Friday, May 21, 2010

Pakistan: Muslims Persecute Hector Aleem for being Christian

John R. Houk
© May 21, 2010

Who is Hector Aleem? Hector is a Christian involved in human rights issues in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. One day a Muslim Cleric claimed he received an anonymous text message which in the Cleric’s estimation insulted his psychopathic insidious Prophet that we know as Mohammed. Whether the text message was a stage event in order to blame something on a Church to ensure its destruction or a prank by a Muslim or a Christian not pleased with the Muslim Cleric is not determined. The only thing that Pakistan authorities have determined is that Hector DID NOT send the text. In the Islamic way of the so-called religion of peace it was apparent someone had to pay for the text. Thus Hector was originally charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan – a capital offense in enlightened Islam. (A Western Muslim defining the Islamic penalty for Blasphemy and Apostasy)

When it was proved the text message was not from Hector, the Blasphemy charge was dropped. BUT the vendetta to blame a Christian and undoubtedly to destroy the Christian, the Muslim authorities thought of another charge against Hector. The charge is “abetting Blasphemy.” Now if Hector is innocent of Blasphemy under the crazy Islamic law, what in the world kind of dreamed connection is being imagined for Hector abetting Blasphemy against Islam?

Here’s the rundown from Compass Direct News 2/5/09 of how Hector of the Christian faith began receiving persecution from intolerant Islam in Pakistan:

More than 100 protestors last week surrounded a Pakistani courthouse and chanted death threats against a Punjabi Christian said to be framed for sending a “blasphemous” text message on his cell phone.

Rawalpindi police arrested Hector Aleem, 51, on Jan. 22 and detained him on charges of sending a text message that insulted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. At his Jan. 27 hearing at the Rawalpindi Sessions Court, crowds gathered and began shouting death threats.

His attorney, Malik Tafik, told Compass that a local man allegedly framed Aleem for the charges because Aleem has made legal challenges on behalf of Christians involved in a land dispute. Aleem directs a small agency that often defends the rights of Christians.

Last November, a scholar associated with the national Islamist political movement Sunni Tehreek received a text message claiming to have come from Aleem. The religious scholar registered blasphemy charges against Aleem on Nov. 28 at the Rawalpindi police station.

Police raided Aleem’s house at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 and assaulted him, his wife, and his two daughters. They also stole 50,000 Pakistan rupees (US$630) worth of valuables and broke pictures of Jesus hanging on their walls, according to a report from the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS).

Authorities charged him with violating sections 295c (blasphemy) and 109bb (abetting) of the Pakistani criminal code. Aleem was transferred to a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court for a second hearing on Jan. 30, where an even larger crowd of protestors gathered shouting that his life would not be spared. Many of those who came to protest were associated with Sunni Tehreek, which has been involved in violent sectarian clashes with other Islamist movements in the last decade.

“There were about 150 people protesting that Aleem should be handed over to them,” Tafik said. “And there were many journalists, two news stations, and lawyers who came out to protest against him.”

At a hearing at an anti-terrorism court on Monday (Feb. 2), Judge Sakhi Mohammad Kohut exonerated him of blasphemy charges but did not clear him of abetting. A government official told Compass that the judge’s decision was heavily influenced by Islamic extremists attending the open court hearing who told the judge, “If you release [Aleem], then we will kill him outside.”

At the hearing, the judge implicated the man who allegedly framed Aleem – Bashar Kokar, previously charged multiple times with fraud – accusing him of using his cell phone to send a blasphemous message against Muhammad. Kokar was charged with blasphemy and arrested later that day. But court evidence shows the original text message came from an unregistered mobile number that pertained to neither Kokar nor Aleem, sources said – exonerating Aleem, but also making it difficult to prove that Kokar framed him. Khushdil Khan Malik, deputy secretary of Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights, said he believes the judge implicated Kokar as a scapegoat for the blasphemy charges in order to appease the extremists.

Read more to discover the human rights assault by Islam in Pakistan

After providing this background on Hector Aleem, Ben’s Blog has an update on this persecuted Christian.

JRH 5/21/10

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