minister for Minority Affairs. However, prosecution will be difficult after death threats from Islamic extremists forced Dr Paul Bhatti to flee the country. Furthermore, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has reportedly demanded for the release of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassins along with other imprisoned terrorists as a pre-condition for progress in ‘peace talks’ with the government. Dr Paul Bhatti took responsibility for becoming the complainant in the case when the government’s prosecution slowed to a standstill, but he has left the country due to threats on his life by the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorist organizations. Dr Paul Bhatti said that the public prosecutor assigned by the Punjab government had refused to pursue the murder case in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. “I then hired a lawyer on my own, although it was the responsibility of the Punjab government to do so,” he said.

Islamabad: Judge orders to bulldoze slum residences of Christians in capital of Pakistan , 16 February, 2014

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique of the Islamabad High Court has issued orders to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to clean all slum houses and localities from the capital within a month. Most of the residents in these settlements in the fringes of Islamabad are Christians, who moved to the capital from various divisions around the country in a hunt of better job opportunities. They have been established here for nearly three decades. According to CDA official estimation there are around 5000 family units living in the slums. It is still undecided where all these 5000 families will be relocated if the CDA takes action according to the High Court ruling.

There are ten slum settlements in various divisions of Islamabad, like France colony, Essa Nagri, Dhuke Najju, Haqbhahu, 66 quarters, Tent colony, 48 quarters, Katchiabadi G-8/1, 100 quarters and Muslim colony in which about 5000 families, mainly minority Pakistani Christian communities live.

Karachi: Pakistan’s famous lady Shia scholar leaves country after multiple life threats, 16 February, 2014

Pakistan’s famous Shia scholar Tayyaba Khanum Bukhari has left Pakistan to an unknown location after receiving life threats. According to media reports, the cleric has been receiving life threats for a couple of years by unknown groups which has recently compelled her to leave Pakistan. Tayyaba Khanum Bukhara has been famous for her thoughtful speeches in Majalis. Khanum is regularly approached by various television channels to appear on religious, discussion, news and social welfare programmes It is pertinent to mention here that she was attacked last year by unidentified assailants but fortunately she escaped unhurt.

Pakistan’s famous Shia scholar Tayyaba Khanum Bukhari has been forced to leave Pakistan 
after receiving repeated life threats and an attempt on her life.

Toba Tek Singh: Paralyzed Christian man and uneducated wife accused of sending blasphemous text messages, 16 February, 2014

In July 2013, a paralyzed Pakistani Christian man, Shafaqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, were detained in Gojra District for supposedly sending blasphemous text messages to the neighborhood Muslims. Shafaqat Emmanuel who is paralyzed and has no sensation in his lower body is being held in custody along with his wife in a Toba Tek Singh jail. In the meantime their 4 children and Shafaqat Emmanuel’s father Emmanuel Masih have been given shelter by the World Vision in Progress, Pakistan. Over the past six months their lawyers have been trying to get help from the Session Court and High Court of Lahore. Previously, the session court had disapproved of the bail request of Shagufta Kausar and the High Court of Lahore had disapproved the bail request last week and ordered the Session Court to sum up the trail within 60 days. Muslims clerics terrorized the defense lawyers frequently during the case proceedings. The convicted couple’s relatives fear that the death sentence may be passed on the paralyzed man and 35 years imprisonment given to the uneducated Shagufta Kausar for sending the so called ‘blasphemous text message’.

Karachi: Hindu community irked by ‘forced conversions’, 16 February, 2014

“Can you accept your daughters being forcibly married to Hindu men?” said Rinkle Kumari’s uncle Raj Kumar at a seminar titled ‘Hindus in Pakistan — issues and solutions’ held at the Karachi Press Club. Calling a little 6-year-old girl, Jumna, onto the stage, he said that she along with her 10-year-old sister, Pooja, was also being forced to change religion until the media learnt about it and raised their case. “What do children as young as Jumna and Pooja know about Islam and their own religion for that matter that they’d want to convert? This is the height of injustice,” he said. Jumna’s parents, mother Marju and father Soma, who were present there said “We are poor people residing in Akhtar Colony in Mirpurkhas. My little girls helped supplement our income by selling clay toys and utensils door to door. On Feb 4, 2014, they left home as usual with their basket of toys but didn’t return so we raised an alarm. After several reports in the media about our missing girls it was found that they had been staying with a man named Rajab Pathan.” “The police of our area later produced them in court as Muslim children. We were prevented by the police from seeing them, too. Then the court sent them to a Darul Aman over suspicions that they may have been subjected to child abuse at home. Little Jumna has been given back to us now but Pooja is still at the Darul Aman. She seems to have been brainwashed into saying strange things about us. Her mind seems affected by the trauma,” the girls’ father, Soma, wept. Mr Kishan Chand Parwani, chairman of the All Hindu Rights Organisation, the organisers of the seminar, bemoaned the fact that it was sad to see the problems of minorities in Pakistan multiplying instead of decreasing.

Kidnapped Hindu girl Jumna with her parents at the Karachi Press Club

Peshawar: Blast injures caretaker of Shia Imambargah, 15 February, 2014

The caretaker of an Imambargah in Kochi Bazaar was injured in a mysterious blast early in the morning. The blast also damaged the building of the Imambargah. The bomb disposal unit thoroughly checked the site but could not find any sign or even smell of explosives, an official said. He said that the blast could be the result of gas leakage. Syed Agha, the injured Shia caretaker, was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

Dera Ismail Khan: Two kidnapped Sikhs remain missing, 14 February, 2014

Two members of the Sikh community were among the four persons kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the limits of Draban Police Station, sources said. The sources said that Pawander Singh, Nand Singh, Amjad and Arsalan Muhammad had been on their way to Bhakkar district of Punjab from Peshawar in their car (LXD-2121) when unidentified gunmen had intercepted their car near the Draban Roadin Dera Ismail Khan and had bundled them into a van. The victims’ car was later found abandoned in Draban Road, the sources added. Following the incident, police personnel blocked all exit points for the arrest of the accused but there was no report about the recovery of the kidnapped Sikh men or the arrest of the accused till filing of this report. Although Amjad and Arsalan Muhammad were recovered the next day, the two kidnapped Sikhs remain missing, raising doubts about their safety.

Faisalabad: Muslim extremists threaten Christian inhabitants of Nazareth Colony, 14 February, 2014

On February 14, 2014, thousands of Christian inhabitants of Nazareth Colony in Faisalabad, ran away from their houses for safety when Muslims of their locality threatened to set fire to their houses and execute them if a Muslim girl who had married a Christian boy was not handed over to them. On February 12, 2014, a Christian man, Asim Saleem 22, a rickshaw driver by profession, had married in secret, Sunair 20, a young Muslim woman of Nazareth Colony locality after they had fallen in love. Muslim extremists of that area assembled and terrorized the Christians living in the boy’s locality after which the police moved towards Nazareth Colony and filed a case against the Christian boy under sections of abduction and enforced matrimony. The police detained two young Christian men, Bashir Masih, Shaukat Masih, the accused’s cousins, as well as Saleem Masih father of the accused man, whom they tormented to force them to admit to the kidnapping of the Muslim girl. According to WVIP, a leading Human Right organization of Pakistan, Saleem Masih, father of the Christian boy who married the Muslim girl, was so brutally beaten by the police that he had a heart attack and passed away while in police custody. The SHO says that they kept these two boys in jail for their own good as the police had to show extremists that they had incinerated Christian people in jail.

Family of Christian man who married Muslim woman for love tortured; bridegroom’s father dies while in police custody. 
Nazareth Colony Christian residents forced to flee as they come under attack of a furious Muslim mob

Islamabad: Death of Christian in police custody evolves into cover-up, 13 February, 2014

Autopsy on the body of Sabir Masih found dead in a city police lock-up suggested that he died of strangulation. The medical board, which did the autopsy, has withheld its ‘final opinion’, it has been learnt. The Christian man’s death was reported as ‘hanging suicide’, police and hospital sources quoted the report as saying. A mark of a cummerbund was found around Sabir’s neck and no other injuries or torture marks were found, according to the autopsy report. Medico Legal Officer of the Federal Government Services Hospital, Dr Tanveer Ahmed, confirmed to mediapersons that the autopsy report had been issued but said that ‘the final opinion would be formed in the light of DNA, chemical and histopathology reports.’ Until then ambiguity will prevail whether the 30-year-old poor Christian citizen hanged himself as claimed by the police, or somebody else had strangled him to death as the bereaved family and sympathisers believe.

Lahore: Taliban threaten Kalash, Ismailis, NGOs in Chitral, 13 February, 2014

Through a video released on their website on February 2, 2014, the Pakistani Taliban have warned the Kalash people to convert to Islam or face death. They have also announced the launch of an armed struggle against Ismaili Muslims in Chitral. The narrator in the video says: “By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from the Kalash tribe are embracing Islam and we want to make it clear to the Kalash tribe that they will be eliminated along with their protectors, the Western agents, if they don’t embrace Islam.” The narrator accused the NGOs of creating an “Israel-like” state in Chitral, guarding the Kalash culture and deviating people from Islam. They warned that their plans would be foiled. “The Aga Khan Foundation is running 16 schools and 16 colleges and hostels where young men and women are given free education and brainwashed to keep them away from Islam,” the narrator added. He said: “The Foundation’s schools and hospitals, which are free for members of the public, are espionage tools in the hands of foreign powers. Western NGOs are promoting Kalash wine and we warn all those individuals and hotels selling it to stop production and selling of wine otherwise they will be sent to hell by the will of God.” He also warned the Kalash to stop making wine from apples, grapes etc.

Parachinar: 2 Shia Muslims critically injured in TTP-perpetrated blast in Parachinar, 13 February, 2014

Two Shia Muslims were seriously wounded in a landmine’s blast in Parachinar, Kurrum Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Area. Shiite News reported that Taliban terrorists had concealed landmines in Kurrum Agency’s Shia majority areas targeting Shiites and security forces. A landmine blast in Parachinar’s village Ghundi Khel left Shiites Wajid Hussain and Yawar Abbas critically injured. Wajid lost his leg and Yawar lost one eye in the blast.

Pakistan: Religious tolerance in Pakistan continues to diminish, 12 February, 2014

The targeting of religious minorities in Pakistan remains a sore spot in this South Asian nation. Pakistan, which is 96 percent Muslim, is one of the most hostile nations for religious minorities. Pakistan was among the top five overall for restrictions on religion with its anti-blasphemy laws being a prime example. Pakistani courts frequently use blasphemy laws to give death or lifetime-jail sentences to minorities accused of insulting Islam. A study on Pakistan from the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom counted more than 200 attacks among religious groups and 1,800 casualties resulting from religion-related violence between 2012 and mid-2013, which is one of the highest rates in the world. All religious minorities in Pakistan, and not just Christians, face discriminatory laws, forced conversions, and bombs and shootings aimed at both minorities and minority-sect Muslims, such as Shiites and Ahmadis. Public school textbooks in Pakistan regularly demonize minorities and emphasize the nation’s Islamic roots over contributions from people of other faiths. Religious minorities are stuck on the lower rung of the economy, often working as servants, sweepers and day laborers. “Things have gone from bad to worse to very much worse,” Robert George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says. A more tolerant Pakistan, human rights activists argue, would translate into less tolerance for terrorists.

Karachi: Jafaria Disaster Cell activist shot dead, 12 February, 2014

An activist of Jafaria Disaster Cell, Syed Kazim Abbas has been shot dead by Deobandi takfiri terrorists in Nazimabad area of Karach. According to reports, terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) attacked Syed Kazim Abbas near Sakhi Hassan area in Nazimabad. His body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

Kazim Abbas was an active worker of the Jafaria Disaster Cell, a Karachi-based relief and rescue agency run by Shiites. 
Kazim was ambushed and killed near Sakhi Hassan roundabout in North Nazimabad.

Islamabad: Death of Christian man in police station, 11 February, 2014

A 24-year-old Pakistani Christian, Sabir Masih, a father of two, has been tortured and murdered while in police custody in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city. Masih, a resident of a slum area in Sector F-6/2, Islamabad and an employee of Capital Development Authority (CDA), was arrested by the police on February 5, 2014 on unfounded allegations of theft and was brought to the Kohsar Police Station. In order to extract a confession, police officers interrogated and beat him causing fatal injuries. The police claim that the 24-year-old had committed suicide by hanging himself, but medical reports show that he died from “severe internal injuries” caused by “torture and abuse.” As soon as Masih’s family discovered that he had been arrested, they rushed to the police station to say that he could not have committed theft as he had been at work the whole day and had just returned home. Police officials tried to convince the family to bury Masih immediately, but they refused, demanding an autopsy. An investigation has been launched into the case, but no action has yet been taken against those responsible.

According to the police, an FIR was registered with the Kohsar Police Station against Sabir Masih, 24, son of Gulzar Masih, resident of a slum in Sector F-6/2, on February 5, 2014, in a theft case. The police spokesman said that the police had obtained a three-day physical remand for further investigations and had kept him in the lock-up. They claimed that the suspect had not been tortured by the police during the investigations, while family members of the accused, quoting the deceased, insisted that he was tortured by police investigators.

Karachi: Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of ASWJ kill Shiite man in Karachi, 11 February, 2014

Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) killed a Shia Muslim man Syed Nabeeluddin Hyder in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi. A terrorist group belonging to Orangzaib Farooqi group of ASWJ attacked Hyder’s car near Johar Mod area. The body was Shifted to Agha Khan University Hospital.

Karachi: Shia man killed in unremitting gun attacks in the city, 10 February, 2014

Syed Shahid Zaidi, 32, was returning home when two helmeted men on a motorcycle opened fire on him in Nazimabad No 2, said SSP Amir Farooqui of District Central. Zaidi was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Shia victim, who had been targeted on sectarian grounds according to the police, had suffered three bullets to the head. He was a resident of New Karachi and worked at a printing press in Nazimabad. Following the incident, tension gripped the locality where members of the Shia community staged a protest and demanded for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

Shikarpur: Protest over sale of church properties, 9 February, 2014

Members of the Sir Henery Holland Memorial Church, Shikarpur, Lahore Diocesan Trust Association and Diocesan Hyderabad Church of Pakistan took out a rally and staged a demonstration in front of the local press club to protest ‘illegal sale and demolition’ of the property of Sir Henry Holland Eye Hospital, Shikarpur. Led by Waris Emmanuel, Muneer Basheer, Dr Sadaqat Khokhar, Josaph Dail and Nasreen Basheer Gill, the protesters raised slogans and demanded a halt to the sale and demolition of the hospital property. They told the media that the hospital building and its other properties were owned by the Lahore Diocesan Trust Association which were transferred to it by the Church Missionary Trust Association, London, in 1956. They said that some unscrupulous people were trying to dispose of the hospital building, staff bungalows, servant quarters and other properties without permission or consent of their owners. Some unauthorised people had already started demolishing parts of the buildings, they added. They urged the prime minister, Sindh chief minister, Larkana commissioner and Shikarpur deputy commissioner to intervene and stop the sale and demolition process.

Islamabad: Brother of Assassinated Christian Leader Flees Pakistan, 9 February, 2014

Dr Paul Bhatti, the elder brother of assassinated Christian government minister Shahbaz Bhatti has fled Pakistan following death treats issued by Islamic militants. In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the then Minister of National Harmony and Minority Affairs, was assassinated after he openly criticized Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. When he began calling for reforms to the country’s stance on the issue of blasphemy, Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated by Islamic extremists. Following his murder, many have feared to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dr Paul Bhatti was reportedly warned by terrorist organisations, Fidayaan-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, not to continue the murder case of his brother Shahbaz Bhatti against the militants. “Now Dr. Paul Bhatti has left Pakistan in the wake of the threatening letter,” said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of Pakistan-based Christian advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD). In a statement attributed to him, Paul Bhatti said that the threatening letter contained “a warning not to pursue the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case against the arrested militants. The letter holds us responsible for the killings of several militants in the recent past,and warns that we are set to face the same fate as suffered by Shahbaz.”

Dr Paul Bhatti, the elder brother of assassinated Christian Cabinet Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti 
has fled Pakistan following death treats issued to him by Islamic militants.

Karachi: Ahmadi man shot and killed by unknown assailants, 8 February, 2014

An Ahmadi man, Raziullah Din, was shot at and killed by unknown assailants in Aurangi Town area of Karachi. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Raziullah Din, son of Muhammad Hussein Mukhtar, of Ogervi Colony. According to a press statement released by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Pakistan, Raziullah Din accompanied by his wife and nephew had just left their house at around 2:30 PM when two unknown assailants on motorcycles began firing at him. He was hit in the neck by a bullet which damaged his windpipe. Din’s wife rushed him to nearby Abassi Shaheed Hospital where despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he could not be revived. The deceased is survived by his wife and a two year old daughter.

Lahore: Shia leader and a student shot at and injured by unidentified armed men, 8 February, 2014

A Shia leader and a student were shot at and injured by unidentified armed men near the Kalma Chowk. Syed Namwar Abbas, 35, who used to lead Majalis and also worked as a commerce teacher at a private institution in Garden Town, came under the attack of two armed men on a motorcycle, who opened fire on Prof Abbas just as he left his college in his car. A student, Muhammad Umar, also suffered a bullet injury to his arm during the attack. Both were rushed to the Lahore General Hospital where the condition of Abbas was stated to be serious. Eyewitnesses said that the motorcyclists were wearing helmets to conceal their identity. The assilants had disappeared before the arrival of the police who reached the crime scene too late.

Quetta: Sufi poet’s shrine set on fire in Kohlu, 8 February, 2014

The shrine of a popular Sufi poet of Balochistan, Mast Twakali, has been set on fire. The shrine, located in Mawand area of Kohlu district, is visited by thousands of devotees each day and there are a good number of followers of the poet across the subcontinent. Sources in the Levies Force said that some people had entered the shrine in the early hours and had set it on fire. Soon people of the area gathered at the shrine and tried to extinguish the flames. They brought the fire under control after hectic efforts. A big portion of the shrine was badly damaged by the fire, an official of Kohlu’s district administration told newspersons. Towaq Ali Mast, popularly known as Mast Twakali, was born in 1828 in the home of Lal Khan Sheerani Marri. It is said that at the age of 28 Mast Twakali fell in love with a lady called Samoo and left everything for his love and started writing poetry describing his deep love and devotion for Samoo. He died at the age of 74, 27 years after Samoo’s death. Through his poetry, Mast Twakali also spread the message of love for all humanity and the motherland.

Karachi: 9 killed in terrorist attack on Sufi Aastana, 7 February, 2014

9 Sunni Muslims were murdered and 7 others injured when pro-Taliban Deobandi terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat on motorbikes opened fire at a Sufi Aastana of Mehrban Jalali Shah Baba. The attack took place in Baldia Town No. 12 area of Karachi. According to rescue sources, the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital. An official at Civil Hospital confirmed the fatalities. Police officials said that six gunmen wearing helmets were riding on three motorcycles, when they carried out the attack. Faith healer Pir Meharban Shah, who provides spiritual healing services, received a bullet wound to his abdomen. He said he had not received any threats prior to the attack.

9 people were killed and 7 others injured when Deobandi terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat on motorbikes 
opened fire on a Sufi Aastana of Mehrban Jalali Shah Baba

Khyber-Pakthunkhwa: Two abducted Sikh men missing; Muslim fellow abductees released, 7 February, 2014

Two men kidnapped along with two Pakistani Sikhs were released by their abductors in the country’s restive northwest though the other Sikh captives remain untraceable, police said. Sardar Singh, a resident of Peshawar, registered a case against unknown terrorists in Daraban police station for the abduction of his son Pawinder Singh and nephew Nand Singh. The two Muslim men who were freed by the kidnappers were employees of Pawinder Singh and Nand Singh, who deal in natural medicines. The four men were abducted by unidentified people at gunpoint in Dera Ismail Khan district bordering South Waziristan tribal region a day before the release of the two Muslim men. The Sikhs had gone to Dera Ismail Khan from Peshawar in connection with their business. The kidnapping occurred near the Daraban area in the restive Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province. Peshawar has a sizable Sikh population and there have been several instances in recent years of members of the minority community being kidnapped for ransom.

Peshawar: Minorities in Pakistan; present day scenario, 7 February, 2014

In 1947, there were a 100 Parsi families living in Quetta. Today, there are only two. “This figure alone tells the deplorable state of minorities in the country,” aptly concluded Justice (retd) Mehta Kailash Nath Kohli, the keynote speaker on the first day of a two-day workshop, ‘Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Challenges and Response’, organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) at the Avari Towers on 25 January, 2014. The judge, who hails from Quetta, spoke how his community members, the Hindus, are being abducted and kidnapped. “Since Pakistan’s inception, not a single law has been legislated in favour of religious minorities,” he added. The issue of land grabbing of the houses of worships and properties by the Evacuee Trust Property Board also became a part of the discussion. Lawyer Rochi Ram claimed that one-million acre land in Badin, Umerkot and Tharparkar was left behind by the Hindus but the land was no longer under the community’s ownership. “The government takes over the land and gives it on lease. Many burial places belong to the non-Muslims but we are not allowed to bury the bodies over there.” A speaker, M. Prakash, said that there were 350 temples and gurdwaras in Sindh but only five to 10 were owned by them. Minority members pointed out how discussions over the misuse of the blasphemy law have disappeared from the forefront. “We have forwarded recommendations to the government on how can we stop the misuse of this law,” said father Emmanuel Yousaf. Another participant, Jaipal Chhabria, lamented that there was not a single Christian parliamentarian in the Sindh Assembly. “Bilawal Bhutto dreams of having a Christian prime minster but his government did not make the required amendments to allow minorities to hold important positions.” He said that the media showed Hindus as opportunists. HRCP’s vice-chairperson Amarnath Motumal discussed how personal laws and marriage rights of their community were being completely ignored. “The courts do not recognise our rights. Even seven-year-old girls are being converted.” Pushpa Kumari broke down into tears as she narrated the incident when a body of a 17-year-old girl was taken out from a graveyard because she was buried in a Muslim graveyard. Carrying a bunch of newspapers dated last week, she said, “There are five cases of sexual harassment of Hindu women in Sindh, including the gang rape of a teenager.” Kumari said that recently the government released 39 bonded labourers belonging to the Hindu community, but asked would it take their responsibility. She narrated how in 1996, she was told to quit her job at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission because their policy did not allow Hindus to work there. A Sikh community member, Sardar Kalyan Singh, said that when they go to Peshawar or FATA, they have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs25,000, per person per year. A member of the Ahmadi community, Amir Mahmood, called for elimination of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance. Barkat Ali from the Hazara community said that he had lost his cousin in the recent attack on Hazara pilgrims. “We are left with no hope and we think the government is not serious about solving anything.”

The targeting of Christians comes amid a widespread breakdown of public order. The Christians in Pakistan are subjected to false blasphemy cases, gangs breaking into homes and kidnapping Christian girls and women, forced conversions, bomb attacks, Muslim mob attacks and target killings. 
Extremist Pakistani Muslims are frequently the culprits in attacks on Christians and other minorities in the country.

Lahore: Murder of Christian pastor in Pakistan devastates Pakistani Christian community, 7 February, 2014

The murder of a Christian pastor in Pakistan has devastated the entire Pakistani Christian community. In late December, Rashid Mehmood, a Muslim convert to Christianity turned preacher, was run off the road by a truck while riding on a motorbike with a close friend. Rashid Mehmood, 33, came from a rich, influential Muslim family but turned to Christ in 2005. Though he trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a pastor and preach the Gospel, despite strong opposition from his relatives. On December 26th, 2013, Rashid was a passenger on a motorbike driven by his pastor friend when a car began to chase them, and then deliberately struck the motorbike. Rashid suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital after undergoing surgery. Many Christians in the area believe that Mehmood was murdered due to his conversion from Islam to Christianity.

Lahore: Christian girl abducted, converted and forced to marry a Muslim in Lahore, 6 February, 2014

After a Pakistani Christian girl from Punjab was abducted by a Muslim landowner and was forced to marry him after conversion to Islam, her family reacted with a public protest, demanding justice from civil authorities. The family of Samariya Nadeem staged a protest this morning in front of the city’s press club. For the past three weeks, their 16-year-old daughter has been in the hands of a wealthy landowner. The sordid episode involves a 16-year-old girl, Samariya Nadeem (Masih), who was abducted and forcibly married to a rich landowner. The abduction took place 22 days ago in 270-TDA Layyah District when the young girl was on her way to school. The family filed a complaint (First Information Report 14/14, under Section 365 B of the Penal Code) with the police about the abduction reporting that Samariya was taken against her will and forced to marry the man. So far, the police have failed to pursue any legal action against the local wealthy Muslim landowner who abducted the girl because of the influence he wields. Police investigators were also unable to talk to the bruised and terrified victim. Anonymous police sources confirmed that the girl had been “abducted” and had been forced to marry her abductor. However, an Islamic cleric involved in the affair said that it was “not illegal to abduct and convert non-Muslims”. Police and the courts have failed so far to act and return the girl to her parents. The local Catholic Church has backed the family, condemning the “widespread practice” of kidnapping young Christian and Hindu women to marry them forcibly to Muslims and reduce them to a “state of slavery”.

Trafficking of Christian women in Pakistan is a growing problem. Due to little intervention by local authorities, the abduction and 
forced marriage/conversion of Christian women has become a common practice in Pakistan. 
Once taken, these women are reduced to a “state of slavery.” Strangely, the world isn’t calling this issue what it truely is….. HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

Peshawar: Suicide blast near Shia Imambargah kills nine, injures 50, 4 February, 2014

9 people were killed and 50 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a local hotel frequented mostly by Shias in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said officials. The incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar. Police officer Rizwan Khan said that the hotel is frequented mostly by Shias who visit Imambargah Alamdar next door. Most of the dead and wounded were Shias, he added. The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed. Confirming the death toll, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said that it was a suicide attack. Shafqat Malik, an officer of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said that about six kilos of explosives had been used in the blast. He disclosed that the hands and legs of the suicide bomber had been recovered from the site and had been sent for laboratory and DNA tests. Eyewitness Musadiq Ali told mediapersons, “I was on the first floor when a huge blast occurred and I fell to the ground. I rushed to the spot and witnessed scores of people lying in a pool of blood.” Musharraf Hussain from Parachinar said that the blast destroyed three shops, several food kiosks in front of the Pak Hotel and Imambargah Alamdar inside Qissakhwani Bazaar.

Peshawar: Shia leader shot dead, 4 February, 2014

A Shia leader of Tahreek e Nifaz Fiqay Jafria (TNJF), Sardar Ali Asghar, was shot dead in Peshawar. Terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ), better known as Sipah-e-Sahaba, attacked Ali Asghar near Qissa Khuwani Bazar in Muhammad Ali Jouhar road. Sardar Ali Asghar was a member of Imamia Rabita Council, Peshawar.

A Shia leader Sardar Ali Asghar was shot dead in Peshawar. 
Pro-Taliban terrorists have killed thousands of Shiite Muslims across the country but government, judiciary 
and law enforcement agencies have failed to protect Shia citizens across the country.

January 2014 

Karachi: Crime rate up by 120% in January in Karachi, 31 January, 2014

The first month of 2014 has been the most violent month for Karachi since the launch of a security operation in September last year, with an alarming 120 percent increase recorded in crimes including target killings and attacks on law enforcement agencies. “At least 24 security officials, including three Rangers’ personnel and 21 policemen, were killed in target killings, bomb blasts and suicide attacks in January,” Atiq Ahmed Shaikh, a spokesman of the Karachi police said at a briefing.

According to The News International, the crime rate in Karachi shot up by 120% in January 2014.

Nowshera: Protest held against church construction, 31 January, 2014

The residents of Sais Mandi and Gandari staged protests against the establishment of an illegal church and distribution of Christian material, deemed as sacrilegious material by the local Muslims, in their area. Led by Walid Akhtar, Dr Khalid Khan, Jamal Shah and others, the protesters blocked the Nowshera-Mardan road to traffic as a mark of protest and raised slogans in support of their demands. They also asked the government not to allow establishment of another church as the area already had two churches. They alleged that Christianity was being preached in the area under a conspiracy.

Karachi: Caretaker of Shia Imambargah gunned down, 31 January, 2014

The caretaker of an Imambargah was gunned down in a sectarian attack in Sir Syed Town. The police said that Shia man, Akbar Hussain, 30, was riding a motorcycle when gunmen on a motorcycle attacked him in Rasheedabad, New Karachi. He was taken to ASH, where he was declared dead. The victim lived in Tori-Bangash Colony. “Akbar Hussain was a caretaker of an Imambargah and his murder appears to be an act of sectarian killing,” said SSP-Central Amir Farooqi. A Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen spokesman said that the victim was not only the custodian of the Imambargah but also a religious scholar.

Karachi: Overflowing sewers around church hurts sentiments of Christian worshippers, 31 January, 2014

Our Lady of Fatima Church, located at Randle Road, Garden East, Karachi, is an important heritage site of the city. Since its inauguration in 1953, it has been serving as a place of worship, as well as a community centre, for a large number of Catholic Christians who dwell around the vicinity. However, the locality surrounding the church is infested with overflowing sewers, rundown roads and extreme levels of encroachment. Congested traffic jams and makeshift rickshaw stands add to the residents’ misery. The sewerage drains, starting from the Anklesaria Hospital and running through the front of the church gate, are constantly overflowing. The toxic waste piled at the gates of the church not only dishonours the sanctity of a place of worship but the sentiments of many of the community members. The environment around the sewers has become so unhygienic that people have started getting sick. Numerous complaints have been sent to the town administration’s office only to fall on eaf ears.

Open, overflowing sewers, garbage dumps and encroachments have made the area 
around Our Lady of Fatima Church unsanitary & unsafe.

Punjab: Blasphemy case conviction worries Cameron, 30 January, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was “deeply concerned” about a mentally-ill British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, adding that his views had been made clear to Islamabad. “We take this extremely seriously and we’re making that clear at every level,” Mr Cameron said in reply to a question about Mohammad Asghar’s blasphemy case in the British parliament. Asghar, who has lived in Britain for 40 years and still has family here, was sentenced last week for writing letters claiming to be a prophet. The 69-year-old man’s family claim the allegations stem from a property dispute. They say that he has paranoid schizophrenia and has tried to kill himself in jail. “I too am deeply concerned about this death sentence passed onto Mr Mohammed Asghar and, as you know, it’s our longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances,” Mr Cameron told lawmakers. “The Pakistani authorities can be of no doubt of the seriousness with which we view these developments.” Foreign Office Minister Sayeeda Warsi spoke to the chief minister of the Punjab and the British High Commissioner in Islamabad was also pursuing Asghar’s case, the prime minister said.

Karachi: ASWJ terrorists assassinate Shia educationist, injure his wife in Karachi, 30 January, 2014

Takfiri terrorists of ASWJ-TTP shot and killed the Vice Principal of KDA College, professor Syed Asghar Hussain Zaidi, and injured his wife Shabana Asghar Zaidi in Nasirabad area of Karachi late at night while the couple were returning home from a weekly religious gathering that was organized at the Islamic Research Center IRC near Ayesha Manzil area of Karachi. Shabana Asghar Zaidi was reported critically injured. Allama Aijaz Behishti, central leader of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, has said that the targeted assassination of Professor Asghar Zaidi was tantamount to the ‘murder of education’ in Karachi.

Vice Principal of KDA College, Professor Syed Asghar Hussain Zaidi was target killed in Karachi in a sectarian attack on Shias.

Karachi: Christians in Pakistan suffer abuse over land ownership, 30 January, 2014

Christians in Pakistan continue to face unprecedented levels of abuse and persecution. In the Christian neighborhood of Horizon Plaza, located in Pakistan’s southern city Karachi, Christians living there are being forced out of land ownership by religious extremists and criminal gangs. These elements find Christians to be an easy target in Pakistan because local authorities don’t bother to protect the rights of religious minorities. Christians in Horizon Plaza, a district of Karachi, are victims of continued incidents of abuse, violence and discrimination, aided and abetted by the complete indifference, if not connivance, of police forces and institutions in Pakistan. Economic interests and the question of land possession for business and commercial initiatives seem to be the causes for the attacks. Even the Pakistani organizations that fight for human rights have been unable to resolve the situation and restore peace and security to the people. The drama of the Christian community of Horizon Plaza began in 2011, when some landlords in the area, with the support of leading political parties, illegally occupied apartments and houses after forcibly evicting tenants with regular permits and ownership rights. Complaints to the police went unheeded, while the illegal occupants committed all sorts of abuse and bullying tactics against the residents, particularly the women. Not even a petition to the High Court, which is still pending, has had any effect. Appeals to political and institutional leaders has so far fallen on deaf ears . Meanwhile, attacks on buildings and properties belonging to Christians have increased in Horizon Plaza. Now the community have appealed to the Catholic Church, to intervene on their behalf.

Sukkur: Missing Christian boy, girl found dead after three weeks, 30 January, 2014

The two-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl who had gone missing while playing outside their home in Christian Colony in the New Yard area of Rohri town on January 8, 2014, were found murdered. The police said that the bodies of Suleman Raja, son of Kashif Masih and Christy, daughter of Irshad Masih, were recovered from a pond of filthy water near the New Yard graveyard. A post-mortem examination was performed at the Rohri Taluka Hospital after which the bodies were handed over to their families. Dr Pervez Korai told the media at the hospital that the victims seemed to have died about a week ago.

Karachi: Another Shia prayer leader shot and killed, 30 January, 2014

According to details, Takfiri terrorists attacked and killed Muhammad Akbar s/o Muhammad Asghar aged 25-years, in Bilal Colony area of North Karachi. Muhammad Akbar was a prayer leader at Muhammadi Masjid in PakhtoonAbad area of Manghopir in Karachi. He was also an activist of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen.

Shia Prayer leader Muhammad Akbar was killed by terrorists in North Karachi.

Kasur: Christian woman brick kiln worker and her sons beaten up, 28 January, 2014

On 29 January, 2014, a Christian woman brick kiln worker, Salamatay Bibi, 48, her sons Aziz Masih, Arshad Masih alias Papu, and two others, along with their families including women, and children were brutally beaten up with clubs and sticks by a local brick kiln owner and six unknown persons. They were later forcibly taken to a Brick Kiln at Rang Baig under threats of further beatings. A LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) team rushed to the kiln and questioned people who had witnessed the shocking incident. Eye witnesses said that the brick kiln owner and others had beaten the victims with heavy clubs and sticks. The incident had occurred due to a loan that Salamatay Bibi’s family had taken from the brick kiln owner. When asked if she wanted to take legal action against them Salamatay Bibi replied that her son-in-law and husband had told her that if she took any step against the brick kiln owner, it would create more problems for them. “What happens is that employers, in this case the brick kiln owners, advance sums of money to the labourers to meet urgent trivial household needs, because the wages paid to the labourers are so low. The loans cannot be paid back even over many years, and the workers cannot leave the kiln as they are indebted to the owners,” said LEAD’s Chief Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

“I have been beaten and badly tortured because some workers of the brick kiln ran away and they are our relatives. 
Also my son took a loan of Rs 70,000 from the brick kiln owner which he is unable to repay,” said 48-year-old Christian woman Salamatay Bibi.

Karachi: Ismaili school owner gunned down in Napier, 28 January, 2014

A member of the Ismaili community who owned a private school in Lyari was shot dead in the Napier area, said the police. DSP-Eidgah Mohammed Ayub Soomro said that Mohammed Iqbal, 53, had left his ‘Prince Grammar School’ in Baghdadi and was driving to his home in Garden when two assailants riding on a motorcycle intercepted his car on Siddiq Wahab Road, fired at him and rode away. He sustained a single bullet wound to the neck and was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The DSP said that the victim was an Islamili and the investigators were probing the possible sectarian motive for the killing.

Karimpura: Police constable deployed outside Hindu temple shot dead in Karimpura, 26 January, 2014

A police constable deployed outside a Hindu temple in Jhanda Bazaar in Karimpura was shot dead by two attackers. The police said that Constable Ghulam Muhammad of the Frontier Reserve Police was on duty outside the Hindu temple, known as Dargah Sri Peer Rattan Nath Ji, when two armed motorcyclists opened fire on him and fled. The constable sustained serious bullet injuries and was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The attackers managed to escape. Search operations were carried out in the limits of the Hashtnagri and Faqirabad police stations.

Rawalpindi: Death sentence for mentally ill Briton in Pakistan, 28 January, 2014

Muhammad Asghar, a 69 year old Briton from Edinburgh, was sentenced to death on 23 January, 2014, the law firm said, citing court officials in the city of Rawalpindi, neighboring the capital. The firm said it was not present during the judgment because the judge had prevented it from representing Asghar in court since October, 2013. He was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to a lawyer and politician claiming to be a prophet. Though Asghar did not post the letters, a disgruntled tenant whom he was in the process of evicting took them to the police, the law firm representing the victim said. “Asghar has previously been detained under the mental health act in Britain and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia”, it added. After the removal of the law firm, Asghar was appointed a state counsel, who did not put his medical history in evidence or call witnesses in his defense, nor did he question a state-appointed board that declared him sane, the firm said. The state counsel could not be reached for comment. The law firm asked not to be identified for fear of being targeted by extremists. Lawyers defending those accused of blasphemy frequently receive death threats and politicians supporting reform of the law have been killed.

Karachi: Pakistan joins the league of world’s worst religious persecuting countries, 27 January, 2014

A recent information states that Pakistan has clinched the top position in a list of 198 countries most suffering from social hostilities involving religion. An extract of the report is as below: The Pew Research Center’s report issued two indices, based on statistics from the years 2007-2012: 1) The Government Restrictions Index (GRI), which measures government laws, policies and actions that restrict religious beliefs and practices. 2) The Social Hostilities Index (SHI), which measures acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organisations or groups in society. The results show that “Pakistan had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion, and Egypt had the highest level of government restrictions on religion.”

Pew Research Centre in Washington puts Pakistan 
among the top most persecuting countries to religious minorities

Khanpur: Shia leader Ghulam Mustafa shot dead in Khanpur, 27 January, 2014

Renowned Shia doctor, Dr Ghulam Mustafa, one of the trustees of Jamia Ali Akbar Trust, Khanpur (Rahimyar Khan district) was shot dead when he was going home on a motorcycle after closing his medical centre. The police said that Ghulam Mustafa, a member of the Jamia Ali Akbar Trust and owner of the Shakir Medical Centre, was travelling to his house in Khanpur, Punjab, when unidentified men on a motorcycle shot at him and fled. He was accompanied by his friend Kafayatullah, who remained unharmed. Mustafa succumbed to his injuries on the way to Shaikh Zayed Hospital. The incident was followed by several protest rallies organised by members of the Shia community. The protesters gathered in front of Mustafa’s house and shouted slogans against the police. Shia Ulema Council tehsil president Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah said that the target killing was a part of the Shia genocide in Pakistan. The deceased’s son, Muhammad Farhan, told mediapersons that his father had been receiving death threats from unidentified people over the phone for a few months. His father had filed a complaint with the police eight days before his target killing and had demanded to be given security. He said that the police had not taken his complaint seriously.

Karachi: 1 Shiite killed, 1 Shiite injured in Karachi, 27 January, 2014

Two Shia Muslims, Manzoor Ahmed and Ghulam Abid were attacked by terrorists in Karachi. Manzoor Ahmed was killed when terrorists opened fire on him near Scout Colony. Another Shia Muslim, Ghulam Abid was critically wounded when the outlawed outfit’s terrorists opened fire upon him in the Federal Capital Area of Karachi. The injured Shiite, who is a driver by profession, was shot at while he was driving. He was rushed to a government hospital for treatment. It is relevant to add here that two brothers namely Ghulam Abbas and Mohammad Hassan were injured in terrorist attack in Awami Colony Korangi on January 25, 2014. They have not yet recovered from their bullet injuries.

Pakistan: Muslims murder a Sikh man in Pakistan for refusing to pay the Jizya, 27 January, 2014

A Sikh community member, Sardar Kalyan Singh, said that when they go to Peshawar or FATA, they have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs 25,000, per person per year. “Two days ago, a member of the Sikh community was killed because he refused to pay Jizya. When we spoke to the minister, he said that he is being forced to pay the same, so we should abide.”

Sikhs have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs 25,000 per person per year in Pakistan.
The jizya is a tax that non-Muslims must pay as a sign of their subjugation to the Muslims.

Karachi: Bohra man gunned down, 25 January, 2014

A shopkeeper belonging to the Bohra community was gunned down in a suspected targeted attack in Napier area, said the police. The police said that unidentified gunmen attacked Mufasil Mohammed Zohaib, 35, in Jhat Pat market where he had a stationery shop. He sustained a single bullet wound to the head and was rushed to Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, said Napier SHO Azam Khan. He said that the victim was a resident of Saddar area.

Punjab Province: Young Ahmadi man comes under knife attack by Mullah, 23 January, 2014

A young Ahmadi man was attacked in broad daylight when he arrived at his place of work on January 23, 2014. The murder attempt took place at a marketplace in the city of Rahim Yar Khan, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According to local reports, the young men (name withheld for safety) said that he normally goes to work at 11 o’clock every day and this time when he arrived, a bearded mullah who was sitting outside also hurried into the store. The mullah told the non Ahmadi co-worker not to work with Ahmadis as they are infidels and asked him to get out of the shop. As the co-worker ran out, the mullah took out a dagger and proceeded to attack the Ahmadi youngster on his neck saying “You are a Qadiani, I am going to kill you.” The youngster grappled with the attacker trying to stop the knife with his bare hands and received several wounds. The Ahmadi boy succeeded in running out of the shop and took safety in a nearby store. The mullah immediately escaped with another person on a motorcycle.”

Young Ahmadi man knifed by mullah in broad daylight in Pakistan due to religeous intolerance.

Quetta: Hazara community refuses to bury the dead, 22 January, 2014

The Hazara community decided to continue its sit-in on the Alamdar Road along with 24 coffins of those killed in the suicide attack in the Daringar area of Mastung district. The families of the deceased have refused to bury their dead and vowed to continue their sit-in protest in the cold weather until the federal government assured them that it would provide security for the life and property of the Hazara community.

Mastung: Bloodbath as another Shia pilgrim bus was attacked in Balochistan, 21 January, 2014

At least 24 people, women among them, were killed and over 41 were injured when a coach carrying pilgrims from Iran was hit by a suicide bomber in Mastung area. It appears that an explosives-laden car driven by the bomber rammed into the bus but the police did not confirm it stating that investigations were under way. Four security personnel escorting the bus also suffered injuries in the blast. “Most of the dead and injured are from Marriabad and Hazara Town in Questa but they have not been identified yet,” sources said. Official sources said that two coaches carrying about 100 pilgrims were coming to Quetta from Taftan, a town on the border of Iran. When the buses reached Derringer area in Mastung district, one of them was hit by the powerful blast. The bus caught fire and 22 passengers were killed and 41 injured, Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Gilani said. “Two bodies and 37 injured, 10 of them women, were brought to the Combined Military Hospital in Quetta,” hospital sources said. The banned militant organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), claimed responsibility for what it described as a suicide bombing and warned of more such attacks. It was the second attack on Shia pilgrims in this part of Balochistan over the past three weeks; the first attack took place near Quetta on New Year’s eve.

22 victims belonging to the Hazara Shia community were laid to rest at the Bahisht-e-Zainab graveyard while four were buried at the Hazara Town graveyard. Grief-stricken mourners of the Hazara community had refused to bury their dead after a roadside blast hit a bus around 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. Over a two-day protest, up to 2,000 people, most of them Hazara’s, demonstrated in freezing temperatures on Quetta´s busy Alamdar Road with the bodies of the bombing victims, refusing to bury them until action was taken against militants.

Karachi: Notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain assassinated in Karachi, 21 January, 2014

A notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain Naqvi was assassinated near Nipa Chowrangi area late at night. Pro-Taliban terrorists attacked his vehicle with a cracker blast on University road near Nipa Chowrangi area of Karachi. Hussain was a close aide of Allama Talib Johri, the renowned Shia scholar in Pakistan. He was the leader of Anjuman Makhdoma-e-Konain. Syed Wajahat Hussain was a bank manager at Allied Bank Limited, and he was also MQM’s candidate for local bodies election. Syed Wajahat Hussain Naqvi is survived by a widow, a 6-year-old son and a 10-year-old son.

Notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain was assassinated in Karachi. The killing of Shias has caused international outrage,
with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence.

Karachi: 17-year old Shia youngster killed, 21 January, 2014

Another Shia Muslim, Qalb-e-Abbas, was also shot dead near Gulbahar Kazmain Imambargh area of Karachi. The 17-year-old Syed Qalb-e-Abbas Kazmi s/o Syed Manzar Abbas Kazmi was sitting in a shop when terrorists of ASWJ-TTP attacked him and left him injured. He was rushed to hospital where he breathed his last. Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims and several Shia religious gatherings have been targeted in different parts of the country over the past few months. Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings, accusing Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community. Shias make up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

Peshawar: Prayer leader target-killed 20 January, 2014

The prayer leader of a local mosque in Dhaki Munawwar Shah was targeted and killed. The police said that unidentified attackers opened fire on Mohammad Alam Almosavi, a prayer leader from the Shia community associated with Malik Rahman Imambargah, at Dhaki Munawwar Shah near Qissa Khwani. The wounded cleric, who was a brother of senior journalist Agha Baqir Mosvi, was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alam Almosavi was a close aide of Arif Al-Hussaini. He was a leader of Shia Ulema Council and a prayer leader at Shia mosque ‘Imambargah Safdar Hussain’. Alam Almosavi always walked to his mosque a mile away from his house. He was shot while walking to the mosque in the historic Kissa Khwani market of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtukhwa province that borders Afghanistan, police said. Two gunmen had opened fire on the scholar and had escaped into the narrow streets when he came out of his house and walked towards the mosque.

Maulana Alim Musvi was going to a mosque in Mohalla Khudad in the old city area 
for Maghrib prayers when gunmen targeted him and shot him dead.

Karachi: Yazidi terrorists shot and killed Shia police official, 20 January, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, an ally of the notorious Taliban (TTP), shot and killed a Shia police official in Karachi. The notorious Yazidi terrorists opened fire upon Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Karachi Police namely Syed Kamran Hussain Naqvi in Chakra Goth Korangi. His body was shifted to Imam Bargah of G Area for funeral.

Karachi: 40-year-old Shia Muslim man shot, injured near Sachal Goth, 19 January, 2014

Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a Shiite man in Sajjad Hussain in Bilawal Goth area of Karachi. According to details, terrorists of ASWJ-TTP belonging to Orangzaib Farooqi group attacked a Shia Muslim man Sajjad Hussain s/o Bashir Hussain, 40, in Bilawal Goth area near Sachal Goth, Karachi. Hussain recieved several bullets in his legs.

Punjab Province: 9-year-old Hindu girl gang-raped and murdered by ‘unidentified persons’ in Pakistan, 19 January, 2014

A nine-year-old Hindu girl was raped and killed in Punjab province of Pakistan, officials said. Basti Kata, a resident of Mauza Ghunia in Rahim Yar Khan district, located 400 km from the provincial capital Lahore, said that his daughter went missing while playing outside his home on January 16, 2014. Kata had informed the police and had registered a missing person’s report. The girl’s parents and other relatives made frantic efforts to find her but to no avail. Some of Kata’s relatives found the girl’s dead body in an open field on 18 January, 2014. The police took the body to a state-run hospital in Khanpur, where the doctor on duty refused to perform an autopsy. The aggrieved family staged a protest outside the hospital. Following the intervention of the local administration, the doctor conducted an autopsy that confirmed rape. “It appears that the girl had died while being raped,” the doctor said. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons. Hindus are the largest minority in Pakistan but make up only about two per cent of the population of 180 million. Most Hindus live in southern Sindh province, where there have been several instances of alleged abduction and forced conversion of women from the minority community.

A nine-year-old Hindu girl was raped and killed in Punjab province of Pakistan. 
Hindus are the largest minority in Pakistan making up about two per cent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million.

Karachi: Shia Muslim killed, 17 January, 2014

Another Shia Muslim was killed in Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists’ attack on him in Karachi. Zaigham Abbas was critically wounded when the terrorists opened fire upon him in Gulbahar area late at night. He was rushed to hospital for treatment and breathed his last at the hospital a day after the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassinations of Shiites and demanded targeted military operation to eliminate the notorious terrorists.

Sindh: Taliban using advanced technologies to kill citizens: Chief Minister Sindh, 17 January, 2014

Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali has acknowledged that Talibn terrorists are using advanced technologies to kill innocent citizens across the country. He was talking with a private TV channel Expres News after its three employees were gunned down in Karachi. He also acknowledged that government has no solution to combat these terrorists in technology.

Karachi: Shia doctor shot dead by terrorists in Karachi, 16 January, 2014

Takfiri terrorists of TTP-ASWJ shot and killed a Shia doctor, Dr Syed Asif Hussain Zaidi s/o Syed Baqi Hussain Zaidi in Karachi’s Bufferzone area late in the night.

Punjab: Shia notable injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Punjab province, 16 January, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a Shia notable in district Muzaffar Garh of Punjab province. The notorious Yazidi terrorists ambushed Makhdoom Syed Altaf Hussain Bukhari in Ali Pur. He sustained bullet wounds to his shoulder. He was rushed to Multan for treatment. Mr Bukhari, a high-profile Shiite hails from an influential religious Shia family. He served as chairman of the district council and is held in high esteem. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted terrorist attack on the Shia notable in Muzaffar Garh’s Ali Pur area and have demanded the arrest of the terrorists.

Karachi: Shia intelligence official injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Karachi, 16 January, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and injured a Shia official of Pakistani intelligence agency in Karachi. The incident occurred in Gulistan-e-Johar near Continental Bakery where Yazidi terrorists ambushed the Shia intelligence official, namely Syed Wasi Haider. The wounded Wasi Haider was rushed to hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be critical. The attack has brought stiff reaction from the Sunni and Shia Muslims who said that the PMLN government and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf were responsible for unabated terrorism in the country because their inaction has emboldened the terrorists.

Both Sunni and Shia Muslims demanded that instead of using a policy of appeasement, 
targeted military operation should be launched to eliminate terrorists in Pakistan.

Lahore: Charted Accountant killed in drive-by shooting, 15 January, 2014

In another anti-Shia attack, a 35-year-old Charted Accountant working in a private firm in Lahore, was killed in a drive-by shooting at a traffic signal near Firdous Market in Gulberg area of Lahore, police said. Ali Hussain Qazilbash, an active member of the Shiite community, was on his way home when unidentified motorcyclists ambushed his Honda-civic car. Qazilbash was hit by two bullets and died on-the-spot. The killers fled from the crime scene instantly. The police reached the spot and removed the body to the morgue for autopsy. No group has claimed the responsibility for the gun-attack yet. But police sources said that the possibility of the involvement of militants linked to banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in this deadly assault could not be ruled out. The abrupt shooting in the posh locality triggered panic among road-users and motorists during rush hours as they ran towards safer places leaving their vehicles on the road.

Lahore: Christian and Muslim prisoners clash at Kot Lakhpat Jail, 14 January, 2014

A clash between Christian and Muslim inmates broke out in Kot Lakhpat jail followed by an argument between prison clerics. 33 prisoners sustained injuries as police bashed the inmates when Christian and Muslim inmates got engaged in a heated exchange of words at Kot Lakhpat jail. It seems that the Prison police stabbed the inmates in order to scatter the horde and to avoid possible uproar following an argument between prison teachers. A prisoner at Kot Lakhpat jail who was an eye witness disclosed that a Muslim teacher had asked a Christian teacher at the jail three weeks ago not to preach Christianity to Muslim prisoners. A heated debate had ensued. Later, a brawl had broken out between Christian and Muslim inmates. The prison police had intervened and separated them. He went on to say,” On Tuesday night, I heard cries from Barrack 8. I later learnt that some jail officials, led by Deputy Superintendent Haji Mazhar and three assistant superintendents, and barrack heads picked up certain Christian inmates accused of complaining to their families of harassment at the jail and beat them with clubs. 33 of the prisoners suffered severe injuries, including fractures. The beating went on for over half an hour. They were taken to the jail hospital.”

33 prisoners were injured in a clash between Christian and Muslim inmates in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Hyderabad: Trustee of Shia Mosque injured by Yazidi terrorists in Hyderabad, 11 January, 2014

Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a trustee of a Shia mosque in Hyderabad. Nazim Zaidi was rushed to hospital after being injured in the terrorist attack. He is trustee of Masjid-e-Nubavi (PBUH) situated in Latifabad No.10 of Hyderabad district.

Karachi: Christians protest kidnapping of two minor children, 9 January, 2014

The Christian community took out a procession and staged a sit-in at the Rohri section of the National Highway in protest against the kidnapping of two minor Christian children a day earlier. Residents of New Yard Christian Colony, Rohri, took out the procession from the neighbourhood raising slogans against the area police for failing to discharge their duties efficiently. The participants marched up to the Berri Chowk, where they held a sit-in disrupting movement of vehicular traffic on the National Highway for some time. Speaking to the media, they said that kidnappers had taken away 2-year-old Christy and 2-year-old Salman Raja, the daughter and grandson of Sahdoo Masih as soon as the children had come out of their house in New Yard Christian Colony. They alleged that the Rohri police were not extending any assistance to the community for the recovery of the toddlers just because they were Christians.

Christians in Karachi protest police inaction after abduction of 2 toddlers from New Yard Christian Colony

Karachi: Pakistani Christians seek Asylum in Sri Lanka, 8 January, 2014

In the face of increasing extremism and persecution, many Pakistani Christians are fleeing Pakistan in search of refuge. Many of these Christians are seeking asylum in Sri Lanka claiming asylum based on religious persecution grounds. According to the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, over 600 Pakistani Christians are currently seeking asylum.

Rawalpindi: Shia religious scholar survives gun attack, 8 January, 2014

A Shia scholar was shot and injured as he headed to his workplace in the morning. Police said that two gunmen riding a motorcycle had fired at Maulana Nazeer Hussain Imrani, 50, who was going to the Government Jamia Comprehensive High School after dropping his daughter at her college. Some passersby had rushed him to Benazir Bhutto Hospital where he was stated to be in a stable condition. His son Irtiqa Hussain Imrani said that the bullets had hit his father in the chest, with some pellets penetrating his cheek and tongue. “My father never received any threats from any group but apparently it was a targeted attack,” he said. Mr Imrani taught Arabic and Islamic Studies and was the custodian of the Imambargah Qasr-i-Sajjad in Sadiqabad locality. He was going to the government school in the capacity of controller examination when the gunmen fired at his motorcycle on Farooq-i-Azam Road, said the son. Irtiqa said that some witnesses put the number of attackers at four.

Islamabad: 14-year-old Christian girl abducted, forcibly converted, married, 9 January, 2014

A Christian family in Rawalpindi had many plans for a cheerful Christmas last year until their 14-year old daughter went missing. The missing Christian teenager was forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim boy who studied in her school, court documents obtained by mediapersons and background meetings with the aggrieved family reveal. The daughter of a Christian man, Mr Bhatti, a student of O-levels went missing from her school on December 2, 2013 when her father was away in China on a business tour. When her mother started the search, she came to know that her daughter had left for home with Abdullah Shafi son of Arif Shafi, a student of A-levels. The Christian girl’s mother was later told by Abdullah Shafi’s family that the girl was with their son and both had married after the girl’s conversion to Islam. The mother was threatened of dire consequences if she created any fuss over the issue. The girl’s father returned from China on 5th December, 2013, and lodged a complaint with the police stating that Abdullah Shafi had kidnapped his daughter, who is a minor. The police lodged an FIR 225 on 8th December, 2013, under section 365-B of Pakistan Penal Code which deals with abduction. When the police was pressed by the girl’s family, the girl was produced before a magistrate on December 13, 2013, with almost fifty people equipped with weapons standing outside the court in support of the boy’s family, said lawyers present at the spot. The 14-year-old Christian girl’s statement was recorded before the magistrate under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code in which the girl confessed to have converted to Islam. She also admitted that she had contracted marriage with Abdullah Shafi. When she came out of the court and met her family she disclosed that she had been threatened to give the statement in Abdullah’s favour. The same was conveyed to the police and the girl was produced before the magistrate again on December 17, 2013 and her statement was recorded again in which she said that she had never converted to Islam and had not contracted marriage with Abdullah Shafi. She told the court that on the day of her abduction, Abdullah Shafi had told her that her mother was not well so he would drop her home. But he had abducted her instead. The minor girl was allowed to go with her family that day by the court. Since then, the Christian family is living in a state of immense fear. Regarding the Christian girl’s conflicting statements, her lawer Siddiqui said that such things do not make the case weak because a minor can neither give consent nor contract marriage nor can she convert toany other religion. Furthermore, in this particular case, everything was done under coercion.

A 14-year-old Christian girl, the daughter of a Christian businessman 
was abducted from school, converted and married off to her Muslim schoolmate

Peshawar: Shia bank manager shot dead in a targeted attack, 7 January, 2014

In another incident of target killing, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia Muslim in Peshawar. Sardar Waqarul Hassan was a bank manager working in Habib Bank Limited-Abresham Garan branch. As Hassan headed towards the car park after work in the evening, unidentified attackers opened fire on him. He died on the spot while the attackers managed to escape without retaliation. A police official from the Kabuli Police Station said, “Sardar Waqarul Hassan was a resident of Gulbahar and belonged to the Shia sect. Without any doubt, it was an incident of target killing.”

