MINORITES UNSAFE IN PAKISTAN. By Abbas Kassar. PCP Report
08 Jan 2004
HYDERABAD. January 14, 2004:Representatives of Christian Community of Karachi and Hyderabad have demanded cancellation of double registration of YMCA Karachi and hand over it to real and legal representatives of Christians. Addressing news conference here on Wednesday former MPAs Micheal Javed, and Salem Khurshid Khokar who is also president of YMCA Karachi said that YMCA was registered in 1913 under Societies Act 1860 whose office bearers were present but the representatives of Christian community of Karachi cannot enter into YMCA today. They said Social Welfare Department of Sindh has made double registration of YMCA under fear and favor and under political pressure bypassing the law. They said Social Welfare Department was involved in unlawful act to appease its ministers and advisors who want to occupy the YMCA its property and building. They alleged that Social Welfare Department in collusion of land mafia wants to destroy this institution. Members of district city government Karachi Younis Khan, Ishaq Inayet, Samuel Nazir, Anwer Lal Din and Yousuf Gill; Binjamin Andrew, Richard Arif and Imran Gill Christian leaders from Hyderabad were also present on the occasion. They said that the situation has reached to such climax that their Bishops in Pakistan have to approach Bishop of Canterbury and Church of England to seek their help for their protection and respect of their places of worship and to save their institutions. They said that minority leaders in Pakistan feel themselves so unsafe and under compulsion that due to fear in performing their religious rites in their Churches they have to call for help to foreign missionaries. The expressed apprehension that Social Welfare Department wanted to sale the precious land of YMCA in collaboration of its Supervising Committee and secret power. They alleged that Sindh Governor has shut his eyes over the issue of YMCA, which was just opposite Governor House.
They demanded from President and Prime Minister of Pakistan and Sindh government to provide them protection of life honor and property and restore the YMCA to real and legal representatives of Christian community by canceling its double registration. They also demanded action against those involved in corruption and refund of looted property of YMCA through National Accountability Bureau.