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Kotri: July 27, 2009. (Abbas Kassar reports for PCP) : Residents of Christian Colony Sikendarabad held protest demonstration here on Sunday against attack on their colony in which 4 persons were injured and forcible occupation of their colony primar by attackers and demanded protection to their community.

The demonstration was led by Dr. Emanuel Shahzad who told this scribe that more than 1200 homes of Christians were living at Christian Colony Sikendarabad near Kotri since before creation of Pakistan.

He said that land of Christian colony was donated by late MNA Malik Sikendar for residential purpose to Christians. He said that government had granted primary school and dispensary for their colony which was inaugurated by formed MPA Javed Micheal in 2005.

He said that some days back few persons Javed Shana, Wazir Khunharo, Amir Khunharo, Fida Khunharo, and other armed men who claim to be members of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party attacked the Christian Colony with iron sticks and Dandas beat the residents of colony in which 4 Christians Imdad Masih, Waris Masih, Riaz Masih and Asif Masih were brutally injured.

He said that injured were taken to Taluka hospital Kotri. He said that attack was made in presence of police who did not move to save the Christians and rather protected assailants who took control of primary school building and threw children out of it. He said they brought whole incident to notice of District Coordination Officer and District Police but they did not take any action and school still remains under the control of assailants. He said that when police failed to take action against the attackers, they have now started to threaten them of death. He said the Christians of this colony numbering more than 6000 were passing nights and days under threats and were feeling danger to their lives. He also said that whenever any Christian goes out of colony he is beaten by the Ghundas who are keeping watch on them. He said Javed Shana who is notorious with many cases against him on various police stations but police fails to take action against him. He demanded action against the assailants, recovery of primary schools from clutches of Ghundas and to providing protection to Christian community.

To a question Dr. Emanuel said that federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti who represents Christians in government cannot help them because when in past they approached to him for help his reply was that he belongs to Punjab so cannot come to their help. He said that the terrorists were roaming around Christian colony with arms and they might kidnap their women folk or kill their men.

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A Christian couple sit outside their destroyed home, a day after the Christian community was attacked in Gojra town, located in Pakistan’s Punjab province Photo: REUTERS

ALIENATINGPAKISTAN’S PATRIOTS

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by Abbas Kassar

“We the Christians of Pakistan feel ourselves unsafe in our own land because of the religious extremism which is at its climax in the country. The religious extremism which happened to be limited has now spread to common Muslims. Pakistan has become hard place to live for minorities.” This was stated by Christian leaders representing Christian community of Pakistan while addressing news conference at Hyderabad press club on Wednesday. These leaders reverend Bishop Max John Rodrex, Bishop Rafiq Masih, Father John Murad and father Daniel Fayyaz demanded abolition of all blasphemous laws because these laws also sometimes are used by Muslims against Muslims; but in individual cases while in case of Christians if there is any case against an individual the whole village becomes the target of attack and destruction.

The Christian leaders said there was no doubt the majority of Muslims are nice people but few extremists commit attacks and nowadays whole Christian settlements are on their target which they said was an open evidence of terrorism.

They said minorities in Pakistan were peaceful and patriot who were living in the region since centuries. The Christians fought valiantly during successive wars to defend the motherland and their role as such could not be forgotten. However, they said the few blasphemy laws: section 295-B and C of Pakistan Penal Code were discriminatory against minorities particularly the Christians in Pakistan.

They added that Federal Shariat Court has held the one / s accused of blasphemy will be given punishment of no less than death (295/C). There is life sentence for those accused of desecrating the holy Quran (under section 295/B) and (under section 298/A.B) to those accused of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). They lamented that under this law many settlements of Christians were razed to ground and not only the properties of Christians have been damaged but their honor also spoilt.The blasphemy laws continue to hang on the head of Christians like sword”. Our beloved leader reverend Bishop John Joseph was martyred under this very law and hundreds of people of our community have been made a target,” they added.

They said in past few years 500 homes along with many copies of the holy Bible were burnt in Shanti Nagar, many innocent Christians and their homes were burnt to ashes in Rahimyar Khan and the Church of Bahawalpur, along with those of Islamabad, Mari, Texila, Karachi, Bannu, Daska, Sangla Hill and two churches burnt in Sukkur. They lamented that not a single accused has so far been arrested or punished. They said in few days back Christians’ homes were burnt, men, women and children killed, in addition top the women raped and properties damaged in Teesar Town Karachi, Baheniwala district Qasur, and now Korian village near Gojra where 68 homes of Christians have been burnt, 7 including women and animals burnt alive. They said in many cases the Muslims settle their score with Christians by attacking their villages, burn their homes and innocent men, women and children by misusing the blasphemy laws.

They said ” we Christians respect all religions as we and Muslims believe in one God and no Pakistani Christian could ever think of committing blasphemy, nor desecrate the holy Quran, nor could they speak anything insulting. No Christian in Pakistan could ever think of committing blasphemy. They alleged that in Gojra the administration watched the action against Christians like silent spectator. They made appeal to the provincial and federal governments to take action against the forces involved in attacks on Christians, to arrest them and to punish them so that no one in future can misuse the laws. They asked for ending the sense of deprivation among Christians of Pakistan and to give them the sense of existence. “We demand equal treatment to our community” said the leading members of the Christian community in Pakistan.

They announced that all Christian schools which had observed three days mourning will open from today. To a question on demand for separate Christian province they said if they were given equal rights and treatment there won’t be any need for separate homeland for Christians in Pakistan. To another question Bishop Rafiq Masih said, the incidents against Christian community have increased during past 15 months since PPP took over. To a question on role of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Reverend Rafiq Masih said that the federal minister was not representing Christians in central government. He is a hand picked individual  of the ruling party and follows their policies and has failed to provide much needed protection to Christian community in Pakistan.

Outside the Hyderabad Press Club, Christians from various areas of Hyderabad city including those of Wahdat colony, GOR, Latifabad and other areas took out a rally from their respective colonies, Mohallas and towns towards press club where they chanted slogans for protection of the Christian community. The rally was led by Inayet Masih, Master Saleem, Younis Gill, Sooba Bhatti and others. They condemned the recent attack on Christians in Gojra and demanded arrest and punishment to the assailants. The participants of the rally blocked Miran Muhammad Shah road for an hour by staging a sit in before the press club.

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  1. On October 8, 2009 at 4:42 amRami said:

Islam is only causing us Pakistanis to kill one another wheather Muslim vs Christian or Shia vs Sunni.
It also makes us hostage to the Arabs. I am growing tired of Islam this, Islam that..

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