Christian minority persecuted in Pakistan?


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Yesterday, I wrote a post debunking Jewish editor Dr. Elliot Jager’s lies claiming Christianity is good for the Jews. On August 10, 2013, the Salem News published an article authored by an Islamophobe Pakistani Christian journalist, Shamim Masih, who claims that the Christian minority in Pakistan is victim of Islamic fundamentalists.

Shamim Masih’s accusations against Pakistan are no different than the anti-Pakistan lies coming out of Jewish lobby groups. For example, Shamim claims that Pakistan People Party (PPP) federal minority minister Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated in 2011, because he belonged to Christian minority. But a few months earlier, Salman Taseer, a so-called “Muslim secularist” Governor of Punjab and a senior member of PPP, was killed by his own bodyguard for opposing blasphemy law. Shahbaz Bhatti, who supported Taseer’s anti-blasphemy law – met his Muslim friend’s fate.

Under Islamic Shari’ah, anyone who insults Allah, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or any biblical prophet – is considered a blasphemese. The Christian Bible also quotes Jesus calling Blasphemy a great sin (Mark 3:29, Matthew 31-32 and Luke 12-10). “Whosoever, blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, will never be forgiven; he is guilty of etenal sin,” Bible NIV. In Moses Law, cursing of G-d or the King, is a balsphemy (Ex. xxii. 27; Isa. viii. 21). British law also considers insulting the Queen in public, a blasphemy.

Shamim quoted Quaid-e-Azam out of context: “You may belong to any religion, caste or creed, that has nothing to do with the business of state.” Quaid in the speech in question that he made in the background of the Muslim massacres going on in Delhi and Punjab and some tension in Karachi, he assured non-Muslims, “You may belong to any religion, caste or creed, that has nothing to do with the business of state, for we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state.”

Professor Samuel Martin Burke (died 2010), former Pakistani Christian ambassador to Scandinavia and author wrote in the Impact magazine (November 1999), “when this statement is read with the Quaid’s other pronouncements, it becomes quite clear that he was recommending generous treatment to non-Muslims not as a commendable secular principle but as a mandatory Islamic injunction”. Burke then went on to refer to several of Jinnah’s pronouncements between 1939 and 1948 all of which bore on the Quaid’s conviction that Islam was a ‘complete code of life’ and so when ‘we talk of Islam we take it as an all embracing word’. He dismissed as mischievous those who were saying that the future constitution of Pakistan would not be based on Islamic Shari’ah’.

In a speech Quaid-e-Azam (died September 11, 1948) delivered at the opening of the State Bank Pakistan on July 14, 1948, told the bankers that Western economic has failed to look after the interests of (99%) majority. “We must work our destiny in our own way and present to the world an economic system based on the true Islamic concept of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving to the humanity a message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind.”

Quaid-e-Azam, born into an Ismaili Shia family, kept his religion in his home. No one had ever seen him going to a mosque or mass prayer. He began his political career with Hindu Indian National Congress Party. He was elected President of the party in 1919. However, disgusted by Congress leaders’ anti-Muslim agenda, he left politics and migrated to London where he was appointed a member of the King’s Privy Council. After a few years, he was pursued by Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal to return to India and lead the All India Muslim League.

Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal, the noted Jewish scholar Leopard Weiss (Mohammad Assad) and many top Muslim League leaders believed in the establishment of Muslim majority state governed via Islamic Shari’ah which would protect the religious, political and social rights of country’s non-Muslim minorities. Mohammad Assad in an article written in May 1947, said that “Islam and Islam alone was the raison d’etre of this unique country”.

Pakistan’s National Assembly has 10 ‘reserved’ and the Senate has 4 ‘reserved’ seats for the 3% non-Muslim minorities (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmedias).

Pakistan has several Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmedia ministers in central and provincial governments, diplomats, military officials, academics and judges. The non-Muslim government ministers include Derek Cyprian, Col. SK Tressler, Shahbaz Bhatti, Raja Tridev Roy, Justice AR Cornelius, Akshay Kumar Das, Basanta Kumar Das, Kamini Kumar Datta and the current and the current Minister of Port and Shipping, Kamran Michael. Pakistan’s first foreign minister, Sir Zafrullah Khan belonged to non-Muslim Ahmedi minority. Pakistan’s first law minister, Jogendra Nath Mandal, was a Hindu. Justice AR Cornelius became the first Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court followed by Hindu Rana Bhagwan as the Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. High-ranking Pakistan Army include Maj. Gen. Julian Peter, Brigadier Samson S. Sharaf, Col. SK Tressler, etc.

Justice AR Cornelius also headed the panel of Muslim ulemas who drafted the first constitution of Pakistan.

Pakistan is the only nuclear-power amongst the 57 Muslim-majority states. David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of the Zionist entity warned the Knesset in 1951 that Pakistan’s nuclear program could pose a great threat to Israel in the future.

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