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UPDATE on Younis Masih shared with VOP from the (LEAD) group in Pakistan.
LAHORE PAKISTAN: Many were delighted after the announcement that Pakistani Christian, Younis Masih was released on appeal by the Lahore High Court, Lahore. There were some organizations who announced and claimed that their partners were relocating him to an unspecified location to save his life.
He was sentenced to death by a judge in Lahore on May 30, 2007. The appeal was filed and his case was re-opened in September 2012.
Younis Masih, who had languished in jail since his arrest on September 10, 2005, was declared innocent by by the DB of Justice Khaja Amtiaz Ahmed and Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court .
Masih had suffered a heart attack on January 8, 2013 and he is still a heart patient.
On Thursday, Masih came to visit with Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, National Director LEAD and described the days which he spent after his release from jail.
“I was very welcomed by some after my release from jail, but after me two weeks in their custody, they discarded and threw me as tissue paper in dustbin. I have four Children, no job and no kind of support. I am living in fear of attacks and do not know when someone will kill me.
I have heard that Rimsha Masih had been relocated to Canada, but why is no one caring about my life? I am not able to work among Muslims, I am always forced to disguise myself and never tell any one that I am Youmis Masih.”
“I have lost my identity.”
His brother told Advocate Gill,
“He is living with us and we also are under threats, receiving many threatening letters from the owner of our house.”
Advocate Gill explains,
“Living in a land of 97% Muslims, the Christians in Pakistan have an ongoing fear of persecution in the guise of threats, attacks, discrimination and hatred, but the one intimidation that constantly hovers over them is the blasphemy laws. The lives of the blasphemy accused are always under a hanging sword during trial or while in jail, even after being acquitted and released.”
Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of 5, convicted under the law of blasphemy in 2010, remains on death row in Pakistan and a cleric in Peshawar has offered a reward of 5,000 euro to anyone who kills her.
For now, the uphill struggle continues. The Pakistani court has yet to take up her appeal against the blasphemy conviction and death sentence.
“In Asia Bibi’s case, we are hoping for the best outcome, however her life would still be in danger. Militants will try to kill her if she is freed. A prime example is the case of two brothers, Rashid Emmanuel and Sajid Masih Emmanuel. Both were Christians accused of blasphemy and killed in cold blood in front of the Courthouse of Faisalabad during their hearings, July 2010.”
According to sources, Bibi will face threats in Multan Jail, or will be forced to convert to Islam under pressure. A Christian who visited her in Sheikhupura jail in 2011; said he found Islamic books in her cell and she told him that the jail authorities were teaching her to read.
In the year of 2011, two high profile political figures were assassinated Mr. Salman Taseer by his bodyguard for voicing his opinion on the blasphemy law and supporting Asia Bibi. And Mr.Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minority Affairs after receiving many death threats by unidentified individuals.
Advocate Gill that we all pray.
We appeal to our brothers and sisters to pray for Younis Masih ‘s safety and his safe relocation. We appeal that you pray for all who are suffering in Pakistani jails under the allegation of blasphemy laws. Pray for their counselors that they will honestly represent these accused without taking the directions from those who have their own vested interests. Pray God will give them wisdom and courage to plead and argue well their cases in courts.
The Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) LEAD Advocates offer free legal aid and assistance to those who are persecuted and unable to pay. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
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LAHORE PAKISTAN: Director of the LEAD informs us to ban the speeches of Muslim Clerics in Mosques against the Christian faith and Holy Book (The Bible) and also ban the texts of educational books which criticize and falsify the faith of other religions. The exchange of thoughts against minority religions in public/work places and in educational institutions should also be banned. This is the only way to stop the purposeful misuse of blasphemy laws against religious minorities, including Christians.
LAHORE: In August 2013. there was a new case of blasphemy in Phool Nagar (old name Bhai Pheru), the issue of blasphemy was resolved because the accused is minor boy and he is Muslim.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill had received a call that in Phool Nagar the situation [had] gone bad by a Quran burning incident raised by Du-Band Sect of Islam, the whole city became scared and alert.
