Minorities have no choice in Pakistan


Intro to ‘Minorities have no choice in Pakistan’

Editor: John R. Houk

Intro typed: September 17, 2014

 

 

 

Shamim writes about Pakistani minorities being persecuted by the majority Sunni Muslims. That persecution is executed with mercilessly robbing, beating, raping, damaging property, damaging Churches, damaging religious centers and artifacts other religious minorities which includes loss of life. Of course Shamim writes from a Christian perspective but he includes other religious minorities because in Pakistan they are the recipients of the same vicious hate as Christians from Sunni Muslims. Shamim insinuates a sense of abandonment from the Western World specifically mentioning Americans and Jews.

 

As Americans go I have to disagree. American citizens are the largest givers of foreign charity in the world. As to Shamim’s disappointment of Jews providing aid to Pakistani-Christians or any Pakistani-Religious minority for that matter, may rest on one historical fact. Jews have faced thousands of years of persecution being ejected from their homeland twice. In this present age the Muslim world begrudges Jews living on their God-Promised land even that land is extremely miniscule in the 21st century. Any enlargement of Israeli territory since 1948 has come due to existential wars guided by Muslim nations and Muslim terrorists intent on destroying the Jewish homeland for a third time and executing a Jewish genocide if such an ungodly destruction of Israel occurs. Because of a history of Christian and Muslim degradation of Jews over the last few centuries there is little affinity for Jews to invest in persecuted Christians or other minorities that have expressed antisemitism toward Jews in general. Despite the years of persecution from non-Jews, Jews – particularly American Jews – are remarkable givers to non-Jewish charities. As far as that goes to Pakistan, I have no idea. My first inkling is that Jews are more giving to alleviate natural disasters than to overcome non-Jewish socio-religious issues.

 

Nevertheless, Shamim is correct to be disappointed. The American media is nearly absent on reporting the plight of Pakistani Christians. The American media would do a great service for American givers if the illegitimate Pakistan Christian leaders (i.e. the corrupt and money grubbing) were exposed while highlighting Pakistani Christian leadership doing actual social and civil rights work among the exploited, abused and often violently murdered poverty stricken Christians.

 

As such Shamim Masih is one of those legitimate Christian civil rights leaders. There is some donation information for his very dangerous work in an environment in which the hatred of Christians is pervasive at end of Shamim’s report below.

 

JRH 9/17/14

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Minorities have no choice in Pakistan

Shamim at the place of twin blast in Peshawar church

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/15/2014 9:35 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Sitting on the top roof of the four stories building in the capital, a man roared that if you uttered a single word from your mouth I will send you directly into hell. There were four people from three different faiths, Sunni, Shia and a Christian. It can happen only in Pakistan that Sunni Muslims can use rough language about others but they are not ready to listen against themselves, because they are in power. Religion should not be the state’s business; I am sorry, but it’s clear that your religion is not your personal matter. It is the matter for all of us to interfere in, as and when we feel necessary or find a choice.

   

The recent attack on the Sikh community of Peshawar {Times of India] and on an Ahmadi community in Gujranwala [WSJ] has given out a clear message to minorities that Pakistan is not for them. Harjeet Singh, 30, was present in his grocery shop in Nothia Bazar of Peshawar, when two unknown assailants on a motorcycle opened fired on him and killed him on the spot [The Nation].

 

It’s a clear message to all minorities that they don’t have the right to practice their religion or sect nor to run their business for their living. If you did so, you better [be] ready for an army of so called preachers deliberately enforcing a religious polemic argument on you. It makes no difference, how patriotic you feel for Pakistan, you will always stay an American or Zionist agent. Although it is fact, Americans or Jews least bother about Pakistani Christians. The Taliban have already given warnings to the people of Chitral valley (heretics) to either convert to Islam or be ready to die [The Frontier Post & Dawn.com]. A few months back, three Hindu temples were desecrated in Mir Pur Khas district [Central Asia Online &.Pakistan Times] Earlier this year, in Larkana, the heart of Pakistan Peoples Party, a mob looted a Hindu temple before setting it ablaze [Hindu Human Rights & The Hindu]. After the attack on Peshawar Church last year, the Taliban made it quite clear that the attacks were exactly according to Sharia. Religious extremists looted the houses in Joseph Colony [in] Lahore before setting it ablaze. Asia Bibi, Sawan Masih and [the] Christian couple (Shagufta Bibi and Shafqat Emmanuel) in Gojra are sentenced to death. And all it started with Christians allegedly framed in a blasphemy case [For Pakistan].

