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Threats – a Juvenile Prank or Serious Issue


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Shamim Masih writes about religious minorities fleeing Pakistan. Shamim enlightens us that after fleeing Pakistan their refugee status often is a harrowing experience in itself.

 

I added a couple of explanatory links that was not a part of Shamim’s original submission. As I was looking for further information I found some information I found interesting. I am going to add these as a kind of addendum after Shamim’s financial support information.

 

JRH 4/17/14

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Threats – a Juvenile Prank or Serious Issue

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 4/15/2014 10:34 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Religious persecution is not the only reason which compels Pakistanis to seek asylum elsewhere. Many a time, Pakistanis are forced to flee from their country because of their affiliation or lack of the same thoughts. I always wonder, was the country made only for single Muslim school of thought, who always attack on other faiths and threaten them to leave the country? No not, Pakistan is just as much a home to Christians, Hindus, Ahmadis and Shias and nobody has the right to expel anyone from their homeland. However, expulsion continues to take place at gun point and many a time over the lifeless bodies of loved ones. In fact we always think that misfortune always falls on other people and somehow we always stay away from such things until the violence strikes at our home.

 

I see many Pakistanis are seeking asylum in foreign countries and most of them instigate violence themselves and ignite the fury of others so that they can seek political or religious asylum in foreign countries. Many Christian families are living in UK, USA, Canada and other European countries. Seeking asylum is not easy and people who say that people do it deliberately should go to see, where many asylum seekers from different countries work day in and day out to feed their families. Seeing their faces will make you understand that what they have chosen has been the lesser of two evils as a last resort.

 

According to the sources, around 8000 families are seeking asylum in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia. Most of the asylum seekers who leave Pakistan in hopes of a better and safer future reached destitute or have meager funds which only last for a very small period of time. Most of them have to accept odd jobs and work at less than minimum wage until their resident status is approved by the immigration authorities. But I don’t see any positive response from the authorities or United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Colombo Gazette reported that there are around 600 Pakistani Christians that are currently seeking asylum in Sri Lanka.

 

Many of the families have sold their houses and lost their job in hopes of a better and safer future, told Basharat Khokher after his visit to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. According to Basharat Khokhar some Human Right Champions are involved in human trafficking in the name of asylum in different countries. He condemns this act of Human Right Organization instead being supportive they are playing with their future. He said he met with many families there and now some of them are [desiring return] to rejoin their jobs, realizing the situation and bleak future.

 

He mentioned Pakistan European Christian Association – PECA and few others, I tried to call on the given number and have left messages but there is no response so far.

 

Nazir S Bhatti, President Pakistan Christian Congress – PCC have expressed his concern over the unprecedented delay shown by UNHCR offices in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand in processing applications for thousands of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers. The PCC chief appealed to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon that cases of the Pakistani Christians in these countries be considered on a priority bases for refugee status. He said they are living in miserable human conditions for years and have been waiting for their applications to be considered.

 

Refugees have no right to work legally, and it is difficult to find employment, even in the informal sector. Most urban refugees in Thailand live a precarious existence: unable to work, often unable to send their children to school, they are typically financially stressed, dependent on ad-hoc charity to survive, at risk of exploitation and constantly worried about being arrested and indefinitely detained. Most of them reached there with a genuine passport and tourist visa. They are usually exhausted most of their savings to come to Thailand. Once their tourist visas expire, under Thai law, they are considered illegal migrants. As a result, they are at constant risk of arrest and extort refugees and then release them, but arrest can also result in indefinite detention. Pakistani Christians often face harassment and discrimination in churches from the Thai community. Many were unaware how difficult conditions would be in Thailand before they came, often having been misled by “agents or people-smugglers.”

 

Even if refugees obtain refugee status, their chances of being resettled outside of Thailand are not high, and they face serious ongoing protection problems while they remain in Thailand.

 

I left their shops and homes with a very heavy heart, fervently praying that Pakistan would once again become a tolerant and progressive society where people can enjoy equal rights.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Another exodus of refugees from Pakistan

 

BANGKOK – It has been a year since 14-year-old Samantha moved with her parents, elder sister and elder brother to Bangkok. She still does not clearly understand why they left their home in Lahore and moved to Thailand. All she knows is that her father was in trouble back in their hometown and some bad people wanted to kill him to avenge what they said was his unruly behaviour and remarks that he supposedly made at his workplace that resulted in a fight. In Bangkok she spends her time playing games on computer and playing with a large number of young children also from Pakistan and some Thai children that also live in the same compound. She has picked up a number of Thai words and proudly claims to be an expert in conversation with local Thai people.

Talking to this scribe the other day Samantha said she was very happy but missed her school. “Uncle nothing has changed as we eat the same Pakistani food and go to church every Sunday. I am leader among the youngsters here and they all call me deedi (elder sister),” she proudly said.

The scribe has been living with Pakistani families seeking asylum and refugee status in Thailand for more than two weeks. …  This report, however, is just based on findings in Thailand where these people are referred to as urban refugees and are mostly living in the suburbs of Bangkok.

 

Pakistani Christians in the last two years have moved in large numbers to Thailand. The problems they face at the hands of extremists are just beginning of their ordeal. Their first test comes at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports. They are asked hefty amounts to board the plane by immigration officials. On average one family of four people pay $800 to $1,000 for embarking on the plane. Mrs Sarfaraz Jacob who moved from Lahore in January with her daughter, son and daughter-in-law was offloaded for not paying the bribe. The next day she again tried and was able to negotiate their exit for $800. The officials do not take bribe in rupees and demand payment only in dollars. “I pleaded with them that the money I had was my pension and gratuity of public sector service as a teacher. They paid no heed to my requests and said I was going to seek asylum abroad,” she said. Interestingly all the travel documents and visas of these people are genuine and the authorities have no right to stop them.

 

When they arrive in Bangkok the real test begins. After filing for asylum they have to wait for nearly three to four months for call from UNHCR. They are given asylum seeking certificates. But during this period they are at risk of getting caught by local police as their visas expire after two months. They have to pay hefty amounts as bribe to cops to escape detention. After getting asylum seeking certificates then begins the wait for second call for interview which usually comes after one year, 18 months or after two years. During this period if they fall sick they can be treated at some designated hospitals after getting clearance from Bangkok Refugee Centre (from where they also get medicines for common diseases and illnesses). BRC medical unit is …

 

During the period of their application if some person falls sick and dies it becomes very difficult to bury the dead. A child of one Javed died soon after birth. It cost 1,800 bhat to get him buried. No welfare organisation helped in the burial. Sharoon Gill was a civil engineer in Pakistan. His mother passed away last December after renal failure due to depression and loneliness. His mother’s body was cremated and sent to Pakistan for burial. “My daughter and son were school going in Pakistan. Their only complaint was of not wearing uniform and attending school. They would look at Thai children in envy and used to ask me when they would go to school. Thank God now they attend school as I and my wife teach at this refugee school,” he revealed. There is donor fatigue and the local churches have also stopped supporting the asylum seekers and refugees.

