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Islamists in Pakistan kill the only Christian Minister in government

Islamists in Pakistan kill the only Christian Minister in government

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Shahbaz Bhatti was killed by Islamists in Pakistan 
Shahbaz Bhatti was killed by Islamists in Pakistan

Shahbaz Bhatti was the only Christian who had a ministerial position in the government of Pakistan.  He was the Federal Minority Minister and Shahbaz Bhatti was an outspoken critic of the dreaded blasphemy law. 

Therefore, according to Sunni Islamic militants he was an enemy because in their eyes they want all non-Muslim minorities and moderate Muslims to be cowed by Islamic Sharia law.  However, Shahbaz Bhatti was fighting for justice and religious and political freedom because Sunni Islamic militants and the laws of Pakistan discriminate against non-Muslims and anybody who is outspoken. 

The murder of Shahbaz Bhatti is a grim reminder of the nature of modern day Pakistan and how this nation is based on not only hatred from Sunni Islamists but also institutional hatred.  Shahbaz Bhatti was fighting against Islamic militants, political institutions, the laws of Pakistan and ordinary Muslims who support the rule of fear in this nation.  Therefore, his enemies, and others who have spoken out against religious discrimination and the blasphemy law, face major intimidation and institutional discrimination within the body politic of Pakistan.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, the President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), condemned the brutal murder of Shahbaz Bhatti and Nazir S Bhatti also raises important questions related to the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti.

Nazir S Bhatti comments that “It is surprising that Shahbaz Bhatti was heading for Cabinet meeting without any security staff when it was the responsibility of government to issue directives to security staff that Shahbaz Bhatti escort may be always present with him.”

Another point raised by Nazir S Bhatti was also related to security because it was clear knowledge that Shahbaz Bhatti faced death because of countless death threats by Islamic militants.  Despite this, Nazir S Bhatti and others were alarmed that he was not given a bullet proof car in order to provide him with greater protection.  After all, all other federal and state ministers were protected to a much greater extent because they were given bullet proof cars.

Nazir S Bhatti stated that “Shahbaz Bhatti is our martyr and will be ever remembered as martyr of Blasphemy law………..”

However, it does appear to be strange that security was so lax because it was apparent that Shahbaz Bhatti was “a sitting duck” given the lack of security.  Therefore, the Islamists ambushed his car with impunity and killed him in broad daylight in Islamabad.

It is also abundantly clear that democracy and religious liberty is seen to be on the back-foot because the rule of fear is spreading throughout Pakistan and the government seems powerless to either protect government ministers or the general public.  Also, moderates within the government of Pakistan are paying with their blood because earlier this year Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, was also killed in cold blood because he also opposed the draconian and brutal blasphemy law.

In my article called Pakistan Must Abolish the Blasphemy Law I highlight the mass injustice of the blasphemy law. 

I stated that The nation of Pakistan faces many internal problems and minorities reside in fear because political leaders have been in self destruct mode. This applies to the role of Pakistan in fostering and spreading radical Sunni Islam to regional nations. At the same time the internal legal system is openly espousing hatred and creating mayhem by maintaining the blasphemy law.”

I continued by stating that “Yet the real tragedy for minorities in Pakistan, irrespective if Christian, Shia Muslim, Ahmadiyya Muslim, Hindu, or whatever; is that minorities face systematic persecution at the hands of both radical Sunni Islamists and the central government.”

Turning back to the brutal murder of Shahbaz Bhatti then a neighbor stated that “The minister had only one car. There was no security, no police at that time. After the incident happened, the police came.”

It is therefore not inconceivable to believe that elements within the security apparatus of Pakistan were either covertly behind this or that Shahbaz Bhatti did not matter?  Either way, it appears that his Christian blood was deemed to be cheap?

Like usual, this brutal murder was celebrated by Islamists because Ansanullah Ahsan, who is a deputy spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab, commented that “This man was a known blasphemer of the Prophet [Muhammad]“ and “We will continue to target all those who speak against the law which punishes those who insult the prophet. Their fate will be the same.”

