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Who Intruded Minority Rights

10 September, 2012

By Hira Zaheer


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Minority Rights….this expression symbolizes the privileges, birthrights and civil liberties to both individual members of a racial, religious and linguistic groups or communal entitlements accorded to concerned group. In the recent couple of days the International electronic and print media particularly the mass media of our so called Secular or should I say "Shallow" republic of India are spammed with this term as Rimsha Masih Blasphemy case aroused.

In August 2012 a 14 year old Rimsha Masih was arrested from Mehrabadi a poor locality in suburbs of Islamabad near sector G-11. She was allegedly involved in vandalizing the pages of holy Quran committing the act of blasphemy. The case took an inverted turn on Sunday 2nd September 2012 when a local cleric named Khalid Jadoon was held in suspicion of forging the evidence against the girl who apparently seems to be suffering from Down's syndrome and was proved a minor in Medical reports. On September 7, 2012, the girl was eventually bailed out as result of fair investigation of Pakistani law enforcement agencies. In this connection Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik stated that ash produced has been examined and found as burnt timber not of papers. The accusations were strongly condemned by All Pakistan Ulema League. "Rimsha is Pakistan's daughter and if the government cannot provide protection to her, the Pakistan Ulema Council is ready to do so," appealed Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, the Chairman of Ulema Council. He also requested government to provide complete security to the girl if the court releases her and called for Chief Justice Iftikhar Ch. to take suo moto of the case maintained in local magistrate.

This case has given chance to Indian Broadcasters to make a mockery of blasphemy laws of Pakistan and of our sacred and sanctified religion. It is noteworthy to infamous "Hindustan times" that the blasphemy laws as counterfeited by them are not actually in accordance with our religion in fact 1400 years ago during Caliphate of Usman(RA), Abdullah bin Saad bin Abi As-Srah a notorious blasphemer after he took immunity was forgiven by Holy Prophet(P.B.U.H). Moreover, in Quran Allah (SWT) has asked Muslims to ignore those who commit sacrilege acts. "And when they hear vain talk, they turn away there from and say: "To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant." Quran 28:55

"And have patience with what they say, and leave them with noble (dignity)." Quran 73:10

"Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of Allah: It is for Him to recompense (for good or ill) each People according to what they have earned" Quran 45:14

The increased uninvited participation of our neighbor in our social subjects is another hoax to sidetrack Vatican and western media from converging to their own inter communal disputes. That is plain clever though. Christianity form 2.3 per cent of India's population with approximately 24 Million adherents to the faith. From riots in 1960's to violence against Christian community in August 2008 in Kandhamal and to recent forced conversion of 18 Christian families to Hinduism in February 2009 many incidents are clear cut examples of racial prejudice against naïve Catholic minority. It seems that Indian Authorities find no flaws in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (A large insistent Hindu group) strategy to eliminate minorities from India and make it a pure Hindu nation. It is suspected that this group paid aggressive Hindu extremists to attack Christian Communities in Orissa leading 11,000 to flee from their land as they feared forced conversions. This approach is a solid smack on face of Indian government and it pretty much tells the hollowness of their "Secular Slogan". The article 30 of their so-called faultless Constitution about secularism and irreligious democracy is merely a blot of ink or something to chuckle about. 19 out of 25 convicts of Orissa killings were also released.

We can certainly say that Mass media can successfully shape public paradigm of any country but instead of positive Cultivation of her own masses electronic and print media of our trivial neighbor are keenly focused on debating around about blasphemy issues in Pakistan. It would be more humane if they can convey the mourns and laments of Indian Christians deprived of civil rights, good employment and even secure refuge in their own land to the concerned authorities.

