Karachi: The Pakistani Christians activists of “Gods Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan” GPFP (Christian Friends of Israel) observed “Pakistan Minority Day” 2020 and held a peaceful protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club in demand to allow Pakistani Christians for pilgrimage visit by recognizing the Jewish state of Israel.
On this remarkable occasion Quaid – e - Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was remembered who spoke an inclusive and impartial government, religious freedom, rule of law and equality for all, but unfortunately all in vain.
Millions of Pakistani Christians and thousands of Jews living in Pakistan with their hidden identity are ban to travel to the Holy / sacred Bible land situated in the state of Israel for pilgrimage visits with endorsement on Pakistani Passports. The Pakistani Christians lack religious freedom as given in the constitution of Pakistan 1973, and none of the government since the creation of Pakistan has ever taken any notice to this longstanding dream and desire of Christians which is according to the Holy Bible for religious pilgrimages, thus depriving Pakistani Christians to perform their religious rituals and obligations in the holy city God Almighty and as well as of King David (Jerusalem).
The (GPFP-CFI) is struggling since 20 years and raised voice against the religious discrimination and insufficiency of Christian religious liberties and rights that are the biggest minority in Pakistan.
When the ban on YouTube can be lifted, then why not ban on religious pilgrimage visit to Israel for Christians can be eliminated in Pakistan? In the light of Bilateral Protocol Agreement 1974, to visit religious shrines signed between India and Pakistan government, it is demanded to make such agreement for Christian people of Pakistan for pilgrimage visit to Israel, Just like the above-mentioned agreement for the performance of religious pilgrimage, obligations in the Holy Bible land.
The matter must be analyzed in the light of “Medina Treaty” made with minorities by Hazarat Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
Aamir Suleman Aziz Deputy Secretary General of God’s Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan-CFI congratulate the Prime minister Imran Khan for taking such a bold initiative by opening the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims which is a good gesture and said “we hope that one day our Prime Minister Imran Khan will stand the test of time and create history once again by allowing the Pakistani Christians to visit the Holy Bible land on Pakistani Passports”. Urged the government of Pakistan, especially ministry of interior and ministry of foreign affairs, UNO to take immediate notice of the sentiments and devotion of Christian people and such religious demand must be obliged and such aforementioned agreement between Pakistan and Israel must be established in the largest religious interest of Pakistani Christians.
The Pakistani Christians are also thankful to the PTI MNA Asma Hadeed by proposing recognition of Israel in the National Assembly.
Recently Pakistani Christians met with a huge loss by the sad demise of Mr. Ashraf P. Butt (Advocate) Secretary General of God’s Peoples Fellowship of Pakistan (GPFP-CFI) who was the founder of the organization. Mr.Ashraf passed away on 05th of December’2019 after his prolonged illness. He was a man of great courage who stood on every platform for the recognition of Israel in Pakistan amid every situation. His name would ever be remembered in golden words for his great struggle in Islamic Republic of Pakistan. As per the will of the deceased, Mr.Shahbaz Ashraf (Son) is a Vice Chairman of the organization.
The (GPFP-CFI) Deputy Secretary General Mr.Aamir Aziz vowed to continue the mission of the (Late) Mr.Ashraf P. Butt and would keep struggling for the recognition of the State of Israel in Pakistan by pursuing legal battle before the Court of Law. And it is once again that the (GPFP-CFI) is going to file a Constitution Petition in the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan on behalf of Pakistani Christians for pilgrimage visit to Jerusalem on Pakistani Passports.
Mr. Imran Mushtaq coordinator of the (GPFP-CFI), and Pastor David Ghulam, Waris Masih, Issac Albert also addressed the protest demonstration and was chanting slogans in favour of their demand and holding banners and placards in their hands where it was written upon "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem", "Israel you are light to the nations", Recognize the Jewish state of Israel", "For Jerusalem sake I will not keep silent" "Allow us to visit Israel on Pakistani Passports for pilgrimage".