Forced conversions and misuse of blasphemy law highlighted in AWP’ UK convention

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Burning issues like forced conversions of Christian and Hindu girls and misuse of blasphemy law were highlighted by a Pakistani youth during Awami National Party’ UK convention on June 3, Friday in London’ Indian YMC Hall. This event was held in order to assemble the workers of the party residing outside Pakistan, Central Executive of the Party Abid Hassan Minto, Vice President- Akhtar Hussain and Farooq Tariq arrived in the UK to participate in the convention.

Forced conversions of Christian girls in Pakistan

During the convention Amram Yousaf, an AWP worker, highlighted the plight of Christian and Hindu girls who have been forced to convert to Islam by given in marriage to Muslim men. In recent years, the scourge has overwhelmingly augmented, while a record number of girls and even married women from Hindu and Christian communities were taken away and forcefully converted.

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While addressing the audience, Amram Yousaf said, we are so-called equal citizens of Pakistan when children hailing from religious minorities undergo discrimination on religious grounds in schools. A non-Muslim child at the age of 5, is forced to realize that he is extrinsic. He said that here on earth we are being despised and land belonging to religious minorities is oftentimes grabbed via misuse of blasphemy law, on the other hand we are urged to go to heaven by accepting Islam. It has become a usual practice to kidnap girls and women from Christian and Hindu communities and forcefully convert them to Islam.

“I am a Pakistani Christian, “he said, “and I have not forgotten Shantinagar where hundreds of Christians’ houses were torched. Nor have I forgotten Gojra, where people were burnt alive, I have not forgotten Shama and Shahzad, an innocent Christian couple beaten to death by a mob. But I have also not forgotten the Shiite genocide, the attacks on Hazara community.”