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Malik Ishaq acquitted in three cases over insufficient evidence

May 30

RAWALPINDI: A Rawalpindi anti-terrorist court on Thursday acquitted Malik Ishaq, chief of proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group, in three cases relating to terrorism, DawnNews reported.

Judge Rana Masood Akhtar issued acquittal orders for Ishaq in the cases, saying the evidence against Ishaq was not sufficient for further proceedings.

 The had been registered against Ishaq at police stations in Attock, Hazro and Talagang and he was also previously arrested over charges relating hate-speech and inciting violence.



Pregnant Pakistani woman's public stoning draws outrage

May 30

ISLAMABAD - The brutal killing of a Pakistani woman outside a supposedly well protected courthouse prompted a growing outcry Wednesday, both locally and internationally, and underlined Islamabad's long-term failure to provide sufficient protection to women at threat.

Farzana Parveen, 25, was brutally killed Tuesday when as many as 20 members of her own family, including her father and brothers, attacked her and her husband with batons and bricks outside the provincial high court in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city. It was the latest so called "honor killing" in the conservative Muslim society.

This case follows many others in which women have been killed by their own families in Pakistan in the name of preserving the family's honor after they chose to marry men of their own choice, rather than accept a partner chosen by parents in a traditional arranged marriage.

According to statistics compiled by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), an independent watchdog, nearly 900 women were honor killing victims in 2013 alone.


American Doctor Killed in pakistan amid wave of violence aimed at Ahmadi Muslims.

May 26

CHENAB NAGAR: A member of the Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya was shot dead in Chenab Nagar on Monday allegedly because of his faith.


A US based cardiologist visiting Pakistan to provide free healthcare has been murdered today in Chanab Nagar (Rabwah), Punjab.

According to preliminary reports, Dr. Mahdi Ali was gunned down few hours ago by unknown assailants shortly after the dawn prayers on Monday.


Dr Ali had just finished paying his respects at friends and family graves at the Ahmadiyya elders cemetery when he was killed while coming out of the gate, it is reported.

The victim was murdered in front of his wife and a toddler son. He also leaves behind a 5 years old son and a 17 years old son, it was further reported in social media.



Sikhs protest attacks on religious sites, desecration of holy book

May 25

ISLAMABAD: Dozens of baton-holding protestors from the Sikh community pushed past the front gate and entered the grounds of parliament on Friday, protesting recent attacks on their houses of worship.


Sikhs from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had gathered outside parliament to protest against what they claimed was the alleged desecration in Shikarpur of Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh community.

Sikhs are a tiny minority in predominantly Muslim Pakistan, with most of them living in the southern Sindh province.

Senior police officer Aftab Cheema said the Sikh leaders were also protesting against several attacks on their worship places in Sindh.





Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions In the Christian Community of Pakistan

April 07



Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions

In the Christian Community of Pakistan


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Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan Issues Global Appeal to End Forced Marriages & Conversions of Christian Girls and Women in Pakistan

International Release of Investigative Report, Forced Marriages & Forced Conversions In the Christian Community of Pakistan, with Recommendations for Action

Contact: MSP media office info@msp-pk.org

(Washington, DC) – Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan (MSP) is issuing an appeal for action by releasing an investigative report detailing forced marriages and conversions of Christian girls and women in Pakistan. [The Christian community in Pakistan is over 2 million in size, accounts for 42 percent of Pakistan’s minority population, and is mostly resident in the Punjab.]

The prevalence of forced conversion and marriage are difficult to accurately estimate due to reporting deficiencies and the complex nature of the crime. Estimates therefore range from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls every year (conservative estimates for Hindu girls are on the order of 300 per year).

MSP’s investigations find that cases of forced marriages/conversions follow a distinctive pattern: Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report (FIR) for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the willfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity. Upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. (In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out). Upon the girl’s pronouncement that she willfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. Once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse.

These patterns of violence and miscarriages of justice are explored in the report through an examination of 10 illustrative cases.

The report also describes the historical and social context of the problem, and the particular grievances of Pakistan’s Christian community in relation to the existing legal, political, and procedural guarantees for the protection of human rights of Pakistan’s religious minorities. The report also highlights the patterns of violence through which the law and social attitudes become complicit in providing immunity for perpetrators, and the complex nature of associated crimes that make it difficult to categorize this crime as specific to religious identity. The report concludes with detailed recommendations at various levels— national, provincial, and local — for key stakeholders.

MSP is mobilizing an inclusive coalition to raise awareness on this issue. MSP will host outreach events in the coming weeks in Pakistan (in collaboration with the National Commission of Justice and Peace in Pakistan) and around the world.

