Mera Qatil he mera munsif hy
(My killer is my judge)
By – Shamim Masih
ISLAMABAD: The threat matrix for Pakistan religious minorities has changed radically now after the Pakistan Muslim League (N) came in power. There was numerous blasphemy cases registered in the Punjab province during the rule PML-N regime in the past and the same practice was on. A Christian family including children and women were burnt alive and the Christian colony was set ablaze in Gojra city in 2009. In the city of province Punjab, Sangla Hill and Joseph Colony, Lahore; the same practice seen, blasphemy case were registered for their vested interest but no action is being taken against the forged complainants. This is not the end, as soon as the PML-N government came in power in the federal, Islamabad slum settlements were cautioned to vacate and were considered encroachment. The inhabitants were there for four decades. Now officials in capital of Punjab province, Agency, along with the police from different stations reached at the Katchi abadi in Qaziabad, Gulshan-i-Ravi, with bulldozers and excavators in the early morning. The workers began demolishing houses amid cries of women and children. Punjab government seems in hurry now to crush the Christians during their rule. The colony was reportedly built some 40 years ago and during the Nawaz Sharif’s first government, he then promised them that no one would force them to leave their houses. But during his this rule he has lifted them all. In recent past; Islamabad High Court’s Justice Shaoukat Aziz Siddique had directed Capital Development Authority – CDA to clear the slum settlements from the Capital, Islamabad. Let me give you Urdu poetry; [Mera qatil he mira munsif hy, kia mery haq mein faisla dy ga]. (My killer is my judge, will he decide anything in my favor)
The case is not related to Christian only but others are suffering too. A university professor was entangled in blasphemy case and his attorney was killed. A blasphemy case was registered against 65 protesters in his favor. Shaista Wahidi (Geo TV anchor), her TV owner and two partakers were had to flee from the country due to this reason. A man in small district, Shariq pur; accused of blasphemy case was killed during his judicial investigation. A foreign national non-Muslim doctor was killed during his visit to Pakistan.
Pakistan is a country where majority of its population is living below poverty line. Unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and terriosim are common problems. But religious minorities face discriminatory laws and other issues as well. Christians in the country stands nowhere, if live along seasonal drainage or kitchi abadi, it is considered encroachments, if take a sip of water, then they consider untouchable and sent to jail for life imprisonment; which is the basic reason with Asia Bibi has been suffering for years. Lahore High Court is hanging her case hearing with lame less excuse. Another pregnant woman was killed right under the nose of Lahore High Court, Lahore. Law and order situation is beyond control.
The problem with Pakistani Christian is unity. Fortunately or unfortunately; they are all born leaders and do not want to sit with others. I personally feel this is basic reason of their sufferings. During the last two decades; Hindu minority have proven that they are the largest minority in the country. None of Christian parliamentarian has spoken even a single word for their favor in NA. There are two mummies seen who always seen roaming about here and there during the session in recent one year.
Unfortunately we don’t have any national level regular platform to highlight the issues, national papers and private TV channels don’t give ample space for Pakistani Christians issues. Although there are some private TV channels running under Christian religious administration but again I would say, these people have made it family ownership and promoting their families instead raising real cause and issues Christians are facing and we can’t highlight the actual issues. Their agenda is totally different.
Religious leaders and social activists are running for their vested interests. Many Christian families are suffering in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. UNHCR is not paying heed to these asylum seekers. They have reportedly paid in hundred thousand for immigration. Most of the Christians are shifting to other countries and rests do not find any future in the country. Are we equal citizen; If not should we stand for our rights?