 

Life is not easy for those who leave Pakistan and dream of finding peace again. Bangkok is an expensive city and they have to look after themselves for nearly three years before their refugee process is complete and they may be given the option to settle in third country by the UNHCR. They have to pay for food and lodgings. The last ordeal comes when they are ready to leave Thailand. According to local law the family must live in Immigration Detention Centre for seven days before leaving. They can escape detention by paying fine of 20,000 bhat each.

 

 

“In Thailand there are about 120,000 refugees in nine camps. Then there are about 1,000 Rohingyas. For the urban refugees we have to differentiate between asylum seekers and refugees. All asylum seekers seek refugee status but not all get that. We do individual refugee determination, which is also why it takes so long even after they get registered. It is a very intensive process. You get called in for first interview. Then it is very in-depth process, where we find out as to why did the person leave his home country.

 

 

Considering the situation it is high time for the Pakistan government to take up this issue and end the woes of minorities and ethnic groups who are persecuted by extremists in the name of religion or for their own vested interests. The solution to Pakistani refugees’ problems needs to be explored by the Pakistan government to end their medical insurance exploitation. (Another exodus of refugees from Pakistan; By EMANUEL SARFRAZ; The Nation; 3/19/14)

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PAKISTAN: Legalising prostitution — the Wisdom of the UN?!

 

According to a research, modern day trafficking, aka slavery is a $32 billion annual industry and according to the U.N. about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time.  The usual victims of atrocious crimes of sexual and gender based violence, including rape against women & girls (young, adolescents and teen) are poor, uneducated, rural and trafficked ones.

 

 

… According to a news report published in the Express Tribune (Pakistan) on 24, February 2014, the country may join the group of some 44 countries already on the ‘Tier 2 Watch List’ as human trafficking is rising in the country at an alarming level – the number of most-wanted human traffickers in the country has jumped from 89 to 141 in the last four years.

 

 

Ps: I want to quote Ms.Nasreen Azher, former member of the National commission on the status of Women, a renowned and highly respected woman rights activist of Pakistan who while responding to my email on this issue to some important human rights, child rights and women rights network in Pakistan wrote “I agree Rakhshanda. That the UN is even considering legalizing prostitution is outrageous. It shows how the market is ruling the world and corrupting human values and causing human suffering. The pimps, exploiters and, of course, the traffickers, as well as  those who buy sexual services should be penalized.  Thanks for sharing. Regards.Nasreen” (PAKISTAN: Legalising prostitution — the Wisdom of the UN?! By Dr.Rakhshinda Perveen; Asian Human Rights Commission; 3/25/14)

 

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REPORT: AT LEAST 700 CHRISTIAN WOMEN FORCED INTO ISLAMIC MARRIAGES YEARLY IN PAKISTAN

 

A new report reveals that at least 700 Christian women are kidnapped and forced into conversion to Islam and Islamic marriages in Pakistan each year.

 

According to the Fides agency, the Solidarity and Peace Movement, a coalition of non-governmental organizations, associations, and institutions, including the Justice and Peace Commission of the Pakistani Bishops, has prepared the alarming report. The report also revealed that about 300 Hindu women experience the same fate each year in Pakistan.

 

The authors of the “Forced Marriages and Forced Conversions in the Christian Community of Pakistan” report have cautioned, however, that the number of women cited is the official number of reported cases; “the true extent of the problem is probably much bigger, since many cases are not reported.”

 

The report explains that the Christian and Hindu women cited are between the ages of 12 and 25, from poor families and lower social classes. Many of the kidnappings are never filed as complaints due to fear of threats. In the cases that do make it to court, the women are often abused and intimidated, then claim they have converted and married freely, leading to the dismissal of these cases.

 

“Under the custody of the kidnapper, she may suffer sexual violence, forced prostitution, domestic abuse and beatings, if not human trafficking,” the report notes.

 

… (REPORT: AT LEAST 700 CHRISTIAN WOMEN FORCED INTO ISLAMIC MARRIAGES YEARLY IN PAKISTAN; By DR. SUSAN BERRY; wahdat News; 4/11/14)   

High-handed Leadership


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Shamim writes about how Islam has transformed Pakistan from a secular State at its founding to a Muslim State dominated more and more by Islamic intolerance. Islamic intolerance in Pakistan has corrupted those who are considered leaders in Pakistan’s ever decreasing Christian population into kowtowing to the Islamic Supremacists that appointed them.

 

JRH 3/9/14

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By Shamim Masih

3/9/2014 3:27 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Religious minorities are widely viewed as beleaguered or under attack since Z. A. Bhutto’s regime. Even then Pakistani Christians follow his ideology. At the time of partition in 1947, around 23 percent population was comprised of non-Muslims citizens. Today, the proportion of non-Muslims has declined to approximately 3-4 percent. Religious minorities such as Christians, Hindus and Ahmadis have been the targets of suicide bomb attacks, several incidents of violence and intimidation were reported including abduction and subsequent forced conversion of girls. Worship places and graveyards of Christians and Ahmadis have not been spared. Regular reports of graves being excavated and vandalized appear in the press and via community reports. 

 

General Zia brought in rules and regulations which were supposed to bring Pakistani law more in tune with the Sharia, or at least the Sharia as interpreted by him and his cohorts. These laws, which included the infamous blasphemy law, had a long term impact on Pakistan’s minorities. Since then there has been a steady rise in incidents involving attacks on both Christians and Ahmadis during the last two decades. Blasphemy law has targeted religious minorities on a regular basis. In spite of the case’s dismissal by the court, Rimsha and her family had to be kept in a safe house to prevent vigilante action against her and finally Rimsha and her family shifted to Canada.

 

During the British era, blasphemy laws were used infrequently and were reserved for prosecution of clerics, authors and preachers who caused inter-communal violence by attacking other faiths. But since 1982, any individual can be charged with blasphemy, leading to vigilantism and frivolous accusations against Pakistan’s minorities, especially Christians. Before 1986, only 14 cases of blasphemy had ever been reported, whereas between 1986 and 2012 around 1300 people had been charged.

