EOPM is a Human Rights Organization that strives to focus the attention of the international community on human rights violations blatantly perpetrated in Pakistan and help raise a unified voice against the atrocities committed on minorities in a country known to encourage and protect acts of religious fanaticism. We endeavour to create and develop new strategies to stop human rights abuses and to ensure improvement in the political, educational, social and economic conditions of all minority communities in Pakistan. EOPM brings to the attention of the UN and other intergovernmental regional organizations, cases of human rights violations in Pakistan in order to confront hate and terrorism and promote human rights and dignity for minorities in the country.

While most of the world welcomed 2014 with celebrations, Pakistan rang in the New Year with a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta on January 1, 2014 when a vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a bus in the outskirts of the Balochistan capital carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran. This atrocity illustrates that while years and dates may change, very little changes in the wave of religious and sectarian terrorism in Pakistan. The killing of an Islamabad leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Munir Muawia, in the federal capital on 3rd January, 2014, is yet another bloody footnote in the once-again simmering sectarian wars and the state’s inability to control them. It is not surprising anymore that a drive-by shooting can occur in Islamabad and that the assassins can simply melt away. Helplessness seems to be the only reaction of the heavily financed and resourced capital police. If the heart of the capital city Islamabad cannot be made safe by security officials, then what hope is there for Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi or the rest of Pakistan?

The number of incidents related to attacks on minorities in Pakistan is continuously increasing in the country. A suicide attack on the historic All Saints Church in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan on September 22, 2013, killed at least 85 Christian worshippers and left more than 100 injured in one of the deadliest attacks on the Christian minority in Pakistan. Suicide attacks on minorities in Pakistan have not only resulted in the death of a large number of people across the country but the number of suicide attacks in Pakistan also rose by 39 per cent in 2013. 46 suicide attacks were reported in 2013 compared to 33 in 2012. Of these, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed 18 suicide attacks in 2013 while 12 attacks occurred in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Furthermore, nine suicide attacks occurred in Balochistan, five in Sindh and one each in Rawalpindi and Azad Kashmir. This was revealed in the ‘Pakistan Security Report 2013’ launched by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (Pips), a think-tank based in Islamabad which is engaged in research to understand ongoing conflicts such as militancy, extremism, radicalisation and insurgency.

Recent years have witnessed mounting attacks on the lives, properties and places of worship of minorities in Pakistan & an ‘increased social vulnerability’ of non-Muslim Pakistanis in terms of access to education, jobs and healthcare.


October 2016

Condition of minorities worsening in Pakistan: HRCP

The condition of minorities is worsening and it is nearly impossible for those accused in blasphemy cases to have a trial in Pakistan, according to I.A. Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). [...]

JULY 2014

Quetta, Karachi: Militants kill 3 Shias on Eid day, 29 July, 2014

At least 3 Shia Muslims were shot dead when terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-wal-Jammat attacked on them on Eid ul Fitr day in Pakistan. Two Shias were killed in Quetta and another was murdered in Karachi. Two Shia men Zakir Hussain and Syed Jawad, residents of Alamdar Road were attacked at Sabzal Road, Quetta. They died on the spot.

Another Shia Muslim Ahsan Manzoor was attacked and killed in Malir, Karachi.


Gujranwala: Ahmadis massacred: 1 unborn baby, 2 girls, 1 woman burned alive by Muslims over a picture on Facebook, 27 July, 2014

Three members of the Ahmadi community and an unborn child were killed and four others were severely injured when an angry mob attacked Ahmadi homes and burnt five houses belonging to members of the Ahmadi community over alleged blasphemy. Those who died in the attack include a 55-year-old woman, Bashiran, a minor girl, Kainat and 7-year-old girl Hira. A seven-month pregnant woman, identified as Mubashira, had a miscarriage because of the incident. According to details, the clash started when an Ahmadi youth, Saqib, 17, s/o Ahmad Din, allegedly shared a so called blasphemous picture with Ejaz on Facebook. Ejaz along with Zakariya s/o Imam Jama Masjid Sadiqia Qari Muhammad Hakim and others gathered outside Saqib’s house to protest, following which the angry mob attacked and damaged seven to eight houses belonging to members of the Ahmadi community in protest and set five houses on fire in Arafat Colony, Gujranwala. Following the violence, all Ahmadi families in the area fled in fear for their lives. Six houses and a shop were damaged in the incident. Majority of the male members of the Ahmadi community have still not returned to their homes fearing another unwarranted attack.

