Free Hector Aleem Administrator Displeased with Me


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John R. Houk

© November 29, 2012

 

Whew! Ouch!

 

Ms. Aleem has given me a good old fashioned scolding for posting Shamim Masih’s bad opinion of Hector Aleem and his family. Ms Aleem posted her displeasure on my Facebook Timeline. I note this because Ms. Aleem in restrained anger ordered me not to post this on my blog. Since my Facebook page is a public page I feel impelled to post her response to Shamim Masih calling the Aleems a family of lying frauds.

 

I have to say that even though the tone of Ms. Aleem’s response filled with righteous indignation and anger, she comported herself as a good lady and refrained from profanity and presented her refutation in the most detail I have ever received from her or have read on the Facebook Group – Free Hector Aleem.

 

Ms. Aleem’s Facebook post on my Timeline claims she has never withheld anything from me. Unfortunately that is not true. Her Free Hector Aleem posts initially were only about Hector Aleem being charged with breaking the Blasphemy Law in Pakistan. Even Shamim Masih reports that the Blasphemy charge was unjust and indeed after the slow machine of Pakistani justice moved at a snail’s pace Hector was exonerated of the Blasphemy charge.

 

When I say “snail’s pace” I mean a few years in a Pakistan jail in which he was mistreated and felt the threat of Muslim mobs intimidating Pakistan Judges. I still believe that harrowing experience Hector endured while awaiting exoneration.

 

I expected Hector to be released from jail after his exoneration. He was not. When I began to openly wonder about that on my blogs that Mehwish Aleem had been reading the only posts on Free Hector Aleem was that Hector faced insignificant technicalities that kept in jail (The words “insignificant technicalities” are my paraphrase because I cannot remember the exact words Mehwish Aleem posted). Ms. Aleem never wrote about those insignificant technicalities. And yet I continued to support Hector’s cause, believing the insignificant technicalities would be wrapped up shortly. They were not.

 

That is when I stumbled up a Shamim Masih article (Shamim did not initiate any emails, I did that). Shamim gave great detail of those “insignificant technicalities”. The reality is those technicalities were not so insignificant but are charges in defrauding Christians.

 

Mehwish defends the charges by stating these Christians were of poor stalk in the first place and were ejected from the land connected to the Church building issue that Mehwish in the past uses as the reason for the trumped up Blasphemy charge. When Muslim mobs ransacked that Church and Hector was tossed in the clink these poor Christians returned to being homeless with a government official moving them to essentially a refugee camp living in tents. Mehwish Aleems says on my Facebook Timeline that this refugee camp is government land and that the low caste poor Christians will eventually face expulsion again and then someone else will be the bad guy to them and Hector will be off the hook as the poor Christians’ villain-in-chief.

 

At this point let’s do a refresher moment of Shamim Masih’s investigative findings:

 

According to Basharat Khokher, Hector Aleem was running an organization with the name “peace worldwide” and produced good repute worldwide on the name of helping the poor Christians in Pakistan but the facts behind this were bitter to chew”. He has been involved in many unethical activities which brought him to this stage now.

 

In 2008, he was involved in the land mafia group and grabbed the piece of land in Rawal Town, Islamabad unlawfully and taking money from the poor Christians he made them to sit on piece of land, which he did not own or bought for them but of government’s land. He made a church there unlawfully to have sympathy of the world with him. He called many Christians families from different cities of the country to Islamabad. Poor Christians far from different villages came there and become the pray of his ensnare. He took Rs.3500/ from 1000 families on the name of registration for the land and thus collected Rs. 35, 00,000/- from the poor Christians.

 

Mehwish Aleem castigates Basharat Khokher as a nefarious person that converted to Islam from Christianity. Shamim does not mention this detail about Basharat; however Shamim played a huge part in protecting Rimsha Masih (Khokher’s heroic part can be read HERE and HERE), the 14 year old girl Christian framed for burning Quran pages breaking the Pakistan Blasphemy Law. I’ll let the readers decide if Khokher convert to Islam from Christianity. As a Muslim protecting Rimsha it would seem to me the typically violent Muslim mobs would have physically assaulted Khokher, wife and children for giving aid to a Christian and by extension a Christian family.

 

Moving on with Shamim’s finding on Hector Aleem:

 

On August 09, 2008 a delegation from the government include Mumtaz Alam Gillanin (Minister Human Rights), joint secretary Khalid Amin and Farid Khan (secretary), Khush Dil khan (Deputy Secretary) came to him on the piece of the land he was holding unlawfully to negotiate and to provide the alternate land for the poor Christian families.

 

But the stubborn Hector Aleem didn’t listen to them; he went to Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani who showed his sympathy towards poor Christians and made a committee to investigate the issues raised by him intentionally.

 

Meanwhile Hector took passports from few Christians include Bashaarat Khokhar working for him promising them to visa stamp for abroad.

 

A committee includes Dr. Moen Masood (SSP) Ishaq Warraich (DSP) and few other officials went to investigation and found him guilty.

 

Chief Minister Punjab took action against them in November 2008 and police arrested Christians involved in it including, Basharat Khokher, David Akmal, Arif, Qazi Asharaf, Hanok Bhatti and Hector Aleem.

 

Hector Aleem than planned a false story involving his Muslim friends to file an FIR against him of a blasphemy case, in which he took Basharat Khokher with him.

 

“I have been falsely implicated in a blasphemy case. I am a human rights activist. How could I hurt feelings of Muslim brothers? I never used SMS for any kind of purpose,” Hector Aleem told the CLAAS fact-finding team.

 

And then he intentionally knotted his so called spokesman Basharat Khokher saying he has been using my cell phone and he may have done this.

 

Part of Shamim’s investigation led him the respected Christian Human Rights organization Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS). Mehwish Aleem never mentions CLAAS but rather extols the fairly unknown organization founded by Hector Aleem Peace Worldwide (Not to be confused the Peace Worldwide Organization located in the USA).

 

Mehwish Aleem asks me why I trust Shamim photo and investigative evidence and not that which she has provided. I completely trust Ms. Aleem’s evidence pertaining to her father when it comes to being framed for Blasphemy. It is the other charges I am a bit sketchy on the truth.

 

Ms. Aleem finishes the very sincere sounding scolding with an – I didn’t ask for your help and you cheap skate you only donated ten bucks which I will return to you some day because I don’t want anything from you (Yes, it’s a rather loose paraphrase).

 

The thing is Shamim Masih’s credibility is high in my estimation because of the journalism that other news have picked up from him and Shamim’s promotion of other Christian Human Rights people in Pakistan that the Facebook Group never mentions in its perpetual asking of donations for unexplained legal fees. Mehwish Aleem claims she owes no explain to me or anyone else, yet operating a Pakistan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) does deserve explanations of where their finances go.

 

I just had a thought. I have never checked to see if Hector Aleem’s Peace Worldwide is a registered NGO. Maybe someone can check into that and see how legit Peace Worldwide is. After all a registered NGO would definitely have some public record, especially in a Muslim nation such as Pakistan.

