DENMARK: All Pakistan Christian League Co-Chairman distressed over surging episodes of harassment to APCL leadership.
Nawaz Salamat the Founder and Co-Chairman of the All Pakistan Christian League is anxious about the intensifying security issues of APCL leaders in Pakistan. Nawaz Salamat is also serving as the Chairman of the European Union Action Committee of Pakistani Christians. While addressing a meeting in Copenhagen, he expressed his fears saying, “I am very much concerned about the security of our key leaders of the APCL. It was only few months before when APCL activists were kidnapped and tortured in Karachi. After that Zeeshan Joseph and Almas Bhatti of the Punjab APCL team received serious threats”.
Mr. Salamat added, “They were receiving continuous telephone calls demanding the close of all APCL activities and raising voice for minorities in Pakistan, otherwise they will be burnt alive with their families. Last week another officer of the All Pakistan Christian League, Maqbool Khokhar, was attacked by extremists in the middle of the night.”
“After the series of attacks on minorities and their worship places, the world has come to know the hidden truth that minorities are not safe in Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan has also failed to protect them,” APCL Premier said.
His acute concerns burst forth consequential to the worst ever incident that tarnished Pakistan’s history; when no less than a month ago more than 150 worshipers were killed and 120 more were injured immediately following services at the All Saints Church when two suicide bombers blew themselves up.
Nawaz Salamat went on to say that,” APCL is the fastest growing political party and voice of the voiceless people in Pakistan; this is why APCL leadership are at the top of the hit list of extremists.”
“It is very sad to see, due to rising lack of security issues, many people have left Pakistan and now they are living thousands of miles away in exile from their families”, said Nawaz Salamat.
The APCL Co-Chairman further called on the Western countries to extend extraordinary assistance in the cases of Pakistani Christians seeking refugee status.