After 14th August 1947 one land divided into two parts one is called Pakistan and second India.
Unfortunate, Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah late, very well-known about his liberalism but we all are being forgotten that Mr. Jinnah brought religion in Politics later this way he got ticket of religion and being passed train on new road of Pakistan but he could not be assumed that ticket of religion would have caused of discrimination in foundation of new born state.
Once you planted seed of discrimination later you were accepted sweet fruits from discriminated seed, does it work?
Today Pakistan is facing trouble and worst conditions because of wrong starting of Politics through religion.
Mr. Jinnah might have thought that after getting Pakistan, would turn leaf of politics; unfortunate he may not had experienced regarding religion which runs in vein of societies and selected power ruling groups always ride on religion for centuries. If Mr. Jinnah had read history of religion and power politics, would not have injected religion in politics.
His little step has made up big fragile wall that can neither cross nor has fall down its each brick been coloring in the name of religion.
You can remove and amend thing, those things are being named religion hardly single bring amend in societies those are still in pre-mature period.
Independence was being brought in the name of religion and it rotates around the extremists and power makers, as we had bitter experience of General Zia – ul – Haq who polluted 11-years of country in the name of religion, did single person up voice against his system? Pakistan can not bring change General Zia’s ill-ordinance because all have religious color though each citizen knows that blasphemy and Hudood ordinance both are being used against innocent and blameless people, can not be up voice because you would be declared anti-state and religion.
In such inflexible situation not only common Muslims and non-Muslims both are tortured by religious zealot. If we count that how is top on list, of course non-Muslims to be treated like animal cart, without giving any explanation just pick axe up and take breath forever of innocent people in the name of religion.
Non-Muslims are not alien who are considered in society as un-touchable. We understand that creates hatred approach against non-Muslims extremist being tried to up its political-chart.
Where people should have rejected at their sins, here we are seen people is refused on their religion beliefs.
Who will decide which god is up among all religions? We are not able to comment on it but here in Pakistan country when all politicians beat drum for democracy and sovereignty, would they tell us half of population being ignored and denied for franchise. Why? Are they not part of country and strengthening?
We understand, in which country where dull system exist and democracy runs by selected group then not only minority groups alongside entire public of country being neglected, mostly in Pakistan minority groups more tortured although are being killed after such results gigantic trouble is nowhere justice for them and they have licensed to kill non-Muslim.
When societies get license for killing, those become worst like hell.
I would like to share population data of minorities in Pakistan Since 1972 to 1998.
When I was collecting population date, it was surprised for me where rarely seen Ahmadis name even in 1972 data somewhere had written Ahmadis, in next stage did not write Ahmadis’ name beside in 1951 – 61 population data they were counted in others.
After looking at population data, can not image that half of population of Pakistan is in harassment and target killing in the name of sacred. According to report Local government elections: The Ahmadis continued to be denied a joint electorate.
Besides local government elections recommended, 6. Joint electorate must be restored for all citizens at all levels.
This is what? We are not allowed to ask or say any thing otherwise our mouths will be sealed up in the name of sacred.
Nowadays Pakistan Supreme court has sovereignty they can sue motto easily as like in era of kingship when kings ordered than no one could denied them following we have supreme Court, which can take action, hence; it strange to me when I see silence of Supreme Court on non-Muslims, killing to innocent, is big crime rather corruption even one young Sarfaraz Shah killed by rangers in Karachi, Chief Justice quickly took action and de-threw responsible officers.
Have we heard or seen such steps on minorities those are being cut out like onions and crates?
Some Incidents when Hindus, Ahmadis & Christians have been killed.
Incidents – Christian:
On August 1, 2009, a Christian locality in Gojra, Punjab was attacked and nine Christians were killed, 18 were injured and more than 120 Christian homes destroy by Muslim mob who were enraged by the allegation that a chirstian in a village, Korian had desecrated the Holy Quran. Among the victims was 50-year-old Hameed Masih, who was shot dead and seven of his family members including women and children (the youngest was just four years old), who were burnt alive, reported.
On July 19, 2010 two Christian brothers Pastor Rahid Emmanual, 32 and Sajid Emmanual 30 were being led out of a court by a police escort in Faisalabad City after a trial hearing in a blasphemy case, were gunned down by a religious zealot, reported.
Allegation of blasphemy of the Holy Quran, 2,000 Muslims attacked a Christian locality in Sangla Hill, Punjab on November 12, 2005.
On February 6, 1997, about 3,000 Muslims attacked a Christian Village, Shantinagar, Khanewal in the Punjab. About 80% village destroyed, mob ransacked 785 houses, 13 churches and over 1,500 Bibles, hymn book religious commentaries were burnt.
2010 a woman Aasiya Bibi who has four children was alleged in case of blasphemy whose crime was a spat with two Muslims women of her village who refused to drink water from a glass she has touched because they said it has been defiled due to her faith and caste. Apology for allegation has been submitted by her, in returned result has given that on 4th January 2011 Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer gunned down by his own guard Mumtaz Qadir who is now in jail and confess his sin, instead he should have punished extremist minds paid flowers and praised him. After 51 days MNA Shahbaz Bhatti had been killed on 2nd March 2011.
Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti tried to maintain Law & Justice for victimize and weaker people those are threaten in the name of blasphemy.
Incidents - Ahmadi:
A team of the international commission of jurists visited Pakistan in April 1987 to assess the state of Human Rights in Pakistan after the lifting of Martial Law and studied the situation of the Ahmadis in Pakistan and said “The Ahmadis have suffered a relentless decline in their religion.”
