Saleem Khursheed Khokhar founder and leader of Minority Inqlabi Tehreek Pakistan wrote a letter to the prime minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to release the Christian prisoners before this Christmas.
The Christian prisoners were jailed because they protest against the twin suicide attacks near Saint John Catholic Church and Christ Church in Youhanabad area in Lahore on March 15, 2015. This incident claimed 15 lives and 70 people got injured.
Over one hundred Christian protesters were arrested and charged under anti terror laws.
According to Advocate Saleem Khokhar there are still around 78 Christians are in prison.
Yesterday, Usman Shaukat was 29 years old young Christian died mysteriously in the Punjab police custody in Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore among 78 falsely implicated in Youhanabad tragedy. One Christian Indryas Gulaam also died in jail because he was not provided proper medical assistance according to jail menu just because he was Christian.
Mr. Aslam Pervaiz Sahotra Chairman of Masiha Millat Party is also very sick in jail who was arrested during protest.
In his letter Saleem Khursheed Khokhar wrote that the Christian prisoners are still not proved guilty. They are in prison since Mar 2015. Now it has been two years.
In his letter he put question to the Government of Pakistan that if the culprits of Tahreek-e-Labaiq who created unrest all over Pakistan, damaged the government and private properties, killed and injured police officers and innocent persons, released by the Chief Minister of Punjab and Federal Government of Pakistan then why Christian prisoners cannot be released?
If all minorities in Pakistan are given equal rights then why the government do not release innocent Christians and why the Christian prisoners are being offered to embrace Islam by deputy attorney general of Punjab government in order to get freedom?
He humbly appealed to the government of Pakistan that they should release all the Christians on this Christmas who were jailed for protesting against the twin blasts on the Churches in 2015.