 

[Imran Khan]

I K representing new Pak

 

The killing of [a] Christian family in Gojra including small kids and burning the 100 years old church in Mardan were some chilling events that can’t be forgotten. Even, the sizable Shia community faces the same fate as other minorities do. Shias are killed on regular basis in the country. People are pulled down from the buses, identified and they are mercilessly massacred.

 

It’s again pathetic when we see that neither Pakistani Christian organizations like CLAAS and so on nor the international community step forward to protect Christian rights. Some so called social activists are active for their vested interests in the name of protecting Pakistani Christians.  Sorry to say,Pakistan drainage system at slums but this is not a country for minorities, you better leave. But how come, it is possible [for] neither European nor other Christian countries to welcome Pakistani Christians? We are left here to suffer and suffer no bright future for children [due to the] stiff environment around.  

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

All text or links enclosed by brackets are by the Editor.

 

© Shamim Masih

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Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011

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Editor: For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

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Would YOU like to be a Christian and an Activist in Pakistan?


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Shamim Masih and wife Namja


John R. Houk
© July 11, 2014
 
Shamim Masih is a Christian Rights/Journalist living in Pakistan. I am writing to encourage readers to prayerfully consider providing Shamim some continued and dedicated support. My good friend is an activist that both promotes the Christian faith and is an activist promoting civil rights for Christians in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I am going to provide a donation path which will be in all honesty non-tax deductible in the USA and frankly I am totally unaware tax deduction laws in Europe relating to income tax.
 
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
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5.      You’ll get a confirmation by email. Save the tracking number (MTCN) to share with your receiver for pickup.
 
Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
 
YOU CAN imagine that being a Christian, an activist and a person that actively is involved in a lay capacity in ministry outreach in Pakistan; is a person that may be arrested for blasphemy, beaten up by a Muslim crowd or even murdered.
 
Here are some examples of threatening situations Shamim lives with as it happens to other Christians living in Pakistan:
 
Forced conversion to Islam of Christian and Hindu girls continues to rise in Pakistan. A recent report launched by the MSP (Movement for Solidarity and Peace) revealed that 1,000 Christian and Hindu girls, aged between 12 and 25, are forced to convert to Islam every year. It is estimated that Christian girls make up 70 per cent of this number, while Hindus make up the remainder.
 
READ THE REST (Girls are being forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan, but because they are Christian nobody cares; By Nasir Saeed, CLAAS UK; Christianity Today; 4/14/14)
 
There is no provision in Pakistan’s blasphemy law to punish a false accuser or a false witness. Since 1990, more than 65 Christians have been killed for “blasphemy;” more than 165 cases are waiting for verdicts.
 
In recent years, the Christians of Pakistan have become one of the most vulnerable religious communities in the world. Most of the time, the Pakistani extremists use two common accusations to persecute the Christians: defamatory remarks toward Mohammed, and burning pages of Quran.
 
Christians in Pakistan, a news site on behalf of the Pakistani Christian community, predicted that the situation is becoming alarming. The site alleges that there are currently many cases being reported of Christians being targeted, but no action to reform or address the problem by any government official.
 
In a recent incident in Badami Bagh near Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, Sawan Masih, a Pakistani Christian and two Muslims were quarreling over the drinking of alcohol. Four days later, on March 9, the Muslims accused him of insulting the Prophet Muhammad — in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Iran, under blasphemy laws, an allegation punishable by death.
 
Police quickly arrested Masih, but a massive mob of 3000 Muslims wanted police to hand “the blasphemer” over to them. The mob attacked the Joseph colony, a poor Christian neighborhood, and burned 180 houses. Two churches were vandalized. READ THE REST (Muslim Persecution of Christians Escalating in Pakistan; By Mohshin Habib; Gatestone Institute; 4/9/13 2:00 am)
 
A Pakistani Christian girl Rimsha Masih who was arrested for alleged blasphemy last year and forced into hiding for fear of her life has moved to Canada, an activist said today.
 
Rimsha Masih could have faced life in prison if convicted over allegations that she set fire to pages of the Koran in the poor, run-down neighbourhood where she lived on the edge of Islamabad.
 
 
She was released on bail and the case against her was quashed in November, but she and her family were forced into hiding, living under government protection in fear of their lives.
 
But a Christian activist in Pakistan told AFP today that Rimsha and her close relatives had moved to Canada.
 