Karachi: Six young devotees of Sufi Saint Ayub Shah, 7 January, 2014

In a fresh wave of violence that gripped the southern port city of Karachi at the turn of the new year, six young devotees of Sufi saint Ayub Shah in Gadap Town, on the outskirts of the city, were killed on January 7, 2014. Their bodies were found by the caretaker the following morning in a mud-house close to the shrine. A note left near the dead, allegedly by the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP), stated that a similar fate awaited anyone visiting the shrine. The policerevealed to mediapersons that the note said: “Stop visiting shrines!” Sufism, strongly practiced in Pakistan’s Sindh province, is opposed by the Taliban who follow the Wahabi and Salafist school of Islam. The brutal killings have reinforced the long-standing fear among the people of Karachi that the militant group which infiltrated the city a few years ago has now not only consolidated itself, but is also imposing its belief system in Pakistan.

Hangu: Shia student killed while foiling suicidal attack on school in Hangu, 6 January, 2014

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government school in northwest Pakistan, killing a teenaged Shiite student and injuring two others in the Shia-dominated Ibrahimzai area of Hangu district. “A suicide bomber blew himself up near the main gate of a government boys school, where he was intercepted by brave young Itizaz Hassan, aged 14-years,” said district police chief Iftikhar Ahmed. He revealed that the suicide bomber had been attempting to enter the school when he was spotted by the student, Itizaz Hassan, who tried to stop attacker at the main gate. The bomber immediately blew himself up, killing the student also on the spot. Locals added that the bomber had struck just as the students were disembarking from school-vans. If not for the timely action of the brave young student many more lives would have been lost.

14-year-old Shiite student, Itizaz Hassan, was killed when he bravely tried to stop a suicide bomber at the main gate of a government school in Hangu. 
Both the bomber and Hasan were killed when the bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by Hassan.

Peshawar: Recovered Hindu teacher complains of pressure for conversion, 5 January, 2014

A missing Hindu female schoolteacher, after her recovery from Bahawalpur, told a local judicial magistrate that her kidnapper had attempted to force her to marry him after changing her faith. He had kept her unconscious for most of the time during captivity as she had refused to do so. The teacher, who is around 25, was recovered from Khairpur tehsil of Bahawalpur the after investigation officer, Shaheenullah Khan, traced her location with the help of her cellphone and that of her alleged captor, Zahid Nawaz, a resident of Bahawalpur. The accused managed to flee. Ms Sapna had gone missing on December 2, 2013, while returning home from school in the jurisdiction of Paharipura police station. Police had registered a complaint lodged by Suresh Kumar, stated to be the teacher’s cousin. Ms Sapna is a teacher at a private school, Peshawar Science Academy, situated on the GT Road near Ayub Flour Mills. Ms Sapna told the court that when she was returning home on the day of her kidnapping, a car had stopped near her and the accused person had put a cloth dosed with anaesthetic on her face causing her to fall unconscious. She said that she gained consciousness after a day and had seen a man, later identified as Zahid Nawaz, present in the room. The teacher accused that whenever she gained consciousness, the kidnapper used to demand her to convert to Islam and marry him. Whenever she refused, the man used to hold an anaesthetic-doused cloth to her nose. The woman said that as she remained unconscious most of the time, she was not sure whether she was sexually assaulted by the suspect or not. The court ordered a medical examination to be conducted on her.

Missing Hindu schoolteacher Sapna who was recovered from Bahawalpur by the police 
recounted to them the harrowing tale of her abduction by a Muslim man for forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan

Punjab province: Shia Dr Azhar Hussain killed by militanta in Rajanpur; sister dies hearing shocking news, 5 January, 2014

A Shia doctor, Dr Azhar Hussain Serai was shot dead by Doebandi Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Rajanpur district of Punjab province. Dr Azhar Hussain was on the way home from ‘Raza Surgical Center’ when armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba, known as Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat, attacked him and killed him on the spot. He was shifted to DHQ Hospital. The slain Shia victim was affiliated with Majlis-e-Whadat-e-Muslmeen, Pakistan. According to a source, Dr Azhar Hussain’s sister Zubeda Nasira also died after hearing the shocking news of the death of her beloved brother. She was was Ex-District Officer of the Education Department.

Karachi: Shia families look for safety in numbers, 5 January, 2014

Since the recent wave of sectarian killings began in Karachi, an increasing number of Shia families have been moving to areas like Jaffer-e-Tayyar Society in Malir, Old Rizvia in Golimar and Ancholi. An increasing number of Shia families, real estate professionals say, are opting to live in Shia-majority areas in Karachi for the sake of security. “The demand book is full and this is not only for Soldier Bazaar, but for all other Shia-dominated neighbourhoods in the city,” said Maqbool Hussain, who runs an estate agency near Numaish. Soldier Bazaar No. 1 has all the problems afflicting a typical Karachi neighbourhood: regular power outages, on and off water cuts, and worse, long traffic jams. But Nargis Rizvi cannot care less. This Shia housewife is looking for a two-bed apartment in the area, one of the dozens of Shia-majority neighbourhoods in the city. “I’d prefer some peace of mind over other conveniences,” she says. “I want a place where my children can go out to buy household items and return safely.”

Pakistan: School textbooks in Pakistan instruct to murder Christians, 5 January, 2014

Text-books of Pakistani schools teach that the killing of Christians is a “goal to be sought” that would help the same members of the minority to seek martyrdom for the faith. This is shown by a report published in late September by the Middle East Media Research. According to the research, the texts are common in most public primary schools and even Pakistani Christians and members of other minorities are forced to read and study them. The authors of the books led by the religious leaders have changed the meaning of the term “minority”, which is now perceived with negative connotation.

Textbooks in Pakistan teach ‘killing of Christians’

Karachi: Two brothers among five Shiites killed in ‘sectarian’ attacks, 4 January, 2014

Five members of the Shia community, including two seminary student brothers, were killed in two armed attacks in different areas, ‘apparently as a tit-for-tat killing on sectarian grounds. In the first incident, more than half a dozen armed riders attacked a roadside juice shop in Gulshan-i-Iqbal near the Maskan roundabout and killed three young Shia men. The attack also left four persons wounded only two weeks after a similar assault on an eatery in the same area, that killed three Sunni youngsters, including two brothers. “There is an Agha Raza juice centre owned by a man belonging to the Hazara Shia community,” said an official at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal police station. “The shutter of the shop was half closed as they were preparing to close the shop when at least four motorcycles were seen arriving with eight young men. Three of them got off the motorbikes and fired dozens of 9 mm pistol shots at the people standing inside and outside the juice shop and sped away. The firing left three people dead and four injured. The victims were taken to a nearby private hospital, where the dead were identified as 40-year-old Hussain Ali, Abdul Wahid, 22, and Nadir Ali, 40, who were later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. The injured included Ghulam Sakhi, Tasawwur Abbas, Jawad Ali and Raees Ahmed,” said the official. 

Just four hours after the midnight assault, two young Shia brothers, both students of Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, were going to their seminary when they were attacked. The area police said 25-year-old Abid Abdullah and his younger brother Sajid Abdullah were intercepted near the UBL Sports Complex by armed men riding a motorbike. The men then shot the 2 Shia brothers in the head with two bullets each, and sped away. “The victims were students of Dars-i-Nizami at Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom,” said an official at the Jauharabad police station. “They were residents of Malik Anwar Goth in Gabol Town and used to take the same route to their seminary. The incident seemed to be in reaction to the late night attacks on sectarian grounds.”

Chakwal: 15 Shiites injured in attack on Shia procession, 3 January, 2014

As many as 15 Shiites were injured in a terrorist attack in Pinwal village of Chakwal. Later, hundreds of Shia Muslims gathered at Tehsil Chowk where they protested against police indifference. According to sources, Shia Muslims were planning to hold a Majlis and a procession in Pinwal village, about 7 km north of Chakwal city. A few weeks ago Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and Shiite Muslims locked horns in a legal battle about taking out processions. According to Shia leaders the local court allowed them to take out the procession but the leaders of ASWJ said that the court had only allowed the holding of Majlis and had not given permission for taking out any procession. When a procession led by Shia leader Syed Ahmed Ali Shah reached near Pinwal village it was ambushed by the activists of ASWJ who pelted the participants of the procession with stones. “They attacked us with axes, stones and clubs and fifteenof our people were injured including myself,” said Shia leader Syed Ahmed Ali Shah to mediapersons. Syed Ahmed Ali Shah put the whole responsibility on the police claiming that the local police had failed to provide security for them.

Hundredss of Shiites protest attack on procession in which 15 Shiites were injured in Pinwal village in Chakwal

Khairpur: Khairpur shut down after ‘sectarian killing’, 3 January, 2014

A shutdown was observed in Khairpur city amid sectarian tension after a Shia activist was shot dead outside a mosque in the Godu Shop area falling within the jurisdiction of the A-Section police. Shiite Syed Ahsan Shah, 28, was shot and seriously injured by assailants riding on two motorbikes just as he came out of the mosque. The victim was rushed to the Khairpur Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment. His body was taken to his home, located within the Godu Shop area, and then transported to Karachi in an ambulance. Scores of Shia activists, besides his relatives, friends and neighbours, joined in the funeral caravan from the hospital to the victim’s home raising slogans against what they described as the ‘targeted killing on sectarian grounds’ and demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits.

A shutdown was observed in Khairpur city amid sectarian tension after a Shia activist was shot dead 
outside a mosque in the Godu Shop area

Umerkot: Five bodies ‘missing’ from Hindus’ graves, 3 January, 2014

Five bodies were found missing from their graves when a group of Meghwar community members visited the graveyard near Rohalwai in Umerekot. The matter was reported to the area police, who suspected that people exercising magic/exorcism might have been involved in such ‘theft’. Thano Meghwar, whose minor son was buried in the graveyard 2 days before the incident, told the police that he had visited his son’s grave just two days after the burial, only to find the body missing. He said that he had walked around the graveyard which is surrounded by thickly populated localities, searching for his son’s body, and he had found five more bodies missing from their graves. Police have set up a picket at the graveyard on the request of Meghwar community members and have initiated an inquiry.

Sialkot: 3 Sufi shrines of revered saints desecrated in Sialkot, 3 January, 2014

Terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked and desecrated the shrines of 3 Sufi saints in Sialkot, Punjab province. The terrorists stormed into the shrines of Imam Abdul Hakeem, Hazrat Abdullah and Ziaullah Qadri. They tore and burnt the Holy Quran, cloths inscribed with Quranic verses and also razed the mausoleum. Sunni Bralevis, a majority sect in Pakistan, are also declared polytheists by the Yazidi takfiri nasbi fanatics who claim them to be Deobandis. Idarah Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Pakistan began a protest campaign against the desecration of the shrines of their saints.

Shrines of 3 Sufi saints attacked and desecrated in Sialkot, Punjab province.

Karachi: Families of 720 Christian & Hindu sanitary workers displaced with connivance of Pakistani police & Rangers, 3 January, 2014

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Pakistani Christian and Hindu sanitary workers were forced to vacate a century old settlement after repeated incidents of rape, abduction and attacks on their houses by drug peddlers with the connivance of police and Pakistan Rangers. The community known as ‘Slaughter House Quarter’ in an old area of Karachi has been occupied by the police informers and gangs who are fighting to control the area. To force the Christians to leave their homes 3 Christians were killed and many women including a young girl were gang raped. Frequently and without warning the criminals broke through the compound walls and opened fire on the inhabitants which resulted in injuries to several children. The victims of rape and assault complained to the police and Rangers but their reply was to leave the place and settle elsewhere. The tortured families were forced to flee from the home of their ancestors and have lost their jobs and livelihood. 

Mr Bernard Peter filed an application on December 10, 2013, to the Director General of the Pakistan Rangers about the attacks on minority people and incidents of rape of young women, threats, intimidation, extortion and the cordoning off of their quarters. On December 12, Peter’s 26-year-old sister was abducted by the gangsters, Shahid Rehman and Shakeel Commando groups. She was beaten and asked to inform them about the whereabouts of her brother. When she refused she was gang-raped. There are reports of half a dozen young women being raped by members of the gang. 720 families have left the quarters and are living in different localities of Karachi and other parts of Sindh province after losing their jobs and their houses. The Sindh government is not taking any action to provide them with relief, rather, senior police officials suggest that they should comply with the gangsters so that they can earn a living. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lyari, Mr. Shah Nawaz, told mediapersons that the police were giving the gang rape victim, ‘R’, and her family protection and were also looking into the allegations.

Karachi: Shia MWM activist shot dead, 2 January, 2014

An activist of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Syed Ahsaan Ali Zaidi s/o Syed Ansar Hussain Zaidi aged 32-years was killed by Deobandi Takfiri terrorists in Khairpur district of Sindh in Pakistan. The terrorists opened fire on Syed Ahsan Hyder while he was pasting wall posters of MWM leader Deedar Ali Jalbani, for his fortieth-day Cehlum in Gudu-Chap area of Khairpur. The victim was a resident of Panj-Hatti area of Khairpur.

Quetta: Suicide bomber targets pilgrims bus near Quetta, 2 killed; 32 injured, 1 January, 2014

A suicide bomber killed two persons in Akhtarabad, an area dominated by the Hazara community, in the provincial capital. Hospital sources feared that the death toll might rise as more than 30 people had sustained serious multiple injuries in the powerful explosion. A state of emergency was declared in all hospitals of Quetta. Police officials said that a passenger bus, escorted by the police, carrying over 30 pilgrims was on its way from Taftan on the Pak-Iran border to Quetta. When it reached the Akhtarabad area of Quetta, a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden car blew himself up, killing two people and injuring 32, including six policemen. more than 30 pilgrims were inside the coach when it was targeted. The injured were shifted to the CMH for treatment. “It was a suicide attack and the vehicle was loaded with 80-100 kg of high power explosive material,” said officials of the bomb disposal squad.

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UNITED NATIONS – A group of Jeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz members on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the UN building to protest against what they called increasing incidents of persecution and violence, especially of Hindu communities in Sindh province.
Shouting “Jeay Sindh” slogans, they urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take up the matter with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif so as to end the ongoing attacks on the places of Hindu worship, life and property as well the forced conversions of their women.
In a memorandum, the group also sought UN chief’s help to bring an end to disappearances of Sindhi nationalists and political activists.
They also denounced as a “draconian law” the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance.
Those who signed the memorandum were: Dr. Sarang Ansari, Habib Bhutto, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Unar, Attsa Vistro and Paras Noorani.

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According to the most recent (1998) census conducted by the Government of Pakistan, Hindus make up 1.20% of the population and Christians (Protestant and Roman Catholic) 1.9%, or around 2.3 million people.[4] Other estimates put the numbers higher. Historically, there was also a small contingent of Jews in Pakistan most of whom left in the 1960s, their numbers are estimated to be between 1000-5000 predominantly in the city of Karachi.

The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2002 estimates the Shi’a population between 10-12%,[5] among which around 900,000 are Ismailis which is a sect of Shi’i Muslims and who pay tribute to their living spiritual leader, the Aga Khan. It also lists Christians at 2.09 million; Ahmadis at 286,000, Hindus at 1.03 million; Parsis, Buddhists, and Sikhs at 20,000 each; and Baha’is at 50,000-100,000.

In a 2011 book, Ishtiaq Ahmed wrote that “Some independent studies, however, suggest that the non-Muslims population of Pakistan is nearly 10 per cent and Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis make up four million each. It is generally noted that while majorities play down minority figures, the minorities inflate them. This is especially true of the Ahmadiyya community. Official statistics return less than half a million for them while the Ahmadis claim to be around ten million.”[6]

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Further information: Freedom of religion in Pakistan and Sectarian violence in Pakistan

According to the 2012 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report, “The government of Pakistan continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief.”[1][7] The USCIRF has designated Pakistan as “country of particular concern” since 2002.[1][8] The report argues that “The country’s blasphemy laws, used predominantly in Punjab but also nationwide, target members of religious minority communities and dissenting Muslims and this frequently results in imprisonment. The USCIRF is aware of at least 16 individuals on death row and 20 more serving life sentences. The blasphemy law, along with anti-Ahmadi laws that effectively criminalise various practices of their faith, has created a climate of vigilante violence. Hindus have suffered from the climate of violence and hundreds have fled Pakistan for India.”[9]

A BBC FAQ notes that “Beginning in 1980, a slew of clauses was added to the chapter of religious offences in thePakistan Penal Code. These clauses can be grouped into two categories – the anti-Ahmadi laws and the blasphemy laws.” The BBC notes that three is widespread popular support for the these laws in Pakistan, and that two prominent critics of these laws, Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, have been assassinated in 2011. Regarding the blasphemy laws, the BBC observes that: “Hundreds of Christians are among the accused – at least 12 of them were given the death sentence for blaspheming against the Prophet.”[10]

The Human Rights Watch noted that the condition of religious minorities deteriorated sharply in 2012, with the government unwilling or unable to provide protection against attacks by extremists or to reign in abuses committed by its own security forces.[3][11] Mass anti-Christian violence recently occurred in the 2009 Gojra riots and in the2013 Joseph Colony riot and the 2013 Gujranwala riot.[12] Recent anti-Shia violence includes the February 2012 Kohistan Shia Massacre, the August 2012 Mansehra Shia Massacre[13] and the particularly deadly January 2013[14] and February 2013 Quetta bombings.[15] The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan was targeted in the similarly deadly May 2010 attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore; the New York Times noted on that occasion that “Minority sects like the Ahmadis and the Shiites and have come under increasing pressure as religious extremism has taken hold, fomented by sectarian groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, formerly state-sponsored organizations.”[16]

Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part ofinternational human rights law. Like children’s rightswomen’s rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalizedposition in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first post-war international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the U.N.Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Subsequent human rights standards that codify minority rights include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 27), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities,

 

 

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    Petition Presented to Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron Asking to help in Stopping of Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan

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    Dear Honourable Prime Minster, Rt. Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to Her Majesty’s Government 10 Downing Street London

    Subject: Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan 

    Dear Honourable Prime Minster,

    We Sindhis of the UK would like to draw your attention to the extrajudicial killings of Sindhi human rights activists by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

    On 21 March 2014 bullet riddled and charred bodies of two Sindhi political activists, Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi and Salman Wadho, were found in a car near a small town of District Nawabsha, Sindh. The initial reports confirm that the two were first fired upon and then their car was set ablaze. Mr Maqsood Qureshi was the spokesperson of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) and one of the key organiser of  a peaceful rally ‘Freedom March’ on 23rd March 2014 in Karachi.  The Freedom March was being held in order to inform the international community about the violations of Sindhi people’s human and democratic rights. It should be noted that Maqsood Qureshi was brother of the slain Sindhi nationalist leader Bashir Khan Qureshi who was also allegedly poisoned to death on 7th April 2012 by Pakistan Intelligence Services.

    On 15th August 2013 four human rights activists Afzal Panwhar, Zaman Shah, Umed Ali and Yameen Chachar were killed by Pakistani authorities.  On April 2013 Amir Khawar and Sajad Markund’s bullet riddled bodies were found.– Approximately 40 activists were taken by authorities and still missing. On 22 May 2012, Muzaffar Bhutto, Leader of JSMM, bullet-riddled body of was found on road after he was abducted by Pakistani Army. On the same day, 12 Sindhis and Balochs were killed in Karachi during a Peace Rally, when snipers of fascist organization of Karachi directly fired on the rally.

    Honourable Prime Minster, currently Sindhi people are facing one of the worst onslaught from Pakistani establishment agencies in their national history. This includes disappearances and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political workers, state-sponsored rise in religious extremism, persecution of religious minorities, complete denial of rights and opportunities for social, economic, cultural and political development. Pakistani Intelligence Agencies encourage and providing hubs to settle Talbans in Sindh and establishment of madarsaas, which are resulting systematic discrimination, hostilities and persecution of indigenous non-Muslim Sindhi people.

    Sir, we Sindhis are 50 million people in Sindh, who are historically secular. We genuinely believe that together with the international community they can play a great role in the fight against rising threat of religious fascism to global security and peace. We believe that one of the reasons of the attack of Pakistani establishment on Sindhi people is to undermine their potential role in achieving global security and peace.

    We Sindhi people, in the light of your commitment to human rights and global peace, request you to press upon Pakistan government to stop violations of human rights of Sindhi people committed by their agencies and proxies. We also request that you pursue to establish an International Enquiry into the human rights violations against Sindhi and Baloch people.

    We also request you that any UK aid to Pakistan should be conditioned to its commitment and observation of human rights according to the UN charter.

    May 30, 2014 

    Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Activist Munir Choliani Condemned

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    Sindhi Human Rights Campaigner Munir Choliani – Victim of Extra Judicial Killing. Mr Choliani continued his activism even with paraplegic condition.

    World Sindhi Congress (WSC) strongly condemns the extrajudicial Killing of Munir Choliani, a prominent Sindhi nationalist leader and Media Coordinator of Jeay Sindh Muthida Mahaz (JSMM). On 29 May 2014 he was travelling from his native town Warah, District Larkana, to Sann, District Dadu, with his wife and daughter when their car was stopped on Indus Highway by plain-clothed persons traveling in a vehicle following them. All three were abducted in their own car and later on wife and daughter of Munir Choliani were released at a nearby village. The car was abandoned  in Gidrchi Forest. Within hours bullet-riddled body of Munir Choliani was found near Boobak town, District Dadu. It is important to note that  for last many years Munir was completely wheelchair-bound as his lower half was completely paralysed.

    WSC is deeply saddened and strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Munir Choliani. WSC notices with great distress and concern that abduction and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists who raise the voice for the democratic rights of Sindhi nation have become routine.

    WSC requests the international community to take notice of the brutalities of Pakistani state agencies against Sindhi people and press upon Pakistan government to stop the atrocities against Sindhi people. WSC requests all Sindhi political and civil society organisations to unite to fight against the state fascism. WSC is in touch and has requested the UN, the international community and the international and Pakistan-based human rights organisations to take immediate actions to stop further killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists.

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  • May 30, 2014

    Petition Presented to Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron Asking to help in Stopping of Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan

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  • May 12, 2014

    Resolutions Passed on the Day of Remembrance in Bradford, UK (May 12th, 2014)

    1. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists On this event of Martyrs’ Day,…
  • May 12, 2014

    On Rememberance Day: International Community Asked to Investigate the Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Activists

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    Resolutions Passed on the Day of Remembrance in Bradford, UK (May 12th, 2014)

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    1. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists

    On this event of Martyrs’ Day, we call upon the Pakistan authorities to stop the enforced kidnapping and killing of Sindhi political leaders and activists and release all political activists immediately.

    We demand of the Pakistan and Sindh governments to set-up an independent judicial inquiry into the killings of all the political workers, including the most recent ones of those of Shaheed Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadhiyo and bring to book those responsible for these criminal acts

    2. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists: A plea to the international community

    This House requests the international community to take notice of the extrajudicial  killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political leaders and activists by Pakistan security agencies.

    This House request the international community to impress upon Pakistan government to set-up an independent judicial commission to investigate into the said murders and abductions and release all the political activists with immediate effect.

    3. The Rise of Religious Extremism

    This House resolves that Pakistani establishment is responsible for the ever rising religious extremism in the country as a whole and in Sindh, which had never seen such religious motivated crimes before as are happening now.

    This House strongly condemns the atrocities, committed against the indigenous Sindhi Hindus, including the burning of their temples and forced conversion of their women, by state supported elements.

    4. Thar Famine

    This House strongly condemns the criminal negligence of Sindh and Pakistan governments shown in the case of dying and suffering people of drought-affected people of Thar.

    This House demands of the governments of Sindh and Pakistan to take immediate and effective measures to tackle the drought and famine problems and bring relief to the suffering masses.

    5. Murder of Rashid Rehman

    This meeting of the World Sindhi Congress condemns the gruesome murder of Rashid Rehman, Advocate, Co-ordinator of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and very active and undaunted champion of the rights of the religious minorities.

    On this Martyrs Day, World Sindhi Congress demands of the Pakistan government to institute high level judicial inquiry into this heinous crime and bring to justice the culprits at the earliest.

    This House further demands of the Pakistan government and the legislators of the country to bring about desired legislative changes in order to repeal the laws of the country, which are making the minorities of the country very unsafe and insecure.

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  • May 30, 2014

    While the rest of the country was feasting, three Hindu men were shot dead in cold blood in Shikarpur district on Eid day. The men who were killed were pillars of their community — a doctor and two businessmen. The unfortunate fact is that crimes against members of minority communities are often not investigated. The motivation for this crime seems pretty clear and so, if the police has the will, it should make arrests and convictions. The Hindu community had been a target in the area ever since three Hindu men were accused of sexually assaulting a Muslim girl, and it was only a matter of time before the tension spilled over into violence. Sadly, when a crime is committed by a minority against someone in the majority community, it usually leads to collective punishment. It goes without saying that this should not be allowed to stand.

    Such murders will continue to occur and go unpunished as long as there is persecution of the Hindu community at the official level. A recent study by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found that hatred for Hindus is instilled in official Pakistani textbooks. The study said that “Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty.” From a young age, Pakistanis are taught that being Hindu equates to being Indian, while the cultural and economic role played by the community in Pakistan is ignored.

    Repression against the Hindu community is especially acute in Sindh. In recent years, young Hindu girls have been kidnapped and forced into marriage after being unwillingly converted to Islam. Local clerics claim that the girls willingly converted and so no crime was committed. In fact, they welcome the supposed ‘conversions’ for bringing more people to the Muslim fold. In Balochistan, too, where Hindus have been part of the community for centuries, they are now being forced to flee out of fear for their lives. All of this is taking place with officials turning a blind eye, even if they are not actually sanctioning it. The hope would be that the murders on Eid would be the last straw. Unfortunately, the history of violence against Hindus would make that diagnosis far too optimistic.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2011.

     

    Sindh acts to protect Hindu minority

    The government and civil society are working to curb violence against Hindus.

    By Zia Ur Rehman

    2014-04-16

     

    KARACHI – The Sindh government is beefing up security as civil society calls for an end to the recent violence against Hindus and their places of worship.

  • Hindu activists April 1 in Hyderabad protest recent attacks on Hindu worship places in Sindh Province. The Sindh government beefed up security around worship places and took steps to prevent inter-faith violence. [Courtesy of All Hindu Students Hyderabad]

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    Miscreants have launched several attacks in Larkana, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts since Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated March 16, said Sanjesh Dhanja. Dhanja is president of the Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust, a Hindu rights group.

    In one March 31 attack on a temple in Verhijhap village, Tharparkar District, unidentified men “desecrated parrh (a piece of sacred cloth wrapped around an idol) and stole a trishul,” Tharparkar Hindu activist Arjun Kumar said.

    Other incidents of vandalism and arson targeting Hindu temples and deities’ statues took place in Larkana and in Hyderabad District March 15 and 28, respectively.

    Civil society responds

    Hindu groups and civil society organisations have responded with demonstrations in several Sindh cities.

    “We are very concerned about the spread of intolerance and temples being torched and attacked in areas where citizens of all faiths had long lived in harmony,” the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said March 31.

    The province, traditionally hospitable to Pakistani minorities and home to the country’s largest Hindu community, is slowly falling into the hands of Taliban-minded militants, Dhanja said.

    But Hindus and Muslims in Sindh are working together to prove that militants cannot create animosity between the two communities.

    One large group organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council demonstrated outside the Karachi Press Club March 31. It called on the Sindh government to protect Hindu temples and take action against the culprits behind the violence.

    “Violence against the Hindu community is killing the spirit of religious pluralism that has been a hallmark of Sindhi culture,” Dr. Qadir Magsi, head of the Sindhi nationalist party Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, told Central Asia Online.

    It is high time for political parties, civil society, enlightened religious scholars and media to act together to prevent such insanity and promote inter-faith tranquility, Magsi said.

    Government efforts

    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the ruling party in Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), asked Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    “The PPP will ensure full security for minorities’ worship places … any discriminatory treatment will not be tolerated,” Zardari said March 29.

    Shah ordered police to secure worship places and take firm action against the miscreants, according to a chief minister office statement March 29.

    Police have beefed up security around 154 temples in the Hyderabad police range, Hyderabad District Police Chief Sanaullah Abbasi said.

    Police are taking the orders seriously and have already made progress.

    Tharparkar District police arrested four suspects accused of involvement in the temple’s desecration and recovered the stolen trishul March 31, District Police Chief Muneer Shaikh said, according to the Express Tribune.

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    Roots of Sindhi-Hindu Exodus from Pakistan

    Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

     

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    particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

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    Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

     

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    particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

     

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    borders; however it primarily needs to liberalise state ideology and mindset of bureaucracy;de-Talibanise Pakistani society; control radical Madrasah’s, secularise academic curriculumand ensure security and equal rights to Hindus, Christians and other minority groups. Italso requires urgent federal reforms, assuring demographic and ethnic sovereignty to thefederating provinces. Separation of religion from the state is a prerequisite for it. Otherwise,the legacy of partition will space out too many sub-partitions in Pakistan.

    The author is human rights activist and political analyst. He is Executive Director at The Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan

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    RACHI: They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.

    “People don’t consider us as equal citizens. They beat us whenever they want,” said Mol Chand, one of the teenage boys gathered at the temple. “We have no place to worship now.”

    It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn’t even bother to disguise their faces. The small temple, surrounded by a stone wall, is a tiny religious outpost in a dusty, hardscrabble neighbourhood so far on the outskirts of the city that a sign on the main road wishes people leaving Karachi a good journey.

    Local Muslim residents blamed people from a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the US. No one was seriously injured in the attack.

    It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against Hindus in this 95 per cent Muslim country, where religious extremism is growing. Pakistan’s Hindu community says it faces forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam, a lack of legal recognition for their marriages, discrimination in services and physical abuse when they venture into the streets.

    The story of the Hindu population in Pakistan is one of long decline. During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus opted to migrate to India where Hinduism is the dominant religion. Those that remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens, and are mostly concentrated in Sindh province in the southern part of the country.

    Signs of their former stature abound in Karachi, the capital of Sindh. At the 150-year-old Swami Narayan Temple along one of the city’s main roads, thousands of Hindus gather during the year to celebrate major religious holidays. Hindus at the 200-year-old Laxmi Narain Temple scatter the ashes of their cremated loved ones in the waters of an inlet from the Arabian Ocean.

    But there are also signs of how far the community has fallen. Residents in a city hungry for land have begun to build over Hindu cemeteries, the community’s leaders say. Hindus helped build Karachi’s port decades ago, but none work there now.

    Estimates of the size of the Hindu population in Pakistan are all over the map — from 2.5 million or 10 million in Sindh province alone to seven million across the country — a reflection of the fact that the country hasn’t had a census since 1998.

    It isn’t just Hindus who are facing problems. Other minorities like Christians, the mystical Muslim branch of Sufis and the Ahmedi community have found themselves under attack in Pakistan, where the rise of religious fundamentalists has sometimes unleashed a violent opposition against those who don’t follow their strict religious tenets.

    The discrimination has prompted some Hindus to leave for India, activists warn, though the extent is not known. Around 3,000 Hindus left this year, part of a migration that began four years ago, sparked by discrimination and a general rise in crime in Sindh, said DM Maharaj, who heads an organisation to help Hindus called Pakistan Hindu Sabha.

    He said he recently talked to a group of Hindus preparing to move to India from rural Sindh, complaining that they can’t eat in Muslim restaurants or that Muslim officials turned them down for farming loans. Even during recent floods, they said Muslims did not want them staying in the same refugee camps.

    Other Hindu figures such as provincial assembly member Pitamber Sewami deny there’s a migration at all, in a reflection of how sensitive the issue is. Earlier this year, there were a string of reports in Pakistani media about Hindus leaving the country, sparking a flurry of promises by Pakistani officials to investigate.

    In India, a Home office official said the Indian government noticed an upward trend of people coming from Pakistan but called reports of Pakistanis fleeing to India “exaggerated”. He said he does not have exact figures on how many Pakistani Hindus have stayed in India after entering the country on tourist visas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

    There’s more of a consensus of the seriousness of the problem of forced conversion of Hindus.

    Zohra Yusuf, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the pattern goes like this: A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassahs often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed.

    Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced.

    The Hindu community has also been hurt by a lack of unity within its ranks. Hindu society within Pakistan and elsewhere has historically been divided by caste, a system of social stratification in which the lower castes are often seen as inferior. Members of the lower castes in Pakistan say it wasn’t until two girls from a high-caste family were forcibly converted this year that high-caste Hindus took the issue seriously, although it’s been happening for years.

    “We always fight our war ourselves,” said Bholoo Devjee, a Hindu activist from Karachi, speaking about the lower castes.

    In recent months the government has begun to take the concerns of the Hindu community more seriously. In Sindh province, legislators proposed a law to prevent forced conversions in part by implementing a waiting period before a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim can go forward, and there’s discussion about proposing such a law on the national level as well.

    In the case of the Sri Krishna Ram temple, law enforcement authorities opened a blasphemy case against the people who rampaged through the building. But residents here are skeptical that these developments signify any long-term improvement in their plight. Weeks after the incident no arrests have been made, and the Hindus complain that no high-ranking Hindu officials have come to visit them or help them get compensation.

    Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. “We are Pakistani,” he said.

    But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons.

    “Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple,” he said.

    Dead body of a Hindu young man was dug out from the grave.

     Yesterday, in Pangrio City, District Badin, Bhooro Bheel. The young man died in a road accident. His parents buried his body in an old graveyard. When a Muslim religious person knew that the buried body was a Hindu, they react heinously and Pangrio city was forcefully shut down based on their reaction. After such a reaction the religious people dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s body. While a decision was made by Pir Zulfiqar Shah in the presence of SSP Badin and other police officers that therelatives of Bhooro Bheel (Dead Body) were asked to take his body and bury in another place.

    This incident is not the first occurrence. The same act was committed in this area on two other grave sites; two dead bodies were dug up from their graves some time ago. One of these dead bodies was Mrs. Meeran, wife of Kewdo Kolhi, whose dead body was dug out by Kalifo Abdul Khaliq. They desecrated these gravesites. This person was an Extremist who brought a group of people and desecrated the body and no one knows where that body is located after the grave was opened and the body desecrated.

    Third incident  occurred some time ago in village Khalifo Qasim near Pangrio city, the dead body of a 70 years old Maavo Kolhi, was buried in old joint graveyard but as the Religious Extremist group of people knew that dead body was a Hindu’s, they desecrated Maavo kolhi dead body, political parties, media and civil society showed no any reaction  against  this inhuman acts.
    They are dragging as the dead body of Bhoro Bhel as they are dragging civilization and religious harmony of thousand years…

    dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s Dead body.

     

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    Some peasant families were working on agriculture land of a landlord…their movement were confined due to debt…they were working as a bonded laborer on his land .when they filed a petition against the fabricated and false loans that were claimed against them as well as their physical freedom of movement?  According to the judgment of the court, peasant families who were confined by landlord due to debt, it was ordered that each family pay 5000 thousand in penalties to be paid to the court due to fake charge against land lord and petition was deposed off.  Now the question arises while our country Pakistan has 60 billion dollars in foreign loan, does this mean that according to international law can the people of Pakistan  be penalized or that our right of movement should be banned and we should live on the will of debtors? !f the court may give such a judgment, should we as a whole nation be declared as a bonded laborer of IMF or World Bank and America??  

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    1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

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    (Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

    An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

    March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

    All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

    Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

    This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

    Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

    But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

    The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

    “Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

    The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

    The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

    Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

    Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

    Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

    “IMPUNITY”

    Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

    Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

    “Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

    Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

    Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

    But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

    “The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

    If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

    “It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

    Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

    “The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

    “Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

    Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

    “Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

    (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

    Pakistan’s Hindus, other minorities face surge of violence

    BY SYED RAZA HASSAN

    RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan Mon May 5, 2014 5:36pm EDT

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    1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

    CREDIT: REUTERS/FAHEEM SOORMRO/FILES

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    (Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

    An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

    March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

    All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

    Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

    This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

    Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

    But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

    The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

    “Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

    The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

    The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

    Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

    Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

    Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

    “IMPUNITY”

    Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

    Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

    “Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

    Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

    Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

    But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

    “The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

    If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

    “It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

    Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

    “The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

    “Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

    Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

    “Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

    (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

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    I do not see it all ending in Pakistan because of extreme right wing view some group of Muslims have. Same is the case for Muslims in India where there is an extreme right wing Hindu group now surging to take power in hand for complete destruction of what ever has been holding on as a secular state of India. Only talks and commitment to keep promise can bring the hope back and smile in our faces. And if this continues then sooner or later there will be a nuclear strikes to bring this madness to a conclusion. But whatever has to happen it must happen fast.

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    INTRODUCTION!

    1. This!report!is!an!individual!stakeholder!submission!to!the!Office!of!the!High!Commissioner!for!

    Human!Rights!(“OHCHR”)!for!consideration!in!its!summary!of!submissions!for!Pakistan’s!

    appearance!in!the!fourteenth!Universal!Period!Review.!

    1. This!submission!focuses!on!the!increased!discrimination!against!lesser!known!religious!

    minorities!of!Pakistan,!particularly!the!Hindus.!This!review!will!particularly!discuss!the!recent!

    exodus!of!the!Hindu!population!out!of!Pakistan!as!a!result!of!increased!targeted!discrimination!

    including:!kidnappings;!forced!abductions!and!conversions!of!Hindu!women;!bonded!labour;!and!

    the!unequal!distribution!of!resources!during!flood!relief!efforts.!

    1. According!to!the!1998!Census,!there!were!a!recorded!2,443,614!million!Hindus!living!in!Pakistan.!

    It!is!estimated!that!while!Hindus!consisted!of!15%!of!Pakistan’s!population!following!partition,!

    today!the!number!has!rapidly!been!decreasing,!to!what!is!now!just!over!2%!of!Pakistan’s!170!

    million!people.1

    !!Pakistan’s!Hindu!Council!however,!estimates!that!Hindus!consist!of!5.5%!of!

    Pakistan’s!total!population,!with!4.78%!of!the!Hindus!living!in!Punjab!province;!1.61%!in!

    Baluchistan!province;!and!93.33%!of!Hindus!living!in!Sindh!province.!

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    1. There!are!approximately!40!castes!belonging!to!the!‘Scheduled!Castes’!or!Dalit!Hindus,!including!

    the!Bheels,!Jogis,!Kohlis,!Meghawals,!and!Odhs.!While!official!statistics!state!that!the!Scheduled!

    Caste!population!consists!of!0.25%!of!Pakistan’s!population3

    ,!unofficial!figures!range!much!

    higher.!!Representatives!of!Scheduled!Castes!claim!their!number!is!deliberately!underestimated!

    and!that!the!Scheduled!Caste!population!in!Pakistan!is!as!high!as!2,000,000,!and!70!to!80%!of!

    Pakistan’s!total!Hindu!population.!

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    !!Despite!a!specific!recommendation!in!the!previous!review!

    to!take!measures!to!prevent!discrimination!against!this!group5

    ,!the!situation!has!not!improved!

    in!the!period!under!review.!

    DISCRIMINATION!PATTERNS!

    1. Forced!Marriages!and!Forced!Conversions!of!Hindu!Girls!and!Young!Women!

    (a) Whereas!Pakistan!has!accepted!the!recommendation!to!take!action!against!forced!marriage!

    in!the!previous!review6

    ,!there!has!been!an!increase,!particularly!in!Sindh,!of!the!abduction!

    and!forced!conversion!to!Islam!of!Hindu!girls.!!Young!Hindu!girls!are!being!kidnapped,!

    subjected!to!forced!marriages!with!Muslim!boys,!and!converted!to!Islam.!

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    !The!Asian!Human!

    Rights!Commission!documents!that!20!25″forced”conversions”are”occurring”every”month”in”

    Sindh,”and”fears”that”a”situation”is”being”created”which”may”force”Hindus”to”leave”Sindh.”

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    “”In”

    2011,”kidnappings”of”teenage”girls”in”the”Aaklee”village,”Sindh,”prompted”approximately”71″

    Hindu”families”to”relocate”to”India.”

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    “”Contributing”to”the”crime”of”abductions”and”forced”

    marriages”of”Hindu”women”is”the”fact”that”there”is”currently”no”system”to”register”Hindu”

    marriages”under”Pakistan”law;”therefore,”married”Hindu”women”are”also”falling”prey”to”

    abductions”and”forced”second”marriages.10″””On”March”14,”2011,”Pakistan”People’s”Party”

    lawmaker,”Azra”Fazal”Pechuho”addressed”the”Pakistani”Parliament,”warning”that”Hindu”girls”

    were”being”kidnapped”and”forced”to”marry”Muslims”against”their”will.”

    11″In”October”of”2010,”! “

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    Pakistani”Senate”State”Committee”on”Minorities”Affairs,”“expressed”concern”over”abduction”

    and”conversion”of”Hindu”girls”in”Sindh,””and”recognized”that”in”some”cases,”“the”conversion”

    of”a”girl”from”a”minority”faith”began”with”her”abduction”and/or”rape””[…]”.””””

    (b) It”is”reported”that”the”police,”in”many”cases,”are”refusing”to”register”the”First”Information”

    Reports”(‘FIR’)”Complaints,”rendering”the”girls’”families”with”little”recourse”against”the”

    assailants.12″”And”in”those”cases”in”which”FIR”Complaints”are”registered,”and”which”are”

    brought”to”trial,”the”girls’”relatives”are”often”not”allowed”inside”the”courtroom;”and”are”

    unaware”of”the”whereabouts”of”the”girl.13″””Further,”pending”the”Court’s”final”ruling,”girls”

    have”been”sent”to”Islamic”school”centers,”or”returned”to”the”alleged”kidnapper’s”home,”

    rather”than”to”secular”women”shelters”or”to”the”girls’”families.14″”The”Human”Rights”

    Commission”of”Pakistan”(HRCP)”‘Working”Group”on”Communities”Vulnerable”Because”Of”

    Their”Beliefs’”report”that”the”courts’”practice”in”such”cases”has”typically”been”to”not”decide”

    custody”matters”in”favor”of”the”girl’s”family,”even”when”the”girls”are”12″or”13″years”old.”

    15″”

    1. Increase!of!‘Kidnapping!for!Ransom’!Cases!Against!Hindus:!

    (a) Hindu”businessmen”in”Sindh”are”increasingly”subject”to”extortion”or”kidnappings”for”

    ransom.16″Additionally,”Baluchistan”has”seen”a”rise”of”ransom”related”kidnappings:”43″Hindus”

    were”abducted”in”Baluchistan”province”between”2008″and”2011.1718″”And”within”the”past”few”

    months,”at”least”23″Baluchistan”Hindus”were”kidnapped.19″”According”to”the”Human”Rights”

    Commission”of”Pakistan,”2009″Report,”the”Hindu”minority”community”in”Baluchistan,”

    suffered”because”of”increased”“kidnappings”for”random”and”forced”conversion”of”girls.”””In”

    certain”areas,”“Hindus”did”not”feel”safe”…”and”were”avoiding”going”out”in”the”daytime”due”to”

    security”reasons.”20″”According”to”the”Society”for”the”Protection”of”the”Rights”of”the”Child,”23″

    Hindu”children”were”kidnapped”between”2008″and”2010.21″”The”Human”Rights”Commission”

    of”Pakistan”reports”that”many”of”the”victims’”families”are”failing”to”register”cases”with”police”

    “out”of”fear”of”violent”retaliation.”22″

    (b) Police”failure”to”register”complaints”has”left”Hindus”without”protection.””“The”failure”of”

    government”authorities”to”protect”Hindus”has”forced”many”to”pay”local”gangs”‘protection”

    money’”to”avoid”being”kidnapped”for”ransom.””Often”times,”however,”a”family”is”unable”to”

    pay”“protection”money””and”cannot”afford”the”demanded”ransom,”resulting”in”the”abducted”

    victim”being”murdered.”23!

    1. Discrimination!Specific!to!Hindu!‘Schedule!Caste’!Members:!

    (a) Bonded”Labour:”An”estimated”1.7″million”people”are”enslaved”as”bonded”labourers”in”

    Pakistan,”as”a”result”of”outstanding”financial”debts.”

    24A”report”by”Anti!Slavery”International”

    reported”a”prevailing”practice”of”bonded”labour,”with”the”majority”of”the”victims”belonging”

    to”the”Scheduled”Caste”Hindu”populations.25″Bonded”labour,”including”bonded”labour”of”

    children,”continues”to”exist,”despite”the”Government’s”2001″extension”of”the”1992″Bonded”

    Labour”System”Abolition”Act,”and”recommendations”made”in”the”previous”review.2627″“”As”the”

    Asian”Human”Rights”Committee”states:”“[T]he”Hindu”community”in”Sindh”province,”along”the”

    borders”of”India,”is”from”different”scheduled”castes”like,”Bheel,”Kohli”and”others,”and”their”

    women”are”subjected”to”abduction,”rape,”arbitrary”arrest,”torture,”displacement”and”! “

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    killings.”Most”of”the”bonded”labour”in”Sindh”is”from”the”Hindu”community”and”has”been”for”

    many”centuries.”The”women”are”the”worst”sufferers”of”the”bonded”labour.””In”the”districts”of”

    Badin,”Mirpukhas,”Sanghar,”Umerkot,”Tharparker”the”Hindu”women”had”been”made”as”

    slaves”because”of”religious”hatred”and”debts”claimed”by”their”masters.”28!!Local”government”

    officials”have”failed”to”enforce”the”Bonded”Labour”Abolition”Act”and”police”often”fail”to”

    register”complaints”against”abusive”landowners.”

    29″”The”bonded”labour”system”is”

    characterized”by”patterns”of”abuse,”detention,”and”exploitation.30″””

    (b) Lack”of”Political”Representation:”In”the”allotted”seats”for”the”minorities”in”the”Pakistan”

    National”Assembly,”Senate,”and”provincial”assemblies,”not”a”single”Hindu”from”the”

    Scheduled”caste”holds”a”seat.”This”is”largely”due”to”the”fact”that”since”1997,”there”has”been”

    no”electoral”option”for”minorities”to”choose”representatives,”as”political”parties”select”the”

    candidates”for”minority”representation,”none”of”which”have”been”of”a”Scheduled”Caste.”

    31″

    Pakistan”Government”has”failed”to”provide”any”official”data”on”the”representation”of”the”

    Scheduled”Castes”in”the”political”arena.”In”the”federal”political”level,”in”61″years,”only”one”

    Scheduled”Caste”member”has”been”a”minister”in”the”federal”government.32″”The”Human”

    Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”reported”that”in”2010,”“there”was”a”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”

    effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens”even”under”the”joint”

    electorate”system,”as”well”as”little”possibility”of”holding”to”account”lawmakers”nominated”to”

    seats”reserved”for”minorities.””

    33″

    (c) Discrimination”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”Flood”Relief”Distribution:”Between”July”and”September”

    of”2010,”unprecedented”flooding”in”Pakistan”displaced”approximately”7″million”people,”and”

    destroyed”1.9″million”homes.”

    34″”Sikhs”and”Hindus”were”observed”as”being”pushed”away”from”

    flood”distribution”points”in”Sukkur,”following”the”2010″floods.35″”Scheduled”Caste”members”

    in”particular”were”lacking”in”basic”shelter”aid”relief.”

    36″”In”the”Badin”town”in”Sindh”district,”

    where”6000″villages”were”destroyed,”though”20%”of”the”population”consists”of”Scheduled”

    Caste”members,”none”of”the”almost”300″government”camp”shelters”were”allocated”for”

    Scheduled”Caste.”

    37″”Without”allocated”shelters,”groups”such”as”Kohli,”Meghwars,”Jogis”and”

    Bheels”were”denied”entrance”to”camps”on”the”basis”of”discrimination,”and”were”left”to”find”

    shelter”on”the”roads.”

    38.””Scheduled”caste”members”also”faced”looting”due”to”fact”that”they”

    did”not”have”resources”to”retaliate.””Government”officials”did”not”acknowledge”or”account”

    for”the”religious”and”caste”based”discrimination.

    39″”This”policy”is”contrary”to”the”government’s”

    responsibility”to”provide”disaster”relief”without”discrimination,”which”has”been”detailed”in”

    the”UN”Guiding”Principles”on”Internal”Displacement.40″

    1. Pakistan’s!Failure!to!Protect!Hindu!Minority!Citizens!Violates!Pakistan’s!National!and!

    International!Legal!Obligations!

    (a) Pakistan’s”Failure”to”register”complaints:”””Pakistan’s”failure”to”lodge”complaints,”investigate,”

    and”prosecute”the”growing”abductions,”forced”marriages”and”forced”conversions”of”Hindu”

    girls,”as”well”as”the”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”the”growing”number”of”kidnapping”

    ransom”cases”of”Hindus,”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”constitutional”safeguards”against”all”

    forms”of”discrimination.””Pakistan’s”Constitution”also”guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”

    liberty”of”every”citizen;”the”inviolability”of”man;”freedom”of”movement,”assembly,”and”! “

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    association;”the”right”to”free”speech”and”expression,”the”right”to”profess,”practice”and”

    propagate”religion;””and”guarantees”that”all”citizens”are”equal”before”law”and”are”entitled”to”

    equal”protection”of”the”law.41″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”kidnapping”and”

    forced”marriages”of”young”girls”and”women”specifically,”is”also”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

    Penal”Code,”which”prohibits”the”rape”and”the”abduction”of”women42″and”Article”16″of”the”

    Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights,”requiring”that”“marriage”shall”be”entered”into”only”

    with”the”free”and”full”consent”of”the”intending”spouses.”43″”Additionally,”it”is”in”conflict”with”

    international”documents”including”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”Rights”of”the”Child44,”

    and”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”all”Forms”of”Discrimination”against”

    Women45,”both”of”which”have”been”ratified”by”Pakistan.””The”state’s”inaction”also”violates”

    the”Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(UDHR),”specifically,”the”right”to”equality”before”

    the”law”and”protection”against”discrimination;”the”right”to”life,”liberty”and”security”of”person;”

    the”right”to”a”fair”and”public”hearing;”and”the”right”to”freedom”of”thought”and”religion.46″”The”

    laws”are”also”in”violation”of”Articles”2,”3″and”4″of”the”UDHR,”which”categorically”condemn”

    religious”discrimination”and”all”forms”of”intolerance”based”on”religion”and”belief.””The”state”

    police”failure”to”register”or”investigate”these”acts”of”violence”against”Hindu”citizens,”is”in”

    conflict”with”the”International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR),”article”26″which”

    states”that”all”persons”are”equal”before”the”law”and”the”law”prohibits”“discrimination”on”any”

    ground”such”as”race,”color,”sex,”language,”religion,”political”or”other”opinion,”national”or”

    social”origin,”property,”birth”or”other”status”.47″””

    (b) Pakistan’s”policy”towards”Scheduled”Caste”members”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

    Constitutional”safeguards”against”all”forms”of”discrimination,”specifically”right”of”individuals”

    “to”enjoy”the”protection”of”law”;”Article”9″guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”liberty”of”every”

    citizen;”Articles”15″to”17″ensure”the”“inviolability”of”man””and”“freedom”of”movement.”””

    Further,”such”discrimination”is”in”violation”of”the”Bonded”Labour”(Abolition)”Act”which”

    declares”all”customs,”traditions,”practices,”contracts”or”agreements”concerning”bonded”

    labour”void”and”inoperative.””Pakistan’s”Penal”Code”also”prohibits”buying”or”disposing”of”any”

    person”as”a”slave;”human”trafficking”of”slavery;”and”unlawful”compulsory”labour.48″”The”

    discrimination”against”Scheduled”Castes”also”constitute”violations”of”the”Universal”

    Declaration”of”Human”Rights”namely”the”right”to”life,”liberty,”and”security”of”person;”the”

    prohibition”of”slavery,”the”right”to”be”equal”before”the”law;”the”right”to”an”effective”remedy;”

    the”right”to”freedom”of”movement;”and”the”right”to”rest”and”leisure,”including”reasonable”

    limitation”of”working”hours.”49″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”end”public”advocacy”of”discrimination”

    against”Scheduled”Caste”populations”is”in”violation”of”Article”20″and”26″of”the”International”

    Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR).”

    50!

    !

    !! “

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    !

    !

    1. Evidence!of!Religious!Based!Discrimination!Contributing!to!Hindu!Emigration!Out!of!Pakistan:!

    (a) Increasing”discrimination”and”violence”directed”towards”Pakistani”Hindus,”including”

    the”abductions”of”young”girls,””is”prompting”an”observed”emigration”of”Hindus”out”of”

    Pakistan.””In”2010,”500″Hindu”families”in”Baluchistan,”because”of”fear”of”abduction”

    for”ransom”or”death”threats,”migrated”to”India.”

    51″”The”Pakistani”Hindu”Seva,”

    community”welfare”organization,”estimates”that”while”10″Hindu”families”migrated”to”

    India”from”Sindh”every”month”since”2008,”in”the”past”10″months,”400″families”have”

    left”to”India”due”to”fear”of”safety.52″”In”2009,”the”Times”of”India”reported”that”official”

    statistics”recorded”5,000″Hindus”migrating”to”India”from”Pakistan”in”the”past”4″years”

    out”of”fear”of”safety”due”to”increasing”discrimination”as”well”as”security”concerns”

    from”Taliban”related”extremists,”but”that”actual”figures”were”much”higher.”

    53″”

    Additionally,”Pakistan’s”Hindu”Council”estimates”that”at”least”1,000″Hindu”families”

    are”now”leaving”Pakistan”per”year.”

    54″”The”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi”reported”on”the”

    observed”rise”in”Hindu”emigration,””The”Hindus”in”Sindh”live”a”hard”life.”The”reality”is”

    getting”harder”for”them;”they”are”forced”to”migrate”because”the”state”is”unable”to”

    protect”them”and”their”property.”55″””

    10!.!Recommendations!

    !

    (a)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnapping”and”Forced”Conversions”of”Hindu”Girls”and”Young”

    Women:”

    x The”police”must”be”instructed”to”lodge”FIR”complaints”in”all”cases”of”alleged”abduction”of”””

    Hindu”girls”and”women.”

    x Judicial”safeguards”must”be”built”in”to”any”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”and”

    conversion”cases.”

    x The”alleged”victim’s”age”must”be”accounted”for”in”whether”or”not”she”can”give”legal”

    consent”to”the”marriage”and”conversion.”

    x In”alleged”abduction”and”forced”marriage”cases,”third”parties”are”to”be”prevented”from”

    interference”in”a”case”through”the”use”of”intimidation”or”threats”towards”the”victim”or”

    her”family.”

    x Victims”to”be”given”a”place”in”safeguarded”women’s”shelter”up”to”the”time”of”her”final”

    hearing”.”

    x The”victim’s”family”should”be”given”access”to”court”proceedings.”

    x The”victim’s”family”shall”be”given”police”protection”if”needed.”””

    x Police”must”be”given”special”training”on”working”with”female”kidnapping”victims.”

    x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”to”the”police”versus”

    number”of”cases”being”lodged,”and”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”and”punishments”

    rendered”by”the”courts,”to”discourage”further”kidnapping”schemes.”

    x Pending”Court’s”final”judgment”in”forced”kidnapping”and”conversion”cases,”the”State”is”

    to”Implement”Temporary”Safe”Home/Women”Shelter”guidelines”for”victim”! “

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    placement.56″”The”shelter’s”staff”should”include”religious”minorities;”and”victims”should”

    have”access”to”community”social”workers,”and”psychological”counselors.57″”Furthermore,”

    human”rights”or”social”workers”,”should”have”access”to”visit”the”victim,”and”the”

    opportunity”to”ireport”on”the”victim’s”conditions.58″”The”shelter”or”safe”house”must”also”

    be”kept”free”from”undue”influence,”threats,”or”intimidation.””The”girls'”parents/family”

    should”be”given”the”opportunity”to”visit”their”daughters,”while”they”reside”in”the”safe”

    homes,”if”so”requested”by”the”victims.59″”

    (b)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnappings”for”Ransom”Cases”of”Hindus:”

    x Police”to” be” instructed”to” lodge” FIR” complaints” in” cases” of” alleged” kidnappings” for”

    ransom.””

    x Judicial”safeguards”to”be”built”in”to”all”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”cases,.”

    x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”versus”number”of”FIR”

    complaints”actually”being”lodged”by”police”as”well”as”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”

    and”punishments”rendered”by”the”courts.”

    (c)”Recommendations”Regarding”Disparate”Treatment”of”Scheduled”Caste”Populations:”

    x State”to”investigate”reported”bonded”labour”cases,”and”to”prosecute”and”fine”landlords”

    who”utilize”bonded”labor.”

    x State”government”to”make”visible”efforts”of”paying”any”outstanding”debts”owed”

    to”landlords”in”order”to”secure”the”release”of”any”bonded”laborers,”and”provide”safe”

    accommodation”and”economic”support”to”the”released”laborers.60″

    x Creation”of”an”independent”secular”body”that”serves”as”a”shelter/rehabilitation”

    center”for”bonded”laborers.”

    x State”to”provide”free”public”service”announcements”and”education”to”scheduled”caste”

    populations”regarding”the”illegality”of”bonded”labour”and”freedoms”afforded”to”each”citizen.”

    x State”to”allocate”percentage”of”flood”rehabilitation”resources”for”scheduled”caste”

    populations”who”are”otherwise”being”denied”access.”

    x State”to”publicize”in”flood”ravaged”areas”that”the”denial”of”flood”resources”to”Scheduled”

    Caste”members”is”punishable”under”the”law.”

    x State”to”enact”quota”for”representation”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”national”and”provincial”

    government”.”

    x State”to”ensure”that”members”of”the”religious”minorities,”including”Scheduled”Caste”

    members,”have”access”to”representatives”of”the”National”Committee”of”Minorities.”

