Bishop James Dean on Hunger Strike to protest for basic amenities for Ibne Mariam Colony. He condemns threat letters to Charsadda Christians.
16 May 2007
Pakistan: May 17, 2007. The Constitution of Pakistan states that there is religious freedom to every one but we regret to say that the Christian families living in Charsadah NWFP have received the warnings from the Muslims of the city that either they accept Islam or leave their houses and quit. We strongly condemn such discriminated attitude of the Muslims towards the Christian. The people of Charsadah forget that their Muslim brothers are living in Christian countries if such situation arises how they would feel .It is a horrible action that the Christian are being threatened to accept Islam. This may spread through out Pakistan the Christian do not understand what will happen if this continues through out Pakistan. The Christian countries do not allow the Christians even to visit their countries .The Christian here in Pakistan are forced to accept Islam or leave. Bishop James Dean and His colleagues in a press release with the hope that the Muslims of charsadah would come to their senses and not to terrify the Christians living with them since decades.
In a Press release issued from hunger strike venue says that 81 years old RT, Rev, Bishop James Dean of Presbyterian Church in Pakistan has gone on hunger strike second time since11thmay 2007for not fulfilling the promises to provide the basic necessities in spite of repeated request. Bishop James Dean and the residents of ibne mariam colony have demanded the following:
1: Drainage /sewerage and Roads /soling are provided immediately.
2: Sui Gas and water connection be granted on priority bases
3: Nazim of UC 249 be held responsible for the damages of the houses and walls which includes the wall of the, Mr. Latif Masih and the walls and damages of the pastor's house He may be directed to compensate the loss and immediate legal be taken for not providing the basic necessities to ibne mariam colony .The funds may be audited and see where he has spent the funds allocated for this colony since last 7 years.