Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mouthpiece for all Sorts of Voices

Twin bomb blasts took place in Lahore’s Youhanabad
Homicidal-Suicide bomber torches Church in Youhanabad, Lahore area of Pakistan

Intro to ‘Mouthpiece for all sorts of Voices’
Intro by Editor: John R. Houk
By Shamim Masih

On March 15, 2015 two homicidal-suicide bomber blew themselves up at two separate Christian Churches in Lahore, Pakistan.

On March 15, 2015 two suicide bombs blasted in two main big churches, Catholic Church and a Church of Pakistan at Youhanabad Lahore, 15 Christians killed at the spot and several injured who were taken to the hospitals for emergency medical treatment. More died in the hospitals and the total number of causalities increased to 30.while a number of people were in ICU in a critical situation, dying after one another. There are about 10 injured of the incident still under observation in the General Hospital Lahore.

It is fact that after terrorist attack on Churches, Christians became aggressive and they staged protest demonstration against the government administration held them responsible for attacks and blamed for not providing proper security to the church when they worship. Christian community was still in mourning because they lost their love ones in the bomb attack at All Saints Church Peshawar 2 years ago. The survivors of Peshawar attack are still under medical treatment and many of them become paralyze because of fractures

When Christians heard about the bomb attack on churches in Youhanabad they came out on the roads. The eye witnesses told that there were four attackers two of them were suicide bombers while other two were armed with deadly weapons. …

… Christian youth helped police to arrest two terrorists armed with weapon who opened fire on church security. Later the angry mob snatched those two culprits from police and killed them at the spot and then burns their bodies. … More Details – READ ENTIRETY (Crucial time for Christians in Pakistan after the Churches attacked in Youhanabad Lahore; By asif;; 3/31/15)

After decades of feeling the powerlessness for Muslims persecuting Christians via exploitation, senseless murders, rape of young girls and women, false Blasphemy Law accusations, maiming and forced conversions and more intolerable atrocities; more youthful Christians had enough and found two Muslims a mob suspected of aiding the homicidal-suicide bombers and killed them then torched their lifeless bodies.

If you read the story above and a few others I am linking to, you will note that rather huge majority of Sunni Muslim Pakistani now have upped their persecution against Christians which include even more false accusations to satisfy what is now an emerging circle of revenge killings between Muslims and Christians. Due to the nature of the huge majority of Muslims in Pakistan, a cycle of religious revenge killings will result in a genocidal blood bath for Christians.

o   Youhanabad Incident – 3/21/15

Sardar Mushtaq Gill blogging at Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) is a decent place to go to get a good idea of the kinds of persecutions Christians experience in Pakistan:

After providing a bit of background on what is going on in Pakistan you should read the journalistic voice provided by a Pakistani Christian Shamim Masih. Pay attention to the tone in Shamim’s report to get a sense of the life threatening social injustice pervading Christian society in relation to the Christian minority.

JRH 4/26/15
Mouthpiece for all Sorts of Voices

By Shamim Masih
Sent: 4/25/2015 5:42 AM

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Martine Luther King, Jr. said, “… in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. I quote this because many of religious and political leaders are silent after the Youhanabad incident. Many delegates from UNO, Commonwealth, politicians from the West and Churches usually visit Pakistan to know the situation of Pakistani Christians. Government representatives and puppets from the minority side assure them that everything is going on well. Sorry to say, none has ever tried to meet the real representatives from the community. Thus the situation remains the same and there is no hope for a better future.

Pakistani Christians fear repercussion after lynching the two suspects following the terrorist attack on two churches in Youhanabad, Lahore. Sohail Johnson had a relative among the victims of the massacre of Youhanabad and is not an isolated case. His brother is reportedly been arrested from Gujranwala city and associated with Youhanabad case. Joseph Francis, Executive Director CLAAS told on the telephone that he had filed application in the court but police are denying the arrest of Yousaf (brother of Sohail Johnson). Aslam Pervaiz Sahotra is another name in this regard, he was arrested from Islamabad and now has been transferred to jail.

It’s very common, the more they profess the Christian religion or defend religious minorities, uncover the persecution incidents, they are being targeted. Gulshan Masih has received multiple death threats from the country’s most brutal sectarian groups who know his home address. He is seeking asylum in Denmark and his application is still in process. He has been a campaigner for a Christian minority group. I fear they can just “arrest” me from the airport, because they have good contacts with the security people as well, who have been infiltrated by the religious extremists, if the application is rejected,” Gulshan said in a phone [interview]. He is accused of a blasphemy case and a FIR was registered against him under 295-C. My life is genuinely in danger in the home country, he requested Human Rights Groups to campaign for him and exert meaningful pressure, he added.

Persecution is not simply the killings, but the severe discrimination in many ways, educational opportunities, untouchable status, targeted during employment etc. Many Christian families are arrested in Thailand; those were seeking asylum to other Western countries. Hindus and Shia Muslims can escape to the countries where their faith is a majority, but there is no alternative for Christians other than the Christian majority countries.

It is therefore very important for every individual to approach those influential people who can speak to Pakistani government and are in a position to make a difference. The ongoing situation against Christians is inflexible especially for those Christians unnecessarily detained in the Youhanabad case and seeking asylum in different countries. 

Be Blessed,
Shamim Masih

Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist

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Edited by John R. Houk
Any text enclosed by brackets are by the Editor

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