A band of assailants attempted to rape a Pakistani pastor’s wife. The incident unfolded in Adda Plot on Raiwand Road near Lahore. Fortunately, the woman offered resistance and was able to defend herself. So the assailants could not prevail.It is reported that the woman is wife of a local pastor who works as a painter. After his work, he serves as pastor in a nearby village. The pastor has revealed that his wife, while trying to resist the assailants also suffered from an abortion. She was 3 months pregnant, he said. The pastor claims that the assailants were workers as well. These assailants enjoy the backing of local influential people. While detailing the incident, the pastor said that I have been called to serve the Lord. So after my work, I pastor the people in a local village. The Christian couple has four daughters. While he was away for work, the assailants tried to assault his wife sexually. I approached the police, “they did not pay a heed to my plea. No one gave an ear to my complaint. On the contrary, the assailants are being backed by influential people,” he said. “I have no hope of justice from anywhere,” he said dejectedly. I implore the authorities to not only ensure my security but also of everyone, he pleaded. When I approached the police station, they hooked the assailants, but after a while, I saw them free again. I went to the police station and asked them that the assailants are free again, but the police showed reluctance to help me. “I am being threatened not to take further action against the perpetrators,” he said. The pastor is receiving threats of dire consequences if he fails to comply with the assailants’ demand to take no action. The pastor further detailed that the assailants threatened to kill him and get him kicked out of his house. “I will not remain silent, they tried to dishonor me. I will protest against this injustice. I want justice, I ask for justice,” he asserted.
In a recent episode of sheer devilry, 8 year old Pakistani Christian girl subjected to sexual assault. The incident was reported from a village in vicinity of Sheikhupura, in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The victim (her name will be withheld in this article) was raped by a Muslim man identified as Owais also known as Chikkoo.Owais was arrested by the police soon after he committed the crime. The news of this incident hit the social media with a storm. As the news of the incident spread, condemnation was poured in, with demands of swift action against the perpetrator so as to bar similar incidents in future. Following the uproar against the heinous act, on May 31 a local court has convicted Owais of committing the crime. Since Owais enjoyed the backing of influential people, so he escaped capital punishment as anticipated, however the court handed him a lifetime imprisonment sentence. Advocate Haroon Ranjha, Advocate Nadeem Hassan and Qaisar John and his team went all out to get the justice served. While there was immense pressure being exerted from the backers of Owais, both the lawyers continued to provide legal aid to the victim’s family. Mr. Qaisar John and his team had succored the victimized family and were finally able to make outlast.
In the face of ravaging incidents of forced conversions of minorities’ girls, which have increased sharply in Punjab and Sindh, the undue delay in the legislation prohibiting the menace in the country wreaks havoc to the non-Muslim Pakistanis. This bill was turned down, last year, by the Parliamentary Committee on Forced Conversions in Pakistan and recommended minute reviewing. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith harmony termed the bill as “non-Islamic.”Meanwhile, there has been a sharp rise in the incidents involving Christian and Hindu girls abducted and found later as married to Muslim men claiming that they have converted to Islam. Pakistan’s provinces Punjab and Sindh are heavily struck by ravaging wave of forced conversions. Most of the incidents being reported are from Sindh and Punjab. Females hailing from the Christian and Hindu community remain the prime target. In majority of the cases, the victims come from destitute families, so they are rendered hopeless. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Forced Conversions, Senator Liaqat Khan Tarakai had directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony to review the bill minutely. After the review, it will then be placed before the Committee for re-examination before further progress. However, many months have passed and there are no signs of furtherance in this matter. In the absence of proper legislation, the perpetrators are getting away with committing severe human rights violations. It’s estimated that around 1,000 girls from minorities’ forcibly converted to Islam every year in Pakistan. The victims are between the ages of 12-25, so after being abducted they are forced to convert and married to their abductors. While in almost all of the cases, police are reluctant to take action against the perpetrators maintaining that the girl has willfully converted to Islam and married a Muslim man. These girls are forced to give their consent statements, so no further action is taken for their recovery. In the face of this “human-rights catastrophe,” immediate legislation and action should be taken by the government to stop this prevalent menace in the country.
Deaf-mute Christian girl abducted from Lahore’s Manga Mandi area. 15-year-old, abductee Muqaddas is missing while her family pines away in her absence. An FIR has been registered in the Manga Mandi Police Station.The girl is still missing, as the police have failed to recover her. A local pastor intervened on behalf of the victim’s family and used his influence to get an FIR registered, invoking section of 365 of Pakistan Penal Code. Similar to such cases of abduction of minorities’ minor girls there are probabilities that the girl has been abducted for the sake of coercing her to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man. Few days have already passed, and there is still no clue of the abductee. The local pastor who intervened in the case informed in a social media video that the investigating police officer had assured him to carry our swift and effective investigations in order to recover her. Moreover, he informed that the investigating officer, asserted that the case will be solved within a day. On this occasion, a local Christian activist and journalist Saleem Iqbal urged the higher authorities, Supreme Court, and the government to take effective action in order to prevent abductions of the Christian girls. The wave of recent incidents of abduction of deaf-mute Christian girls has left Christians apprehensive. Recently, in a different incident, a 22-year-old deaf-mute Christian girl was abducted from Lahore’s Fazalia Colony. Mr. Saleem Iqbal said that the courts convene hearing even at the night time for cases of supreme importance. He said that courts must convene cases of abduction of Christian girls in the same manner, prioritizing their recovery and that justice should be served to the perpetrators.