 

Ms. Aleem throws dispersions on Shamim Masih’s legitimacy which is only natural for certainly Shamim findings are not exactly a gleaming light of approval for the Aleems. One thing that might help you decide on whom to believe is to read some of the posts on Free Hector Aleem and some of the articles by journalist Shamim Aleem. I have posted some of the emails from Shamim Masih of which some are obviously articles that were posted elsewhere. I posted a group of those emails at SlantRight 2.0 which you can read HERE. Here is an article about Christian Human Rights activist Romana Bashir. Shamim Masih is listed on the staff page (scroll down to find it) Salem-News.com located in Salem, Oregon, USA. Here is a succinct profile of Salem-News.com from its Linked in page.

 

Shamim is associated with Christian Human Rights activism and Christian News Services:

 

§  British Pakistan Christian Association (BPCA) – Article on Shamim’s involvement with children, Christmas at Mardan Church

 

§  Masih listed as a writer for ASSIST New Service (ANS profile)

 

§  Masih’s articles are picked up by the Pakistan Christian Post

 

If I looked a little harder I would probably find more associations that involve Shamim Masih and Christianity. My point is that Shamim has credible credentials as a published journalist relating to his home nation of Pakistan.

 

If you visit Mehwish Aleem’s post on my Facebook Timeline you will notice that I tried to do a little editing without changing the original meaning for a little easier reading. If Ms. Aleem reads my editing and feels I changed any intent of her meaning I humbly apologize.

 

JRH 11/29/12

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Mehwish Aleem

November 25, 2012

John Houk Facebook Timeline

 

My dear brother John,

 

Once a great supporter of my dad and now a hater, greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

First of all I am surprised to hear the news that you have stopped supporting our dad Hector Aleem by calling him a fraud and I also came to know that you were investigating on the matter but didn’t even once consulted me, like you did when you received comments about my character.

 

Anyways I am here to tell you something about the case and the facts on which you were convinced to stop supporting us. I would never ever convince you to start supporting us again, but do you know how this Shamim guy appeared on the scene? A sister, I would mention her name after asking her, contacted him and told him that he should help us but what he said to her? He said I cannot help them coz they are fraud but I want to escape from Pakistan. How? Why?

 

Why all of a sudden he was in danger? And when she stopped contacting him he contacted you and told you every fake detail about my dad’s case i.e. he said that the he was arrested in November 2008, BUT he received a PEACE award in December 2008. Isn’t it strange???

 

Let me tell you that before he received the Peace Award by the Government of Pakistan in 2008, the PM and the authorities who were responsible to award my father THE PEACE AWARD received same kind of mails and messages you received now or have received before.

Like this Shamim guy said, daddy involved himself in the blasphemy case to go abroad. FYI my daddy used to go to USA, UK, Germany, South Africa and other countries thrice a year and sometimes four times a year. Plus his visits were for a week or four days. And once when Peace Worldwide School was attacked by extremists we – the whole family – were offered an asylum in Canada but my father refused. So I dare this guy to ONCE, just ONCE only, to set an example that really shows my father did this for an asylum … involve himself in any blasphemy case. He might have so many Muslim friends that he can do this. And when he will get an asylum, he can rest his case. Isn’t it an easy job? I dare him to do it.

 

Then he said Khushdil Khan, Khalid Amin and Fareed Khan tried to stop him. Another FYI, they were deputy, assistant deputy and secretary in the Human Rights Ministry. They are still friends of daddy, there are pictures of them in Peace Worldwide page with daddy and they were the first who wrote letters against daddy’s arrest. I can still show you all those pictures. They were never against daddy. Now about the pictures he took, do you really know that they are the real people who claim that my father took their money? Was my father THAT low class? He is a retired Air Force Officer; my mom was a registered Head Nurse in one of the most expensive hospitals of Islamabad. I was doing a job and my sister too.

 

Do you still think that we wanted other people’s money? We used to live in a luxurious condition and house that you can only imagine while living in the USA. It’s only these circumstances we faced after the case is the reason why we are forced to ask for his lawyer’s fee.

 

Now back to the pictures: if you don’t believe in our pictures then how can you believe in Shamim’s pictures? He may be a fraud like he said that we are.

 

Now about the people he was talking about, to whom he claims that my father took money for plots: it was only about the Church not any plot. They were only sitting there for the protection of the Church because when daddy got arrested, the Church was completely destroyed and all people were kicked out. Now as he said they are sitting in a graveyard and they named the colony Akram Masih Gill colony because Mr. Akram Masih Gill gave them that place to live. Now as that graveyard is a government property, one day the government will surely kick them out of that place, then what will happen? They will curse Akram same as they are cursing daddy. It happens people are so ungrateful and every Pakistani leader has faced this situation, especially Christian leaders and those who have not faced any criticism at anytime, isn’t a leader.

 

Let’s take an example of Shahbaz Bhatti: when he was alive everybody talked against him and said he is against Christians and Christianity, but when he died he suddenly became a hero. This is the nature of people here. They will curse you, call your names, but when you die they will make you their hero.

 
In Pakistan there is a rule, it’s a law actually that when a person is in custody, no other case can be registered against him BUT you will see that all these corruption cases Shamim is talking about have been registered against daddy after his arrest. Was he doing these frauds and corruption from inside the jail? Haven’t I told you each and every bit of the case? Didn’t I ever mention that these are the fraud cases? I have never hidden anything from you guys.

 

And he said there is no lawyer who charges this much of a fee. FYI our lawyer is a senior lawyer of Supreme Court and an ex-president of Supreme Court Bar Association. He even charges for suggestions he gives to his clients, yes, there are lawyers who charge a much lower fee, but they will ruin our case. BTW would you tell me what have I done? You saw a guy character assassinate me. Did I do fraud too or maybe I’m getting a punishment of favoring my dad?

In the end, you once called me pro-Pakistani. Now this guy says we are mixed in with Muslims. Let me tell you one thing, you are living in a Christian country not we. You can survive without talking to non-Christians but we cannot because every person here is a Muslim. What do you think? He has never made ANY Muslim friend? He might have MANY Muslim friends. Mixing up in Muslims and changing your faith are two different things. In the end he said that faces like ours are not the faces of victims, victims are like Basharat and other people. Again FYI Basharat was daddy’s bodyguard this is why he was involved in the case because he was the second person they were suspecting after daddy, BUT another thing I want to mention here is that he has converted to Islam from Christianity. IF he will ever be persecuted, it will not be because of the Christian faith but for his Muslim faith and BTW this was the reason daddy kicked him out of his job.

 
In the end, I would like to say that I am a proud daughter of my dad, I don’t need to explain anything to you, neither do I want you to post this or that in our favor. I personally believe that it’s not what you believe but it’s what you WANT to believe. THERE IS A GOD, and I am only bound to explain to HIM anything and not to you or any other person.

 

I have never asked you to help us. You yourself came and started to help, I am of the view that everybody has his own role in another’s life and my dear friend I think your role has finished here. You may kick me out of your friends list because I am assuming now that you have always hated me because of my pro-Pakistani posts. It was never for me to explain to you anything. It was about telling you that you have no right to judge my dad. He may be a far much better Christian than you OR your new friend. You will only come to know about this when you will ever get into situation like this and you will have to explain your innocence.

 

Stay cool and stay calm I never wanted and still don’t want your help and this mail is not for your blog. As I have promised to every donor, I promise you, whatever amount you donated for daddy (as far as I remember it was $10 but you can tell me if you donated more), I will return it to you and to others. As soon as we get better, as soon as we return to our normal situation, I will return you your donation.

 

Also, we are not cowards like Shamim or Basharat or others who would leave Pakistan, we will stay there and we will work for Christians from here and we really don’t care if someone kills us or whatever because we are brave. We only fear God.