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 1

    Mark”Magnier,”Pakistani!Hindus’!Ashes!Brought!to!India!to!be!Scattered!in!Ganges,”LA”Times,”July”25,”2011,”

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/25/world/la!fg!pakistan!hindus!20110725;””Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus!in!South!Asia!and!the!

    Diaspora,!A!Survey!of!Human!Rights,!2007,””estimates”Hindu”population”in”Pakistan”at”1.6%”of”the”total”population,”available!at:”

    http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf).” 2

    “Pakistan”Hindu”Council,”population”statistics,”available!at:”http://www.pakistanhinducouncil.org/hindupopulation.asp” 3

    “Population”Census”Organization,”‘Population”by”Religion’”available”at:”http://www.census.gov.pk/Statistics.php.” 4

    “International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

    IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf)”;”see”

    also”‘Minority”Rights:”Dalits”Want”Greater”Share”In”Census”Over”Upper”Case”Hindus’(26″July”2011)”available”at:”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/217136/minority!rights!dalits!want!greater!share!in!census!over!upper!caste!hindus/.” 5

    UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”Group”on”the”Universal”Periodic”Review”(Pakistan)”(4″June”2008)”A/HCR/8/42,”20,”

    recommendation”31.” 6

    UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”(n”7),”recommendation”7.”! “

    9

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 7

    “Asian”Human”Rights”Commission,”Pakistan:!‘The”Failure”of”the”Judicial”System!”Another”Hindu”Girl”Was”Forcibly”Converted”to”Islam”and”Her”

    Whereabouts”are”Unknown’,”(March”7,”2012,)”available!at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent!appeals/AHRC!UAC!042!2012),”Also”

    mentioned”in”http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/hindus!in!pakistan!victims!of!abduction!forced!conversions!and!oppresion/1/138751.html.” 8

    Ibid” 9

    “World”Sindhi”Congress”Report!on!Forced!Conversions!to!United!Nations!Minority!Forum,”November,”2011”

    (http;//www.worldsindhicongress.org);”also!see”Middle”East”Media”Research”Institute”(MEMRI)”report,;”Gopiniath”Kumar,”‘Lawmaker”Marvi”

    Memon”Slams”Anti!Hindu”Violence”in”Pakistan’(January”13,”2011)”Pakistan!Hindu!Post”available!at:”

    http://pakistanhindupost.blogspot.com/2011/01/pakistani!lawmaker!marvi!menon!slams.html” 10Id.,!also!see,”Zahid”Gishkori,”Divorce!Remains!Sticking!Point!in!Hindu!Marriage!Act,”The”Express”Tribune,”October”12,”2011.””(Reporting”that”

    while”Pakistan”has”no”current”system”to”register”marriages”for”Hindus,”a”proposed”Hindu”Marriage”Act”is”being”considered”in”Pakistan’s”National”

    Assembly.)” 11Hindu!Girls!Are!Forced!to!Marry!Muslims:!Zardari’s!Sister,”Indian”Express,”March”15,”2012,”available!at:”

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindu!girls!are!forced!to!marry!muslims!zardaris!sister/924247/1″ 12Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)”p”125,”(reporting:””Investigation,”prosecution”against”agents”of”violence”and”intimidation”against”

    minority”groups”was”not”a”priority,”charges”were”“seldom”brought”against”those”responsible”for”violence,”intimidation,”and”discrimination.”.”.”

    There”was”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens…”)” 13Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation;”also”see”U.S.”Congress”

    Representative”Brad”Sherman”letter”addressed”to”Pakistan”President”Asif”Zardari”on”issue”of”forced”Hindu”conversions,”March”12,”2012.” 14″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation.” 15″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”137.” 16″The”U.S.”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011(recommending”that”Pakistan”is”declared”a”“country”of”

    particular”concern””pursuant”to”the”US”International”Religious”Freedom”Act”for”failure”to”protect”religious”freedom),”p.”114,”documenting”

    attacks”on”Hindus”and”Sikhs,”available!at:”http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf”

    18Hassan,”Nadir,”‘Minority”rights:”For”Hindu”Community,”Asylum”May”be”the”Only”Option’,!!June”11,”2011,”The!Express!Tribune,”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/186683/minority!rights!for!hindu!community!asylum!may!be!the!only!option/”

    19‘23″Hindus”Kidnapped”in”Pakistani”Province’,”March”3,”2012,””Deccan!Herald,”http://www.deccanherald.com/content/231810/23!hindus!

    kidnapped!pakistani!province.html” 2020Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”125.” 21″US”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011,”p.”114,”available!at:”

    http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf.” 22Ibid.,!p.”114.” 23″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Summary”of”Violence/Discrimination”Against”Hindus”in”Pakistan,”2012,”citing:”Asian”Centre”for”Human”Rights,!

    “Pakistan:!The!Land!of!Religious!Apartheid!and!Jackboot!Justice,!A!Report!to!the!UN!Committee!Against!Racial!Discrimination,”(August”2007),”

    available!at:”http://www.achrweb.org/Review/2007/179!07.htm.”” 24Bakshi,”Roopa,”“Bonded!Labour,””(November”2002),”The!South!Asian.com,;”“Bonded”Labour”in”Pakistan,””Report”Prepared”for”UN”Economic”

    and”Social”Council,”(June”23!July”9,”1999),”Anti!Slavery”International,”available!at:”

    http://www.antislavery.org/archive/submission/submission1999!08Pakistan.htm).” 25″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”citing”“Chronology”of”Events”Related”to”Bonded”

    Labour”in”2008,””Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”available!at:”http://www.hrcp!web.org/hrcpDetail_cs.cfm?catId=209.” 26UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report!of!the!Working!Group!(n”7)”p”20″recommendation”37.” 27″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

    IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at,”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf;”(“

    reporting”that”in”2001″Pakistan”Government”implemented”the”National”Policy”and”Plan”of”Action”for”the”Abolition”of”Bonded”Labour”and”

    Rehabilitation”of”Freed”Bonded”Labourers).” 28″Asian”Human”Rights”Commission”Statement,”“Pakistan:”Religious”Minority”Groups”Have”Nothing”to”Celebrate”on”International”Day”on”Women,”

    March”8,”2010,”available”at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc!news/AHRC!STM!043!2010).” 29Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”2007,”available”at:”

    http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf)”p”63.”

    31″Ayesha”Shahid,”Caste”Makes”them”Outcast,”Dawn”Pakistan,”January”21,”2012,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/21/caste!makes!

    them!outcast.html;”stating”that”10″of”the”342″National”Assembly”seats,”and”23″of”all”provincial”assembly”seats”are”reserved”for”non!Muslims;”

    Ramesh”Jaipal,”Chairman”of”Scheduled”Caste”Movement”states”that”a”substantial”number”of”Scheduled”Caste”members”want”“some”sort”of”

    electoral”option”where”their”representatives”are”‘elected’”rather”than”‘selected’”.””” 32″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions”for”Inputs”to”the”List”of”Issues”(October,”2008),”p.”4,”Submitted”

    by”IDSN,”Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf.” 33″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(“n”18)” 34″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan””(n”18)” 35See”Ibid.” 36Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Untouched”by”Aid,”Relief,””(report”on”lack”of”available”shelters”for”Bheels,”Meghwars”and”Kohlis”following”flooding”in”Badin,”

    Sindh)”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/untouched!by!aid!relief.html).” 37Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Flood”Relief”by”Caste,”Creed,”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/flood!

    relief!by!caste!creed.html” 38See”Ibid.”Also”see:”Maria;”Pakistan’s”Dalits”Denied”Flood”Aid”Because”of”Caste”Discrimination”(reporting”that”hundreds”of”thousands”of”Dalits”

    have”been”denied””shelter”and”relief”items”due”to”discrimination),”Minority”Voices”Newsroom,”available”at:”

    http://www.minorityvoices.org/news.php?action=view&id=830″”! “

    10

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 39See!Ibid.” 40United”Nations”[UN]”High”Commissioner”on”Refugees,”Guiding!Principles!on!Internal!Displacement!(22″July”1998)”UN”Doc”E/CN”4/1998/53/Add”

    2,”pp”4,1.” 41″Government”of”Pakistan,”The!Constitution!of!the!Islamic!Republic!of!Pakistan!(as”amended”30″April”2010),available!at:”

    http://www.infopak.gov.pk/Constitution30April2010.pdf”arts”9,”15!17,”19,”20,”25″(1)”.”” 42Pakistan!Penal!Code,”1860″[Pakistan]”Act”XLV”of”1860″(6″October”1860),”available!at:”

    http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/legislation/1860/actXLVof1860.html#140″s”375,”366!368.”” 43″Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(adopted”10″December”1948″)”UNGA”Res”217″A(III)”UDHR).art”16.” 44″Convention”on”the”Rights”of”the”Child”(adopted”20″November”1989,”entry”into”force”2″September”1990)””GA”Res”44/25″,”arts”3,8,9,16,30.” 45″Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”All”Forms”of”Discrimination”Against”Women”(adopted”18″December”1979,”entry”into”force”3″September”

    1981)”A/Res/34/180″(CEDAW),”art”16.” 46CEDAW”(n”33)”arts”7,”8,”10,”18.” 47″International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(adopted”16″December”1966,”entered”into”force”23″March”1976)”999″UNTS”171″(ICCPR)””,”

    Article”26,”(also!see,”Article”27″stating”that:”“In”those”States”in”which”ethnic,”religious”or”linguistic”minorities”exist,”persons”belonging”to”such”

    minorities”shall”not”be”denied”the”right,”in”community”with”the”other”members”of”their”group,”to”enjoy”their”own”culture,”to”profess”and”

    practice”their”own”religion,”or”to”use”their”own”language”).” 48Pakistan!Penal!Code”(n”30)”s”368,”379,”374.” 49UDHR”(n”31)”arts”4,”7,”8,”13,”24.” 50ICCPR”(n”35)””art”20″stating”that,”“any”advocacy”of”national,”racial,”or”religious”hared”that”constitutes”incitement”to”discrimination,”hostility”or”

    violence”shall”be”prohibited”by”law,”;”Article”26″stating”that”“the”law”shall…”guarantee”all”persons”equal”and”effective”protection”against”

    discrimination…””.” 51″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)” 52Vimal”Bhatia,”Fearing!Taliban,!Pak!Hindus!take!Thar!Express!to!India,””September”10,”2009;”http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009!

    09!10/india/28087838_1_pak!hindus!indian!citizenship!munabao).” 53!Id.”(Reporting:”Official”numbers”of”Pakistani”Hindus”entering”India”via”the”Thar”Express”Train”port:”2006!”392″persons;”2007!”880;”2008!”1,240;”

    2009!”1000.”Actual”numbers”expected”to”be”much”higher”based”on”railway”employees’”observations.)”” 54Discussion”on”behalf”of”the”stakeholders”with”Pakistan”Hindu”Council”Directors,”March,”2012.” 55″Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(interviewing”Friar”Anwar”

    Patras,”the”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi,”who”reports”of”the”increasing”number”of”forced”kidnappings”and”conversions”of”Hindu”and”Christian”girls”in”

    Pakistan;”and”reporting”on”the”pending”forced”marriage”and”conversion”Pakistan”Supreme”Court”case”of”19″year”old”Rinkle”Kumari,”and”threats”

    her”family”received”after”identifying”the”perpetrators.),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!she!

    would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html”” 56″See”Pakistan”Christian”Post,”Enforcedly!Converted!Hindu!Women!Under!Life!Threat!in!Shelters,”March”28,”2012″(Dr.”Nazir”Bhatti,,”President”of”

    Pakistan”Christian”Congress”(PCC),”states”that”it”is”common”knowledge”that”the”women”shelters”known”as”Darul!Amans,”are”run”by”provincial”

    governments,”have”Muslim”employees,”and”have”a”reputation”of”running”‘forced”prostitution”rings,’”and”are”therefore,”not”in”fact”providing”a”

    safe”temporary”shelter”for”female”kidnapping”victims.””Also”reporting”that”victims”of”forced”conversions”are”kept”silent”with”death”threats”on”

    the”grounds”of”‘apostasy’,”which”decrees”death”to”those”who”leave”the”religion”after”conversion),”available!at:””

    http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/viewnews.php?newsid=1799.”” 57″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.” 58″”Ibid.”” 59″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.””Also!see,”Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!

    Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(reporting”that”alleged”kidnapping”and”forced”marriage”victim,”Rinkle”Kumari,”

    states”that’s”that”she”would”rather”be”killed”than”to”return”to”the”Darul!Aman”[Koranic”school],”where”she”was”placed”by”the”Supreme”Court”as”

    a”temporary”‘safe”house,’”pending”the”final”ruling”in”her”case),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!

    she!would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html.””” 60″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”bonded”labour.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

     

     

                 
     
     

     

    NEWS    EOPM 

    EOPM   is a Human Rights Organization that strives to focus the attention of the international community on human rights violations blatantly perpetrated in Pakistan and help raise a unified voice against the atrocities committed on minorities in a country known to encourage and protect acts of religious fanaticism. We endeavour to create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses and to ensure improvement in the political, educational, social and economic conditions of all minority communities in Pakistan. EOPM brings to the attention of the UN and other intergovernmental regional organizations, cases of human rights violations in Pakistan in order to confront hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity for minorities in the country.

    While most of the world welcomed 2014 with celebrations, Pakistan rang in the New Year with a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta on January 1, 2014 when a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a bus in the outskirts of the Balochistan capital carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran. This atrocity illustrates that while years and dates may change, very little changes in the wave of religious and sectarian terrorism in Pakistan. The killing of an Islamabad leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Munir Muawia, in the federal capital on 3rd January, 2014, is yet another bloody footnote in the once-again simmering sectarian wars and the state’s inability to control them. It is not surprising anymore that a drive-by shooting can occur in Islamabad and that the assassins can simply melt away. Helplessness seems to be the only reaction of the heavily financed and resourced capital police. If the heart of the capital city Islamabad cannot be made safe by security officials, then what hope is there for Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi or the rest of Pakistan? 

    The number of incidents related to attacks on minorities in Pakistan is continuously increasing in the country. A suicide attack on the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan on September 22, 2013, killed at least 85 Christian worshippers and left more than 100 injured in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan. Suicide attacks on minorities in Pakistan have not only resulted in the death of a large number of people across the country but the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan also rose by 39 per cent in 2013. 46 suicide attacks were reported in 2013 compared to 33 in 2012. Of these, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed 18 suicide attacks in 2013 while 12 attacks occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Furthermore, nine suicide attacks occurred in Balochistan, five in Sindh and one each in Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir. This was revealed in the ‘Pakistan Security Report 2013’ launched by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips), a think-tank based in Islamabad which is engaged in research to understand ongoing conflicts such as militancy, extremism, radicalisation and insurgency.

    Recent years have witnessed mounting attacks on the lives, properties and places of worship of minorities in Pakistan 
    & an ‘increased social vulnerability’ of non-Muslim Pakistanis in terms of access to education, jobs and healthcare.

    May 2014 

    Lahore: Christian polio worker poisoned by fellow worker in Lahore, 19 May, 2014

    A Christian polio worker recently employed at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, was poisoned by a fellow worker in Lahore. Asad Masih, 23, son of Parviaz Masih of Shahdara, Lahore, was appointed as a polio worker at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, as part of a two member team. Reportedly, he was poisoned by his fellow Muslim team member for reasons not yet known. Masih was admitted in Mian Munchi Hospital in Lahore in a critical condition, but was shifted by his parents to Services Hospital Lahore where the young Christian still remains unconscious. The parents have been warned by polio officials to keep silent about the incident.

    Pakistan Government and the DCO are responsible for the safety and security of polio workers, but being a Christian, who are considered 2nd class citizens 
    in the country, Pakistani Christians have no rights, safety or security even within government organizations.

    Karachi: 3 Shias killed in targeted terrorist attacks, 19 May, 2014

    A Shiite man, Shaukat Sherazi, aged 45 years, a custodian of Shirazi Imam Bargah and a leader of Jafaria Alliance, was killed along with his Sunni friend, Qaisar Hussain, aged 50 years, in Mithadar in the Old City area of Karachi. 
    Another Shia man, Aga Masud Hussain, aged 40 years, an activist of Anjuman Shababul Momneen, was shot and killed in an attack on his shop in Liaqatabad Dak-Khana area of Karachi. 
    Shia Muslim Sajjad Hussian, died after he was critically injured in an earlier attack in Block No. 7, Federal ‘B’ Area of Karachi. The killing of Shias in Pakistan has caused international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence against the Shia community, which makes up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

    Peshawar: 1 Shia slain, another injured in terrorist attack, 19 May, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia Muslim and injured another in a targeted attack in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Shiite Sardar Ashraf Ali was killed and Sardar Abid Ali, another Shia Muslim man, sustained critical injuries in the firing of Yazidi terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba near People Mandi, Peshawar.

    Pakistan: 5,000 Hindus flee Pakistan annually as a result of Islamic persecution, 19 May, 2014

    Around 5,000 Hindus migrate from Pakistan to India and other countries every year due to religious persecution, ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani told the Pakistani National Assembly. “During the last two months, six incidents of religious desecration happened in Sindh province alone. In all incidents, religious books of Hindu minority and their places of worship were burnt,” said Wankwani, who also heads the Pakistan Hindu Council. He said that the government had so far neither made arrests nor taken action against any extremist group involved in the attacks. “No one from the minority community feels safe in Pakistan,” he said while commenting on the law and order situation in the country. He blamed the government for failing to control frequent attacks against Hindus and maintained it was the community’s constitutional right to practice its religion freely in Pakistan. “But the rights of Hindus have never remained a priority here. The problems of Hindus are multiplying in Pakistan instead of decreasing. Are we not part of this country?” he questioned.

    Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani informed the Pakistani National Assembly that scores of Hindu women 
    have been abducted in the last few years in Sindh province and later married to their kidnappers after forcible conversion. 
    He urged the government to take steps to counter it as discrimination against minorities was forcing Hindus to flee the country.

    Mirpur Khas: Four Pakistani Christians arrested and charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, 17 May, 2014

    International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four evangelical Christians, including three women and a male pastor, were arrested after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The Christians have been charged under Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which punishes those who “outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.” Local Islamic extremists have begun holding protests against the Christians demanding exemplary punishment be meted out on the accused Christians. On May 18, 2014, Pastor Younis Masih, his wife, Nazia, and two other Christian women, Mary Rose and Kiran, were arrested by Pakistani police in Mirpur Khas, a district located in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. According to reports by Asia News, “the four Christians were distributing Christian literature at a local railway station when a Muslim religious leader, belonging to Isalmist Sunnat wal Jammat, read the material and, realizing that it was Christian literature, immediately reported the four to the police.” A mob of enraged Muslims surrounded the train station with the intention of exacting mob justice, shortly after the police detained the 4 Christians. To prevent violence, the police arrested the 4 Christians and moved them to the nearest police station. The mob followed, demanding for punishment to be meted out against the Christians immediately. The case is under inquiry now.

    Pakistan: Blasphemy accused Muslims are forgiven while Christians face Death Sentence, 17 May, 2014

    Christians in Pakistan have complained of a double standard being applied when it comes to enforcing the country’s controversial blasphemy laws to religious minorities. In many cases, when the accused is a Muslim, the accused just has to apologize publicly before being allowed to go. When applied in a case where a Christian is accused, it is very difficult to stop Pakistan’s courts from passing down a death sentence. Dr. Nazir. S. Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) expressed apprehensions, on May 16, 2014, on double standards in the implementation of Blasphemy law on citizens of Pakistan because when any Muslim commits blasphemy, he is pardoned on an simple apology note, but when a Christian or Ahmadiyyia community member is allegedly accused of blasphemy by a single Muslim accuser, the minority community victim faces death sentence no matter how repeatedly he swears that he has not defiled name of the Holy Prophet. He further said, “All Christian victims of blasphemy laws have publically denied committing blasphemy after their arrest but no court or complainant has pardoned them. However, when a Muslim cleric or any Muslim openly defiles the name of Prophet Mohammad, Islamic decrees appear to Pardon these Muslims.” Nazir Bhatti added, “Christian colonies were set on fire, Christians were burnt alive, Christians were brutally murdered in court compounds, Christians were gunned downed and Christian worship places were attacked by Muslim mob on the pretext of blasphemy while none of Muslim blasphemers were ever arrested in Pakistan”

    Sheikhupura: Teenager dressed as cop kills Ahmadi blasphemy accused inside police station, 16 May, 2014

    A man facing blasphemy charges and lodged in a police lock-up in Nankana district was shot dead inside the police station by a teenager disguised in police uniform. The police said that the assailant had introduced himself as Mubashir and had told officers at the Sharqpur police station that he wanted to see Khalil Ahmad, 65. He was given access to Khalil, but he shot him dead after a brief conversation. Nankana’s District Police Officer Afzaal Kousar told reporters that the Sharqpur SHO and a constable who was posted as guard at the time of the killing had been suspended for negligence of duty. He said that the assailant, 18-year-old Saim Mubashir, was a seminary student. He was overpowered by policemen at the police station soon after he had shot Khalil. The deceased was a member of the Ahmadi community and was among six people named in a blasphemy case on May 11, 2014. Hailing from Sajowal village, near Sharqpur, he and the other accused men, had allegedly thrashed shopkeeper Syed Riaz Hussain Shah and had torn an Islamic calendar. The shopkeeper immediately approached local leaders of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, who mounted a protest and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for about five hours. They lifted the blockade only after police officers registered a case against the six suspects under blasphemy laws. The Sharqpur police later arrested Khalil.

    Khalil Ahmad (65), an Ahmadi Muslim, was brutally murdered on 16 May, 2014 whilst in police custody at Sharq-Pur Police Station in District Shaikhpura, Pakistan. 
    The deceased had been arrested some days earlier on entirely baseless blasphemy charges, along with three other Ahmadi Muslims.

    Lahore: Christians complain of ‘Denial of Rights, Equality’, 16 May, 2014

    Representatives of Pakistan Christian National Party said at a press conference that the minority Christian community was disappointed with their ‘second-class’ status and discriminatory treatment meted out to them in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Christian National Party Chairman Joseph Francis, Vice Chairman Martin Javed Michael, Zia Khokhar, and Samuel Piara said that Pakistani Christians had played a positive role in the creation of Pakistan but had been denied their rights and equal status under the post-1947 political leadership. The party leaders alleged that Pakistani Christians were being deprived of their rights under the 1973 Constitution and faced social, economic, and religious discrimination at an unprecedented level. Talking to media persons, Joseph Francis said that Christians had struggled for independence from the British and had expressed their unwavering solidarity with Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the freedom movement. Jinnah had promised the Speaker of the then Punjab Assembly, Dewan Buhadar SP Singha, and members of the Christian community that Pakistan would welcome people of all religions and refrain from discriminating on the basis of faith, colour, caste or creed. Francis said that Jinnah in his speech on August 11, 1947 had expressed his desire for a country run on secular values and principles of democracy. Joseph Francis said that it was unfortunate that after Jinnah’s death, the country was hijacked by religious interests and political elites hungry for power. He said that Christians had became ‘second-class’ citizens overnight despite their loyalty to the state. He said lands had been taken away from the Pakistani Christians under General Ayub Khan and they were yet to receive their share of properties from the current PML-N government which included the St Francis High School in Anarkali and plots of land in Sahiwal and Rawalpindi.

    Karachi: Shia athlete escapes Takfiri terrorist attack in Quetta, 15 May, 2014

    A Shia athlete escaped a targeted attack in Quetta by Pro-Taliban takfiri terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who wanted to murder him due to their ideology of intolerance, hatred and fanaticism. According to reports, a Shia Hazara youth, Mubarak Ali Shan, was returning from office when 5 Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi/ASWJ, an affiliate of the outlawed terrorist outfit Taliban, ambushed him on Mechanki Road in Quetta. He fell on the ground to dodge the bullets and fortunately saved his life by his timely action.

    Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province where banned Sipah-e-Sahaba’s ringleader Ahmed Ludhianvi 
    is rabidly involved in the genocide of Shia Muslims.

    Karachi: Pakistani Christians’ protest against Travel Ban to Israel, 14 May, 2014

    In the city of Karachi, Pakistani Christians held a protest outside the Karachi Press Club against travel prohibition to Israel which they insisted they should be allowed to visit. Israel has no proper diplomatic relations with Pakistan and Pakistani passports state explicitly that they are valid for all countries except Israel. The God’s Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan (GPFP) which prepared the demonstration says that the travel ban infringes their rights to perform pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other Christian holy places in Israel.

    Karachi: Shia shop owner slain on ‘sectarian grounds’, 14 May, 2014

    A shop owner was gunned down in Federal B Area on sectarian grounds, said a Samanabad police official. Mazhar Abbas, 40, was in his shop in Block 18 of FB Area when four men on two motorcycles opened fire on him, said Gulberg SDPO Azam Durrani. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered multiple bullets to the chest. The police said that the victim belonged to the Shia community and was a resident of the same locality where he had been targeted.

    Sharqpur: Members of five enslaved Christian families released in Pakistan, 14 May, 2014

    According to the Fides News Agency, members of five Pakistani Christian families who had been enslaved by their employers have been released following a court case. For 25 years, one of the women had been enslaved by a Punjabi furnace owner. Nasir Saeed, director of the UK-based Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement, said, “It is sad to see that even in the 21st century slavery continues to exist in Pakistan. The owners of furnaces are often wealthy and influential and are rarely prosecuted.” Saeed added. “Sometimes they are sold from one furnace to another. The government is aware of the situation, but has never taken serious measures to stop the despicable practice.”

    Slavery still exists in Pakistan. One of the Christian women who had been enslaved for 25 years 
    in Pakistan cries after her release by a court.

    Karachi, Hasan-Abdal, Hangu: 4 killed in separate takfiri terrorist attacks in different parts of Pakistan, 13 May, 2014

    KARACHI: Takfiri terrorists stormed into the office of an estate agency, situated in Federal ‘B’ Area Block Number 16, near al-Mohsin Mosque and Imam Bargah and shot dead an estate agent in Federal B Area, Block-16, the police said. Aun Mohammed Naqvi, 35, was sitting inside the estate agency near his home in Abdullah Square when gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fired on him and sped away, said an official at the Yusuf Plaza police station. He added that the victim sustained bullet wounds and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A spokesperson for the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that the victim was a Shia and it was a targeted attack on sectarian grounds. 
    HASSAN-ABDAL: A Shia doctor, Dr Faisal Manzoor, was ambushed by Yazidi terrorists in Hassan Abdal, in Punjab province. He was killed instantly like his cousin Dr Babar Ali who was also attacked by the Yazidi terrorists. 
    HANGU: A Shia teacher along with his Sunni colleague were killed in Hangu district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa. Terrorists stormed into Chashma Jaat area and opened fire on the two teachers, Liaquat Ali and Shameem, near Government High School. They sustained critical wounds in the shooting and were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital, where they succumbed to fatal wounds. Liaquat Ali is said to be a Shiite Muslim and Shameem was his Sunni colleague.

    Sheikhupura: 11-year-old-Christian girl gang-raped for 3 days, 12 May, 2014

    Just weeks after the rape of a 7-year-old Christian girl by multiple Muslim men was reported in Pakistan, another report of a 11-year-old Christian girl being abducted and raped by Muslim men has surfaced. According to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, a 11-year-old Christian girl was abducted from a town in Sheikupora and raped multiple time during her three day ordeal. 11-year-old Maria Sarfraz, was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days. Maria had gone to attend school but members of a political party had seized the girl and had taken her to another city. After three days, Maria was recovered and the medical report stated that the minor girl had been forcefully raped by the accused for three nonstop days. Her father Sarfraz Andrew went to the police station and registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) No. 272/14 on 25th April, 2014. Local police took Muhammad Safdar and Muhammad Mehboob into custody but the politically well connected accused are compelling the family to patch up. The perpetrators of this crime are threatening violence against the Christian family in an attempt to keep them from seeking justice just like in the previous cases. The rapists have demanded that the Christian family should settle the matter out of court or else they will start a riot in the town and burn down all Christian homes in the town. The girl’s grieved family had demanded justice from the CJP, asking for strict legal action against the accused and provision of security for their life and properties claiming that the companions of the rapists were intimidating them with terrible penalties, if they don’t compromise with the accused. This case continues to highlight the sufferings of Christians in Pakistan.

    11-year-old Maria Sarfraz was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days in Sheikhupura district, according to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan.

    Karachi: Christians in Pakistan hold protest against Job Discrimination, 12 May, 2014

    Christians in Pakistan have held a protest against job discrimination in public sector jobs. Over 100 Christian gathered together and demanded the government to implement the law that requires Pakistan’s government to hire at least 5% religious minorities in the public sector. Even though it is legally mandated that religious minorities should make up 5% of Pakistan’s public sector, reality shows that Christians and other religious minorities make up far less than the required 5% quota. The leaders of the protest are now planning a series of demonstrations to bring the issue of job discrimination against religious minorities to light. Over 100 Christians staged a demonstration seeking implementation of the five per cent quota in public sector jobs, especially in the police and education departments. Speaking on the occasion, National Minorities Alliance chairman Lala Robin Daniel disclosed, “Recently, the Education Department made some recruitments but the 5 per cent minority quota was not fully observed.” He said that the police department was also recruiting but Christians were being ignored.

    Dera Ismail Khan: Shia man killed in combined shooting & grenade attack, 12 May, 2014

    A Shia Muslim man was killed in a shooting cum hand grenade attack in Dera Ismail Khan of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Khurram Abbas, a Shia Muslim, was ambushed near Gomal Medical College where Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists opened fire upon him. After sporadic firing, the terrorists also a threw hand grenade that exploded killing Khurram Abbas on the spot.

    Once a respected and well-integrated minority in Pakistan where they comprise roughly 20 per cent of the population 
    and count the nation’s founder as one of their own, Shia Muslims within Pakistan have become a community under siege in recent years.

    Sharqpur: Six Ahmadis charged with blasphemy in Sharqpur, 11 May, 2014

    Six persons from the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan have been charged with blasphemy for allegedly tearing an Islamic calender, in the latest case to highlight growing intolerance in the country. According to an FIR, the six Ahmadi men allegedly tore an Islamic calendar hanging on the wall of a shopkeeper during a religious debate with him in Sharqpur village. After the incident, several Al-Sunnat Wal Jamat activists held a demonstration and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for several hours to protest against the minority community, demanding exemplary punishment for the accused men.

    Karachi: Ahmadi man killed, 10 May, 2014

    Zafar Ahmed, appearing to be in his 30s, was sitting at his paan shop at Urdu Chowk in Mominabad when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said a police official. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered two bullet injuries. The police said that he was a PPP activist. Following his death, tension spread through the locality. Moreover, PPP leaders and workers reached the ASH to protest against the killing and demanded for the immediate arrest of the culprits.

    Multan: Islamic Radicals murder human rights activist lawyer for taking on ‘Blasphemy Case’ in Pakistan, 8 May, 2014

    A lawyer was shot and killed in his law office because of his willingness to take on the case of an individual accused of blasphemy. The accused, an English professor, was accused of blasphemy in March 2013. Since then, he had been unable to find legal representation due to the fear surrounding blasphemy, which carries the death penalty in Pakistan. Those accused of blasphemy are often lynched or languish for years in jail without trial because lawyers are too afraid to defend them. In February 2014, lawyer Rashid Rehman, said to be a Christian, took on the professor’s case, but this decision proved fatal. The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan, marked the first time a lawyer has been killed for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan. Rehman had been representing Junaid Hafeez, an English lecturer, accused by hardline student groups of making blasphemous remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in March last year. Hafeez had been in prison without being able to find a lawyer until Rehman agreed to represent him in February, 2014. Rehman, a junior lawyer and an assistant were sitting in their office near Kutchery Square when unknown armed gunmen entered their chamber and fired, injuring Rehman and his associates. Regman was reportedly shot five times. The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital where doctors pronounced Rashid Rehman dead upon arrival. Rehman, who was also a coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Multan, had been threatened last month inside a courtroom in the Multan Central Jail and on five other occasions.

    The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan marked the first time a lawyer has been killed 
    for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan.

    Lahore: Autopsy of Christian killed in Pakistan raises questions, 8 May, 2014

    The autopsy report on a dead Christian in Pakistan, originally reported as a suicide victim, has raised questions. According to the report, the Christian was shot in the head twice, indicating that he may not have killed himself. The death of the Christian man came 24 hours after a Muslim co-worker demanded him to convert to Islam. The Punjab state medical examiner’s report of Haroon Haidar’s death on 16 April, 2014, indicates that he suffered two injuries to his skull, raising questions about whether the 24-year-old married father of two could have killed himself. Haroon Haidar’s father, Haidar Masih, said that his son had been threatened a day earlier by a coworker who was angered by his son’s refusal to convert to Islam. At about 9:00 AM on April 16, 2014, Haidar Masih, working at Pakistan Printing Press, received news that his son, Haroon, had been killed. He rushed to the spot in Lahore where Bank Islami Pakistan is under construction, and where Haroon worked as a sweeper. Haidar Masih said that he had learnt from the police that a security guard, Umar Farooq, the only person present with Masih in the building at the time of incident, had told the police that he had left his pump-action shotgun on the table and had gone upstairs to the washroom, when he had heard a gunshot. He had rushed downstairs and seen that Masih had killed himself by shooting himself in the forehead with his gun. Haroon Haidar’s relatives and friends said that he had showed no signs of depression or leaning toward suicide. Rather, they said that he was happily married and a well composed person. Haroon Haidar had a 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. His widow, Hina Bibi, said that her husband was a faithful man and they were leading a happy life. “I cannot believe my husband can kill himself,” she said.

    Karachi: Notable Shia citizen shot and killed in takfiri terrorists attack, 8 May, 2014

    Ishtiaq Hussain, 45, an active Shia notable, who was the founder and incharge of the 9th Moharram mourning procession, was killed in a targeted attack by Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists in Korangi No.3, Karachi. Taliban terrorists opened fire on the car of Ishtiaq Hussain son of Shaukat Hussain, near Korangi No 3 1/2. He was killed on the spot. His driver Ata Ur Rehman, a Sunni Muslim, was also killed in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of yet another Shia notable in Karachi. They said that inaction of PPP’s government was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent people in Karachi. They said that the lip-service of the PPP leadership against the terrorists was not enough to defeat terrorism.

    Daska: 7-year-old Christian rape victim prevented from receiving medical treatment for 2 days, 7 May, 2014

    In late April, reports of a 7-year-old Christian girl being gang-raped by multiple Muslim men surfaced in Pakistan. Sources now report that threats from the Muslim rape accused man’s family prevented the 7-year-old gang-raped Christian girl from receiving hospital care for two days in Punjab Province. The young daughter of a farmhand in Malhe Ki village in the Daska area had gone out on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, to a neighborhood shop when Fakhar-e-Alam Nagra, known as Phool, and another man had attacked her from behind, said relatives of the girl. The two men had blindfolded the girl and had taken her to an abandoned outhouse, where Phool had raped her. The girl’s brothers, Shahbaz and Emmanuel Masih, set out to search for their sister, when she did not return home that afternoon, according to the First Information Report (FIR No. 152/14) filed on April 22 at Daska Saddar Police Station. “We were passing near Akhtar Ali Nagra’s property when we heard screams. We rushed inside and saw Phool scaling the back wall. Our sister was on the ground, wailing in pain and bleeding profusely. We lifted her in our arms and ran home. Our sister suffered from trauma and immense pain for two days at home because the Nagra family was forcing us to reach a compromise with them,” said Shahbaz Masih in the FIR. The victim’s paternal aunt, Nasreen Joyce, told media persons that the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, looked after the cattle of Zulfiqar Nagra, an uncle of the primary suspect. “When the family saw her condition, her father Iqbal went to see Zulfiqar Nagra and told him how Phool had assaulted the child and he should provide justice for his minor daughter. But rather than helping my poor brother, the landlord gave him 1,000 rupees [US$10] and told him to buy painkillers for her. He also warned him not to approach the police or go to the hospital, threatening that if the family disobeyed his order, they would regret the consequences,” said the aunt. Joyce said that when her brother insisted on justice, Zulfiqar Nagra had refused to let him go and had held him hostage. “On hearing about the terrible incident, I reached their village the next day, only to find that my neice had not been given any medical treatment, and her condition was becoming worse because of excessive blood loss. My brother Iqbal had still not returned home.” Joyce said, adding that the family did not know who to call for help, as there are just eight Christian families in the village, all of them low-wage earners. On April 22, the family gathered the courage to meet the district police chief, Gohar Nafees, who ordered area officers to recover Iqbal Masih and investigate. “On his order, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Arif registered a case against Phool and took him into custody. The police managed to recover Iqbal from Zulfiqar’s house but failed to arrest any of the abductors,” she said. Joyce said that the girl was kept in the intensive care unit for six days as doctors tried to stop internal hemorrhage. Denying the charges that the police were reluctant to arrest the alleged abductors, Sub-Inspector Arif told reporters that medical examination had confirmed that the child had been raped. The police official said that Zulfiqar and Yar would soon be in police custody.

    The father of a minor Christian girl went to her rapist’s family to appeal for justice but was given 
    1,000 rupees [US$10] to buy painkillers for the hemorrhaging girl

    Karachi: 2 Shia Muslims critically injured in targeted attack, 6 May, 2014

    2 Shia Muslims were critically injured in the targeted firing by armed Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists in Karachi. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ambushed the Shiites near Sakhi Hassan North Nazimabad. Raza Ali and Sadiq Hussain were wounded in the firing. They were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

    Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot, injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 5 May, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stormed into an EVO device sales shop. They opened fire upon Syed Sami Haider there and fled from the scene. Sami Haider, the injured Shiite was rushed to hospital for treatment where his condition was stated to be critical.

    Karachi: Shia political activist Raza Haider gunned down, 5 May, 2014

    Shiite Raza Haider, 30, was killed in Karachi’s Gulbahar in the targeted firing by Imdad Allah, a member of the terrorist organization Sipah-e-Sahaba. The incident occurred when the terrorist opened fire on a mirror shop near Haideri Mosque. The victim’s body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities and then shifted to Old Rizvi Shah-e-Karbala Imambargah.

    Khi: Firing in Gulshan Iqbal leaves 1 Shiite dead, 5 May, 2014

    Shiite Syed Irteza Hussain Rizvi was shot dead alongside his Ahle Sunnat associate, Moizullah, in Karachi’s Gulshan Iqbal 13-D. The two men were travelling in a car which was fired on by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban. The intensity of the attack left them both dead on the scene. They were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital for legal formalities and Irteza’s body was then moved to the Ancholi Imambargah. The Shia victim worked as a marketing manager and was a resident of North Nazimabad. He was married.

    Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of Shias in Pakistan claiming that ‘inaction by the PPP’s government’ 
    was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent minority Shias in Karachi.

    Pakistan: Sacrifice of Pakistani Bishop John Joseph remembered 16 years later, 5 May, 2014

    On the 16th anniversary of Bishop John Joseph’s suicide, Christians across Pakistan remembered the sacrifice the bishop had made on behalf of the Christian community. Sixteen years ago, Bishop John Joseph had committed suicide in front of the Sahiwal Court in Punjab Province in protest against Pakistan’s abusive blasphemy laws. In a note left by the bishop, he explained that he hoped his desperate act would highlight the issue of blasphemy for the International Community and would spark positive change for the Pakistani Christian community within the country. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws remain on the books and Christians continue to be disproportionately accused and convicted under the controversial set of laws.

    April 2014 

    Hangu: 1 Shia Muslim killed, another injured, 30 April, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Taliban shot dead a Shia Muslim man in the capital of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. They opened fire on Syed Athar Abbas Zaidi son of Mohammad Abbas Zaidi, killing him on the spot. He was 38. 

    In Hangu, takfiri nasbi terrorists stormed into Phat Bazaar, Khan Barhi, where they opened fire on Farhad Hussain. He sustained bullet injuries to his face and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the ever mounting targeted attacks on Shia Muslims. They said that the Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists have intensified genocide against Shia Muslims. They demanded military operations to liquidate the terrorists.

    Dera Ismail Khan: Shia policeman killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in D I Khan, 27 April, 2014

    Yazidi nabsi takfiri terrorists shot and killed Allah Nawaz, a Shia policeman, on Diyal Road in Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Allah Nawaz was a resident of Kotli Imam Hussain. He was posted in Rescue-15.

    Karachi: Busload of Shia worshippers escape bomb attack that killed 4 in Clifton Town, 25 April, 2014

    At least four people were killed while 30 others including 3 Shiites, sustained injuries, in an explosion near a Sunni Bralevi mosque on Chaudhry Khaliq uz Zaman Road in the Delhi Colony area of Clifton Town after a bus was targeted, which was carrying Shia passengers on their way from a Shia Mosque ‘Masjid-wa-Imambargah Yasrab’, after Friday prayers. According to initial reports from the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU), explosive material weighing 8-10 kilogrammes was used., The timed IED device was planted in a rickshaw, loaded with ball bearings and nut bolts. IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of the terrorists, whose bomb explosion in Karachi claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

    IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of a terrorist attack, whose bomb blast 
    in Delhi Colony, Karachi, claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

    Daska: Minor Christian girl raped, 25 April, 2014

    A gang of four Muslim men raped a 7-year-old Christian girl named Sara in village Malleyki-Daska, Sialkot district, Punjab. The child is admitted in Sialkot hospital, in the intensive care unit in a “critical” condition, according to doctors. Reportedy, the police, instead of arresting the culprits, helped the local clan to kidnap the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, who was hidden in a secret place to “force the family not to register the crime and to compel the minor girl’s family to reach an agreement with the criminals so that arrest and dispute on religious grounds could be avoided”. While talking to newsmen, the Daska police said that they have arrested a person for raping the minor Christian girl. The DSP revealed that the little girl’s medical examination had confirmed ‘rape’ and the minor victim’s condition was still stated to be critical at Daska Civil Hospital. He added that accused Fakhar Alam alias Phool had confessed to the crime. He said that the Daska police had also arrested another accused, Zulfiqar Ali, for forcibly preventing the grieved Christian family from registering the case with the the Daska police. According to the FIR lodged by the victim’s brother, Shehbaz Maseeh, the incident occurred on April 20, 2014.

    4 Muslim men gang-raped a 7-year-old Christian girl in Malleyki-Daska village in Sialkot District, Punjab.

    Sanghar: Hindus protest ‘raid’ on congregation, 25 April, 2014

    Members of the Hindu community belonging to the Bheel, Oad, Kolhi and Meghwar castes, held a protest demonstration and sit-in for over three hours on Mirpurkhas-Khipro Road against a police raid on their congregation in Hur Colony and detention of four Bhagats (hymn-chanters), the previous night. An official at the Khipro police station, when contacted, said that the action was taken after Muslim neighbours had complained that they were being disturbed by the noise of hymn-chanting by the Hindu congregation.

    Kasur: Christian man severely beaten by Muslim employer for taking Easter holidays, 23 April, 2014

    On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten and tortured by his Muslim employer. A complaint has been submitted in Saddar Police Station, Kasur. According to fellow Christians in the area, the medical report has been obtained from District Headquarters Hospital Kasur according to legal procedure and the FIR is to be lodged against the culprit at the police station. If the FIR is not registered by the police officer for any reason, then the petition will be moved in the Court of the Session Judge Kasur for the registration of the FIR. Saleem has been working for five years for his Muslim employer, Muhammad Abbas, whose father is a Headman of Village Bagree in Kasur. Saleem left work on Easter and came back to work after enjoying two more days as holidays. Reportedly, his employer had become enraged at this action and had beaten him severely, but he was rescued by the intervention of some villagers.

    On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten by his Muslim employer for taking 2 days leave for Easter.

    Sanghar: Shia general manager of a factory shot dead, 23 April, 2014

    A 38-year-old general manager of a factory was shot dead in a targeted attack on his car in Manghopir area, said the police. The Pirabad police added that Ejaz Najaf Shah was attacked by armed motorcyclists near Nusrat Bhutto ‘Mor’ shortly after leaving his residence in his car. He sustained three bullet wounds and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Pirabad SHO Fasih Zaman said that the victim originally hailed from Gilgit. He said that his murder could be related to the continuous wave of sectarian violence in the metropolis. Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference at Pak Moharram Hall, deputy secretary general of the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen, Allama Amin Shaheedi demanded immediate arrest of killers who were targeting people on sectarian grounds in Karachi as at least 10 Shias have been killed in the past couple of weeks. He said that inaction against banned outfits would have dire consequences for the authorities too. The government should not forget the fact that their image was tarnished and that their reputation was at stake due to unabated killings on sectarian grounds.

    Pakistan: 3 more Shias shot dead, 23 April, 2014

    Karachi: A Shia Muslim man, Ejaz Hussain s/o Najaf Shah, aged-36, was shot dead in an attack in Nusrat Bhutto Colony area. The Shiite was traveling to his office where he was a Bank Manager. The murdered man belonged to Gilgit-Biltistan. 

    Dera Ismail Khan: In village Shah-Dawo area of Tehsil Paharpur, terrorists of Pro-Taliban Lashkar-e-Jhagvi killed a Shia Muslim, Nazar Abbas.
    According to reports, another Shiite, Moharram Ali, has been abducted by Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ) terrorists. 

    Faisalabad: Takfiri Deobandi/ Wahabi pro-Taliban terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia youth, Syed Ahsan Zaidi, inside his shop in Ghokowal area. Two Shia brothers Jafar Ali and Hyder Ali had also been shot dead in the same location a year earlier.

    Shikarpur: Shia Advocate attacked in Shikarpur, 23 April, 2014

    Terrorists attacked a Shia advocate, Ghulam Abid Larik, in Shikarpur while he was performing Fajir prayer at mosque ‘Masjid-e-Imam-e-Zamana’ near Lakhidar area. The injured man, who was shot once in his neck, twice in his abdomen and once in his thigh, was shifted to Sukkur Medical Center after the case was referred from Shikarpur Civil Hospital. The victim is an ex-activist of Tahreek-e-Jafria Pakistan. He then joined Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Pakistan, where he is head of MWM-Shikarpur Laywers Forum. Ghulam Abid Larik is also an ex-government official of PTCL.

    Islamabad: Pakistani Authorities demolish Christian-majority slum, 22 April, 2014

    According to reports coming out of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, authorities have demolished a slum mainly inhabited by Christians, situated on the edge of Islamabad. Authorities have decided that these slums are illegal and a haven for terrorists and extremists. Unfortunately, many of the demolished slum’s residents were Christians who were unable to find high-paying jobs due to discrimination against the religious minority. As Pakistan becomes more and more religiously intolerant, opportunities for Christians and other religious minorities continue to dry up. This grinding cycle of discrimination and poverty has left many Pakistani Christians seeking to exit Pakistan altogether. Pervaiz Masih, who lives in a Christian slum, says that the Pakistani Christian community is frightened. “We have no land or other property to move to and we cannot build houses even if the government gives us land as we have no money to do so,” said Masih, tears rolling down his cheeks. “This locality was not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did CDA officials not stop the people when they had started building?” he said, accusing officials of taking bribes to let the settlement stay. The city’s administration (CDA), has drawn up a list of 14 such slum settlements calling them illegal, and plans to clear them all with no compensation or rehousing plans for the residents.

    The CDA, Islamabad city’s administration, has drawn up a list of 14 slum settlements which it says are illegal. 
    It plans to turn them to rubble with no compensation or rehousing plan for the residents.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 22 April, 2014

    Sajjad Raza Mehdi son of Mehdi Nawaz, was ambushed near Noor Hospital in Samnabad near Incholi Society, Sadat Colony, on the road between Block 18 and 20 of the Federal B Area. He died on the spot. He was 27 and a resident of Federal B Area Block 18.

    Karachi: Trader killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 22 April, 2014

    A trader was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Gulberg Town, Samanabad police said. They added that as Syed Sajjad Mehdi, 30, left his home in Block-18 in a car, gunmen riding a motorcycle, wearing uniforms of security guards and masks, intercepted him near Syed Asghar Ashfaq School in the same locality. One of the attackers got off the motorbike and opened fire on him. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Police investigators found four empty bullet casings from a 9 mm pistol at the crime scene. A Samanabad police official said that the victim was a Shia and his murder might have been prompted by sectarianism.

    Sukkur: Hindus protest ‘kidnap, forced conversion’ of teenage girl, 21 April, 2014

    Several hundred Hindus belonging to the Bagri clan took out a rally, held a protest demonstration for hours and surrounded the car of a former lawmaker in Jacobabad, protesting against police failure to recover a teenage Hindu girl of their community, who they said had been kidnapped and was being forced to convert to Islam. Rani Bagri, who sold clothes in the neighbourhood, went missing about a week ago and her family has been protesting against police failure to help locate her since the day after her abduction. After a few days, the family lodged a case against Sarwar Abro at the Saddar police station, claiming that he had kidnapped her and was forcing her to convert. Abro however, left his home to escape arrest. Sources in the area said that Rani Bagri had, since then, embraced Islam under duress at the Dargah Bharchundi Sharif near Daharki town of Ghotki district and had also changed her name to Rani Khatoon. It is, however, not known if she had got married. The Bagri clan organised a huge rally from Shaheed Allah Bukhsh Park to condemn the local administration and the area police for not co-operating with them in the recovery of the girl.

    Karachi: Shia professor killed, colleague injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 21 April, 2014

    A Shia professor was killed and his colleague was injured when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba ambushed them near Liaquat Underpass. Professor Saifuddin Jafari and his colleague were travelling in his car when terrorists riding motorcycles opened fire on them near Gharibabad–Liaquatabad Underpass. The target killed Professor Shamsuddin was a professor in the Government College of Technology. His injured colleague was identified as Shakil.

    Karachi: FATA Christians still without domicile, 21 April, 2014

    It has been 100 years of permanent settlement in Fata, yet local tribal customs have been hurdles in allotting domiciles to thePakistani Christian community resident there. Chairman Christian Community Fata, Arshad Masih said “Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot and since then we are here and many generations have grown up and passed away, but we Christians don’t have the right to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,”. Describing the intolerant attitude towards the Christian community in FATA, whose population crosses 3,000 in number, Arshad said that as the Christian community did not fall into any tribe catagory, it had not been issued domicile, which permits a citizen to purchase property in the area. He further added “Due to not having a domicile, we can neither purchase property nor have a share in the 5% job quota allocated for minorities under the Constitution. In addition, we don’t have any share even in the development funds in the area. With the passage of time our population has increased and our requirements have also expanded and that is why it is the need of the hour to amend the FCR to pave the way for us to possess our own properties and businesses,” he said.

    “Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot but we Christians don’t have the right 
    to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,” cry out Christians in FATA.

    Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot dead in ‘sectarian attack’, 20 April, 2014

    A Shia shopkeeper was shot dead in an attack, apparently on sectarian grounds, in the Kharadar area, said the police. They added that Ali Raza, 35, had been sitting at his shop in Jeelani Centre near Tower, where he sold potato chips, when armed motorcyclists targeted him and rode away. He was taken mortally injured to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. “The victim was a Shia and it appears to be a sectarian killing,” said Kharadar SHO Zafar Iqbal.

    Karachi: Shia Seminary teacher, student killed in targeted attack on Shias, 17 April, 2014

    A seminary teacher and a student were shot dead in a sectarian attack on Shahrah-i-Noorjehan, officials said. A brother of one of the victims was also wounded in the attack, added the police. The victims were waiting for a rickshaw near a marriage hall close to the Sakhi Hasan traffic intersection when they were attacked, said Shadman DSP Iftikhar Lodhi. The police revealed that Esar Qasmi had died on the spot while his brothers Zia Rehman and Masood Shabbir were severely wounded. The police seized nine spent bullet casings of a 9 mm pistol from the spot. The victims were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from where they were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road. Masood died during treatment. “It was an act of targeted killing,” the DSP said. Shahrah-i-Noorjehan SHO Asif Munawwar said that the victims belonged to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ). He added that the attack was the result of sectarianism. An ASWJ spokesperson said that Masood was a seminary teacher in New Mianwali Colony of Manghopir while Esar Qasmi was a seminary student. He said that the victims had been returning home after performing “security duty” at the Siddiq Akbar mosque during Friday prayers when they were targeted.

    Karachi: Another Shia shopkeeper killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 17 April, 2014

    A shopkeeper was shot dead in a sectarian attack while his employee was wounded in Rizvia Society, said the police. They said that Syed Sadiq Hussain, 55, along with his employee, Mohammed Ali, 32, was sitting at his “Hassan electric and hardware shop” in Nazimabad No1 when two gunmen riding a motorcycle and wearing surgical masks had attacked them at around 11:30 AM. The wounded men were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Sadiq succumbed to his wounds during treatment. The victim was a Shia and the incident might be an outcome of sectarianism, said Rizvia Society SHO Mazhar Iqbal.

    Lahore: Pakistani Christian man murdered for refusing to convert to Islam, 16 April, 2014

    Two young children in Pakistan are mourning their Christian father after he was shot dead by a Muslim guard for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, 24, was attacked while working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, said the police. Haroon, alias Sunny, was murdered by a Muslim security guard Umer Farooq who shot him dead on April 16, 2014. According to reports, Farooq used to mock Haroon’s Christian faith on a daily basis and tried to force him to embrace Islam promising him a life of luxury and marriage to a rich Muslim woman. When Haroon told his father about what was going on, he was advised to ignore Farooq. On April 16, 2014, Haroon went to work and Farooq started a conversation about religion as usual and began pressurizing him to embrace Islam but Haroon refused to convert, stating that he was a true follower of Jesus Christ. Farooq is reported to have opened fire on Haroon, killing him on the spot with a bullet to his head. He later started shouting that Haroon had attempted suicide. The police took the security guard into custody immediately, but did not register an FIR because they wanted to project the murder case as suicide. When local Christians heard about the murder they came out of their houses and staged a protest in front of the police station, after which the police lodged an FIR.

    Haroon, alias Sunny, aged 24, was murdered by a Muslim security guard, Umer Farooq, who shot him dead 
    on April 16, 2014, for refusing to convert to Islam.

    Hyderabad: 3 members of Hindu family die in mysterious blast, 15 April, 2014

    Three persons including two minor children belonging to a Hindu family were killed in a mysterious explosion within the jurisdiction of Matiari police station. The victims were identified as Nathu, his son Vishnu and daughter Tulsi. Two men were injured in the blast. One of the injured men was identified as Lachman. There are conflicting accounts regarding the incident. After looking into different theories, Matiari SSP Amjad Shaikh said that Nathu, who dealt in scrap metal, had procured some articles on the day of the incident and was apparently trying to dismantle or break them into pieces. This attempt caused the blast and since his children were sitting in close proximity, they too had fallen prey to the explosion, said the SSP. Reports revealed that the deceased belonged to a nomad family who had been living on government land off the National Highway. People of various other communities have made the land their abode as well and around 30 to 40 families are living there. According to the SSP, some family members of the deceased including his brother claimed that occupants of a car had thrown something towards their hut which had caused the explosion. But the officer ruled out the claim.

    Karachi: Shia engineer shot and killed by Yazidi terrorists in Karachi, 12 April, 2014

    Engineer Muhammad Yousif alias Muntazir Mehdi, a lecturer at the NED Engineering University was target killed in Karachi. His body was taken to Dadu, his home district for the funeral. Engineer Muntazir Mehdi was an eminent official of Asgharia Organisation, a Sindh-based organization of Shia professionals and graduates. He was Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects.

    Engineer Muhammad Yousif, Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects was killed 
    in a cowardly terrorist attack on an eminent minority Shia.

    Quetta: Two Shia Hazaras killed in Quetta bus attack, 12 April, 2014

    Unidentified armed militants killed two Shia Hazaras on Sariab road, the police said. The police said that armed militants had singled out two members of the Hazara community from a passenger bus and had opened fire on them. One person was killed instantly while the other succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, they added. The attackers sped away on their motorcycles after the double murder. “The incident is an act of targeted killing,” said the police, adding that the passenger bus was preparing to leave for Karachi when it had been intercepted by the militants.

    Unremitting gun violence across metropolitan cities in Pakistan continues to snuff out Shiite lives everyday.

    Karachi: Lawyer killed in sectarian attack, 11 April, 2014

    Two people were killed in apparent sectarian attacks in Karachi. In the Jamshed Quarters area, an assistant director of the Federal Ombudsman office in Karachi was gunned down by assailants near Imambargah Shah-e-Najaf. Syed Ghulam Haider, 50, travelling in a car when attackers fired at him. The injured victim succumbed to bullet wounds while being shifted to a hospital. Haider also worked as a lawyer, making him the second lawyer to be gunned down in two days. Investigators, however, termed the attack as part of an ongoing wave of sectarian killings in the city, stating that the victim had probably been shot dead on the basis of his faith.