The extremists Hindu soldiers on the direction of Indian government entered with boot on in Golden temple and killed over 20000 Sikhs on Jun 21, 1984. Indian Sikhs have not been given justice by their own Sikh Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"God forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for God loves those who are just" Quran 60.008

The above mentioned verse is another vivid example of concept of compassion and justice in Islam. Therefore misquoting Quranic verses and inventing lies is just another one of the practices of Indian media to malign Pakistan's Constitution in west which they seem to relish very much. By far they appear to be victorious in shattering peace in South Asia by increasing inter-communal tensions in their developing neighbour and hence applying their policy of "Divide and conquer" on us. So it is my modest request to Leaders of religious groups, political parties and journalists not to make a fuss of the whole issue and let the cases like these be solved quietly in court otherwise our despicable enemy will definitely achieve her ultimate notorious goals. We must also get up to eliminate sectarianism amongst the nation, since our enemies have the desire of exploiting this for weakening our country. Moreover, Islam does not advocate sectarianism and also protects the minority rights as stated in the earlier quoted Verses of Quran.

Reader Comments:

sEE THE DIFFERENCE,
One Rimsha who is released safe and sound is offered asylum by 3 European countries and the whole christian west was raising hell on human rights in Pakistan but when it comes to muslims being killed in Assam,or in Kashmir or in Myanmar the same christian west looks on the other side.This is what you can say is to use situations selectively for politcal blackmail but without sinerity to help someone.

MK, - 10 September, 2012

articles/Who-Intruded-Minority-Rights-242965.htm

The whole World is spitting on us. still you recall outdated things just to encourage our Pakistani psychopaths to kill and burn all the people who are not sunnis. Shame on us.

Syed. Marian Basha, Pakistan - 10 September, 2012

christians in India

This guy doesnt know anything about the status of christians in India. just search for christians in India in wikepedia you will come to know how christians in India live with dignity. Countries defence minister A.K Antony is a catholic, Top leader Sonia gandhi is a catholic and former army and navy chief isa christian and the current airforce chief is a christain.This is how the majority hindu community treat us in India.And we have every freedom to practice our religion and can built churches where ever we want.This is India...you come and see how we live and then comment about it. Can you please show one minority guy in any higher position in pakistani government? and just search for pakistani christians in google....the result will not be surprise for you!

Antony, India - 12 September, 2012

Christians of Pakistan

First of all we have to ask the question as to how come this issue of Christians being subjugated , discriminated or remaining under threat of violence /murder has suddenly come into focus since a couple of years. The Salman Taseer incident ,the shooting of Ajaz Butt a punjabi Chrisitian political leader who wished to change the rules in Islam and so on are examples.
Ever since the creation of Pakistan Christian as well as Hindu minorities have enjoyed absolute safety and protection under the Islamic regime of Pakistan. No leader ever advocated violence against them in the form of massacres etc. Compare this to the condition of minorities in India. Apart from a few Muslims most of this unfortunate community live with a sense of insecurity,aimlessness and fear. The more recent form of discrimination is that even well known film and media personalities are not given permission to buy houses or even rent them just because they happen to have Muslim names. One can imagine what must be the situation with ordinary members of the Muslim public. 90% of the musliims of India either live in crowded dirty slums or 'bustees' or in modest houses in very common unpleasant localities. In Indian villages the situation is even worse. Muslims live with fear under violence from Hindu extremists who do not hestiate to kill them whenver necessary, and even police who fail to help them even if they are attacked. the horrific genocide in Gujarat was the culmination.
The Christians have a good deal in Pakistan. There are quite a few of them in Sialkot. They hold senior positions in the army and Muslims work under them. Ever since sept 11 Christians have taken advantage of world events and often side with the West and Israel against MUslims. We see then in the Western countries spreading propaganda against Pakistan. This is the fault of the Pakistan government after partition. They neglected poor Muslims who were taken advantage of by the wily Christian missionaries of the West.

Rezan, - 12 September, 2012

very misleading

Things are so bad in Pakistan now that even weaker sections of the majority sunni community are cynical about their safety and security within their own country.

vk, - 12 September, 2012

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