Illegal arrests of family of Christian respondents is becoming par for the course: BPCA

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In the wake of Sarai Alamgir blasphemy feud, British Pakistani Christians Association’s chief Wilson Chowdhry has expressed grave concern over increasing incidents of police hooking family members of the Christian respondents. “The illegal arrest of family members of an accused man is a pathetic mechanism of duress, that is routinely ignored by Pakistan authorities

Pakistani Christians arrested by police

Wilson Chowdhry heaped condemnation on the recent blasphemy row against a Christian Nadeem James, resident of Yaqoob Colony, Sarai Alamgir. Nadeem was purportedly accused of sending blasphemous messages on Whatsapp. It turned out that Nadeem had married a Muslim woman, which landed him in deep waters. The complainant had harbored grudges against him.

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“A personal squabble has yet again turned into a blasphemy allegation and now a Christian family is being persecuted by the statutory police force, by laws which by design are a tool for discrimination,” Wilson Chowdhry said. “The draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan are blight on the reputation of Pakistan, but one that the Muslim majority continues to endorse despite significant evidence of abuse. This illustrates the low worth placed upon Christians and other minorities in an increasingly hard-line Pakistan,” he added.

Soon after the FIR was registered, Nadeem James fled, while the police conducted a raid at his house in Yaqoob Colony. Not finding Nadeem, police arrested his two sisters and an eighteen months old baby, separately another Christian Amir James was arrested from Jehlum in regard to this case. Both Christian women detained said that they were slapped and shouted at by the police in order to be intimidated and disclose whereabouts of Nadeem James.

In another incident, in Lahore’s Taj Pura area a Christian woman was arrested while her brother eloped with a Muslim woman and later was nominated in a case of kidnapping a Muslim woman. She was kept under illegal detention by the police, in order to pressurize the Christian family to disclose the whereabouts of Christian respondent.