    Karachi: Shia notable murdered by Yazidi terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan, 11 April, 2014

    An eminent Shia notable, Behram Khan Gadi son of Ilahi Bux Khan, was ambushed and killed in Jhok Gadi Malekhi area of Dera Ismail Khan.

    Rawalpindi: Custodians of five razed Shia Imambargahs allege government bias, 10 April, 2014

    Custodians of five Imambargahs, one completely razed and four others partially damaged, have decried what they allege as ‘sheer discrimination’. Rebuilding of the razed seminary complex began last week after they had been completely ignored by the authorities. Seminary Taleemur Quran and 100 shops are being reconstructed at the cost of Rs 340 million despite the fact the site on which it is being raised again is reportedly a disputed land. “The government and its departments have to act with impartiality, but we have to say here that what we are facing is a perfect example of discrimination,” charged Iqrar Shah, the caretaker of Hifazat Ali Shah Imambargah at Bohar Bazaar, that was gutted on Ashura day, five months back. The Zuljinnah was beaten to death inside the building and the Imambargah was set alight by terrorists. The five Shia Imambargahs that were attacked and torched, including Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian, and Imambargah Colonel Maqbool, are facing step-motherly treatment from the provincial government as well as the local authorities. “It appears the administration and the local members of the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly are under pressure not to speak fairly by raising their voice for us,”complained Iqrar Shah. The cost of rebuilding his Imambargah is put at Rs30-35 million. Raja Zahur, who is custodian of Imambargah Qadeemi, near Banni Chowk, told media persons that the interior of the building had been destroyed and alams, taaziyas and other sacred articles torched by a group of terrorists.

    5 Shia Imambargahs, Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian & Imambargah Colonel Maqbool 
    were set on fire by a group of terrorists who destroyed the interior of the buildings, alams, taaziyas & other sacred articles.

    Karachi: Shia lawyer target killed after reconnaissance by Yazidi takfiri terrorists, 10 April, 2014

    A Shia lawyer was shot dead when Deobandi Takfiri terrorists opened fire on his car in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area. The Shia victim, identified as Advocate Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi, was the vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz’s lawyers’ wing. Zaidi was gunned down while he was on his way to court from his house. Following the incident, Sindh High Court Bar Association boycotted court proceedings in protest against the advocate’s killing. His body was immediately shifted to Jinnah Hospital. According to hospital sources, Shah had been shot in the head as well as in the chest. Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi was targeted after reconnaissance, said police personnel.

    Parachinar: Shia taxi driver shot dead in takfiri terrorist attack near Parachinar, 10 April, 2014

    A Shia taxi driver was killed in unprovoked firing by Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists near Parachinar. According to news reports, Mohammad Karam was driving his taxi when the Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stopped him. When the terrorists came to know that he was a Shia Muslim, they pulled him out of his taxi and shot him dead. The victim was resident of Jallandar area of Kurrum Agency, FATA.

    Karachi: Shia vegetable supplier shot dead in sectarian attack, 9 April, 2014

    In yet another sectarian attack, a Shia man was murdered at Khajoor Bazaar in Kharadar. The police said that 40-year-old Syed Iqbal Shah, a member of the Shia community who ran a vegetable supplying business, was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle. Baghdadi SHO Mohammad Alam Dehri said that the attack seemed to be sectarian-motivated.

    Washington Report: 1,000 minority girls forced into marriages every year in Pakistan: 8 April, 2014

    An estimated one thousand Christian and Hindu women are forced to convert and marry Muslim men in Pakistan every year, says a report. According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, up to 700 of these women are Christian and 300 are Hindu. “The true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or don’t progress through law-enforcement and legal systems,” the authors claim. The Christian community in Pakistan is over two million in size, accounting for 42% of Pakistan’s minority population, and is mostly resident in Punjab. MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls, usually between the ages of 12 and 25, are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity. Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out, which prevents the terrified victim from telling the truth. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. These patterns of violence and miscarriages of justice are explored in the report through an examination of 10 illustrative cases.

    Once in the custody of an abductor, the minority community kidnapped girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, 
    forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse in Pakistan.

    Karachi: Shia doctor shot dead in Yazidi takfiri terrorist attack, 8 April, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia doctor in Karachi. Reportedly, Yazidi takfiri Deobandi terrorists opened fire on Dr Qasim Abbas who was getting into a car near Yousuf Plaza Water Pump, Federal B Area, Block 16. He was critically wounded and breathed his last on the way to hospital. The murdered doctor’s Sunni driver Kaleem was injured in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of the Shia doctor and said that terrorists boldly continue the genocide against Shiites because the Pakistani government is appeasing them through talks instead of launching a focussed operation to stop them.

    Sukkur: Arrest of Sufi shrine caretaker triggers protest, 8 April, 2014

    Hundreds of disciples staged a demonstration and cordoned off the Mirpur Mathelo police station in district Ghotki, protesting against the arrest of Sakhwat Ali Shah, the caretaker of Dargah Jahan Pur Sharif. According to reports, Sakhawat Ali, who is also a singer of Sufi songs, was travelling in a vehicle when ASP Abdullah Ahmed Yar intercepted his vehicle in the locality of Khosa Phatak at Moomal-Ji-Mari, and took him to the Mirpur Mathelo police station. When the arrest came to the notice of the Ghotki SSP, he asked the DSP and SHO of the area to have him released.

    Karachi: Another Shia doctor killed in Karachi, 8 April, 2014

    Doctor Haider Raza was gunned down by unidentified attackers in front of Darul Sehat Hospital. Another man in the car with Raza was also injured in the attack, although his identity is not known yet. Senior police officer Pir Muhammad Shah said that three gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed a car with number ASV-987, near Darul-Sehar Hospital, in Gulistan-e-Johar, injuring Dr Haider Raza. He was shifted to hospital, where he succumbed to wounds. “It appears that the car was being followed by the assailants,” Shah added. It was the second attack in 24 hours in which Shia doctors were targeted.

    Rawalpindi: Pakistani police ask Minorities to protect themselves, 7 April, 2014

    After a recent order issued by the home department for the security of minorities’ worship places, Christian and Hindu worshippers complained that no concrete measures had been taken in reality. Previously the home department had ordered the police to increase security in view of potential terrorist attacks. According to a notice issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches of the garrison city, the administrations have been asked to take nine steps for their protection. These include the installation of CCTV cameras, storing one month’s footage, securing the place with barbed wire, eight-foot high boundary walls, setting up a police post on the roof, proper lighting and hiring security guards from a registered company which is verified by the police. Entry gates and barriers should be installed as well, states the notice. Also, the police should be informed before the start of a ceremony so that they can make security arrangements. Representatives of minorities said that provision of security is the responsibility of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Chairman Clergy Association of Pakistan and pastor St Paul’s Church, Rawalpindi, Dr Samuel Titus, said, “Security is provided to big churches only on special events. After the suicide attack on All Saint’s Church in Peshawar, the government allowed us to make our own safety measures but when we applied for arms licenses, the government turned down the applications. We are capable of protecting our worship places but the government should also take some initiative. It is impossible for a security guard to stop an attacker equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

    Notices were issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches in Rawalpindi advising them to take nine steps for their protection. 
    But for unarmed minorities, it is impossible to fight attackers equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot and killed by terrorists, 7 April, 2014

    A Shia youth, Ali Babar, was shot and killed for secterian reasons in Khada Market Memon Society area of Karachi. Pro-Taliban militants attack Shia Muslims in Pakistan on a regular basis, often targeting their religious gatherings. The country’s Shia leaders blame the government for failing to provide security for the Muslim minority.

    Karachi: Pakistani Christians protest string of ‘Blasphemy Convictions’, 6 April, 2014

    Christians in Lahore gathered together and held a peaceful protest against the misuse of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, committing blasphemy against Islam can carry a punishment as serious as capital punishment. In the past month, three Christians have been convicted under the country’s blasphemy laws, all three having been awarded the death penalty. Many Christians and human rights organizations have pointed out that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently misused and often target Christians. Will the world continue to turn a blind eye? A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws. The protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minorities leaders, Rufus Solomon and Asif Sohail Khokhar, demonstrated against the blatant misuse of the blasphemy laws especially against minority Christian community members. Addressing the protesters, Rufus Solomon said that the recent death sentences handed to Sawan Masih, the central character of a blasphemy case which resulted in the riots at Lahore’s Joseph Colony in March, 2013, and Shafqat and Shagufta Emmanuel over alleged blasphemous text messages sent to local Muslims in Gojra, had shocked the Christians and moderate Muslims alike. “It’s a pity that these three people were convicted even though there was no concrete evidence against them. We strongly protest the blatant misuse of blasphemy laws to target the minority communities to settle personal scores and vendettas,” said Rufus Solomon, adding that it had been observed that in most cases the judges were pressurised by local clerics and vigilante groups into convicting innocent people. He said that the Christians unanimously demanded that the High Court should review the verdicts in the light of actual evidence against the blasphemy accused and deliver justice to them.

    A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration 
    against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws.

    Karachi: Shia man killed on ‘sectarian’ grounds, 7 April, 2014

    A 45-year-old Shia man was killed on sectarian grounds in Hassan Colony, said Gulbahar police. Anwer Shah was in his bakery near his house in Hassan Colony when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Shah was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died.

    Karachi: ‘69 Shia community members killed in three months’, 7 April, 2014

    The leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) have expressed concern over the killing of 69 members of the Shia community in the past three months. Talking to media persons, MWM spokesman Ali Ahmer said that the killings continued to take place despite ongoing targeted operation by Rangers. He said that it seemed as if criminals had been given a free hand to kill innocent citizens and the fear of being target killed among members of the Shia community was causing them to emigrate from Karachi. Ahmer questioned the claim of federal interior minister who had said in the national assembly that 813 target killers had been caught from Karachi. Ali Ahmer said that if the target killers had been arrested then the suspects should be produced in court to be punished accordingly. He said that the provincial chief minister, the information minister and other ministers of the ruling party continued to promise that the operation would continue till the criminals were eliminated, but so far repeated requests to them to curb sectarian killings has not been heeded. He demanded the prime minister to take notice of the horrible situation faced by minorities in Pakistan before it was too late.

    Islamabad: Banned Pakistani Taliban launches its Urdu website; threaten Shiites, 6 April, 2014

    The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has launched its Urdu website ‘umarmedia.com’, hosting videos, a magazine, and interviews and statements of its top leaders. In the videos, terrorists of Tehreek-e-Taliban and its associate terrorist organizations have threatened Shiite Muslims in Pakistan by declaring a war against Shiites. It was not clear when the website was launched but a background check on the domain name shows it was registered on November 24, 2013 and was first updated on January 24, 2014. The website has been registered on the internet with an address in Queensland, Australia. A strip on the homepage said, ‘Official site of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’. The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

    The Taliban website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate 
    and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

    Toba Tek Singh: Christian couple awarded death in blasphemy case, 4 April, 2014

    Additional District and Sessions Judge Amer Habib awarded death sentence and Rs 100,000 fine to a Christian couple in a blasphemy case. The judge conducted the trial in the District Jail and awarded the death sentence and the fine to a poor watchman of a local school Shafqat Masih and his wife Shagufta Masih. The prosecution said that the convicts had sent blasphemous SMS to shopkeeper Malik Muhammad Hussain of Malkanwala Chowk about a year ago. The Gojra City police had arrested the Christian couple after registering a blasphemy case against them. A court in Toba Tek Singh heard the case against Shafqat Emmanuel, 43, and his wife, a cleaner at a local missionary school and mother of four young children. They were accused of sending blasphemous text messages on June 18, 2013, to complainants Muhammad Hussain and Gojra Tehsil Bar Association President Anwar Mansoor Goraya from a number allegedly registered in Shagufta’s name. The Gojra City Police in Punjab charged them with blasphemy under Sections 295-B (insulting the Koran, punishable by life imprisonment), 295-C (insulting Muhammad, punishable by death) and 25-D of The Telegraph Act of 1985. Section 25-D recommends a maximum of three years for intentionally “causing annoyance.”

    A Christian couple, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta belonging to Punjab Province, both of them incapable of writing proper Urdu, 
    was sentenced to death for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row in Pakistan to four.

    Parachinar: Innocent Shia youth killed in firing of security forces in Parachinar, 4 April, 2014

    Trigger-happy security officials opened unprovoked firing in a Shia majority area in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan, leaving a Shiite youth killed and another seriously injured in Parachinar. Due to unprovoked firing by trigger-happy personnel, Shaban Ali was killed in Ali Zai, Parachinar of Kurrum Agency. Another Shia youth, Kamal Hussain, was wounded in the firing. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the brutal murder, complaining that such irresponsible actions by security personnel brought a bad name to security institutions of Pakistan. They demanded that strict action should be taken to punish the officials involved in the firing incident.

    Khairpur: Shia prayer leader injured in Yazidi terrorist attack dies, 2 April, 2014

    A Shia prayer leader who was critically injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Khairpur breathed his last. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba have taken over Khairpur that was once an independent Shia princely state. Maulana Younus Chandio who was attacked while preparing to offer Fajr prayers in Phorhi Chandio Village of district Khairpur’s Tando Masti, succumbed to fatal wounds in hospital. Shia parties and leaders condemned the Yazidi terrorist attack that angered peaceful Shiites of the area who said that Sindh Chief Minister had failed to establish his writ in his home district, let alone the entire province.They demanded for stern action be taken to eliminate Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorist sttacks on Shias and other minorities in Pakistan.

    Tando Allahyar: Ahmedi man held for ‘desecrating’ the Quran; Anti-Ahmadi rampage in Sindh, 1 April, 2014

    A number of residents of various localities of Tando Allahyar city and activists of religious parties took to the streets against alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and attacked the home-cum-worship place of a man belonging to the Ahmedi community for his involvement in the alleged sacrilege. The charged crowd rushed into Tahir Ahmed’s home and went on a rampage in the worship place on the ground floor. He took refuge on the upper floor, where his family lived. A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the spot and detained Mr Ahmed while protesters threw stones at the suspect and injured him. The attack was sparked off when 12-year-old Salman who was proceeding from a seminary in Mansoor Colony, Tando Allahyar city, was intercepted by two men riding a motorbike. The men reportedly had snatched the Quran from him and had beaten him up. Salman went back home and told his family that Ahmed and an unknown man riding a motorbike had roughed him up and had snatched the Quran from him and had desecrated it. A big charged crowd soon gathered chanting slogans against the suspect, went to the Ahmedi man’s home in Mansoor Colony and went on a rampage in the small worship place in the ground floor of the house. An FIR (68/2014) was registered on the complaint of Qari Mohammad Ayub Siddique, Salman’s paternal uncle, under Sections 295-b, 337-A-1 and F-1 against the two suspects at the A-Section police station. The protesters burnt tyres and resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night. According to sources, it was rumoured that some people wanted to grab Tahir’s house, which was the real reason for the disturbance.

    A rampaging mob at Tando Allahyar protesting against an Ahmedi Muslim man for allegedly desecrating the Quran, burnt tyres and 
    resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night.

    March 2014 

    Karachi: Hindus protest against increasing number of temple attacks, 31 March, 2014

    A large number of Hindus gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday to protest against the desecration of their temples. In the last few weeks, Hindu temples have been attacked in Hyderabad, Larkana, Tharparkar and Tando Mohammad Khan. The protest was organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), the largest representative group of the community in the country. Holding placards, lawyers, students, politicians and rights activists demanded security for Hindu temples and urged the government to arrest the miscreants responsible for desecrating their worship places. “The Hindus and Muslims of Sindh live like a family in the province,” Lal Mohan Malhi, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA from Umerkot, told reporters at the rally. “But in the past few months, certain elements from outside have entered the province and are bent on spoiling the peaceful atmosphere here.” The protesters condemned the federal government’s “utter indifference” towards the rising incidents of hate crime and the absence of steps for Hindus’ security. “Whenever Nawaz Sharif’s party comes into power, we see a rise in the incidents of violence against minorities,” said Mangla Sharma, a member of the PHC’s executive council. She added that both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had condemned the attacks on the temples, but the federal government had kept mum about the issue. “We are also Pakistanis. We pay hefty amounts in taxes. We have the right to security,” she said. The PHC leaders said after the attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, the council had sought security from the government for other Hindu religious places. But the government’s apathetic response eventually caused more attacks. “The provincial government had failed to bring the law and order situation in the province under control,” said Sanjesh Dhanja of the Pakistan Hindu Seva. “It’s time that the Hindus from all over the country become united and demand that the government take steps to probe the attacks and bring the culprits to book.” The protesters believe that certain banned groups that have increased their activities in the province under the garb of social work are behind the attacks. “The government knows very well as to who is behind these attacks,” said Rajiv, a student. “However, we don’t see any action being taken against them.” Besides the arson attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, a Hanuman temple in Hyderabad was desecrated on March 28 and Faqir Par Braham’s ashram in Nagarparkar robbed on March 31, 2014.

    Karachi: Shia tea shop owner killed by terrorists, 31 March, 2014

    A Shia tea shop owner was killed in a Yazidi terrorist attack in Karachi, Nazimabad police confirmed. The police said that a Shia Muslim man, Karim Haider, son of Faqeer Mohammad was murdered at Gol Market, Nazimabad, district central of Karachi. His body was taken to a nearby government hospital. The victim was the owner of a tea shop. Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists blatantly continue the genocide of Shiites all across Pakistan without any problems due to the lacklustre approach of the Pakistani government.

    Hyderabad: Muslims set fire to another Hindu temple in Hyderabad, 29 March, 2014

    A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated early in the morning. Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7:00 AM, prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata. “They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene all around and set everything ablaze.” The temple’s caretaker, Revo Meghwadh, had died five months back after being bitten by a snake inside the temple. According to Darshan, the faces of the attackers were partly covered so he would be unable to identify them. They escaped without facing any resistance, he added. The fire, which gutted the photos of Hindu deities hanging on the walls, was put out by local people. The attack triggered protests at Fateh Chowk, Tando Wali Muhammad, Liaquat Colony, Cantt, Bombay Bakery and GOR Colony areas. The protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. An FIR has been lodged against three unidentified attackers on the complaint of Krishan Kumar.

    Islamabad: Two members of Ahmadi family found murdered in Islamabad, 29 March, 2014

    Two members of an Ahmadi family were found murdered in their house in the capital city. Bushra, 50, and her son Mubashir, 27, were found murdered in their home, by Mujahid the second son of the murdered woman, after he returned from Lahore. The motive behind the killings is yet to be ascertained. Police said that the two sons and a daughter-in-law of a deputy director of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) were living with their mother Bushra, in their house at G-11/3. The CDA official was residing with his second wife at G-7. When Mujahid came back at around 2:30 AM, he got no response from inside the house despite ringing the doorbell several times. Later, he broke into the house and found her mother dead in her bedroom and his brother lying murdered in another room. The police said that Bushra had been stabbed twice while Mubashir, a lecturer at a university, had nine stab wounds. During preliminarily investigations, the possibility of forced entry into the house and robbery was ruled out as no forced signs of entry were found and cash and gold ornaments, including those worn by the woman, were found intact. “It seems that there was a welcome entry given by the family to some acquaintances,” the police said, adding the inspection of the house showed six to seven people had come to the house as seven glasses as well as bottles of soft drinks and fruits were found on a table.” It seems that some people either overpowered the woman and her son or intoxicated them before tabbing them, the police said. The police stated that the deputy director had married two women in 1988 and used to stay with them alternately. On the day of the incident, he was with his first wife. It is yet to be established if the killings had any religious connection, enmity or dispute. The police said that they had picked up 10 suspects based on the list of telephone calls the woman and her son had made before their deaths.

    Faisalabad: Poor Pakistani Christian and his 3 sons kidnapped by Muslim brick kiln owner, 28 March, 2014

    A poor Pakistani Christian man, Mushtaq Masih and his three sons Aslam Masih, Kashif Masih and Akram Masih, have been kidnapped by a rich Muslim brick kiln owner, Rana Mohammed Tahir and his gang in Faisalabad, Punjab. Mushtaq Masih refused to work for Rana Mohammed Tahir, so the brick kiln owner attacked Mushtaq Masih’s house with a group of Muslim men fully armed with automatic weapons. The armed attackers kidnapped the poor Christian and his three sons. Local police are as usual doing nothing in this case of unprovoked attack of majority Muslims on unarmed and helpless minorities in Pakistan.

    Karachi: Shia Muslim Zulfiqar Haider shot and killed in Karachi, 27 March, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ambushed and target killed another Shia Muslim man, Zulfiqar Haider, in sector 5 D Surjani Town in Karachi.

    Karachi: Asia Bibi’s blasphemy appeal postponed… Again, 27 March, 2014

    The hearing of the appeal for Asia Bibi in Pakistan has been postponed a second time by the Division Bench Lahore High Court , Lahore, and has been fixed for 14 April, 2014, after her accuser did not appear in the courtroom. In 2009, Asia was falsely accused of blasphemy after drinking from a well that villagers claimed was for Muslims only. A local cleric filed a blasphemy case against Asia, the only Christian living in the village. The case became internationally known after Asia was sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam in 2010. The first hearing of the appeal which was fixed for March 26, 2014, for the Pakistani Christian blasphemy victim, Asia Bibi, convicted on unsupported blasphemy charges and sentenced to death by a Court, has been postponed again. The trial has already been postponed twice.

    Jhelum: Man acquitted in blasphemy case assassinated, 23 March, 2014

    A blasphemy accused man, who was lately released in the blasphemy case, was murdered in Jehlum. Sharafat Gola told the police that his brother, Ashraf Gola, a former chairman of a district council, was travelling in a car along with a friend, Iftikhar Ahmed, when anonymous men intercepted their vehicle near Pind Dadan Khan, about 250 kilometres from Lahore, and sprayed the vehicle with bullets, leaving both men dead on the spot. The district and sessions judge had releasd Ashraf as no blasphemy charges was proven against him. Police have filed a case against the anonymous killers. The abominable incident draws attention to the fact that blasphemy victims are not safe in Pakistan even after being proven innocent.

    Acquitted blasphemy suspect, Ashraf Gola, was gunned down with his friend in Jehlum

    Lahore: Christian man awarded death penalty in Joseph Colony case, 23 March, 2014

    A court in Pakistan sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy on 20 March, 2014, his lawyer said, over an incident that triggered a riot in the country’s second-largest city. Sawan Masih was convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed during a conversation with a Muslim friend in the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March 2013. More than 3,000 Muslims rampaged through Joseph Colony, torching more than 100 Christian homes in Lahore, after the allegations against Masih. Naeem Shakir, one of Masih’s lawyers, told media persons, “The judge has announced the death sentence for Sawan Masih. We will appeal the sentence in the Lahore High Court.” The verdict and sentence were announced inside the jail where Masih was held, said Shakir. Pakistan has extremely strict laws against defaming Islam, including the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Mohammed. However, rights campaigners say that they are generally used to settle personal disputes. Masih has maintained his innocence and argued that the real reason for the blasphemy allegation was a property dispute between him and his friend.

    Mobs rampaged through the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March last year 
    after blasphemy allegations against Sawan Masih surfaced

    Peshawar: Two kidnapped Sikhs freed after payment of ransom in Dera Ismail Khan, 23 March, 2014

    Two members of the Sikh community, who were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan on February 11, 2014, have been released and have reached their home in Peshawar, official sources said. The sources said that the Sikh community members were released after a local jirga (tribal elders) negotiated with their unknown captors. Some insiders, however, said that a huge amount of ransom had been paid to secure their safety and release. The captives, Savendar Singh and Anand Singh, were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan on February 11, 2014, by unknown assailants. Anand Singh, speaking to media persons said that he and Savender had been running their herbal medicine business in D I Khan when they had been kidnapped at gunpoint by masked gunmen riding motorbikes. He said that the kidnappers had shifted them to an unknown place where the kidnappers, who were 10 in number, had informed them that there were some complaints against them and they would only be released if their Amir (commander/chief) was satisfied. Anand Singh rejected the notion that they had been released after payment of a hefty ransom. Special Assistant to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Soran Singh said that Anand and Savender had been kept in Mir Ali. Another member of the Sikh community in mohallah Jogan Shah told media persons that the two Sikhs had been released afterthe payment of Rs 4 million to the kidnappers.

    Lahore: Old Hindu temple at risk, 23 March, 2014

    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has sought the intervention of the chief justice of Pakistan to protect an old Hindu temple in Karachi that is threatened by the construction of underpasses and flyovers at Clifton. In a letter sent to the chief justice, the HRCP chairperson noted that business interests in complicity with officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had started the construction of multiple flyovers and underpasses around the Clifton seafront without any prior notice. She noted that such a major venture “which would vandalise the very face of a historical part of the city, has not undergone the environmental impact assessment (with public hearings) mandated by law.” The chairperson highlighted the HRCP’s concern over the adverse impact that this project could have on the more than 150-year-old Sri Ratneswar Mahadev temple located within a few metres of one of the underpasses. The chairperson noted that every year thousands of Hindu and Sikh devotees visited the temple located in a cavern under the Jehangir Kothari Parade. “Ground vibrations from excavation and from the eventual high-density traffic running so close to the temple could cause collapse of this irreplaceable place of worship,” the HRCP chairperson added. She said that the Hindu community in Sindh had been experiencing escalating human rights violations over the past few years. “The Laxmi Narayan Mandir, located at Native Jetty, near the Jinnah Bridge on M A Jinnah Road, had its access, privacy and environs severely affected a few years ago by another commercial project, Port Grand.” The letter called upon the chief justice to summon KMC officials to explain the matter and ensure that all necessary steps were taken to protect the temple.

    Hindus in Karachi’s commercial hub urged officials to halt construction work on an underpass 
    which they say would endander the 150-year-old Sri Ratneswar Mahadev temple.

    Islamabad: 3000 Christian families will be homeless after bulldozing of their homes, 23 March, 2014

    Dr J. Salik said that history is repeating itself in Pakistan with minorities facing identical troubles as they were before independence. The resolution against slums is an odious conspiracy against minorities to make them homeless, he said adding that it was shameful that the Capital Development Authority was asking poor slum dwellers to leave their homes in spite of the fact that the unfortunate inhabitants have been living here for the last four decades. Dr J. Salik said that more than 3000 Christian families will be affected in Islamabad. He said that the Pakistani Government has already illegally occupied properties belonging to Christians like: Rang Mahal Christian High School, St. Francis High School, Christian High School Sialkot Cant, Christian High School Daska Sialkot, Christian High School Sialkot city, Christian Girls High School Hajipura Sialkot city, Christian High School Bara pathar, Christian High School Wazirabad, Christian High School Martin pur, Mission High School Stunzabad, Dist Khanawal, ARP Mission High School 72/10-R Dist Multan, St. Vincent Model High School 133-6/16-L, Methodist Boys High School Stunzabad, C.M.R High School Okara, ARP Mission High School 148/9-C, ARP American Mission High School Sahiwal, Christian High School, Raja Bazar RWP, Christian High School, Gujarat, Mission Girls High School Gujarat, CMS High School Chak 462/6 B Lyallpur Faisalabad, St. Thomas High School Khushpur Faisalabad, Saint Albert High School Gojra (Lyallpur), CMS High School Chak 424/JB (Lyallpur), Gordon College Rawalpindi and Murray College Sialkot.

    Christian neighborhoods in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad face demolition 
    which would leave several thousands of Pakistani Christians homeless and helpless.

    Karachi: Shopkeeper killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 22 March, 2014

    In Rizvia Society, a Shia shopkeeper was gunned down. The police said that Shujaat Hussain, 24, was sitting in a general store along with his friend Taufiq Hussain when unidentified men on a motorbike attacked them with a 9 mm pistol. The injured men were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Shujaat was pronounced dead. Tension gripped the locality after the incident. SHO Mazhar Iqbal said that it might be a sectarian attack. Shujaat was the brother of Rizvia Imambargah trustee Amjad Shah, a spokesperson for Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen said. He criticised the government for its failure to stop attacks on Shias.

    Lahore: FIA officer, his son shot injured in Takfiri terrorist attack, 22 March, 2014

    A Shia deputy director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and his son were shot and injured by Takfiri terrorists in Lahore. Deputy director FIA, Farhat Abbas, was travelling in his official vehicle accompanied by his son when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists ambushed the officer in Muslim Town in Lahore. Both father and son were injured in the attack and were rushed to hospital for treatment.

    Karachi: Shia officer of National Accountability Bureau killed in terrorists attacks, 22 March, 2014

    A Shia officer of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), a former police office,r was shot and killed when terrostis of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat attacked him in Gulbahar Colony area of Karachi. Agha Jamil, a Shia officer of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), was targeted at a hotel in Bahadurabad. Agha Jamil and a minor child were critically wounded in the sporadic firing. The injured persons were rushed to nearby private hospital where doctors declared that both victims had breathed their last. Agha Jamil originally belonged to the police department and served as Station House Officer and then as DSP.

    Karachi: Another Shia life extinguished in terrorist attack, 22 March, 2014

    Another Shia Muslim, Shujaat Hussain, was targeted by terrorists of ASWJ near Kazimain Imam Bargah Gulbahar Colony. He died on the spot. His namaz-e-janaza was held at Imam Bargah Shah-e-Karbala Rizvia Society. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the repeated and unprovoked terrorist attacks mounted on Shia Muslims. They demanded military action to eliminate the terrorists.

    Sialkot: Christian cemetery in Pasrur comes under Muslim land mafia menace, 22 March, 2014

    People in Pasrur, District Sialkot, are facing constant threat as an influential Muslim community land mafia group is trying to take possession of the community’s cemetery by force in order to build a roadway over Christian graves to connect their housing project. During the British regime, the cemetery was allotted tothe Christian community but local Muslims are now arguing that the land belongs to them. The construction group has recently initiated a housing project adjoining the cemetery and over the graves. The minority Christians of the city are courageously guarding the cemetery 24/7 stating that they are ready to sacrifice their lives if the Muslim land mafia ever attempts to vandalize the graves of their ancestors.

    Christian cemetery in Pasrur face threats from a Muslim Land Mafia which is eyeing it for a housing project

    Karachi: Shiite killed by terrorists, 21 March, 2014

    Yazidi terrorists mounted yet another macabre attack on a peaceful law abiding Shiite namely Nasir Hussain in Nazimabad in the district central of Karachi. Nasir Hussain was rushed to a private hospital for treating serious bullet injuries, but he succumbed to his wounds. The victim was an active member of Anjuman Shabab ul Maumineen, an azadar organisation based in Karachi.

    Khairpur: Mir Manzoor Talpur shot to death in Khairpur, 20 March, 2014

    A Shia Muslim Mir Manzoor Hussain Talpur was shot and killed in Khairpur by Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) famous as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP). Manzoor Hussain Talpur was targeted in Panjhatti area of Khairpur in the morning. Shiites have staged a protest at Panjhati area against terrorists of ASWJ and have demanded for the registeration of the FIR against the culprits involved in the targeted killing. Shia Muslims of Khairpur district staged sit-ins refusing to bury the victim until the killers were arrested. The protesters placed the coffin of the Shia victim in front of the Sindh Chief Minister’s Khairpur residence and continued their sit-in there.

    Punjab: Shia doctor killed, 20 March, 2014

    A Shia doctor, Hassan Abdali, was shot dead in Punjab. Yazidi terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba known as Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal Jamaat (ASWJ)/ Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), shot and killed a Shia doctor who also served as a volunteer at an Imambargah in Hassan Abdal, a historic town in district Attock of Punjab province. Shia leaders have condemned the targeted murder and have demanded for capital punishment for the killers.

    Karachi: Shia Muslim bank manager shot dead, 20 March, 2014

    In Karachi, another Shia Muslim man, Mohsin Raza, was target killed in Shahrah-e-Faisal near the Star Gate traffic signal. He was a manager at the National Bank of Pakistan and a resident of Jafar-e-Tayyar Society Malir.

    Hyderabad: Shia youth tortured and killed for his religion, 19 March, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists tortured and killed a Shia youth, Ghulam Nabi, in Hala Naka area in Hyderabad late in the night.

    Lahore: Pakistan Court postpones appeal of Christian woman on death row, 19 March, 2014

    The fate of a Christian woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy remained unclear after a High Court postponed an appeals hearing. Asia Bibi was to appear on March 17, 2014, in front of the Lahore High Court in Pakistan’s Punjab province, but the case was adjourned when one of the two judges failed to appear, trial observers said. No new date for the appeal hearing was immediately announced. Bibi, a 45-year-old mother of five, has been in detention since 2009 after she told Muslim co-workers that Jesus Christ is alive. According to investigators, she had apparently made the remarks while working in the fields of a Muslim landowner.

    Blasphemy accused, Asia Bibi, was to appear in front of a court on March 17, 2014, but the case was postponed

    Rahim Yar Khan: Young Christian girl abducted, forcibly converted to Islam, 19 March, 2014

    15-year-old Christian girl, Komal Yousaf, was abducted and converted to Islam by force in Rahim Yar Khan where more than 3,000 Christians reside. Yousaf Masih and his family lived in Sadiq Bazar where he and his wife Rubina worked in a factory to earn money to support their family. Muhammad Aslam who worked in the same factory as the ‘in charge’, tried to coerce the family to accept Islam so that he could marry their minor daughter Komal, although he was already married and had 2 children. On 24 February, 2014, Muhammad Aslam and some more Muslims came to the victim’s house to force them to convert to Islam but they left in anger when when Yousaf and his wife refused. Yousaf Masih complained to the manager of the factory, Jabran Hussian, but he did not take any action against Muhammad Aslam. On March 4, 2014, when Yousaf and his wife were at work, they got a call from a neighbor who told them that Muhammad Aslam and a few armed men had intruded into their house and had taken away their young daughter Komal. The couple rushed to the local police station for registering an FIR against the culprits but the police refused to register the FIR stating that their daughter had accepted Islam and had married Muhammad Aslam. Muhammad Aslam and a Muslim Cleric, Qari Javed, threatened Yousaf’s family that they will kill them if they did not stop following the girl. Yousaf Masih contacted Pastor David, his cousin from Multan who appealed to the NGO, World Vision in Progress, for assistance. On 15 March, 2014, with the efforts of the NGO and a local Muslim lawyer, the culprit was forced to produce the abducted girl in front of a committee set up to settle the issue. When Komal was produced she said that she had been taken by force from her house by Muhammad Aslam who had taken her signatures on papers. She also said that Muhammad Aslam had sexually assaulted all the days of her detention.

    Hyderabad: Muslim University refuses to appoint Christians for anything but ‘Low ranked’ jobs, 19 March, 2014

    A public university in Pakistan was resisting court orders and deceiving government authorities by avoiding giving state approved jobs to non-Muslims, claimed Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill, MP of Pakistan Muslim League (N). In May 2009, the government of Pakistan had passed a law requiring 5% of jobs to be allocated to religious minorities across the nation. The University of Sargodha located in the Punjab where most of the country’s Christians reside, has hired hundreds of employees since this law was passed and implemented in 2010, but continues to use bureaucratic tactics to avoid hiring non-Muslims. The law was made to protect religious minorities and minimize bias in the appointment of people applying for government jobs, but state officials are the main obstacle to its implimentation. The law was initiated by Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian MP who was murdered three years ago. Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill filed a case against the university through the Ombudsman in September 2012 and the university lost the case. Nearly one year has passed since the case was concluded but the university has not rectified its wrongdoing, said Gill. The record provided by the university to the Ombudsman verifies that 102 of the 111 Christian hired since 2010 are working as street sweepers. The remaining nine Christians are primarily working as clerks and gardeners with one working as a storekeeper and the other as a laboratory attendant. Gill further added that the University of Sargodha was not the only university ignoring the minority quota but there are dozens of other universities doing so too.

    University of Sargodha is not the only university ignoring the minority quota but dozens of other universities in Pakistan 
    continue to do so and give only low level jobs to Christians in Pakistan

    Karachi: Shia school teacher shot and killed in Karachi, 18 March, 2014

    A Shia Muslim, Arif Hussain, son of Muhammad Sharif, aged-25-years, was shot dead in a Takfiri Deobandi terrorist attack in Manzoor Colony area of Karachi.

    Karachi: Shia political worker among 3 shot & murdered kidnapped men, 18 March, 2014

    A Shia activist of a political party and two of his Sunni comrades who were abducted 20 days ago, were found murdered. Yawar Abbas Zaidi, Shamshad Haider and Farooq, affiliated with a Karachi-based political party, were kidnapped at gunpoint about 20 days ago. Their tortured bullet riddled bodies were found in Nooriabad area on the main superhighway in Karachi. Relatives of the victims identified the bodies as Yawar Abbas Zaidi, Shamshad Haider and Farooq. Yawar Abbas Zaidi was a Shia Muslim by faith.

    Quetta: First ‘Shia genocide awards ceremony’ held in Quetta, 18 March, 2014

    On 13 March 2014, an awards presentation ceremony was held in Quetta. Its sole purpose was to honour those Takfiri Deobandis who have dedicated their lives to promoting and justifying Shia genocide in Pakistan. To all intents and purposes, it was the First Shia Genocide Awards Ceremony. The head of the Sipa-e-Sahabah/Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (SSP/ASWJ), Mullah Ahmed Ludhianvi, flew in from Lahore and handed shields to various Shia haters. “Shia Kafir!” slogans were shouted before and after the awards ceremony,. Thousands of rounds of bullets were fired into the air to warn Shias living in Quetta that they could be the target of Takfiri bullets anytime. The tragedy behind the entire ceremony was the protection given by the police and inteligence agencies, who cardoned off the area so that no harm would come to Ludhianvi and his fellow Takfiri Deobandis. The PML-N government of Baluchistan looked the other way when Mullah Ludhianvi landed in Quetta with his Takfiri Shia haters. In fact they were given VIP welcome and protection. No channel or newspapers told the people of Pakistan how much anti-Shia venom was spewed out in Quetta that day. The ceremony closed after Mullah Ludhianvi declared that the war against the enemies of Islam would continue: More Shias will be killed.

    An awards presentation ceremony was held in Quetta for the sole purpose of honouring the Takfiri Deobandis 
    who have dedicated their lives to promoting and justifying Shia genocide in Pakistan

    Karachi: Three Hindus injured in acid attack, 17 March, 2014

    Three Hindus were injured in an acid attack during a religious festival in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, according to the police. “People were throwing colors on each other celebrating the Hindu religious festival of Holi in Model Colony area, when one of the participants threw acid-mixed color on the crowd and sped away,” said Pir Mohammad Shah, a city police chief. Ironically the acid-throwing incident follows the burning of a Hindu temple and a community office in southern Larkana district by angry mobs protesting the alleged burning of a Quran by a Hindu that happened the previous day.

    Lahore: Shia publisher arrested for selling Nehjul Balaghah in Lahore, 17 March, 2014

    Shia publisher and owner of a bookshop was arrested and detained for selling in Lahore, the Nehjul Balaghah, a book of sermons and sayings of Imam Ali. The police arrested Syed Mohammad Raza Shah, owner of Matkaba tur Reza from his Urdu Bazaar sales point. Anarkali police of Lahore had earlier registered a case against him on the complaint of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba’s fanatics. The registration of a case and arrest of an innocent Shiite publisher evoked instant reaction from Shia Muslims across Pakistan who warned that they would come out on the streets and would not return until the false case was withdrawn and Raza was released. Protesting Shia Muslims said that Takfiri elements were desecrating their mosques and Imambargahs and attacked temples and churches to express their hatred against Muslims and non-Muslims minorities alike.

    Kasur: Brutal double murder of Chrisitian mother and her son, 17 March, 2014

    Christian mother Parveen Bibi and her 17 years old son Zulfikar were killed by Babar Baig and his accomplices in Basti Kapt pura, Rao Khanawala village in district Kasur. Nargis Bibi said that her elder brother Youhana Masih had been murdered by Babar Baig on 19 February, 2013 and FIR No is 67/13 was registered. Reportedly he was murdered because he was an eye-witness in the murder of Shoukat Ali, who had also been murdered by Babar Baig and his accomplices. Since his murder, the murdered man’s family were continuously receiving threats from the accused men who also attacked Parveen Bibi and her son on many occasions. She submitted several applications to the police but of no avail. On 16 March, 2014, Babar Baig, Nasir and Mehmood alias Mooda entered the victims’ house forcibly after shooting down the main door. They entered the courtyard and opened fire on Zulfiqar who died on the spot. They also attacked his father Sadiq but Perveen Bibi intervened and saved him and their youngest son Waqar. The woman however died in the attack while Sadiq was critically injured. The attackers said that Sadiq and his family shouldn’t have persued the case against them and this was the result.

    Christian woman Parveen Bibi died while trying to save her husband Sadiq and their youngest son Waqar 
    from Muslim attackers. Another son Zulfiqar was killed on the spot during the attack.

    Karachi: Ismaili doctor gunned down in ‘sectarian’ attack, 17 March, 2014

    An Ismaili doctor was shot dead in a suspected targeted attack in Azizabad, said the police. They added that as Dr Shaukat Ali, 56, parked his car and proceeded towards his Mumtaz Miani clinic in Karimabad, armed pillion riders shot the doctor and fled. He sustained head wounds and was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The victim belonged to the Ismaili community, said Azizabad DSP Saleem Akhter Siddiqi, adding that the police were investigating the exact motive for the murder. He said that the doctor had recently shifted from Karimabad to Garden East from where he was on his way to his to the clinic when he was targeted. Azizabad police said that the clinic was run in the morning by his wife, who is a lady doctor, and by the doctor himself in the evening. Additional police surgeon at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Abdul Haq said that Dr Shaukat had received two bullet wounds on his head fired from 9 mm pistol. DIG West Javed Alam Odho said that the the Ismaili doctor’s murder might be related to sectarianism but the police were not sure about it.

    Karachi: Death threats against Christian school principal and two women rights defenders in Pakistan, 17 March, 2014

    A local Muslim cleric started a vendetta against the Christian ‘Saint Paul High School’, which has been serving both Christian and Muslim children for over 20 years. LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) had leased the Catholic School from the Catholic Board of Education. Mr Zulifqar Masih, a Human Rights Defender and Field Coordinator of LEAD, is the Principal of the school. Christian and Muslim children of nearby villages have been getting an education here, since the establishment of the school. On March 15, 2014, during school vacations, three anonymous armed persons entered the school premises by force and started beating up Zulifqar Masih, as well as two Women’s Rights Defenders, Mrs Zulifqar and Mrs Imran. The attackers took away school documents and a laptop. They also threatened the victims that if they did not shut the school down , they would have to face awful consequences including abduction and homicide.

    Dera Bugti: Temples, gurdwaras targeted over alleged blasphemy, 16 March, 2014

    After a Hindu temple and a community office in southern Larkana district was burnt by angry mobs protesting the alleged burning of a Quran by a Hindu, violent Muslim mobs attempted to set ablaze Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras in the southwestern Pakistan province of Dera Bugti, Dawn daily said in a report on its website. They also tried to enter Hindu localities, but police and Levies personnel foiled the attempt. The police fired into the air to stop the protesters from attacking a temple in Dera Allahyar area. All shops, markets and commercial centres were closed in the districts of Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Sobatpur bordering Sindh. Security has been beefed up, especially in and around temples and gurdwaras while police and Levies personnel were deployed to patrol Hindu and Sikh localities.

    An angry Muslim crowd set fire to a Hindu community centre in Larkana and Muslim mobs attempted to set ablaze Hindu temples 
    and Sikh gurdwaras in Dera Bugti after allegations circulated that a Hindu man had desecrated Islam’s holy book.

    Karachi: Christian family beaten up for filing kidnapping case against daughter’s kidnappers, 16 March, 2014

    In December 2012, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Yousaf and two unidentified persons kidnapped a Christian girl, 14-year-old Rafia Mansha, while she was going to the fields to pick some vegetables for her family with a Muslim lady named Zulaikhan Bibi. After the abduction, Muhammad Imran forcibly converted the kidnapped Christian girl to Islam and married the minor girl. On February 5, 2013, FIR No 79/13 was registered against the offenders but no action was taken against the influential offenders by the police. Her family filed a petition in Family Court Pattoki against the marriage of the minor Christian girl which was accepted by the family Court which passed a verdict in favour of Rafia Mansha by affirming and ordering that the marriage certificate was bogus & illicit, and therefore canceled. On March 12, 2014 four Muslim armed men, Imran, Boota, Yousaf and Ramzan forcibly went into Mansha Masih’s house and started thrashing him and his wife and daughter for registering a kidnapping case against them.

    Lahore: Christian girl abducted by Muslim boss and sold as slave, 16 March, 2014

    Sobia Masih, a Christian girl, aged 19, was abducted and sold as a slave to another influential Muslim of Muzaffargrah. Sobia Masih was abducted by Mohammad Adil Zulifiqar from Dera Ghazi Khan. Sharif Masih told media persons that his daughter Sobia Masih had not returned home on March 11, 2014, from the house of Mohammad Adil Zulifqar, where she had gone to clean the house instead of her mother Rani Bibi who was sick that day. When her parents went to Mohammad Adil Zulfiqar’s house in search of their daughter, they found it locked. While enquiring from neighbours, they were told that Mohammad Adil had gone to Lahore with their daughter and some of his friends that afternoon. The victim’s parents went to the police station to file a report of their daughter’s abduction but the police refused to register their report alleging that their daughter had run away from home and they were trying to shame Mohammad Adil Zulifqar who was a respectable Muslim of the area. Later, the girl’s parents received a call from Mohammad Adil Zulfiqar stating that Sobia Masih has accepted Islam and he had married the girl. On March 16, 2014, the culprit Mohammad Adil Zulifiqar was tracked down by a World Vision in Progress team who work for persecuted Christians in Pakistan. But Sobia Masih was not found with him. A close friend of Mohammad Adil Zulifqar named Muhammad Dildar told Ejaz Hussain of World Vision in Progress that Mohammad Adil Zulifqar had sold Sobia Masih to a rich man in Muzaffargarh.

    Karachi: Shia youth Syed Khurram Abedi shot dead in Karachi, 16 March, 2014

    A young Shia Muslim man, Syed Khurram Hasan Abidi son of Syed Muhammad Hassan Abedi, aged-30 years, was shot and killed in Karachi. Terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jammat attacked the unarmed Syed Khurram Hassan Zaidi near Peoples Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area of Karachi, when he was returning home from his shop in Sareena Mobile Market.

    Young Shia Syed Khurram Hasan Abidi was killed by terrorists while on his way home

    Dera Ismail Khan: Shia Muslim killed in captivity by Taliban terrorists, 15 March, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of Taliban murdered a Shia Muslim who they had abducted from Dera Ismail Khan two days earlier. TTP/Sipah-e-Sahaba/ASWJ terrorists had kidnapped a Shia Muslim man, Shaukat Hussain son of Hussain Bakhsh, on 13 March, 2014. Two days later, they killed him while in their captivity in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province.

    Khairpur: Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s top leaders & 60 other Shias arrested in Khairpur, 15 March, 2014

    Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat, renamed ipah-e-Sahaba/ Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was allowed to hold their anti-Shiites and pro-terrorism conference in Khairpur where notorious terrorists and ringleaders belonging to the banned outfits spoke anti-Shia messages . However, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), leading Shia party of Pakistan, has been denied permission to hold the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah Conference in Khairpur, the home district of the chief minister of Sindh province. Top leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen (MWM), Allama Mukhtar Imami, Secretary General Aalama Karbalai and 60 other Shia activists have been arrested ahead of the scheduled conference in Khairpur by Rangers cops who stormed into Mumtaz Stadium and arrested Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen’s officials and workers while they were making arrangements for the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference. The witch-hunt against the MWM officials has sparked off stiff reaction from Shiites across Pakistan.

    Larkana: Pakistani Hindu community under attack, Hindu temple burnt down, 15 March, 2014

    A mob furious over alleged desecration of holy pages from the Quran, went out of control, surrounded the main temple and set a Hindu Dharamshala on fire late at night on Jinnah Bagh Road in Larkana triggering panic and fear in the entire city. People took to the roads in Usta Muhammad, Dera Allah Yar, Sohbatpur, Gandakha, Dera Murad Jamali, Tamboo, Mnajho Shori, Notal, Chattar, Phuleji, Mir Hassan and other areas of Jaffarabad and Nasirabad districts. Usta Muhammad suddenly turned into a battlefield as angry mobs set ablaze eight shops and destroyed more than 25 buildings. Shops belonging to Hindu community members were also looted. The Hindu community in Naudero and Ratodero closed their businesses and did not celebrate Holi due to fear of Muslim demonstrators. They remained confined in their homes as unruly Muslim mobs continued violent protests in many areas. According to reports, an unannounced curfew has been clamped in Larkana as immense tension overtook the entire city. According to police sources, a Hindu man who is said to have committed the sacrilegious act was apprehended by personnel of the Market Police Station and moved to an undisclosed location. Police sources said that the arrested 32-year man was intoxicated when he desecrated the holy pages.

    An angry Muslim crowd set fire to a Hindu community centre in Larkana 
    after rumours about a Hindu man desecrating the Quran went into circulation

    Khairpur: 7 Shia youths injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 14 March, 2014

    Yazidi terrorists of the banned Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured several Shia youths as they were writing graffiti for the Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference in Panj Hatti area. 7 workers of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen were injured in the firing. Deobandi Sipah-e-Sahaba fanatics removed the graffiti that appealed people to attend the anti-terrorists and anti-Taliban Conference, Labbaik Ya Rasoolullah (PBUH) Conference. The injured were identified as Zeeshan Shah, Najaf Shah, Arshad Mughal, Zeeshan Soomro, Ahmed Bhatti and Kazim. They were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Another Shiite was wounded in a shoot-out at a food centre.

    Rawalpindi: Yazidi terrorists attack Shia leader in a bid to hide their blasphemous graffiti, 13 March, 2014

    Takfiri terrorists of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba/Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat attacked a local Shia leader Saeed ul Hassan Rizvi, secretary general of the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Rawalpindi chapter, accusing him of contempt for companions of Prophet (BUH), a baseless charge that banned takfiri terrorist outfits generally use to frame minority Muslims in Rawalpindi, in what appeared to be an attempt to divert public attention from their blasphemous graffiti against Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH). The Deobandi fanatics began a demonstration at Sadiqi Chowk to pressurize the police to register a fake FIR on their baseless accusations.

    Karachi: Shia Azadar injured in Yazidi terrorist attack in Karachi, 12 March, 2014

    Terrorists mounted a macabre attack on a peaceful law abiding Shiite namely Nasir Hussain in Nazimabad in district central of Karachi. Nasir Hussain was rushed to a private hospital for treatment for serious bullet injuries. He was an active member of Anjuman Shabab ul Maumineen, an azadar organisation based in Karachi.

    Karachi: Shia Muslim Itrat Hussain target killed in Karachi, 11 March, 2014

    Itrat Hussain s/o Afzaal Hussain Rizvi was target killed when Yazidi terrorists opened fire on him near a shop in Bilal Colony area in North Karachi. Hussain was 38 years of age and an active member of Anjuman-e-Shababul Momineen. The young man was married just last year.

    Charsadda: Gunmen kill Sikh Hakeem & his assistant in Charsadda, 13 March, 2014

    Two persons, including a Hakeem belonging to the Sikh community, were killed in the Shabqadar bazaar on Michini Road, official sources said. The sources said that four unknown men had alighted from a car outside the Unani Dawakhana owned by Hakeem Paramjeet Singh, on Michini Road in the Shabqadar Bazaar and had opened fire. Paramjeet Singh died on the spot while his assistant Zahid sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Civil Hospital in Shabqadar where he succumbed to his injuries.

    Sikh ‘hakeem’ and his assistant were gunned down in a busy market in Pakistan’s 
    north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by killers who escaped on foot from the crime scene.

    Karachi: Two Shia men shot dead in ‘sectarian’ attacks, 11 March, 2014

    Two people were gunned down in sectarian attacks in Liaquatabad and Federal B Area. Syed Naeem Jafri, 45, was inside his metal furniture shop near Baba-e-Fatima in Liaquatabad No 10 when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said Super Market SHO Anzar Alam. Jafri, a resident of North Karachi, was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he expired. He had suffered 11 bullets to the upper torso. 

    Fazal Abbas, 35, was heading home from a bank in Manghopir where he worked when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him on Sohrab Goth bridge in Federal B Area, said Federal B Industrial Area SHO Nizamuddin. Abbas, a resident of Hussainabad in Malir Colony, was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had suffered six bullets to the head and chest.

    Karachi: Man killed in Karachi ‘sectarian attack’, 10 March, 2014

    A young man was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in New Karachi. Akhter Hussain, 35, was sitting in his Ali estate agency-cum-computer accessory shop at Do Mint Chowrangi when he was attacked, said Bilal Colony SHO Sajid Javed. He was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. The police officer said that Akhter belonged to the Shia community and might have been killed on sectarian grounds.

    Faisalabad: Police break Ahmadi gravestones, 9 March, 2014

    Jamaat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan (JAP) has criticized the police for removing gravestones from several Ahmadi graves at Chak 96-GB, Jaranwala. In a statement issued from Chenab Nagar (Rabwa), Saleemuddin, a JAP spokesperson, said that a man had submitted an application to the police for the removal of the gravestones, claiming that the words written on the Ahmadi graves were hurting his religious feelings. Following the illogical complaint, the JAP officials were summoned to the police station and were pressurized to remove the gravestones. When they refused, the policemen themselves damaged the gravestones from seven graves on March 9, 2013, alleged Saleemuddin. He said that the conduct of the police was in sheer violation of human rights, alleging that instead of maintaining peace and treating people equally, the police were playing into the hands of anti-Ahmadi elements.

    The police broke Ahmadi gravestones when a man submitted an application for the removal 
    of the gravestones claiming that the words written on these were hurting his religious sentiments.

    Peshawar: Shia Muslim killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in Peshawar, 9 March, 2014

    Terrorists of the banned Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba/LeJ/ASWJ stormed into Sarki area of in the capital city of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province, Peshawar, and opened fire on Iftikhar Hussain son of Ghulam Sarwar. The 40-year-old Shia victim died on the spot.

    Islamabad: Witnesses in Shahbaz Bhatti’s execution gets death threats, 9 March, 2014

    Two Christian eyewitnesses in the 2011 murder case of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Minority Affairs, said that they have received death threats from the Taliban. Other than Sikandar Bhatti, elder brother of the late minister, advocate Akmal Bhatti has also received a note from Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) warning him to stop pursuing the case or he and his family members will die. Police have filed a case against anonymous militants of TTP and LeJ as several lawyers and witnesses in the case have been threatened and warned that they will face the same fate as Bhatti if they appear in court to give evidence. Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011, by four attackers for raising his voice against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

    Pakistan: Pakistani Christians hope for special Refugee status in Netherlands, 9 March, 2014

    For Christians, few places on earth are today a more challenging place to live in than in Pakistan. Routinely accused of “blasphemy” against Islam, entire Christian communities must often flee attacks by mobs of angry radical Muslims. Politicians who stand up for Christian civil liberties are assassinated and last year a single suicide bombing attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar left more than 80 Christians dead. Courts in the Netherlands are considering granting Pakistani Christians special refugee status, allowing them to seek refuge in the Netherlands more easily than refugees from the rest of the world. Members of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) were in the Netherlands this week to ask for greater efforts to protect persecuted Christians in Pakistan and make it easier for them to receive asylum in the country. During the meeting, genocide expert Professor Desmond Fernandes warned that the situation of minorities in Pakistan was getting worse. “If you look at the situation in 2013, atrocities against minority groups including Christians has increased substantially,” he said. Fernandes is even more worried after the recent ruling by Pakistan’s Federal Sharia Court, which specifies that life imprisonment does not suffice as a punishment for blasphemers and that only the death penalty should be permissible. “This suggests that there are specific directions and orders from the highest level, suggesting that the situation is just going to increase in terms of deterioration of circumstances for Christians and for a lot of other minorities,” he said.

    Islamabad: Witnesses in Shahbaz Bhatti’s execution gets death threats, 9 March, 2014

    Two Christian eyewitnesses in the 2011 murder case of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Minority Affairs said that they have got death threats from Taliban. Other than Sikandar Bhatti, elder brother of the late minister, advocate Akmal Bhatti has also received a note from Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) forewarning him to stop pursuing the case or else he and his family members will die. Police have filed a case against anonymous militants of TTP and LeJ. Lawyers and witnesses in the case have been threatened and warned that they face the same fate as Bhatti if they appear in court to give evidence. Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011 by four mysterious attackers for raising his voice against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.

    Shahbaz Bhatti was slain on March 2, 2011 by four mysterious attackers for raising his voice 
    against Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws

    Okara: Pakistani Taliban kills Christian girl in Okara, 8 March, 2014

    A Christian girl was shot dead by the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region of the country last week. She was hiding with a male cousin who had converted from Islam to Christianity few years ago. Since the conversion, he was declared ‘apostate’ and had been the target of the Taliban. Militants found their hiding place and shot the girl while the man managed to escape.The Christian community expressed outrage and asked for the intervention of civil institutions to defend the rights of minorities and all citizens against Taliban violence. Pakistan Taliban has been trying to impose its extreme views and has been killing whoever has gone against its diktats. A dialogue between the government and Pakistani Taliban reached a deadlock after Islamic militants told the government that “there is no possibility of peace in the country unless Pakistan changes its political and legal system and officially adopts Islamic law”.