 
ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME, MY FATHER AND MY FAMILY

 

Regards

 

[Ms. Mehwish Aleem]

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Free Hector Aleem Administrator Displeased with Me

John R. Houk

© November 29, 2012

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Once a great supporter of my dad and now a hater

 

John Houk Facebook Timeline

Shamim Masih Emails


Shamim Masih

Edited by John R. Houk

Posted November 19, 2012

 

Recently I posted an article by Shamim Masih exposing Hector Aleem and probably his family of being perpetrators of hoaxes at the expense Pakistani Christians and Western Christians particularly living in the USA.

 

I was one of those that posted updates on Hector as if he was a persecuted Christian and have sent money occasionally. A few other American-Christians have questioned me if Shamim Masih was for real or just another trickster defaming the Aleems. And trust me; I have had comments that definitely surly and profane usually aimed at Hector’s primary spokesperson his daughter. I chalked up those comments to Islamic Supremacists that were displeased a Christian was supporting another Christian beyond the limits of Islamic Sharia Law.

 

Below are some Masih emails beginning with an email response to one of my queries after I first came across some of his investigative journalism pertaining to Hector Aleem. Keep in mind most of this correspondence was on the level of email brevity, which I felt needed a bit editing. I believe after you read these emails you will agree with me that Shamim Masih is a legitimate reporting journalist and that his conclusions are legitimate about Hector Aleem.

 

The issue of legitimacy is important because I did take some time to think before I posted the Aleem exposé and these emails. Hector’s daughter reads in a passionate supportive nature of her father on the facebook group Free Hector Aleem. I had to re-read Masih’s investigative facts and Hector’s daughter’s passion over a few times before I made the painstaking decision not to be supportive of Hector any longer.

 

I think that is enough said, continue on with Masih’s emails to decide for yourself if his fact finding is legitimate.

 

JRH 11/19/12

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RE: Hector Aleem Story: High Profile Hector Aleem Dragged Christian Families of Rawal Town Islamabad onto the Road

 

Shamim Masih

October 19, 2012 9:10 PM

 

Dear John Houk,

 

Greetings to you in the name of our soon coming Lord Christ Jesus.

 

I feel that you have kind heart and helping Christians in Pakistan, I am so grateful for this…. I am looking at these cases around Pakistan, and went everywhere in the corner of the country… I am a free lance journalist and social activist working for Christian’s rights.

 

My earnings are through working on assignments,

 

I worked on Asia Bibi, made documentary on Asia Bibi’s case for BBC world, I broke out the Rimsha’s news first time in Islamabad and raised a voice for her and local and international media picked it up, I have been very close to Rimsha’s case…. etc etc 

 

I am sorry, if I hurt you in any sense. 

 

I know this case and its history and Hector’s working which was never for the sake of Christians or for their rights but I didn’t write on it… by any means. I remain quiet… anyway, a God fearing American lady Susan, asked me to go and solve the case. So I tried and went into its depth, it took five months and the facts are placed in front of you people.

 

There are many things, which I didn’t write… journalism ethics.

 

I read the blog you mentioned, and if you observe, Mehwish is asking for money $300 or $400 like this… sorry to say it’s not a practice, lawyers don’t charge every time. Once the fee is decided, lawyers don’t charge on a daily basis… and for your kind information, Hector Aleem is discharged from blasphemy case; see the court order below: 

 

“In 2009, under FIR No. 767, dated 28.11.2008 under sections 295-c/109 PPC, 25-D Telegraph act, Pakistani Additional Session Judge, Muhammad Sarfraz Akhter in Rawalpindi has acquitted the accused Hector Aleem, Basharat Khokhar and Robin Masih in the same kind of case.

The court stated in its order, “in nutshell on the basis of illegalities committed by investigating agency of the police and prosecution agency the prosecution has failed to prove the charge against all the said accused persons. They are therefore, hereby acquitted of the charge.”

Now he is facing the human trafficking cases, he used to take money from the people for sending them abroad in “Peace Worldwide” name, and he used to send all Muslims to other countries not Christians…

 

Even then he can be released.

 

I have been in the same sector for the last decade and so on. I know each and everything; I can manage this issue on your part.

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim

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Life Threatened for Noble Work

 

Shamim Masih

10/23/2012 9:05 PM

 

Basharat Khokhar

 

I have seen Basharat Khokher (a police constable) protecting Rimsha’s lawyer Mr. Tahir Naveed Chaudhary during court proceeding in Islamabad. He went to receive Rimsha from the jail and took her to the safest place. He had also been working as a security guard for Dr. Paul Bhatti (Minister in-charge for National Harmony) and earlier for his brother (Late) Shahbaz Bhatti (Ex. Federal Minister).

 

When Shahbaz Bhatti received threats from militants then Khokher remain a target too. He went underground after the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. But when Rimsha’s incident happened, he became at the front foot in guarding his bosses. He is the person who went to Meharabadi people to take Rimsha’s family out of the town taking his own life at risk and took them into his custody and remains with them for APMA. Unfortunately, Dr. Paul Bhatti pulled him out from the bunch without realizing the work he has done for Rimsha’s release. When the court announced Rimsha’s release order, he went there, taking her from the jail and placed Rimsha in a safe place along with her family.

 

So extremist watched him handling all the matters gallantly, and now they are threatening him. He told me that he received life threats and thus he requested his high official to provide him life security. He showed me his application to high officials.

 

This is how the life of a person becomes miserable who work for the people who face blasphemy cases. I also found that he himself had faced a false blasphemy case and court set him free in 2009.

 

Below is the court decision:

 

Earlier in 2009, under FIR No. 767, dated 28.11.2008 under sections 295-c/109 PPC, 25-D Telegraph act, Pakistani Additional Session Judge, Muhammad Sarfraz Akhter in Rawalpindi has acquitted the accused Hector Aleem, Basharat Khokhar and Robin Masih in the same kind of case.

The court stated in its order, “in nutshell on the basis of illegalities committed by investigating agency of the police and prosecution agency the prosecution has failed to prove the charge against all the said accused persons. They are therefore, hereby acquitted of the charge.

 

Khokhar’s wife was admitted to the hospital for the last couple of months. He has to take care of her and kids at home as well. All Christians are requested to pray for safety of his life.

 

I urge the authorities in Pakistan to:

 

1. Carry out an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats received by human rights defender Basharat Khokher, with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;

 

2. Take measures to ensure that government officials or other public figures refrain from making statements or declarations stigmatizing the legitimate work of human rights defenders;

 

3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Pakistan are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. 

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist
 

Secretary General 

REAP
+92-300-642-4560

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Albert David

 

Chosen Vessel of Christ: Albert David

Looking for the unity among Pakistani Christians

 

Shamim Masih

Sent: 10/25/2012 7:51 PM

 

ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN, (SHAMIM MASIH): For years Pakistani Christians are passing through hardships in different situations. Since Bhutto’s regime, he nationalized all the Christian’s institutions and dragged them out of the main stream, making the constitution in 1973 according to his will.

 

He butchered the Christians in Rawalpindi near Punjab house on Aug 30, 1972, captured by force hundreds of Christian schools and colleges, confiscated church properties worth billions and got registered False, frivolous and fabricated cases against the writer of these lines and his 44 companions. We are living witnesses to this crucification (sic) of the Christians of Pakistan.

