Former member of Canadian Parliament, Dr. Mario Silva has censured Pakistan for ongoing Christian persecution under blasphemy laws. Dr. Mario Silva has demanded that Pakistan must be taken to task over government’s inaction in order to curb religion based persecution of Christian citizens of Pakistan.
Dr. Mario a former political leader and Executive Director of the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), called upon the international community to take note of the deteriorating situation of Christians in Pakistan. He said that the international community should act in order to prevent Christian persecution on the pretext of blasphemy laws. He was addressing a conference organized against “Persecution of Christian Minorities in Pakistan” at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Former Canadian legislator also urged the United States, Canada and rest of European countries to take Pakistan to task over this matter. “I am concerned about the widespread discrimination against religious minorities, and in this case the persecution of Christians in Pakistan,” he said.
Explaining his point, Dr. Mario Silva further stated:”We have to call the governments in Europe, the United States and Canada to ask what they are doing by maintaining a relationship with Pakistan. Why are you not speaking up with authorities regarding minority rights particularly with the persecution of Christians in that country? The countries must speak up against it.”
“There is a gross human rights violation against minorities under the blasphemy law as it specifically targets Christians by forcible conversion, imprisonment. The authorities do nothing about it and the Pakistan Government has refused to change the law,” he said as he pointed towards plight of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan.
“There have been several cases of bomb attacks specifically targeting Christians. We are here to bring the focus of the world community to the atrocities taking place against the Christian minorities in Pakistan,” he said.
He criticized the international community saying that the despite the fact that the international community is well aware about the human rights abuses perpetrated against Christians in Pakistan. He demanded that “Islamabad must live up to its obligations” and ” the international community should stand up so that every country gives equal rights to every citizen irrespective of religion.”
He emphasized on the fact that Pakistan was formed on democratic and liberal values however the country was later radicalized and minorities were robed off their rights. “Pakistan, which once had very large Christian community and lots of Christian schools, hasn’t remained so. We have seen that the country that started with democratic liberal values has transformed to become more conservative, has embraced radicalization and funding of large terror cells. This is a huge concern as Pakistan is supported by partners in the West.”