A woman and her two minor grand- daughters were killed when an angry mob set alight several houses, shops in Pakistan’s Punjab province belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect in riots that followed the alleged posting of blasphemous content on Facebook.

Gojra, Toba Tek Singh: Ahmadi man poisoned and shot dead, 26 July, 2014

Mian Manzoor Ahmad, along with his 12-year-old son Kamran, had returned from Saudi Arabia a few months ago and had permanently settled in the Imamia Colony. His wife had died two years ago and he had hired a maid, Umaira Bibi, to look after his son. The police claimed that the three victims had fallen unconscious after eating their meal, probably due to some intoxicant mixed in the food. All three unconcious victims were then shot dead by unidentified persons. The suspects fled after locking the house from outside. Neighbours alerted the Gojra city police when they noticed a foul odour emanating from the house. District Police Officer Dr Shahzad Asif visited the house and supervised the investigations.


Karachi: Christian family faces execution if deported back to Pakistan, 26 July, 2014

A family had fled Pakistan to Thailand due to persecution over their Christian beliefs. Now Sarfraz Sagar and his wife Shazia, along with their children Roni, Naiha, Rijeka and Roshni, face the threat of being deported back to Pakistan where they could be executed on some concocted charges. The death threat hanging over the heads of the Sagar family cannot be overstated since it was for the very same reason that they had fled Pakistan in the first place. The Christian man Sarfraz was targeted in Pakistan for his efforts in helping his fellow Christians who had lost their homes and businesses when Islamic radicals burned down Christian churches, business and homes in 2012.” The family went into hiding when Muslim radicals intensified Christian persecution in the country in 2013. With the help of others, Sarfraz was able to escape to Thailand and the rest of his family eventually joined him in the place of relative safety, one by one. The family has applied for asylum with the United Nations, but it is a lengthy process. The family is not allowed to work and the children cannot attend school until they have been in the nation for two years. The visas of Sarfraz, his wife Shazia and their son Roni are soon to expire and without a visa, they will be deported back to Pakistan where they face certain death.

Due to intense persecution, thousands of Christians have fled Pakistan in search of countries where they will be able to safely practice their faith. The Sagar family, who fled to Thailand could face death if they are deported back to Pakistan, an experience not uncommon for thousands of fleeing Pakistani Christians.

Badin: Four Ahmadis booked for ‘preaching’, 26 July, 2014

Tando Bago police have registered a criminal case against four men belonging to the Ahmadi community for allegedly preaching their faith. Mohammad Ramazan Rustmani, a local cleric, who is also an office-bearer of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl), lodged an FIR (96/2014) against the four men, Abbas Gurgez, Idrees Gurgez, Mushtaque Ahmed Gurgez and Mohammad Khan Gurgez, under Sections 298-B (misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles, etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places) and 298-C (person of Quadiani group, etc., calling himself a Muslim or preaching or propagating his faith) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Tando Bago SHO Khuda Bux Panhwar told media persons that the FIR had been registered on the insistence of local religious leaders and added that raids were being carried to arrest the nominated men but they had fled from the village to avoid arrest.