    Okara: Under-construction church attacked, Church foundation stone & holy verses from the Bible removed in Okara, 8 March, 2014

    Residents of Okara district vandalised an under-construction church and desecrated a cross on March 2, 2014. Christian residents in the district had started construction of the church on a two-kanal piece of land owned by one of their community members. A day after they had installed a cross on the partially constructed building, the foundation stone of the church and the holy verses from the Bible inscribed on a stone plaque were removed by a Muslim mob in Village 3/4L. Reportedly, Khalid and Ghulam Ali of village 3/4L, had arrived on a tractor leading a crowd of 20 men armed with batons into the church site, where the violent Muslim mob damaged the foundation stone and the verse slab. The Pakistani Christian community in Okara stated that the mob had damaged the building first with their hands and later with a tractor in the presence of local Christians. Yohanna Masih, s/o Barkat Ali, got a case FIR No.214/14 u/s 295/A and 506/B PPC registered in the Police Station at Sadar, Okara. The Muslim Christian Action Committee leaders Younus Iqbal Masih, Mian Nadeem Abbas and David Zahid demanded police authorities to apprehend the criminals.

    While speaking to The Express Tribune about the attack on the under construction church in Okara, 
    Human Liberation Commission Pakistan chairperson Aslam Parvaiz Sahotra said that the Christian community 
    was not protected in Pakistan and that they face discrimination at every level.

    Islamabad: Unknown men set Yoga Centre on fire, 8 March, 2014

    Banigala police have registered a case against eight unknown men who had set fire to a yoga centre at night. The guard of ‘An Art of Living Yoga Centre’, Hasan Ali, filed a written complaint with the police stating that eight armed men, with faces covered, had entered the centre and had tied up the two guards, including himself. Hasan Ali said, “The men asked us if there was any cash or valuable in the centre, to which we replied that there was nothing except blankets, furniture and documents. They then sprinkled petrol in different rooms and set them ablaze after which they escaped in two vehicles. Due to low visibility, it was not possible to see their number plates.” Zarmina Sehgal, the media coordinator of the yoga centre, told media persons that they had never received any threats so they could not say who could have been behind the incident. A police official, requesting not to be identified, said there was an impression locally that yoga is a Hindu practice and that the people at the club were being influenced by Hindu religious leaders. “However this cannot be confirmed till the investigation is completed or someone claims responsibility for the incident,” the police official said.

    Karachi: Shia genocide continues; Shia worker of political party shot to death in Karachi, 7 March, 2014

    At least two more Shia men have been shot dead in different parts of Karachi after terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked them. Syed Muhammad Ali Naqvi alias Arif and his comrade Hammad were attacked in Gulbahar area of Karachi’s district central. The injured men were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment where they breathed their last.

    Karachi: 4 blasts near house of Shia deputy speaker Sindh Assembly, 6 March, 2014

    Four low-intensity explosions took place near the official residence of Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza, a Shiite, located on Stadium Road, said rescue sources. Although no casualty was reported as a result of the blasts, the terrorists have used these blasts to convey a threat to the Shia deputy speaker of Sindh’s provincial legislature. Heavy contingent of police reached the site of the incident soon after the blast.

    Four low-intensity explosions took place near the official residence of Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker 
    Shehla Raza, a prominent Shiite political leader

    Karachi: Young man killed in ‘sectarian’ attack in Karachi, 6 March, 2014

    A man was gunned down in an apparent sectarian attack in Ittehad Town, said the Baldia Town police. Sajjad, 25, was standing near his residence in Sector 9-E of Ittehad Town when two men on a motorcycle had opened fire on him. His body was taken to the Civil hospital, where a medico-legal officer said that the victim had received three bullets to the upper torso. The police said that Sajjad belonged to the Shia community and was gunned down on sectarian grounds.

    Toba Tek Singh: Legal representatives of Christian couple accused of blasphemy get threats, 5 March, 2014

    Almost 8 months ago, Shafaqat Emmanuel, who is partially paralyzed, and his wife Shagufta Kausar were accused on blasphemy charges The couple’s legal representatives, have been repeatedly receiving threats to their lives. The blasphemy victims live in the fear that the husband will be given the death penalty and that his wife will be sentenced to 35 years in prison. Over the last few months their advocates have been making efforts to acquire aid from the Session Court and High Court of Lahore. A month after Emmanuel, who is partially paralyzed, lost his cell phone, local Muslims reportedly began receiving offensive text messages from the phone. When the police filed a complaint against them and came to arrest them, Shagufta told the police that they have lost the cell phone a month ago. She denied the charges, but police started 3rd degree torture methods on the crippled Shafaqat Masih. The police reportedly tortured the physically challenged man in front of his wife and four terrified hildren before arresting the couple.

    Almost 8 months ago, Shafaqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar were arrested in Gojra District for allegedly sending blasphemous 
    text messages to local Muslims. Police registered the FIR 407/13 under section 295-B and 295-C.

    Karachi: 2 Shia youths shot dead by trigger happy cops in Karachi, 4 March, 2014

    Two innocent Shia youths were shot and tragically killed by trigger-happy cops in Karachi. Raza and Samar Abbas had gone to Nazimabad in connection with a personal engagement when the police opened fire on them at midnight. In order to cover up their botched attack on the Shia youths, the police officials reportedly made baseless charges against the slain youths insinuating that the young Shiites were robbers and therefore had been killed. But it was found that they were not wanted in any case.

    Thousands of the mourners attended the namaz-e-janaza of the 2 Shia youth held in Jafar-e-Tayyar Malir. 
    The young men were buried in a nearby graveyard.

    Peshawar: Recovery of missing Christian sanitation worker sought in Miranshah, Peshawar, 4 March, 2014

    Members of the Minority Welfare Society asked the government to recover a missing Christian sanitation worker. In a press release, members of the minority community including Khalid Iqbal, Mushtaq, Pervez, Vaid Kumar, Waris and others said that Gulfam Maseeh had gone missing two months ago but had not be recovered so far. They said that they had knocked on the doors of everyone including the Taliban for his safe recovery but to no avail. They threatened to observe a complete strike if the government failed to recover the missing worker within three days.

    Karachi: Shia Muslim man killed in Karachi, 4 March, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba/LeJ/ASWJ opened fire on Shahid Ali Shaukat Ali in Manghopir area. The Shia man was killed on the spot. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of Shahid Ali. They said that they had been demanding for targeted operations in Manghopir and Kanwarni Colony against militants because banned Taliban terrorists have made these areas safe-havens for themselves.

    Karachi: Police shoot dead two fleeing ‘sectarian killers’ in Karachi, 3 March, 2014

    SSP Central Muqadas Haider told media persons that two men had arrived at the stationery shop of Shiite Abid Farooq, 35, in Gulbahar’s Urdu Bazaar and had shot him multiple times. The attackers were escaping when SHO Afzal and his team chased them down and killed them in an ensuing encounter. The two men fleeing after killing the Shia man in Gulbahar were gunned down by police in a shootout near Baqai Hospital in Nazimabad. A policeman and three passers-by, including a mother and son, were also injured in the encounter.

    February 2014 

    Hangu: Shia official of Revenue department assasinated in his office in Hangu, 28 February, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia official of the revenue department in a terrorist attack in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa Province. The macabre attack occurred in the Patwar Khana (revenue office) in Hangu City.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 27 February, 2014

    Another Shia youth, Aslam Shaik, was ambushed by Yazidi terrorists in Federal B Area Block 14, Karachi. The body of the youth was taken to Shah-e-Karbala Imam Bargah for final ablution and funeral.

    Karachi: ‘Sectarian’ attacks leave 10 people dead in Karachi, 27 February, 2014

    Sectarian attacks across the city claimed the lives of 10 more people, including 2 Shia men. Hamid Raza, 25, was standing outside his house in Sector 11-D of New Karachi when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Raza’s body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where an MLO said that he had suffered three bullets to the upper torso. The police revealed that the victim belonged to the Shia community. 

    Aslam Sangi, 30, was at his mechanic shop in the Water Pump locality of Federal B Area when motorcyclists shot him multiple times, killing him on the spot. Police said that the victim belonged to the Shia community.

    Karachi: Shia religious scholar shot dead in Karachi, 27 February, 2014

    A religious scholar was shot dead in Karachi’s Nazimabad area. At least four unknown gunmen opened fire on a rickshaw near board office intersection in Nazimabad area of Karachi wounding Allama Taqi Hadi Naqvi. He succumbed to his wounds while being shifted to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Renowned within the academic circles, Hadi was born in Moradabad area in the Indian state of Sirsi and moved to Pakistan along with his family after the creation of Pakistan. His father, Hakim Maulana Syed Mohammad Hadi, was also a religious scholar. Recently Allama Taqi Hadi Naqv was associated with the Jafria Disaster Cell (JDC)’s educational board.

    Religious scholar professor Allama Syed Taqi Hadi Naqvi was shot dead in a Takfiri terrorist attack 
    near board office located in North Nazimabad area of Karachi.

    Rawalpindi: Christian hospital a final option for maimed in Pakistan, to be shut, 26 February, 2014

    Since 1964, St Joseph’s Hospice has taken care of hundreds of injured and ailing patients, who had no other place to go even as Pakistan experienced two military triumphs, wars and a dangerous rise in militancy. But as prosperous donors and foreign benefactors take off due to violence and unrest, so also did the donations the hospice relies on to treat more than a 100 patients who visit it every day. Rehmat Michael Hakim, chairman of the hospital’s executive committee that oversees the functions of the hospice says that mounting expenses from ever-increasing utility bills has affected St Joseph’s. He said that the hospice relies on generators during load shading to warm paralyzed patients. “If we don’t use electric heaters in winter, the patients will die of cold,” Hakim said. Margaret Walsh, an Irish nun who has run the facility as the chief administrator since 2009 said, “Initially, we managed to handle the situation, but now the situation is alarming, I feel pain when I think about the worst scenario of closing down the hospital.”

    The hospice has a deficit of half a million rupees a month. They are on loan funds and in spite of cutting expenses as low as they can,
    there’s not a lot they can do. They hope to raise the money to continue operating the 60 bed hospice.

    Karachi: 4 Shias including Shia scholar killed in sectarian attacks, 24 February, 2014

    Four Shia men, including a Shia scholar, were killed on sectarian grounds. Two of these attacks took place in Orangi Town. Syed Sarwar Abbas, 28, was targeted outside a meat shop near his residence in Madina Colony in Orangi Town’s Sector 11 ½. The area police said that the victim sustained a bullet wound in the head. They said that he was Shia working at a garments factory. The murder might be an outcome of sectarianism, said Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt.

    Karachi: Shia elder killed in sectarian attacks, 24 February, 2014

    A Shia elder was killed in Karachi in the firing by takfiri terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba. Takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia elder, Syed Safdar Hussain. The terrorists ambushed the 65-year-old Shiite at Aath Chowk area of Lyari that is not far from the police stations of Lyari.

    Karachi: Teacher at the Iranian cultural centre shot dead in sectarian attack, 24 February, 2014

    Three men, including a teacher at the Iranian cultural centre, were shot dead in suspected sectarian attacks in the city. The teacher, who had been wounded by armed robbers the previous month, was killed in the fresh attack soon after he was discharged from hospital. SSP Syed Pir Mohammed Shah said that Mohammed Hussain, 45, was wounded in Clifton on January 28, 2014. He was under treatment at a Soldier Bazaar hospital from where he was released on February 24, 2014. As soon as he stepped out of the hospital along with his attendant, Asad Ali, 25, armed motorcyclists opened fire on them and fled, the SSP said. Both of them suffered wounds and were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road, where doctors declared Mr Hussain dead. A spokesperson for the Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen condemned the attack and said that the victim was a Shia who taught Persian at the Iranian cultural centre Khana-e-Farhang-e-Iran in the city.

    Karachi: Shia man murdered in Orangi Town gun attacks, 24 February, 2014

    Sarwar Imam, 32, who worked at an embroidery shop and was a member of the Shia community, was shot dead near Quba Masjid in Block-L of Orangi Town. Mominabad SHO Ahmed Butt said that Sarwar was standing outside his house when two men riding a motorcycle opened fire on him. Sarwar suffered three bullet wounds to the head and died immediately. The SHO said that the attackers had used a 9 mm pistol in the attack.

    Karachi, a city of 18 million people which contributes a major portion of Pakistan’s GDP, is rife with murder 
    and kidnappings and has been plagued for years by ethnic, sectarian and political violence.

    Shia motorist target killed, 24 February, 2014

    Soldier Bazaar police said Aga Muhammad Salman, 45, was travelling in his car when he was attacked by two men riding a motorcycle. He breathed his last at the Aga Khan Hospital. A young man, Asad Ali, was also injured in the attack. The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen said that Salman’s murder was sectarian in nature. It added that three members of the Shia community had been targeted in the last 12 hours.

    Karachi: Shia motor mechanic killed, 24 February, 2014

    A motor mechanic was murdered in Waheedabad, Gulbahar in what seemed to be another sectarian attack. Rizvia police said Shazad Hussain Zaidi, 28, a member of the Shia community, was present in his shop when two men riding a motorcycle shot him multiple times. Zaidi died at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 24 February, 2014

    Takfiri terrorists have shot and killed another Shia Muslim in Karachi, capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province. Notorious terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba stormed into L block of Orangi Town where they targeted 25-year-old Sarwar Abbas Naqvi.

    Kohat: At least 12 Shiites killed in Kohat blast, several wounded, 23 February, 2014

    An explosion on Hangu road near Police Lines area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Kohat district killed at least 12 Shiite Muslims and injured several others. Security and rescue teams rushed to the site of the explosion which was heard across a long distance. Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Nasir Khan Durrani, said that the blast had taken place near a passenger vehicle at Peshawar chowk on Hangu road. Rejecting the notion that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber, he said that it appeared to have been carried out using a planted device. Durrani said that according to initial reports, five kilograms of explosives had been used in the blast which was planted in a wooden crate placed on the roadside. The explosives were detonated as a passenger wagon reached Peshawar Chowk injuring the occupants of the vehicle and the driver of a rickshaw parked nearby.

    A bomb planted at a busy bus terminal near Police Lines in Kohat exploded killing 13 people 
    including 12 Shiites, two women and a child, and wounding 16, authorities said.

    Lahore: Muslims use false allegations of blasphemy to steal Christian land in Joseph Colony, 21 February, 2014

    Sawan Masih told a court hearing the blasphemy case against him that some businessmen at a steel market near Joseph Colony had hatched a plan to drive out Christian families residing there by alleging blasphemy against Christian residents of the area. After recording Masih’s statement, an additional district and sessions judge fixed March 6, 2014, for hearing the defence evidence and final arguments. Masih said that Joseph Colony was located next to a steel market and some businessmen at the market had been pressing the Christian families residing there to sell their properties to them. He said that when the residents refused their offers, the businessmen had hatched a plan to drive them out by alleging blasphemy. “The warehouse owners were having market committee elections at that time, in which two groups, Aman Group and Ittehad Group, were contesting. Both groups had put up banners accusing me of blaspheming against the Holy Prophet. Announcements were made in the area mosques that ‘a Christian man had committed blasphemy’. The businessmen played on the religious sentiments of the neighbours, who registered a case against me and set the colony on fire,” said Masih. Masih alleged that the police were also involved in the ‘conspiracy.’ “Police caused alarm among the Christians who were advised to leave the colony to save their lives,” he said. “The Christian families were leaving Joseph Colony till late into the night on March 8 and on the morning of March 9, 2013. They then set the 200 houses on fire. Police arrested me on the night of March 8, 2013,” saidSawan Masih.

    On March 9, 2013 a fierce mob of Muslim rioters descended upon Joseph Colony in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore torching more than 150 houses and two churches. Joseph Colony, located on a piece of immensely valuable real estate and owned by the Lahore Municipal Corporation, is home to very pricey industrial estate which was the reason for the attack on the impoverished Christian families living there in the guise of punishing Sawan Masih for alleged blasphemy.

    Sindh Province: Yazidi fanatics desecrate sanctity of Shia Islam in Hala City, 21 February, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri nasbi fanatics torched an Alam Pak (banner of Islam attributed to the flag carried by Hazrat Abbas-AS in Karbala) in an Imam Bargah in Hala City. Fanatics belonging to Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists stormed into Imam Bargah Karbala and torched the Alam Pak there. The terrorists took to their heels after the incident. The police failed to take any sort of action against them. Business activities remained suspended as a strike was observed in Hala on the call by Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen to protest against the desecration of the Imam Bargah.

    Kohat: Shia notable killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in Kohat, 21 February, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia notable in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Sher Mohammad Toori, a pushto-speaking Shia notable was passing through Garhi Banoorian Bridge when the Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists ambushed him and killed him by direct fire on the unarmed man. Sher Mohammad Toori was the custodian of Qaumi Imam Bargah and head of Shia Young Men’s Association.

    Lahore: Family of Christian sisters face blasphemy charges after abduction bid of the sisters for conversion was foiled, 20 February, 2014

    Two Christian sisters Hina and Marina from Lahore city near the Nishter police station area faced an attempted kidnapping bid for forced conversion from their religion to Islam. Reports state that 2 Christian sisters, Hina and Marina, had been chased and pressurized by Islamist radicals to marry Muslim men and convert to Islam. According to police sources, Mulana Abdul Attiq had taken his son Hafiz Nasir and his nephew Abid Attri to organize the enforced marriage of the Christian sisters to the Muslim men. The enforced marriage efforts was declined by the Christian sisters and their family. After the sisters’ refusal of the enforced marriage and forced religious conversion, the Punjab police in Lahore declared that the two sisters and their family had committed blasphemy during the talks with Muslim priests concerning their marriage. The report confirms that the police have filed an FIR under Pakistan law 295-C against the Christian family on blasphemy charges.

    Gujrat: Fired from government job for being a Christian, 20 February, 2014

    Due to job quotas reserved for minorities in Pakistan, 39 year old Naveed Maqsood, the father of three young children, obtained a job as a driver in a government school, Government Special Education Center at Sara-e-Alamgeer in Gujrat. The Muslim principal of the institute, Nargis Parveen, had a personal grudge against the Christian and from December 2012 till September 2013 she illegally blocked the payment of his salary. The man went to her and asked for regularization of his job, but the principal said that the place assigned to him was ‘intended’ for an associate of hers. The Muslim principal, claimed Naveed, was not happy because Maqsood was a member of ‘a minority religion’ and for that reason did not pay him his wages. He took the case to court and failing to resolve the argument, Naveed was transferred to Faisalabad, where he started working for the National Special Education Center. In the meantime, the government ordered that he be paid his wages. The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) brought the case before a Lahore court on Naveed Maqsood’s side. The court sent two sub-peons to the principal, but she never appeared before the judges. In January 2014 Naveed was called to testify in the presence of school authorities and the result was his firing from the government job.

    Christians do Pakistan’s lowest status and lowest paid jobs and many Christians work as cleaners, sweepers and domestic servants, jobs done by so-called ‘untouchables’. “Christian children in government schools are not treated well. They call them sweepers and Muslims tell them that they can’t eat with them or drink with them. Because we are marginalised and have become the poorest of the poor there is a psychological problem with most Pakistani Christians. We have become so timid and scared that we are refugees in our own country” claim most Christians in Pakistan.

    Hyderabad: Shia Session judge’s son shot dead in Hyderabad, 18 February, 2014

    Pro-Taliban Deobandi Takfiri terrorists have shot dead the son of Session judge on Thandi Sarak area of Hyderabad. According to reports, the deceased Aqib Hussain, son of Session judge Khalid Hussain Shah, was traveling with his family when his vehicle was intercepted by takfiri terrorists. The police said that the gunmen had forced him out of the vehicle and had sprayed him with bullets before fleeing.

    Karachi: Shia employee of Karachi Municipal Corporation gunned down, 18 February, 2014

    In another incident in Orangi Town, a Shia employee of Karachi Municipal Corporation was gunned down, officials said. The Pakistan Bazaar police said that, Mohammed Feroz Hussain, 35, was on his way to his office on a motorcycle when armed motorcyclists attacked him in the slum area of Sadiqabad. The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. SHO Pervez Gujjar believed that the murder could be an outcome of some personal enmity.

    Karachi: Shia man killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 18 February, 2014

    A young Shia man was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Orangi Town, police said. They added that Syed Azeem Hussain, 22, was attacked outside his home in Orangi Sector 11-½. He was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The deceased worked at a jewellery shop, said an official at Market police station. The victim was a Shia and his murder might be related to sectarianism, said SSP West Irfan Baloch.

    Karachi: Three Shias killed within a span of 12 hours: 52 Shias killed within 1 month, 18 February, 2014

    Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen condemned the killings of three Shias within a span of 12 hours. Addressing a press conference, Abdullah Mutaheri, political secretary of Sindh MWM, said: “During 12 hours, three Shias, Shahab Naqvi, Feroz Hussain and Azeem Hussain, were killed.” Within a month, he said, at least 52 Shias had been killed. He said that the MWM would stage demonstrations across the province and surround the Chief Minister’s House in protest against the killings if the government failed to act against the terrorists. The Takfiri terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an affiliate of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban, shot and killed Feroz Hussain at Safaid Chowk in Orangi Town. Later, the terrorists of LeJ/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and martyred Syed Azeem Naqvi in Iqbal Market of Orangi Town. Terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi opened fire on Shahab Haider Naqvi who was sitting inside his shop in Incholi. The victim fell injured and was rushed to hospital for treatment where he succumbed to fatal wounds.

    Karachi: Shia Paan shop owner killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 18 February, 2014

    The owner of a paan shop was gunned down in Ancholi, Federal B Area. The SSP Central said that Shahab Haider, 35, had been present at his shop when two men riding a motorcycle had fired gunshots at him. He died at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. He was shot five times in the chest and head with a 9 mm pistol. Police said that Haider’s murder appeared to be sectarian in nature. Following the murder, members of the Shia community staged a protest in Ancholi demanding the arrest of the killers.

    Karachi: Killers of Christian Cabinet Minister Shahbaz Bhatti could walk free in Pakistan, 17 February, 2014

    Due to death threats and peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government, the killers of Christian cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, could be released from prison without facing justice. On March 2, 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti was gunned down due to his criticism of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. Calling for reforms to the laws, Shahbaz was the only government official brave enough to speak out publicly about the laws and how they were abused against religious minorities, especially Christians. Will Shahbaz and his family ever receive justice? Suspects in the murder of Pakistan’s first Christian cabinet minister could walk free due to intimidation tactics by Islamic extremists. “The suspects have confessed”, said Dr Paul Bhatti, brother of the former Minister for Minority Affairs. However, prosecution will be difficult after death threats from Islamic extremists forced Dr Paul Bhatti to flee the country. Furthermore, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has reportedly demanded for the release of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassins along with other imprisoned terrorists as a pre-condition for progress in ‘peace talks’ with the government. Dr Paul Bhatti took responsibility for becoming the complainant in the case when the government’s prosecution slowed to a standstill, but he has left the country due to threats on his life by the Pakistani Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorist organizations. Dr Paul Bhatti said that the public prosecutor assigned by the Punjab government had refused to pursue the murder case in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. “I then hired a lawyer on my own, although it was the responsibility of the Punjab government to do so,” he said.

    Islamabad: Judge orders to bulldoze slum residences of Christians in capital of Pakistan , 16 February, 2014

    Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique of the Islamabad High Court has issued orders to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to clean all slum houses and localities from the capital within a month. Most of the residents in these settlements in the fringes of Islamabad are Christians, who moved to the capital from various divisions around the country in a hunt of better job opportunities. They have been established here for nearly three decades. According to CDA official estimation there are around 5000 family units living in the slums. It is still undecided where all these 5000 families will be relocated if the CDA takes action according to the High Court ruling.

    There are ten slum settlements in various divisions of Islamabad, like France colony, Essa Nagri, Dhuke Najju, Haqbhahu, 66 quarters, Tent colony, 48 quarters, Katchiabadi G-8/1, 100 quarters and Muslim colony in which about 5000 families, mainly minority Pakistani Christian communities live.

    Karachi: Pakistan’s famous lady Shia scholar leaves country after multiple life threats, 16 February, 2014

    Pakistan’s famous Shia scholar Tayyaba Khanum Bukhari has left Pakistan to an unknown location after receiving life threats. According to media reports, the cleric has been receiving life threats for a couple of years by unknown groups which has recently compelled her to leave Pakistan. Tayyaba Khanum Bukhara has been famous for her thoughtful speeches in Majalis. Khanum is regularly approached by various television channels to appear on religious, discussion, news and social welfare programmes It is pertinent to mention here that she was attacked last year by unidentified assailants but fortunately she escaped unhurt.

    Pakistan’s famous Shia scholar Tayyaba Khanum Bukhari has been forced to leave Pakistan 
    after receiving repeated life threats and an attempt on her life.

    Toba Tek Singh: Paralyzed Christian man and uneducated wife accused of sending blasphemous text messages, 16 February, 2014

    In July 2013, a paralyzed Pakistani Christian man, Shafaqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, were detained in Gojra District for supposedly sending blasphemous text messages to the neighborhood Muslims. Shafaqat Emmanuel who is paralyzed and has no sensation in his lower body is being held in custody along with his wife in a Toba Tek Singh jail. In the meantime their 4 children and Shafaqat Emmanuel’s father Emmanuel Masih have been given shelter by the World Vision in Progress, Pakistan. Over the past six months their lawyers have been trying to get help from the Session Court and High Court of Lahore. Previously, the session court had disapproved of the bail request of Shagufta Kausar and the High Court of Lahore had disapproved the bail request last week and ordered the Session Court to sum up the trail within 60 days. Muslims clerics terrorized the defense lawyers frequently during the case proceedings. The convicted couple’s relatives fear that the death sentence may be passed on the paralyzed man and 35 years imprisonment given to the uneducated Shagufta Kausar for sending the so called ‘blasphemous text message’.

    Karachi: Hindu community irked by ‘forced conversions’, 16 February, 2014

    “Can you accept your daughters being forcibly married to Hindu men?” said Rinkle Kumari’s uncle Raj Kumar at a seminar titled ‘Hindus in Pakistan — issues and solutions’ held at the Karachi Press Club. Calling a little 6-year-old girl, Jumna, onto the stage, he said that she along with her 10-year-old sister, Pooja, was also being forced to change religion until the media learnt about it and raised their case. “What do children as young as Jumna and Pooja know about Islam and their own religion for that matter that they’d want to convert? This is the height of injustice,” he said. Jumna’s parents, mother Marju and father Soma, who were present there said “We are poor people residing in Akhtar Colony in Mirpurkhas. My little girls helped supplement our income by selling clay toys and utensils door to door. On Feb 4, 2014, they left home as usual with their basket of toys but didn’t return so we raised an alarm. After several reports in the media about our missing girls it was found that they had been staying with a man named Rajab Pathan.” “The police of our area later produced them in court as Muslim children. We were prevented by the police from seeing them, too. Then the court sent them to a Darul Aman over suspicions that they may have been subjected to child abuse at home. Little Jumna has been given back to us now but Pooja is still at the Darul Aman. She seems to have been brainwashed into saying strange things about us. Her mind seems affected by the trauma,” the girls’ father, Soma, wept. Mr Kishan Chand Parwani, chairman of the All Hindu Rights Organisation, the organisers of the seminar, bemoaned the fact that it was sad to see the problems of minorities in Pakistan multiplying instead of decreasing.

    Kidnapped Hindu girl Jumna with her parents at the Karachi Press Club

    Peshawar: Blast injures caretaker of Shia Imambargah, 15 February, 2014

    The caretaker of an Imambargah in Kochi Bazaar was injured in a mysterious blast early in the morning. The blast also damaged the building of the Imambargah. The bomb disposal unit thoroughly checked the site but could not find any sign or even smell of explosives, an official said. He said that the blast could be the result of gas leakage. Syed Agha, the injured Shia caretaker, was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

    Dera Ismail Khan: Two kidnapped Sikhs remain missing, 14 February, 2014

    Two members of the Sikh community were among the four persons kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the limits of Draban Police Station, sources said. The sources said that Pawander Singh, Nand Singh, Amjad and Arsalan Muhammad had been on their way to Bhakkar district of Punjab from Peshawar in their car (LXD-2121) when unidentified gunmen had intercepted their car near the Draban Roadin Dera Ismail Khan and had bundled them into a van. The victims’ car was later found abandoned in Draban Road, the sources added. Following the incident, police personnel blocked all exit points for the arrest of the accused but there was no report about the recovery of the kidnapped Sikh men or the arrest of the accused till filing of this report. Although Amjad and Arsalan Muhammad were recovered the next day, the two kidnapped Sikhs remain missing, raising doubts about their safety.

    Faisalabad: Muslim extremists threaten Christian inhabitants of Nazareth Colony, 14 February, 2014

    On February 14, 2014, thousands of Christian inhabitants of Nazareth Colony in Faisalabad, ran away from their houses for safety when Muslims of their locality threatened to set fire to their houses and execute them if a Muslim girl who had married a Christian boy was not handed over to them. On February 12, 2014, a Christian man, Asim Saleem 22, a rickshaw driver by profession, had married in secret, Sunair 20, a young Muslim woman of Nazareth Colony locality after they had fallen in love. Muslim extremists of that area assembled and terrorized the Christians living in the boy’s locality after which the police moved towards Nazareth Colony and filed a case against the Christian boy under sections of abduction and enforced matrimony. The police detained two young Christian men, Bashir Masih, Shaukat Masih, the accused’s cousins, as well as Saleem Masih father of the accused man, whom they tormented to force them to admit to the kidnapping of the Muslim girl. According to WVIP, a leading Human Right organization of Pakistan, Saleem Masih, father of the Christian boy who married the Muslim girl, was so brutally beaten by the police that he had a heart attack and passed away while in police custody. The SHO says that they kept these two boys in jail for their own good as the police had to show extremists that they had incinerated Christian people in jail.

    Family of Christian man who married Muslim woman for love tortured; bridegroom’s father dies while in police custody. 
    Nazareth Colony Christian residents forced to flee as they come under attack of a furious Muslim mob

    Islamabad: Death of Christian in police custody evolves into cover-up, 13 February, 2014

    Autopsy on the body of Sabir Masih found dead in a city police lock-up suggested that he died of strangulation. The medical board, which did the autopsy, has withheld its ‘final opinion’, it has been learnt. The Christian man’s death was reported as ‘hanging suicide’, police and hospital sources quoted the report as saying. A mark of a cummerbund was found around Sabir’s neck and no other injuries or torture marks were found, according to the autopsy report. Medico Legal Officer of the Federal Government Services Hospital, Dr Tanveer Ahmed, confirmed to mediapersons that the autopsy report had been issued but said that ‘the final opinion would be formed in the light of DNA, chemical and histopathology reports.’ Until then ambiguity will prevail whether the 30-year-old poor Christian citizen hanged himself as claimed by the police, or somebody else had strangled him to death as the bereaved family and sympathisers believe.

    Lahore: Taliban threaten Kalash, Ismailis, NGOs in Chitral, 13 February, 2014

    Through a video released on their website on February 2, 2014, the Pakistani Taliban have warned the Kalash people to convert to Islam or face death. They have also announced the launch of an armed struggle against Ismaili Muslims in Chitral. The narrator in the video says: “By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from the Kalash tribe are embracing Islam and we want to make it clear to the Kalash tribe that they will be eliminated along with their protectors, the Western agents, if they don’t embrace Islam.” The narrator accused the NGOs of creating an “Israel-like” state in Chitral, guarding the Kalash culture and deviating people from Islam. They warned that their plans would be foiled. “The Aga Khan Foundation is running 16 schools and 16 colleges and hostels where young men and women are given free education and brainwashed to keep them away from Islam,” the narrator added. He said: “The Foundation’s schools and hospitals, which are free for members of the public, are espionage tools in the hands of foreign powers. Western NGOs are promoting Kalash wine and we warn all those individuals and hotels selling it to stop production and selling of wine otherwise they will be sent to hell by the will of God.” He also warned the Kalash to stop making wine from apples, grapes etc.

    Parachinar: 2 Shia Muslims critically injured in TTP-perpetrated blast in Parachinar, 13 February, 2014

    Two Shia Muslims were seriously wounded in a landmine’s blast in Parachinar, Kurrum Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Area. Shiite News reported that Taliban terrorists had concealed landmines in Kurrum Agency’s Shia majority areas targeting Shiites and security forces. A landmine blast in Parachinar’s village Ghundi Khel left Shiites Wajid Hussain and Yawar Abbas critically injured. Wajid lost his leg and Yawar lost one eye in the blast.

    Pakistan: Religious tolerance in Pakistan continues to diminish, 12 February, 2014

    The targeting of religious minorities in Pakistan remains a sore spot in this South Asian nation. Pakistan, which is 96 percent Muslim, is one of the most hostile nations for religious minorities. Pakistan was among the top five overall for restrictions on religion with its anti-blasphemy laws being a prime example. Pakistani courts frequently use blasphemy laws to give death or lifetime-jail sentences to minorities accused of insulting Islam. A study on Pakistan from the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom counted more than 200 attacks among religious groups and 1,800 casualties resulting from religion-related violence between 2012 and mid-2013, which is one of the highest rates in the world. All religious minorities in Pakistan, and not just Christians, face discriminatory laws, forced conversions, and bombs and shootings aimed at both minorities and minority-sect Muslims, such as Shiites and Ahmadis. Public school textbooks in Pakistan regularly demonize minorities and emphasize the nation’s Islamic roots over contributions from people of other faiths. Religious minorities are stuck on the lower rung of the economy, often working as servants, sweepers and day laborers. “Things have gone from bad to worse to very much worse,” Robert George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says. A more tolerant Pakistan, human rights activists argue, would translate into less tolerance for terrorists.

    Karachi: Jafaria Disaster Cell activist shot dead, 12 February, 2014

    An activist of Jafaria Disaster Cell, Syed Kazim Abbas has been shot dead by Deobandi takfiri terrorists in Nazimabad area of Karach. According to reports, terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) attacked Syed Kazim Abbas near Sakhi Hassan area in Nazimabad. His body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

    Kazim Abbas was an active worker of the Jafaria Disaster Cell, a Karachi-based relief and rescue agency run by Shiites. 
    Kazim was ambushed and killed near Sakhi Hassan roundabout in North Nazimabad.

    Islamabad: Death of Christian man in police station, 11 February, 2014

    A 24-year-old Pakistani Christian, Sabir Masih, a father of two, has been tortured and murdered while in police custody in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city. Masih, a resident of a slum area in Sector F-6/2, Islamabad and an employee of Capital Development Authority (CDA), was arrested by the police on February 5, 2014 on unfounded allegations of theft and was brought to the Kohsar Police Station. In order to extract a confession, police officers interrogated and beat him causing fatal injuries. The police claim that the 24-year-old had committed suicide by hanging himself, but medical reports show that he died from “severe internal injuries” caused by “torture and abuse.” As soon as Masih’s family discovered that he had been arrested, they rushed to the police station to say that he could not have committed theft as he had been at work the whole day and had just returned home. Police officials tried to convince the family to bury Masih immediately, but they refused, demanding an autopsy. An investigation has been launched into the case, but no action has yet been taken against those responsible.

    According to the police, an FIR was registered with the Kohsar Police Station against Sabir Masih, 24, son of Gulzar Masih, resident of a slum in Sector F-6/2, on February 5, 2014, in a theft case. The police spokesman said that the police had obtained a three-day physical remand for further investigations and had kept him in the lock-up. They claimed that the suspect had not been tortured by the police during the investigations, while family members of the accused, quoting the deceased, insisted that he was tortured by police investigators.

    Karachi: Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of ASWJ kill Shiite man in Karachi, 11 February, 2014

    Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) killed a Shia Muslim man Syed Nabeeluddin Hyder in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Karachi. A terrorist group belonging to Orangzaib Farooqi group of ASWJ attacked Hyder’s car near Johar Mod area. The body was Shifted to Agha Khan University Hospital.

    Karachi: Shia man killed in unremitting gun attacks in the city, 10 February, 2014

    Syed Shahid Zaidi, 32, was returning home when two helmeted men on a motorcycle opened fire on him in Nazimabad No 2, said SSP Amir Farooqui of District Central. Zaidi was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Shia victim, who had been targeted on sectarian grounds according to the police, had suffered three bullets to the head. He was a resident of New Karachi and worked at a printing press in Nazimabad. Following the incident, tension gripped the locality where members of the Shia community staged a protest and demanded for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

    Shikarpur: Protest over sale of church properties, 9 February, 2014

    Members of the Sir Henery Holland Memorial Church, Shikarpur, Lahore Diocesan Trust Association and Diocesan Hyderabad Church of Pakistan took out a rally and staged a demonstration in front of the local press club to protest ‘illegal sale and demolition’ of the property of Sir Henry Holland Eye Hospital, Shikarpur. Led by Waris Emmanuel, Muneer Basheer, Dr Sadaqat Khokhar, Josaph Dail and Nasreen Basheer Gill, the protesters raised slogans and demanded a halt to the sale and demolition of the hospital property. They told the media that the hospital building and its other properties were owned by the Lahore Diocesan Trust Association which were transferred to it by the Church Missionary Trust Association, London, in 1956. They said that some unscrupulous people were trying to dispose of the hospital building, staff bungalows, servant quarters and other properties without permission or consent of their owners. Some unauthorised people had already started demolishing parts of the buildings, they added. They urged the prime minister, Sindh chief minister, Larkana commissioner and Shikarpur deputy commissioner to intervene and stop the sale and demolition process.

    Islamabad: Brother of Assassinated Christian Leader Flees Pakistan, 9 February, 2014

    Dr Paul Bhatti, the elder brother of assassinated Christian government minister Shahbaz Bhatti has fled Pakistan following death treats issued by Islamic militants. In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the then Minister of National Harmony and Minority Affairs, was assassinated after he openly criticized Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws. When he began calling for reforms to the country’s stance on the issue of blasphemy, Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated by Islamic extremists. Following his murder, many have feared to speak out against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Dr Paul Bhatti was reportedly warned by terrorist organisations, Fidayaan-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-e-Taliban Punjab and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, not to continue the murder case of his brother Shahbaz Bhatti against the militants. “Now Dr. Paul Bhatti has left Pakistan in the wake of the threatening letter,” said Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of Pakistan-based Christian advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD). In a statement attributed to him, Paul Bhatti said that the threatening letter contained “a warning not to pursue the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case against the arrested militants. The letter holds us responsible for the killings of several militants in the recent past,and warns that we are set to face the same fate as suffered by Shahbaz.”

    Dr Paul Bhatti, the elder brother of assassinated Christian Cabinet Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti 
    has fled Pakistan following death treats issued to him by Islamic militants.

    Karachi: Ahmadi man shot and killed by unknown assailants, 8 February, 2014

    An Ahmadi man, Raziullah Din, was shot at and killed by unknown assailants in Aurangi Town area of Karachi. The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Raziullah Din, son of Muhammad Hussein Mukhtar, of Ogervi Colony. According to a press statement released by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Pakistan, Raziullah Din accompanied by his wife and nephew had just left their house at around 2:30 PM when two unknown assailants on motorcycles began firing at him. He was hit in the neck by a bullet which damaged his windpipe. Din’s wife rushed him to nearby Abassi Shaheed Hospital where despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he could not be revived. The deceased is survived by his wife and a two year old daughter.

    Lahore: Shia leader and a student shot at and injured by unidentified armed men, 8 February, 2014

    A Shia leader and a student were shot at and injured by unidentified armed men near the Kalma Chowk. Syed Namwar Abbas, 35, who used to lead Majalis and also worked as a commerce teacher at a private institution in Garden Town, came under the attack of two armed men on a motorcycle, who opened fire on Prof Abbas just as he left his college in his car. A student, Muhammad Umar, also suffered a bullet injury to his arm during the attack. Both were rushed to the Lahore General Hospital where the condition of Abbas was stated to be serious. Eyewitnesses said that the motorcyclists were wearing helmets to conceal their identity. The assilants had disappeared before the arrival of the police who reached the crime scene too late.

    Quetta: Sufi poet’s shrine set on fire in Kohlu, 8 February, 2014

    The shrine of a popular Sufi poet of Balochistan, Mast Twakali, has been set on fire. The shrine, located in Mawand area of Kohlu district, is visited by thousands of devotees each day and there are a good number of followers of the poet across the subcontinent. Sources in the Levies Force said that some people had entered the shrine in the early hours and had set it on fire. Soon people of the area gathered at the shrine and tried to extinguish the flames. They brought the fire under control after hectic efforts. A big portion of the shrine was badly damaged by the fire, an official of Kohlu’s district administration told newspersons. Towaq Ali Mast, popularly known as Mast Twakali, was born in 1828 in the home of Lal Khan Sheerani Marri. It is said that at the age of 28 Mast Twakali fell in love with a lady called Samoo and left everything for his love and started writing poetry describing his deep love and devotion for Samoo. He died at the age of 74, 27 years after Samoo’s death. Through his poetry, Mast Twakali also spread the message of love for all humanity and the motherland.

    Karachi: 9 killed in terrorist attack on Sufi Aastana, 7 February, 2014

    9 Sunni Muslims were murdered and 7 others injured when pro-Taliban Deobandi terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat on motorbikes opened fire at a Sufi Aastana of Mehrban Jalali Shah Baba. The attack took place in Baldia Town No. 12 area of Karachi. According to rescue sources, the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital. An official at Civil Hospital confirmed the fatalities. Police officials said that six gunmen wearing helmets were riding on three motorcycles, when they carried out the attack. Faith healer Pir Meharban Shah, who provides spiritual healing services, received a bullet wound to his abdomen. He said he had not received any threats prior to the attack.

    9 people were killed and 7 others injured when Deobandi terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat on motorbikes 
    opened fire on a Sufi Aastana of Mehrban Jalali Shah Baba

    Khyber-Pakthunkhwa: Two abducted Sikh men missing; Muslim fellow abductees released, 7 February, 2014

    Two men kidnapped along with two Pakistani Sikhs were released by their abductors in the country’s restive northwest though the other Sikh captives remain untraceable, police said. Sardar Singh, a resident of Peshawar, registered a case against unknown terrorists in Daraban police station for the abduction of his son Pawinder Singh and nephew Nand Singh. The two Muslim men who were freed by the kidnappers were employees of Pawinder Singh and Nand Singh, who deal in natural medicines. The four men were abducted by unidentified people at gunpoint in Dera Ismail Khan district bordering South Waziristan tribal region a day before the release of the two Muslim men. The Sikhs had gone to Dera Ismail Khan from Peshawar in connection with their business. The kidnapping occurred near the Daraban area in the restive Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province. Peshawar has a sizable Sikh population and there have been several instances in recent years of members of the minority community being kidnapped for ransom.

    Peshawar: Minorities in Pakistan; present day scenario, 7 February, 2014

    In 1947, there were a 100 Parsi families living in Quetta. Today, there are only two. “This figure alone tells the deplorable state of minorities in the country,” aptly concluded Justice (retd) Mehta Kailash Nath Kohli, the keynote speaker on the first day of a two-day workshop, ‘Status of Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Challenges and Response’, organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) at the Avari Towers on 25 January, 2014. The judge, who hails from Quetta, spoke how his community members, the Hindus, are being abducted and kidnapped. “Since Pakistan’s inception, not a single law has been legislated in favour of religious minorities,” he added. The issue of land grabbing of the houses of worships and properties by the Evacuee Trust Property Board also became a part of the discussion. Lawyer Rochi Ram claimed that one-million acre land in Badin, Umerkot and Tharparkar was left behind by the Hindus but the land was no longer under the community’s ownership. “The government takes over the land and gives it on lease. Many burial places belong to the non-Muslims but we are not allowed to bury the bodies over there.” A speaker, M. Prakash, said that there were 350 temples and gurdwaras in Sindh but only five to 10 were owned by them. Minority members pointed out how discussions over the misuse of the blasphemy law have disappeared from the forefront. “We have forwarded recommendations to the government on how can we stop the misuse of this law,” said father Emmanuel Yousaf. Another participant, Jaipal Chhabria, lamented that there was not a single Christian parliamentarian in the Sindh Assembly. “Bilawal Bhutto dreams of having a Christian prime minster but his government did not make the required amendments to allow minorities to hold important positions.” He said that the media showed Hindus as opportunists. HRCP’s vice-chairperson Amarnath Motumal discussed how personal laws and marriage rights of their community were being completely ignored. “The courts do not recognise our rights. Even seven-year-old girls are being converted.” Pushpa Kumari broke down into tears as she narrated the incident when a body of a 17-year-old girl was taken out from a graveyard because she was buried in a Muslim graveyard. Carrying a bunch of newspapers dated last week, she said, “There are five cases of sexual harassment of Hindu women in Sindh, including the gang rape of a teenager.” Kumari said that recently the government released 39 bonded labourers belonging to the Hindu community, but asked would it take their responsibility. She narrated how in 1996, she was told to quit her job at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission because their policy did not allow Hindus to work there. A Sikh community member, Sardar Kalyan Singh, said that when they go to Peshawar or FATA, they have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs25,000, per person per year. A member of the Ahmadi community, Amir Mahmood, called for elimination of the anti-Ahmadi Ordinance. Barkat Ali from the Hazara community said that he had lost his cousin in the recent attack on Hazara pilgrims. “We are left with no hope and we think the government is not serious about solving anything.”

    The targeting of Christians comes amid a widespread breakdown of public order. The Christians in Pakistan are subjected to false blasphemy cases, gangs breaking into homes and kidnapping Christian girls and women, forced conversions, bomb attacks, Muslim mob attacks and target killings. 
    Extremist Pakistani Muslims are frequently the culprits in attacks on Christians and other minorities in the country.

    Lahore: Murder of Christian pastor in Pakistan devastates Pakistani Christian community, 7 February, 2014

    The murder of a Christian pastor in Pakistan has devastated the entire Pakistani Christian community. In late December, Rashid Mehmood, a Muslim convert to Christianity turned preacher, was run off the road by a truck while riding on a motorbike with a close friend. Rashid Mehmood, 33, came from a rich, influential Muslim family but turned to Christ in 2005. Though he trained as a lawyer, he decided to become a pastor and preach the Gospel, despite strong opposition from his relatives. On December 26th, 2013, Rashid was a passenger on a motorbike driven by his pastor friend when a car began to chase them, and then deliberately struck the motorbike. Rashid suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital after undergoing surgery. Many Christians in the area believe that Mehmood was murdered due to his conversion from Islam to Christianity.

    Lahore: Christian girl abducted, converted and forced to marry a Muslim in Lahore, 6 February, 2014

    After a Pakistani Christian girl from Punjab was abducted by a Muslim landowner and was forced to marry him after conversion to Islam, her family reacted with a public protest, demanding justice from civil authorities. The family of Samariya Nadeem staged a protest this morning in front of the city’s press club. For the past three weeks, their 16-year-old daughter has been in the hands of a wealthy landowner. The sordid episode involves a 16-year-old girl, Samariya Nadeem (Masih), who was abducted and forcibly married to a rich landowner. The abduction took place 22 days ago in 270-TDA Layyah District when the young girl was on her way to school. The family filed a complaint (First Information Report 14/14, under Section 365 B of the Penal Code) with the police about the abduction reporting that Samariya was taken against her will and forced to marry the man. So far, the police have failed to pursue any legal action against the local wealthy Muslim landowner who abducted the girl because of the influence he wields. Police investigators were also unable to talk to the bruised and terrified victim. Anonymous police sources confirmed that the girl had been “abducted” and had been forced to marry her abductor. However, an Islamic cleric involved in the affair said that it was “not illegal to abduct and convert non-Muslims”. Police and the courts have failed so far to act and return the girl to her parents. The local Catholic Church has backed the family, condemning the “widespread practice” of kidnapping young Christian and Hindu women to marry them forcibly to Muslims and reduce them to a “state of slavery”.

    Trafficking of Christian women in Pakistan is a growing problem. Due to little intervention by local authorities, the abduction and 
    forced marriage/conversion of Christian women has become a common practice in Pakistan. 
    Once taken, these women are reduced to a “state of slavery.” Strangely, the world isn’t calling this issue what it truely is….. HUMAN TRAFFICKING.

    Peshawar: Suicide blast near Shia Imambargah kills nine, injures 50, 4 February, 2014

    9 people were killed and 50 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a local hotel frequented mostly by Shias in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said officials. The incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar. Police officer Rizwan Khan said that the hotel is frequented mostly by Shias who visit Imambargah Alamdar next door. Most of the dead and wounded were Shias, he added. The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed. Confirming the death toll, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said that it was a suicide attack. Shafqat Malik, an officer of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said that about six kilos of explosives had been used in the blast. He disclosed that the hands and legs of the suicide bomber had been recovered from the site and had been sent for laboratory and DNA tests. Eyewitness Musadiq Ali told mediapersons, “I was on the first floor when a huge blast occurred and I fell to the ground. I rushed to the spot and witnessed scores of people lying in a pool of blood.” Musharraf Hussain from Parachinar said that the blast destroyed three shops, several food kiosks in front of the Pak Hotel and Imambargah Alamdar inside Qissakhwani Bazaar.

    Peshawar: Shia leader shot dead, 4 February, 2014

    A Shia leader of Tahreek e Nifaz Fiqay Jafria (TNJF), Sardar Ali Asghar, was shot dead in Peshawar. Terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ), better known as Sipah-e-Sahaba, attacked Ali Asghar near Qissa Khuwani Bazar in Muhammad Ali Jouhar road. Sardar Ali Asghar was a member of Imamia Rabita Council, Peshawar.

    A Shia leader Sardar Ali Asghar was shot dead in Peshawar. 
    Pro-Taliban terrorists have killed thousands of Shiite Muslims across the country but government, judiciary 
    and law enforcement agencies have failed to protect Shia citizens across the country.

    January 2014 

    Karachi: Crime rate up by 120% in January in Karachi, 31 January, 2014

    The first month of 2014 has been the most violent month for Karachi since the launch of a security operation in September last year, with an alarming 120 percent increase recorded in crimes including target killings and attacks on law enforcement agencies. “At least 24 security officials, including three Rangers’ personnel and 21 policemen, were killed in target killings, bomb blasts and suicide attacks in January,” Atiq Ahmed Shaikh, a spokesman of the Karachi police said at a briefing.

    According to The News International, the crime rate in Karachi shot up by 120% in January 2014.

    Nowshera: Protest held against church construction, 31 January, 2014

    The residents of Sais Mandi and Gandari staged protests against the establishment of an illegal church and distribution of Christian material, deemed as sacrilegious material by the local Muslims, in their area. Led by Walid Akhtar, Dr Khalid Khan, Jamal Shah and others, the protesters blocked the Nowshera-Mardan road to traffic as a mark of protest and raised slogans in support of their demands. They also asked the government not to allow establishment of another church as the area already had two churches. They alleged that Christianity was being preached in the area under a conspiracy.

    Karachi: Caretaker of Shia Imambargah gunned down, 31 January, 2014

    The caretaker of an Imambargah was gunned down in a sectarian attack in Sir Syed Town. The police said that Shia man, Akbar Hussain, 30, was riding a motorcycle when gunmen on a motorcycle attacked him in Rasheedabad, New Karachi. He was taken to ASH, where he was declared dead. The victim lived in Tori-Bangash Colony. “Akbar Hussain was a caretaker of an Imambargah and his murder appears to be an act of sectarian killing,” said SSP-Central Amir Farooqi. A Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen spokesman said that the victim was not only the custodian of the Imambargah but also a religious scholar.

    Karachi: Overflowing sewers around church hurts sentiments of Christian worshippers, 31 January, 2014

    Our Lady of Fatima Church, located at Randle Road, Garden East, Karachi, is an important heritage site of the city. Since its inauguration in 1953, it has been serving as a place of worship, as well as a community centre, for a large number of Catholic Christians who dwell around the vicinity. However, the locality surrounding the church is infested with overflowing sewers, rundown roads and extreme levels of encroachment. Congested traffic jams and makeshift rickshaw stands add to the residents’ misery. The sewerage drains, starting from the Anklesaria Hospital and running through the front of the church gate, are constantly overflowing. The toxic waste piled at the gates of the church not only dishonours the sanctity of a place of worship but the sentiments of many of the community members. The environment around the sewers has become so unhygienic that people have started getting sick. Numerous complaints have been sent to the town administration’s office only to fall on eaf ears.

    Open, overflowing sewers, garbage dumps and encroachments have made the area 
    around Our Lady of Fatima Church unsanitary & unsafe.

    Punjab: Blasphemy case conviction worries Cameron, 30 January, 2014

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said that he was “deeply concerned” about a mentally-ill British man sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, adding that his views had been made clear to Islamabad. “We take this extremely seriously and we’re making that clear at every level,” Mr Cameron said in reply to a question about Mohammad Asghar’s blasphemy case in the British parliament. Asghar, who has lived in Britain for 40 years and still has family here, was sentenced last week for writing letters claiming to be a prophet. The 69-year-old man’s family claim the allegations stem from a property dispute. They say that he has paranoid schizophrenia and has tried to kill himself in jail. “I too am deeply concerned about this death sentence passed onto Mr Mohammed Asghar and, as you know, it’s our longstanding policy to oppose the death penalty in all circumstances,” Mr Cameron told lawmakers. “The Pakistani authorities can be of no doubt of the seriousness with which we view these developments.” Foreign Office Minister Sayeeda Warsi spoke to the chief minister of the Punjab and the British High Commissioner in Islamabad was also pursuing Asghar’s case, the prime minister said.

    Karachi: ASWJ terrorists assassinate Shia educationist, injure his wife in Karachi, 30 January, 2014

    Takfiri terrorists of ASWJ-TTP shot and killed the Vice Principal of KDA College, professor Syed Asghar Hussain Zaidi, and injured his wife Shabana Asghar Zaidi in Nasirabad area of Karachi late at night while the couple were returning home from a weekly religious gathering that was organized at the Islamic Research Center IRC near Ayesha Manzil area of Karachi. Shabana Asghar Zaidi was reported critically injured. Allama Aijaz Behishti, central leader of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, has said that the targeted assassination of Professor Asghar Zaidi was tantamount to the ‘murder of education’ in Karachi.

    Vice Principal of KDA College, Professor Syed Asghar Hussain Zaidi was target killed in Karachi in a sectarian attack on Shias.

    Karachi: Christians in Pakistan suffer abuse over land ownership, 30 January, 2014

    Christians in Pakistan continue to face unprecedented levels of abuse and persecution. In the Christian neighborhood of Horizon Plaza, located in Pakistan’s southern city Karachi, Christians living there are being forced out of land ownership by religious extremists and criminal gangs. These elements find Christians to be an easy target in Pakistan because local authorities don’t bother to protect the rights of religious minorities. Christians in Horizon Plaza, a district of Karachi, are victims of continued incidents of abuse, violence and discrimination, aided and abetted by the complete indifference, if not connivance, of police forces and institutions in Pakistan. Economic interests and the question of land possession for business and commercial initiatives seem to be the causes for the attacks. Even the Pakistani organizations that fight for human rights have been unable to resolve the situation and restore peace and security to the people. The drama of the Christian community of Horizon Plaza began in 2011, when some landlords in the area, with the support of leading political parties, illegally occupied apartments and houses after forcibly evicting tenants with regular permits and ownership rights. Complaints to the police went unheeded, while the illegal occupants committed all sorts of abuse and bullying tactics against the residents, particularly the women. Not even a petition to the High Court, which is still pending, has had any effect. Appeals to political and institutional leaders has so far fallen on deaf ears . Meanwhile, attacks on buildings and properties belonging to Christians have increased in Horizon Plaza. Now the community have appealed to the Catholic Church, to intervene on their behalf.

    Sukkur: Missing Christian boy, girl found dead after three weeks, 30 January, 2014

    The two-year-old boy and a three-year-old girl who had gone missing while playing outside their home in Christian Colony in the New Yard area of Rohri town on January 8, 2014, were found murdered. The police said that the bodies of Suleman Raja, son of Kashif Masih and Christy, daughter of Irshad Masih, were recovered from a pond of filthy water near the New Yard graveyard. A post-mortem examination was performed at the Rohri Taluka Hospital after which the bodies were handed over to their families. Dr Pervez Korai told the media at the hospital that the victims seemed to have died about a week ago.

    Karachi: Another Shia prayer leader shot and killed, 30 January, 2014

    According to details, Takfiri terrorists attacked and killed Muhammad Akbar s/o Muhammad Asghar aged 25-years, in Bilal Colony area of North Karachi. Muhammad Akbar was a prayer leader at Muhammadi Masjid in PakhtoonAbad area of Manghopir in Karachi. He was also an activist of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen.

    Shia Prayer leader Muhammad Akbar was killed by terrorists in North Karachi.

    Kasur: Christian woman brick kiln worker and her sons beaten up, 28 January, 2014

    On 29 January, 2014, a Christian woman brick kiln worker, Salamatay Bibi, 48, her sons Aziz Masih, Arshad Masih alias Papu, and two others, along with their families including women, and children were brutally beaten up with clubs and sticks by a local brick kiln owner and six unknown persons. They were later forcibly taken to a Brick Kiln at Rang Baig under threats of further beatings. A LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development) team rushed to the kiln and questioned people who had witnessed the shocking incident. Eye witnesses said that the brick kiln owner and others had beaten the victims with heavy clubs and sticks. The incident had occurred due to a loan that Salamatay Bibi’s family had taken from the brick kiln owner. When asked if she wanted to take legal action against them Salamatay Bibi replied that her son-in-law and husband had told her that if she took any step against the brick kiln owner, it would create more problems for them. “What happens is that employers, in this case the brick kiln owners, advance sums of money to the labourers to meet urgent trivial household needs, because the wages paid to the labourers are so low. The loans cannot be paid back even over many years, and the workers cannot leave the kiln as they are indebted to the owners,” said LEAD’s Chief Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill.

