Laws of Pakistan against Minorities
Republished From: Global Healing Pakistan
Quaid a-azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, s speech of aug11 1947, is the attach in Many minds: You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan, you may belong to any religion or caste or creed that had nothing to do with the business of the state………
Islam teaches us tolerance. Our prophet (peace be upon him) was model of tolerance. Jinnah in one of his speeches, said you are free to go to temples.” The white portion of our national flag signifies the minorities. It is the duty of the state and indeed all of us to protect and safeguard the life and property of non-Muslims. These minorities have played a vital role in our progress. Their contribution in sports, economics and other fields has been great.
Pakistan ostensibly prides itself on this tolerance, with Muslim saying that we all are equal in the eyes of Allah” and yet and there are houses where the plates and glasses of domestic employers are kept spicily making them virtually, untouchable. How many families do you and I know of where the family enjoys a meal at a fancy hotel or restaurant, where the little girl (frequently a minority citizen) attending to the children, is not even allowed to sit with the family, let alone eat with them? Is it any wonder that millions will grow up regarding themselves as inferior with an acute sense of alienation?
In 1982, Gen. Zia-ul-haq introduced section 295 B for defiling of the holy Quran, and section 295 C mandating “death for use of the holy prophet’ (PBUH) these provisions reportedly made Pakistan’s blasphemy laws the strictest in the Muslim world.
In addition, these blasphemy laws have been used for the political vendetta against the minorities.
The Bishop John Joseph of Faisalabad committed suicide on May 6, 1998, as a desperate measure, in the front of the session court in Sahiwal, in protest against giving the death sentence to Ayub Masih for the peoples victimized by the laws has grown, spreading fear among the minorities.
Pakistan’s justice and peace commission confirmed in July 2005 that since 1998, 650 people have been falsely accused and arrested under the blasphemy laws: 20 people have been killed in the same period.
As of July 2005, 80 Christians are in the prison, accused of blasphemy. Many have been sentenced to death.
Hindu communities in Baluchistan have faced the worst threats in their history. Administrative efforts have been woefully inadequate to safeguard them against the wrath of local extremists.
In repeated episodes, the Holy books of minorities have been defiled, their places of worship attacked, burnt, or bombed. Hundreds of peoples have been forced to flee their homes.
Only Pakistani Muslims believe that other religion are not deserving of equal respect. Minorities do not have the same human rights as Muslims. If this is a democracy, where are its constitutional guarantees?
A small change was introduced in the procedure of registering a blasphemy case, it now has to be investigated before a person can be arrested. Nevertheless, in Pakistan police, arrest the people without any investigation. In addition, they register FIR against the minorities.
These are the fundamental rights of Muslims in Pakistan against the minorities. This is going against Pakistan’s constitution of 1973, article 25 of the constitution which promises equality under the law, and of protection of the law, irrespective of cast, creed or sex?
Where are this quality and where are those fundamental human rights?
No religion permits us to kill anyone just because he or she does not agree with us. Nevertheless, we must try to win others hearts through our deeds, love, and action.
Article written by Gulfam Sabar Member Global Healing Pakistan.