LAHORE: Sardar Mushtaq Gill received renewed threats from local militant groups.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill, a high-flying Christian rights activist and lawyer who has been threatened by the extremists previously for helping out the persecuted Christians in Pakistan has now received renewed threats as the militants get a hint of his secret safe house.
Sardar Mushtag Gill told that,” six men, some of them carrying guns, on 29th of July, 2013 Monday visited a family Lahore where his younger brother opened the door. “They were members of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, the Islamic group that killed the governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, Salman Taseer, and Christian federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti in 2011 because they criticized Pakistan’s blasphemy laws,” he said.
“They told my brother they want to meet me, but I am sure they really wanted to kill me. They made that clear in letters I received,” added Gill, who managed to escape. “The militants wrote that ‘those who support a blasphemer must die’,” Gill states.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill speculates this latest episode of threatening to Trial court’s decision in recent times not to pursue a blasphemy case against his cousin Martha Bibi, 47, after she escaped with her family to Sri Lanka. “Under Pakistani law she will have to be in Pakistan for the trial. However if she returns, she may face arrest,” he expressed his concerns.
“The militants now want to punish me for defending her and others, including three Christian women who were recently sexually abused by activists of Pakistan’s governing Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party,” he claims.
Sardar Mushtaq Gill says, that he was “forcibly stopped at gunpoint by three armed men” on June 23, while driving home on a motorbike after meeting the mistreated women and their family. In September my wife is expecting our first child. She is now with her parents, while I am hiding in Lahore. We were forced to flee our home because of the dangers.”
While determined to carry out his mission, he says,” My request is to everyone to pray for me and my family so that the Lord will give me divine strength to continue to stand for His people and do His will without fear.”