There is a Shia Madrasa and some Muslim students, who burnt the garbage papers in which some pages of the Quran were also burnt. This news spread in whole city and police officials arrived within 5 minutes. The High Officials also reached the area and they set up a committee of all Muslim sects. including Shia, Sunni, Wahabi and Du- Band. The grave issue was quickly resolved. No FIR, no news in the press, etc.
On 29 May, 2005, there was a blasphemy case against a Muslim School Headmaster, Ahmad Saeed Minhas. The Muslim was accused of using abusive words against the Prophet of Islam. He was beaten and tortured by Muslims, but due to intervention of others, his life was saved.
This blasphemy issue came to the Police and High Police officials involved. And they formed a committee of Muslim Ulmas, including members of all Muslim sects. The blasphemy matter was resolved without registration of FIR, no threats to his family members and no threats to other Muslims in the community.
We ask, “ Why are Christians not safe in Pakistan under the blasphemy law?
Last year, the case of Rimsha Masih displayed all that is wrong with Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law. Rimsha, believed to have been between 11 and 13 years old, comes from an impoverished Christian family living near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. She suffers from Down Syndrome.
Rimsha was accused of burning pages with Quranic passages, not Quranic Pages. Police took her into custody on August 17, 2013. The whole Christian Community was reportedly assaulted. There was a mob demanding that police turn her over to be killed. Threats against the Christian community were also made. Almost 400 families were forced to flee to other parts of the capital. The girl’s own family had to go into hiding.
In March of this year, there was a case of blasphemy against Sawan Masih, the case was registered and he was arrested on March 09, 2013. A fully charged mob of almost 4,000 religious zealots gathered around the Christian Joseph Colony. A heavy contingent of police was deployed near the colony. Still, the mob in the presence of the police, entered in the colony and started looting and torching more than 200 hundred of the Christians homes. Two churches, along with a chapel were vandalized and approximately 500 hundred Bibles were burnt. The furniture and other belongings of the school were also burnt. Christian houses were damaged or destroyed, along with eight shops, many motorcycles, auto rickshaws, electricity meters, and gas meters.
Where were the Police High Officials in these blasphemy issues of Christians? Why are committees not formed to investigate before the registration of FIRs? Why are Christians compelled to flee from their homes, while many houses were burnt at Joseph Colony? Why the death threats to their parents? Why did the mob want to kill them? Why death threats to those who advocated in these cases?
Answer: Because of their Christian Faith!
In recent years, the Christians of Pakistan have become one of the most vulnerable religious communities in Pakistan. Most of the time, the Muslim extremists’ use two common accusations to persecute the Christians: defamatory remarks toward Mohammad and burning pages of the Quran, even some text of the Quran written in other general books.
The country’s blasphemy laws are “a major source of victimization and persecution” of religious minorities, who live in “in a state of fear and terror.” The country’s blasphemy laws are some of the strictest in the world, and include punishment. In some cases, imprisonment for life or the death penalty, for outraging the religious feelings of Muslims.
This report is not just comparative of blasphemy cases against two different faiths, its purpose is to focus on the truth that Christians have no place in Pakistan under blasphemy laws.
Pakistan’s section 295-A reads: “Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of the citizens of Pakistan, by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representations insults a religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, or with fine, or with both.”
ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS LAWS AND ISLAMIC BLASPHEMY LAWS SHOULD NOT BE APPLICABLE ON CHRISTIAN INCLUDING OTHER NON-MUSLIMS, SAID ADVOCATE SARDAR MUSHTAQ GILL, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF LEAD AND PUNJAB PRESIDENT PCC.
In 1982, President Ziaul Haq introduced an ordinance that added a section to this law. Section 295-B reads: defiling, etc., of the Holy Qur’an: “Whomever willfully defiles, damages or desecrates a copy of the Holy Qur’an, or of an extract therefrom, or uses it in any derogatory manner, or for any unlawful purpose shall be punishable with imprisonment for life.”