 

I believe that all Christians are not saints but human beings and often make mistakes but I certainly believe that there is even limits to telling lie. Bhutto nationalized Christians’ institutions and since then Christian students are out of educational institutions. Even now Christian students are being expelled from missionary institutions due to the lack of sources. But Paul Bhatti’s claimed that he has supported 4000 Christian students and funded 15 Christian students for higher studies abroad and 100 million provided for rehabilitation of worship places. I didn’t see any support for Christians during his time. This huge fund is beyond the total grant to the Harmony Ministry from the government, which is around 20 million per year. During the vigil mark slain minister Shahbaz Bhatti’s third death anniversary, I heard people claiming, and they are promoting his vision; I try to recall, what Shahbaz Bhatti or his followers have done for the community but found nothing but this scandal. Sitting as federal minister in government, if he delivered a statement in the favor of persecuted women is not worthy to take credits. He was elected through the democratic process but was selected by a big Muslim political party. Candidates appointed to reserved seats are not real representatives as they do not get their votes. The selection system adopted for minority members has opened the doors of corruption, says Albert David- Chairman PUCM. Thus he was not a public representative. When a majority of fellow Christians are going through sufferings we are not worthy to take any credits. Nazir S Bhatti, president PCC declared joint electorate conspiracy against religious minorities. The PCC has filed a writ petition in the IHC against this system.

   

Besides flagging the incidents, the HRCP report laments the failure to do away with discriminatory laws including the constitutional provision barring non-Muslims from key government positions. Instead of abandoning the promise of revising and improving the law, the government should create consensus on the need to reform it. Educational institutions, Technical training centers and women empowerment is required to empower the Christian community.

 

If I look around and I could hardly find few passionate Christians, who delighted to extend their hands to all affected areas and people in need. There is a lot of information regarding the recent and past Christian persecutions that sway Pakistan over and over. Scientists say that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can create a tornado in Texas a week later. Clearly, in today’s deeply connected Christian world, truthful unbiased and unfiltered news about realities of persecution is a basic need to address. Christian persecution news coverage is pitiable in Pakistan, but reminding the Christians around to unite, remain prayerful and patient so that we can ripple Christian love and concern through our own individual lives and the consequent lives we inevitably affect around us.

 

But unlikely there are many so called Christian leaders wasting the resources shaking up with Muslim ullmas [Blog Editor: I could not find a reference to “ullmas”. Perhaps in the context of sentence the reference is “ulema,” “ulama” or mullah] and contributing in main political parties. The Islamists are prevailing in the battle of ideas. Secular voices have been either physically eliminated or removed from the mainstream by judicial means. Therefore, it is in the interest of neighbors and the international community to support the minority communities in Pakistan and to support the voices of those Pakistanis who refuse to give up the idea of a pluralist society.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

Bracketed content is added by the Editor.

 

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A Boy in a Rickshaw


Kidnapped, raped, converted & married

In Muslim nations it is typical to kidnap Christian girls to force conversion to Islam then forcibly force the girl to marry. On the other hand if a Muslim girl willingly and voluntarily decides to marry a Christian man in many cases it is illegal and in all cases Islamic rabble rousing will most likely occur to reclaim the Muslim girl to her family.

 

The Muslim dominated nation with the largest population of Christians is Egypt. Kidnapping of Christian girls for forced conversion and forced marriage is an epidemic in Egypt where the Christian population is about 10%. Wherever there are non-Muslim minorities in a Muslim nation dominated by an Islamic legal structure kidnapping, conversion and marriage occurs frequently as well. I get updates of Muslims oppressing Christians from Christian Human Rights Activist and journalist Shamim Masih frequently. Pakistan also suffers just as Egypt from Muslims kidnapping Christians. Shamim relates the report of how Muslims threaten rioting and murder for a Muslim girl and a Christian young man falling in love and against the will of both sets of parents elope.

 

 

JRH 2/18/14

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By Shamim Masih

Sent: 2/17/2014 8:26 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: The formation of Pakistan (as religious extremist think) and the search for an Islamic identity are inextricably linked of the wider issues of global politics and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism has been a side-effect, and religious intolerance places the minorities of the country in a shaky position.

 

On February 11, young Christian Asim Saleem 22, (rickshaw driver) went to see his girlfriend, Sunair 20 of a Muslim background. He intended to marry her but his parents kept thwarting him and demanded that he should avoid her. The couple decided to take the bold step of cross-faith marriage a dangerous ambition in Pakistan, and got married that same day in the local court. Asim didn’t involve his parents while marrying the girl. So the couple eloped and travelled away from their families. On the very same day, religious leaders informed of the marriage by Sunair’s family went to the Christian community where Saleem lived and demanded recovery of the Muslim girl. Saleem and other community members were unaware of the elopement and marriage and requested some time to investigate, but they couldn’t find them during the given time period. Muslims under the leadership of Qari Sohail returned and warned the local people that if they could not produce the couple; a Muslim mob would return and sat ablaze their houses. They warned the residents that people would be executed in retribution.

 

A few terrified Christians found courage to inform the police about this critical situation and the rest fled to escape to the nearby place to save their life and their loved ones. The Police became alert and ready to suppress any violence. On Friday, 14 February, after Jumma prayer [Friday prayers in Islam], a large mob travelled to the Christian enclave intending to vandalize Nazarat Colony. However the local police surrounded the Christian houses of Nazarat Colony. Christian inhabitants of the said colony had already fled the homes for safety as soon as a precaution against further attempts.

 

In a bizarre twist of events, the police have filed a case against Asim Saleem, First Investigation Report (FIR) [Editor: A Google search turns up info about “First Information ReportHERE is the explanation] 114/14 under the section of abduction and enforced matrimony, PP 265-B. A further allegation has been made against him for theft of 54000 Rupees and 5 grams of gold. However these allegations are reportedly false. The police also arrested two Christian men, Bashir Masih 45 and Shaukat Masih 35 who are the cousins and the father of the accused. Both were allegedly tortured and forced to make a confession admitting to be involved in taking hostage the Muslim girl. The father of the accused died of a heart attack whilst in custody. The Investigation Officer (IO), Mohd Shabbir stated that the police kept these two for their own good and wellbeing. He advised that all action taken was for the safety of Christian community; for they have to show them that the administration has kept them to convince the extremists. Later they were released, with sore bodies.

 

Christians and Hindu girls are abducted, forcefully converted to Islam and married to influential Muslims, but police do not file any cases against [abducting] Muslims. Even the court does not support in this matter [of abduction and forced marriage]. But if a Muslim girl marries a Christian boy willingly, extremists arrive to vandalize the Christian communities. Is not this inhuman? 

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Looking for Role “Model”


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Intro to “Looking for Role ‘Model’”

By Editor John R. Houk

© February 15, 2014

 

Shamim Masih is a regular contributor to SlantRight 2.0 and other blogs that I manage (NCCR & Ubiquitous8Thoughts). He has told me the funding for his family situations are lower than usual and his missed critical payments of important bills. Shamim did not want me to go into detail, but I feel compelled to intercede for this Christian activist that often ministers to the needs of poverty stricken Christians in Pakistan. Pakistan has become a nation devoted to Islam and Sharia Law which means ALL non-Muslims are receiving the modern version of dhimmitude which is essentially oppression. This oppression is Islamic Supremacism at its worse. The American Mainstream Media (MSM) is deficient in reporting the civil human abuse that Christians and other non-Muslim people receive in Pakistan. In other Muslim nations where this oppression against Christians is rampant there may be an infinitesimal amount of reporting; however in Pakistan the lack of exposing of violence and abuse is appalling.