 

Gen. Zia-ul-Haq (the dictator) and his follower Mr. Nawaz Sharif stampeding his shoes and they killed many Christians with discriminatory laws 295- B, C and many other black laws Passed by them are hanging upon our heads like loaded pistols or naked swords.

 

Unfortunately many so called Christian leaders are still shaking their tails behind them, thus not knowingly they became the part of it. I have been writing for the need of unity among Christians of Pakistan. Years back I asked J. Salik (Ex. Federal Minister), Col. (R) S K Tressler (Ex. Federal Minister), and Prof. Mushataq Victor (late) (Ex. Federal Minister), to unite Pakistani Christians, but they have been playing their own cards for own sake.

 

Few months back, when Salma Peter asked me to see Albert David. It was a time when, I met a man, wearing shalwar Qameez (Pakistani dress), walking briskly towards me, he welcomed me with a smiling face and really seemed passionate. We had a short introduction session and became proverbial, like we knew each other for years.

 

Albert David had inherited politics from his father. In our first meeting he shared his ideas and his work as a social activist, which showed that his interest and arrival in politics was a well thought out and planned process. Albert has an International recognition for his cutting edge work on Forced marriages and has been conferred with MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. He was the first Pakistani Christian to have received this honor.

 

As a social activist his focus has been on child rights, especially the right to education. He has a firm believe that the education is the key if Pakistani Christians are to break the vicious cycle of poverty and oppression. Since 2002, Albert and his team at SUPPORT CHILDREN have been able to support over 4000 children (directly and indirectly) towards their education. And all of this has been achieved through the financial contribution of the local people.

 

Having developed a good understanding of the issues effecting the development of Pakistani Christians whether social or political, combined with his exposure to the national and International issues. Albert recently has decided to play a role in Pakistani politics. Though very clear about the political issues and the approach to deal with these issues, Albert has been emphasizing on the need and importance of unity among the Christians. During all interactions that I have had with him or the public events where I have had the opportunity to listen him speaking, one thing that has been consistence is his passion for unity. The conviction in his voice and the body language whilst he talks about unity clearly shows his determination and dedication for the cause. This is further supported by his communication skills; he knows his audience and delivers the message according to their intellectual needs. I have witnessed him speaking to different groups in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Pothohari with complete fluency.

 

I along with many other social and political activists have been desperately looking for someone who could conscientiously lead the Christian nation with conviction, determination and above all love and care. Albert apparently ticks all these boxes but will have to convince and prove through his actions only then he would be able to muster support for the new political initiative “PAKISTAN UNITED CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT (PUCM)” [SlantRight Editor: PUCM on Facebook] that he and his team have announced to launch.

 

PUCM is being officially launched on 10th November, 2012 invitation has been extended to Christians to join hands under this umbrella and to mushroom unity.

 

Albert calls this the beginning of a new era, the start of a change. May God bless you; Albert David.

 

 

Be Blessed,

 

Shamim Masih

Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist
 

Secretary General 

REAP
+92-300-642-4560

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Three pastors from the home town of Rimsha perplexed about religious liberty

 

Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/2/2012 12:43 PM

 

ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN, (SHAMIM MASIH):  A few weeks back I wrote an article about the root cause of the Rimsha case [SlantRight Editor: My last post on Rimsha Masih], when Qari Muhammad Khalid Chishti was released on bail against surety bond of worth Rs. 200,000/-

 

Let me remind you his statement on this issue printed in all English Papers of Islamabad on August 25, 2012, “Christian community had previously caused antagonism by playing music in services at their makeshift church during Muslim prayer time and said burning the pages was deliberate. “They committed this crime to insult us further. This happened because we did not stop their anti-Islam activities before,” he said. “Last Christmas, they played musical instruments and there was vulgarity in the streets during our prayer time. I warned them but they did not stop.”

 

During his sermon at Friday prayers, Chishti told worshipers it was “time for Muslims to wake up” and protect the Holy Quran.  (The Express, Tribune 25th August, 2012)

 

Based on his perspicacity the whole case was planted, on August 16, when Muslim extremist raised their voice against the Christians Meharabadi, Pastor Arif Shalokh – Calvary Charismatic Church, Islamabad escaped taking his family at 2 in the night wondering in the streets of Islamabad.

 

Pastor Arif ShalokhAccording to Pastor Arif, he has been serving the Lord for the last 15 years, Rimsha and her family was the member of the same church. Pastor Arif was in rented house and has been using a hall for church service. In that vicinity more than 35 families were his church members. He said he used to visit Rimsha & family occasionally. We Christians are humble and peace loving people and can’t even imagine insulting others.

 

Answering to the question raised by Qari Muhammad Khalid Chishti he said Church services normally start at 10 am and finish till 12 o clock, so during these hours there is no Azan or Muslim’s prayer time, so how come Christian’s disturb them during their prayer. Thus this is baseless and as for as vulgarity is concerned we are the part of this culture, so we are aware of our ritual and rights. Qari Khalid belongs to extremists group and he has been blaming on Christians since he is inducted in the mosque.

 

After resettling there when they started there worship session on Sunday, 7th October, they were not allowed to worship during Sunday services, so they went to the administration and filed an application to DCO. Assistant commissioner (AC) Islamabad had marked their application to SHO police station Ramna G-11 for the investigation and to report her promptly. A month later we are still hanging on dates.

 

Pastor Yousaf Masih – International Gospel Assemblies (IGA) has been working among Christians for years and having more than 100 families in his congregation. Pastor Yousaf Masih – International Gospel Assemblies (IGA)

 

Talking to BPCA representative in Pakistan, he said that since this incident happened most of the Christians families have left their houses on the same night. I have looking after them with the available resources, and once most of the families are back in the town, we arranged the Sunday Service in a house but our landlord didn’t allow us to worship even in our houses.

 

We ask the administration where is our religious liberty, on August 11, 1947 address of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to the members of the Pakistan Constituent Assembly, to the status of a national covenant. That it has taken more than 50 years to reach such a conclusion is indeed most intriguing. In that address the Quaid said, among other things, the following:

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State… We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State… I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in due course Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.”

 

Where is our right, we are Pakistani and have sacrificed for the country, why these fundamentalist are imposing Islamic culture on us.

 

Pastor Shahid Gill – Living Branch Church IslamabadPastor Shahid Gill – Living Branch Church Islamabad working in Mehrabadi for the last 3 and half years. He is having more than fifty families in his church. Talking about the religious freedom he said that we ask our landlord to construct the church building and we had paid him 5 years advance but since the incident happened, our landlord Malik Parvaiz had back out from the agreement and told us to leave the house. He has not even paid of[f] our advance so far. When we are not allowed to worship freely, how can we survive there?

 

It is clearly seen that there are some people in the country who claim the ownership, while they forget that people from other religion are Pakistani too. All Pakistanis have the right to perform their religious duties according to their religion, under the light of Quaid-e-Azam speech on 11 August [SlantRight Editor: Here is reference to the speech].

 

We all request to UN to intercede into the matter and ask Pakistani government to give us religious freedom.