According to HRCP Report that NANKANA Riots at NANKANA SAHIB 12APRIL,
The incident of alleged burning of some loose sheets of Holy Quran in the Ahmadia Palace of worship in Chak. Result of this incident again Ahmadis lost damage to household goods 2,339,419. Damage to Building 722,625 and total loss suffered 3,062,044.
According to HRCP report LAHORE: 3rd June 1989 Dr. Mubashar Hassan former finance Minister has said that the Punjab Government has totally failed to protect the weaker section of society.
After incident Punjab government spokesman said on 5th June said, has been providing all possible care encouragement and assistance to all minority communities and they were all enjoying full rights of citizenship and participating in community life and national affairs actively.
On January 29, 2009 reported that a case for blasphemy has been registered again five persons of Ahmadiyya community under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in Kot Sultan police station of Layyah district. A complaint lodged with the police accused five Ahmadis of writing the name of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on the walls of the mosque’s toilet in village, reported by HRCP.
In April, local authorities in Kasur dug up the grave of an Ahmadi girl Nadia Hanif 17, buried in Muslim graveyard, ten days later after her death and moved her body to an Ahmadi cemetery under pressure from local extremist elements, reported.
According to report Ahamdis shops were attacked in Rahimyar Khan in February, during protest against Cartoons had been published in Danish newspaper.
0n 28 May, 2011 two Ahmadis worship places were attacked and more than 80 people lost their lives. Even though year has been passed don’t know what happened to the investigation.
Incident – Hindu:
According to report Thirty-Three Hindus Killed in Pakistan in Attack by Government Troops. Most of the Dead Women and Children. Many More Injured. Hundreds Flee Homes…headlines like these never managed to hit the Indian media when it all happened in the neighbouring nation in 17 March 2005, Hindu Human Rights – Pakistan, and Ms. Asma Jahangir said There’s discrimination against all religious minorities. But what’s particularly frightful for Hindus is the kind of harassment they face from the intelligence agencies.”
Others reports say, Balochistan, Pakistan (Chakra) seven members of a Hindu family were killed while being caught amid a gun battle between tow rival Muslim tribes in Pakistan.
Ten members from the minority Hindu Community in Pakistan were sleeping outside of their hut when the gun fight started killing Shankar his wife and five children immediately.
Above reports only wee bit look about situation of non-Muslims those are being killed and whole village burnt down but nowhere can you see voice of justice.
According to my poor information I have been tried lot get to information about Hindus but I could not find out about it, including on HRCP website has not data about Hindus, no doubt we can easily get information regarding Christians and Ahmadis.
Now we can read language of international laws & Pakistan Law those are colored with Humanitarian.
Constitution of Pakistan preamble: subject to law, public order and morality (a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice and propagate his religion and (b) every religious denomination and every sect thereof shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religion.
Constitution of Pakistan Article 32 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
In Pakistan Law also takes this In 1974, Ahmedis were declared non-Muslims and a decade later, In 1948 General Zia-ul-Haq promulgated ordinance XX that basically criminalized Ahmedi worship.
Although Pakistan is signatory of United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it says:
Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
Article 18: everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Our country has beautiful words in constitutions and at international level followers of Human Rights Law, in returning laws have not applied for people even dreadfulness laws passed by General Zia, have applied. According to a report, from 1986 to date 4,000 blasphemy cases have been reported in the country, 69% have been registered in the Punjab, 25% were reported in Sindh and 2.5 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
All blasphemy cases do not have receive proper investigation and justice, how is it possible when government ministers themselves part of religious zealot Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah rubbing shoulders with Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, the leader of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, a banned organization, at an election rally even he visiting the group’s madrassa.
He also passed statement for martyred Salmaan Taseer that he should be killed because he is willing to change blasphemy law though reality was changed Salmaan Taseer only coveted to save Asiya Bibi's life and wished proper investigation of Asiya Bibi, later Salmaan Taseer dead, once again he said, Salmaan Taseer was not Muslim.
Thos people are sitting on responsible seats and passing irresponsible statements then of course extremist groups push up, and they will do each step whatever comes in their minds. We have not listened single action has been taken against Rana Sanaullah.
This is the result that we are again seeing that pamphlets giving a call to kill members of the Ahmediyya community in the name of Islam are openly being distributed in Punjab, beside it Clerics in Lahore have issued yet another blasphemy fatwa (religious decree). This time it is against Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP’s) Samina Khalid Ghurki and one of her supporters, Haji Nasir, who the clerics have alleged to be blasphemers, reported in Daily Times English newspaper.
When justice close its eyes and law become stranger, then innocent people are being killed, our streets and chat-rooms have shadow of silence because some people have hold stamps for approving religious people if can not be approved than can kill us.
How long are we hide our eyes from truth that human must be treated as human not on bases of religion. If societies follow it, this earth will soon burning and everywhere blood river instead of waterway.
This time system and selected minds have to decide what they want? Since first day discrimination creates distortion, learn from history that discriminated state can not be run.
Hindus, Ahmadis and Christians are citizens they have as living rights as Muslims have.
At least IF Pakistan government is not able to honor non-Muslims then must honor its constitution and signatory Laws with others.
State means where people behave like citizen of state, not like slave.
One minority voice says,
I live in country,
Where air exists
I am not allowed to take breath,
Where people pray,
I am not allowed to pray,
Where people laugh and meet each other,
I am alien among them,
Where people has right to say,
I am forced to seal up my right to say,
Are you sure,
Are we live in country? (Helena)
Published in Bolan Voice Magazine in July 2011.