Karachi: Christian journalist protests Pakistan’s enforcement of Ramadan for Non-Muslims, 26 July, 2014

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is underway, Pakistan has been enforcing even non-Muslims to comply with its restrictions on eating, drinking, and smoking. It is a common sight to see laborers being hauled into jail for a mere drink of water during the extremely hot months of June and July, thus depriving a poor man of his basic human rights in sheer violation of the constitution of the democratic country. A Pakistani Christian journalist observes that, “no article of Pakistan’s constitution empowers the state to force people to pray, fast or live according to the injunctions of the Islamic Law”. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia with a population exceeding 180 million people. It is the second most populous Muslim majority country in the world. Religious minorities make up around 5% of the total population and Pakistan has the second largest Shia population in the world. After Islam, Christianity and Hinduism are the largest religious minorities in the country. Yet all minorities in Pakistan live in a constant state of utter fear, not knowing what the next day will bring as even simple, every day activities like reading, writing, speaking, even picking up a piece of paper may be perceived as blasphemy in a blood thirsty land.


Karachi: Takfiri terrorist attack on Quds Day motorcade left 4 Shia Muslims including 3 women injured, 25 July, 2014

Takfiri terrorists opened fire upon the motorcade of Quds Day rally on Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi leaving 3 women and a youth injured. The injured were Shia residents of Mehmoodabad. As per tradition, Shia Muslims including children, women, youth and elderly persons came out of their houses to join the main International Quds Day rally following the call of Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei. The motorcade was attacked near Fine House on main Shahrah-e-Faisal. The injured women were identified as Sheher Bano, Kaneez Fatima and Hameeda and the injured young man was identified as Iqbal.

Pakistan’s Shiite organizations traditionally observe the last Friday of Ramadan as “Youm-ul-Quds,” with over 2000 rallies and protests countrywide.This year, hundreds of thousands of activists of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimin, Imamia Students Organization and other Shia organizations in Pakistan, marched on the roads of Karachi, only to be shot at. Last year too, a motorcade on way to Quds Day rally was attacked on main University Road.

Karachi: ‘Shia Genocide’ continues as 5 more Shias target killed, 24 July, 2014

At least 5 more Shia Muslims were shot and killed on another deadly day of armed attacks by Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhagvin, in different areas of Karachi.

Zakir Ali s/o Shakir Ali was attacked and murdered in Liaqatabad Dak Khan area while Ali Raza s/o Asad Ibrahim was target killed near Jhanda Chowk area of Liaqatabad.

Another Shia Muslim, Rizwan Hussain s/o Moiz Hussain, aged 40, was shot dead in Old Sabzi Mandi near Jail Chowwrangi area of Karachi.

Takfiri terrorists of SSP-LeJ opened fire on two Shia Muslims, Tariq Ali and Iqbal Hussain, near Hussaini Imambargah in F.C Area. Both Shia victims died on the spot. Pleas for the protection of minorities from rampaging terrorists have continued to fall on the deaf ears of all ruling parties in Pakistan.


Karachi: Shia barber killed in sectarian attack, 24 July, 2014

Sharifabad police said Tariq Khan, 26, was busy at work with his customers in his shop in the F.C. Area in Gol Market near Hussaini Imambargah when gunmen on a motorcycle had targeted the unarmed Shia victim for their unprovoked attack. He was taken to the ASH, where he was pronounced dead. The police said that the victim originally hailed from Punjab and they were not sure if the incident was prompted by sectarianism. However, a spokesperson for the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that Tariq was a Shia and it was a sectarian killing.


Karachi: ASWJ terrorists continue to attack and kill more and more Shias in Pakistan, 23 July, 2014

Pro-Taliban takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) have killed more Shia Muslims including a woman during the month of Ramdan.

A Shia Security guard was killed and 2 others injured in another armed attack on a cash van in Karachi. According to the police, the incident took place in Jahangirabad near Rizvia Society where four armed robbers on two motorbikes, suspected to be takfiri terrorists, intercepted a cash van belonging to a private security company. Officials said that the gunmen had fired on the van in an attempt to stop it but the robbery attempt was thwarted by return fire from the van’s security guards. One of the guards, Hasnain Abbas, received bullets in his abdomen and died on the spot. A brief crossfire between the guards and the bandits left two passersby injured.