    “I have been beaten and badly tortured because some workers of the brick kiln ran away and they are our relatives. 
    Also my son took a loan of Rs 70,000 from the brick kiln owner which he is unable to repay,” said 48-year-old Christian woman Salamatay Bibi.

    Karachi: Ismaili school owner gunned down in Napier, 28 January, 2014

    A member of the Ismaili community who owned a private school in Lyari was shot dead in the Napier area, said the police. DSP-Eidgah Mohammed Ayub Soomro said that Mohammed Iqbal, 53, had left his ‘Prince Grammar School’ in Baghdadi and was driving to his home in Garden when two assailants riding on a motorcycle intercepted his car on Siddiq Wahab Road, fired at him and rode away. He sustained a single bullet wound to the neck and was taken to the Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. The DSP said that the victim was an Islamili and the investigators were probing the possible sectarian motive for the killing.

    Karimpura: Police constable deployed outside Hindu temple shot dead in Karimpura, 26 January, 2014

    A police constable deployed outside a Hindu temple in Jhanda Bazaar in Karimpura was shot dead by two attackers. The police said that Constable Ghulam Muhammad of the Frontier Reserve Police was on duty outside the Hindu temple, known as Dargah Sri Peer Rattan Nath Ji, when two armed motorcyclists opened fire on him and fled. The constable sustained serious bullet injuries and was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The attackers managed to escape. Search operations were carried out in the limits of the Hashtnagri and Faqirabad police stations.

    Rawalpindi: Death sentence for mentally ill Briton in Pakistan, 28 January, 2014

    Muhammad Asghar, a 69 year old Briton from Edinburgh, was sentenced to death on 23 January, 2014, the law firm said, citing court officials in the city of Rawalpindi, neighboring the capital. The firm said it was not present during the judgment because the judge had prevented it from representing Asghar in court since October, 2013. He was arrested in 2010 after writing letters to a lawyer and politician claiming to be a prophet. Though Asghar did not post the letters, a disgruntled tenant whom he was in the process of evicting took them to the police, the law firm representing the victim said. “Asghar has previously been detained under the mental health act in Britain and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia”, it added. After the removal of the law firm, Asghar was appointed a state counsel, who did not put his medical history in evidence or call witnesses in his defense, nor did he question a state-appointed board that declared him sane, the firm said. The state counsel could not be reached for comment. The law firm asked not to be identified for fear of being targeted by extremists. Lawyers defending those accused of blasphemy frequently receive death threats and politicians supporting reform of the law have been killed.

    Karachi: Pakistan joins the league of world’s worst religious persecuting countries, 27 January, 2014

    A recent information states that Pakistan has clinched the top position in a list of 198 countries most suffering from social hostilities involving religion. An extract of the report is as below: The Pew Research Center’s report issued two indices, based on statistics from the years 2007-2012: 1) The Government Restrictions Index (GRI), which measures government laws, policies and actions that restrict religious beliefs and practices. 2) The Social Hostilities Index (SHI), which measures acts of religious hostility by private individuals, organisations or groups in society. The results show that “Pakistan had the highest level of social hostilities involving religion, and Egypt had the highest level of government restrictions on religion.”

    Pew Research Centre in Washington puts Pakistan 
    among the top most persecuting countries to religious minorities

    Khanpur: Shia leader Ghulam Mustafa shot dead in Khanpur, 27 January, 2014

    Renowned Shia doctor, Dr Ghulam Mustafa, one of the trustees of Jamia Ali Akbar Trust, Khanpur (Rahimyar Khan district) was shot dead when he was going home on a motorcycle after closing his medical centre. The police said that Ghulam Mustafa, a member of the Jamia Ali Akbar Trust and owner of the Shakir Medical Centre, was travelling to his house in Khanpur, Punjab, when unidentified men on a motorcycle shot at him and fled. He was accompanied by his friend Kafayatullah, who remained unharmed. Mustafa succumbed to his injuries on the way to Shaikh Zayed Hospital. The incident was followed by several protest rallies organised by members of the Shia community. The protesters gathered in front of Mustafa’s house and shouted slogans against the police. Shia Ulema Council tehsil president Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah said that the target killing was a part of the Shia genocide in Pakistan. The deceased’s son, Muhammad Farhan, told mediapersons that his father had been receiving death threats from unidentified people over the phone for a few months. His father had filed a complaint with the police eight days before his target killing and had demanded to be given security. He said that the police had not taken his complaint seriously.

    Karachi: 1 Shiite killed, 1 Shiite injured in Karachi, 27 January, 2014

    Two Shia Muslims, Manzoor Ahmed and Ghulam Abid were attacked by terrorists in Karachi. Manzoor Ahmed was killed when terrorists opened fire on him near Scout Colony. Another Shia Muslim, Ghulam Abid was critically wounded when the outlawed outfit’s terrorists opened fire upon him in the Federal Capital Area of Karachi. The injured Shiite, who is a driver by profession, was shot at while he was driving. He was rushed to a government hospital for treatment. It is relevant to add here that two brothers namely Ghulam Abbas and Mohammad Hassan were injured in terrorist attack in Awami Colony Korangi on January 25, 2014. They have not yet recovered from their bullet injuries.

    Pakistan: Muslims murder a Sikh man in Pakistan for refusing to pay the Jizya, 27 January, 2014

    A Sikh community member, Sardar Kalyan Singh, said that when they go to Peshawar or FATA, they have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs 25,000, per person per year. “Two days ago, a member of the Sikh community was killed because he refused to pay Jizya. When we spoke to the minister, he said that he is being forced to pay the same, so we should abide.”

    Sikhs have to pay Jizyah, which is sometimes Rs 25,000 per person per year in Pakistan.
    The jizya is a tax that non-Muslims must pay as a sign of their subjugation to the Muslims.

    Karachi: Bohra man gunned down, 25 January, 2014

    A shopkeeper belonging to the Bohra community was gunned down in a suspected targeted attack in Napier area, said the police. The police said that unidentified gunmen attacked Mufasil Mohammed Zohaib, 35, in Jhat Pat market where he had a stationery shop. He sustained a single bullet wound to the head and was rushed to Civil Hospital Karachi where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, said Napier SHO Azam Khan. He said that the victim was a resident of Saddar area.

    Punjab Province: Young Ahmadi man comes under knife attack by Mullah, 23 January, 2014

    A young Ahmadi man was attacked in broad daylight when he arrived at his place of work on January 23, 2014. The murder attempt took place at a marketplace in the city of Rahim Yar Khan, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According to local reports, the young men (name withheld for safety) said that he normally goes to work at 11 o’clock every day and this time when he arrived, a bearded mullah who was sitting outside also hurried into the store. The mullah told the non Ahmadi co-worker not to work with Ahmadis as they are infidels and asked him to get out of the shop. As the co-worker ran out, the mullah took out a dagger and proceeded to attack the Ahmadi youngster on his neck saying “You are a Qadiani, I am going to kill you.” The youngster grappled with the attacker trying to stop the knife with his bare hands and received several wounds. The Ahmadi boy succeeded in running out of the shop and took safety in a nearby store. The mullah immediately escaped with another person on a motorcycle.”

    Young Ahmadi man knifed by mullah in broad daylight in Pakistan due to religeous intolerance.

    Quetta: Hazara community refuses to bury the dead, 22 January, 2014

    The Hazara community decided to continue its sit-in on the Alamdar Road along with 24 coffins of those killed in the suicide attack in the Daringar area of Mastung district. The families of the deceased have refused to bury their dead and vowed to continue their sit-in protest in the cold weather until the federal government assured them that it would provide security for the life and property of the Hazara community.

    Mastung: Bloodbath as another Shia pilgrim bus was attacked in Balochistan, 21 January, 2014

    At least 24 people, women among them, were killed and over 41 were injured when a coach carrying pilgrims from Iran was hit by a suicide bomber in Mastung area. It appears that an explosives-laden car driven by the bomber rammed into the bus but the police did not confirm it stating that investigations were under way. Four security personnel escorting the bus also suffered injuries in the blast. “Most of the dead and injured are from Marriabad and Hazara Town in Questa but they have not been identified yet,” sources said. Official sources said that two coaches carrying about 100 pilgrims were coming to Quetta from Taftan, a town on the border of Iran. When the buses reached Derringer area in Mastung district, one of them was hit by the powerful blast. The bus caught fire and 22 passengers were killed and 41 injured, Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Gilani said. “Two bodies and 37 injured, 10 of them women, were brought to the Combined Military Hospital in Quetta,” hospital sources said. The banned militant organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), claimed responsibility for what it described as a suicide bombing and warned of more such attacks. It was the second attack on Shia pilgrims in this part of Balochistan over the past three weeks; the first attack took place near Quetta on New Year’s eve.

    22 victims belonging to the Hazara Shia community were laid to rest at the Bahisht-e-Zainab graveyard while four were buried at the Hazara Town graveyard. Grief-stricken mourners of the Hazara community had refused to bury their dead after a roadside blast hit a bus around 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. Over a two-day protest, up to 2,000 people, most of them Hazara’s, demonstrated in freezing temperatures on Quetta´s busy Alamdar Road with the bodies of the bombing victims, refusing to bury them until action was taken against militants.

    Karachi: Notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain assassinated in Karachi, 21 January, 2014

    A notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain Naqvi was assassinated near Nipa Chowrangi area late at night. Pro-Taliban terrorists attacked his vehicle with a cracker blast on University road near Nipa Chowrangi area of Karachi. Hussain was a close aide of Allama Talib Johri, the renowned Shia scholar in Pakistan. He was the leader of Anjuman Makhdoma-e-Konain. Syed Wajahat Hussain was a bank manager at Allied Bank Limited, and he was also MQM’s candidate for local bodies election. Syed Wajahat Hussain Naqvi is survived by a widow, a 6-year-old son and a 10-year-old son.

    Notable Shia Muslim Syed Wajahat Hussain was assassinated in Karachi. The killing of Shias has caused international outrage,
    with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence.

    Karachi: 17-year old Shia youngster killed, 21 January, 2014

    Another Shia Muslim, Qalb-e-Abbas, was also shot dead near Gulbahar Kazmain Imambargh area of Karachi. The 17-year-old Syed Qalb-e-Abbas Kazmi s/o Syed Manzar Abbas Kazmi was sitting in a shop when terrorists of ASWJ-TTP attacked him and left him injured. He was rushed to hospital where he breathed his last. Pro-Taliban groups have launched a violent campaign against Shia Muslims and several Shia religious gatherings have been targeted in different parts of the country over the past few months. Shia Muslims in Pakistan say the government must take decisive action against the forces involved in the targeted killings, accusing Islamabad of failing to provide security for the Muslim community. Shias make up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

    Peshawar: Prayer leader target-killed 20 January, 2014

    The prayer leader of a local mosque in Dhaki Munawwar Shah was targeted and killed. The police said that unidentified attackers opened fire on Mohammad Alam Almosavi, a prayer leader from the Shia community associated with Malik Rahman Imambargah, at Dhaki Munawwar Shah near Qissa Khwani. The wounded cleric, who was a brother of senior journalist Agha Baqir Mosvi, was rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Alam Almosavi was a close aide of Arif Al-Hussaini. He was a leader of Shia Ulema Council and a prayer leader at Shia mosque ‘Imambargah Safdar Hussain’. Alam Almosavi always walked to his mosque a mile away from his house. He was shot while walking to the mosque in the historic Kissa Khwani market of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtukhwa province that borders Afghanistan, police said. Two gunmen had opened fire on the scholar and had escaped into the narrow streets when he came out of his house and walked towards the mosque.

    Maulana Alim Musvi was going to a mosque in Mohalla Khudad in the old city area 
    for Maghrib prayers when gunmen targeted him and shot him dead.

    Karachi: Yazidi terrorists shot and killed Shia police official, 20 January, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba, an ally of the notorious Taliban (TTP), shot and killed a Shia police official in Karachi. The notorious Yazidi terrorists opened fire upon Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Karachi Police namely Syed Kamran Hussain Naqvi in Chakra Goth Korangi. His body was shifted to Imam Bargah of G Area for funeral.

    Karachi: 40-year-old Shia Muslim man shot, injured near Sachal Goth, 19 January, 2014

    Deobandi Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a Shiite man in Sajjad Hussain in Bilawal Goth area of Karachi. According to details, terrorists of ASWJ-TTP belonging to Orangzaib Farooqi group attacked a Shia Muslim man Sajjad Hussain s/o Bashir Hussain, 40, in Bilawal Goth area near Sachal Goth, Karachi. Hussain recieved several bullets in his legs.

    Punjab Province: 9-year-old Hindu girl gang-raped and murdered by ‘unidentified persons’ in Pakistan, 19 January, 2014

    A nine-year-old Hindu girl was raped and killed in Punjab province of Pakistan, officials said. Basti Kata, a resident of Mauza Ghunia in Rahim Yar Khan district, located 400 km from the provincial capital Lahore, said that his daughter went missing while playing outside his home on January 16, 2014. Kata had informed the police and had registered a missing person’s report. The girl’s parents and other relatives made frantic efforts to find her but to no avail. Some of Kata’s relatives found the girl’s dead body in an open field on 18 January, 2014. The police took the body to a state-run hospital in Khanpur, where the doctor on duty refused to perform an autopsy. The aggrieved family staged a protest outside the hospital. Following the intervention of the local administration, the doctor conducted an autopsy that confirmed rape. “It appears that the girl had died while being raped,” the doctor said. The police have registered a case against unidentified persons. Hindus are the largest minority in Pakistan but make up only about two per cent of the population of 180 million. Most Hindus live in southern Sindh province, where there have been several instances of alleged abduction and forced conversion of women from the minority community.

    A nine-year-old Hindu girl was raped and killed in Punjab province of Pakistan. 
    Hindus are the largest minority in Pakistan making up about two per cent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million.

    Karachi: Shia Muslim killed, 17 January, 2014

    Another Shia Muslim was killed in Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists’ attack on him in Karachi. Zaigham Abbas was critically wounded when the terrorists opened fire upon him in Gulbahar area late at night. He was rushed to hospital for treatment and breathed his last at the hospital a day after the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassinations of Shiites and demanded targeted military operation to eliminate the notorious terrorists.

    Sindh: Taliban using advanced technologies to kill citizens: Chief Minister Sindh, 17 January, 2014

    Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali has acknowledged that Talibn terrorists are using advanced technologies to kill innocent citizens across the country. He was talking with a private TV channel Expres News after its three employees were gunned down in Karachi. He also acknowledged that government has no solution to combat these terrorists in technology.

    Karachi: Shia doctor shot dead by terrorists in Karachi, 16 January, 2014

    Takfiri terrorists of TTP-ASWJ shot and killed a Shia doctor, Dr Syed Asif Hussain Zaidi s/o Syed Baqi Hussain Zaidi in Karachi’s Bufferzone area late in the night.

    Punjab: Shia notable injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Punjab province, 16 January, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a Shia notable in district Muzaffar Garh of Punjab province. The notorious Yazidi terrorists ambushed Makhdoom Syed Altaf Hussain Bukhari in Ali Pur. He sustained bullet wounds to his shoulder. He was rushed to Multan for treatment. Mr Bukhari, a high-profile Shiite hails from an influential religious Shia family. He served as chairman of the district council and is held in high esteem. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted terrorist attack on the Shia notable in Muzaffar Garh’s Ali Pur area and have demanded the arrest of the terrorists.

    Karachi: Shia intelligence official injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Karachi, 16 January, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and injured a Shia official of Pakistani intelligence agency in Karachi. The incident occurred in Gulistan-e-Johar near Continental Bakery where Yazidi terrorists ambushed the Shia intelligence official, namely Syed Wasi Haider. The wounded Wasi Haider was rushed to hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be critical. The attack has brought stiff reaction from the Sunni and Shia Muslims who said that the PMLN government and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf were responsible for unabated terrorism in the country because their inaction has emboldened the terrorists.

    Both Sunni and Shia Muslims demanded that instead of using a policy of appeasement, 
    targeted military operation should be launched to eliminate terrorists in Pakistan.

    Lahore: Charted Accountant killed in drive-by shooting, 15 January, 2014

    In another anti-Shia attack, a 35-year-old Charted Accountant working in a private firm in Lahore, was killed in a drive-by shooting at a traffic signal near Firdous Market in Gulberg area of Lahore, police said. Ali Hussain Qazilbash, an active member of the Shiite community, was on his way home when unidentified motorcyclists ambushed his Honda-civic car. Qazilbash was hit by two bullets and died on-the-spot. The killers fled from the crime scene instantly. The police reached the spot and removed the body to the morgue for autopsy. No group has claimed the responsibility for the gun-attack yet. But police sources said that the possibility of the involvement of militants linked to banned outfits like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in this deadly assault could not be ruled out. The abrupt shooting in the posh locality triggered panic among road-users and motorists during rush hours as they ran towards safer places leaving their vehicles on the road.

    Lahore: Christian and Muslim prisoners clash at Kot Lakhpat Jail, 14 January, 2014

    A clash between Christian and Muslim inmates broke out in Kot Lakhpat jail followed by an argument between prison clerics. 33 prisoners sustained injuries as police bashed the inmates when Christian and Muslim inmates got engaged in a heated exchange of words at Kot Lakhpat jail. It seems that the Prison police stabbed the inmates in order to scatter the horde and to avoid possible uproar following an argument between prison teachers. A prisoner at Kot Lakhpat jail who was an eye witness disclosed that a Muslim teacher had asked a Christian teacher at the jail three weeks ago not to preach Christianity to Muslim prisoners. A heated debate had ensued. Later, a brawl had broken out between Christian and Muslim inmates. The prison police had intervened and separated them. He went on to say,” On Tuesday night, I heard cries from Barrack 8. I later learnt that some jail officials, led by Deputy Superintendent Haji Mazhar and three assistant superintendents, and barrack heads picked up certain Christian inmates accused of complaining to their families of harassment at the jail and beat them with clubs. 33 of the prisoners suffered severe injuries, including fractures. The beating went on for over half an hour. They were taken to the jail hospital.”

    33 prisoners were injured in a clash between Christian and Muslim inmates in Kot Lakhpat jail.

    Hyderabad: Trustee of Shia Mosque injured by Yazidi terrorists in Hyderabad, 11 January, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and injured a trustee of a Shia mosque in Hyderabad. Nazim Zaidi was rushed to hospital after being injured in the terrorist attack. He is trustee of Masjid-e-Nubavi (PBUH) situated in Latifabad No.10 of Hyderabad district.

    Karachi: Christians protest kidnapping of two minor children, 9 January, 2014

    The Christian community took out a procession and staged a sit-in at the Rohri section of the National Highway in protest against the kidnapping of two minor Christian children a day earlier. Residents of New Yard Christian Colony, Rohri, took out the procession from the neighbourhood raising slogans against the area police for failing to discharge their duties efficiently. The participants marched up to the Berri Chowk, where they held a sit-in disrupting movement of vehicular traffic on the National Highway for some time. Speaking to the media, they said that kidnappers had taken away 2-year-old Christy and 2-year-old Salman Raja, the daughter and grandson of Sahdoo Masih as soon as the children had come out of their house in New Yard Christian Colony. They alleged that the Rohri police were not extending any assistance to the community for the recovery of the toddlers just because they were Christians.

    Christians in Karachi protest police inaction after abduction of 2 toddlers from New Yard Christian Colony

    Karachi: Pakistani Christians seek Asylum in Sri Lanka, 8 January, 2014

    In the face of increasing extremism and persecution, many Pakistani Christians are fleeing Pakistan in search of refuge. Many of these Christians are seeking asylum in Sri Lanka claiming asylum based on religious persecution grounds. According to the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, over 600 Pakistani Christians are currently seeking asylum.

    Rawalpindi: Shia religious scholar survives gun attack, 8 January, 2014

    A Shia scholar was shot and injured as he headed to his workplace in the morning. Police said that two gunmen riding a motorcycle had fired at Maulana Nazeer Hussain Imrani, 50, who was going to the Government Jamia Comprehensive High School after dropping his daughter at her college. Some passersby had rushed him to Benazir Bhutto Hospital where he was stated to be in a stable condition. His son Irtiqa Hussain Imrani said that the bullets had hit his father in the chest, with some pellets penetrating his cheek and tongue. “My father never received any threats from any group but apparently it was a targeted attack,” he said. Mr Imrani taught Arabic and Islamic Studies and was the custodian of the Imambargah Qasr-i-Sajjad in Sadiqabad locality. He was going to the government school in the capacity of controller examination when the gunmen fired at his motorcycle on Farooq-i-Azam Road, said the son. Irtiqa said that some witnesses put the number of attackers at four.

    Islamabad: 14-year-old Christian girl abducted, forcibly converted, married, 9 January, 2014

    A Christian family in Rawalpindi had many plans for a cheerful Christmas last year until their 14-year old daughter went missing. The missing Christian teenager was forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim boy who studied in her school, court documents obtained by mediapersons and background meetings with the aggrieved family reveal. The daughter of a Christian man, Mr Bhatti, a student of O-levels went missing from her school on December 2, 2013 when her father was away in China on a business tour. When her mother started the search, she came to know that her daughter had left for home with Abdullah Shafi son of Arif Shafi, a student of A-levels. The Christian girl’s mother was later told by Abdullah Shafi’s family that the girl was with their son and both had married after the girl’s conversion to Islam. The mother was threatened of dire consequences if she created any fuss over the issue. The girl’s father returned from China on 5th December, 2013, and lodged a complaint with the police stating that Abdullah Shafi had kidnapped his daughter, who is a minor. The police lodged an FIR 225 on 8th December, 2013, under section 365-B of Pakistan Penal Code which deals with abduction. When the police was pressed by the girl’s family, the girl was produced before a magistrate on December 13, 2013, with almost fifty people equipped with weapons standing outside the court in support of the boy’s family, said lawyers present at the spot. The 14-year-old Christian girl’s statement was recorded before the magistrate under section 164 of Criminal Procedure Code in which the girl confessed to have converted to Islam. She also admitted that she had contracted marriage with Abdullah Shafi. When she came out of the court and met her family she disclosed that she had been threatened to give the statement in Abdullah’s favour. The same was conveyed to the police and the girl was produced before the magistrate again on December 17, 2013 and her statement was recorded again in which she said that she had never converted to Islam and had not contracted marriage with Abdullah Shafi. She told the court that on the day of her abduction, Abdullah Shafi had told her that her mother was not well so he would drop her home. But he had abducted her instead. The minor girl was allowed to go with her family that day by the court. Since then, the Christian family is living in a state of immense fear. Regarding the Christian girl’s conflicting statements, her lawer Siddiqui said that such things do not make the case weak because a minor can neither give consent nor contract marriage nor can she convert toany other religion. Furthermore, in this particular case, everything was done under coercion.

    A 14-year-old Christian girl, the daughter of a Christian businessman 
    was abducted from school, converted and married off to her Muslim schoolmate

    Peshawar: Shia bank manager shot dead in a targeted attack, 7 January, 2014

    In another incident of target killing, unidentified gunmen shot dead a Shia Muslim in Peshawar. Sardar Waqarul Hassan was a bank manager working in Habib Bank Limited-Abresham Garan branch. As Hassan headed towards the car park after work in the evening, unidentified attackers opened fire on him. He died on the spot while the attackers managed to escape without retaliation. A police official from the Kabuli Police Station said, “Sardar Waqarul Hassan was a resident of Gulbahar and belonged to the Shia sect. Without any doubt, it was an incident of target killing.”

    Karachi: Six young devotees of Sufi Saint Ayub Shah, 7 January, 2014

    In a fresh wave of violence that gripped the southern port city of Karachi at the turn of the new year, six young devotees of Sufi saint Ayub Shah in Gadap Town, on the outskirts of the city, were killed on January 7, 2014. Their bodies were found by the caretaker the following morning in a mud-house close to the shrine. A note left near the dead, allegedly by the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP), stated that a similar fate awaited anyone visiting the shrine. The policerevealed to mediapersons that the note said: “Stop visiting shrines!” Sufism, strongly practiced in Pakistan’s Sindh province, is opposed by the Taliban who follow the Wahabi and Salafist school of Islam. The brutal killings have reinforced the long-standing fear among the people of Karachi that the militant group which infiltrated the city a few years ago has now not only consolidated itself, but is also imposing its belief system in Pakistan.

    Hangu: Shia student killed while foiling suicidal attack on school in Hangu, 6 January, 2014

    A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a government school in northwest Pakistan, killing a teenaged Shiite student and injuring two others in the Shia-dominated Ibrahimzai area of Hangu district. “A suicide bomber blew himself up near the main gate of a government boys school, where he was intercepted by brave young Itizaz Hassan, aged 14-years,” said district police chief Iftikhar Ahmed. He revealed that the suicide bomber had been attempting to enter the school when he was spotted by the student, Itizaz Hassan, who tried to stop attacker at the main gate. The bomber immediately blew himself up, killing the student also on the spot. Locals added that the bomber had struck just as the students were disembarking from school-vans. If not for the timely action of the brave young student many more lives would have been lost.

    14-year-old Shiite student, Itizaz Hassan, was killed when he bravely tried to stop a suicide bomber at the main gate of a government school in Hangu. 
    Both the bomber and Hasan were killed when the bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by Hassan.

    Peshawar: Recovered Hindu teacher complains of pressure for conversion, 5 January, 2014

    A missing Hindu female schoolteacher, after her recovery from Bahawalpur, told a local judicial magistrate that her kidnapper had attempted to force her to marry him after changing her faith. He had kept her unconscious for most of the time during captivity as she had refused to do so. The teacher, who is around 25, was recovered from Khairpur tehsil of Bahawalpur the after investigation officer, Shaheenullah Khan, traced her location with the help of her cellphone and that of her alleged captor, Zahid Nawaz, a resident of Bahawalpur. The accused managed to flee. Ms Sapna had gone missing on December 2, 2013, while returning home from school in the jurisdiction of Paharipura police station. Police had registered a complaint lodged by Suresh Kumar, stated to be the teacher’s cousin. Ms Sapna is a teacher at a private school, Peshawar Science Academy, situated on the GT Road near Ayub Flour Mills. Ms Sapna told the court that when she was returning home on the day of her kidnapping, a car had stopped near her and the accused person had put a cloth dosed with anaesthetic on her face causing her to fall unconscious. She said that she gained consciousness after a day and had seen a man, later identified as Zahid Nawaz, present in the room. The teacher accused that whenever she gained consciousness, the kidnapper used to demand her to convert to Islam and marry him. Whenever she refused, the man used to hold an anaesthetic-doused cloth to her nose. The woman said that as she remained unconscious most of the time, she was not sure whether she was sexually assaulted by the suspect or not. The court ordered a medical examination to be conducted on her.

    Missing Hindu schoolteacher Sapna who was recovered from Bahawalpur by the police 
    recounted to them the harrowing tale of her abduction by a Muslim man for forced conversion and marriage in Pakistan

    Punjab province: Shia Dr Azhar Hussain killed by militanta in Rajanpur; sister dies hearing shocking news, 5 January, 2014

    A Shia doctor, Dr Azhar Hussain Serai was shot dead by Doebandi Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Rajanpur district of Punjab province. Dr Azhar Hussain was on the way home from ‘Raza Surgical Center’ when armed militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba, known as Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal-Jamaat, attacked him and killed him on the spot. He was shifted to DHQ Hospital. The slain Shia victim was affiliated with Majlis-e-Whadat-e-Muslmeen, Pakistan. According to a source, Dr Azhar Hussain’s sister Zubeda Nasira also died after hearing the shocking news of the death of her beloved brother. She was was Ex-District Officer of the Education Department.

    Karachi: Shia families look for safety in numbers, 5 January, 2014

    Since the recent wave of sectarian killings began in Karachi, an increasing number of Shia families have been moving to areas like Jaffer-e-Tayyar Society in Malir, Old Rizvia in Golimar and Ancholi. An increasing number of Shia families, real estate professionals say, are opting to live in Shia-majority areas in Karachi for the sake of security. “The demand book is full and this is not only for Soldier Bazaar, but for all other Shia-dominated neighbourhoods in the city,” said Maqbool Hussain, who runs an estate agency near Numaish. Soldier Bazaar No. 1 has all the problems afflicting a typical Karachi neighbourhood: regular power outages, on and off water cuts, and worse, long traffic jams. But Nargis Rizvi cannot care less. This Shia housewife is looking for a two-bed apartment in the area, one of the dozens of Shia-majority neighbourhoods in the city. “I’d prefer some peace of mind over other conveniences,” she says. “I want a place where my children can go out to buy household items and return safely.”

    Pakistan: School textbooks in Pakistan instruct to murder Christians, 5 January, 2014

    Text-books of Pakistani schools teach that the killing of Christians is a “goal to be sought” that would help the same members of the minority to seek martyrdom for the faith. This is shown by a report published in late September by the Middle East Media Research. According to the research, the texts are common in most public primary schools and even Pakistani Christians and members of other minorities are forced to read and study them. The authors of the books led by the religious leaders have changed the meaning of the term “minority”, which is now perceived with negative connotation.

    Textbooks in Pakistan teach ‘killing of Christians’

    Karachi: Two brothers among five Shiites killed in ‘sectarian’ attacks, 4 January, 2014

    Five members of the Shia community, including two seminary student brothers, were killed in two armed attacks in different areas, ‘apparently as a tit-for-tat killing on sectarian grounds. In the first incident, more than half a dozen armed riders attacked a roadside juice shop in Gulshan-i-Iqbal near the Maskan roundabout and killed three young Shia men. The attack also left four persons wounded only two weeks after a similar assault on an eatery in the same area, that killed three Sunni youngsters, including two brothers. “There is an Agha Raza juice centre owned by a man belonging to the Hazara Shia community,” said an official at the Gulshan-i-Iqbal police station. “The shutter of the shop was half closed as they were preparing to close the shop when at least four motorcycles were seen arriving with eight young men. Three of them got off the motorbikes and fired dozens of 9 mm pistol shots at the people standing inside and outside the juice shop and sped away. The firing left three people dead and four injured. The victims were taken to a nearby private hospital, where the dead were identified as 40-year-old Hussain Ali, Abdul Wahid, 22, and Nadir Ali, 40, who were later shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. The injured included Ghulam Sakhi, Tasawwur Abbas, Jawad Ali and Raees Ahmed,” said the official. 

    Just four hours after the midnight assault, two young Shia brothers, both students of Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom in Gulshan-i-Iqbal, were going to their seminary when they were attacked. The area police said 25-year-old Abid Abdullah and his younger brother Sajid Abdullah were intercepted near the UBL Sports Complex by armed men riding a motorbike. The men then shot the 2 Shia brothers in the head with two bullets each, and sped away. “The victims were students of Dars-i-Nizami at Madrassah Ahsan-ul-Uloom,” said an official at the Jauharabad police station. “They were residents of Malik Anwar Goth in Gabol Town and used to take the same route to their seminary. The incident seemed to be in reaction to the late night attacks on sectarian grounds.”

    Chakwal: 15 Shiites injured in attack on Shia procession, 3 January, 2014

    As many as 15 Shiites were injured in a terrorist attack in Pinwal village of Chakwal. Later, hundreds of Shia Muslims gathered at Tehsil Chowk where they protested against police indifference. According to sources, Shia Muslims were planning to hold a Majlis and a procession in Pinwal village, about 7 km north of Chakwal city. A few weeks ago Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and Shiite Muslims locked horns in a legal battle about taking out processions. According to Shia leaders the local court allowed them to take out the procession but the leaders of ASWJ said that the court had only allowed the holding of Majlis and had not given permission for taking out any procession. When a procession led by Shia leader Syed Ahmed Ali Shah reached near Pinwal village it was ambushed by the activists of ASWJ who pelted the participants of the procession with stones. “They attacked us with axes, stones and clubs and fifteenof our people were injured including myself,” said Shia leader Syed Ahmed Ali Shah to mediapersons. Syed Ahmed Ali Shah put the whole responsibility on the police claiming that the local police had failed to provide security for them.

    Hundredss of Shiites protest attack on procession in which 15 Shiites were injured in Pinwal village in Chakwal

    Khairpur: Khairpur shut down after ‘sectarian killing’, 3 January, 2014

    A shutdown was observed in Khairpur city amid sectarian tension after a Shia activist was shot dead outside a mosque in the Godu Shop area falling within the jurisdiction of the A-Section police. Shiite Syed Ahsan Shah, 28, was shot and seriously injured by assailants riding on two motorbikes just as he came out of the mosque. The victim was rushed to the Khairpur Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment. His body was taken to his home, located within the Godu Shop area, and then transported to Karachi in an ambulance. Scores of Shia activists, besides his relatives, friends and neighbours, joined in the funeral caravan from the hospital to the victim’s home raising slogans against what they described as the ‘targeted killing on sectarian grounds’ and demanding the immediate arrest of the culprits.

    A shutdown was observed in Khairpur city amid sectarian tension after a Shia activist was shot dead 
    outside a mosque in the Godu Shop area

    Umerkot: Five bodies ‘missing’ from Hindus’ graves, 3 January, 2014

    Five bodies were found missing from their graves when a group of Meghwar community members visited the graveyard near Rohalwai in Umerekot. The matter was reported to the area police, who suspected that people exercising magic/exorcism might have been involved in such ‘theft’. Thano Meghwar, whose minor son was buried in the graveyard 2 days before the incident, told the police that he had visited his son’s grave just two days after the burial, only to find the body missing. He said that he had walked around the graveyard which is surrounded by thickly populated localities, searching for his son’s body, and he had found five more bodies missing from their graves. Police have set up a picket at the graveyard on the request of Meghwar community members and have initiated an inquiry.

    Sialkot: 3 Sufi shrines of revered saints desecrated in Sialkot, 3 January, 2014

    Terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked and desecrated the shrines of 3 Sufi saints in Sialkot, Punjab province. The terrorists stormed into the shrines of Imam Abdul Hakeem, Hazrat Abdullah and Ziaullah Qadri. They tore and burnt the Holy Quran, cloths inscribed with Quranic verses and also razed the mausoleum. Sunni Bralevis, a majority sect in Pakistan, are also declared polytheists by the Yazidi takfiri nasbi fanatics who claim them to be Deobandis. Idarah Sirat-e-Mustaqeem Pakistan began a protest campaign against the desecration of the shrines of their saints.

    Shrines of 3 Sufi saints attacked and desecrated in Sialkot, Punjab province.

    Karachi: Families of 720 Christian & Hindu sanitary workers displaced with connivance of Pakistani police & Rangers, 3 January, 2014

    The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Pakistani Christian and Hindu sanitary workers were forced to vacate a century old settlement after repeated incidents of rape, abduction and attacks on their houses by drug peddlers with the connivance of police and Pakistan Rangers. The community known as ‘Slaughter House Quarter’ in an old area of Karachi has been occupied by the police informers and gangs who are fighting to control the area. To force the Christians to leave their homes 3 Christians were killed and many women including a young girl were gang raped. Frequently and without warning the criminals broke through the compound walls and opened fire on the inhabitants which resulted in injuries to several children. The victims of rape and assault complained to the police and Rangers but their reply was to leave the place and settle elsewhere. The tortured families were forced to flee from the home of their ancestors and have lost their jobs and livelihood. 

    Mr Bernard Peter filed an application on December 10, 2013, to the Director General of the Pakistan Rangers about the attacks on minority people and incidents of rape of young women, threats, intimidation, extortion and the cordoning off of their quarters. On December 12, Peter’s 26-year-old sister was abducted by the gangsters, Shahid Rehman and Shakeel Commando groups. She was beaten and asked to inform them about the whereabouts of her brother. When she refused she was gang-raped. There are reports of half a dozen young women being raped by members of the gang. 720 families have left the quarters and are living in different localities of Karachi and other parts of Sindh province after losing their jobs and their houses. The Sindh government is not taking any action to provide them with relief, rather, senior police officials suggest that they should comply with the gangsters so that they can earn a living. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Lyari, Mr. Shah Nawaz, told mediapersons that the police were giving the gang rape victim, ‘R’, and her family protection and were also looking into the allegations.

    Karachi: Shia MWM activist shot dead, 2 January, 2014

    An activist of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Syed Ahsaan Ali Zaidi s/o Syed Ansar Hussain Zaidi aged 32-years was killed by Deobandi Takfiri terrorists in Khairpur district of Sindh in Pakistan. The terrorists opened fire on Syed Ahsan Hyder while he was pasting wall posters of MWM leader Deedar Ali Jalbani, for his fortieth-day Cehlum in Gudu-Chap area of Khairpur. The victim was a resident of Panj-Hatti area of Khairpur.

    Quetta: Suicide bomber targets pilgrims bus near Quetta, 2 killed; 32 injured, 1 January, 2014

    A suicide bomber killed two persons in Akhtarabad, an area dominated by the Hazara community, in the provincial capital. Hospital sources feared that the death toll might rise as more than 30 people had sustained serious multiple injuries in the powerful explosion. A state of emergency was declared in all hospitals of Quetta. Police officials said that a passenger bus, escorted by the police, carrying over 30 pilgrims was on its way from Taftan on the Pak-Iran border to Quetta. When it reached the Akhtarabad area of Quetta, a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden car blew himself up, killing two people and injuring 32, including six policemen. more than 30 pilgrims were inside the coach when it was targeted. The injured were shifted to the CMH for treatment. “It was a suicide attack and the vehicle was loaded with 80-100 kg of high power explosive material,” said officials of the bomb disposal squad.

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    UNITED NATIONS – A group of Jeay Sindh Quomi Mahaz members on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the UN building to protest against what they called increasing incidents of persecution and violence, especially of Hindu communities in Sindh province.
    Shouting “Jeay Sindh” slogans, they urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take up the matter with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif so as to end the ongoing attacks on the places of Hindu worship, life and property as well the forced conversions of their women.
    In a memorandum, the group also sought UN chief’s help to bring an end to disappearances of Sindhi nationalists and political activists.
    They also denounced as a “draconian law” the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance.
    Those who signed the memorandum were: Dr. Sarang Ansari, Habib Bhutto, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Unar, Attsa Vistro and Paras Noorani.

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    According to the most recent (1998) census conducted by the Government of Pakistan, Hindus make up 1.20% of the population and Christians (Protestant and Roman Catholic) 1.9%, or around 2.3 million people.[4] Other estimates put the numbers higher. Historically, there was also a small contingent of Jews in Pakistan most of whom left in the 1960s, their numbers are estimated to be between 1000-5000 predominantly in the city of Karachi.

    The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2002 estimates the Shi’a population between 10-12%,[5] among which around 900,000 are Ismailis which is a sect of Shi’i Muslims and who pay tribute to their living spiritual leader, the Aga Khan. It also lists Christians at 2.09 million; Ahmadis at 286,000, Hindus at 1.03 million; Parsis, Buddhists, and Sikhs at 20,000 each; and Baha’is at 50,000-100,000.

    In a 2011 book, Ishtiaq Ahmed wrote that “Some independent studies, however, suggest that the non-Muslims population of Pakistan is nearly 10 per cent and Hindus, Christians and Ahmadis make up four million each. It is generally noted that while majorities play down minority figures, the minorities inflate them. This is especially true of the Ahmadiyya community. Official statistics return less than half a million for them while the Ahmadis claim to be around ten million.”[6]

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    Further information: Freedom of religion in Pakistan and Sectarian violence in Pakistan

    According to the 2012 United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report, “The government of Pakistan continues to engage in and tolerate systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief.”[1][7] The USCIRF has designated Pakistan as “country of particular concern” since 2002.[1][8] The report argues that “The country’s blasphemy laws, used predominantly in Punjab but also nationwide, target members of religious minority communities and dissenting Muslims and this frequently results in imprisonment. The USCIRF is aware of at least 16 individuals on death row and 20 more serving life sentences. The blasphemy law, along with anti-Ahmadi laws that effectively criminalise various practices of their faith, has created a climate of vigilante violence. Hindus have suffered from the climate of violence and hundreds have fled Pakistan for India.”[9]

    A BBC FAQ notes that “Beginning in 1980, a slew of clauses was added to the chapter of religious offences in thePakistan Penal Code. These clauses can be grouped into two categories – the anti-Ahmadi laws and the blasphemy laws.” The BBC notes that three is widespread popular support for the these laws in Pakistan, and that two prominent critics of these laws, Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti, have been assassinated in 2011. Regarding the blasphemy laws, the BBC observes that: “Hundreds of Christians are among the accused – at least 12 of them were given the death sentence for blaspheming against the Prophet.”[10]

    The Human Rights Watch noted that the condition of religious minorities deteriorated sharply in 2012, with the government unwilling or unable to provide protection against attacks by extremists or to reign in abuses committed by its own security forces.[3][11] Mass anti-Christian violence recently occurred in the 2009 Gojra riots and in the2013 Joseph Colony riot and the 2013 Gujranwala riot.[12] Recent anti-Shia violence includes the February 2012 Kohistan Shia Massacre, the August 2012 Mansehra Shia Massacre[13] and the particularly deadly January 2013[14] and February 2013 Quetta bombings.[15] The Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan was targeted in the similarly deadly May 2010 attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore; the New York Times noted on that occasion that “Minority sects like the Ahmadis and the Shiites and have come under increasing pressure as religious extremism has taken hold, fomented by sectarian groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, formerly state-sponsored organizations.”[16]

    Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part ofinternational human rights law. Like children’s rightswomen’s rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalizedposition in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first post-war international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the U.N.Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

    Subsequent human rights standards that codify minority rights include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 27), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities,

     

     

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    Petition Presented to Hon. Prime Minister David Cameron Asking to help in Stopping of Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan

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    Dear Honourable Prime Minster, Rt. Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to Her Majesty’s Government 10 Downing Street London

    Subject: Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Human Rights Activists in Pakistan 

    Dear Honourable Prime Minster,

    We Sindhis of the UK would like to draw your attention to the extrajudicial killings of Sindhi human rights activists by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

    On 21 March 2014 bullet riddled and charred bodies of two Sindhi political activists, Maqsood Ahmed Qureshi and Salman Wadho, were found in a car near a small town of District Nawabsha, Sindh. The initial reports confirm that the two were first fired upon and then their car was set ablaze. Mr Maqsood Qureshi was the spokesperson of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) and one of the key organiser of  a peaceful rally ‘Freedom March’ on 23rd March 2014 in Karachi.  The Freedom March was being held in order to inform the international community about the violations of Sindhi people’s human and democratic rights. It should be noted that Maqsood Qureshi was brother of the slain Sindhi nationalist leader Bashir Khan Qureshi who was also allegedly poisoned to death on 7th April 2012 by Pakistan Intelligence Services.

    On 15th August 2013 four human rights activists Afzal Panwhar, Zaman Shah, Umed Ali and Yameen Chachar were killed by Pakistani authorities.  On April 2013 Amir Khawar and Sajad Markund’s bullet riddled bodies were found.– Approximately 40 activists were taken by authorities and still missing. On 22 May 2012, Muzaffar Bhutto, Leader of JSMM, bullet-riddled body of was found on road after he was abducted by Pakistani Army. On the same day, 12 Sindhis and Balochs were killed in Karachi during a Peace Rally, when snipers of fascist organization of Karachi directly fired on the rally.

    Honourable Prime Minster, currently Sindhi people are facing one of the worst onslaught from Pakistani establishment agencies in their national history. This includes disappearances and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political workers, state-sponsored rise in religious extremism, persecution of religious minorities, complete denial of rights and opportunities for social, economic, cultural and political development. Pakistani Intelligence Agencies encourage and providing hubs to settle Talbans in Sindh and establishment of madarsaas, which are resulting systematic discrimination, hostilities and persecution of indigenous non-Muslim Sindhi people.

    Sir, we Sindhis are 50 million people in Sindh, who are historically secular. We genuinely believe that together with the international community they can play a great role in the fight against rising threat of religious fascism to global security and peace. We believe that one of the reasons of the attack of Pakistani establishment on Sindhi people is to undermine their potential role in achieving global security and peace.

    We Sindhi people, in the light of your commitment to human rights and global peace, request you to press upon Pakistan government to stop violations of human rights of Sindhi people committed by their agencies and proxies. We also request that you pursue to establish an International Enquiry into the human rights violations against Sindhi and Baloch people.

    We also request you that any UK aid to Pakistan should be conditioned to its commitment and observation of human rights according to the UN charter.

    May 30, 2014 

    Extrajudicial Killing of Sindhi Activist Munir Choliani Condemned

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    Sindhi Human Rights Campaigner Munir Choliani – Victim of Extra Judicial Killing. Mr Choliani continued his activism even with paraplegic condition.

    World Sindhi Congress (WSC) strongly condemns the extrajudicial Killing of Munir Choliani, a prominent Sindhi nationalist leader and Media Coordinator of Jeay Sindh Muthida Mahaz (JSMM). On 29 May 2014 he was travelling from his native town Warah, District Larkana, to Sann, District Dadu, with his wife and daughter when their car was stopped on Indus Highway by plain-clothed persons traveling in a vehicle following them. All three were abducted in their own car and later on wife and daughter of Munir Choliani were released at a nearby village. The car was abandoned  in Gidrchi Forest. Within hours bullet-riddled body of Munir Choliani was found near Boobak town, District Dadu. It is important to note that  for last many years Munir was completely wheelchair-bound as his lower half was completely paralysed.

    WSC is deeply saddened and strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Munir Choliani. WSC notices with great distress and concern that abduction and extrajudicial killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists who raise the voice for the democratic rights of Sindhi nation have become routine.

    WSC requests the international community to take notice of the brutalities of Pakistani state agencies against Sindhi people and press upon Pakistan government to stop the atrocities against Sindhi people. WSC requests all Sindhi political and civil society organisations to unite to fight against the state fascism. WSC is in touch and has requested the UN, the international community and the international and Pakistan-based human rights organisations to take immediate actions to stop further killing of Sindhi political and human rights activists.

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    Resolutions Passed on the Day of Remembrance in Bradford, UK (May 12th, 2014)

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    1. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists

    On this event of Martyrs’ Day, we call upon the Pakistan authorities to stop the enforced kidnapping and killing of Sindhi political leaders and activists and release all political activists immediately.

    We demand of the Pakistan and Sindh governments to set-up an independent judicial inquiry into the killings of all the political workers, including the most recent ones of those of Shaheed Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadhiyo and bring to book those responsible for these criminal acts

    2. Extrajudicial killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political activists: A plea to the international community

    This House requests the international community to take notice of the extrajudicial  killing and enforced abduction of Sindhi political leaders and activists by Pakistan security agencies.

    This House request the international community to impress upon Pakistan government to set-up an independent judicial commission to investigate into the said murders and abductions and release all the political activists with immediate effect.

    3. The Rise of Religious Extremism

    This House resolves that Pakistani establishment is responsible for the ever rising religious extremism in the country as a whole and in Sindh, which had never seen such religious motivated crimes before as are happening now.

    This House strongly condemns the atrocities, committed against the indigenous Sindhi Hindus, including the burning of their temples and forced conversion of their women, by state supported elements.

    4. Thar Famine

    This House strongly condemns the criminal negligence of Sindh and Pakistan governments shown in the case of dying and suffering people of drought-affected people of Thar.

    This House demands of the governments of Sindh and Pakistan to take immediate and effective measures to tackle the drought and famine problems and bring relief to the suffering masses.

    5. Murder of Rashid Rehman

    This meeting of the World Sindhi Congress condemns the gruesome murder of Rashid Rehman, Advocate, Co-ordinator of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and very active and undaunted champion of the rights of the religious minorities.

    On this Martyrs Day, World Sindhi Congress demands of the Pakistan government to institute high level judicial inquiry into this heinous crime and bring to justice the culprits at the earliest.

    This House further demands of the Pakistan government and the legislators of the country to bring about desired legislative changes in order to repeal the laws of the country, which are making the minorities of the country very unsafe and insecure.

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    While the rest of the country was feasting, three Hindu men were shot dead in cold blood in Shikarpur district on Eid day. The men who were killed were pillars of their community — a doctor and two businessmen. The unfortunate fact is that crimes against members of minority communities are often not investigated. The motivation for this crime seems pretty clear and so, if the police has the will, it should make arrests and convictions. The Hindu community had been a target in the area ever since three Hindu men were accused of sexually assaulting a Muslim girl, and it was only a matter of time before the tension spilled over into violence. Sadly, when a crime is committed by a minority against someone in the majority community, it usually leads to collective punishment. It goes without saying that this should not be allowed to stand.

    Such murders will continue to occur and go unpunished as long as there is persecution of the Hindu community at the official level. A recent study by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom found that hatred for Hindus is instilled in official Pakistani textbooks. The study said that “Hindus are repeatedly described as extremists and eternal enemies of Islam whose culture and society is based on injustice and cruelty.” From a young age, Pakistanis are taught that being Hindu equates to being Indian, while the cultural and economic role played by the community in Pakistan is ignored.

    Repression against the Hindu community is especially acute in Sindh. In recent years, young Hindu girls have been kidnapped and forced into marriage after being unwillingly converted to Islam. Local clerics claim that the girls willingly converted and so no crime was committed. In fact, they welcome the supposed ‘conversions’ for bringing more people to the Muslim fold. In Balochistan, too, where Hindus have been part of the community for centuries, they are now being forced to flee out of fear for their lives. All of this is taking place with officials turning a blind eye, even if they are not actually sanctioning it. The hope would be that the murders on Eid would be the last straw. Unfortunately, the history of violence against Hindus would make that diagnosis far too optimistic.

    Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2011.

     

    Sindh acts to protect Hindu minority

    The government and civil society are working to curb violence against Hindus.

    By Zia Ur Rehman

    2014-04-16

     

    KARACHI – The Sindh government is beefing up security as civil society calls for an end to the recent violence against Hindus and their places of worship.

    Hindu activists April 1 in Hyderabad protest recent attacks on Hindu worship places in Sindh Province. The Sindh government beefed up security around worship places and took steps to prevent inter-faith violence. [Courtesy of All Hindu Students Hyderabad]

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    Miscreants have launched several attacks in Larkana, Hyderabad and Tharparkar districts since Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated March 16, said Sanjesh Dhanja. Dhanja is president of the Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust, a Hindu rights group.

    In one March 31 attack on a temple in Verhijhap village, Tharparkar District, unidentified men “desecrated parrh (a piece of sacred cloth wrapped around an idol) and stole a trishul,” Tharparkar Hindu activist Arjun Kumar said.

    Other incidents of vandalism and arson targeting Hindu temples and deities’ statues took place in Larkana and in Hyderabad District March 15 and 28, respectively.

    Civil society responds

    Hindu groups and civil society organisations have responded with demonstrations in several Sindh cities.

    “We are very concerned about the spread of intolerance and temples being torched and attacked in areas where citizens of all faiths had long lived in harmony,” the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said March 31.

    The province, traditionally hospitable to Pakistani minorities and home to the country’s largest Hindu community, is slowly falling into the hands of Taliban-minded militants, Dhanja said.

    But Hindus and Muslims in Sindh are working together to prove that militants cannot create animosity between the two communities.

    One large group organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council demonstrated outside the Karachi Press Club March 31. It called on the Sindh government to protect Hindu temples and take action against the culprits behind the violence.

    “Violence against the Hindu community is killing the spirit of religious pluralism that has been a hallmark of Sindhi culture,” Dr. Qadir Magsi, head of the Sindhi nationalist party Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party, told Central Asia Online.

    It is high time for political parties, civil society, enlightened religious scholars and media to act together to prevent such insanity and promote inter-faith tranquility, Magsi said.

    Government efforts

    Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the ruling party in Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), asked Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    “The PPP will ensure full security for minorities’ worship places … any discriminatory treatment will not be tolerated,” Zardari said March 29.

    Shah ordered police to secure worship places and take firm action against the miscreants, according to a chief minister office statement March 29.

    Police have beefed up security around 154 temples in the Hyderabad police range, Hyderabad District Police Chief Sanaullah Abbasi said.

    Police are taking the orders seriously and have already made progress.

    Tharparkar District police arrested four suspects accused of involvement in the temple’s desecration and recovered the stolen trishul March 31, District Police Chief Muneer Shaikh said, according to the Express Tribune.

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    Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

     

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    particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

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    Zulfiqar ShahE-Mail- shahzulf@live.comThe morning of August 10, 2012 carried news of exodus of Hindus from Pakistan.Immigration authorities detained 250 families having valid documents and visas at Wagah-Atari border of India and Pakistan near Lahore. Later on, they were allowed to travel to Indiaafter signing commitment bonds for returning. More families thereafter have also leftPakistan for India.The news went viral. Media on either side of the border ran heated debates on the issuewhich occupied the front pages of many dailies for the next three days. Pakistan’s InteriorMinister, Rehman Malik tuned the same old mantra of ‘Indian conspiracy against Pakistan’.President Asif Zardari immediately formed a three-member committee of parliamentarians toresist possibilities of an exodus. They held meetings with the Hindu community leaders andcivil society representatives in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi, but the latter declared thatmeetings were not enough, some concrete steps regarding the protection of Hindus and allnecessary legislations should be made. Sindhi nationalists also launched a movementagainst forced exodus of Hindus.Hindu Exodus is historically referred to as the mass migration of Hindus from newly formedPakistan after partition of the Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. Partition is now asixty-five years old story but it is still going on like a big-bang process. In fact, theformation of two sovereign countries out of united India under British rule on the basis of religion has vitiated the situation in Pakistan. The country has leaped one eighty degreesinto religious extremism against the liberal and secular ethos of various communities mostlydue to the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan. This has made Hindus, Christian and otherminorities vulnerable through the establishment supported activities of forced conversions,abductions, and plunder and life threats.Hindus are 5.5 percent in Pakistan and most are from the indigenous population of Sindh,where they count 7 million. Several factors exist to cause a possible massive forced exodusof Sindhi Hindus. In the recent exodus attempt, authorities as well as the communitynumerously mentioned ‘security’ as a reason of exodus which if seen carefully embodies thevarious connotations of ideology, economy, power politics, fanaticism, feudalism anddemography.Sindh is a demographically vulnerable province of Pakistan where the indigenous Sindhi,nearly 17 percent of whom is Hindu, are facing threat of being converted into a permanentminority on their historical homeland. In August 1947, they were 98 percent of the provinceout of which 35 percent were Hindus. They are now reduced to 65 percent only. In fact,Sindh has become a large refugee receptor from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar andTribal Areas along with other three provinces of Pakistan.The history of political and social conflicts in Pakistan is a history of the demographicconflicts based on invasions and struggles for securities among the federating states and

     

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    particularly between Punjab province and the rest. It is an emerging public concern in Sindhthat north of the province is being converted into the second Taliban hub of Pakistanthrough extraordinary support to religious extremists, frequent settlement of ethnicPashtuns and Punjabis and increase in the anti-Hindu activities. This demographic threat hasalso been a major factor in harboring the recent secessionist wave among ethnic Sindhis,who, according to Pakistani English and Sindhi dailies of March 24, 2012, took to the streetsof Karachi in hundreds of thousands on March 23 and demanded separation of Sindh fromPakistan. A couple of dozens of militancy incidents have been reported in the provincethereafter.The law and order situation is worst in northern Sindh since the uprising against militaryrule during 1980s. Sindh was non-tribal before 1990; however, its northern districts arenow tribal fiefdoms. The widely considered milestone among Sindhi people for thisretrogression is the establishment of Pakistan’s largest cantonment in Pano Aqil, Sukkur of the northern Sindh during late 1980s. Strangely, most of the military installations in Sindhare near Hindu settlements; therefore, one assumes that a demographic strategic-securitynotion of the establishment might have been one factor behind displacing Hindus fromthere. Ironically, Hindus are being considered a demographical threat by the securityestablishment, majority of which considers Hindus and Indians interchangeable. Evacueeproperty law of the country validates this argument when it categorises the property of Hindus who left Sindh after 1971 as an ‘enemy property’.Sindhi Hindus are a trade and business backbone of the province. Their exodus will hencecreate a new business space for ethnic Punjabis, Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking people. Onthe other hand, Sindhi feudal lords are gradually losing their economic, social and politicalpower base; therefore, weaker among them are allying with Mullahs for their sustenance.Majority of feudal lords is traditionally secular, which was historically witnessed during thepartition of India; when communal violence gripped the subcontinent, Sindh was peacefuland harmonious. However, feudal lords today are tilting towards religious extremism innorthern Sindh.After recent wave of Sindhi nationalism and freedom movement, a Hindu exodus is the mostsuitable for the establishment to convert ethnic Sindhis into permanent minority on theirhistorical land, who may easily be outnumbered in any post exodus scenario by theimmigrant and settler Punjabis and Pashtuns and the Urdu speaking Muhajir.Northern Sindh, once eastern business hub of Subcontinent and housing a large number of Hindus, has now become hub of Madrasahs of politically motivated and radicalbrands of fundamentalists. Being just a ten hour road journey from both Kandahar and Delhi, (if border-entry diversions are not considered),it was a trade hub with Eurasia, Central Asiaand Afghanistan during early 1990s. Hindus in Sindh and particularly in its northern partsare often kidnapped, plundered, murdered and are forcedly converted to Islam by theseMullahs or their associate criminals.At times, one finds ideological conflict as the cause of violence against the Hindus, while atothers it becomes a pretext. Pakistan’s civil and military bureaucracy is largely ethnicPunjabi, followed by the Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking community. Majority of the Punjabiand Urdu-speaking bureaucrats are the first or second generation of the refugees whomigrated during the partition of India. Therefore, anti-Hindu mindset based on hatredcaused by the violence of partition is still hounding Pakistan.Pakistan, no doubt, desperately needs to carry on anti-Taliban campaigns at the Afghan

     

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    borders; however it primarily needs to liberalise state ideology and mindset of bureaucracy;de-Talibanise Pakistani society; control radical Madrasah’s, secularise academic curriculumand ensure security and equal rights to Hindus, Christians and other minority groups. Italso requires urgent federal reforms, assuring demographic and ethnic sovereignty to thefederating provinces. Separation of religion from the state is a prerequisite for it. Otherwise,the legacy of partition will space out too many sub-partitions in Pakistan.