Therefore, for people who support religious freedom and liberty it is yet another “black day” in Pakistan.  However, for Islamic militants it is a time to rejoice because they have killed in the name of Allah.  Therefore, the heart and soul of Pakistan is being tested to the full and this nation faces the abyss of constant brutality and despite all the Western economic aid to Pakistan, nothing is changing apart from more Islamization.

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Please check http://pakistanchristianpost.com because this website highlights the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan and also moderate Muslims who are suffering at the hands of dark forces in Pakistan.

Bangladesh and Pakistan: where minorities fear to walk

Bangladesh and Pakistan: where minorities fear to walk

Lee Jay Walker – The Modern Tokyo Times

Radical Islamist and hatred

Radical Islamists and the persecution of minorities

In modern day Bangladesh and Pakistan you have constant persecution of non-Muslim minorities and also minority Muslim communities are being killed in the name of radical Sunni Islam in Pakistan.  Therefore, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Shia Muslims, Sikhs, and others, face daily persecution and hatred in Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively.

On August 11th this year it will be “Minority Day” in Pakistan, however, Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti of the Pakistan Christian Congress announced that they will be observing ‘Black Day” because of the constant persecution of minorities in Pakistan.

Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti states “How we can celebrate Minority Day in Pakistan when our innocent brothers are being killed by Islamic militants and our women are being gang raped and enforcedly converted to Islam.”

It is clear that the partition of India led to chaos and hundreds of thousands of people were murdered.  After this chaos divisions would emerge between East Pakistan and West Pakistan and further bloodshed would occur, with the outcome being the sovereign nations of Bangladesh and Pakistan.  However, while India remains to be multi-religious, the opposite is happening in Bangladesh and Pakistan because religious minorities are facing the brute reality of radical Sunni Islam.

To make matters worse both Bangladesh and Pakistan would witness the gradual Islamization of their societies, notably Pakistan, and massive corruption and persecution of women would continue.  The Islamization of both nations was especially traumatic for Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan and for Hindus and Buddhists in Bangladesh. Not surprisingly, this Islamic persecution of minorities in both nations re-awakened anti-Islamic feelings in India.

Christians in Pakistan also began to feel the brunt of radical Sunni Islam and the same applies to Ahmadiyya Muslims who suffer greatly.  At the same time you also have growing divisions within Sunni Islam and the usual Sunni-Shia divide led to many massacres and terrorist attacks.

However, unlike the destruction of Buddhism and Hinduism in Afghanistan which happened centuries earlier because of Islamic conquests, forced conversions to Islam, systematic persecution, and controlling all leverages of power; the Islamization of Bangladesh and Pakistan took place in the twentieth century and continues today.

 Yet why are Buddhism and Hinduism being allowed to be destroyed in both nations?  After all, Buddhists in Bangladesh were a small minority and they could never threaten Islam; the same applies to Hindus in Pakistan.  Despite this, the international community remains very silent.

Therefore, why did other nations remain quiet when massive religious persecution was taking place?  After all, nations like France, the United Kingdom and America were espousing ‘democracy’ and liberals were glorifying multi-faith societies and stating that Islam was a religion of peace.  At the same time major institutions like the Commonwealth, which espoused global human rights, remained quiet despite religious persecution and pogroms in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

In Pakistan the destruction of Hinduism and persecution of Hindus took many forms.  The first path was the massacre of Hindus during partition and forcing Hindus to leave via coercion.  However, over the last 50 years the destruction of Hinduism in modern day Pakistan was based on past Islamic global conquests and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed who sanctioned the persecution of non-Muslims.  For the Prophet Mohammed had told his followers to ‘Fight those who believe not in God nor the last day . . . Nor acknowledge the religion of truth (Islam) . . .’ Therefore, the followers of Hinduism were to be subdued in accordance with the teachings of Islamic Sharia Law, the Koran and the Hadiths.

Given this, Hindus were now a subdued minority, like Christians in Pakistan, and they were unequal in law and status in accordance with the teachings of Islam.  At the same time Hindu temples were often converted into Muslim mosques or destroyed, and ancient Hindu architecture was left to collapse and fade away.  The choice for many Hindus was either to convert to Islam in order to escape persecution, flee to India or to accept that they were second-class citizens in Pakistan.  Not surprisingly, the Hindu population in Pakistan continued to decline and this civilization was being eradicated by Islam.