A Shia tailor, master Ghulam Sakhi, was shot dead in Manghopir area of Karachi, when terrorists belonging to the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked his shop.

Another Shia Muslim man, Syed Akhtar Abbas Kazmi Shah, was shot and killed by pro-Taliban terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in Dera Ismail Khan. Akhtar Hussain was attacked in Darban Road area. The murdered Shia victim belongs to the Syed family of Kotla Syedan area, of which 26 family members have already been target killed in terrorist attacks.

Shia Muslims in Pakistan pay with their lives for following their faith in a biased country with no respect for the lives or properties of its minority citizens.

Karachi: Shia scholar Talib Jauhari’s son-in-law killed in ‘sectarian’ attack, 23 July, 2014

A senior lawyer who was also the son-in-law of a prominent Shia scholar, Allama Talib Jauhari, was killed in a “sectarian” attack in Karachi. 60-year-old Syed Mubarak Raza Kazmi was shot dead by four men riding two motorcycles in 13/B, Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Kazmi was returning from the City Courts to his residence in Block 18 of Federal B Area. A police official said that Kazmi always used the same route to return home and had stopped at a shop to buy fruit when he was attacked. A senior official of the East zone said that the killing was definitely sectarian in nature. Kazmi’s body was taken to Jinnah hospital for autopsy.


Karachi: Shia family suffer ‘sectarian’ attack, 23 July, 2014

Armed men attacked a Shia family travelling in a car on Liaquatabad Flyover near Karimabad Furniture Market, killing a woman and injuring her husband and son. The police said that 40-year-old Huma, her husband Bilal Ahmed and teenage son Hasnain, residents of Nazimabad No 2, were returning home after visiting their relatives in Gulshan-e-Maymar when armed assailants fired gunshots at their vehicle. The police believe that the attack was motivated by sectarianism and that the actual target was the husband. Condemning the two attacks, the Shia Ulema Council demanded that the interior minister should visit Karachi and directly take steps to bring Shia killings in the city to a stop. “The police and other law enforcement agencies have completely failed to protect the lives of members of the Shia community,” said Shia Ulema Council President Jaffer Subhani at a press conference held at the Karachi Press Club. Subhani said that the governor, the chief minister and IGP had assured the Shia ulema that target killings in Karachi would be curbed but no results have been visible so far. Subhani said that he did not support using the army to restore law and order in Karachi and police could do it on their own if some improvements were introduced in the department. “There is lack of coordination between the police and Rangers. They are not working on a single agenda,” he added.


Karachi: Another Shia activist shot dead in Karachi, 19 July, 2014

A Shia activist of the Imamia Student Organization (ISO) Pakistan, was shot and killed by Takfiri terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba in PIB Colony area of Karachi. Ex-President of ISO, Syed Hyder Abbas Rizvi was shot dead outside his residence in PIB Colony late in the night when four armed takfiri terrorists of ASWJ-SSP attacked him. He was unit President during 1998-1999. The Shia victim has left a 2-year-old son.

Terrorist groups in Pakistan have escalated their violent campaign against Shia Muslims and they appear to have widened their terror attacks into major Pakistani cities as evidenced by increased targeted killing of Shia activists country wide.

Karachi: Takfiri terrorists kill, injure five Shias in Karachi, 18 July, 2014

Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) terrorists have killed and injured five more Shia Mulims in Karachi as Shiites began to commemorate Yom-e-Ali (AS). Shia men Samar Haider and Waqar Hussain were shot and killed in Dalmia area while Hashim and Raza were critically injured in an armed attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block-10 area of Karachi.

Another Shia Muslim Qamar Raza, aged 40 years, was also killed in Garibabad area of Karachi. He was a resident of Gulshan-e-Maymar.