Gill says, there are double standards, such as in the cases above and the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five. She still remains in prison after being sentenced to death in November 2010, after an argument with a Muslim women who then claimed she made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammed.
He also shared with Voice of the Persecuted,
“We have long been demanding the repeal of these laws, which are used as a tool by extremists and even some more “moderate” Muslims to settle their personal grudges or seize the possessions of Christians. All minorities have been affected, but we continue to be the main target. Innocent Christians have been killed in broad daylight, some burnt alive. Churches have been attacked and Christian villages have been burnt to ashes. It seems that there is no chance that the state will be able to undo the two changes to Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Muslims wish to see Pakistan’s population 100% Muslim. They wish to make Pakistan a pillar of Islam where there is no place for Christians.”
Pakistan: In correspondence with LEAD’s Director, VOP has been informed of another brutal rape of a young Christian girl.
On August 14, 2012, Last year when Pakistani Churches celebrating on the Day of Independence when Pakistani Churches received freedom, a poor daughter of Christ was brutally raped.
The young Christian girl from Sahiwal, a city in Punjab, Pakistan, was murdered after being “gang raped” by a group of five Muslim men. Report here
On Jan. 25, 2013, A minor Christian girl named Fouzia Bibi, daughter of Malooka Masih, age 15 and a resident of the Village Roday, District of Kasur, was brutally raped by her family’s landlord.
At about 6:30 AM, Fouzia Bibi went to bring milk to the landlord from one of his nearby cattle areas. On her way, two Muslims armed with pistols, Sher Muhammad and Shabir, abducted her and imprisoned her in a room. They forcibly removed her clothes then raped and tortured her one by one. No one could hear the cries of the young girl as she was raped and left unconscious. View report here. Latest report of family being pressured by authorities to drop this case here.
A Christian girl, a 7th grader in the Village Doctor Wala, Vehari was raped by a Muslim man under the supervision of two armed Muslim men.
On July 13, 2013, Humaira was home alone while her parents were busy working in the fields. Around 6:20pm, two Muslim men, Zubair, son of Abdul Sittar and another man, Mr.Babo came to her house with ill intentions.
The men told her that an accident occurred and her father had been injured. They also told her that her father was in the Hospital and he was asking for them to bring someone from his home. She became upset upon receiving this sad news. Believing she was going to see her father at the Hospital, she accompanied them on motorbike.
They stopped the motorbike in front of Bashir Memorial Hospital, which was very far from her village and had been closed for more then 10 years. Mr. Murtaza, a third man whose residence was very close to the abandoned hospital, was already there. When they stopped in front of the vacant Hospital building, Humaira realized something was not right and she started to cry, but her tears were in vain.
By gun point, Zubair forcibly took her into a room of the hospital and locked her in, threatening to kill her and her family if she cried and made noise. According to Humaira, only one of the accused, Murtaza sexually harassed her, then brutally raped her at gun point, while the other two stood by and watched. Later they left her in the room and fled.
When she heard some noise from outside of the Hospital, she came out of the room, climbed over the wall and ran away naked. There were some Christian men from her village who had been searching for her, standing outside the Hospital. When she saw them, she started crying and one of them gave her a scarf to cover herself. Her father arrived and she told him of the kidnapping and brutal rape.
Pakistan: A History of Violence
The Pakistan Religious Violence Project, an undertaking of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, tracked over the past 18 months publicly-reported attacks against religious communities in Pakistan, issued on July 2013.
From this fact-sheet, one thing is very clear, that in Pakistan only Christian and Hindu girls and women are being raped. LEAD asks, “Why?”
LEAD is ready to raise our voice for these poor victim families. We wish to give them free legal assistance and services in such cases of persecution, but do not have the funds to help them financially.
(Legal Evangelical Association Development Development) LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, they are motivated by God’s grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity. Many of their clients are very poor and unable to afford legal services. Due to this fact, many incidents go unreported, causing them to be under constant abuse from their oppressors. LEAD Advocates offer free legal aid and assistance to those who are persecuted and unable to pay.