The situation for Buddhists in Bangladesh was different, for Buddhism had survived countless Islamic conquests in one region because of terrain and other factors; therefore, Buddhists and other faiths had survived in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.  However, the increasing population of Bangladesh led to many problems and the government of Bangladesh hoped ‘to kill two birds with one stone.’  This applies to moving millions of Muslim people to remote parts of Bangladesh, notably the Chittagong Hill Tracts, while at the same time this new Muslim migration would crush the mainly Buddhist tribal opposition in this region.

Therefore, millions of Muslim migrants were moved into the Chittagong Hill Tracts and the mainly Buddhist tribals (some are Christian, Hindu or follow traditional beliefs) became embroiled in a civil war.  Islamic radicals also moved into this region and many Buddhist priests were killed, including some being beheaded.  At the same time hundreds of Buddhist temples were destroyed and the Bangladesh army took part in many massacres, and some Buddhist women were gang-raped by both Islamic zealots and the Bangladesh army.

In time the mainly Buddhist tribals were overwhelmed by the armed forces of Bangladesh and Muslim migration because this was a clear dual policy based on Islamization and control.  Their situation, however, went unnoticed in the West and Islamic nations obviously remained silent.  To make matters worse, the mainly Buddhist tribes had no nation supporting them and no major world leader to draw attention to their plight.  Given this, the government of Bangladesh continues with this policy and Buddhists and other minorities face the ongoing Islamization of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Therefore, the destruction of thousands of years of Hindu/Buddhist civilization in these nations is being destroyed and the world remains largely silent.  It is clear that mainly Buddhist nations like Japan (and Shinto), Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and others, should form an organization to help their co-religionists; with Japan being the main financial power to raise awareness of Buddhist persecution.  However, sadly this is not happening and India clearly did not do enough in order to protect or raise the issue of Hindu persecution in both Bangladesh and Pakistan.

If global silence continues then Buddhism will one day be eradicated in Bangladesh.  However, the global community did condemn the Taliban in Afghanistan for destroying Buddhist statues and art, yet the same global community remains quiet when Buddhist tribes are being systematically persecuted.  Does this mean that Buddhist art in Afghanistan is more important than the persecution of Buddhist communities and the gang rape of Buddhist women in Bangladesh? 

Surely the Hindus of Pakistan and Buddhists in the Chittagong Hill Tracts deserve better?  If the international community remains silent about this crime, then soon these lands will be Islamized and religiously ‘cleansed.’ 

The ongoing silence is an international disgrace and because of this Islamists are now killing Ahmadiyya Muslims and Christians in Pakistan.  After all, the world remained silent when Hindus and Sikhs faced massive persecution in Pakistan and the same applies to the constant destruction of Buddhist tribal villages in Bangladesh.  Therefore, the persecution of all minorities is getting worse in modern day Pakistan.

The most vulnerable and ‘voiceless’ in Bangladesh and Pakistan have been abandoned by the international community.  Why?

Lee Jay Walker

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Pakistan faces internal threat

 

Pakistan Faces Internal Threat

 

By Lee Jay Walker
Tokyo Correspondent  -  THE SEOUL TIMES

THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

Richard Holbrooke, the American special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

The nation of Pakistan is entering a very dangerous stage because this nation is deeply divided and the current prevailing conditions are very troubling. So can a solution be found to the inner-struggle which is tearing the heart out of Pakistan? Or will these deep divisions lead to more bloodshed, chaos, terrorism, violence, and further divisions?At the moment, the omens look rather bleak because the spiral of violence and lack of central control is a current reality. If the situation continues on the same path then Pakistan will become “a failed state” and further centralized disengagement will happen.

In truth, centralized disengagement is already happening in parts of this nation and just like the leaders in Afghanistan, who can control only limited areas, then the same now applies to the central government of Pakistan. What makes the situation more alarming, is that this nation is a nuclear state and NATO forces in Afghanistan are being undermined by events in Pakistan.

