Pakistani Christian human rights campaigner coerced to flee homeland amid death threats

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Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill, who is a renowned human rights activist, has been forced to flee Pakistan as a result of death threats from extremists. Advocate Sardar had been targeted specially for his advocacy services for the persecuted Christians in Pakistan. He has also survived several attacks which have eventually resulted in impediment of his advocacy exertion.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill flees

In the face of brewing violence, on August 8, Monday Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill was able to flee from Pakistan along with his family including wife and four children. “Death threats and attacks by the extremists had made it extremely difficult for me to carry out human rights work,” he stated while adding that continually being into hiding had made life terrible for me and my family as we deemed our survival impossible in Pakistan.

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Previously, following his hiding, LEAD issued a statement expounding: “He is Christian rights lawyer who risks his life for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights for all in Pakistan and boldly criticizes the misuse of blasphemy laws against religious minorities particularly against Christians in Pakistan.”

The statement said, that the Christian “goes in hiding after physical attacks and life threats because of his human rights work for victims of blasphemy laws, victims of mob violence, victims of forced conversion to Islam and victims of forced into Islamic marriages and rape victims.”