 

At the end of Shamim’s Op/Ed style of reporting I have provided information on how to send a one time and/or a regular interval of support to Shamim. From experience the best way to send money to Shamim is via Western Union which converts dollars or euros into Pakistan Rupees upon pick-up. However if you wish to help Shamim you can use my Paypal donation button BUT just be sure to designate the donation for Shamim Masih so I can distinguish the funds for Shamim from the funds that support NCCR. At which time I will send the funds via Western Union to Shamim Masih.

 

Shamim’s Op/Ed pertains to Taliban persecution and the weak-kneed better off Christians that have a tendency to function as “yes-men” for officials dedicated to Islamic Supremacism than as a Christian Brother for the lesser-to-do-well Christians of Pakistan.

 

JRH 2/15/14

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Looking for Role “Model”

If Taliban Rules

 

By Shamim Masih

2/14/2014 5:40 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: If you ever get a chance to spend a night in a common Christian family living in slum areas. And if you can picture the issues they face in their daily life. And the most important; is to remember the sufferings, if you ever get a chance to become in power at any level. I am particularly talking about Pakistani Christians leadership. Many of the Christian political leaders originated from a common background, but it is practically observed that once they got some power in our hands. We simply forget the real cause and track is change.

 

Former Federal Minister for minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, founder of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliances – APMA started working for the noble cause; and reportedly work for vested interests. Later he was killed in Islamabad in March, 2011; he was receiving threats to his life for his defense of speaking out against the blasphemy law. The killers were arrested and released due to lack of the evidences and interest of the supplicant. Later in September 2013, two suspected terrorists were arrested; Adil was picked up after a car full of explosives was found at his house. And later Hammad Adil and Umer Abdullah were charged with the murder of Bhatti. The trial is underway at the Anti-Terrorism court in Adayala Jail, Rawalpindi. On January 22, the two eye witnesses were produced in court during the hearing. They saw the two accused, one whom was driving the car that day and the other man who was throwing pamphlets on the road after Bhatti was shot. The court was adjourned till February 06, 2014. Rana Abdul Hamid, the attorney spoke to me that he will be back in Islamabad on February 06 for the hearing of Shahbaz Bhatti case, but on the said date, he didn’t appear before the court and the court was adjourned to meet again on 22nd February, 2014.

 

Later Paul Bhatti reportedly was threatened; Dr. Paul Bhatti told BosNewslife he had been in Italy while receiving a threatening letter from groups linked to the 2011 assassination of his younger brother, and fellow Christian, Shahbaz Bhatti, who was minorities minister at the time.

 

Dr. Paul pledged to leave Italy and return to Pakistan despite receiving death threats from Islamic militants. He is trained surgeon, and runs his business there. He can afford to live there as his another brother lives in Canada. My question is; what about others who used their association with Shahbaz Bhatti as opportunity to get out of Pakistan? Many of the Pakistani leaders run off to other countries like Europe, USA and Canada. Why is no one speaking about the rights of poor segment of the society? The fact is; the poorest have no such option.

 

Many of them are sitting in other countries and seeking asylum. No one asks them about their performance while they were in power. I don’t [want to] blame but Bhatti’s “performance” reportedly has a question mark? How many educational/technical institutions were set up during the mean time? What solid steps were taken to empower the youth or for their economical growth? How many students were sponsored for higher studies? Even the current sitting minister doesn’t have any plan to support the talented ones of this era. He is only the “Yes Man” to his bosses. Why do these Christian leaders forget their origination?  It’s an alarming situation all around and they should present the real picture to the West while representing the government.

 

The Pakistani Taliban has announced an armed struggle against an indigenous tribe and Ismaili Muslims. They warn the Kalash, who are thought to number only 3500, to convert to Islam or face death. The spokesman said, “By the grace of Allah, an increasing number of people from 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”

 

Unfortunately the constitution theoretically protects freedom of speech, and the media is seen as having taken great strides in recent years. But certain subjects, particularly criticism concerning the all-powerful army and spy agencies, remain taboo. There is an urgent need for greater equality and social justice and for peace. In reference to the ongoing persecution and discrimination suffered by Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan, notably Ahmadiyyas and Shiite Muslims.

 

And nonetheless, the time is gone, let’s pray for those who do leave to at least support them to uplift the poor, since they can easily set up new, ongoing rich lives in the West.

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Unhinged Society


Dhimmitude - 2 definitions

Shamim Masih has always written reports and essays with a tinge of optimism based on Pakistan’s founding past under Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Jinnah had a vision for a secular democratic nation in which the citizens lived in mutual respect of ethnicity and religion. Pakistan became independent on August 14, 1947 and Jinnah died September 11, 1948. Jinnah’s vision was widely spoken but not really ever effectively applied. In this essay Shamim demonstrates the beginning of the understanding that Pakistan’s Islamic Supremacist government standard will not alter and that the Pakistan minorities – especially the Christians – are doomed to misery unless a cataclysmic upheaval turns Pakistan’s direction. Personally I don’t see that happening in my life time.

 

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Sent: 2/9/2014 11:53 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: The straightforward fact is, when I am writing these lines; I find no hope provision of justice and protection to marginalized portion of the society. I am representative of the most vulnerable community of the country, largely dealt under Islamic militancy. Until 2006, rape in Pakistan was a crime that was largely dealt with under Islamic law. Women had to produce four male witnesses to the crime. The failure to do so could mean being charged with adultery. On the other hand, anyone can be charged with blasphemy and be immediately detained without safeguards or the opportunity for bail. Under this law, the only evidence needed is one “reliable” man’s word. Ill-treatment and torture of the accused in the custody are common practice. Judicial proceedings can take years, resulting in innocent victims languishing in jails with pending trials or appeal. Judges become biased and legal representatives and care takers are threatened. Political leaders, police and officials in the judicial system often collude in the victimization of the poorest in society.

 

Because the blasphemy law is open to abuse it has become a powerful tool to ignite religious extremism, encourage hostility towards minority groups and give Islamic zealots opportunities to take the law into their hands. During the last few years many Christians have been falsely accused of blasphemy under this law – often mischievously by people with selfish motives and the number is rising. Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws have attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently abused to settle personal scores.

  

According to a study by USAID, Pakistani courts roots in the British colonial system means that across much of the country they are viewed with considerable suspicion, and that skepticism has fueled doubts about their legitimacy. Questions about legitimacy are compounded by the low level of efficiency, the prevalence of delays, the inferior quality of legal training, corruption, and perception that the court system is a tool for the delay of justice, manipulated by rich and/or powerful interests in the society.

