“How we can celebrate Minority Day in Pakistan when our innocent brothers are being killed by Islamic militants and our women are being gang raped and enforcedly converted to Islam” said Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, when speaking in Conference organized by Pakistan Christian Congress PCC here today at Reeves Center, Washington DC.
PCC Conference discussed Killing of Christians in Pakistan on pretext to blasphemy law, situation of religious minorities and anniversary of Gojra which was attended by international organizations and leaders of Pakistani Community in USA.
Mr. Andrew Eiva, Director, Freedom for Sudan Committee, Jeffrey Imm, founder, Responsible for Equality And Liberty [R.E.A.L.], Ashraf Ramelah, Voice of the Copts, Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Pakistani American Christian Coalition, Mujeeb Ijaz, Ahamdayya Muslims in USA, Shaharyar Gill, American Center of Justice and Law, Ahmar Mustikhan, founder, American Friends of Balochistan, Senge H. Sering, director, Gilgit Baltistan National Congress and representative of ICC also spoke on this occasion.
Nazir Bhatti condemned killing of Two Christian Brothers and demanded justice for Gojra victims. He also urged government of Punjab to make public report of Tribunal on Gojra massacre.
PCC announced to hold rallies and protests in every city of Pakistan on august 11, 2010 to mark as Black Day.
Contents of speech of Dr. Nazir S Bhatti:
As a President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, President of Pakistani Christians Association in North America PCA and Editor of Pakistan Christian Post PCP, I welcome honorable guests who are here with us to share our miseries and sorrows on killing of Pastor Rashid Emmanuel and Sajjid Emmanuel on broad daylight in Faisalabad District Courts by Islamic radical elements during hearing in a case of accusation of blasphemy on July 19, 2010.
PCC announced this conference to observe 1st anniversary of Gojra massacre where more than fifty homes were destroyed, Churches were set on fire and seven Christians were burnt alive on July 31, 2009, by Muslim mob. We wanted to bring in notice of International community that killers of innocent children, women and men are walking free on streets of Gojra Town of Toba Tek Singh, Punjab province of Pakistan while Christians have been implicated in false fabricate cases and being harassed by Islamic militant groups and administration. A Tribunal was formed by government of Punjab, headed by Lahore High Court Justice to investigate sad incident of Gojra but still we are waiting for publication of the report by Punjab. The incident of Gojra was followed by Muslims attack on village Korian on July 30, 2009, which is few miles from Gojra, where 75 Christian homes were destroyed on allegation of blasphemy.
When Christians in Pakistan and Pakistani Christian Diaspora in Europe, Australia and in North America was planning to organize protests, rallies and memorial services to mark first anniversary of Gojra incident, the news to gun down Two Christian Brothers in Faisalabad on allegation of blasphemy sparked anger and fear among 20 million Pakistani Christians.
The killing of innocent Christians, gang rapes and sexual harassment of Christian women on workplaces, Kidnapping and enforced conversion of Christian women to Islam, attacks on Churches, Desecration of Holy Bible, assassination of Pastors and destruction of Christian homes is matter of daily routine in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. When some cases are being reported in media, some arrests are made by authorities but culprits walk free because honor, respect and rights of Christians are treated as second class citizen in Muslim dominated society in Pakistan. Such incident have risen to 200% in this democratic government of Pakistan Peoples Party PPP and most of these heinous crime against Christians have been committed in Punjab province of Pakistan where Christians are second biggest population and government is run by Pakistan Muslim League PML(N).
The 4th Amendment in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and nationalization of Missionary Schools, Colleges and Hospital by Pakistan Peoples Party PPP government in 1970,s gave us first two martyrs James Masih and Nawaz Masih, when police opened fire on peaceful protest processions against nationalization in Rawalpindi. Up to this date we are still crying on bloods of our martyrs during every PPP regimes when we receive more corps of martyrs. The Pakistan Muslim League PML, during premiership of Mian Nawaz Sharif legislated Section 295-C PPC and imposed Sharia Law on us in 1990,s and from that time we are witnessing implication of our men and women in blasphemy cases and attacks on our life and property in Pakistan.
Support oppressed Christians of Pakistan and join your voice with us to press upon government of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy law in Pakistan, restoration of equal basic democratic rights and election of our representatives by our votes instead of selection.
When US attacked Iraq in 1990,s, Muslims mob set on fire Bahawalpur Church and killed 9 worshipers which was first ever attack on Christian worship place in history of Pakistan after independence: The incident of attacks on Churches, killing of Pastors and worshipers and arrests under blasphemy law doubled after attack on Afghanistan and Iraq but US administration ignored our appeals to press upon government of Pakistan to ensure justice with Pakistani Christians and to adopt necessary measures for our safety and security.
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC appeals to US administration after recent revelations of ISI substandard role in war against terrorism to raise voice for rights of oppressed Christian, Sindhi, Balochi, Seraiki and Hazara nations unless rouge Pakistani government will keep on enjoying on US taxpayers aid and use same funds on killing minority communities and feeding Islamic militant orgnization.
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC strongly condemn killing of Pastor Rashid Emmanuel and Sajjid Emmanuel and demands arrests of killers.
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC urges to withdraw false cases against Gojra Christians and to punish culprits who burnt alive 7 Christian children, women and man. PCC also demands publication of report of Tribunal constituted under Lahore High Court Justice to punish those elements involved in attack on Christians.
PCC appeals to US administration and EU to press upon government of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy law which is root cause of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan.
Pakistani Christian are a peaceful nation and believe in power of liberty and democracy which enables every one to secure their rights and freedom through democratic means, so, under immense pressure from our youth in Pakistan, we are announcing to observe ‘Black Day” on August 11, 2010, instead of “Minority Day” announced by government of Pakistan. The Pakistan Christian Congress along with other political groups, Church denominations and civil society organization will take out protest rallies and join Prayer gatherings in every major City and Town of Pakistan. The major “Black Day” protest gathering will be held in Faisalabad where Christian Brothers were gunned downed while Gojra Town gathering will be marked as Memorial Services to pay homage to martyrs.