In Past years, we were able to liberate more than 36,000 people from Slavery in Pakistan. However, due to the limited resources, we were not able to rescue a large number of People from Slavery.
But by the grace of God, we liberated 123 people from slavery on March 31st, 2022. This was the first slave rescue mission in 2022.
These people were facing hardships and persecution from the owner of the kiln, who is an influential person and is well associated with the Pakistani political establishment.
One of the biggest dangers facing these families was the forced conversion to Islam. The owner and manager of the kiln were forcing families who could not pay their debts to marry off their daughters to elderly Muslim men and convert to Islam.
These families were not allowed to leave the premises and could not be given any leave, even during illness. And if anyone tried to escape, they were being publicly tortured and reported to the police that he has escaped by stealing. Many such incidents have happened to these people.
They were not even allowed to go out of the church, only one pastor was allowed to come and worship them once a month. The pastor, who visited them almost every month, was constantly asking for help, but no church or institution was willing to help because of the fear of the kiln owner.
On the first week of March, this pastor met with our team member and expalin him about the situation in the Kiln. When our team member visited the kiln, he gathered all the information and found out that the owner of the kiln had now given Christian slaves a deadline to convert to Islam.
After discussing various plans, we finalized a plan which was completely foolproof and there was no risk of getting caught. On the night of 31st March our team rescued all 123 people from the Kiln Slavery and safely moved them to the safe homes in a distance city. Where they were provided new accomodation and Jobs.
A Pakistani Christian woman (her name withheld for security reasons) who was accused of committing blasphemy last year in 2021, still waits justice behind the bars. Distraught and no hope at the end of the tunnel, she spends her days and nights hoping for a miracle release.This woman was accused of insulting Islam in a Whatsapp conversation in July, 2021. She awaits her trial since then, as the judicial system seems to proceed at a snail’s pace, despite the fact that the charges of blasphemy were leveled against her quickly. Her first trial was expected to take place on May 25. However, little hope there may be for her but trials in blasphemy cases take years. The despondent woman’s family tells the tale of the deplorable conditions she has been kept in. Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, this woman has been caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. If she remains in behind the bars, she’s forced to live in pathetic conditions. On the other hand, is she is set free, she won’t be able to lead a normal life owing to the religious fanaticism that won’t allow her to live. This fanaticism often manifests in the form of extrajudicial killing of the blasphemy accused along with others associated to the accused. Moreover, her family is now fearful for their lives as well. As they pine away for their beloved behind the bars they have to be on the lookout for potential retaliation. “They keep her in a small cell and there is a separation barrier between prisoners and visitors. It is heartbreaking to see her locked up like that,” her youngest child told an international news agency.
Whereabouts of a detained Chinese bishop still remain a mystery even after a year has passed after he was arrested. Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu of Xinxiang, who was approved of the Vatican, was arrested on May 21st, last year and no one knows where he has been kept after his arrest.Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu was arrested for allegedly violating China’s regulations on religious affairs. About a year ago the authorities unleashed a crackdown against the catholic priests, seminaries and schools etc. This came after the communist government slapped a ban upon education by religious groups. In keeping with this ban, the authorities in Xinxiang shut down Catholic schools and kindergarten. Catholic priests and seminarians from a Catholic seminary in the diocese were rounded up. Media reported that all those arrested were accused of violating the country’s regulations on religious affairs. 63-year-old Bishop Zhang, was among those who were arrested in this regard. A magazine covering religious liberty and human rights claimed that Bishop Zhang has been targeted and oppressed by the officials because he refused their demand to join the government-controlled Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China and Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. It was later revealed that the Vatican asked the communist regime to release Bishop Zhang, however, the authorities responded in negative claiming that the bishop had committed serious crimes and that he must remain in detention. This was not the first time that Bishop Zhang was arrested. Since 1991, when he was ordained with a Vatican mandate secretly, Bishop Zhang has been under the radar of the Chinese authorities. He was barred from carrying out his duties and arrested on several occasions but was later released. Referring to the Christian persecution, China occupies seventeenth position in Open Doors’ list of countries where Christians are persecuted most.
Pakistan slammed for disparaging the religious minorities in the country. On May 24, the conference on “Islamism And Human Rights In Pakistan” was held in the Flemish Parliament at Leuvenseweg in Brussels, Belgium. This conference was attended by several notable individuals who pointed fingers at the downside of the Pakistani government, implementation of the legislation and effective planning for protection of the non-Muslim Pakistani.Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law and it’s misuse was brought under discussion. While, talking about this issue, Jamil Maqsood, central Secretary of the committee on Foreign Affairs on United Kashmir People’s party (UKPNP) said that this law was introduced in 1973, which has been used to target Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Ahmadis etc. No action is taken on behalf of the government to restrain the misuse of this law. In doing, so innocent minorities are suffering and are marooned in their own homeland. In some cases they are forced to flee Pakistan. He said that in a recent episode of religious bigotry, two Sikh bussinmen were killed in broad daylight in a marketplace. He alleged that there are laws that are being used against the minorities to threaten and usurp their properties. Instead of framing constitution to provide equal rights and protection to the minorities, mere resolutions are being passed. Jamil Maqsood further said that owing to the negligence on part of the government and the legislating bodies the population of minorities in Pakistan is declining. Others who addressed the attendees at this conference said that radicalism is being cultivated and nurtured in the country. Properly orchestrated systems are operating in the country to promote and impart religion based radicalism. They said that Islamic ideology is being misused to inculcate hatred in the society.