 

Pictures: Pastor Arif, Pastor Yousaf, & Pastor Shahid Gill

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Rimsha Masih photos

Update about Rimsha case

Islamabad High Court reserves verdict on plea seeking to Rismsha’s case dismissal

 

Shamim Masih

Sent: 11/14/2012 4:02 AM

[SlantRight Editor: My last update on Rimsha]

 

ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN (SHAMIM MASIH): Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved its verdict on an application from Rimsha council Abdul Hameed Rana seeking to dismiss the Rimsha case on Wednesday 14 November 2012.

 

Abdul Hameed Rana (Rimsha’s lawyer) appeared before the chief justice IHC Mr. Iqbal Hameed Rehman taking his plea for Rimsha. He said that the honorable court has seen all the evidences and it’s been proven that the case was totally fabricated against the Christian girl of 14, Rimsha. Nothing has been proven so far so he requested the court to dismiss the case.

 

The opponent council Ch. Abdul Aziz has also given his arguments in the court today.

 

After hearing an hour discussion, the chief justice high court has reserved it verdict on an application seeking to dismiss the Rimsha case.

 

Rimsha, a 14 years Christian girl, was arrested from a suburb of Islamabad in blasphemy case on August 16 and after three weeks she was released on bail on 8th September, 2012. Rimsha and her family, who have been in fear for their lives since the blasphemy allegations, were placed to an undisclosed location after her release on bail on September 8.

 

 

Pictures: Shamim talking to the council of Rimsha Abdul Hameed Rana today in the IHC

 

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There is slight editing by John R. Houk with the attempt to preserve the English-Pakistan accent. I pray the changes do not change the original intent of Shamim Masih.

It Appears I May have been Wrong about Hector Aleem


Hector Aleem Family

John R. Houk

© November 16, 2012

 

About a week ago I noticed an update from the Facebook group Free Hector Aleem. I admit I have been hesitant to post it. Here is why.

 

I noticed an article written by Shamim Masih that appeared to be a balanced report that focused on Hector Aleem. Here is a brief profile Masih I found at one his articles found at Salem-News.com.

 

I am Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world.”

 

Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura’s village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors (sic) Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

 

Shamim’s diverse working experience includes banking and finance; serving as a social worker/counselor in interfaith harmony, Christian Solidarity activism and he is a writer and author.

 

He began working in the social sector in 2003; from 2009 onward it has been a full time role for Shamim. He has done fund raising for earthquake affected people; Shamim reached the affected areas in Pakistan in 2005 and supplied the necessary required material to the people of Toba Tak Sigh affected in 2009. He has have visited the slum settlement and established the stitching and beauticians centers in different areas of the Islamabad.

 

As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim’s articles have been published in local papers as well. (From Salem-News.com Staff Page – scroll down – Masih’s profile is at the bottom)

 

 

As of this writing I do not remember the exact article that I read so I Googled Masih and Hector Aleem. Here is the investigative report posted by Shamim Masih on Hector Aleem.

 

[SlantRight Editor: More from Shamim Masih about either Hector Aleem or legitimate persecution of Christians in Pakistan to be forth coming.]

 

JRH 11/16/12

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High Profile Hector Aleem Dragged Christian Families of Rawal Town Islamabad onto the Road

 

Displaced families of Rawal Town dwelling under the sky; cold could be hard to live for them.

 

By Shamim Masih

Oct-18-2012 01:08

Salem-News.com

 

Displaced families members of Rawal Town claiming for rights and Shamim at far right

Displaced families members of Rawal Town claiming for rights and Shamim at far right

 

 

(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) – Pakistani police have arrested a Christian human rights activist after a member of militant Islamic organization accused him of sending a blasphemous text message from his cell phone.

 

Hector Aleem, 55, the director of a non-governmental organization, Peace Worldwide, is said to have raised a voice for the local Christians, who were locked in a land dispute with Capital Development Authority (CDA). Demolition of a church built at the controversial property of Park Road Rawal Town added to the ongoing tension.

 

Kausur Hector, wife of the fresh blasphemy accused told the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) that elements unhappy with Hector’s intervention in the church property case have “trapped him” in a false blasphemy case. (ANS reported in 2009)

 

Facts behind the story:

 

A God fearing lady, Susan from USA, wrote me an email in May, 2012, let me give you her statement “I got to know the Aleems, through a friend of a friend. They are friends with Melanie Woods. I happen across their situation through Melanie, starting exchanging messages through face-book with Hector’s kids. They are delightful young adult kids, who love the Lord. I pray for them, encourage them and help in other ways when I can

 

Please investigate for me about Hector Aleem and get back to me please? The family seems to be in a difficult situation, Hector has been in jail since 2009. I am pretty sure; they live not far from Islamabad Pakistan. I am not real familiar with Islamabad; I do not know how close you and the Aleems are. Since I have your permission, I will pass on your phone number to them. I look forward to hearing from you”

 

Since I got this email we exchanged views through emails’ and on her request I went to investigate the matter and bringing the fact found behind the scene:

 

Findings:

 

According to Basharat Khokher, Hector Aleem was running an organization with the name “peace worldwide” and produced good repute worldwide on the name of helping the poor Christians in Pakistan but the facts behind this were bitter to chew”. He has been involved in many unethical activities which brought him to this stage now.

 

In 2008, he was involved in the land mafia group and grabbed the piece of land in Rawal Town, Islamabad unlawfully and taking money from the poor Christians he made them to sit on piece of land, which he did not own or bought for them but of government’s land. He made a church there unlawfully to have sympathy of the world with him. He called many Christians families from different cities of the country to Islamabad. Poor Christians far from different villages came there and become the pray of his ensnare. He took Rs.3500/ from 1000 families on the name of registration for the land and thus collected Rs. 35, 00,000/- from the poor Christians.

 

On August 09, 2008 a delegation from the government include Mumtaz Alam Gillanin (Minister Human Rights), joint secretary Khalid Amin and Farid Khan (secretary), Khush Dil khan (Deputy Secretary) came to him on the piece of the land he was holding unlawfully to negotiate and to provide the alternate land for the poor Christian families.

 

But the stubborn Hector Aleem didn’t listen to them; he went to Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time Mr. Yousaf Raza Gillani who showed his sympathy towards poor Christians and made a committee to investigate the issues raised by him intentionally.

 

Meanwhile Hector took passports from few Christians include Bashaarat Khokhar working for him promising them to visa stamp for abroad.

 

A committee includes Dr. Moen Masood (SSP) Ishaq Warraich (DSP) and few other officials went to investigation and found him guilty.

 

Chief Minister Punjab took action against them in November 2008 and police arrested Christians involved in it including, Basharat Khokher, David Akmal, Arif, Qazi Asharaf, Hanok Bhatti and Hector Aleem.

 

Hector Aleem than planned a false story involving his Muslim friends to file an FIR against him of a blasphemy case, in which he took Basharat Khokher with him.

 

“I have been falsely implicated in a blasphemy case. I am a human rights activist. How could I hurt feelings of Muslim brothers? I never used SMS for any kind of purpose,” Hector Aleem told the CLAAS fact-finding team.

 

And then he intentionally knotted his so called spokesman Basharat Khokher saying he has been using my cell phone and he may have done this.

 

Government took action against all the Christians families living there unlawfully and dispersed denizen. Those innocent Christians families were pulled down from the land and have been wondering in the cold winter session of Pakistan from one place to another.

 

Displaced Christian’s families then moved on the road track of sector G-7 Islamabad and Julius Salik (Ex. Federal Minister) plunged into the matter and requested the official to provide them an independent piece of land.

