UK: Pakistani Christian stage protest in front of Pakistan High Commission
11 Jul 2009
London: July 11, 2009. (PCP) On Friday the 10th of July 2009, UK based Pakistani Christians staged a historic protest in London, UK.
The protest was staged to show solidarity with the persecuted Christians of Kasur - Pakistan, who were recently attacked by a large number of fanatic Muslims. The attack was instigated by a belligerent local Mullah, making announcements on loudspeaker, asking people to attack Christian homes on false pretext of blasphemy charges against a Christian. Resultantly a religiously charged gang of Muslim zealots attacked Christian homes, robbing the valuables, molesting women and beating men before setting alight to their property, and about 60 Christian properties are reported damaged in this attack. The protest in London was against this recent outrageous atrocity against the innocent and peaceful Christians in Kasur, and it took place in front of Pakistan High Commission in London, UK.
Most of the UK based Pakistani Christian organisations were represented in this protest. Delegates CLAAS-UK, Pakistan Christian Ideology Council-UK, Federation of Pakistani Christians and Christian Cocial Link-UK made passionate speeches in support of the persecuted Christians in Kasur, and emphasized the Government of Pakistan to arrest the perpetrators of this henious crime and bring them to justice. The protestors chanted slogans demanding justice for the Christians in Kasur, and religious freedom for the religious minorities in Pakistan in line with the wishes of the Qaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The protest was given unprecedented coverage by the Pakistani and international Media, which was a major achievement for the UK based Pakistani Christian community. Geo TV, ARY OneWorld, Premier Radio, Kismat radio, Daily Nation are a few media outlets to mention for covering the protest, which made it a historic protest.
A delegation of seven people went inside the High Commission to hand over the petition to Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hassan, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain. The High Commissioner very sympathetically listened and assured that he will communicate concerns to the Government of Pakistan and action will be taken at the recommendations made in petition. Afterwards the High Commissioner did the unusual thing of coming out amongst the protestors to show his solidarity with their cause, and assured them of his full support and cooperation in bringing the criminals of Kasur atrocity to Justice.
This was a historic protest due to two main development never witnessed before in any of the protests staged by the Pakistani Christians in London-UK. The mainstream electronic & print media previously never gave so much coverage, and a High Commissioner never bothered coming out to show solidarity with the cause of Pakistani Christian protestors.