READ ENTIRETY (Pakistan ‘blasphemy’ girl Rimsha Masih moves to Canada; By AFP: Islamabad; Indian Express; 6/30/13)
 
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
You need a Western Union Account – IT’S FREE
 
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1.      Log in to your profile. If you don’t have a profile, please register for free.
 
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3.      Enter your receiver’s name and address. [And phone number]
 
4.      [Americans] Pay with your credit or debit card (issued by a bank in the United States). [Western Union will charge a fee depending on amount – typically a couple of bucks.]
 
5.      You’ll get a confirmation by email. Save the tracking number (MTCN) to share with your receiver for pickup.
 
Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
Release partners say that Christians forced to flee from their homes during the Rimsha Masih (also known as Rimsha Misrik) blasphemy row are still homeless – and increasingly desperate.
 
Between 800 and 1,000 families from Mehrabad are still living in tents or makeshift shelters in a forest area near Islamabad, more than a year after fleeing their homes. They lack even basic services such as water and fear officials may soon move them on.
 
Release sources say the Christians still fear retaliatory attacks from Islamist extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations made against Rimsha, a teenager with learning difficulties, in August 2012.
 
READ THE REST (PAKISTAN – CHRISTIANS IN RIMSHA’S VILLAGE STILL HOMELESS AND FEARFUL; release international; 11/20/13)
 
Two weeks ago today, our sister Asia Bibi was scheduled to finally have the appeal against her conviction for blasphemy and resulting death sentence heard by High Court in Lahore, Pakistan. The hearing didn’t happen. No reason for the delay was announced, and no new hearing date was set.
 
It was the fifth time her appeal has been scheduled to start…and the fifth time there has been a delay. The reasons for the delays have been varied: there have been sick judges and lawyers who couldn’t make it at the appointed hour.
 
The reality is that no judge wants to hear her case. If they uphold the conviction and death sentence, the world will rain down criticism on the injustice of putting to death a Christian wife and mother. But radical Muslims in Pakistan have announced that there will be a price to be paid by any judge who overturns the verdict and allows Asia Bibi to go free. For the judges, it is a no-win situation.
 
 
Each time her case has been announced and then delayed, I’ve pictured Asia Bibi going through these emotional ups and downs. I’ve thought of her daughters going to bed without a hug from their mom on the night they thought they’d bring her home; her husband wondering again if he’ll ever see his wife outside of prison walls.
 
On June 19th, it will have been five years since Asia Bibi’s arrest. There is a legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied. Justice for Asia Bibi has been delayed, and then delayed again four more times. As of today, no new hearing date has been announced. Who knows when her appeal might go forward?
 
READ ENTIRETY (Asia Bibi: Justice delayed is...; By Todd Nettleton; Persecution BlogVoice of the Martyrs; 6/10/14 11:42 AM)
 
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
You need a Western Union Account – IT’S FREE
 
Money in Minutes service
 
1.      Log in to your profile. If you don’t have a profile, please register for free.
 
2.      Choose our Money in Minutes service.
 
3.      Enter your receiver’s name and address. [And phone number]
 
4.      [Americans] Pay with your credit or debit card (issued by a bank in the United States). [Western Union will charge a fee depending on amount – typically a couple of bucks.]
 
5.      You’ll get a confirmation by email. Save the tracking number (MTCN) to share with your receiver for pickup.
 
Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On August 14, another Christian girl, 12-year-old Muqadas Kainat (which means “Holy Universe”) was ambushed in a field near her home in Sahawil by five Muslim men who “gang raped and murdered” her.  At the time, her father was at a hospital visiting her sick mother.  He and other family members began a frantic search, until a tip led them to the field where his daughter’s body lay.  The postmortem revealed that she had been “gang raped and later strangled to death by five men.”  Police, as usual, did not arrest anyone.  As a Salem News report puts it, “Complicating matters is the fact that several Christian girls in this remote area have been raped and forced to both marry into the Muslim community and abandon their own religion, human rights groups report…. there is a history in this part of Pakistan according to the Christian community, of local authorities failing to investigate cases of rape or other violence against Christians, often for fear of influential Muslims or militants.”
 
 
…Here are ten more anecdotes, chosen at random from the many former documented cases:
 
1.      Nisha, a 9-year-old Christian girl was abducted by Muslims, gang-raped, murdered by repeated blows to her head, and then dumped into a canal (May, 2009).
 