 

J. Salik then left the displaced families on the track and went on his way, luckily Mr. Akram Masih Gill became the member national assembly and he took those families and settled down them on CDA land in H-9 sector Islamabad.

 

Since then, displaced Christians of Rawal Town are living under the sky; they are not allowed to construct a roof for them there. They are living there in tents since 2009, with no water provision, no electricity, and no sewerage system. On my way to finding the displaced families of Rimsha case, I went there and found them living in pathetic situation ever since then.

 

Observation:

 

When I went in interviewing the different people to reach the facts, I met many peoples, Christians and Muslims as well. Based on the statements of different people, I can say that Hector Aleem has no sympathy for Christian people but greed of money and power. He or his family has no interaction with Christian people in Pakistan. His family is still mixed up Muslims and feels comfortable with them, but claiming the world and gaining benefits from the Christians in the world on the name of Christianity. He had been involved in unethical activities and human trafficking. There are cases pending against him of human trafficking and he is not paying them off the money he took from them on the name of sending them abroad. In 2009, one of his close friend who requested not mention his name said, he was neither sincere to Christians to his Muslim friends. Now I can just pray for him and his family, and I pray to God to forgive him for his wrong doings.

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Hector Aleem Update 10/16/12


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Here is the latest Hector Aleem update from the Facebook Group Free Hector Aleem. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!

 

JRH 10/19/12

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Hector Aleem Update 10/16/12

 

By Mehwish Aleem

Free Hector Aleem

 

Dear Friends

Yesterday was Hector Aleem’s hearing in trail court. The lawyer came but there was no proceeding but the good thing is this the lawyer went to the court and talked to Mr. Hector, and with mutual decision of the lawyer and Mr. Hector we all have decided to go to the Supreme Court. The lawyer said that his fee for Supreme Court is double than the High Court but he is favoring us by keeping the fee same as it was in High and the trail court that is $300 per hearing. He is now preparing all papers and very soon he will file the case in Supreme Court. Please keep us in your prayers. God Bless you all.

For donations through PayPal, please follow the link: http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem

 

And for those who want to pay through Western Union please contact me.

Hector Aleem Update 10/3/12


Hector Aleem

Here is the continued injustice in Pakistan that is actually persecution of Christians. Hector Aleem finally had a lawyer and a judge to participate in a bail hearing. The unexplained result for Hector – DENIED!

 

This is becoming frustratingly crazy. I wish Mehwish could get a hold of more details as to Hector’s current charges and the reason bail was denied.

 

My fellow Christians that live in a culture that is free to worship with worry of retribution from Islam, Hector’s plight should engender righteous indignation. Hector’s incarceration has gone on long enough.

 

Mehwish please send us the address of who to contact who can read English to get some answers pertaining to this egregious persecution of Hector Aleem.

 

JRH 10/6/12

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Hector Aleem Update 10/3/12

 

By Mehwish Aleem

Free Hector Aleem Facebook

 

Yesterday was Hector Aleem’s hearing for bail in High Court, the judge who was in favor of Mr. Hector was not there. The judge was changed and the new judge was not in our favor so he rejected the bail, I don’t know on what grounds he rejected the bails but all I know is we have to wait for maybe 3 to 6 more months because the judge from lower court has not arrived yet. I don’t know what will be his further step, we have not decided yet. We have not talked to the lawyer about it yet. What will be our further activity? That will be posted here when it is decided. Still I have to pay his previous fee that was $400, brother Shane is paying some amount and sister Susan has already donated, those who can or want please follow the link, http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem (NCCREditor: Bold Emphasis Mine)

 

And for those who want to pay through Western Union please contact me. Again please remember us in your prayers because we have lost all hopes now. Pray for more courage and strong faith. This was our last hope and now the future seems to be very dark. Please pray for us.

 

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Hector Aleem Update 9/27/12


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Hector Aleem’s Judge showed up but Hector’s lawyer did not. Hector has been incarcerated for years on a false Blasphemy charge in Pakistan. Hector was cleared of Blasphemy but has been kept in the slammer reasons I am not to clear about; however I am convinced being a Christian activist in a Muslim nation has something to do with his incarceration.

 

The lawyer was a no-show because he did not receive his fee. Below is Mehwish Aleem’s brief description of watching in futility as her father was sent back to jail.

 

JRH 9/27/12

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Hector Aleem Update 9/27/12

 

By Mehwish Aleem

September 27, 2012 4:54 am

Free Hector Aleem Facebook Group

 

Yesterday was Hector Aleem, Chairman Peace Worldwide’s hearing in High Court, the judge waited for the lawyer but he didn’t appear. The judge kept the case in waiting because he thought that the lawyer would appear after a little while but he didn’t. Now the next date for hearing is October 2, 2012. The lawyer didn’t appear because of the nonpayment of fee. Brother Shane did arrange some money but the amount wasn’t enough. Any of you who want to donate please donate because we have to pay him before October 2nd. Please keep us in your prayers and those who can donate please follow this link http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem

 

And those who want to send their donations through Western union please contact me.

Regards

Hector Aleem Update 9/17/12


Hector Aleem Family

Mehwish writes that no Officers of the Court showed up for the Court today Hector Aleem. Mehwish blames the Mohammed movie that has sparked hate-America violence on American Embassies. Mehwish was praying for good news to at least post bail for her father.

 

JRH 9/17/12

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Hector Aleem Update 9/17/12

 

By Mehwish Aleem

September 17, 2012

Free Hector Aleem Facebook Group

 

Today was complete strike in all courts of Pakistan for the blasphemous movie protest, we first went to the High Court no one was there, than to the other court (the lower or special court) no one was there too except some goats. We waited for daddy because its the only way to meet him but no one brought him. We don’t know about next dates of both the lower and the High court. whenever we get any info about next date I’ll update you guys, AGAIN please keep us in your prayers especially the judge and the lawyer.

For donations please follow this link http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem

 
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please contact me.

Regards

 

Mehwish

Hector Aleem Update 9/12/12


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Here is a Hector Aleem update! It looks like a bail hearing might actually be attainable. So it is pay the lawyer time friends. Mehwish is asking for a mere $300.00 for Hector’s lawyer. Just think if thirty people help out with $10.00 that is $300 bucks. If 60 people help with $5.00 that also is $300 buck.

 

JRH 9/16/12

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Hector Aleem Update 9/12/12

 

By Mehwish Aleem

Free Hector Aleem

 

UPDATE!!!

Friends, yesterday was Hector Aleem’s bail hearing in High Court. The judge agreed with the lawyer that it’s been three and a half year but Hector has not been granted the bail during this period and this is his legal right. Now the judge has called the plaintiffs, who are always unavailable (which is a good point for us). The next date is 17, 17 is both hearings the high court and the session court, the lawyer will go to both courts so again he needs some money i.e. $300. Kindly donate as much as you can. Please keep us in your prayers and those who can donate please follow this link http://tinyurl.com/hectoraleem

And those who want to send their donations through Western union please contact me.

Regards

 

Mehwish

 

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Pakistan Arrests 11 Year Old Girl for Blaspheming Islam


Rimsha Masih

John R. Houk

© August 24, 2012

 

Pakistan is a Muslim nation in which the Muslim populace and the Pakistan government with every evidence of being a nation under the grips Radical Islamic Sharia Law. Pakistan is a nation that is invested hook, line and sinker into the some of the most insane punishments prescribed by Sharia Law. Among many of those Sharia Laws the rule of law to execute those that have insulted Islam, Mohammed and Allah. Such is the case of many nameless to the West Christians in Pakistan are jailed under the Blasphemy Law for insulting Islam.

