Punjab Government has failed to protect and safeguard the religious places of Christians. We condemn such acts of discrimination and violation of minority rights in the Islamic state of Pakistan. PCYF demands that Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif orders rebuilding the same compound and chapel at the same place as soon as possible.
By Mike Oboh
KANO, Nigeria | Fri Jan 6, 2012 12:01am GMT
KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on a church service in Nigeria on Thursday, killing six people and wounding 10, the church’s pastor said, the latest in a string of attacks that has raised fears of sectarian conflict in Africa’s most populous nation.
“The attackers started shooting sporadically. They shot through the window of the church, and many people were killed including my wife,” Pastor Johnson Jauro told Reuters by telephone from his Deeper Life church in Nasarawa, Gombe state in northern Nigeria.
“Many of my members who attended the church service were also injured,” he said.
The gun attack followed a warning from violent Islamist sect Boko Haram published in local newspapers on Tuesday that Christians had three days to leave majority Muslim northern Nigeria or they would be killed.
Analysts say it looks increasingly likely the group – or factions within it – wants to trigger reprisals from Christians against Muslims to bring on a full religious conflict.
The nation of 160 million is split roughly evenly between the two faiths.
The militant group also claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks across Nigeria on Christmas Day, including one at a church near the capital Abuja that killed at least 37 people and wounded 57.
Most Christians live in the south and most Muslims in the north, but many communities are mixed, and they usually live side by side in peace.
Gombe state’s police commissioner was not immediately available to comment on the violence.
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast and two other regions in Nigeria on December 31, in a bid to contain a growing insurgency by Boko Haram, which says it wants to apply Islamic sharia law across Nigeria.
Heavily armed troops and tanks have been patrolling parts of northeast Nigeria since Jonathan made the announcement.
The attacks targeting Christian houses of worship have strained Nigeria’s increasingly fractious north-south divide.
Christian associations have accused Jonathan of not doing enough to contain the Islamist threat and said violence could provoke a sectarian civil war.
Two suspected Nigerian Islamist sect members were arrested on Thursday after an attack which killed two people, the military said, as authorities stepped up a crackdown on the increasingly violent group.
“We have arrested two of the Boko Haram members who killed a man and his son in Dala on Wednesday night. They left behind their handsets through which we were able to trace them,” said Colonel Victor Ebhemele, operations officer of the joint task force operating in Borno state.
Dala is a ward in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, a remote dusty region which sits on borders with Cameroon, Niger and Chad which is at the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency. These borders were closed as part of Jonathan’s emergency measures.
At least two bomb blasts shook Maiduguri on Wednesday, and a gun battle in another town killed at least one civilian, police said.
Pakistan is one of those countries and probably the only country where freedom of expression is at its peak these days, but that’s only seen in media. Our media is ultra-liberal and quite vocal about issues related to politics and general public. No one can deny that media has role to play in shaping the society and highlighting its problems. But it is seen that some TV program go beyond the level of respect and use some street language to criticize political or official authorities. Although PEMRA is a regulatory authority for all the print and electronic media agencies, but it seems as if there is no authority that can design a code of ethics for the current affair shows and programs. Now a days, each current affair program has put few comedian in who make fun of the politicians and heavily criticize them. Some of such program use very loose language and do not care about any ethics that is leaving a bad impact on our younger generation. We need to keep a balance even when we are criticizing and making fun of others. We must keep in mind that we do not wish to raise a generation who does not have ethical values or respect for others.
In countries like Pakistan, I think its important to show mirror to politician for what they do wrong, and the only safest way is to blend it with some humor and satire. Politics in Pakistan has become a family business whereas the element of service is no more there. It’s important to show the real face of our politicians now because they are busy in looting the nation than serving them. Unlike most of the TV shows, Azizi’s show “Hasb-e-Haal” is one of those programs that provide quality comedy with light humor and meaningful satire. Just watch the video on the following link and if you like it please do comments.
October 12, 2011
The daughters of Asia Bibi with an image of their mother, standing outside their residence in Sheikhupura on November 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE
Aasia Bibi, who has been the subject of much controversy, has been detained in a special cell in Sheikhupura jail due to severe security threats.
According to sources, the warden of the jail, identified as Khadeeja, “tortured” Aasia Bibi after alleging that certain prohibited items were found in her cell. Continue reading
Saturday, December 04, 2010By Asia News
In his sermon, Maulana Yousuf Qureshi of the Mohabat Khan mosque, said that if the appeals court judge innocent Asia Bibi will be the mujahideen to kill her. The leader has also warned the government on any changes to the law on blasphemy.
On the Friday prayer imam of the largest mosque in Peshawar offered a reward of 4,500 euro, for anyone who kills Asia Bibi. In his sermon, Maulana Yousuf Qureshi warned the government against Continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
‘Blasphemy Law‘ is an instrument of oppression with which Christians and other religious believers are persecuted by Islamic supremacists.
Catholic Online has covered this story since Asia Bibi was unjustly sentenced to death for being a Christian. We have received a strong response from our readers around the globe pledging their prayer and solidarity with Asia Bibi and her family. This so called “Blasphemy Law” is an instrument of oppression with which Christians and other religious believers are persecuted by Islamic supremacists. The use of such “Blasphemy” or “Religious Defamation” laws to persecute is not confined to Pakistan. It is an affront to the fundamental human rights recognized by freedom loving people around the world and revealed in the Natural Law.