Peshawar: Shia Noha reciter martyred in takfiri terrorist attack, 17 July, 2014

Shia noha khwan (noha reciter) embraced martyrdom when takfiri terrorists of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba and Taliban opened fire upon him in Peshawar, capital city of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province. Sabah Ali was on way back to home from his Khams Jeweller shop when notorious takfiri terrorists ambushed him. He was noha khwan of Ganj Shaheed Matami Sangat. His namaz-e-janaza will be held at Imam Bargah Pathar Wala Ganj today.


Karachi: Wave of Shia Killing continues in Karachi, 3 martyred in 24 hours, 17 July, 2014

Jafaria Alliance Pakistan and other Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of Adeel Abbas,Manzoor, and Jalil in karachi . They demanded immediate arrest of the terrorists involved in genocide against Shia Muslims. Two Shia Muslims were martyred and another injured in Yazidi takfiri nasbi terrorist attack near Imam Bargah in Gulistan-e-Johar.Manzoor son of Luqman, 55, and Jalil son of Abdul Razzaq embraced martyrdom and Khalil son of Fzal Karim was injured when terrorists of outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba opened fire upon them near Imam Bargah Dar-e-Abbas (AS), Rabia City, Gulistan-e-Johar Block 13. All the three were rushed to a private hospital where Adeel embraced martyrdom. Takfiri terrorists have shot martyred a Shia activist Adeel Abbas in F.C area.Adeel Abbas, an eminent Shia notable was sitting inside his shop in Federal Capital (FC) Area, Liaquatabad. He was observing fast and right at the time of Iftar, Zionists-backed Yazidi takfiri nasbi pro-Saudi terrorists came there on motorbikes. They called him out and pumped a bullet into his heart. He fell instantly. Then, the notorious terrorists opened fire upon Shehzad and Mansoor, friends of Adeel who ran out to rescue Adeel. They sustained bullet wounds. All the three were rushed to a private hospital where Adeel embraced martyrdom.


Peshawar: Shia jewellery store owner shot dead, 17 July, 2014

As per police reports, unidentified gunmen killed a man belonging to the Shia community in Mohalla Kashmiri in Yakatoot locality. A police official of Agha Mir Jani Police Station said that two unidentified gunmen shot dead Sabahuddin, son of Allauddin, when he was on his way home from his jewellery shop. Relatives of the deceased man told media persons that Sabahuddin had been lying injured on the spot for about one and a half hours after the attack before the police reached the scene of the crime. Thereby, the Shia victim could not be shifted to hospital on time for life saving measures to be undertaken.


Karachi: An uneasy coexistence: Christians & Muslims in Karachi’s Michael Town, 16 July, 2014

The irony could not be more cruel. The well-known symbol of a kite accompanying the slogan “aqliyati umoor” (minority affairs) is emblazoned on the walls of Michael Town, but its small Christian community, a little over 2,000 people, is reminded every day of how little their lives, their property, their very right to exist, are worth to the political forces that control Karachi. It was never easy for them in this low-income locality in Korangi, where most of the 300 houses with Christian residents are located in eight narrow, adjacent lanes. Poverty and prejudice combined to keep them on the margins of Pakistani society. While the Muslims got water in the pipelines, their enclave did not, so they had to buy water from tankers. The Christian residents, unlike the Muslims, could not hold religious gatherings in the communal ground, out of fear of causing offence to the residents of the imposing madressah overlooking the site. Shops owned by the Christians were not patronised by the Muslims. “We’ve always lived separate lives,” said Naseem Gul, 22, who belongs to the minority faith.

Pakistani Christian face an onslaught of attacks by the general Muslim public in Pakistan and live in constant fear of attracting the wrath of their Muslim neighbours anytime, any place.

Karachi: Shia shopkeeper shot dead, his 2 Shia friends wounded in target attack, 16 July, 2014

A shopkeeper was shot dead and his two friends were wounded in an attack apparently on sectarian grounds in Sharifabad. The police said that Adeel Abbas, 30, was sitting in his general store in Federal B Area with his two friends when four assailants riding two motorcycles opened fire on them and rode away. Abbas died on the spot while his friends, Shahzad and Mansoor, were shifted to a private hospital on Stadium Road for treatment. The police said that all 3 victims were Shias. A spokesperson for the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen said that the victim was a local officer-bearer of their organisation in F.B Area and it was a targeted attack.