2.      Gulfam, another 9-year-old Christian girl, was raped by a Muslim man.  Though not killed, she was left “in shock and in the throes of a physical and psychological trauma.” During her ordeal, her rapist told her “not to worry because he had done the same service to other young Christian girls” (Dec, 2010).
 
3.      Lubna, a 12-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped, gang-raped, and murdered by a group of Muslims (Oct, 2010).
 
4.      Kidnapped last Christmas Eve, a 12-year-old Christian girl known as “Anna” was gang raped for eight months, forcibly converted and then “married” to her Muslim attacker.  After she escaped, instead of seeing justice done, “the Christian family is in hiding from the rapists and the police” (Oct, 2011).
 
5.      After gang-raping a 13-year-old Christian girl, a band of Muslims came to her house when all male members were away working and “mercilessly” beat her pregnant aunt causing her to lose female twins to miscarriage: “They murdered our children, they raped our daughter. We have nothing left with us,” lamented an older family member.  The police went on to accuse the 13-year-old raped girl of “committing adultery with three men” (Jun, 2012).
 
6.      A Muslim man murdered a teenage Christian girl, Amariah, during an attempted rape: he had “grabbed the girl and, under the threat of a gun, tried to drag her away. The young woman resisted, trying to escape the clutches of her attacker, when the man opened fire and killed her instantly, and later tried to conceal the corpse” (Dec, 2011).
 
7.      Muslims abducted a 14-year-old Christian girl, Mehek, at gunpoint in broad daylight from her parents’ house.  One of her abductors declared he would “purify her” by making her “Muslim and my mistress” (Aug, 2011).
 
8.      Shazia, a 12-year-old Christian girl, was enslaved, raped, and murdered by Chaudhry Naeem, a rich Muslim lawyer, who was acquitted.  His wife and son had participated in abusing the child (Nov, 2010).
 
9.      Nadia, a Christian girl who was abducted in 2001 when she was 15-years-old and forced to marry a Muslim, only recently returned to her Catholic family (Jan, 2012).
 
10.  A powerful Muslim businessman had two Christian sisters kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam, and “married” to him (May, 2011).
 
The above anecdotes represent a mere sampling of the documented atrocities committed against the children of Pakistan’s Christians, who amount for a miniscule 1.5% of the nation’s population. READ ENTIRETY (The Rape and Murder of Pakistan’s Christian Children; By Raymond Ibrahim; RaymondIbrahim.com; 11/18/12)
 
As Raymond Ibrahim said in 2012 this represents “a mere sampling of the documented atrocities committed”. Just think as of writing this blog it is now 2014. If anything atrocities against Pakistani Christians have gotten worse rather than better.
 
AND this is the life Shamim Masih faces on a daily basis in Pakistan as a Christian and an activist. Please support him!
 
SEE SUPPORT INFO BELOW
 
The best avenue to contribute to Shamim Masih is via Western Union. This is something that can be done online using a credit card, check/debit card or a bank account. I use the Credit/Debit Card Method.
 
You need a Western Union Account – IT’S FREE
 
Money in Minutes service
 
1.      Log in to your profile. If you don’t have a profile, please register for free.
 
2.      Choose our Money in Minutes service.
 
3.      Enter your receiver’s name and address. [And phone number]
 
4.      [Americans] Pay with your credit or debit card (issued by a bank in the United States). [Western Union will charge a fee depending on amount – typically a couple of bucks.]
 
5.      You’ll get a confirmation by email. Save the tracking number (MTCN) to share with your receiver for pickup.
 
Shamim’s address is simply Pakistan – he’ll go to the nearest Western Union Agent.
Shamim’s phone number is +92 3006424560.
 
 
 
 
JRH 7/11/14
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Shamim Masih
Special Correspondents
Human Rights Activist
 
Snapshot of Human Rights Activism from 2011
Christian Rights Activist
Freelance Journalist
 
Secretary General of Information
 
Shamim Masih’s Donate/Support info:
 
Editor: For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending to a Western Union agent in Islamabad. Include Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560
 
FOR USD TRANSFER.
Intermediary Bank:
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        MSHQUS33
Beneficiary Bank:
                        JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:
                JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:
        70008227
Title Of a/c
                               Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:
             
  405527
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FOR GBP TRANSFER.
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Intermediary Bank SWIFT BIC:
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Beneficiary Bank:
                        JS BANK LIMITED
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:
                JSBLPKKA
Bank A/c # at Intermediary bank:
        00010855
Title Of a/c
                               Shamim Masih
Beneficiary Account Number:
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FOR EURO TRANSFER.
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Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC:
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