 

In the same situation; proceedings of the current blasphemy cases are interrupted. Attorney and caretakers are being threatened; pamphlets are dropped in their offices warning them to disassociate themselves from blasphemy cases dealings. Christians face a number of problems because of other laws concerning marriage, divorce, guardianship and inheritance. In cases of abduction of Christian women, the Muslim man can declare that his abducted wife has converted to Islam. Thus marriage, solemnized under the family laws of non-Muslims, can be dissolved with immediate effect.

 

In this situation; what we need to do, either to sit and wait for anyone to intrude or take some sold steps, to hold their horses. If Pakistan wishes to overcome its security issues, it must reject militancy in its entirety, even so-called freedom fighters. We have exhausted all options of talks; a military option seems like the only step to curb elements that destabilize the country. In the long term, the government needs to support efforts to promote interfaith harmony and generate dialogue that can find a middle ground on ideological divisions. The future of vulnerable minorities looks bleak in a country that is religiously sensitive and combustible to variance in ideologies. The state has failed to perform its primary duty of protecting its citizens. Meanwhile, the minorities remain in fear and fight for survival.

 

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Judge Ordered to Demolish Slum Settlements


Islamabad Slum Street Existence

Shamim Masih writes about the conditions of slum suburbs of the Pakistan city of Islamabad AND the government intention to destroy theses slum areas and force the resident to leave. Shamim doesn’t write of the government plan to whence the poor families are to be moved except that there seems to be dialogue about making plan which really has not been developed other than destruction and eviction. The salient point is that these impoverished residents are Christians condemned by their faith to survive in the junk jobs that Muslim reject imposing a lack of education and the lack of the availability of social enhancements which degrades healthy living.

 

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Judge Ordered to Demolish Slum Settlements

 

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Sent: 2/8/2014 4:09 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: Life is so precious, and everyone in the world would love to live safe and sound life but the people living suburb in Islamabad (slum areas) are forced to live this kind of life there. I feel pity to think of the circumstances they are living in, how ignorant they are of the harsh realities of life, and the struggling future they have to face, may be they would not ever get the chance to see the bright colors of life. I had been visiting the slum areas since 2009, I used to imagine about slums and people living there, all I can say, it’s pathetic life they will with. It is really eye opening to actually see how people live over there. Houses are made of mud and some with bricks and cement, unpaved streets and the living conditions are outrageous, which differentiate it from the normal living places. People inhale the toxic gases from the nearby ganda naala (seasonal drainage) and God knows how they tolerate its foul smell.

 

Most of the inhabitants are Christians, migrated from different parts of the country and have been settled here in search of jobs and for a better future for three decades. These people don’t take care of their health and hygiene. No organization works for the children like sponsoring a child’s education and nutrition expenses. On Friday, a local court ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) official to remove all illegalkatchi Abbadi”. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the CDA to clear all settlements from the capital within a month. There are ten colonies (slum settlements) in different sectors of the capital, like Tent colony, 66 quarters, 48 quarters, katchi abadi G-8/1, 100 quarters, France colony, Essa Nagri, Dhuke Najju, Haq bhahu, and Muslim colony. The CDA official estimated that there would be around 5000 families in and around these slums. I wonder that if the Capital Development Authority will take action as per the High Court Judge, where these five thousands families will settle. There is a need to promote responsibility and healthy behaviors among the people so as to improve the social and economic status of the people of the community. Instead they are going to demolish and [endeavor] to remove them. Human rights worker, Basharat Khokher met CDA manager, Amir Ahmed Ali and requested him to take care of the necessary measures for the displaced families. If it happens, UNHCR [Editor **: Yes I am one of those Conspiracy Theory/NWO suspicious people that has a huge distrust for anything United Nations due to Agenda 21.] should come in front and should manage the IDPs.      

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Shamim Masih

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** UN organizations more than likely may have a short term benefit for the hopeless in poverty stricken areas outside of Western nations; nonetheless the paradigm of UN Agenda 21 is one global government to arbitrarily manage natural resources, farming, land management, population management [as in depopulating earth for better sustainability] and the revamping civil rights so as not to disobey the New World Order transformation. Yeah I know it may sound nuts, but if you read the documentation I am certain your alarm-o-meter will go off.

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I Want to Heaven


Muslim Hate Political Toon

Shamim Masih paints a picture of the unjust disharmony between Christians and Muslims in Pakistan from his personal experience.

 

 

JRH 1/12/14

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I Want to Heaven

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 1/9/2014 2:54 PM

 

ISLAMABAD: I dwell in Pakistan as well as my forefathers experienced a willingly thought that we would stay right here. Our forefathers led in the development of the nation. But now it has become hard to live in accord [with our forefathers’ decision] because since (Talibanization) the mulish Islamic team ended up lording it over in the country they have turned out to be difficult to call [Pakistan] home in a helpful environment. This article which often practices [what] is supposed to be a standard intro for the Muslim’s analysis – not just a complete affirmation. Certainly not every little thing right here will also apply to an Islamic nation or every Muslim particular person. This article can be offered to present understanding straight into some of the poisonous [attitudes] involving Muslims on the globe.

 

In the reporting room, I was working in my office; some of [my] colleagues were discussing that if any person works honestly for the [good of] humanity, whether [or not] he can go to heaven even he is not a Muslim? One of them was a visitor in our office who had served in the past; having a long beard and had a Taliban outfit. The said person said [that] even if Mother Teresa had worked hard for humanity, even then she will go into hell. [The] reason [is] because she is not follower of Prophet Muhammad. The discussion went on and I pleaded that it is up to God, to whom He grants heaven or hell. Mother Teresa worked for noble causes and [the] world recognized her services and now it is up to God to decide her fate. During the discussion he [i.e. the Taliban fellow] exchanged harsh words and started fighting with me in the reporting room. We had a clash on the basis of religion and certainly other colleagues came in to settle down the issue. We went to the resident editor room and he solved the matter for the moment, just after causing the space he vulnerable me in order to blast and so on. [Editor: I crossed out the last phrase because I am not exactly certain what it means. Here is an editor’s guess: After leaving the resident editor’s office, the Taliban person made verbal threats to Shamim making him vulnerable to the poison of Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws.]

 

These days Islam has grown to be the second-largest faith on the globe. In Muslim [dominated] nations religious liberty means that the Christian minority [remains] in [Human Rights] limitations. These [discussion topics that explore another theological perspective] are banned to talk about [when expressing] their own trust [in their own faith]. Rather Muslims inflict their own faith on non-Muslims [imposing intolerance on alternative views]. And another must either pay attention as well as obey these or be prepared to pass away. This is Pakistan, a Mullah’s nation. This kind of rigid circumstance turns into destructiveness once you help these as well as you aren’t allowed to speak.