Gujranala: Muslim man beats up Christian servant, detains his Christian brother’s wife & minor children, 16 July, 2014

A Muslim man beat up his Christian servant and also detained the man’s Christian brother’s wife and minor children for hours in Kotli Malian Tetley village. Tetley police registered a case against Chaudhry Shabbir Ahmad and his accomplices under Section 342 (Punishment for wrongful confinement) and 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Shahzad Masih. Shahzad said that initially the police did not take any action but when Christians in the area protested, the police rescued Shahzad Masih’s sister-in-law and children from Shabbir’s custody. Later, priest Sharif Alam met City Police Officer Raja Rifat Mukhtar and informed him about the situation. After the meeting, Tetley police registered a case against Shabbir.


Peshawar: Young Shia shot dead in Liaqatabad, Karachi, 17 July, 2014

Adeel Abbas, 30, was shot and martyred in Liaqatabad. He was a close associate of Martyr Askari Raza and an active member of SK and Shiite news. We are proud to have been associated with him


Karachi: ASWJ Terrorists attack Shia Imambargah: 2 Guards killed, 2 Shias injured, 15 July, 2014

Takfiri terrorists of Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (ASWJ) attacked a Shia Imambargah (Hussainiah) in Pehlwan Goth area of Karachi killing two guards of the Imambargah, Abdul Jail and Raja Manzoor. TheShia custodian of the Imambargah, Fakhar Abbas and his son were also shot and injured in the attack carried out in Karachi by Deobandi-takfiri terrorists.

2 guards of a Shia Imambargah were killed and 2 other Shias including the Imambargah’s custodian, Fakhar Abbas, and his son were injured in an armed terrorist attack on the Imambargah.

Lahore: Pakistani Shia High Court judges receive death threats, 14 July, 2014

Three Pakistani Shia judges of the Lahore High Court have received death threats from a banned sectarian organisation prompting the government to enhance their security, revealed a senior Punjab police officer. “Law enforcement agencies suspect that the anti-Shia organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, is behind the threats to Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, Justice Muzahir Ali Naqvi and Justice Mazhar Iqbal. Additional police personnel have been deployed at the court’s entry and exit points and outside the courtrooms. Elite Force commandos have also been deployed for the security of the three judges,” the official added. According to the Lahore police, top Shia professionals face threats to their lives daily. Three eminent Shia figures, an eye surgeon, a chartered accountant and a lawyer, were recently killed in Lahore.


Nawabshah: Ahmadi man murdered in Nawabshah, 14 July, 2014

An Ahmadi man was murdered in Nawabshah, a town 170 miles northeast of the Pakistani port city of Karachi in Sindh province. The victim, 38-year-old Imtiaz Ahmad, a local Ahmadiyya Muslim youth leader, was standing in front of the business he owned in Trunk Bazar when he was shot in the head. Although the cause of Imtiaz Ahmad’s murder has not been formally determined, the victim’s family has endured faith-based murders in the past. The victim’s uncle, Seth Muhamad Yousaf was gunned down in Nawabshah because of his faith a day after the airing of a TV episode ‘Aalim Online’, on which an infamous hate preacher had facilitated issuance of a fatwa calling for the murder of Ahmadis because they were ‘apostates’ of Islam. Ahmad is survived by his elderly parents, wife and three children. The youngest child is only a few month old.

Ahmadi victim Imtiaz Ahmad pays with his life for following his faith.