 

Two Pakistanis I have been following are Hector Aleem and Asia Bibi. In their case Hector was framed by a Muslim Cleric and Asia – also a Christian – drew water from a Muslim well.

 

The Administrator (Mehwish Aleem) for the Facebook group Free Hector Aleem sent a link to sign a petition to protest the arrest of a young girl between the age of 11 and 16 (For some reason there seems to be a bit of confusion about her age). The Pakistani Christian gal’s name is Rimsha Masih. Then Mehwish sent a link that provides greater detail to Rimsha’s persecution.

 

Below is the cross post of that.

 

After the first cross post I decided to also cross post an excellent write-up by anti-Counter-Jihad website LoonWatch.com. LoonWatch couldn’t help to write some anti-Counter-Jihad junk after their excellent piece on Rimsha; ergo I precede the second cross post somewhat defending Counter-Jihad bloggers which LoonWatch labels as anti-Muslim bigots and Islamophobe haters.

 

JRH 8/24/12

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Girl accused of blasphemy ‘denied meeting with lawyer’

 

By Agencies

August 23, 2012

Dawn.com

 

ISLAMABAD: A lawyer for a young Pakistani Christian girl arrested on blasphemy charges in a poor suburb of Islamabad claimed Thursday he had been refused a meeting with her.

 

Police arrested the girl, Rimsha, who reportedly has Down’s Syndrome, in a low-income neighbourhood of the capital last Thursday after she was accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran, and remanded her for 14 days.

 

Rimsha, aged between 11 and 16, is being held in a jail in Islamabad’s twin city Rawalpindi, and her case has prompted concern from Western governments and fury from rights campaigners.

 

“The lawyers are facing difficulties to see the accused girl. The jail authorities have told them to get permission from the top authorities,” Shamaun Alfred Gill, a spokesman for All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), told AFP.

 

Her legal team said they had approached the higher authorities in Punjab province but could not get a go ahead for the meeting.

 

“I myself contacted the inspector general (of prisons) by phone and he told me that he will call me back, but I am still waiting to speak to him,” Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of Rimsha’s lawyers, told AFP.

 

“He is not receiving my calls now. Legally, they can’t stop a lawyer seeing his client in the jail but the authorities are refusing us a meeting.” But Farooq Nazir, the inspector-general of Punjab prisons, told AFP there was no restriction on Rimsha meeting her lawyer or immediate family and insisted she was being cared for.

 

Earlier, an activist who said he visited Rimsha said that the girl was too frightened to speak in a prison where she is being held in solitary confinement for her safety.

 

Christian activist Xavier William said he visited Masih at a police station where she was first held, and then this week in prison.

 

“She was frightened and traumatised,” William told Reuters.

 

“She was assaulted and in very bad shape. She had bruises on her face and on her hands,” he added, referring to an attack by a mob in her village on the edge of Islamabad after she was accused of blasphemy.

 

Rimsha is being held in the same jail as Mumtaz Qadri, the bodyguard who last year gunned down Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who had declared Pakistan’s strict anti-blasphemy legislation “a black law”.

 

Chaudhry said that they have also filed an application with a court in Islamabad to set up a medical panel to determine Rimsha’s age.

 

“We want the court to constitute a commission to judge the age of Rimsha, because, the church records show she is 11 years old only. While her age mentioned in the police report is 16,” he said.

 

Christians flee girl’s village

 

Masih’s arrest triggered an exodus of several hundred Christians from her poverty-stricken village after local mosques reported over their loudspeakers what the girl was alleged to have done. Emotions were running high there.

 

A neighbour named Tasleem said her daughter saw Masih throwing away trash that included the burned religious material.

 

“If Christians burn our Quran, we will burn them,” she told Reuters.

 

Other Muslims were more conciliatory.

 

“We protected the rest of the Christians,” said Masih’s landlord Malik Amjad Mohammad. “People here support them.”

 

Christians, who make up four per cent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million, have been especially concerned about the blasphemy law, saying it offers them no protection.

 

Convictions hinge on witness testimony and are often linked to vendettas, they complain.

 

President Asif Ali Zardari has told officials to produce a report on the girl’s arrest, which has brought protests from Amnesty International, British-based Christian group Barnabas Fund, and others.

 

Masih is due to appear in court in the next 10 days. She could be formally charged with blasphemy.

 

Spotlight on blasphemy law

 

The case has put another spotlight on Pakistan’s anti-blasphemy law, which rights groups say dangerously discriminates against the country’s minority groups.

 

Under the law, anyone who speaks ill of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad commits a crime and faces the death penalty, but activists say vague terminology has led to its misuse.

 

Convictions are common, although the death sentence has never been carried out. Most convictions are thrown out on appeal, but mobs have killed many people accused of blasphemy.

 

Christians, who make up four per cent of Pakistan’s population of 180 million, have been especially concerned about the blasphemy law, saying it offers them no protection.

 

Convictions hinge on witness testimony and are often linked to vendettas, they complain.

 

In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra, in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burned to death. The attacks were triggered by reports of the desecration of the Quran.

 

Two Christian brothers accused of writing a blasphemous letter against the Prophet Mohammad were gunned down outside a court in the eastern city of Faisalabad in July of 2010.

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SlantRight.com: Here is another informative article on Rimsha Masih from LoonWatch.com. In case you are not aware of it, LoonWatch.com bills itself as exposing the anti-Muslim bloggers. Although I am not a big dog name among bloggers I probably fit the bill that LoonWatch.com dislikes. Most bloggers that write about the dark side of Islam don’t use the “anti-Muslim” appellation. Most expose Islam bloggers prefer to be called counter-jihad bloggers.

 

So anyway, after the great information on raising public support for Rimsha, LoonWatch.com can’t help taking a stab at Counter-Jihad bloggers that might – cough – take advantage of Rimsha’s situation to inspire bigotry and violence against Muslims. AND then feels the need to quote Radical Muslim Tariq Ramadan who wrote an essay entitled, “An International Call for Moratorium on Corporal Punishment, Stoning and the Death Penalty in the Islamic World”.

 

The title is deception of this LoonWatch esteemed Islamic scholar. Check out the definition for “moratorium”:

 

1 a: a legally authorized period of delay in the performance of a legal obligation or the payment of a debt b: a waiting period set by an authority

 

2: a suspension of activity

 

Ramadan’s usage of “moratorium” is in the sense of something TEMPORARY. Thus a moratorium or temporary suspension means Muslims should follow the Quran and Sharia (Ramadan says Hudud is a better word) punishments should resume. When LoonWatch.com calls Tariq Ramadan an esteemed Islamic scholar rather than a Radical Muslim ideologue and grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna they are either displaying their ignorance or have unwittingly submitted to Islamic dhimmitude.

 

JRH 8/24/12

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Pakistan: 11 Year Old Christian Girl, Rimsha Masih Arrested on Charges of Blasphemy

 

By Garibaldi

22 August 2012

LoonWatch.com

 

“He will not enter paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct” – Prophet Muhammad

 

In the most recent manifestation of rising intolerance against minorities in Pakistan we have yet another instance in which blasphemy laws, amended under the military dictatorship of Zia-Ul Haq in the 1980′s have been used and manipulated to abuse and harm the most vulnerable.