Therefore, what does the future hold for Pakistan?  Well, this is the problem because nobody really knows but one thing is for certain, and this applies to the growing power of radical Sunni Islam within this nation. This in itself is a nightmare because you have many minorities in Pakistan and currently the Shia are bearing the brunt of Sunni Islamic extremism.

Of course, the United States of America (USA) is deeply troubled by the crisis in Pakistan. This notably applies to the Swat Agreement which allows Sharia Islamic law to be enforced in the Swat valley and surrounding region. For America, it is not Sharia Islamic law which they are worried about, after all, many allies of America enforce Sharia Islamic law; but the real problem is that this agreement will increase the power base of pro-Taliban forces.

Another major side-effect of this for America is that the Taliban will now have a free reign to cause mayhem in Afghanistan. Also, for many ordinary citizens in Pakistan it is apparent that it is the Taliban which is growing in power and not the government. This is deeply troubling for America, Afghanistan, India, Iran, and NATO forces.

If we look at the Iranian angle, then clearly they fear more anti-Shia pogroms because in recent times many Shia Muslims have been killed in Pakistan by Sunni Islamic extremists. Also, Iran is trying to contain the narcotic trade which flows from Afghanistan and Pakistan and enters into Iran. Another worry for Iran is that if events further erode then once more Iran will have to take in millions of refugees because of the growing crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Therefore, Iran shares similar worries to America and Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke, the American special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is also deeply alarmed. Holbrooke stated that “It is hard to understand this deal in Swat” and he further commented that radical Sunni Islamists in this region “…..are murderers, thugs and militants and they pose a danger not only to Pakistan but the US as well.”

While nations clearly worry about this issue it is worth remembering the people who actually reside in Pakistan. For many, especially minorities, this deal is a nightmare because Ahmadiyya Muslims, Shia Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and other minorities, all fear the growth of radical Sunni Islam. This is because of constant persecution and murders which are done in the name of “radical Sunni Islam.”

Of course, moderate Sunni Muslims are also worried because they clearly understand that a Talibanization of Pakistan would be a disaster for civil liberties, commerce, and other areas of society. Ironically, Shia leaders have been very prominent within the leadership of Pakistan despite belonging to the minority community. After all, the founding father of Pakistan, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, was a Shia Muslim and other notable Shia leaders include the Bhutto family, Muhammad Ali Bogra and Asif Ali Zardari.

Yet just like in Iraq, but in reverse because the Sunni’s are a distinct minority in Iraq; it is abundantly clear that many within the Sunni community distrust the Shia. Therefore, sectarian violence is widespread in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.

Radical Sunni Islamic organizations based in Pakistan who hate the Shia includes the Taliban, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Lashkar i Jhangvi, and al-Qaeda which wonders freely between Afghanistan and Pakistan. While Sunni Islamic scholars like Israr Ahmed declare open hostility towards the Shia and non-Muslims.

Israr Ahmed stated that “The process of the revival of Islam in different parts of the world is real. A final showdown between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world, which has been captured by the Jews, would soon take place. The Gulf War was just a rehearsal for the coming conflict.” He and a host of others declare their hatred towards others and of course the Shia Muslim minority in Pakistan face this Sunni backlash.

The role of education is also a very important area and today you have tens of thousands of Islamic schools which are spreading radical Sunni Islam. Of course, the majority of Sunni Islamic schools are merely teaching Islam and other subjects, however, a sizeable minority (around 10% to 15%) are spreading hatred and jihad. Therefore, unless all schools are regulated then nothing will change apart from more Sunni jihadists being indoctrinated and brainwashed.

Another growing concern is the role of the secret services because the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan may be splintering or losing control of the political situation. For Steve Coll, from the very important think-tank, the New America Foundation, stated (March 2, 2009) that the “Taliban-led insurgents today control large swaths of territory in Pakistan’s northwest, where they enforce a brutal regime of Islamic justice, and recently signed a truce with the government in the Swat valley. They have mounted a bombing campaign that has reached Islamabad; some of the bombs have been aimed at the Army and the I.S.I., suggesting a loss of control by the I.S.I. over its jihadi clients, or a split within the Pakistani security services, or both.”