Karachi: Shia official of Karachi Water Board target killed in Yazidi Takfiri Terrorist attack, 12 July, 2014

A Shia official of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was killed in a Yazidi Takfiri Nasbi terrorist attack in Karachi. The terrorists of the outlawed Sipah-e-Sahaba blatantly opened fire on Manzar Abbas near Water Pump on a crowded afternoon, without any fear of being caught or being identified. Shia parties and leaders have condemned the targeted murder of the third Shia Muslim during the holy month of Ramazan in Karachi city. Talking to media persons, Shia leaders and representatives said that the present government was also failing to protect Shia citizens as serious efforts were not being taken to eliminate terrorists attacks on minority Shias in Pakistan.


Islamabad: 14,000 Pakistani Christians fled Pakistan in 2013, 12 July, 2014

According to a latest report sent to Fides by a Pakistani NGO, World Vision in Progress, about 14,000 Pakistani Christians have sought asylum in foreign countries. The World Vision in Progress clarified that as a result of increasing terrorism, insecurity and harsh living conditions for religious minorities in Pakistan, people belonging to minority communities in Pakistan are abandoning the country and are seeking refuge elsewhere. In the past year for instance about 14,000 Pakistani Christians have sought asylum in Asian countries as well as in Western countries such as Europe, Canada and America. Farrukh H. Saif, Executive Director of the World Vision in Progress stated: The situation is serious; Minorities, especially Christians and Hindus are being targeted for acts of terrorism, mass violence and abuse of the ‘blasphemy law’. Because of this situation, an increasing number of families are choosing to leave Pakistan. Thousands of Pakistani Hindus seek refuge in India, while Christians, Ahmadis, Shias and other religious groups have reached East Asia and South Asia and have registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hoping to be able to settle in a country where they can enjoy equal rights. The flight of the Pakistani Christians began in 2009, when Christian neighborhoods and villages in Punjab were attacked by Muslim extremists. Hundreds of homes were burned and hundreds of Christians from Gojra and Korian took refuge in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Moreover, in March 2013, Islamic fanatics attacked ‘Joseph Colony’, a Christian area in Lahore. According to our investigations, last year 14,000 Pakistani Christians sought asylum in countries of East Asia and South Asia.


Abbotabad: ASWJ terrorists kill retired Shia Army official & his son in Abbotabad, 11 July, 2014

Two Shia Muslims were shot dead in a pro-Taliban Takfiri Terrorist attack in Abbaotabad area of Khyber Pakhtonkhwa Province of Pakistan. Pro-Taliban terrorists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP) renamed Ahl-e-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat, mounted an attack on a prominent member of the Shia community, Syed Mustafa Sherazi, a retired Army official, and his son Syed Wasim Sherazi in Abbotabad, killing them both on the spot. Mustafa Sherzai was a regional Shia cleric.


Islamabad: ATC grants bail to main accused in Christian Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder case, 11 July, 2014

The main accused, Umer Abdullah, arrested in the murder case of Shahbaz Bhatti; former Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs in the Government of Pakistan, gets bail from Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC), here today. Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs, was gunned down in the capital city of Islamabad on March 2, 2011, when he was on his way to a Cabinet meeting. The killers sprayed 28 bullets on him after stopping his car. They then dropped pamphlets on his dead body which stated that this was ‘the punishment for a blasphemer’ by Tehreek Talban Punjab TTP. The pamphlets also warned that whoever will speak against blasphemy laws in Pakistan, his fate will be death. Shahbaz Bhatti was demanding amendment in the blasphemy laws of Pakistan which were targeting religious minorities in Pakistan to settle personal scores. The ATC Judge Atiqur Rehman, who had reserved decision on the bail application of the main accused, Umer Abdullah, granted bail on the submission of one million rupees surety bonds today, even though the accused man Umer Abdullah had confessed to the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti before the Islamabad police. Umer Abdullah had been arrested by the police and intelligence agencies from a private hospital on the accusation of him having links with Al-Qaeda. The bail to the self-confessed killer of Shahbaz Bhatti has spread a wave of fear and insecurity among millions of Christians in Pakistan.

ATC Judge Atiqur Rehman granted bail to Umer Abdullah, the main accused in the murder of Christian Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, on submission of one million rupees surety bonds, although he had confessed to the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti before the Islamabad police.