 

Whenever a man first becomes a religious extremist and thinks about mankind next. Societies like Pakistan suffer. Where by fundamentalists are generally allowed to get regulations in their very own hands and [Muslim] authorities fail to conduct their own duty and where each and every person doesn’t include overall flexibility according to their own faith. In this contemporary society a one-and-a-half-year old newborn isn’t allowed to lay to rest for four days because she was born in another faith family. Despite the fact that any dying in a loved one’s is usually sad and painful extramarital relationship and it’s also on this sort of time period when almost all sympathy and tolerance must be expanded on the survivors. To utilize religious hate to avoid your deceased’s loved ones from accomplishing this kind of standard work connected with reverence for his close relatives is usually unconscionable. But also for the length of time you will probably have on the people who wipe out a huge selection of your worshipers to venture to heaven to have 70 hoors [houris] (waives). Image equipped realize these kinds of phonetic not just include detest intended for other faiths yet into their as well [Editor: This is another phrase that I am unsure of its meaning. Perhaps Shamim is referring to the ludicrousness that the two Taliban homicidal-suicide bombers that blew themselves up to kill Christians leaving a Church in Peshawar which should be as detested by Muslims as they are by the victimized Christians]. It is my opinion it [is truly] unbelievable that religion is usually educating this type of [violence to] mankind. Is this kind of Islam there’re [actually] serving? OMG….. Is [this] actually the kind of education connected with Islam? [Teaching] to wipe out others intended for a particular stake…. Mumtaz Qadri was equipped to be [security guard for the] Punjab governor. Yet [Governor] Salman Taseer was mortally wounded by Mumtaz Qadri [assigned as bodyguard who claimed Taseer’s assassination was a] feature dished up [by] Islam.

 

It happens when extended horses are geared with no steam and gusto! It happens when Islam comes first and humanity stands second. Then residents living in concrete houses were set on fire and people use law to settle [personal] scores. It was observed in Joseph Colony, Lahore incident that the houses were concrete often with wooden doors and windows, but enough combustible material to catch fire just by the throwing of a matchstick. Residents who had dared to stay close to keep an eye on their homes saw bottles of chemicals used for the arson. The burning has been presented as the work of a frenzied crowd but this was clearly a planned attack. The picture of “illiterate masses” prone to illogical burst of violence and uncontrollable religious passions is ultimately a comforting myth that helps establish the superiority of the elite.

  

But they all forget, as soon as you die, your identity becomes as a body. People use phrases like, bring the body – lower the body in the grave… take the body to the grave yard, etc…. people don’t even call you by your name…. whom you tried to impress [your] whole life…. Dwell along [Muslims to] make it possible for other folks to live in a good relationship. It is an interfaith good relationship along with globe that is actually looking at dwelling with each other and enjoy, acknowledge other folks. Celebrate this event called life.….

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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The End of the Christians in the Muslim World


 

End of Christians in Muslim World

 

Christians are experiencing a genocide in Muslim dominated nations. Inexplicably the Mainstream Media and Western governments (including the USA) are silent with nothing but a possible quip here and there. Rather the Western nations and especially America, should be making loud moral outrage!

 

I am not saying we should react in violence and rioting as Muslims do when criticism and deprecation against Islam occurs in Western nations. Westerners do not subscribe to any kind of a Western form of Sharia Law mandating death for religious insults or insults against Secular Humanism. The West has left violence to the intolerant era of the Middle Ages and Medieval days.

 

Christians, Conservatives and Leftists should find a common ground on a Human Rights basis at the very least to demand our Western governments to unite and exert political pressure to STOP the genocide against Christians in Muslim Islamic Supremacist nations.

 

Along this line of thinking ACT for America has sent an email that translates from Hebrew to English an essay by Dr. Guy Bechor (His website is in Hebrew) that resides in Israel. The important question that Bechor poses is this. Why does the West force Israel to accept a Jew-hating sovereign nation to form as a neighbor where incidentally the same persecution of Arab Christians has also been reduced by Islamic Supremacism?

 

JRH 1/11/14

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The End of the Christians in the Muslim World

 

By Guy Bechor

Translated by Avishai Zonnenberg & Arik Klein

Sent: 1/9/2014 10:46 AM

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The numbers are truly staggering: In Iraq of 2003, until the fall of Sadam Hussein, there were 1.5 million Christians, but today there are only 250,000, that means that 1.25 million have migrated, killed or been forced to become Muslims. In Syria of just three years ago there were 1.75 million Christians, out of whom 450,000 have already left, and the rate of the ethnic cleansing is only growing.

This means that by the end of this decade there will be no more Christian Arabs in the Levant meaning the northern east of the Middle East. In the space that is becoming “Salafi” and violent, there is no place for the Christian Arabs, and they are being forcedly exiled.

This phenomenon is happening in full force at the Palestinian Authority, and if in Bethlehem there where once 90% Christians, today it is already 65% Muslims. The tradition is that the mayor is Christian despite the Muslim majority, but the female mayor is facing harsh persecution, including by the “Fatah” movement.

The day in which there will be no more Christian Arabs in the Palestinian authority is getting close, and according to estimates there are only a few tens of thousands left. In the day to day of the Hamas, Salafis and the Jihad, they have no existence, and they migrate, many to South America, where they already have large communities.

In Hamas’s Gaza, out of 2,500 Christians there are only few hundreds left, the rest have escaped or have been forced to become Muslims. If one day there will be an independent “Palestinian” territory, the Christians will be the first to pay the price, especially after the Salafis will start to take over the control there, and it is only a matter of time, as it is in the entire Middle East.

The Christian were promoted at the National Arab Movement, they were the leaders of the Pan-Arab movement; with the Hamas they were tolerated, but the Salafis are brutally exterminating them. In the Shari’a ruled state, the Christians have no place.

In Egypt nearly nine million are Coptic Christians (one tenth), and the estimate is that a quarter of a million have already migrated since the fall of Mubarak, and the rest are suffering persecutions, murders, violence, robbery and looting. They are in grave condition, and the reality is that there are no consequences for hurting them.

In Lebanon there are still about one million Christians (according to a survey published this year), but they are in deep despair, some of them are under the protection of the Shiite Hezbollah state. Do they really have any hope?

Oddly, in a year when the Pope is elected “Man of the Year,” there is no cry about the amazing ethnic cleansing being done to his flock, as well as nothing from the west. United State has murmured something, and that was it.

As for Israel this silence has few conclusions: while the new anti-Semites are busy condemning Israel, proposing resolutions and banning Israel, they are saying nothing about the real massacre and the forced exile taking place here, there is no limit for the hypocrisy. Where are the human rights movements, in the face of this Christians free Middle East being created here?

The second conclusion is for us in Israel: this silence is a warning that if G-d forbids Israel will one day be weakened, the extremists will do us much worse, and no one in the world would really help. In the violent and Salafi Middle East, there is no place for Christians, which did not know how to prepare on time, or the Jews.

