The European Organization of Pakistani Minorities (EOPM) organized a peaceful prayer protest in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Belgium to remember and pray for the innocent people of the minority communities in Pakistan who are denied their basic human rights. The demonstration highlighted several recent incidents targeting the minorities of Pakistan and EOPM demanded immediate action to ensure security of the lives, property and honour of these patriotic Pakistanis belonging to religions other than Islam.
A representative of the EOPM said, “What prompted us to hold this prayer and peaceful protest was the news of an ugly crime, committed by a Muslim Doctor against a poor Christian girl on 14 July, 2010. Dr Jabar threw Miss Magdalene from the fourth floor of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre, Karachi after raping her. This hospital is named after the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and all doctors working here are Muslims. Some visitors who had come to see a patient saw Magdalene Ashraf, wearing a nurse’s uniform being thrown from the fourth floor’’.
A couple of months earlier, the place of worship of another religious minority of Pakistan, the Ahmadyya community was attacked by Muslim extremists, who killed dozens of innocent victims belonging to the Ahmadyya minority of Pakistan.
In a written appeal to the President of Pakistan, copies of which were also sent to the European Parliament, the European Union and the European Commission, EOPM has urged the Government of Pakistan to usher in changes to save the country. EOPM called on the President of Pakistan to act and expressed hope that the President will emerge as a great leader in history by taking bold steps to change the Constitution of Pakistan by repealing the notorious Blasphemy law. This draconian law is a convenient tool in every misguided Pakistani Muslim’s hand to settle personal scores against minorities, especially their Christian brethren.
EOPM called on the authorities to ensure that the minorities of Pakistan enjoy their fundamental human rights and live in peace and honour in Pakistan.
A petition addressed to the President of Pakistan was handed over to the Embassy of Pakistan, copies of which were also sent to the European Parliament, the European Union and the European Commission seeking Fundamental Rights for the suffering people belonging to minority communities living in Pakistan. Pamphlets highlighting the problems faced by minorities in Pakistan were distributed during the demonstration.