    The author is human rights activist and political analyst. He is Executive Director at The Institute for Social Movements, Pakistan

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    RACHI: They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.

    “People don’t consider us as equal citizens. They beat us whenever they want,” said Mol Chand, one of the teenage boys gathered at the temple. “We have no place to worship now.”

    It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn’t even bother to disguise their faces. The small temple, surrounded by a stone wall, is a tiny religious outpost in a dusty, hardscrabble neighbourhood so far on the outskirts of the city that a sign on the main road wishes people leaving Karachi a good journey.

    Local Muslim residents blamed people from a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the US. No one was seriously injured in the attack.

    It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against Hindus in this 95 per cent Muslim country, where religious extremism is growing. Pakistan’s Hindu community says it faces forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam, a lack of legal recognition for their marriages, discrimination in services and physical abuse when they venture into the streets.

    The story of the Hindu population in Pakistan is one of long decline. During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus opted to migrate to India where Hinduism is the dominant religion. Those that remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens, and are mostly concentrated in Sindh province in the southern part of the country.

    Signs of their former stature abound in Karachi, the capital of Sindh. At the 150-year-old Swami Narayan Temple along one of the city’s main roads, thousands of Hindus gather during the year to celebrate major religious holidays. Hindus at the 200-year-old Laxmi Narain Temple scatter the ashes of their cremated loved ones in the waters of an inlet from the Arabian Ocean.

    But there are also signs of how far the community has fallen. Residents in a city hungry for land have begun to build over Hindu cemeteries, the community’s leaders say. Hindus helped build Karachi’s port decades ago, but none work there now.

    Estimates of the size of the Hindu population in Pakistan are all over the map — from 2.5 million or 10 million in Sindh province alone to seven million across the country — a reflection of the fact that the country hasn’t had a census since 1998.

    It isn’t just Hindus who are facing problems. Other minorities like Christians, the mystical Muslim branch of Sufis and the Ahmedi community have found themselves under attack in Pakistan, where the rise of religious fundamentalists has sometimes unleashed a violent opposition against those who don’t follow their strict religious tenets.

    The discrimination has prompted some Hindus to leave for India, activists warn, though the extent is not known. Around 3,000 Hindus left this year, part of a migration that began four years ago, sparked by discrimination and a general rise in crime in Sindh, said DM Maharaj, who heads an organisation to help Hindus called Pakistan Hindu Sabha.

    He said he recently talked to a group of Hindus preparing to move to India from rural Sindh, complaining that they can’t eat in Muslim restaurants or that Muslim officials turned them down for farming loans. Even during recent floods, they said Muslims did not want them staying in the same refugee camps.

    Other Hindu figures such as provincial assembly member Pitamber Sewami deny there’s a migration at all, in a reflection of how sensitive the issue is. Earlier this year, there were a string of reports in Pakistani media about Hindus leaving the country, sparking a flurry of promises by Pakistani officials to investigate.

    In India, a Home office official said the Indian government noticed an upward trend of people coming from Pakistan but called reports of Pakistanis fleeing to India “exaggerated”. He said he does not have exact figures on how many Pakistani Hindus have stayed in India after entering the country on tourist visas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic.

    There’s more of a consensus of the seriousness of the problem of forced conversion of Hindus.

    Zohra Yusuf, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the pattern goes like this: A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassahs often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed.

    Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced.

    The Hindu community has also been hurt by a lack of unity within its ranks. Hindu society within Pakistan and elsewhere has historically been divided by caste, a system of social stratification in which the lower castes are often seen as inferior. Members of the lower castes in Pakistan say it wasn’t until two girls from a high-caste family were forcibly converted this year that high-caste Hindus took the issue seriously, although it’s been happening for years.

    “We always fight our war ourselves,” said Bholoo Devjee, a Hindu activist from Karachi, speaking about the lower castes.

    In recent months the government has begun to take the concerns of the Hindu community more seriously. In Sindh province, legislators proposed a law to prevent forced conversions in part by implementing a waiting period before a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim can go forward, and there’s discussion about proposing such a law on the national level as well.

    In the case of the Sri Krishna Ram temple, law enforcement authorities opened a blasphemy case against the people who rampaged through the building. But residents here are skeptical that these developments signify any long-term improvement in their plight. Weeks after the incident no arrests have been made, and the Hindus complain that no high-ranking Hindu officials have come to visit them or help them get compensation.

    Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. “We are Pakistani,” he said.

    But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons.

    “Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple,” he said.

    Dead body of a Hindu young man was dug out from the grave.

     Yesterday, in Pangrio City, District Badin, Bhooro Bheel. The young man died in a road accident. His parents buried his body in an old graveyard. When a Muslim religious person knew that the buried body was a Hindu, they react heinously and Pangrio city was forcefully shut down based on their reaction. After such a reaction the religious people dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s body. While a decision was made by Pir Zulfiqar Shah in the presence of SSP Badin and other police officers that therelatives of Bhooro Bheel (Dead Body) were asked to take his body and bury in another place.

    This incident is not the first occurrence. The same act was committed in this area on two other grave sites; two dead bodies were dug up from their graves some time ago. One of these dead bodies was Mrs. Meeran, wife of Kewdo Kolhi, whose dead body was dug out by Kalifo Abdul Khaliq. They desecrated these gravesites. This person was an Extremist who brought a group of people and desecrated the body and no one knows where that body is located after the grave was opened and the body desecrated.

    Third incident  occurred some time ago in village Khalifo Qasim near Pangrio city, the dead body of a 70 years old Maavo Kolhi, was buried in old joint graveyard but as the Religious Extremist group of people knew that dead body was a Hindu’s, they desecrated Maavo kolhi dead body, political parties, media and civil society showed no any reaction  against  this inhuman acts.
    They are dragging as the dead body of Bhoro Bhel as they are dragging civilization and religious harmony of thousand years…

    dug out the grave and threw away Bhooro Bheel’s Dead body.

     

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    Some peasant families were working on agriculture land of a landlord…their movement were confined due to debt…they were working as a bonded laborer on his land .when they filed a petition against the fabricated and false loans that were claimed against them as well as their physical freedom of movement?  According to the judgment of the court, peasant families who were confined by landlord due to debt, it was ordered that each family pay 5000 thousand in penalties to be paid to the court due to fake charge against land lord and petition was deposed off.  Now the question arises while our country Pakistan has 60 billion dollars in foreign loan, does this mean that according to international law can the people of Pakistan  be penalized or that our right of movement should be banned and we should live on the will of debtors? !f the court may give such a judgment, should we as a whole nation be declared as a bonded laborer of IMF or World Bank and America??  

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    1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

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    (Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

    An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

    March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

    All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

    Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

    This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

    Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

    But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

    The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

    “Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

    The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

    The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

    Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

    Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

    Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

    “IMPUNITY”

    Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

    Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

    “Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

    Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

    Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

    But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

    “The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

    If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

    “It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

    Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

    “The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

    “Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

    Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

    “Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

    (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

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    1 OF 5. A security official and members of the Hindu community stand inside a temple that was attacked in Larkana, located in Pakistan’s Sindh province, in this March 16, 2014 file photo.

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    (Reuters) – The mob arrived at around midnight, brandishing clubs. They smashed statues, looted gold artifacts and then set the Hindu temple in Pakistan ablaze.

    An accusation of blasphemy sparked the attack in the town of Larkana, human rights activists said, part of a spike in violence against Hindus in predominately Muslim Pakistan.

    March was the worst month for attacks on Hindus in 20 years with five temples attacked, up from nine during the whole of 2013, said Life for All, a Pakistani rights group. But it’s not just Hindus who feel victimized.

    All of Pakistan’s minorities – Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis and even Shi’ite Muslims – feel that the state fails to protect them, and even tolerates violence against them.

    Many complain the problem has become worse since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is seen as more conservative and indulgent of Islamists than his predecessor, came to power last year.

    This raises questions about the state’s pledge to rein in the militants who launch attacks intoIndia and Afghanistan. The neighbors say the extremists act with the complicity of Pakistan’s security agencies. Islamabad denies that

    Non-Muslims make up a small fraction of the 180 million people in nuclear-armed Pakistan.

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the hero of the country’s creation as a haven for the sub-continent’s Muslims, ushered in independence in 1947 with a promise to minorities that they would enjoy freedom of worship and equality without discrimination.

    But for many members of Pakistan’s minorities those words ring hollow.

    The U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom said in a recent report that conditions in Pakistan had “hit an all-time low” and governments had failed to adequately protect minorities and arrest perpetrators of crimes against them.

    “Pakistan is increasingly failing to protect its minorities for two broad reasons: principally, rising religious intolerance and the space ceded to violent ideologies,” said Sherry Rehman, who was a government minister and ambassador to the United States under the previous Pakistani administration.

    The security establishment has used Islamists for decades, against political opponents at home and to pursue aims in Afghanistan and against old rival India. But some militants, like the Pakistani Taliban, have turned on the state since Pakistan joined the U.S.-led war on militancy.

    The government launched peace talks with the Taliban in February and rights activists fear that they and other militants have been emboldened by the talks to step up attacks on their minority-group enemies.

    Activists also say the tolerance of militancy provides cover for opportunist attacks by those who just want to grab land, homes or businesses of minority neighbors under the guise of religion.

    Hindus and members of other minorities say the situation has worsened since Sharif won an election last year. Sharif has close ties with Saudi Arabia, whose brand of conservative Wahhabi Islam is preached by many of the people who denounce minorities.

    Saudi Arabia, the center of Sunni Islam, sees Pakistan as a bulwark against Shi’ite MuslimIran and it has long supported hardliners in Pakistan. It recently gave the country a gift of $1.5 billion.

    “IMPUNITY”

    Whatever the cause of the surge of violence and abuse, many Pakistani Hindus in the richest province of Punjab are feeling beleaguered and increasingly looking to get out. More than 100 families are leaving for India each month, rights groups say.

    Among those who have gone were Munawar Jee’s brothers and their families after his married sister was kidnapped last year. Her abductors got her certified as a Muslim convert and re-married her off the next day. Recanting Islam would mean she could legally be put to death.

    “Losing my sister is the biggest regret of my life,” Jee told Reuters at his shoe shop in Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. He said he would soon join his family in India.

    Hindus say their women are easy targets for rape or forced marriage. Temples are attacked and looted. Accusations of blasphemy, punishable by death, are increasingly being used to drive Hindus from their homes, they say.

    Punjab, the prime minister’s heartland, had until recently been a refuge for Hindus compared with some other areas.

    But the province has also become a power base for militant groups, many of which have been nurtured by the security agencies and appeased by the politicians seeking votes.

    “The militant groups work with impunity as they enjoy support from the state functionaries. They cannot work without some level of support,” said veteran rights campaigner I.A. Rehman.

    If the militants’ treatment of minorities can be seen as a reflection of the state’s acceptance of the groups, then people hoping the security forces will follow through on government vows to crack down on those responsible for violence would seem wise to be cautious.

    “It is difficult to say if the security establishment has come out of its ‘good Taliban’/’bad Taliban’ mindset,” said prominent lawyer and human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, referring to the military’s propensity to accept some groups while fighting others.

    Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid did not return calls seeking comment on policy towards minorities. A Punjab government spokesman rejected the suggestion that authorities were not doing enough to help Hindus.

    “The government is committed to protect its religious minorities,” said Shoaib Bin Aziz, adding he was not aware of an increase of Hindus leaving. He denied that the provincial government was soft on militancy.

    “Terrorists are not friends of anyone,” he said. “The Punjab government does not have soft corner for any terrorist organization.”

    Hindu activist Kirshan Sharma said such reassurances meant little. The government was talking to the Taliban but refused to protect Hindus, he said.

    “Pakistan has kneeled before the Taliban by holding talks,” Sharma said. “What hope can Hindus see in the country’s future?”

    (Reporting by Syed Raza Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Robert Birsel)

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    I do not see it all ending in Pakistan because of extreme right wing view some group of Muslims have. Same is the case for Muslims in India where there is an extreme right wing Hindu group now surging to take power in hand for complete destruction of what ever has been holding on as a secular state of India. Only talks and commitment to keep promise can bring the hope back and smile in our faces. And if this continues then sooner or later there will be a nuclear strikes to bring this madness to a conclusion. But whatever has to happen it must happen fast.

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    INTRODUCTION!

    1. This!report!is!an!individual!stakeholder!submission!to!the!Office!of!the!High!Commissioner!for!

    Human!Rights!(“OHCHR”)!for!consideration!in!its!summary!of!submissions!for!Pakistan’s!

    appearance!in!the!fourteenth!Universal!Period!Review.!

    1. This!submission!focuses!on!the!increased!discrimination!against!lesser!known!religious!

    minorities!of!Pakistan,!particularly!the!Hindus.!This!review!will!particularly!discuss!the!recent!

    exodus!of!the!Hindu!population!out!of!Pakistan!as!a!result!of!increased!targeted!discrimination!

    including:!kidnappings;!forced!abductions!and!conversions!of!Hindu!women;!bonded!labour;!and!

    the!unequal!distribution!of!resources!during!flood!relief!efforts.!

    1. According!to!the!1998!Census,!there!were!a!recorded!2,443,614!million!Hindus!living!in!Pakistan.!

    It!is!estimated!that!while!Hindus!consisted!of!15%!of!Pakistan’s!population!following!partition,!

    today!the!number!has!rapidly!been!decreasing,!to!what!is!now!just!over!2%!of!Pakistan’s!170!

    million!people.1

    !!Pakistan’s!Hindu!Council!however,!estimates!that!Hindus!consist!of!5.5%!of!

    Pakistan’s!total!population,!with!4.78%!of!the!Hindus!living!in!Punjab!province;!1.61%!in!

    Baluchistan!province;!and!93.33%!of!Hindus!living!in!Sindh!province.!

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    1. There!are!approximately!40!castes!belonging!to!the!‘Scheduled!Castes’!or!Dalit!Hindus,!including!

    the!Bheels,!Jogis,!Kohlis,!Meghawals,!and!Odhs.!While!official!statistics!state!that!the!Scheduled!

    Caste!population!consists!of!0.25%!of!Pakistan’s!population3

    ,!unofficial!figures!range!much!

    higher.!!Representatives!of!Scheduled!Castes!claim!their!number!is!deliberately!underestimated!

    and!that!the!Scheduled!Caste!population!in!Pakistan!is!as!high!as!2,000,000,!and!70!to!80%!of!

    Pakistan’s!total!Hindu!population.!

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    !!Despite!a!specific!recommendation!in!the!previous!review!

    to!take!measures!to!prevent!discrimination!against!this!group5

    ,!the!situation!has!not!improved!

    in!the!period!under!review.!

    DISCRIMINATION!PATTERNS!

    1. Forced!Marriages!and!Forced!Conversions!of!Hindu!Girls!and!Young!Women!

    (a) Whereas!Pakistan!has!accepted!the!recommendation!to!take!action!against!forced!marriage!

    in!the!previous!review6

    ,!there!has!been!an!increase,!particularly!in!Sindh,!of!the!abduction!

    and!forced!conversion!to!Islam!of!Hindu!girls.!!Young!Hindu!girls!are!being!kidnapped,!

    subjected!to!forced!marriages!with!Muslim!boys,!and!converted!to!Islam.!

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    !The!Asian!Human!

    Rights!Commission!documents!that!20!25″forced”conversions”are”occurring”every”month”in”

    Sindh,”and”fears”that”a”situation”is”being”created”which”may”force”Hindus”to”leave”Sindh.”

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    “”In”

    2011,”kidnappings”of”teenage”girls”in”the”Aaklee”village,”Sindh,”prompted”approximately”71″

    Hindu”families”to”relocate”to”India.”

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    “”Contributing”to”the”crime”of”abductions”and”forced”

    marriages”of”Hindu”women”is”the”fact”that”there”is”currently”no”system”to”register”Hindu”

    marriages”under”Pakistan”law;”therefore,”married”Hindu”women”are”also”falling”prey”to”

    abductions”and”forced”second”marriages.10″””On”March”14,”2011,”Pakistan”People’s”Party”

    lawmaker,”Azra”Fazal”Pechuho”addressed”the”Pakistani”Parliament,”warning”that”Hindu”girls”

    were”being”kidnapped”and”forced”to”marry”Muslims”against”their”will.”

    11″In”October”of”2010,”! “

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    Pakistani”Senate”State”Committee”on”Minorities”Affairs,”“expressed”concern”over”abduction”

    and”conversion”of”Hindu”girls”in”Sindh,””and”recognized”that”in”some”cases,”“the”conversion”

    of”a”girl”from”a”minority”faith”began”with”her”abduction”and/or”rape””[…]”.””””

    (b) It”is”reported”that”the”police,”in”many”cases,”are”refusing”to”register”the”First”Information”

    Reports”(‘FIR’)”Complaints,”rendering”the”girls’”families”with”little”recourse”against”the”

    assailants.12″”And”in”those”cases”in”which”FIR”Complaints”are”registered,”and”which”are”

    brought”to”trial,”the”girls’”relatives”are”often”not”allowed”inside”the”courtroom;”and”are”

    unaware”of”the”whereabouts”of”the”girl.13″””Further,”pending”the”Court’s”final”ruling,”girls”

    have”been”sent”to”Islamic”school”centers,”or”returned”to”the”alleged”kidnapper’s”home,”

    rather”than”to”secular”women”shelters”or”to”the”girls’”families.14″”The”Human”Rights”

    Commission”of”Pakistan”(HRCP)”‘Working”Group”on”Communities”Vulnerable”Because”Of”

    Their”Beliefs’”report”that”the”courts’”practice”in”such”cases”has”typically”been”to”not”decide”

    custody”matters”in”favor”of”the”girl’s”family,”even”when”the”girls”are”12″or”13″years”old.”

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    1. Increase!of!‘Kidnapping!for!Ransom’!Cases!Against!Hindus:!

    (a) Hindu”businessmen”in”Sindh”are”increasingly”subject”to”extortion”or”kidnappings”for”

    ransom.16″Additionally,”Baluchistan”has”seen”a”rise”of”ransom”related”kidnappings:”43″Hindus”

    were”abducted”in”Baluchistan”province”between”2008″and”2011.1718″”And”within”the”past”few”

    months,”at”least”23″Baluchistan”Hindus”were”kidnapped.19″”According”to”the”Human”Rights”

    Commission”of”Pakistan,”2009″Report,”the”Hindu”minority”community”in”Baluchistan,”

    suffered”because”of”increased”“kidnappings”for”random”and”forced”conversion”of”girls.”””In”

    certain”areas,”“Hindus”did”not”feel”safe”…”and”were”avoiding”going”out”in”the”daytime”due”to”

    security”reasons.”20″”According”to”the”Society”for”the”Protection”of”the”Rights”of”the”Child,”23″

    Hindu”children”were”kidnapped”between”2008″and”2010.21″”The”Human”Rights”Commission”

    of”Pakistan”reports”that”many”of”the”victims’”families”are”failing”to”register”cases”with”police”

    “out”of”fear”of”violent”retaliation.”22″

    (b) Police”failure”to”register”complaints”has”left”Hindus”without”protection.””“The”failure”of”

    government”authorities”to”protect”Hindus”has”forced”many”to”pay”local”gangs”‘protection”

    money’”to”avoid”being”kidnapped”for”ransom.””Often”times,”however,”a”family”is”unable”to”

    pay”“protection”money””and”cannot”afford”the”demanded”ransom,”resulting”in”the”abducted”

    victim”being”murdered.”23!

    1. Discrimination!Specific!to!Hindu!‘Schedule!Caste’!Members:!

    (a) Bonded”Labour:”An”estimated”1.7″million”people”are”enslaved”as”bonded”labourers”in”

    Pakistan,”as”a”result”of”outstanding”financial”debts.”

    24A”report”by”Anti!Slavery”International”

    reported”a”prevailing”practice”of”bonded”labour,”with”the”majority”of”the”victims”belonging”

    to”the”Scheduled”Caste”Hindu”populations.25″Bonded”labour,”including”bonded”labour”of”

    children,”continues”to”exist,”despite”the”Government’s”2001″extension”of”the”1992″Bonded”

    Labour”System”Abolition”Act,”and”recommendations”made”in”the”previous”review.2627″“”As”the”

    Asian”Human”Rights”Committee”states:”“[T]he”Hindu”community”in”Sindh”province,”along”the”

    borders”of”India,”is”from”different”scheduled”castes”like,”Bheel,”Kohli”and”others,”and”their”

    women”are”subjected”to”abduction,”rape,”arbitrary”arrest,”torture,”displacement”and”! “

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    killings.”Most”of”the”bonded”labour”in”Sindh”is”from”the”Hindu”community”and”has”been”for”

    many”centuries.”The”women”are”the”worst”sufferers”of”the”bonded”labour.””In”the”districts”of”

    Badin,”Mirpukhas,”Sanghar,”Umerkot,”Tharparker”the”Hindu”women”had”been”made”as”

    slaves”because”of”religious”hatred”and”debts”claimed”by”their”masters.”28!!Local”government”

    officials”have”failed”to”enforce”the”Bonded”Labour”Abolition”Act”and”police”often”fail”to”

    register”complaints”against”abusive”landowners.”

    29″”The”bonded”labour”system”is”

    characterized”by”patterns”of”abuse,”detention,”and”exploitation.30″””

    (b) Lack”of”Political”Representation:”In”the”allotted”seats”for”the”minorities”in”the”Pakistan”

    National”Assembly,”Senate,”and”provincial”assemblies,”not”a”single”Hindu”from”the”

    Scheduled”caste”holds”a”seat.”This”is”largely”due”to”the”fact”that”since”1997,”there”has”been”

    no”electoral”option”for”minorities”to”choose”representatives,”as”political”parties”select”the”

    candidates”for”minority”representation,”none”of”which”have”been”of”a”Scheduled”Caste.”

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    Pakistan”Government”has”failed”to”provide”any”official”data”on”the”representation”of”the”

    Scheduled”Castes”in”the”political”arena.”In”the”federal”political”level,”in”61″years,”only”one”

    Scheduled”Caste”member”has”been”a”minister”in”the”federal”government.32″”The”Human”

    Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”reported”that”in”2010,”“there”was”a”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”

    effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens”even”under”the”joint”

    electorate”system,”as”well”as”little”possibility”of”holding”to”account”lawmakers”nominated”to”

    seats”reserved”for”minorities.””

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    (c) Discrimination”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”Flood”Relief”Distribution:”Between”July”and”September”

    of”2010,”unprecedented”flooding”in”Pakistan”displaced”approximately”7″million”people,”and”

    destroyed”1.9″million”homes.”

    34″”Sikhs”and”Hindus”were”observed”as”being”pushed”away”from”

    flood”distribution”points”in”Sukkur,”following”the”2010″floods.35″”Scheduled”Caste”members”

    in”particular”were”lacking”in”basic”shelter”aid”relief.”

    36″”In”the”Badin”town”in”Sindh”district,”

    where”6000″villages”were”destroyed,”though”20%”of”the”population”consists”of”Scheduled”

    Caste”members,”none”of”the”almost”300″government”camp”shelters”were”allocated”for”

    Scheduled”Caste.”

    37″”Without”allocated”shelters,”groups”such”as”Kohli,”Meghwars,”Jogis”and”

    Bheels”were”denied”entrance”to”camps”on”the”basis”of”discrimination,”and”were”left”to”find”

    shelter”on”the”roads.”

    38.””Scheduled”caste”members”also”faced”looting”due”to”fact”that”they”

    did”not”have”resources”to”retaliate.””Government”officials”did”not”acknowledge”or”account”

    for”the”religious”and”caste”based”discrimination.

    39″”This”policy”is”contrary”to”the”government’s”

    responsibility”to”provide”disaster”relief”without”discrimination,”which”has”been”detailed”in”

    the”UN”Guiding”Principles”on”Internal”Displacement.40″

    1. Pakistan’s!Failure!to!Protect!Hindu!Minority!Citizens!Violates!Pakistan’s!National!and!

    International!Legal!Obligations!

    (a) Pakistan’s”Failure”to”register”complaints:”””Pakistan’s”failure”to”lodge”complaints,”investigate,”

    and”prosecute”the”growing”abductions,”forced”marriages”and”forced”conversions”of”Hindu”

    girls,”as”well”as”the”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”the”growing”number”of”kidnapping”

    ransom”cases”of”Hindus,”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”constitutional”safeguards”against”all”

    forms”of”discrimination.””Pakistan’s”Constitution”also”guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”

    liberty”of”every”citizen;”the”inviolability”of”man;”freedom”of”movement,”assembly,”and”! “

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    association;”the”right”to”free”speech”and”expression,”the”right”to”profess,”practice”and”

    propagate”religion;””and”guarantees”that”all”citizens”are”equal”before”law”and”are”entitled”to”

    equal”protection”of”the”law.41″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”investigate”and”prosecute”kidnapping”and”

    forced”marriages”of”young”girls”and”women”specifically,”is”also”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

    Penal”Code,”which”prohibits”the”rape”and”the”abduction”of”women42″and”Article”16″of”the”

    Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights,”requiring”that”“marriage”shall”be”entered”into”only”

    with”the”free”and”full”consent”of”the”intending”spouses.”43″”Additionally,”it”is”in”conflict”with”

    international”documents”including”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”Rights”of”the”Child44,”

    and”the”United”Nations”Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”all”Forms”of”Discrimination”against”

    Women45,”both”of”which”have”been”ratified”by”Pakistan.””The”state’s”inaction”also”violates”

    the”Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(UDHR),”specifically,”the”right”to”equality”before”

    the”law”and”protection”against”discrimination;”the”right”to”life,”liberty”and”security”of”person;”

    the”right”to”a”fair”and”public”hearing;”and”the”right”to”freedom”of”thought”and”religion.46″”The”

    laws”are”also”in”violation”of”Articles”2,”3″and”4″of”the”UDHR,”which”categorically”condemn”

    religious”discrimination”and”all”forms”of”intolerance”based”on”religion”and”belief.””The”state”

    police”failure”to”register”or”investigate”these”acts”of”violence”against”Hindu”citizens,”is”in”

    conflict”with”the”International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR),”article”26″which”

    states”that”all”persons”are”equal”before”the”law”and”the”law”prohibits”“discrimination”on”any”

    ground”such”as”race,”color,”sex,”language,”religion,”political”or”other”opinion,”national”or”

    social”origin,”property,”birth”or”other”status”.47″””

    (b) Pakistan’s”policy”towards”Scheduled”Caste”members”is”in”violation”of”Pakistan’s”

    Constitutional”safeguards”against”all”forms”of”discrimination,”specifically”right”of”individuals”

    “to”enjoy”the”protection”of”law”;”Article”9″guarantees”the”security”of”life”and”liberty”of”every”

    citizen;”Articles”15″to”17″ensure”the”“inviolability”of”man””and”“freedom”of”movement.”””

    Further,”such”discrimination”is”in”violation”of”the”Bonded”Labour”(Abolition)”Act”which”

    declares”all”customs,”traditions,”practices,”contracts”or”agreements”concerning”bonded”

    labour”void”and”inoperative.””Pakistan’s”Penal”Code”also”prohibits”buying”or”disposing”of”any”

    person”as”a”slave;”human”trafficking”of”slavery;”and”unlawful”compulsory”labour.48″”The”

    discrimination”against”Scheduled”Castes”also”constitute”violations”of”the”Universal”

    Declaration”of”Human”Rights”namely”the”right”to”life,”liberty,”and”security”of”person;”the”

    prohibition”of”slavery,”the”right”to”be”equal”before”the”law;”the”right”to”an”effective”remedy;”

    the”right”to”freedom”of”movement;”and”the”right”to”rest”and”leisure,”including”reasonable”

    limitation”of”working”hours.”49″”Pakistan’s”failure”to”end”public”advocacy”of”discrimination”

    against”Scheduled”Caste”populations”is”in”violation”of”Article”20″and”26″of”the”International”

    Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(ICCPR).”

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    1. Evidence!of!Religious!Based!Discrimination!Contributing!to!Hindu!Emigration!Out!of!Pakistan:!

    (a) Increasing”discrimination”and”violence”directed”towards”Pakistani”Hindus,”including”

    the”abductions”of”young”girls,””is”prompting”an”observed”emigration”of”Hindus”out”of”

    Pakistan.””In”2010,”500″Hindu”families”in”Baluchistan,”because”of”fear”of”abduction”

    for”ransom”or”death”threats,”migrated”to”India.”

    51″”The”Pakistani”Hindu”Seva,”

    community”welfare”organization,”estimates”that”while”10″Hindu”families”migrated”to”

    India”from”Sindh”every”month”since”2008,”in”the”past”10″months,”400″families”have”

    left”to”India”due”to”fear”of”safety.52″”In”2009,”the”Times”of”India”reported”that”official”

    statistics”recorded”5,000″Hindus”migrating”to”India”from”Pakistan”in”the”past”4″years”

    out”of”fear”of”safety”due”to”increasing”discrimination”as”well”as”security”concerns”

    from”Taliban”related”extremists,”but”that”actual”figures”were”much”higher.”

    53″”

    Additionally,”Pakistan’s”Hindu”Council”estimates”that”at”least”1,000″Hindu”families”

    are”now”leaving”Pakistan”per”year.”

    54″”The”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi”reported”on”the”

    observed”rise”in”Hindu”emigration,””The”Hindus”in”Sindh”live”a”hard”life.”The”reality”is”

    getting”harder”for”them;”they”are”forced”to”migrate”because”the”state”is”unable”to”

    protect”them”and”their”property.”55″””

    10!.!Recommendations!

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    (a)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnapping”and”Forced”Conversions”of”Hindu”Girls”and”Young”

    Women:”

    x The”police”must”be”instructed”to”lodge”FIR”complaints”in”all”cases”of”alleged”abduction”of”””

    Hindu”girls”and”women.”

    x Judicial”safeguards”must”be”built”in”to”any”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”and”

    conversion”cases.”

    x The”alleged”victim’s”age”must”be”accounted”for”in”whether”or”not”she”can”give”legal”

    consent”to”the”marriage”and”conversion.”

    x In”alleged”abduction”and”forced”marriage”cases,”third”parties”are”to”be”prevented”from”

    interference”in”a”case”through”the”use”of”intimidation”or”threats”towards”the”victim”or”

    her”family.”

    x Victims”to”be”given”a”place”in”safeguarded”women’s”shelter”up”to”the”time”of”her”final”

    hearing”.”

    x The”victim’s”family”should”be”given”access”to”court”proceedings.”

    x The”victim’s”family”shall”be”given”police”protection”if”needed.”””

    x Police”must”be”given”special”training”on”working”with”female”kidnapping”victims.”

    x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”to”the”police”versus”

    number”of”cases”being”lodged,”and”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”and”punishments”

    rendered”by”the”courts,”to”discourage”further”kidnapping”schemes.”

    x Pending”Court’s”final”judgment”in”forced”kidnapping”and”conversion”cases,”the”State”is”

    to”Implement”Temporary”Safe”Home/Women”Shelter”guidelines”for”victim”! “

    8

    placement.56″”The”shelter’s”staff”should”include”religious”minorities;”and”victims”should”

    have”access”to”community”social”workers,”and”psychological”counselors.57″”Furthermore,”

    human”rights”or”social”workers”,”should”have”access”to”visit”the”victim,”and”the”

    opportunity”to”ireport”on”the”victim’s”conditions.58″”The”shelter”or”safe”house”must”also”

    be”kept”free”from”undue”influence,”threats,”or”intimidation.””The”girls'”parents/family”

    should”be”given”the”opportunity”to”visit”their”daughters,”while”they”reside”in”the”safe”

    homes,”if”so”requested”by”the”victims.59″”

    (b)”Recommendations”Regarding”Kidnappings”for”Ransom”Cases”of”Hindus:”

    x Police”to” be” instructed”to” lodge” FIR” complaints” in” cases” of” alleged” kidnappings” for”

    ransom.””

    x Judicial”safeguards”to”be”built”in”to”all”hearings”that”adjudicate”kidnapping”cases,.”

    x State”to”keep”record”of”number”cases”which”are”being”reported”versus”number”of”FIR”

    complaints”actually”being”lodged”by”police”as”well”as”record”of”cases”being”prosecuted”

    and”punishments”rendered”by”the”courts.”

    (c)”Recommendations”Regarding”Disparate”Treatment”of”Scheduled”Caste”Populations:”

    x State”to”investigate”reported”bonded”labour”cases,”and”to”prosecute”and”fine”landlords”

    who”utilize”bonded”labor.”

    x State”government”to”make”visible”efforts”of”paying”any”outstanding”debts”owed”

    to”landlords”in”order”to”secure”the”release”of”any”bonded”laborers,”and”provide”safe”

    accommodation”and”economic”support”to”the”released”laborers.60″

    x Creation”of”an”independent”secular”body”that”serves”as”a”shelter/rehabilitation”

    center”for”bonded”laborers.”

    x State”to”provide”free”public”service”announcements”and”education”to”scheduled”caste”

    populations”regarding”the”illegality”of”bonded”labour”and”freedoms”afforded”to”each”citizen.”

    x State”to”allocate”percentage”of”flood”rehabilitation”resources”for”scheduled”caste”

    populations”who”are”otherwise”being”denied”access.”

    x State”to”publicize”in”flood”ravaged”areas”that”the”denial”of”flood”resources”to”Scheduled”

    Caste”members”is”punishable”under”the”law.”

    x State”to”enact”quota”for”representation”of”Scheduled”Caste”in”national”and”provincial”

    government”.”

    x State”to”ensure”that”members”of”the”religious”minorities,”including”Scheduled”Caste”

    members,”have”access”to”representatives”of”the”National”Committee”of”Minorities.”

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 1

    Mark”Magnier,”Pakistani!Hindus’!Ashes!Brought!to!India!to!be!Scattered!in!Ganges,”LA”Times,”July”25,”2011,”

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/25/world/la!fg!pakistan!hindus!20110725;””Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus!in!South!Asia!and!the!

    Diaspora,!A!Survey!of!Human!Rights,!2007,””estimates”Hindu”population”in”Pakistan”at”1.6%”of”the”total”population,”available!at:”

    http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf).” 2

    “Pakistan”Hindu”Council,”population”statistics,”available!at:”http://www.pakistanhinducouncil.org/hindupopulation.asp” 3

    “Population”Census”Organization,”‘Population”by”Religion’”available”at:”http://www.census.gov.pk/Statistics.php.” 4

    “International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

    IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf)”;”see”

    also”‘Minority”Rights:”Dalits”Want”Greater”Share”In”Census”Over”Upper”Case”Hindus’(26″July”2011)”available”at:”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/217136/minority!rights!dalits!want!greater!share!in!census!over!upper!caste!hindus/.” 5

    UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”Group”on”the”Universal”Periodic”Review”(Pakistan)”(4″June”2008)”A/HCR/8/42,”20,”

    recommendation”31.” 6

    UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report”of”the”Working”(n”7),”recommendation”7.”! “

    9

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 7

    “Asian”Human”Rights”Commission,”Pakistan:!‘The”Failure”of”the”Judicial”System!”Another”Hindu”Girl”Was”Forcibly”Converted”to”Islam”and”Her”

    Whereabouts”are”Unknown’,”(March”7,”2012,)”available!at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent!appeals/AHRC!UAC!042!2012),”Also”

    mentioned”in”http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/hindus!in!pakistan!victims!of!abduction!forced!conversions!and!oppresion/1/138751.html.” 8

    Ibid” 9

    “World”Sindhi”Congress”Report!on!Forced!Conversions!to!United!Nations!Minority!Forum,”November,”2011”

    (http;//www.worldsindhicongress.org);”also!see”Middle”East”Media”Research”Institute”(MEMRI)”report,;”Gopiniath”Kumar,”‘Lawmaker”Marvi”

    Memon”Slams”Anti!Hindu”Violence”in”Pakistan’(January”13,”2011)”Pakistan!Hindu!Post”available!at:”

    http://pakistanhindupost.blogspot.com/2011/01/pakistani!lawmaker!marvi!menon!slams.html” 10Id.,!also!see,”Zahid”Gishkori,”Divorce!Remains!Sticking!Point!in!Hindu!Marriage!Act,”The”Express”Tribune,”October”12,”2011.””(Reporting”that”

    while”Pakistan”has”no”current”system”to”register”marriages”for”Hindus,”a”proposed”Hindu”Marriage”Act”is”being”considered”in”Pakistan’s”National”

    Assembly.)” 11Hindu!Girls!Are!Forced!to!Marry!Muslims:!Zardari’s!Sister,”Indian”Express,”March”15,”2012,”available!at:”

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindu!girls!are!forced!to!marry!muslims!zardaris!sister/924247/1″ 12Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)”p”125,”(reporting:””Investigation,”prosecution”against”agents”of”violence”and”intimidation”against”

    minority”groups”was”not”a”priority,”charges”were”“seldom”brought”against”those”responsible”for”violence,”intimidation,”and”discrimination.”.”.”

    There”was”growing”feeling”of”lack”of”effective”representation”in”parliament”for”non!Muslim”citizens…”)” 13Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation;”also”see”U.S.”Congress”

    Representative”Brad”Sherman”letter”addressed”to”Pakistan”President”Asif”Zardari”on”issue”of”forced”Hindu”conversions,”March”12,”2012.” 14″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation.” 15″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”137.” 16″The”U.S.”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011(recommending”that”Pakistan”is”declared”a”“country”of”

    particular”concern””pursuant”to”the”US”International”Religious”Freedom”Act”for”failure”to”protect”religious”freedom),”p.”114,”documenting”

    attacks”on”Hindus”and”Sikhs,”available!at:”http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf”

    18Hassan,”Nadir,”‘Minority”rights:”For”Hindu”Community,”Asylum”May”be”the”Only”Option’,!!June”11,”2011,”The!Express!Tribune,”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/186683/minority!rights!for!hindu!community!asylum!may!be!the!only!option/”

    19‘23″Hindus”Kidnapped”in”Pakistani”Province’,”March”3,”2012,””Deccan!Herald,”http://www.deccanherald.com/content/231810/23!hindus!

    kidnapped!pakistani!province.html” 2020Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”State!of!Human!Rights,!2010″[Lahore”2010]”p”125.” 21″US”Commission”on”International”Religious”Freedom”Annual”Report,”Pakistan”2011,”p.”114,”available!at:”

    http://www.uscirf.gov/images/book%20with%20cover%20for%20web.pdf.” 22Ibid.,!p.”114.” 23″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Summary”of”Violence/Discrimination”Against”Hindus”in”Pakistan,”2012,”citing:”Asian”Centre”for”Human”Rights,!

    “Pakistan:!The!Land!of!Religious!Apartheid!and!Jackboot!Justice,!A!Report!to!the!UN!Committee!Against!Racial!Discrimination,”(August”2007),”

    available!at:”http://www.achrweb.org/Review/2007/179!07.htm.”” 24Bakshi,”Roopa,”“Bonded!Labour,””(November”2002),”The!South!Asian.com,;”“Bonded”Labour”in”Pakistan,””Report”Prepared”for”UN”Economic”

    and”Social”Council,”(June”23!July”9,”1999),”Anti!Slavery”International,”available!at:”

    http://www.antislavery.org/archive/submission/submission1999!08Pakistan.htm).” 25″Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”citing”“Chronology”of”Events”Related”to”Bonded”

    Labour”in”2008,””Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan,”available!at:”http://www.hrcp!web.org/hrcpDetail_cs.cfm?catId=209.” 26UN”Human”Rights”Council,”Report!of!the!Working!Group!(n”7)”p”20″recommendation”37.” 27″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions!for!Inputs!to!the!List!of!Issues!(October,!2008)!Submitted!by!

    IDSN,!Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at,”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf;”(“

    reporting”that”in”2001″Pakistan”Government”implemented”the”National”Policy”and”Plan”of”Action”for”the”Abolition”of”Bonded”Labour”and”

    Rehabilitation”of”Freed”Bonded”Labourers).” 28″Asian”Human”Rights”Commission”Statement,”“Pakistan:”Religious”Minority”Groups”Have”Nothing”to”Celebrate”on”International”Day”on”Women,”

    March”8,”2010,”available”at:”http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc!news/AHRC!STM!043!2010).” 29Hindu”America”Foundation,”Hindus”in”South”Asia”and”the”Diaspora:”A”Survey”of”Human”Rights,”2007,”available”at:”

    http://www.hafsite.org/pdf/HHR2007.pdf)”p”63.”

    31″Ayesha”Shahid,”Caste”Makes”them”Outcast,”Dawn”Pakistan,”January”21,”2012,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/21/caste!makes!

    them!outcast.html;”stating”that”10″of”the”342″National”Assembly”seats,”and”23″of”all”provincial”assembly”seats”are”reserved”for”non!Muslims;”

    Ramesh”Jaipal,”Chairman”of”Scheduled”Caste”Movement”states”that”a”substantial”number”of”Scheduled”Caste”members”want”“some”sort”of”

    electoral”option”where”their”representatives”are”‘elected’”rather”than”‘selected’”.””” 32″International”Dalit”Solidarity”Network”(“IDSN”),”CERD”74th”Session,”Suggestions”for”Inputs”to”the”List”of”Issues”(October,”2008),”p.”4,”Submitted”

    by”IDSN,”Caste!”Based”Discrimination”in”Pakistan,”available”at:”http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/Pakistan_LoI_CERD74.pdf.” 33″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(“n”18)” 34″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan””(n”18)” 35See”Ibid.” 36Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Untouched”by”Aid,”Relief,””(report”on”lack”of”available”shelters”for”Bheels,”Meghwars”and”Kohlis”following”flooding”in”Badin,”

    Sindh)”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/17/untouched!by!aid!relief.html).” 37Zofeen”T.”Ebrahim,”Flood”Relief”by”Caste,”Creed,”Dawn.com,”September”23,”2011,”available”at:”http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/22/flood!

    relief!by!caste!creed.html” 38See”Ibid.”Also”see:”Maria;”Pakistan’s”Dalits”Denied”Flood”Aid”Because”of”Caste”Discrimination”(reporting”that”hundreds”of”thousands”of”Dalits”

    have”been”denied””shelter”and”relief”items”due”to”discrimination),”Minority”Voices”Newsroom,”available”at:”

    http://www.minorityvoices.org/news.php?action=view&id=830″”! “

    10

    “””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 39See!Ibid.” 40United”Nations”[UN]”High”Commissioner”on”Refugees,”Guiding!Principles!on!Internal!Displacement!(22″July”1998)”UN”Doc”E/CN”4/1998/53/Add”

    2,”pp”4,1.” 41″Government”of”Pakistan,”The!Constitution!of!the!Islamic!Republic!of!Pakistan!(as”amended”30″April”2010),available!at:”

    http://www.infopak.gov.pk/Constitution30April2010.pdf”arts”9,”15!17,”19,”20,”25″(1)”.”” 42Pakistan!Penal!Code,”1860″[Pakistan]”Act”XLV”of”1860″(6″October”1860),”available!at:”

    http://www.pakistani.org/pakistan/legislation/1860/actXLVof1860.html#140″s”375,”366!368.”” 43″Universal”Declaration”of”Human”Rights”(adopted”10″December”1948″)”UNGA”Res”217″A(III)”UDHR).art”16.” 44″Convention”on”the”Rights”of”the”Child”(adopted”20″November”1989,”entry”into”force”2″September”1990)””GA”Res”44/25″,”arts”3,8,9,16,30.” 45″Convention”on”the”Elimination”of”All”Forms”of”Discrimination”Against”Women”(adopted”18″December”1979,”entry”into”force”3″September”

    1981)”A/Res/34/180″(CEDAW),”art”16.” 46CEDAW”(n”33)”arts”7,”8,”10,”18.” 47″International”Covenant”on”Civil”and”Political”Rights”(adopted”16″December”1966,”entered”into”force”23″March”1976)”999″UNTS”171″(ICCPR)””,”

    Article”26,”(also!see,”Article”27″stating”that:”“In”those”States”in”which”ethnic,”religious”or”linguistic”minorities”exist,”persons”belonging”to”such”

    minorities”shall”not”be”denied”the”right,”in”community”with”the”other”members”of”their”group,”to”enjoy”their”own”culture,”to”profess”and”

    practice”their”own”religion,”or”to”use”their”own”language”).” 48Pakistan!Penal!Code”(n”30)”s”368,”379,”374.” 49UDHR”(n”31)”arts”4,”7,”8,”13,”24.” 50ICCPR”(n”35)””art”20″stating”that,”“any”advocacy”of”national,”racial,”or”religious”hared”that”constitutes”incitement”to”discrimination,”hostility”or”

    violence”shall”be”prohibited”by”law,”;”Article”26″stating”that”“the”law”shall…”guarantee”all”persons”equal”and”effective”protection”against”

    discrimination…””.” 51″Human”Rights”Commission”of”Pakistan”(n”18)” 52Vimal”Bhatia,”Fearing!Taliban,!Pak!Hindus!take!Thar!Express!to!India,””September”10,”2009;”http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009!

    09!10/india/28087838_1_pak!hindus!indian!citizenship!munabao).” 53!Id.”(Reporting:”Official”numbers”of”Pakistani”Hindus”entering”India”via”the”Thar”Express”Train”port:”2006!”392″persons;”2007!”880;”2008!”1,240;”

    2009!”1000.”Actual”numbers”expected”to”be”much”higher”based”on”railway”employees’”observations.)”” 54Discussion”on”behalf”of”the”stakeholders”with”Pakistan”Hindu”Council”Directors,”March,”2012.” 55″Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(interviewing”Friar”Anwar”

    Patras,”the”Diocese”of”Rawalpindi,”who”reports”of”the”increasing”number”of”forced”kidnappings”and”conversions”of”Hindu”and”Christian”girls”in”

    Pakistan;”and”reporting”on”the”pending”forced”marriage”and”conversion”Pakistan”Supreme”Court”case”of”19″year”old”Rinkle”Kumari,”and”threats”

    her”family”received”after”identifying”the”perpetrators.),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!she!

    would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html”” 56″See”Pakistan”Christian”Post,”Enforcedly!Converted!Hindu!Women!Under!Life!Threat!in!Shelters,”March”28,”2012″(Dr.”Nazir”Bhatti,,”President”of”

    Pakistan”Christian”Congress”(PCC),”states”that”it”is”common”knowledge”that”the”women”shelters”known”as”Darul!Amans,”are”run”by”provincial”

    governments,”have”Muslim”employees,”and”have”a”reputation”of”running”‘forced”prostitution”rings,’”and”are”therefore,”not”in”fact”providing”a”

    safe”temporary”shelter”for”female”kidnapping”victims.””Also”reporting”that”victims”of”forced”conversions”are”kept”silent”with”death”threats”on”

    the”grounds”of”‘apostasy’,”which”decrees”death”to”those”who”leave”the”religion”after”conversion),”available!at:””

    http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/viewnews.php?newsid=1799.”” 57″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.” 58″”Ibid.”” 59″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”forced”conversion”practices,”and”temporary”safe”homes”for”alleged”victims.””Also!see,”Jibran”Khan,”Hindu!Girl!Tells!Supreme!Court!She!

    Will!Rather!Die!Than!Convert!to!Islam,”Asia”News,”March”28,”2012″(reporting”that”alleged”kidnapping”and”forced”marriage”victim,”Rinkle”Kumari,”

    states”that’s”that”she”would”rather”be”killed”than”to”return”to”the”Darul!Aman”[Koranic”school],”where”she”was”placed”by”the”Supreme”Court”as”

    a”temporary”‘safe”house,’”pending”the”final”ruling”in”her”case),”available!at:”http://www.asianews.it/news!en/Hindu!girl!tells!Supreme!Court!

    she!would!rather!die!than!convert!to!Islam!24358.html.””” 60″Discussions”with”Samir”Kalra,”Esq.,”Director”and”Senior”Fellow”for”Human”Rights,”Hindu”American”Foundation”regarding”recommendations”for”

    combating”bonded”labour.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

     

     

                 
     
     

     

    NEWS    EOPM 

    EOPM   is a Human Rights Organization that strives to focus the attention of the international community on human rights violations blatantly perpetrated in Pakistan and help raise a unified voice against the atrocities committed on minorities in a country known to encourage and protect acts of religious fanaticism. We endeavour to create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses and to ensure improvement in the political, educational, social and economic conditions of all minority communities in Pakistan. EOPM brings to the attention of the UN and other intergovernmental regional organizations, cases of human rights violations in Pakistan in order to confront hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity for minorities in the country.

    While most of the world welcomed 2014 with celebrations, Pakistan rang in the New Year with a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta on January 1, 2014 when a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a bus in the outskirts of the Balochistan capital carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran. This atrocity illustrates that while years and dates may change, very little changes in the wave of religious and sectarian terrorism in Pakistan. The killing of an Islamabad leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Munir Muawia, in the federal capital on 3rd January, 2014, is yet another bloody footnote in the once-again simmering sectarian wars and the state’s inability to control them. It is not surprising anymore that a drive-by shooting can occur in Islamabad and that the assassins can simply melt away. Helplessness seems to be the only reaction of the heavily financed and resourced capital police. If the heart of the capital city Islamabad cannot be made safe by security officials, then what hope is there for Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi or the rest of Pakistan? 

    The number of incidents related to attacks on minorities in Pakistan is continuously increasing in the country. A suicide attack on the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan on September 22, 2013, killed at least 85 Christian worshippers and left more than 100 injured in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan. Suicide attacks on minorities in Pakistan have not only resulted in the death of a large number of people across the country but the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan also rose by 39 per cent in 2013. 46 suicide attacks were reported in 2013 compared to 33 in 2012. Of these, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed 18 suicide attacks in 2013 while 12 attacks occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Furthermore, nine suicide attacks occurred in Balochistan, five in Sindh and one each in Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir. This was revealed in the ‘Pakistan Security Report 2013’ launched by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips), a think-tank based in Islamabad which is engaged in research to understand ongoing conflicts such as militancy, extremism, radicalisation and insurgency.

    Recent years have witnessed mounting attacks on the lives, properties and places of worship of minorities in Pakistan 
    & an ‘increased social vulnerability’ of non-Muslim Pakistanis in terms of access to education, jobs and healthcare.

    May 2014 

    Lahore: Christian polio worker poisoned by fellow worker in Lahore, 19 May, 2014

    A Christian polio worker recently employed at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, was poisoned by a fellow worker in Lahore. Asad Masih, 23, son of Parviaz Masih of Shahdara, Lahore, was appointed as a polio worker at Union Council No 84, Data Gunj Bakhash, Lahore, as part of a two member team. Reportedly, he was poisoned by his fellow Muslim team member for reasons not yet known. Masih was admitted in Mian Munchi Hospital in Lahore in a critical condition, but was shifted by his parents to Services Hospital Lahore where the young Christian still remains unconscious. The parents have been warned by polio officials to keep silent about the incident.

    Pakistan Government and the DCO are responsible for the safety and security of polio workers, but being a Christian, who are considered 2nd class citizens 
    in the country, Pakistani Christians have no rights, safety or security even within government organizations.

    Karachi: 3 Shias killed in targeted terrorist attacks, 19 May, 2014

    A Shiite man, Shaukat Sherazi, aged 45 years, a custodian of Shirazi Imam Bargah and a leader of Jafaria Alliance, was killed along with his Sunni friend, Qaisar Hussain, aged 50 years, in Mithadar in the Old City area of Karachi. 
    Another Shia man, Aga Masud Hussain, aged 40 years, an activist of Anjuman Shababul Momneen, was shot and killed in an attack on his shop in Liaqatabad Dak-Khana area of Karachi. 
    Shia Muslim Sajjad Hussian, died after he was critically injured in an earlier attack in Block No. 7, Federal ‘B’ Area of Karachi. The killing of Shias in Pakistan has caused international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence against the Shia community, which makes up about a third of Pakistan’s population of over 180 million.

    Peshawar: 1 Shia slain, another injured in terrorist attack, 19 May, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia Muslim and injured another in a targeted attack in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Shiite Sardar Ashraf Ali was killed and Sardar Abid Ali, another Shia Muslim man, sustained critical injuries in the firing of Yazidi terrorists of Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba near People Mandi, Peshawar.

    Pakistan: 5,000 Hindus flee Pakistan annually as a result of Islamic persecution, 19 May, 2014

    Around 5,000 Hindus migrate from Pakistan to India and other countries every year due to religious persecution, ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani told the Pakistani National Assembly. “During the last two months, six incidents of religious desecration happened in Sindh province alone. In all incidents, religious books of Hindu minority and their places of worship were burnt,” said Wankwani, who also heads the Pakistan Hindu Council. He said that the government had so far neither made arrests nor taken action against any extremist group involved in the attacks. “No one from the minority community feels safe in Pakistan,” he said while commenting on the law and order situation in the country. He blamed the government for failing to control frequent attacks against Hindus and maintained it was the community’s constitutional right to practice its religion freely in Pakistan. “But the rights of Hindus have never remained a priority here. The problems of Hindus are multiplying in Pakistan instead of decreasing. Are we not part of this country?” he questioned.

    Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) lawmaker Ramesh Kumar Wankwani informed the Pakistani National Assembly that scores of Hindu women 
    have been abducted in the last few years in Sindh province and later married to their kidnappers after forcible conversion. 
    He urged the government to take steps to counter it as discrimination against minorities was forcing Hindus to flee the country.

    Mirpur Khas: Four Pakistani Christians arrested and charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan, 17 May, 2014

    International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four evangelical Christians, including three women and a male pastor, were arrested after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The Christians have been charged under Article 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, which punishes those who “outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.” Local Islamic extremists have begun holding protests against the Christians demanding exemplary punishment be meted out on the accused Christians. On May 18, 2014, Pastor Younis Masih, his wife, Nazia, and two other Christian women, Mary Rose and Kiran, were arrested by Pakistani police in Mirpur Khas, a district located in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. According to reports by Asia News, “the four Christians were distributing Christian literature at a local railway station when a Muslim religious leader, belonging to Isalmist Sunnat wal Jammat, read the material and, realizing that it was Christian literature, immediately reported the four to the police.” A mob of enraged Muslims surrounded the train station with the intention of exacting mob justice, shortly after the police detained the 4 Christians. To prevent violence, the police arrested the 4 Christians and moved them to the nearest police station. The mob followed, demanding for punishment to be meted out against the Christians immediately. The case is under inquiry now.

    Pakistan: Blasphemy accused Muslims are forgiven while Christians face Death Sentence, 17 May, 2014

    Christians in Pakistan have complained of a double standard being applied when it comes to enforcing the country’s controversial blasphemy laws to religious minorities. In many cases, when the accused is a Muslim, the accused just has to apologize publicly before being allowed to go. When applied in a case where a Christian is accused, it is very difficult to stop Pakistan’s courts from passing down a death sentence. Dr. Nazir. S. Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) expressed apprehensions, on May 16, 2014, on double standards in the implementation of Blasphemy law on citizens of Pakistan because when any Muslim commits blasphemy, he is pardoned on an simple apology note, but when a Christian or Ahmadiyyia community member is allegedly accused of blasphemy by a single Muslim accuser, the minority community victim faces death sentence no matter how repeatedly he swears that he has not defiled name of the Holy Prophet. He further said, “All Christian victims of blasphemy laws have publically denied committing blasphemy after their arrest but no court or complainant has pardoned them. However, when a Muslim cleric or any Muslim openly defiles the name of Prophet Mohammad, Islamic decrees appear to Pardon these Muslims.” Nazir Bhatti added, “Christian colonies were set on fire, Christians were burnt alive, Christians were brutally murdered in court compounds, Christians were gunned downed and Christian worship places were attacked by Muslim mob on the pretext of blasphemy while none of Muslim blasphemers were ever arrested in Pakistan”

    Sheikhupura: Teenager dressed as cop kills Ahmadi blasphemy accused inside police station, 16 May, 2014

    A man facing blasphemy charges and lodged in a police lock-up in Nankana district was shot dead inside the police station by a teenager disguised in police uniform. The police said that the assailant had introduced himself as Mubashir and had told officers at the Sharqpur police station that he wanted to see Khalil Ahmad, 65. He was given access to Khalil, but he shot him dead after a brief conversation. Nankana’s District Police Officer Afzaal Kousar told reporters that the Sharqpur SHO and a constable who was posted as guard at the time of the killing had been suspended for negligence of duty. He said that the assailant, 18-year-old Saim Mubashir, was a seminary student. He was overpowered by policemen at the police station soon after he had shot Khalil. The deceased was a member of the Ahmadi community and was among six people named in a blasphemy case on May 11, 2014. Hailing from Sajowal village, near Sharqpur, he and the other accused men, had allegedly thrashed shopkeeper Syed Riaz Hussain Shah and had torn an Islamic calendar. The shopkeeper immediately approached local leaders of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, who mounted a protest and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for about five hours. They lifted the blockade only after police officers registered a case against the six suspects under blasphemy laws. The Sharqpur police later arrested Khalil.