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VOP and LEAD request that you keep these victims in your prayers. And to pray for Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, his family and the staff of LEAD. Due to the service and aid Gill and his team provides, he is receiving constant death threats from militants.
Persecution of Christians can be historically tracked from the time of Jesus in the first century to our present time. Christians In the 20th century have been persecuted by various groups, and by atheistic states such as the USSR and North Korea. The Christian missionary organization Open Doors (UK) estimates 100 million Christians face persecution, particularly in Muslim-dominated countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. A survey reported in 2010 that at least 75% of religious persecution, reported from 2008-2010, around the world was directed at people of the Christian faith.
If you have been following our reports, then you have read about the horrible persecutions our Pakistani brothers and sisters in Christ have had to endure. Few people are willing to stand up for Christians in Islamic Pakistan and there is a great risk for those who do. Some of these brave brethren have even lost their lives advocating for the body of Christ.
Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill is the National Director of LEAD (Legal Evangelical Association Development Development). LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus, they are motivated by God’s grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnicity. Many of their clients are very poor and unable to afford legal services. Due to this fact, many incidents go unreported, causing them to be under constant abuse from their oppressors. LEAD Advocates offer free legal aid and assistance to those who are persecuted and unable to pay.
Gill and his team are a few of the brave, willing to stand up for Christians being constantly abused in Pakistan.
Recently, in an open letter to the Church, LEAD wrote,
At the dawn of the 21st century, does the Church still have a purpose? Can you have a part in it? Will you act like a Christian in any circumstance?
We are a group of pastors, lawyers and teachers. We are motivated by Jesus to break this silence. We are working for the persecuted and for the growth of the Gospel in Pakistan. We are working without any fear of persecution and to spread The Word of God. We have every kind of care for the Church according to the demand of 21st century. Our work is only for the Glory of Gospel and for the fulfillment of the GREAT COMMISSION.
In June we reported of new death threats made to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, when armed gunmen threatened his life and fired their weapons into the air. Gill is also the Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) President of the (Lahore)Punjab province. This area has the largest population of Christians in Pakistan. The PCC has urged Mian Shahbaz Sharif to provide adequate security to Mushtaq Gill.
Martha Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman and Gill’s cousin, who potentially faced the death penalty in Pakistan for false charges of “blasphemy” against Islam. She has been moved to Sri Lanka with her husband and daughter, just hours after Canada admitted it had rescued another prosecuted, mentally challenged, Christian girl, Rimsha Masih and her family.
“Martha Bibi, 47, and her Christian husband, Boota Masih have arrived in Sri Lanka with their daughter,” said a source. “They will apply for refugee status with (UN refugee agency) UNHCR, as this is the procedure,” he added. “After that they will go to Canada or the United States.” The source, who was actively involved in the rescue operation, spoke on condition of anonymity, due to security concerns, including possible attacks by Islamic militants in Pakistan.
For Mushtaq Gill, threats against him are increasing day by day. Here in the West, we can only imagine what it must be like to walk a mile in his shoes. Voice of the Persecuted stays in direct contact with Advocate Gill and he is now asking for our prayers. Please remember this courageous brother, his wife who is very concerned and the LEAD team in your prayers.
In solidarity, please join us as we pray together for our Lord’s divine protection over them. Pray also that the Lord will give Mushtaq Gill divine strength to continue to stand for His people and do His will without fear. Ask our Father to bring down strongholds in Pakistan that continue to oppress those who belong to Christ, our brethren. Father, we pray this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
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Kasur: LEAD has informed us over a month after accused Muslim landlord humiliated three Christian women that were publically paraded naked in Pattoki, the High Court has finally taken notice of the matter and directed District and Sessions judge, Kasur to investigate the incident and submit a report within two weeks.
The Judge called both parties in the court and recorded their statements. During the enquiry, the Judge reprimanded and criticized the police who did not perform their duties honestly.
The main accused, Muhammad Munir gave an affidavit in the court and admitted that the three Christian women were beaten, their clothes torn and made naked in the street.