The current investigative effort by MSP follows its 2012 release of “Shia Hazara of Pakistan: A Community Under Siege", an in-depth report revealing abuse of religious minorities in Pakistan’s eastern province of Balochistan.

Concerned individuals can view and download the report and take action at www.msp-pk.org, Movement for Peace and Solidarity in Pakistan’s website.

Movement for Solidarity and Peace (MSP) in Pakistan is a non-partisan organization devoted to building advocacy, education and respect for human rights in Pakistan. Its mission is to ensure that all citizens in Pakistan can avail their rights to equality, security and freedom of religion under the Constitution of Pakistan and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Shia Hazara Of Pakistan; A Community Under Seige








Hindu temple set on fire in Pakistan over blasphemy

March 15

Police probe reveals religious sentiment stirred to cover monetary dispute | As word spread, mob burnt Larkana Dharamshala | Confirming desecration became secondary | Religious organisations disassociate | Curfew clamped.

The arson took place on Saturday night in the hometown of opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is the son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. It was the latest example of violence over an alleged violation of Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws, which rights groups say are often abused to settle personal scores.

“The law and order problem surfaced in the city Saturday evening after local residents accused a Hindu youth, Surjeet Kumar, of burning pages of the holy Quran,” said senior local administration official Ghunwar Leghari. Dozens of enraged Muslims attacked a Hindu temple in the city and set fire to its sanctuary, Leghari said, adding the situation had been brought under control overnight and Kumar was in police custody. He added that there was a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary Rangers to keep the peace on Sunday.

PPP MNA Faryal Talpur has announced to get the damaged Hindu temple repaired from her own pocket.

The incident of burning of temple comes when the Hindu community is celebrating the festival of Holi.

The preliminary findings of a committee comprising administration officials, ulema and Hindu leaders suggest that some criminal elements orchestrated the incident by giving religious colouring to a monetary dispute. The committee which has been tasked to collect evidence has further submitted in its report that no activist of any religious organisation was found involved in the incident. 


Nine killed in blast in Pakistan's Shia-dominated area of Peshawar

February 04

Peshawar:  At least nine persons, mostly Shias, were killed and 25 others injured in a suspected suicide attack in a hotel in the restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today

The blast occurred in the Shia-dominated Kocha Risaldar area of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Most of the dead were Shias from Kurram tribal region, which has long been affected by sectarian violence.

Police officials said they suspected the blast was triggered by a suicide bomber.

Kocha Risaldar has many Imambargahs and Imambaras.

Earlier in the day, a prominent Shia leader was shot dead in the city in an apparent sectarian attack.

There has been a sharp rise in sectarian violence in Pakistan since a deadly clash between Sunnis and Shias in Rawalpindi in November.


Bus bombing kills 26, injures several in Quetta

January 21


QUETTA: At least 25 people were killed and dozens injured Tuesday when a powerful explosion ripped through a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Balochistan's militancy-hit Mastung district.

The attack took place at Dringhar village on the Pakistan-Iran highway some 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Quetta, Balochistan’s capital.

“At least 25 people were killed and 26 others were wounded,” local government official Shafqat Shahwani told AFP.

He said 51 passengers had been on board at the time of the blast and that nine passengers were still unaccounted for due to the extent of carnage caused.

Provincial home secretary Asad Gilani said it was not immediately clear what type of bomb was used or whether it was a suicide attack.





13 killed, 29 injured in RA Bazar suicide attack

January 20


At least 13 people including five security personnel were killed and 29 others injured after a suicide bomber exploded himself at R.A Bazar here in Rawalpindi on Monday morning.

According to police sources, the attacker (16-18), who was under the guise of garbage-collector exploded himself while riding a bicycle when security personnel stopped him at a check post near the Bazaar’s main crossing at Mehmoodul Hassan road. The injured were rushed to different hospitals including Military Hospital and DHQ Hospital. The Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Operations said a full-scale relief and rescue operation was conducted after the blast in which ambulances of Rescue-1122, Edhi, Allied Hospitals, CMH, MH participated.
Four dead were shifted to the District Headquarters Rawalpindi (DHQ) while other victims were transported to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Military Hospital (MH) and the Rawalpindi Cantonment Hospital.



Many martyred and injured in blast and firing on Shia pilgrims bus in Quetta

January 01

A blast near a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Iran to Pakistan left scores, including women and children, martyred and injured in Quetta on Wednesday evening.
Shiite News Correspondent gave its first report that the target of the terrorist act was a bus full of Shia pilgrims coming from Iran. The blast struck the bus at Akhtarabad bypass on Qamberani Road in the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

Reports had it that gunshots were also fired after blast. The bus caught fire after the explosion.



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