Steve Coll also stated (April 6, 2009) that “U.S. policy [in Pakistan] is not going to defeat the Taliban,” and he continued by commenting that “Only the Pakistani state can contain and defeat the Taliban.”

However is the Pakistan state capable of defeating radical Sunni Islamic forces which desire a radical state based on Sharia Islamic law? Also, given the divisions within the military and ISI then it is clear that opinions differ enormously. Therefore, in the short-term to medium-term it is clear that Pakistan faces further chaos and it will take a major overhaul to put the jigsaw back again. 

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LEE JAY WALER

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Muslims burn a Christian alive in Pakistan

Muslims Burn a Christian Alive in Pakistan

By Lee Jay Walker  -  THE SEOUL TIMES
Tokyo Correspondent

THE MODERN TOKYO TIMES

 

Christians in Pakistan

In Pakistan it is clear that minorities reside in fear because non-Muslims are deemed to be inferior and the state apparatus is not working when it comes to protecting minorities from Islamic radicals. Therefore, another Christian was killed in barbaric circumstances because Arshad Masih, a Christian, was burnt alive.

Arshad Masih was brutally killed by Muslims because he refused to renounce the Christian faith. He died from burns which covered 80 per cent of his body and it took three agonizing days before he finally passed away from being burnt alive by Muslims.

It is clear that in modern day Pakistan you have elements within the Muslim community who have deep hatred in their hearts and who have little time for diversity or religious pluralism. Instead, some within the Muslim community desire to kill in the name of Islam and to victimize all non-Muslims and minority Muslim followers like the Ahmadiyya.

In 2009 a Muslim mob burnt Christians alive in Pakistan and you had many other cases of severe persecution. The ongoing violence and persecution is relentless and minorities can be killed or victimized on a whim.

Therefore, just like 2009, the same cycle of violence is being directed towards non-Muslims and others like the Ahmadiyya Muslims who face vilification and persecution by the dominant Sunni Muslim community. 

Already in 2010 you have had major cases which have been highlighted and this applies to the brutal killing of a 12 year old Christian girl called Shazia Bashir and the burning alive of Arshad Masih.

According to Christian advocacy groups Shazia Bashir was raped and tortured to death and Sohail Johnson from Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan (SLMP) was scathing about the ongoing situation in Pakistan. For Sohail Johnson stated “….that 99 per cent of Christian girls from poor families are hired by wealthy Muslims, and are often physically, psychologically and sexually abused.” He continued by stating that “In some cases, their employers marry them off to Muslim servants, and forcibly convert them to Islam.”

Sohail Johnson also highlights the institutional system in Pakistan which is betraying citizens who come from non-Muslim backgrounds. He comments that “These vulnerable Christian girls do not have any state protection. We urge the government to ensure protection of these disadvantaged girls.”

Therefore, for Christians, Ahmadiyya Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and other minorities, it is clear that the government of Pakistan, the legal system, the police, and other vital institutions, are neglecting a significant part of the population.

In modern day Pakistan the growing trend of radical Sunni Islam is on the rise and for minorities they face death and persecution. Radical Sunni Islam is clearly a menace to all in Pakistan who espouse moderation or pluralism.

Yet what is even more alarming is that the brutal murders of Shazia Bashir and Arshad Masih were done by ordinary Muslims and they did not kill them in the name of radical Islam. On the contrary, these normal Muslims in Pakistan deem others to be inferior and this is clearly based on Sharia Islamic teaching and the Hadiths. After all, non-Muslims are not equal according to Islamic Sharia law and the Hadiths, therefore, this hatred and loathing towards minorities is inspired by the very teachings and systems of Islam itself.

Therefore, in modern day Pakistan the threat is multiple and this applies to radical Sunni Islamists, the state apparatus, the legal system, and ordinary Sunni Muslims who commit evil towards minorities because of the notion of supremacy, which is stated in the Hadiths.

I hate to think how many more Christians, Ahmadiyya Muslims, and other minorities, will be killed before real change happens in Pakistan?

Lee Jay Walker

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