Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress and Chairman Martyr Feroz Masih Award Committee announced the names of nominated persons for first Martyr Feroz Masih Award. PCP Report.
17 Feb 2003
New York. February 14. Emmanuel Zafar, Tahir Ul Qadri, Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Professor Salamat Akhter, Salim Balouch, Rev Fr. Emmanuel Asi, Bishop Temothious Nasir, Aslam Martin, Dr. Stephen Gill, Manzoor Alam, Late Lazar Bhatti, Late Shakeel Bhatti,
The award is in the memory of the sacrifice of Martyr Feroz Masih who was killed by the Karachi Police firing on peaceful protest procession of PCC against Shanti Nager village attack by the Muslim fundamental group on February 13, 1997 before Sindh Governor House. The PCC central council at meeting in Karachi passed a resolution to inaugurate Shaheed Feroz Masih Award for remembrance of his precious life sacrifice for Christians in Pakistan. The resolution also added to press for the demand of the arrests of the killer police officials involved to gun down Feroze Masih and injuring many on Feb. 13, 1997. This is the first award nomination, which shall be continued in future every year in month of February, and award distribution ceremony shall be held in Pakistan and also in the foreign countries as per decision of Martyr Feroz Masih Award Committee.
Mr. Emmanuel Zafar Advocate Ex MNA was nominated for Christians Leadership and Lifetime community rights Struggle.
Mr. Dr. Tahir Ul Quadri MNA and Chief of PAT awarded for his services and recognition on Christian Muslim Dialogues in Pakistan on establishment of Muslim Christian Dialogue Commission and inviting the Christian counterparts of commission to perform their services in Mosque at Lahore as gesture of harmony for the first time in history of sub continent of India.
Mr. Khan Abdul wali Khan, nominated on his national services to all the citizens of Pakistan irrespective of race, creed, colour and religion as committed, progressive and liberal leader in Pakistan.
Mr. Professor salamat Akhter nominated for his educational services for Christians. He is now the principal of CTI Sialkot.
Mr. Salim Baloch, VP of Jamhouri Watan Party nominated for his services in Muslim Christian political coordination's in Pakistan by raising Christian issues in absence on all political forums with instruction of JWP chief Nawab Mohammad Akber Khan Bugti.
Rev Fr. Emmanuel Asi nominated for his courageous writings on Liberation Theology and precious services of Catholic congregations in Pakistan.
Rt Rev. Bishop T. Nasir nominated for his religious leadership in Pakistan as Moderator of United Presbyterian Church in Pakistan. His evangelical and pro-life writings as Editor of Monthly Klam e Haq from Gujranwali and Rector of Theological seminary are counted as outstanding services for the protestant churches in Pakistan.
Martyr Aslam Martin nominated for the award on his services as community coordinator in Pakistan during his life. He was working as community coordinator with Christian establishment " Justice and Peace" at Karachi when he was killed by fundamental Muslim group in his office along with six other Christian workers on September 25, 2002.
Mr. Dr. Stephen Gill was awarded the Peace literature award. He is author of 25 books and his poetry for peace is recognized world over. He is based in Canada.
Mr. Manzoor Alam was nominated for award on best achievement in business as a Christian businessman. His business is in North America and Pakistani Christian community in USA is grateful for his services in their rehabilitation.
Late Mr. Lazar Bhatti nominated for his special services to Christians in Pakistan. He was VP of Pakistan Christian Congress and served the community for decades. He led many Christian protests and staged hunger strikes for equal basic democratic rights for Christians in Pakistan. He passed away during Christmas celebration function of 1990 organized by the New Karachi Christian community.
Late Mr. Shakeel Bhatti was nomination of award on his special services for Christians in Pakistan as PCC leader in capacity of Information secretary. He traveled in far-flung areas of Pakistan to organize Christians on gross root levels.
Late Mr. Salim Masih Khokhar nominated for his leadership of community in Pakistan. He served as VP of PCC for decades and led Christian rallies and hunger strikes against blasphemy laws in Pakistan. He died at Korangi Karachi in 1992.
Mr. Parvez Bazi was nominated for his religious poetry. He is musician, singer and drama writer from Sialkot. The all Pakistani Christians recognize his services for Catholic Church in Pakistan.
Mr. Younas Youhanna was nominated for his outstanding services in Sports. He is first Local Christian in national team of cricket in Pakistan. His outstanding performance resulted in success for Pakistan Cricket team in many international matches.
Mr. William Shahzad was nominated for the award of best community services abroad. He is living in North America serving the Christian immigrants and organizing Christian rallies in New York on Christian persecutions in Pakistan from last 12 years.
Mr. Nasir saeed nominated for the services for revival of Human Rights for Christians in Pakistan. He is coordinator of CLAAS UK and have published research report about human right abuses in Pakistan by the name of ' Faith under Fire". He is based in London
Mr. Dr. salim was nominated for his special services for Christian youth in Pakistan. He was based in Drig Road Karachi and rests in peace by stroke.
The Martyr Feroze Masih award ceremony shall be held at Karachi to distribute these awards. The medals shall be given to many other Christian social, religious, political leaders during this ceremony.