Luckily for the latter in the Jewish state they are strong and deterring, now it is clear how important it is to have a Jewish state, as the only place in the Middle East left, that is not Muslim.

Now a word for the Christian communities around the world: if one day the sovereignty over the holy places in Jerusalem will be held solely by the Palestinian Authority, in a short time the religious war that is taking place in the entire Arab world will erupt here as well, and neither Jews nor Christians will be allowed access anymore to their holly sites, as it is happening in Syria, in the places sacred for the Christians.

Only under Jewish sovereignty the freedom of religion will be kept, and the proof is – only in one place in the entire Middle East do the Christian Arabs get freedom of religion as well as equality, and that is in Israel, and so for the first time, we see young Christian Arab citizens, wanting to join in alliance with the Jewish State. They already know that no one will be waiting for them out there, in the cold Christian winter.

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SLMP wins blasphemy case in Pakistan


Agnes. Pakistan-Christian Acquited of Blasphemy 12-7-13

The Blasphemy Law is the primary way to persecute Christians in Pakistan. In Islam it is blasphemous to deliver a direct or indirect insult toward Islam, Allah or the false-prophet Mohammed (yup, I just insulted the Islamic prophet). In Pakistan the Blasphemy accusation is often in the majority of time falsely. The false accusation is often motivated from anything to a mere disagreement between a Christian and a Muslim to a Muslim desire to appropriate a Christian’s property which could even be a Church building. As much as Christians are discriminated against in Pakistan I would not be surprised that a blasphemy accusation from a Muslim is legit. An example might follow that a Christian in a moment of passion became fed up in being treated as a second class citizen often involving Islamic Supremacist contempt against a Christian or Christians in general.

 

Well some good news came this Christmas season for Pakistani-Christian Agnes because a Christmas miracle found her acquitted of breaking Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law.

 

JRH 12/23/13

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SLMP wins blasphemy case in Pakistan

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 12/22/2013 10:49 AM

 

Lahore: Eventually reality revealed [as truth] and 56 year old Agnes won her event after 3 years of having difficulty. According to the report publicized by Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) which Agnes, 56 mom of 5 and arrested of a blasphemy event, was arrested on January, 2011. [The arrest followed] when regional property dealer filed a first Investigation Report – FIR no. 136/2011 beneath section 295–A (PPC) with police station in the city Faisalabad. Due to the ill therapy and pain during the woman’s jail period of time, she became a patient and it [was discovered and] figured out [she had] diabetes, kidney problems. Her family looked at the event but because of the lack of sources couldn’t solve [Agnes’ situation]. Fortunately somehow, the SLMP had taken on this event and looked at the concerns of the woman’s family troubles. Soon the SLMP positioned their attorney at law for Agnes inside the court and as soon as on July 14, 2011 she was bailed by furnishing the particular surety bonds of Rs. 100, 000/- towards the satisfaction of the learned judge. The SLMP served her family when she is at the jail as well as providing the woman legal assistance.

 

About October, 2013 the SLMP furnished a competent lawyer inside the court of whom won the woman’s case. The attorney Nadeem Anthony filed an application under 249-A, and drawn a person’s eye of the particular Magistrate the particular dishonest attitude of the complainant as well as the prosecution’s observance of definitely not appearing [in Court.] [Taken this] together with [Nadeem Anthony] taking the [letter of the] law into his hands, he requested the particular honorable Court to choose the app on its merits. Finally on December 07, 2013, the Judge acquitted and released the particular victim Agnes from the blasphemy event.

 

Sohail Johnson chairman of SLMP explained the fighting charge of Blasphemy were truly [expensive]. [This] has driven Agnes’ family deeply into debt and put a tremendous [strain] on relationships.

 

Sohail explained that a falsely arrested minor girl [was] earlier released in Islamabad. [The release occurred] although [a Federal Sharia Judge issued the order] to keep the enforcement of a mandatory death time period for blasphemy [arrests]. [This] could result in the execution of anyone who has been falsely arrested for blasphemy.

 

For just about any query in relation to Agnes’ event, please get in touch with Sharing Lifestyle Ministry Pakistan.

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Understand Dhimmitude to Understand Persecuted Christians in Pakistan


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John R. Houk

© November 7, 2013

 

Lubna Thomas Benjamin writes about the plight of Christians in Pakistan. Ms. Benjamin does not use the word “dhimmi”. The infliction of dhimmitude is a way of life that is imposed on non-Muslims living in an Islamic dominated nation. In fairness most Muslim nations officially do not use the tenets of dhimmitude derived from the Quran, Hadith and Sira in their legal structure. Nonetheless dhimmitude is a practice of humiliating non-Muslims under the poor excuse of protecting their lives from Muslims.

 

You need to understand dhimmitude before you read Ms. Benjamin’s essay.

 

Dhimmitude: the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars, encompassing all of the demographic, ethnic, and religious aspects of the political system. The word “dhimmitude” as a historical concept, was coined by Bat Ye’or in 1983 to describe the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule. The word “dhimmitude” comes from dhimmi, an Arabic word meaning “protected”. Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination. Islamic conquests expanded over vast territories in Africa, Europe and Asia, for over a millennium (638-1683). The Muslim empire incorporated numerous varied peoples which had their own religion, culture, language and civilization. For centuries, these indigenous, pre-Islamic peoples constituted the great majority of the population of the Islamic lands. Although these populations differed, they were ruled by the same type of laws, based on the shari’a.

 

This similarity, which includes also regional variations, has created a uniform civilization developed throughout the centuries by all non-Muslim indigenous people, who were vanquished by a jihad-war and governed by shari’a law. It is this civilization which is called dhimmitude. It is characterized by the different strategies developed by each dhimmi group to survive as non-Muslim entity in their Islamized countries. Dhimmitude is not exclusively concerned with Muslim history and civilization. Rather it investigates the history of those non-Muslim peoples conquered and colonized by jihad.

 

Dhimmitude encompasses the relationship of Muslims and non-Muslims at the theological, social, political and economical levels. It also incorporates the relationship between the numerous ethno-religious dhimmi groups and the type of mentality that they have developed out of their particular historical condition which lasted for centuries, even in some Muslim countries, till today.

 

Dhimmitude is an entire integrated system, based on Islamic theology. It cannot be judged from the circumstantial position of any one community, at a given time and in a given place. Dhimmitude must be appraised according to its laws and customs, irrespectively of circumstances and political contingencies.