The contents of affidavit submitted by Muhammad Munir in the Court of District and Session Judge, Kasur during the inquiry of the said case FIR No.231/13. Contents of affidavit translated.
“It is stated, I am Muhammad Munir Sajid son of Abdul Rashid, caste Arain (Muslim by faith), resident of Village Sereser Chak No. 21 Police Station Saddar Pattoki. I state on oath that I am resident of said address and a farmer by profession. On 31 May, 2013 the goats of Shoukat Masih entered and grazed in my crops and destroyed them. I caught the goats and kept them in my haveli(place of animal) and when Shoukat came to take back his goats, there was trivial fight between us. Regarding this issue on 3 June, 2013, I submitted a complaint application in the Police station Saddar, Pattoki against him, The Police raided about 8 PM at the house of Shoukat Masih and he ran away the Police returned back.
I state on oath that about 10:30pm, Abrahim and Rafique etc who are relations of my uncles along with other accused, came to my house and told me that Shoukat that time fled away, but now he may be at home. Lets catch him and after beating we would handover to the Police. I was beguiled by them and we went to Mr.Shoukat’s house, the outer door of house was locked inside, one accused Mr.Waqas climbed the wall by jumping and entered the house and unlocked the door, the accused entered in the house and I was standing outside of the house. I state on oath that as soon as they entered in the house, they started shouting to catch Shoukat Masih and beat him and teach him lesson and how he(a Christian) dared to confront the landlords. They started searching for Shoukat, but in vain then they started beating the women and catching and holding them by their hair, took them out from house by dragging into Bazaar (Market) and they torn their clothes and women became naked in front of public. After seeing this scene I fled away from the spot leaving behind the said accused Abrahim etc.
I state on oath that I did not enter in the house of Mr.Shoukat Masih and not committed any wrong thing with the Christian women rather seeing that the accused persons have crossed the limits, and ran away.
The following above stated contents of affidavit are correct to my knowledge and believe that no fact has been concealed, the affidavit has been written so that it can be presented for proof and it can be used when necessary.
Today Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, National Director LEAD along with Ms. Ruhama Shaw (President Women Wing PCC Lahore) met the victim family and satisfied them and also Ms. Ruhama financially supported the victim family. LEAD is giving free legal assistance to the Victim family and following the case.
LEAD is a true voice of the persecuted. They are raising their voices against violations of human rights. We ask for moral support for our LEAD’s work and its other cases.
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Please keep the LEAD team and Ms. Ruhama in your prayers. They are graciously caring, and standing for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Pakistan. They have shown great courage evangelizing and pushing forward the cause, even though threats have been made against them for their mission! Updates on this case will follow.
Lahore: (LEAD)The Lahore High Court Lahore on Friday ordered the district and sessions judge, Kasur, to investigate the matter and submit a report within two weeks.The LHCH has finally taken notice of heart breaking incident after one month.
On Saturday July 6,2013 the district and sessions judge of Kasur recorded the statements of the victims and verbally reprimanded police officials, because they are not cooperating for justice in this case.
“We are hopeful that the report of the Kasur Court will be based on fact and figure for justice” said Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, National Director of LEAD.
The three Christian women were allegedly brutally beaten and tortured, their clothes were torn and they were paraded naked in public. They were taken from the house and brought out where street lamps were lighted by armed men according to the victim family and the contents of FIR . Details of the horrific incident
It is worth mentioning here that the news about the shameful act is just now starting to be published in local newspapers too.
Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion gender or ethnicity.
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PAKISTAN-Interview with the Church: Why Did the Numbers of Christians Decrease in the Election 2013?
Pakistan (July 2, 2013):The LEAD organization has informed us that today, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, the National Director of LEAD will hold a meeting with Rev. Saleem Gill DS Pattoki and Rev. Akram Gill DS Clarkabad (Church Of Pakistan Lahore Diocese) to discuss the issue of decreasing strength of Christians in the record of NADRA(National Database and Registration Authority).
The Number of Christian Voters Decreased in the Voter List of Election 2013.