Karachi: Shia activist ‘Asif Karbalai’ shot dead, 9 July, 2014

Shia activist Muhamamd Asif Karbalai s/o Akber Ali, aged 42, was shot and killed in a pro-Taliban Takfiri Terrorist attack near Impress Market area of Sadar in Karachi. The Shia victim was an active worker of Jafferia Alliance. According to reports, the murdered man had been targeted on 22 January 2012, in a prior attack on his life at Lasbella Chowrangi area of Karachi, on the way to the central procession taken out on the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and Imam Hassan (as) in M.A.Jinnah Road, Karachi. He had escaped the first assassination attempt with minor injuries but fell foul to the second attempt on his life.


Islamabad: Deobandi seminary forcing female students to ‘jihad’ against their will, 8 July, 2014

Relatives of a female student at a Deobandi seminary, Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad, have complained against the seminary for forcing girl students into jihad against the will of their parents. The brother of a 26 year old female student had gone to Jamia Hafsa to foil the seminary management’s bid to send his sister to ‘jihad’ but the seminary’s administration tortured him severely. Islamabad police arrived to help but the seminary’s administration told them that they would only produce the student in the court of law. Shaikh Abdul Qayoom, the father of the girl student, told reporters that he had become worried when his daughter told him that her coffin was ready and she was to go to jihad. Hence, he had lodged a complaint against the Jamia Hafsa. The police has also registered the complaint made by the student’s brother accusing the Deobandi seminary staff of torturing him.

Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad is facing complaints from parents of their female students accusing them of forcing their girl students into ‘jihad’ against the will of their parents.

Islamabad: Temple compound residents continue protest over ‘harassment’, 4 July, 2014

Members of the Hindu community staging protest rallies and demonstrations for more than a week over harassment of Hindus living in the Kali Mata temple compound in Latifabad, by political activists, took out another rally for the protection of their lives and their properties. Residents of a huge compound within the Kali Mata Shiva Mandli temple claimed that a group of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activists along with the ‘land mafia’ were bent upon acquiring a piece of the temple land measuring 20,000 square yards for commercial purposes. They said that the temple compound had a settlement of several thousand Hindu families living there for decades. They accused that PPP activists and their associates had been firing into the air almost daily to harass and terrify the poor Hindu residents living in the compound. They said that the activists and builders had been issuing death threats to them to force them out of the settlement and grab the land meant for the establishment of a dispensary. The protesters raised slogans against those involved in the harassment and urged the PPP central leadership to rein in its errant activists. They said that the affected people belonging to the Meghwar caste had approached the police several times but the latter were reluctant to take action because of the political clout enjoyed by the activists.

A rally was taken out by protesting Pakistani Hindus from SP Chowk. After marching through several streets and roads, the participants converged at the local press club where they staged a demonstration and a sit-in protesting against threats made by PPP activists and land grabbers in a bid to usurp temple property in which several thousand Hindu families were residing. A number of activists belonging to various nationalist parties also joined in the protest.

Kuzdar: Hindu trader shot dead, 1 July, 2014

Unknown men shot dead a Hindu trader, said personnel of Levies Force. Bhagwan Das, a trader and member of the Hindu Panchayat Committee, was in his shop when assailants opened fire on him, grieviously injuring him. They fled after the attack. Khuzdar Levies Force registered a case against unknown accused and investigations are under progress.


Karachi: Shia youth murdered in Takfiri terrorist attack, 1 July, 2014

Extremist militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba shot martyred a Shia youth in Karachi’s district central on Monday, first day of the sacred Islamic month of Ramadan. Syed Mazhar Naqvi son of Syed Ghulam Naqvi, 30, was made target by the notorious militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba near Al-Haaj Restaurant in Surjani’s area of KDA Flats. Due to targeted firing, Mazhar Naqvi embraced martyrdom. His body was taken to a government hospital for autopsy.

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