 

For books by Bat Ye’or, see www.dhimmi.org (The Status of Non-Muslim Minorities Under Islamic Rule; © Bat Ye’or 2001-2006; Dhimmitude.org)

 

The so-called protected status Islam provides via dhimmitude dates back to the second Caliph Umar that designed a pact for the People of the Book (i.e. Jews and Christians). Here is a brief description of the Pact of Umar from retired CIA officer Claire Lopez:

 

The basis of The Pact of Umar is Muslim supremacism over the populations of non-Muslim “People of the Book” (the dhimmis) whom they had defeated in battle. According to the Pact, the lives and property of vanquished peoples were forfeit by reason of their defeat—but their Muslim overlords would refrain from exacting the penalty of death, nor would they be required to convert to Islam, as long as they kept the terms of surrender laid out for them in the Pact. (‘PACT OF UMAR’ – Religious genocide Mohammedan style; Posted by Bare Naked Islam; 10/12/13)

 

Bill Warner summarizes how the Pact of Umar was to affect Jews and Christians (but Christians in particular because in Umar’s day Christians made up the majority of the people in land conquered by Islamic Imperialism):

 

Here is one dhimmi treaty with Christians:

 

1. We shall not build, in our cities or in their neighborhood, new monasteries, churches, convents, or monks’ cells, nor shall we repair, by day or by night, such of them as fall in ruins or are situated in the quarters of the Muslims.

2. We shall keep our gates wide open for passersby and travelers. We shall give board and lodging to all Muslims who pass our way for three days.

3. We shall not give shelter in our churches or in our dwellings to any spy, nor hide him from the Muslims.

4. We shall not teach the Koran to our children.

5. We shall not manifest our religion publicly nor convert anyone to it. We shall not prevent any of our kin from entering Islam if they wish it.

6. We shall show respect toward the Muslims, and we shall rise from our seats when they wish to sit.

7. We shall not seek to resemble the Muslims by imitating any of their garments.

8. We shall not mount on saddles, nor shall we gird swords nor bear any kind of arms nor carry them on our persons.

9. We shall not engrave Arabic inscriptions on our seals.

10. We shall not sell fermented drinks.

11. We shall clip the fronts of our heads. [An Arabic sign of shame, a beaten man]

12. We shall always dress in the same way wherever we may be, and we shall bind the zunar round our waists.

13. We shall not display our crosses or our books in the roads or markets of the Muslims. We shall use only clappers in our churches very softly. We shall not raise our voices when following our dead. We shall not take slaves who have been allotted to Muslims.

14. We shall not build houses higher than the houses of the Muslims. (The Dhimmi; By Bill Warner; Political Islam; 7/25/11)

 

I want you to understand dhimmitude as you read Lubna Thomas Benjamin description of how Christians live and experience life in Pakistan. Even if you are a person that is more secular than an observing Christian you must be outraged. BE OUTRAGED!

 

JRH 11/7/13

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The Persecution of Christian in Pakistan

 

By Lubna Thomas Benjamin

Journalist, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow 2011-12

Sent: 11/6/2013 2:06 PM

 

It was just like any other Sunday of September 22, 2013 in the lives of all my Christian brothers and sisters in Peshawar, city located in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province of Pakistan, who went to church to offer prayer and worship the Lord and were unaware of what would happen with them afterwards. Twin suicide blasts happened when the people were coming out of church after the service ended.

 

The people who came to attend the church service in Peshawar had never even thought for a moment that it was their last time to worship, hearing the sermon, reading the Holy Bible and saying the congregational and personal prayer. The contentment and peace they had attained during the service would leave their families in a never-ending discomfort and pain as what would take place after the service.

 

I remember when I came to the US for the first time and the first observation I had outside the church that how it was different from my church in Pakistan. I had my friend from Fiji Island accompanied me and she asked me, “Why is [it] that you are looking so confused?” I told her that I was not confused but thinking that how would it feel to go inside the church and to perform the full service without security guards. “You have guards outside your church in Pakistan,” she asked me. “Yes, I replied, the guards are almost outside every church in Pakistan.”

 

Whatever happened in Peshawar has jolted every Christian [and other] minorities in Pakistan. I remember some of my friends would always relate any bad stuff with minorities with this justification that: “Oh, you know this happens with [the] majority too, so when they do [this] with us how would we expect them to be nice with you?”

 

Christians constitute 1.5 percent of total population of Pakistan as 98% of the population are Muslims. Ever since the inception of Pakistan in 1947, the Christians have been entangled in blasphemy cases mostly made on the basis of personal animosity. It goes like this – when a Muslim person goes to the police and just says that a Christian man or woman has said indecent remarks against prophet Mohammad, that is the end of life [for] many Christians as usually the case goes for a long time and sometimes the Judge gets shot or the accused is killed. This case brings ends [to] the lives of the families [after] accused mostly on the basis of personal vendetta. Unfortunately everyone around gets associated with it so emotionally, that no justification can support the victim as the religious affiliation of the people goes to extreme in such cases.

 

In Last August, when a minor Christian girl was charged with blasphemy and I was working on this story, at so many stages during the coverage I was asking myself what was my identity and honor in this country. That one day someone would charge me with blasphemy just because they don’t like me. How easy it is for any person to entangle a Christian on the basis of blasphemy case.

 

The Christians living in Pakistan have been paying a heavy price to live in the country they respect as their motherland. We have always served with [the] same enthusiasm and urge in every field of life. Again never do we [Christians] think that this is not our land. We serve our country considering it our home but the term we are associated with is [as a] minority. Our men have sacrificed their lives serving in the army; women serve the sick and teach the best values to children.

 

Despite all the services and sacrifices the discrimination against the Christians is soaring. From work to home and then to localities. I remember when we were searching for homes back in Pakistan for rent. We were denied just on the basis that we were Christians. The people hated Christians to live in their homes. To me, that was the extent of humiliation and rejection, which I will never forget during my whole lifetime.

 

Whatever happens with Christians is a big picture of what they have to go through every day in their lives in Pakistan. The humiliation, disrespect and now killings have raised the question for the Christians in Pakistan that how peace will come in their lives. If the land they are born in is no more giving them the place to live then where would they go?

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Understand Dhimmitude to Understand Persecuted Christians in Pakistan

John R. Houk

© November 7, 2013

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The Persecution of Christian in Pakistan

© Lubna Thomas Benjamin

 

Edited by John R. Houk

 

I am a broadcast journalist with seven years of working experience in Pakistan. I have started my career in journalism with Geo Television, Pakistan’s leading news channel in 2006 and have done research, reporting, coordination and production. There are several reports I have made while working with Geo TV, which has created great impact and led to the solution of the addressed problems.


In production, I have produced the documentary on the assassination of the former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.


I have also conducted an investigation on Rimsha, a Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy charges in August 2012.


I have also produced talk shows on the issues of youth highlighting the problems faced by them.


When the differences between Jamia Hafsa (religious extremist group) and the government got intensified, I was the first journalist to report from inside their territory.


With Pakistan Television Channel, I have worked for five months and have made numerous reports mostly on the political issues.


Besides, broadcast journalism I have also written articles and news stories both in Urdu and English.

 

Fellowships /Awards

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2011-12

 

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