It’s very important to bring to the attention of the International Community and Media, the fact that the Christian population has grown to 13% in Pakistan. We claim that in 1947 at the Independence of Pakistan, 5% quota in government services was allocated to Christians because they were 5% of the population of Pakistan. The issue of the census of Christians has been raised on all forums by the Christians of Pakistan. The Muslim majority adopted measures to hide the true figures of Christians in Pakistan to avoid their due share in the state resources. In 1971, when East Pakistan emerged as the new state of Bangladesh, the majority wing of Muslim population in Pakistan, the population percentage of Christians raised up to 10% of the population.(Thank you, Pakistan Christian Congress)
Why Did the Number of Christians Decrease in Election 2013? There are mulitple[p reasons why the number of Christians are rapidly decreasing in Pakistan.
Persecution is on the rise along with Discrimination
Why are their numbers is decreasing?
Double face of Christians in Pakistan.
See this National Identity Card:
Changing Religion for Marriage
If by the mere force of numbers, a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify a revolution.
LEAD is asking for moral support and to please stand with us so that we can fight well for the war of faith.
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PATTOKI: On Sunday, June 23, 2013 around 2:30pm LEAD Director, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was threatened by three unknown armed men. At the time of the incident, Advocate Gill was coming back home with his friend on a motor bike from Pattoki to Bhai Pheru after meeting with the victim family of Village Sereser Chak.No. 21 where a heart breaking incident had taken place. A few days prior, Christian women were badly beaten in an attack and paraded naked in public by a mob of Muslim men. Gill visited the family and told them that LEAD would file a petition on Monday, June 24, 2013 in the Pattoki Court for the arrest of the alleged accused.
The police instead quickly filed a case against the Christians under FIR 234/13 under Section 440, 379, 148, 149 of the PPC on behalf of the landlord (The land owner is a well known Muslim in the community). This came as no surprise to the victims as it is a common practice for the local Muslims to create pressure on the Christian community to withdraw FIRs.
On June 19, 2013 this news spread in all Pakistani and International social and print media after it was published by The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), the Daily Times and other media sources.
“We were forcibly stopped at gunpoint at the bypass of Multan road and they threatened to kill me as they then opened fire, shooting up into the air. I am confused as to why they did not say anything else, but they terrified us by their deadly act”, said Gill
We are not cowards, we will not stop doing which we were assigned by Jesus to do. And we will fulfill His mission in Pakistan”, he added.
Lives of Minorities Rights defenders and supporters of the Persecuted Church are in danger at the hands of opressors and the extremists elements.
Salman Taseer, the flamboyant and high-profile Governor of Punjab, was gunned down on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by one of his security guards. The Federal Minister for Minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti was killed in the I-8/3 area of Islamabad on the morning of Wednesday, March 2, 2011 by three unidentified gunmen.
“I and the LEAD team know the meaning of Cross. We are following Christ and we are ready to sacrifice for the cause. We know the militants mind set and those against the Christian faith are making cowardly plans,” said Gill.
LEAD’s urgent prayer request:
LEAD requests that you remember the whole team of LEAD in your prayers and specifically LEAD’s Director, Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill. Please pray that God give them wisdom, courage and bravery to face such kinds of threats and attacks with smiling faces. Give your hands in this noble cause which LEAD has started and support for making arrangements of security measures etc.
The Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) organization has been asking for much needed financial and moral support to continue defending Pakistan’s minority Christians. Many of their clients are very poor and unable to afford legal services. Due to this fact, many incidents go unreported, causing them to be under constant abuse from their oppressors. LEAD Advocates offer free legal aid and assistance to those who are persecuted and unable to pay. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
We are very concerned for the safety of this outstanding Christian group. They have gone above and beyond to bring help and justice to our brothers and sisters suffering abuse and persecution in Islamic Pakistan. Please remember them in your prayers.
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PAKISTAN Kasur: LEAD has reported to VOP that another shocking case has surfaced in a village of District Kasur where Christians were abused by Muslims.