 

This time an 11 year old girl by the name of Rimsha Masih has been arrested at the incitement of a mob on charges of allegedly burning a few pages of the Qur’an.

 

This is not the first time such egregious assaults on the conscious in Pakistan have come to our attention.

 

A few months ago a mentally ill man in Bahawalpur was accused of insulting Islam by burning the Qur’an, he was beaten by a mob, police intervened and jailed the man for his protection. This however did not sit well with the mob or their thirst for vigilante ‘vengeance’. The mob besieged the police station, forced their way inside, overwhelmed the impotent police force, dragged out the man, and beat and burned him alive.

 

Before that incident there was the high profile case of Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian woman who was accused of blasphemy by her co-workers. In the resulting aftermath the Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer was murdered by his own security guard for speaking out about the injustice of the blasphemy laws and the treatment of Aasia Bibi. Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister of Minority Affairs, was quite vocal regarding his opposition to the law and the way Aasia Bibi was treated, he too was gunned down.

 

Such horrific cases are not limited to Christians: Hindus, Sikhs, Ahmedis, Sunnis and Shias have all been subjected to the injustice of blasphemy laws, in one form or another. The laws are generally used according to observers as a means to settle personal scores.

 

Critics among Pakistan’s embattled liberals say the law is regularly misused by people to settle personal scores and dispossess neighbours from land.

 

Now, 11 year old Rimsha Masih sits in a dingy jail cell, as in other cases ostensibly for her protection.

 

How did this tragedy unfold?

 

Some doubts and questions exist about whether or not Rimsha Masih is actually 11 years old and suffers from Down syndrome as most media outlets have portrayed,

 

Christian, and some Muslim, neighbors said Ms. Masih was 11 years old and had Down syndrome. Senior police officers dismissed those claims; one described her as 16 and “100 percent mentally fit.”

 

Discussions about Masih’s mental faculties and age miss the point and are irrelevant considering there is agreement on the most important facts.

 

According to most accounts, Rimsha and her family are impoverished street sweepers who lived in a slum near Islamabad. According to her landlord the controversy erupted when a local cleric was informed by his nephew about Masih holding a burned copy of a book called the “Noorani Qaida” which is used to teach children the Quran.

 

Malik Amjad, landlord of the family’s rented house, said the controversy started early last week after his nephew saw Ms. Masih holding a burned copy of the Noorani Qaida. The nephew informed a local cleric, Khalid Jadoon, Mr. Amjad said.

 

Desecration of Muslim holy texts is illegal in Pakistan and punishable by death. But Mr. Amjad said the incident bothered few local residents initially and caught fire only at the instigation of the cleric and two conservative shopkeepers.

 

“He tried to shame people by saying, ‘What good are your prayers if the Koran is being burnt?’ ” Mr. Amjad said.

 

Mr. Amjad said he handed the girl over to the police for her own protection and criticized the cleric’s role. “He exaggerated the incident and provoked people,” he said.

 

It was not clear how, or even if, Ms. Masih had come across the burned religious book. One neighbor, Malik Shahid, said it might have simply become accidentally swept up in a trash pile she was collecting.

 

The situation has been roundly condemned by Pakistani Human Rights campaigners and activists, government officials and politicians.

 

Senior government and police officials agreed with Christian leaders that the accusations against Ms. Masih were baseless and predicted that the case would ultimately be dropped.

 

Imran Khan, a leading politician and frontrunner in Pakistan’s 2013 Presidential elections sent out this message,

 

Shameful! Sending an 11yr old girl to prison is against the very spirit of Islam which is all about being Just and Compassionate.

 

The Poor child is already suffering from Down Syndrome. The State should care for its children not torment them. We demand her immediate release.

 

Pakistani journalists and bloggers have also been quite vocal about the shocking situation.

 

We have been alerted to two separate petitions calling on Pakistan’s Minister of Human Rights and the government to protect and immediately release both Aasia Bibi and Rimsha Masih (h/t: Hatice).

 

Repeal Aasia Bibi’s death sentence petition

 

And

 

Letter to Pakistan’s Minister of Human Rights for the Immediate Release of Aasia Bibi

 

And

 

Appeal to UNO Human Rights for the Release of Rimsha Masih

 

It is important to sign and share these petitions, so as to make clear where the world stands on these issues. It is vital foremost for Muslims to do so.

 

Some may question why we are highlighting this particular case, since Loonwatch focuses on exposing rampant anti-Muslim and Islamophobic bigotry. We believe sharing the above petitions are important most of all out of respect for basic human dignity and because such attacks also harm Muslims everywhere, especially in the West. A bigot or an Islamophobe may use it as justification for his (or her’s) nefarious anti-Muslim agenda and or as an excuse for violent reprisals. It is also important to point out the great irony of all of this, that such mobs, excited by ignorant and blind passions of “defending the faith” stand condemned by Islam–unequivocally. Nowhere, not even in classic, medieval Islamic jurisprudence can one find an interpretation permitting vigilante, extra-judicial torture and murder of any person who allegedly committed a crime–let alone killing and beating the insane, handicap and poor. Indeed, those individuals who took part in the mob should be found, arrested and given the harshest judgment possible under the law. To be made examples.

 

Clearly the implementation of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan has proved defective and only increased divisiveness, sectarianism and injustice. It calls to mind the urgent need to implement what Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan called “An international moratorium on corporal punishment, stoning and the death penalty” in Muslim majority countries–and to go further, a repeal of unjust laws such as the current blasphemy law in place in Pakistan which overwhelmingly prosecute and persecute the innocent, the poor, the vulnerable and the minority.

 

 

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Pakistan Arrests 11 Year Old Girl for Blaspheming Islam

John R. Houk

© August 24, 2012

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John R. Houk

© August 6, 2012

 

I just checked my spam folder for NCCR. Below are blogs and websites that either left comments or legitimate ping backs but went to the old spam folder. I have approved the comments and ping backs and I offer my apologies for rectifying this in an untimely manner.

 

I even approved a comment that was pro-Obama and Anti-Sheriff Arpaio. That comment (which is posted cowardly twice under different names yet the exact same info) ends with a link that contradicts the Cold Case Posse findings. I’ll let you decide if it is pro-Obama propaganda or not. Go to “Let Congress Examine Cold Case Findings” to get the pro-Obama link.

 

Then there is this obvious Pakistani Muslim dude that has sought out all the posts supporting persecuted Christian – Hector Aleem and has made profane remarks about Hector’s daughter who does most of the work in raising money for funding the legal aid to have her father released from jail. The last comment was over the top in profanity and character assassination.

 

You might wonder the reason why I have left such crude comments on my blog. Normally I would delete such crudeness; however I believe it is important for people to know just how ugly and hypocritical Muslims can be when they feel insulted. If a Christian responds in the same manner as this Pakistani Muslim (which by the way also in a cowardly manner uses different names but is obviously from the same person), that person needs to check his/her Christian faith. Christians are specifically told not to insult those who belittle our faith.

 

Here is the list of blogs and websites that I approved out of my spam folder:

 

§  Swiss Defence League

 

§  John Malcolm: “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

 

§  The Busy Post

 

§  LasArtes (Looks like spam and yet comment does seem legit)

 

§  The Roman Gate

 

JRH 8/6/12

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