    Khalil Ahmad (65), an Ahmadi Muslim, was brutally murdered on 16 May, 2014 whilst in police custody at Sharq-Pur Police Station in District Shaikhpura, Pakistan. 
    The deceased had been arrested some days earlier on entirely baseless blasphemy charges, along with three other Ahmadi Muslims.

    Lahore: Christians complain of ‘Denial of Rights, Equality’, 16 May, 2014

    Representatives of Pakistan Christian National Party said at a press conference that the minority Christian community was disappointed with their ‘second-class’ status and discriminatory treatment meted out to them in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Christian National Party Chairman Joseph Francis, Vice Chairman Martin Javed Michael, Zia Khokhar, and Samuel Piara said that Pakistani Christians had played a positive role in the creation of Pakistan but had been denied their rights and equal status under the post-1947 political leadership. The party leaders alleged that Pakistani Christians were being deprived of their rights under the 1973 Constitution and faced social, economic, and religious discrimination at an unprecedented level. Talking to media persons, Joseph Francis said that Christians had struggled for independence from the British and had expressed their unwavering solidarity with Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the freedom movement. Jinnah had promised the Speaker of the then Punjab Assembly, Dewan Buhadar SP Singha, and members of the Christian community that Pakistan would welcome people of all religions and refrain from discriminating on the basis of faith, colour, caste or creed. Francis said that Jinnah in his speech on August 11, 1947 had expressed his desire for a country run on secular values and principles of democracy. Joseph Francis said that it was unfortunate that after Jinnah’s death, the country was hijacked by religious interests and political elites hungry for power. He said that Christians had became ‘second-class’ citizens overnight despite their loyalty to the state. He said lands had been taken away from the Pakistani Christians under General Ayub Khan and they were yet to receive their share of properties from the current PML-N government which included the St Francis High School in Anarkali and plots of land in Sahiwal and Rawalpindi.

    Karachi: Shia athlete escapes Takfiri terrorist attack in Quetta, 15 May, 2014

    A Shia athlete escaped a targeted attack in Quetta by Pro-Taliban takfiri terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) who wanted to murder him due to their ideology of intolerance, hatred and fanaticism. According to reports, a Shia Hazara youth, Mubarak Ali Shan, was returning from office when 5 Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi/ASWJ, an affiliate of the outlawed terrorist outfit Taliban, ambushed him on Mechanki Road in Quetta. He fell on the ground to dodge the bullets and fortunately saved his life by his timely action.

    Quetta is the capital of Balochistan province where banned Sipah-e-Sahaba’s ringleader Ahmed Ludhianvi 
    is rabidly involved in the genocide of Shia Muslims.

    Karachi: Pakistani Christians’ protest against Travel Ban to Israel, 14 May, 2014

    In the city of Karachi, Pakistani Christians held a protest outside the Karachi Press Club against travel prohibition to Israel which they insisted they should be allowed to visit. Israel has no proper diplomatic relations with Pakistan and Pakistani passports state explicitly that they are valid for all countries except Israel. The God’s Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan (GPFP) which prepared the demonstration says that the travel ban infringes their rights to perform pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other Christian holy places in Israel.

    Karachi: Shia shop owner slain on ‘sectarian grounds’, 14 May, 2014

    A shop owner was gunned down in Federal B Area on sectarian grounds, said a Samanabad police official. Mazhar Abbas, 40, was in his shop in Block 18 of FB Area when four men on two motorcycles opened fire on him, said Gulberg SDPO Azam Durrani. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered multiple bullets to the chest. The police said that the victim belonged to the Shia community and was a resident of the same locality where he had been targeted.

    Sharqpur: Members of five enslaved Christian families released in Pakistan, 14 May, 2014

    According to the Fides News Agency, members of five Pakistani Christian families who had been enslaved by their employers have been released following a court case. For 25 years, one of the women had been enslaved by a Punjabi furnace owner. Nasir Saeed, director of the UK-based Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement, said, “It is sad to see that even in the 21st century slavery continues to exist in Pakistan. The owners of furnaces are often wealthy and influential and are rarely prosecuted.” Saeed added. “Sometimes they are sold from one furnace to another. The government is aware of the situation, but has never taken serious measures to stop the despicable practice.”

    Slavery still exists in Pakistan. One of the Christian women who had been enslaved for 25 years 
    in Pakistan cries after her release by a court.

    Karachi, Hasan-Abdal, Hangu: 4 killed in separate takfiri terrorist attacks in different parts of Pakistan, 13 May, 2014

    KARACHI: Takfiri terrorists stormed into the office of an estate agency, situated in Federal ‘B’ Area Block Number 16, near al-Mohsin Mosque and Imam Bargah and shot dead an estate agent in Federal B Area, Block-16, the police said. Aun Mohammed Naqvi, 35, was sitting inside the estate agency near his home in Abdullah Square when gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fired on him and sped away, said an official at the Yusuf Plaza police station. He added that the victim sustained bullet wounds and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A spokesperson for the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that the victim was a Shia and it was a targeted attack on sectarian grounds. 
    HASSAN-ABDAL: A Shia doctor, Dr Faisal Manzoor, was ambushed by Yazidi terrorists in Hassan Abdal, in Punjab province. He was killed instantly like his cousin Dr Babar Ali who was also attacked by the Yazidi terrorists. 
    HANGU: A Shia teacher along with his Sunni colleague were killed in Hangu district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa. Terrorists stormed into Chashma Jaat area and opened fire on the two teachers, Liaquat Ali and Shameem, near Government High School. They sustained critical wounds in the shooting and were rushed to District Headquarter Hospital, where they succumbed to fatal wounds. Liaquat Ali is said to be a Shiite Muslim and Shameem was his Sunni colleague.

    Sheikhupura: 11-year-old-Christian girl gang-raped for 3 days, 12 May, 2014

    Just weeks after the rape of a 7-year-old Christian girl by multiple Muslim men was reported in Pakistan, another report of a 11-year-old Christian girl being abducted and raped by Muslim men has surfaced. According to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan, a 11-year-old Christian girl was abducted from a town in Sheikupora and raped multiple time during her three day ordeal. 11-year-old Maria Sarfraz, was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days. Maria had gone to attend school but members of a political party had seized the girl and had taken her to another city. After three days, Maria was recovered and the medical report stated that the minor girl had been forcefully raped by the accused for three nonstop days. Her father Sarfraz Andrew went to the police station and registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) No. 272/14 on 25th April, 2014. Local police took Muhammad Safdar and Muhammad Mehboob into custody but the politically well connected accused are compelling the family to patch up. The perpetrators of this crime are threatening violence against the Christian family in an attempt to keep them from seeking justice just like in the previous cases. The rapists have demanded that the Christian family should settle the matter out of court or else they will start a riot in the town and burn down all Christian homes in the town. The girl’s grieved family had demanded justice from the CJP, asking for strict legal action against the accused and provision of security for their life and properties claiming that the companions of the rapists were intimidating them with terrible penalties, if they don’t compromise with the accused. This case continues to highlight the sufferings of Christians in Pakistan.

    11-year-old Maria Sarfraz was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped for three days in Sheikhupura district, according to Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan.

    Karachi: Christians in Pakistan hold protest against Job Discrimination, 12 May, 2014

    Christians in Pakistan have held a protest against job discrimination in public sector jobs. Over 100 Christian gathered together and demanded the government to implement the law that requires Pakistan’s government to hire at least 5% religious minorities in the public sector. Even though it is legally mandated that religious minorities should make up 5% of Pakistan’s public sector, reality shows that Christians and other religious minorities make up far less than the required 5% quota. The leaders of the protest are now planning a series of demonstrations to bring the issue of job discrimination against religious minorities to light. Over 100 Christians staged a demonstration seeking implementation of the five per cent quota in public sector jobs, especially in the police and education departments. Speaking on the occasion, National Minorities Alliance chairman Lala Robin Daniel disclosed, “Recently, the Education Department made some recruitments but the 5 per cent minority quota was not fully observed.” He said that the police department was also recruiting but Christians were being ignored.

    Dera Ismail Khan: Shia man killed in combined shooting & grenade attack, 12 May, 2014

    A Shia Muslim man was killed in a shooting cum hand grenade attack in Dera Ismail Khan of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Khurram Abbas, a Shia Muslim, was ambushed near Gomal Medical College where Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists opened fire upon him. After sporadic firing, the terrorists also a threw hand grenade that exploded killing Khurram Abbas on the spot.

    Once a respected and well-integrated minority in Pakistan where they comprise roughly 20 per cent of the population 
    and count the nation’s founder as one of their own, Shia Muslims within Pakistan have become a community under siege in recent years.

    Sharqpur: Six Ahmadis charged with blasphemy in Sharqpur, 11 May, 2014

    Six persons from the minority Ahmadi community in Pakistan have been charged with blasphemy for allegedly tearing an Islamic calender, in the latest case to highlight growing intolerance in the country. According to an FIR, the six Ahmadi men allegedly tore an Islamic calendar hanging on the wall of a shopkeeper during a religious debate with him in Sharqpur village. After the incident, several Al-Sunnat Wal Jamat activists held a demonstration and blocked the Lahore-Sharqpur road for several hours to protest against the minority community, demanding exemplary punishment for the accused men.

    Karachi: Ahmadi man killed, 10 May, 2014

    Zafar Ahmed, appearing to be in his 30s, was sitting at his paan shop at Urdu Chowk in Mominabad when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him, said a police official. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. He had suffered two bullet injuries. The police said that he was a PPP activist. Following his death, tension spread through the locality. Moreover, PPP leaders and workers reached the ASH to protest against the killing and demanded for the immediate arrest of the culprits.

    Multan: Islamic Radicals murder human rights activist lawyer for taking on ‘Blasphemy Case’ in Pakistan, 8 May, 2014

    A lawyer was shot and killed in his law office because of his willingness to take on the case of an individual accused of blasphemy. The accused, an English professor, was accused of blasphemy in March 2013. Since then, he had been unable to find legal representation due to the fear surrounding blasphemy, which carries the death penalty in Pakistan. Those accused of blasphemy are often lynched or languish for years in jail without trial because lawyers are too afraid to defend them. In February 2014, lawyer Rashid Rehman, said to be a Christian, took on the professor’s case, but this decision proved fatal. The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan, marked the first time a lawyer has been killed for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan. Rehman had been representing Junaid Hafeez, an English lecturer, accused by hardline student groups of making blasphemous remarks against the Prophet Mohammed in March last year. Hafeez had been in prison without being able to find a lawyer until Rehman agreed to represent him in February, 2014. Rehman, a junior lawyer and an assistant were sitting in their office near Kutchery Square when unknown armed gunmen entered their chamber and fired, injuring Rehman and his associates. Regman was reportedly shot five times. The injured were rushed to Nishtar Hospital where doctors pronounced Rashid Rehman dead upon arrival. Rehman, who was also a coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in Multan, had been threatened last month inside a courtroom in the Multan Central Jail and on five other occasions.

    The killing of Rashid Rehman in the southern city of Multan marked the first time a lawyer has been killed 
    for taking on a blasphemy case, said the police in Pakistan.

    Lahore: Autopsy of Christian killed in Pakistan raises questions, 8 May, 2014

    The autopsy report on a dead Christian in Pakistan, originally reported as a suicide victim, has raised questions. According to the report, the Christian was shot in the head twice, indicating that he may not have killed himself. The death of the Christian man came 24 hours after a Muslim co-worker demanded him to convert to Islam. The Punjab state medical examiner’s report of Haroon Haidar’s death on 16 April, 2014, indicates that he suffered two injuries to his skull, raising questions about whether the 24-year-old married father of two could have killed himself. Haroon Haidar’s father, Haidar Masih, said that his son had been threatened a day earlier by a coworker who was angered by his son’s refusal to convert to Islam. At about 9:00 AM on April 16, 2014, Haidar Masih, working at Pakistan Printing Press, received news that his son, Haroon, had been killed. He rushed to the spot in Lahore where Bank Islami Pakistan is under construction, and where Haroon worked as a sweeper. Haidar Masih said that he had learnt from the police that a security guard, Umar Farooq, the only person present with Masih in the building at the time of incident, had told the police that he had left his pump-action shotgun on the table and had gone upstairs to the washroom, when he had heard a gunshot. He had rushed downstairs and seen that Masih had killed himself by shooting himself in the forehead with his gun. Haroon Haidar’s relatives and friends said that he had showed no signs of depression or leaning toward suicide. Rather, they said that he was happily married and a well composed person. Haroon Haidar had a 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. His widow, Hina Bibi, said that her husband was a faithful man and they were leading a happy life. “I cannot believe my husband can kill himself,” she said.

    Karachi: Notable Shia citizen shot and killed in takfiri terrorists attack, 8 May, 2014

    Ishtiaq Hussain, 45, an active Shia notable, who was the founder and incharge of the 9th Moharram mourning procession, was killed in a targeted attack by Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists in Korangi No.3, Karachi. Taliban terrorists opened fire on the car of Ishtiaq Hussain son of Shaukat Hussain, near Korangi No 3 1/2. He was killed on the spot. His driver Ata Ur Rehman, a Sunni Muslim, was also killed in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of yet another Shia notable in Karachi. They said that inaction of PPP’s government was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent people in Karachi. They said that the lip-service of the PPP leadership against the terrorists was not enough to defeat terrorism.

    Daska: 7-year-old Christian rape victim prevented from receiving medical treatment for 2 days, 7 May, 2014

    In late April, reports of a 7-year-old Christian girl being gang-raped by multiple Muslim men surfaced in Pakistan. Sources now report that threats from the Muslim rape accused man’s family prevented the 7-year-old gang-raped Christian girl from receiving hospital care for two days in Punjab Province. The young daughter of a farmhand in Malhe Ki village in the Daska area had gone out on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, to a neighborhood shop when Fakhar-e-Alam Nagra, known as Phool, and another man had attacked her from behind, said relatives of the girl. The two men had blindfolded the girl and had taken her to an abandoned outhouse, where Phool had raped her. The girl’s brothers, Shahbaz and Emmanuel Masih, set out to search for their sister, when she did not return home that afternoon, according to the First Information Report (FIR No. 152/14) filed on April 22 at Daska Saddar Police Station. “We were passing near Akhtar Ali Nagra’s property when we heard screams. We rushed inside and saw Phool scaling the back wall. Our sister was on the ground, wailing in pain and bleeding profusely. We lifted her in our arms and ran home. Our sister suffered from trauma and immense pain for two days at home because the Nagra family was forcing us to reach a compromise with them,” said Shahbaz Masih in the FIR. The victim’s paternal aunt, Nasreen Joyce, told media persons that the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, looked after the cattle of Zulfiqar Nagra, an uncle of the primary suspect. “When the family saw her condition, her father Iqbal went to see Zulfiqar Nagra and told him how Phool had assaulted the child and he should provide justice for his minor daughter. But rather than helping my poor brother, the landlord gave him 1,000 rupees [US$10] and told him to buy painkillers for her. He also warned him not to approach the police or go to the hospital, threatening that if the family disobeyed his order, they would regret the consequences,” said the aunt. Joyce said that when her brother insisted on justice, Zulfiqar Nagra had refused to let him go and had held him hostage. “On hearing about the terrible incident, I reached their village the next day, only to find that my neice had not been given any medical treatment, and her condition was becoming worse because of excessive blood loss. My brother Iqbal had still not returned home.” Joyce said, adding that the family did not know who to call for help, as there are just eight Christian families in the village, all of them low-wage earners. On April 22, the family gathered the courage to meet the district police chief, Gohar Nafees, who ordered area officers to recover Iqbal Masih and investigate. “On his order, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Arif registered a case against Phool and took him into custody. The police managed to recover Iqbal from Zulfiqar’s house but failed to arrest any of the abductors,” she said. Joyce said that the girl was kept in the intensive care unit for six days as doctors tried to stop internal hemorrhage. Denying the charges that the police were reluctant to arrest the alleged abductors, Sub-Inspector Arif told reporters that medical examination had confirmed that the child had been raped. The police official said that Zulfiqar and Yar would soon be in police custody.

    The father of a minor Christian girl went to her rapist’s family to appeal for justice but was given 
    1,000 rupees [US$10] to buy painkillers for the hemorrhaging girl

    Karachi: 2 Shia Muslims critically injured in targeted attack, 6 May, 2014

    2 Shia Muslims were critically injured in the targeted firing by armed Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists in Karachi. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists ambushed the Shiites near Sakhi Hassan North Nazimabad. Raza Ali and Sadiq Hussain were wounded in the firing. They were rushed to a hospital for treatment.

    Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot, injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 5 May, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stormed into an EVO device sales shop. They opened fire upon Syed Sami Haider there and fled from the scene. Sami Haider, the injured Shiite was rushed to hospital for treatment where his condition was stated to be critical.

    Karachi: Shia political activist Raza Haider gunned down, 5 May, 2014

    Shiite Raza Haider, 30, was killed in Karachi’s Gulbahar in the targeted firing by Imdad Allah, a member of the terrorist organization Sipah-e-Sahaba. The incident occurred when the terrorist opened fire on a mirror shop near Haideri Mosque. The victim’s body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities and then shifted to Old Rizvi Shah-e-Karbala Imambargah.

    Khi: Firing in Gulshan Iqbal leaves 1 Shiite dead, 5 May, 2014

    Shiite Syed Irteza Hussain Rizvi was shot dead alongside his Ahle Sunnat associate, Moizullah, in Karachi’s Gulshan Iqbal 13-D. The two men were travelling in a car which was fired on by terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba/Taliban. The intensity of the attack left them both dead on the scene. They were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed hospital for legal formalities and Irteza’s body was then moved to the Ancholi Imambargah. The Shia victim worked as a marketing manager and was a resident of North Nazimabad. He was married.

    Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of Shias in Pakistan claiming that ‘inaction by the PPP’s government’ 
    was the root cause for the unabated murders of innocent minority Shias in Karachi.

    Pakistan: Sacrifice of Pakistani Bishop John Joseph remembered 16 years later, 5 May, 2014

    On the 16th anniversary of Bishop John Joseph’s suicide, Christians across Pakistan remembered the sacrifice the bishop had made on behalf of the Christian community. Sixteen years ago, Bishop John Joseph had committed suicide in front of the Sahiwal Court in Punjab Province in protest against Pakistan’s abusive blasphemy laws. In a note left by the bishop, he explained that he hoped his desperate act would highlight the issue of blasphemy for the International Community and would spark positive change for the Pakistani Christian community within the country. Pakistan’s blasphemy laws remain on the books and Christians continue to be disproportionately accused and convicted under the controversial set of laws.

    April 2014 

    Hangu: 1 Shia Muslim killed, another injured, 30 April, 2014

    Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Taliban shot dead a Shia Muslim man in the capital of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. They opened fire on Syed Athar Abbas Zaidi son of Mohammad Abbas Zaidi, killing him on the spot. He was 38. 

    In Hangu, takfiri nasbi terrorists stormed into Phat Bazaar, Khan Barhi, where they opened fire on Farhad Hussain. He sustained bullet injuries to his face and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the ever mounting targeted attacks on Shia Muslims. They said that the Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists have intensified genocide against Shia Muslims. They demanded military operations to liquidate the terrorists.

    Dera Ismail Khan: Shia policeman killed in Yazidi terrorist attack in D I Khan, 27 April, 2014

    Yazidi nabsi takfiri terrorists shot and killed Allah Nawaz, a Shia policeman, on Diyal Road in Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province. Allah Nawaz was a resident of Kotli Imam Hussain. He was posted in Rescue-15.

    Karachi: Busload of Shia worshippers escape bomb attack that killed 4 in Clifton Town, 25 April, 2014

    At least four people were killed while 30 others including 3 Shiites, sustained injuries, in an explosion near a Sunni Bralevi mosque on Chaudhry Khaliq uz Zaman Road in the Delhi Colony area of Clifton Town after a bus was targeted, which was carrying Shia passengers on their way from a Shia Mosque ‘Masjid-wa-Imambargah Yasrab’, after Friday prayers. According to initial reports from the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU), explosive material weighing 8-10 kilogrammes was used., The timed IED device was planted in a rickshaw, loaded with ball bearings and nut bolts. IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of the terrorists, whose bomb explosion in Karachi claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

    IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood said that Shia Muslims traveling in a bus were the actual targets of a terrorist attack, whose bomb blast 
    in Delhi Colony, Karachi, claimed the lives of 4 persons, including a woman.

    Daska: Minor Christian girl raped, 25 April, 2014

    A gang of four Muslim men raped a 7-year-old Christian girl named Sara in village Malleyki-Daska, Sialkot district, Punjab. The child is admitted in Sialkot hospital, in the intensive care unit in a “critical” condition, according to doctors. Reportedy, the police, instead of arresting the culprits, helped the local clan to kidnap the girl’s father, Iqbal Masih, who was hidden in a secret place to “force the family not to register the crime and to compel the minor girl’s family to reach an agreement with the criminals so that arrest and dispute on religious grounds could be avoided”. While talking to newsmen, the Daska police said that they have arrested a person for raping the minor Christian girl. The DSP revealed that the little girl’s medical examination had confirmed ‘rape’ and the minor victim’s condition was still stated to be critical at Daska Civil Hospital. He added that accused Fakhar Alam alias Phool had confessed to the crime. He said that the Daska police had also arrested another accused, Zulfiqar Ali, for forcibly preventing the grieved Christian family from registering the case with the the Daska police. According to the FIR lodged by the victim’s brother, Shehbaz Maseeh, the incident occurred on April 20, 2014.

    4 Muslim men gang-raped a 7-year-old Christian girl in Malleyki-Daska village in Sialkot District, Punjab.

    Sanghar: Hindus protest ‘raid’ on congregation, 25 April, 2014

    Members of the Hindu community belonging to the Bheel, Oad, Kolhi and Meghwar castes, held a protest demonstration and sit-in for over three hours on Mirpurkhas-Khipro Road against a police raid on their congregation in Hur Colony and detention of four Bhagats (hymn-chanters), the previous night. An official at the Khipro police station, when contacted, said that the action was taken after Muslim neighbours had complained that they were being disturbed by the noise of hymn-chanting by the Hindu congregation.

    Kasur: Christian man severely beaten by Muslim employer for taking Easter holidays, 23 April, 2014

    On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten and tortured by his Muslim employer. A complaint has been submitted in Saddar Police Station, Kasur. According to fellow Christians in the area, the medical report has been obtained from District Headquarters Hospital Kasur according to legal procedure and the FIR is to be lodged against the culprit at the police station. If the FIR is not registered by the police officer for any reason, then the petition will be moved in the Court of the Session Judge Kasur for the registration of the FIR. Saleem has been working for five years for his Muslim employer, Muhammad Abbas, whose father is a Headman of Village Bagree in Kasur. Saleem left work on Easter and came back to work after enjoying two more days as holidays. Reportedly, his employer had become enraged at this action and had beaten him severely, but he was rescued by the intervention of some villagers.

    On 23 April, 2014, a poor Christian man, Saleem Masih, was severely beaten by his Muslim employer for taking 2 days leave for Easter.

    Sanghar: Shia general manager of a factory shot dead, 23 April, 2014

    A 38-year-old general manager of a factory was shot dead in a targeted attack on his car in Manghopir area, said the police. The Pirabad police added that Ejaz Najaf Shah was attacked by armed motorcyclists near Nusrat Bhutto ‘Mor’ shortly after leaving his residence in his car. He sustained three bullet wounds and was rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. Pirabad SHO Fasih Zaman said that the victim originally hailed from Gilgit. He said that his murder could be related to the continuous wave of sectarian violence in the metropolis. Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference at Pak Moharram Hall, deputy secretary general of the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen, Allama Amin Shaheedi demanded immediate arrest of killers who were targeting people on sectarian grounds in Karachi as at least 10 Shias have been killed in the past couple of weeks. He said that inaction against banned outfits would have dire consequences for the authorities too. The government should not forget the fact that their image was tarnished and that their reputation was at stake due to unabated killings on sectarian grounds.

    Pakistan: 3 more Shias shot dead, 23 April, 2014

    Karachi: A Shia Muslim man, Ejaz Hussain s/o Najaf Shah, aged-36, was shot dead in an attack in Nusrat Bhutto Colony area. The Shiite was traveling to his office where he was a Bank Manager. The murdered man belonged to Gilgit-Biltistan. 

    Dera Ismail Khan: In village Shah-Dawo area of Tehsil Paharpur, terrorists of Pro-Taliban Lashkar-e-Jhagvi killed a Shia Muslim, Nazar Abbas.
    According to reports, another Shiite, Moharram Ali, has been abducted by Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ) terrorists. 

    Faisalabad: Takfiri Deobandi/ Wahabi pro-Taliban terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba shot and killed a Shia youth, Syed Ahsan Zaidi, inside his shop in Ghokowal area. Two Shia brothers Jafar Ali and Hyder Ali had also been shot dead in the same location a year earlier.

    Shikarpur: Shia Advocate attacked in Shikarpur, 23 April, 2014

    Terrorists attacked a Shia advocate, Ghulam Abid Larik, in Shikarpur while he was performing Fajir prayer at mosque ‘Masjid-e-Imam-e-Zamana’ near Lakhidar area. The injured man, who was shot once in his neck, twice in his abdomen and once in his thigh, was shifted to Sukkur Medical Center after the case was referred from Shikarpur Civil Hospital. The victim is an ex-activist of Tahreek-e-Jafria Pakistan. He then joined Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslmeen Pakistan, where he is head of MWM-Shikarpur Laywers Forum. Ghulam Abid Larik is also an ex-government official of PTCL.

    Islamabad: Pakistani Authorities demolish Christian-majority slum, 22 April, 2014

    According to reports coming out of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, authorities have demolished a slum mainly inhabited by Christians, situated on the edge of Islamabad. Authorities have decided that these slums are illegal and a haven for terrorists and extremists. Unfortunately, many of the demolished slum’s residents were Christians who were unable to find high-paying jobs due to discrimination against the religious minority. As Pakistan becomes more and more religiously intolerant, opportunities for Christians and other religious minorities continue to dry up. This grinding cycle of discrimination and poverty has left many Pakistani Christians seeking to exit Pakistan altogether. Pervaiz Masih, who lives in a Christian slum, says that the Pakistani Christian community is frightened. “We have no land or other property to move to and we cannot build houses even if the government gives us land as we have no money to do so,” said Masih, tears rolling down his cheeks. “This locality was not built overnight. If it is illegal, why did CDA officials not stop the people when they had started building?” he said, accusing officials of taking bribes to let the settlement stay. The city’s administration (CDA), has drawn up a list of 14 such slum settlements calling them illegal, and plans to clear them all with no compensation or rehousing plans for the residents.

    The CDA, Islamabad city’s administration, has drawn up a list of 14 slum settlements which it says are illegal. 
    It plans to turn them to rubble with no compensation or rehousing plan for the residents.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot dead, 22 April, 2014

    Sajjad Raza Mehdi son of Mehdi Nawaz, was ambushed near Noor Hospital in Samnabad near Incholi Society, Sadat Colony, on the road between Block 18 and 20 of the Federal B Area. He died on the spot. He was 27 and a resident of Federal B Area Block 18.

    Karachi: Trader killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 22 April, 2014

    A trader was shot dead in a suspected sectarian attack in Gulberg Town, Samanabad police said. They added that as Syed Sajjad Mehdi, 30, left his home in Block-18 in a car, gunmen riding a motorcycle, wearing uniforms of security guards and masks, intercepted him near Syed Asghar Ashfaq School in the same locality. One of the attackers got off the motorbike and opened fire on him. The wounded man was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Police investigators found four empty bullet casings from a 9 mm pistol at the crime scene. A Samanabad police official said that the victim was a Shia and his murder might have been prompted by sectarianism.

    Sukkur: Hindus protest ‘kidnap, forced conversion’ of teenage girl, 21 April, 2014

    Several hundred Hindus belonging to the Bagri clan took out a rally, held a protest demonstration for hours and surrounded the car of a former lawmaker in Jacobabad, protesting against police failure to recover a teenage Hindu girl of their community, who they said had been kidnapped and was being forced to convert to Islam. Rani Bagri, who sold clothes in the neighbourhood, went missing about a week ago and her family has been protesting against police failure to help locate her since the day after her abduction. After a few days, the family lodged a case against Sarwar Abro at the Saddar police station, claiming that he had kidnapped her and was forcing her to convert. Abro however, left his home to escape arrest. Sources in the area said that Rani Bagri had, since then, embraced Islam under duress at the Dargah Bharchundi Sharif near Daharki town of Ghotki district and had also changed her name to Rani Khatoon. It is, however, not known if she had got married. The Bagri clan organised a huge rally from Shaheed Allah Bukhsh Park to condemn the local administration and the area police for not co-operating with them in the recovery of the girl.

    Karachi: Shia professor killed, colleague injured in Yazidi terrorist attack, 21 April, 2014

    A Shia professor was killed and his colleague was injured when Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba ambushed them near Liaquat Underpass. Professor Saifuddin Jafari and his colleague were travelling in his car when terrorists riding motorcycles opened fire on them near Gharibabad–Liaquatabad Underpass. The target killed Professor Shamsuddin was a professor in the Government College of Technology. His injured colleague was identified as Shakil.

    Karachi: FATA Christians still without domicile, 21 April, 2014

    It has been 100 years of permanent settlement in Fata, yet local tribal customs have been hurdles in allotting domiciles to thePakistani Christian community resident there. Chairman Christian Community Fata, Arshad Masih said “Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot and since then we are here and many generations have grown up and passed away, but we Christians don’t have the right to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,”. Describing the intolerant attitude towards the Christian community in FATA, whose population crosses 3,000 in number, Arshad said that as the Christian community did not fall into any tribe catagory, it had not been issued domicile, which permits a citizen to purchase property in the area. He further added “Due to not having a domicile, we can neither purchase property nor have a share in the 5% job quota allocated for minorities under the Constitution. In addition, we don’t have any share even in the development funds in the area. With the passage of time our population has increased and our requirements have also expanded and that is why it is the need of the hour to amend the FCR to pave the way for us to possess our own properties and businesses,” he said.

    “Our forefathers settled in Fata in 1914 after migrating from Sialkot but we Christians don’t have the right 
    to purchase even an inch of land and property in the area,” cry out Christians in FATA.

    Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot dead in ‘sectarian attack’, 20 April, 2014

    A Shia shopkeeper was shot dead in an attack, apparently on sectarian grounds, in the Kharadar area, said the police. They added that Ali Raza, 35, had been sitting at his shop in Jeelani Centre near Tower, where he sold potato chips, when armed motorcyclists targeted him and rode away. He was taken mortally injured to the Civil Hospital Karachi, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. “The victim was a Shia and it appears to be a sectarian killing,” said Kharadar SHO Zafar Iqbal.

    Karachi: Shia Seminary teacher, student killed in targeted attack on Shias, 17 April, 2014

    A seminary teacher and a student were shot dead in a sectarian attack on Shahrah-i-Noorjehan, officials said. A brother of one of the victims was also wounded in the attack, added the police. The victims were waiting for a rickshaw near a marriage hall close to the Sakhi Hasan traffic intersection when they were attacked, said Shadman DSP Iftikhar Lodhi. The police revealed that Esar Qasmi had died on the spot while his brothers Zia Rehman and Masood Shabbir were severely wounded. The police seized nine spent bullet casings of a 9 mm pistol from the spot. The victims were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital from where they were taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road. Masood died during treatment. “It was an act of targeted killing,” the DSP said. Shahrah-i-Noorjehan SHO Asif Munawwar said that the victims belonged to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ). He added that the attack was the result of sectarianism. An ASWJ spokesperson said that Masood was a seminary teacher in New Mianwali Colony of Manghopir while Esar Qasmi was a seminary student. He said that the victims had been returning home after performing “security duty” at the Siddiq Akbar mosque during Friday prayers when they were targeted.

    Karachi: Another Shia shopkeeper killed in ‘sectarian attack’, 17 April, 2014

    A shopkeeper was shot dead in a sectarian attack while his employee was wounded in Rizvia Society, said the police. They said that Syed Sadiq Hussain, 55, along with his employee, Mohammed Ali, 32, was sitting at his “Hassan electric and hardware shop” in Nazimabad No1 when two gunmen riding a motorcycle and wearing surgical masks had attacked them at around 11:30 AM. The wounded men were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where Sadiq succumbed to his wounds during treatment. The victim was a Shia and the incident might be an outcome of sectarianism, said Rizvia Society SHO Mazhar Iqbal.

    Lahore: Pakistani Christian man murdered for refusing to convert to Islam, 16 April, 2014

    Two young children in Pakistan are mourning their Christian father after he was shot dead by a Muslim guard for refusing to convert to Islam. Sunny Masih, 24, was attacked while working as a cleaner at a branch of Bank Islami in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city, said the police. Haroon, alias Sunny, was murdered by a Muslim security guard Umer Farooq who shot him dead on April 16, 2014. According to reports, Farooq used to mock Haroon’s Christian faith on a daily basis and tried to force him to embrace Islam promising him a life of luxury and marriage to a rich Muslim woman. When Haroon told his father about what was going on, he was advised to ignore Farooq. On April 16, 2014, Haroon went to work and Farooq started a conversation about religion as usual and began pressurizing him to embrace Islam but Haroon refused to convert, stating that he was a true follower of Jesus Christ. Farooq is reported to have opened fire on Haroon, killing him on the spot with a bullet to his head. He later started shouting that Haroon had attempted suicide. The police took the security guard into custody immediately, but did not register an FIR because they wanted to project the murder case as suicide. When local Christians heard about the murder they came out of their houses and staged a protest in front of the police station, after which the police lodged an FIR.

    Haroon, alias Sunny, aged 24, was murdered by a Muslim security guard, Umer Farooq, who shot him dead 
    on April 16, 2014, for refusing to convert to Islam.

    Hyderabad: 3 members of Hindu family die in mysterious blast, 15 April, 2014

    Three persons including two minor children belonging to a Hindu family were killed in a mysterious explosion within the jurisdiction of Matiari police station. The victims were identified as Nathu, his son Vishnu and daughter Tulsi. Two men were injured in the blast. One of the injured men was identified as Lachman. There are conflicting accounts regarding the incident. After looking into different theories, Matiari SSP Amjad Shaikh said that Nathu, who dealt in scrap metal, had procured some articles on the day of the incident and was apparently trying to dismantle or break them into pieces. This attempt caused the blast and since his children were sitting in close proximity, they too had fallen prey to the explosion, said the SSP. Reports revealed that the deceased belonged to a nomad family who had been living on government land off the National Highway. People of various other communities have made the land their abode as well and around 30 to 40 families are living there. According to the SSP, some family members of the deceased including his brother claimed that occupants of a car had thrown something towards their hut which had caused the explosion. But the officer ruled out the claim.

    Karachi: Shia engineer shot and killed by Yazidi terrorists in Karachi, 12 April, 2014

    Engineer Muhammad Yousif alias Muntazir Mehdi, a lecturer at the NED Engineering University was target killed in Karachi. His body was taken to Dadu, his home district for the funeral. Engineer Muntazir Mehdi was an eminent official of Asgharia Organisation, a Sindh-based organization of Shia professionals and graduates. He was Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects.

    Engineer Muhammad Yousif, Deputy Director for Asgharia Special Projects was killed 
    in a cowardly terrorist attack on an eminent minority Shia.

    Quetta: Two Shia Hazaras killed in Quetta bus attack, 12 April, 2014

    Unidentified armed militants killed two Shia Hazaras on Sariab road, the police said. The police said that armed militants had singled out two members of the Hazara community from a passenger bus and had opened fire on them. One person was killed instantly while the other succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital, they added. The attackers sped away on their motorcycles after the double murder. “The incident is an act of targeted killing,” said the police, adding that the passenger bus was preparing to leave for Karachi when it had been intercepted by the militants.

    Unremitting gun violence across metropolitan cities in Pakistan continues to snuff out Shiite lives everyday.

    Karachi: Lawyer killed in sectarian attack, 11 April, 2014

    Two people were killed in apparent sectarian attacks in Karachi. In the Jamshed Quarters area, an assistant director of the Federal Ombudsman office in Karachi was gunned down by assailants near Imambargah Shah-e-Najaf. Syed Ghulam Haider, 50, travelling in a car when attackers fired at him. The injured victim succumbed to bullet wounds while being shifted to a hospital. Haider also worked as a lawyer, making him the second lawyer to be gunned down in two days. Investigators, however, termed the attack as part of an ongoing wave of sectarian killings in the city, stating that the victim had probably been shot dead on the basis of his faith.

    Karachi: Shia notable murdered by Yazidi terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan, 11 April, 2014

    An eminent Shia notable, Behram Khan Gadi son of Ilahi Bux Khan, was ambushed and killed in Jhok Gadi Malekhi area of Dera Ismail Khan.

    Rawalpindi: Custodians of five razed Shia Imambargahs allege government bias, 10 April, 2014

    Custodians of five Imambargahs, one completely razed and four others partially damaged, have decried what they allege as ‘sheer discrimination’. Rebuilding of the razed seminary complex began last week after they had been completely ignored by the authorities. Seminary Taleemur Quran and 100 shops are being reconstructed at the cost of Rs 340 million despite the fact the site on which it is being raised again is reportedly a disputed land. “The government and its departments have to act with impartiality, but we have to say here that what we are facing is a perfect example of discrimination,” charged Iqrar Shah, the caretaker of Hifazat Ali Shah Imambargah at Bohar Bazaar, that was gutted on Ashura day, five months back. The Zuljinnah was beaten to death inside the building and the Imambargah was set alight by terrorists. The five Shia Imambargahs that were attacked and torched, including Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian, and Imambargah Colonel Maqbool, are facing step-motherly treatment from the provincial government as well as the local authorities. “It appears the administration and the local members of the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly are under pressure not to speak fairly by raising their voice for us,”complained Iqrar Shah. The cost of rebuilding his Imambargah is put at Rs30-35 million. Raja Zahur, who is custodian of Imambargah Qadeemi, near Banni Chowk, told media persons that the interior of the building had been destroyed and alams, taaziyas and other sacred articles torched by a group of terrorists.

    5 Shia Imambargahs, Tyron Wala Bazaar Imambargah, Qadeemi Imambargah, Imambargah Fatmiah, Chittian Hattian & Imambargah Colonel Maqbool 
    were set on fire by a group of terrorists who destroyed the interior of the buildings, alams, taaziyas & other sacred articles.

    Karachi: Shia lawyer target killed after reconnaissance by Yazidi takfiri terrorists, 10 April, 2014

    A Shia lawyer was shot dead when Deobandi Takfiri terrorists opened fire on his car in Karachi’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal area. The Shia victim, identified as Advocate Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi, was the vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz’s lawyers’ wing. Zaidi was gunned down while he was on his way to court from his house. Following the incident, Sindh High Court Bar Association boycotted court proceedings in protest against the advocate’s killing. His body was immediately shifted to Jinnah Hospital. According to hospital sources, Shah had been shot in the head as well as in the chest. Waqar-ul-Hassan Zaidi was targeted after reconnaissance, said police personnel.

    Parachinar: Shia taxi driver shot dead in takfiri terrorist attack near Parachinar, 10 April, 2014

    A Shia taxi driver was killed in unprovoked firing by Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists near Parachinar. According to news reports, Mohammad Karam was driving his taxi when the Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists stopped him. When the terrorists came to know that he was a Shia Muslim, they pulled him out of his taxi and shot him dead. The victim was resident of Jallandar area of Kurrum Agency, FATA.

    Karachi: Shia vegetable supplier shot dead in sectarian attack, 9 April, 2014

    In yet another sectarian attack, a Shia man was murdered at Khajoor Bazaar in Kharadar. The police said that 40-year-old Syed Iqbal Shah, a member of the Shia community who ran a vegetable supplying business, was shot dead by two men riding a motorcycle. Baghdadi SHO Mohammad Alam Dehri said that the attack seemed to be sectarian-motivated.

    Washington Report: 1,000 minority girls forced into marriages every year in Pakistan: 8 April, 2014

    An estimated one thousand Christian and Hindu women are forced to convert and marry Muslim men in Pakistan every year, says a report. According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, up to 700 of these women are Christian and 300 are Hindu. “The true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or don’t progress through law-enforcement and legal systems,” the authors claim. The Christian community in Pakistan is over two million in size, accounting for 42% of Pakistan’s minority population, and is mostly resident in Punjab. MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls, usually between the ages of 12 and 25, are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity. Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out, which prevents the terrified victim from telling the truth. Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. These patterns of violence and miscarriages of justice are explored in the report through an examination of 10 illustrative cases.

    Once in the custody of an abductor, the minority community kidnapped girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, 
    forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse in Pakistan.

    Karachi: Shia doctor shot dead in Yazidi takfiri terrorist attack, 8 April, 2014

    Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists shot and killed a Shia doctor in Karachi. Reportedly, Yazidi takfiri Deobandi terrorists opened fire on Dr Qasim Abbas who was getting into a car near Yousuf Plaza Water Pump, Federal B Area, Block 16. He was critically wounded and breathed his last on the way to hospital. The murdered doctor’s Sunni driver Kaleem was injured in the attack. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted assassination of the Shia doctor and said that terrorists boldly continue the genocide against Shiites because the Pakistani government is appeasing them through talks instead of launching a focussed operation to stop them.

    Sukkur: Arrest of Sufi shrine caretaker triggers protest, 8 April, 2014

    Hundreds of disciples staged a demonstration and cordoned off the Mirpur Mathelo police station in district Ghotki, protesting against the arrest of Sakhwat Ali Shah, the caretaker of Dargah Jahan Pur Sharif. According to reports, Sakhawat Ali, who is also a singer of Sufi songs, was travelling in a vehicle when ASP Abdullah Ahmed Yar intercepted his vehicle in the locality of Khosa Phatak at Moomal-Ji-Mari, and took him to the Mirpur Mathelo police station. When the arrest came to the notice of the Ghotki SSP, he asked the DSP and SHO of the area to have him released.

    Karachi: Another Shia doctor killed in Karachi, 8 April, 2014

    Doctor Haider Raza was gunned down by unidentified attackers in front of Darul Sehat Hospital. Another man in the car with Raza was also injured in the attack, although his identity is not known yet. Senior police officer Pir Muhammad Shah said that three gunmen riding a motorcycle ambushed a car with number ASV-987, near Darul-Sehar Hospital, in Gulistan-e-Johar, injuring Dr Haider Raza. He was shifted to hospital, where he succumbed to wounds. “It appears that the car was being followed by the assailants,” Shah added. It was the second attack in 24 hours in which Shia doctors were targeted.

    Rawalpindi: Pakistani police ask Minorities to protect themselves, 7 April, 2014

    After a recent order issued by the home department for the security of minorities’ worship places, Christian and Hindu worshippers complained that no concrete measures had been taken in reality. Previously the home department had ordered the police to increase security in view of potential terrorist attacks. According to a notice issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches of the garrison city, the administrations have been asked to take nine steps for their protection. These include the installation of CCTV cameras, storing one month’s footage, securing the place with barbed wire, eight-foot high boundary walls, setting up a police post on the roof, proper lighting and hiring security guards from a registered company which is verified by the police. Entry gates and barriers should be installed as well, states the notice. Also, the police should be informed before the start of a ceremony so that they can make security arrangements. Representatives of minorities said that provision of security is the responsibility of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Chairman Clergy Association of Pakistan and pastor St Paul’s Church, Rawalpindi, Dr Samuel Titus, said, “Security is provided to big churches only on special events. After the suicide attack on All Saint’s Church in Peshawar, the government allowed us to make our own safety measures but when we applied for arms licenses, the government turned down the applications. We are capable of protecting our worship places but the government should also take some initiative. It is impossible for a security guard to stop an attacker equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

    Notices were issued by numerous SHOs to temples and churches in Rawalpindi advising them to take nine steps for their protection. 
    But for unarmed minorities, it is impossible to fight attackers equipped with sophisticated weapons with a stick.

    Karachi: Shia youth shot and killed by terrorists, 7 April, 2014

    A Shia youth, Ali Babar, was shot and killed for secterian reasons in Khada Market Memon Society area of Karachi. Pro-Taliban militants attack Shia Muslims in Pakistan on a regular basis, often targeting their religious gatherings. The country’s Shia leaders blame the government for failing to provide security for the Muslim minority.

    Karachi: Pakistani Christians protest string of ‘Blasphemy Convictions’, 6 April, 2014

    Christians in Lahore gathered together and held a peaceful protest against the misuse of the country’s controversial blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, committing blasphemy against Islam can carry a punishment as serious as capital punishment. In the past month, three Christians have been convicted under the country’s blasphemy laws, all three having been awarded the death penalty. Many Christians and human rights organizations have pointed out that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are frequently misused and often target Christians. Will the world continue to turn a blind eye? A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws. The protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minorities leaders, Rufus Solomon and Asif Sohail Khokhar, demonstrated against the blatant misuse of the blasphemy laws especially against minority Christian community members. Addressing the protesters, Rufus Solomon said that the recent death sentences handed to Sawan Masih, the central character of a blasphemy case which resulted in the riots at Lahore’s Joseph Colony in March, 2013, and Shafqat and Shagufta Emmanuel over alleged blasphemous text messages sent to local Muslims in Gojra, had shocked the Christians and moderate Muslims alike. “It’s a pity that these three people were convicted even though there was no concrete evidence against them. We strongly protest the blatant misuse of blasphemy laws to target the minority communities to settle personal scores and vendettas,” said Rufus Solomon, adding that it had been observed that in most cases the judges were pressurised by local clerics and vigilante groups into convicting innocent people. He said that the Christians unanimously demanded that the High Court should review the verdicts in the light of actual evidence against the blasphemy accused and deliver justice to them.

    A large number of Christians from Youhanabad and adjacent localities held a peaceful demonstration 
    against the misuse of the country’s blasphemy laws.

    Karachi: Shia man killed on ‘sectarian’ grounds, 7 April, 2014

    A 45-year-old Shia man was killed on sectarian grounds in Hassan Colony, said Gulbahar police. Anwer Shah was in his bakery near his house in Hassan Colony when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Shah was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he died.

    Karachi: ‘69 Shia community members killed in three months’, 7 April, 2014

    The leaders of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) have expressed concern over the killing of 69 members of the Shia community in the past three months. Talking to media persons, MWM spokesman Ali Ahmer said that the killings continued to take place despite ongoing targeted operation by Rangers. He said that it seemed as if criminals had been given a free hand to kill innocent citizens and the fear of being target killed among members of the Shia community was causing them to emigrate from Karachi. Ahmer questioned the claim of federal interior minister who had said in the national assembly that 813 target killers had been caught from Karachi. Ali Ahmer said that if the target killers had been arrested then the suspects should be produced in court to be punished accordingly. He said that the provincial chief minister, the information minister and other ministers of the ruling party continued to promise that the operation would continue till the criminals were eliminated, but so far repeated requests to them to curb sectarian killings has not been heeded. He demanded the prime minister to take notice of the horrible situation faced by minorities in Pakistan before it was too late.

    Islamabad: Banned Pakistani Taliban launches its Urdu website; threaten Shiites, 6 April, 2014

    The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has launched its Urdu website ‘umarmedia.com’, hosting videos, a magazine, and interviews and statements of its top leaders. In the videos, terrorists of Tehreek-e-Taliban and its associate terrorist organizations have threatened Shiite Muslims in Pakistan by declaring a war against Shiites. It was not clear when the website was launched but a background check on the domain name shows it was registered on November 24, 2013 and was first updated on January 24, 2014. The website has been registered on the internet with an address in Queensland, Australia. A strip on the homepage said, ‘Official site of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’. The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

    The Taliban website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate 
    and propaganda material, especially against security forces.

    Toba Tek Singh: Christian couple awarded death in blasphemy case, 4 April, 2014

    Additional District and Sessions Judge Amer Habib awarded death sentence and Rs 100,000 fine to a Christian couple in a blasphemy case. The judge conducted the trial in the District Jail and awarded the death sentence and the fine to a poor watchman of a local school Shafqat Masih and his wife Shagufta Masih. The prosecution said that the convicts had sent blasphemous SMS to shopkeeper Malik Muhammad Hussain of Malkanwala Chowk about a year ago. The Gojra City police had arrested the Christian couple after registering a blasphemy case against them. A court in Toba Tek Singh heard the case against Shafqat Emmanuel, 43, and his wife, a cleaner at a local missionary school and mother of four young children. They were accused of sending blasphemous text messages on June 18, 2013, to complainants Muhammad Hussain and Gojra Tehsil Bar Association President Anwar Mansoor Goraya from a number allegedly registered in Shagufta’s name. The Gojra City Police in Punjab charged them with blasphemy under Sections 295-B (insulting the Koran, punishable by life imprisonment), 295-C (insulting Muhammad, punishable by death) and 25-D of The Telegraph Act of 1985. Section 25-D recommends a maximum of three years for intentionally “causing annoyance.”

    A Christian couple, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta belonging to Punjab Province, both of them incapable of writing proper Urdu, 
    was sentenced to death for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row in Pakistan to four.

    Parachinar: Innocent Shia youth killed in firing of security forces in Parachinar, 4 April, 2014

    Trigger-happy security officials opened unprovoked firing in a Shia majority area in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Pakistan, leaving a Shiite youth killed and another seriously injured in Parachinar. Due to unprovoked firing by trigger-happy personnel, Shaban Ali was killed in Ali Zai, Parachinar of Kurrum Agency. Another Shia youth, Kamal Hussain, was wounded in the firing. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the brutal murder, complaining that such irresponsible actions by security personnel brought a bad name to security institutions of Pakistan. They demanded that strict action should be taken to punish the officials involved in the firing incident.

    Khairpur: Shia prayer leader injured in Yazidi terrorist attack dies, 2 April, 2014

    A Shia prayer leader who was critically injured in Yazidi terrorists attack in Khairpur breathed his last. Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba have taken over Khairpur that was once an independent Shia princely state. Maulana Younus Chandio who was attacked while preparing to offer Fajr prayers in Phorhi Chandio Village of district Khairpur’s Tando Masti, succumbed to fatal wounds in hospital. Shia parties and leaders condemned the Yazidi terrorist attack that angered peaceful Shiites of the area who said that Sindh Chief Minister had failed to establish his writ in his home district, let alone the entire province.They demanded for stern action be taken to eliminate Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorist sttacks on Shias and other minorities in Pakistan.

    Tando Allahyar: Ahmedi man held for ‘desecrating’ the Quran; Anti-Ahmadi rampage in Sindh, 1 April, 2014

    A number of residents of various localities of Tando Allahyar city and activists of religious parties took to the streets against alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and attacked the home-cum-worship place of a man belonging to the Ahmedi community for his involvement in the alleged sacrilege. The charged crowd rushed into Tahir Ahmed’s home and went on a rampage in the worship place on the ground floor. He took refuge on the upper floor, where his family lived. A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the spot and detained Mr Ahmed while protesters threw stones at the suspect and injured him. The attack was sparked off when 12-year-old Salman who was proceeding from a seminary in Mansoor Colony, Tando Allahyar city, was intercepted by two men riding a motorbike. The men reportedly had snatched the Quran from him and had beaten him up. Salman went back home and told his family that Ahmed and an unknown man riding a motorbike had roughed him up and had snatched the Quran from him and had desecrated it. A big charged crowd soon gathered chanting slogans against the suspect, went to the Ahmedi man’s home in Mansoor Colony and went on a rampage in the small worship place in the ground floor of the house. An FIR (68/2014) was registered on the complaint of Qari Mohammad Ayub Siddique, Salman’s paternal uncle, under Sections 295-b, 337-A-1 and F-1 against the two suspects at the A-Section police station. The protesters burnt tyres and resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night. According to sources, it was rumoured that some people wanted to grab Tahir’s house, which was the real reason for the disturbance.

    A rampaging mob at Tando Allahyar protesting against an Ahmedi Muslim man for allegedly desecrating the Quran, burnt tyres and 
    resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night.

    March 2014 

    Karachi: Hindus protest against increasing number of temple attacks, 31 March, 2014

    A large number of Hindus gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Monday to protest against the desecration of their temples. In the last few weeks, Hindu temples have been attacked in Hyderabad, Larkana, Tharparkar and Tando Mohammad Khan. The protest was organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), the largest representative group of the community in the country. Holding placards, lawyers, students, politicians and rights activists demanded security for Hindu temples and urged the government to arrest the miscreants responsible for desecrating their worship places. “The Hindus and Muslims of Sindh live like a family in the province,” Lal Mohan Malhi, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA from Umerkot, told reporters at the rally. “But in the past few months, certain elements from outside have entered the province and are bent on spoiling the peaceful atmosphere here.” The protesters condemned the federal government’s “utter indifference” towards the rising incidents of hate crime and the absence of steps for Hindus’ security. “Whenever Nawaz Sharif’s party comes into power, we see a rise in the incidents of violence against minorities,” said Mangla Sharma, a member of the PHC’s executive council. She added that both the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had condemned the attacks on the temples, but the federal government had kept mum about the issue. “We are also Pakistanis. We pay hefty amounts in taxes. We have the right to security,” she said. The PHC leaders said after the attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, the council had sought security from the government for other Hindu religious places. But the government’s apathetic response eventually caused more attacks. “The provincial government had failed to bring the law and order situation in the province under control,” said Sanjesh Dhanja of the Pakistan Hindu Seva. “It’s time that the Hindus from all over the country become united and demand that the government take steps to probe the attacks and bring the culprits to book.” The protesters believe that certain banned groups that have increased their activities in the province under the garb of social work are behind the attacks. “The government knows very well as to who is behind these attacks,” said Rajiv, a student. “However, we don’t see any action being taken against them.” Besides the arson attack on a dharamshala in Larkana on March 16, a Hanuman temple in Hyderabad was desecrated on March 28 and Faqir Par Braham’s ashram in Nagarparkar robbed on March 31, 2014.

    Karachi: Shia tea shop owner killed by terrorists, 31 March, 2014

    A Shia tea shop owner was killed in a Yazidi terrorist attack in Karachi, Nazimabad police confirmed. The police said that a Shia Muslim man, Karim Haider, son of Faqeer Mohammad was murdered at Gol Market, Nazimabad, district central of Karachi. His body was taken to a nearby government hospital. The victim was the owner of a tea shop. Yazidi nasbi takfiri terrorists blatantly continue the genocide of Shiites all across Pakistan without any problems due to the lacklustre approach of the Pakistani government.

    Hyderabad: Muslims set fire to another Hindu temple in Hyderabad, 29 March, 2014

    A small temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community was desecrated early in the morning. Three unidentified attackers entered the temple of the Hindu deity, Hanuman, in the SITE area of Latifabad at around 7:00 AM, prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman’s idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata. “They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray,” said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. “But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene all around and set everything ablaze.” The temple’s caretaker, Revo Meghwadh, had died five months back after being bitten by a snake inside the temple. According to Darshan, the faces of the attackers were partly covered so he would be unable to identify them. They escaped without facing any resistance, he added. The fire, which gutted the photos of Hindu deities hanging on the walls, was put out by local people. The attack triggered protests at Fateh Chowk, Tando Wali Muhammad, Liaquat Colony, Cantt, Bombay Bakery and GOR Colony areas. The protests were, however, attended only by the scheduled-caste Hindus. An FIR has been lodged against three unidentified attackers on the complaint of Krishan Kumar.

    Islamabad: Two members of Ahmadi family found murdered in Islamabad, 29 March, 2014

    Two members of an Ahmadi family were found murdered in their house in the capital city. Bushra, 50, and her son Mubashir, 27, were found murdered in their home, by Mujahid the second son of the murdered woman, after he returned from Lahore. The motive behind the killings is yet to be ascertained. Police said that the two sons and a daughter-in-law of a deputy director of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) were living with their mother Bushra, in their house at G-11/3. The CDA official was residing with his second wife at G-7. When Mujahid came back at around 2:30 AM, he got no response from inside the house despite ringing the doorbell several times. Later, he broke into the house and found her mother dead in her bedroom and his brother lying murdered in another room. The police said that Bushra had been stabbed twice while Mubashir, a lecturer at a university, had nine stab wounds. During preliminarily investigations, the possibility of forced entry into the house and robbery was ruled out as no forced signs of entry were found and cash and gold ornaments, including those worn by the woman, were found intact. “It seems that there was a welcome entry given by the family to some acquaintances,” the police said, adding the inspection of the house showed six to seven people had come to the house as seven glasses as well as bottles of soft drinks and fruits were found on a table.” It seems that some people either overpowered the woman and her son or intoxicated them before tabbing them, the police said. The police stated that the deputy director had married