Three Christian women Arshad Bibi, Sajida and Saruyia were beatened by armed Muslim men who entered their home while they were sleeping at around 11:00pm, after scaling the boundary wall. Their husbands were not home at the time of the invasion.
Sadiq Masih-age 73 and his wife Bibi Rani-age 70, the women’s in-laws, were present when the attacker’s invaded the home. According to their mother-in-law, they were looking for her sons. When they found none of them home, they started abusing her daughters-in-law. After beating them up, the men dragged them outside. Their shirts were torn in the process, exposing their bodies and humiliating them publicly, she said.
Not a single witness had enough courage to try and save the women from the torture.
The men have been identified as Muhammad Abrahim, Muhammad Rafique, their sons-Munir, Ahmad, Asif, Ahmad, Abid, Usman, Waseem, Waqas and Shabir of the village Sereser Chak No.21. Three others also involved, remain unknown.
The husband of one of the women, Shoukat Masih said,
“Recently, goats owned by the Christian family entered the field of the Muslim land owners. The animals damaged some saplings on their property and they locked them up,” said Shoukat Masih. He said he had had an argument with Muhammad Munir, Ibrahim’s son, when he locked his goats in a cattle shed and refused to return them.
Shoukat, his brothers and sister-in-law went to them and requested they release their goats. He said he had told Munir off when he pushed his sister-in-law. “Munir cursed me and slapped me many times in the face. I then slapped him. He was furious, saying how dare a Christian slap me,” said Shoukat. Elders of the area intervened and persuaded Munir to return the goats.
“On June 2, they blocked the way of my brother, Shoukat when he was going to work. At this point an argument ensued and they exchanged heated words. This incident happened in front of many witnesses. ” Masih said. They were extremely angry that a Christian would dare to yell at them in a loud voice. (Muslims consider Christians of a lower class) This is what led to the attack—REVENGE. They came looking for the men, but abused the women while we were at work. They also tortured our 73 year old father and wounding one of his legs”, said Boota Masih.
“In the morning of June 3, along with Rev.Saleem Gill, of the DS Pattoki Church of Pakistan, we contacted the SHO Pattoki. He did not bother to hear our request and rejected to receive our complaint.” That same evening, some police officials raided at our home along with the Muslim Landlords and threatened to involve us in a criminal case,” told Shoukat Masih.
On 4 June,2013 -Rev. Saleem Gill informed Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, National Director of LEAD, and ask him to help the persecuted family and give them legal aid in this case.
The LEAD Director went to the village and met the family and got information regarding the case. He then went to DSP Pattoki to register the FIR against the alleged accused who had attacked and who had publicly paraded the naked Christian women. He also recorded a protest along with the victimized family.
The FIR No.231/13 has been registered against the alleged Muslims at Police Station Sadar Pattoki under Sections 452,354,337/FI,149,148 of PPC.
The accused are now threatening the Christian family with the help of Police and also registered FIR No.234/13 under Sections 440,379,148,149 of PPC. This is all to common when a Christian files a report against Muslims in Pakistan. They are often pressured by the accused with help from the police to withdrawl their complaint! Another reason why many incidents go unreported and the abuse continues.
There are other Christians who said that they too are often being threatened and treated badly and inhumanely by these Muslims Landlords. They said to Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill that they were poor and that’s why they were treated like animals.
The Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) organisation has been asking for much needed financial and moral support to continue defending Pakistan’s minority Christians. Many of our clients are very poor and unable to afford legal services. Due to this fact, many incidents go unreported, causing them to be under constant abuse from their oppressors. LEAD Advocates offes free legal aid and assistance to those who are persecuted and unable to pay. LEAD is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
As followers of Jesus, we are motivated by God’s grace and love to serve all people regardless of race, religion gender or ethnicity.
The situation for many of our Pakistani Christian brothers and sisters is dire. VOP asks that you keep all Christians in Pakistan, and the LEAD organization in your prayers. If you are in a position to do more, please consider partnering with LEAD’s Advocates in this noble cause, standing with our brothers and sisters who are being oppressed. CLICK HERE