In the wake of the deadly bombing at Lahore’s crowded park; Pakistani Christians are now imploring the Parliament of Scotland to pressurize the Government of Pakistan to provide protection to the Christians in Pakistan.
Although extremism and terrorism is not new to them, these Christians who have been fearful after the bombing are urging the Scottish Parliamentarians to engage the Pakistani government in a dialogue regarding the inevitable enhancement and improvement of the existing situation of human rights of the religious minorities living in Pakistan.
This campaign involves, the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) which is working in alliance with the Scottish Asian Christian Fellowship. The organisations have planned to stag a protest on April 9, Sunday; outside the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, in order to register their demands with the Scottish Parliament.
While giving out details about the campaign and protest Wilson Chowdhry – Chairman of the BPCA, said: “Pakistani Christians are in the midst of a genocide but their plight has been ignored by western nations, most of whom believe they are severely discriminated against, not persecuted.”
“The Gulshan Park bomb attack evidences the targeting of Pakistani Christians by the Taliban. A chilling statement by the leader of Jamat ul Ahrar Ehsan Ulla Ehsan clearly sets this premise, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. 700 Christian girls are kidnapped, raped and forced into Islamic marriage every year. 15% of blasphemy allegations are laid against Christians yet they make up just 1.6% of the population.
86% of Christians are working as domestic servants, sewage cleaners, (for which the government promotes Christian only applicants in a twisted sense of positive discrimination), or are in bonded labor which is nothing more than modern slavery. A male family member will have sacrificed his freedom and that of his children and their children for little more than a loan of £50 – usually to pay medical fees. Millions of Christians are locked in bonded labor despite it being outlawed since 1992.”
Pakistani Christians have been distressed over the incident of a deadly attack at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, on Easter March 27. As a result more than 75 were killed and above 300 injured. Moreover, the terrorist outfit which claimed responsibility of the blast said that Christians were the target. The group further vowed to keep targeting Christians.