The attacks on Christians seem to be symptomatic of a well-organised campaign launched by extremist elements against the community all over central Punjab in Pakistan since early this year. The recent (February, 2010) beheading of two innocent Sikhs and the systematic attacks on minorities like the Ahmadiyyas as well as persecution of Hindu minority communities in Pakistan all bear evidence to gross Human Rights Violation in the country, which seems to continue unrestricted.
Pakistan has not done anything to protect its religious minorities. When minorities are targeted, it usually proves the last straw on the proverbial camel’s back for a civilized society. The allegations of defiling of religious scriptures or blasphemy, irrespective of their veracity, do not warrant vigilante attacks. Effective prosecution would serve as a deterrent and lack thereof would encourage impunity.
It is obvious that many officials of the police and prisons have colluded with extremists and fanatics in perpetrating crimes against religious minorities, especially Christians. The government’s record of protecting religious minorities either in their homes as in Gojra or in jails as in Sialkot, to say the least, is disappointing. Numerous incidents of death of people facing blasphemy charges in jails have been claimed by the authorities as suicides. One glaring example is that of Mohammad Yousuf, an accused facing a trial for false prophet-hood, who was found dead in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.