December 26, 2014

PAKISTAN: Pakistani Christian Couple Were 'Still Alive' When Thrown Into Brick Oven By "Moderate" Muslim Mob Of 600 (NOT TALIBAN) Over Perceived Insult Of Prophet Mohammad.

Are all of these 600 Muslims "deranged lone wolves"? Are you going to tell me they are not Muslim? Based on your theory the classified "deranged lone wolves" committing heinous crimes around the world are not Muslim, then Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Brunei who commit same crimes by the "Islamic state" are not Islamic either just to name a few. Or how about the 40,000+ Muslims that have joined ISIS from all around the world and the MILLIONS of Muslims that support ISIS in their nation that granted them asylum, are they not Muslim too? That's a lot. Is the United States, Gitmo or other Western nations responsible for this Muslim madness in Pakistan against other Pakistani non-Muslims?

This is a pretty twisted idea of what the word "peace" means when Muslims around the world forcefully impose their oppressive Islamic beliefs on all non-Muslims wherever they live. When Islamic beliefs are not complied with, the sentence is death or at the least obscene harassment. No different than the Marxist Communist. You shall know them by their fruits. Their actions do not line up with their words. Oppression, abuse and intimidation in any form is not "peaceful" or "loving". I swear they remind me of the Necromongers from one of my favorite movies, The Chronicles of Riddick. Watch it and you'll see what I mean. :/

Peace defined by Merriam-Webster: a state of tranquility or quiet, freedom from civil disturbance, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations.

Moderate defined by Merriam-Webster: avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits. Calm, temperate.

World Watch Monitor
written by Staff
Tuesday December 23, 2014

A lawyer for the state of Punjab, Pakistan has described the murder of a Christian couple by a mob of at least 500 to 600 as "brutal and barbaric". The post-mortem report on their twin deaths (first revealed in the Supreme Court on Dec 15) showed that both husband and wife were still alive when they were thrown into the brick kiln where they both worked, and that they burnt to death.

Shazad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi, who was five months pregnant, were tortured by an enraged mob over a false accusation of burning pages of the Qur’an; they were then burned to death on November 4. They were bonded labourers at the brick kiln, which meant that they were unable to leave their home after trouble first erupted, due to heavy debt.

After their deaths, the police arrested more than 50 people and charged them under Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act: ("Terrorism" means "the use or threat of action where … … The use or threat is designed to coerce and intimidate or overawe the Government or the public or a section of the public or community or sect or create a sense of fear or insecurity in society.")

Eleven of them on Wed 17th Dec applied for bail, but the prosecutor said they did not deserve any leniency, and Anti-Terrorism Court judge Haroon Latif Khan refused them all. They were named as Muhammad Akram, Abdul Latif, Allah Rakha, Nisar Akhtar, Muhammad Hanif, Tajamul Hussain, Amanat Ali, Usman Sindhu, Arsalan Attique, Haris Bashir and Waqas Bashir.

The last four were represented by Supreme Court lawyer Chaudhry Muhammad Arif Sindhu and Dr. Rana Muhammad Shamim (a retired justice of Sindh High Court and ex-Advocate-General and Prosecutor-General of Sindh province), who argued that the last two were only eyewitnesses.

Lawyer Sindhu told World Watch Monitor that the police had arrested Haris Bashir and his brother Usman Bashir because they were eyewitnesses to the negligence of the police, which had allowed the couple to die at the hands of the mob. The lawyer said that Haris Bashir, a university student, had informed the police as a law-abiding citizen.

"Usman Bashir, a Lahore High Court lawyer, went to the police station after Haris called him but the police also arrested him and named him in the case."

Other lawyers came to the defence of their colleague.

"A group of more than 100 lawyers, headed by the Kasur Bar Association President, met with the Kasur district police officer. But he refused [to release Usman Bashir] saying there was pressure from high officials" said Arif Sindhu.

The state itself is the complainant in this case; meaning it’s taken responsibility for ensuring that the perpetrators do not get out of a court case by compromise with, or harassment of, Christians. However, the ATC has also allowed relatives of Shahzad and Shama to have legal representation. The Voice Society, an NGO, represented Shama’s father Mukhtar Masih in court via Riaz Anjum and Tahir Gul. These lawyers argued that the police investigation found Haris Bashir guilty of incitement through hate speech from the mosque loudspeaker, and that he rang the police after inciting the mob, well-aware that he could be at risk of arrest in connection with what might happen next.

The Voice Society Executive Director Aneeqa Maria said the court had rightly rejected all bail applications. "In an earlier incident of arson at Joseph Colony, a Christian area, all suspects were released on bail. This gave the impression that the executive hadn’t provided sufficient incriminating evidence, and that the government was not interested in punishing those responsible for that barbaric act of violence against Christians," she said.

Supreme Courtgives notice on Christian couple burning incident

Earlier, on November 22, the Supreme Court of Pakistan took an initiative of its own (known in Pakistan as a suo motu notice) and ordered the Punjab province government to submit a report on the incident.

The police submitted this report on Monday 15th Dec before a three-member SC bench, headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk.

Five policemen were close by when the couple was being tortured and later burned to death. Mulk said that they could "have resorted to aerial fire to disperse the crowd, to save the Christian couple."

The bench said that the police investigation was incomplete and sought a more comprehensive report. It also ordered the police to take disciplinary action against the five officers.

The police informed the court that three clerics (Imams) – Mohammad Hussain, Noorul Hassan and Arshad Baloch – had been accused of inciting people through hate speech from the mosque loudspeakers, but only Mohammad Hussain had been arrested.

The police report did, however, disclose the fact that "the post-mortem report also reveals that the cause of death of both the victims is burning with dry heat."

Human rights activist Napoleon Qayyum said that this is the first time he has seen the government being serious about bringing the culprits to justice in the case of minorities.

"In the past tribunals, inquiries, suo motu notices etc. were just meant to appease; no one was ever punished."

"After the mob attack in 2009 on two Christian colonies in Gojra in which at least seven Christians died, the government set up a tribunal led by Justice Iqbal Hameed."

"Justice Iqbal’s report was not made public until last year, let alone implementing its recommendations. The justice sought amendment in the blasphemy laws, disciplinary action against the police concerned, establishment of religious disputes’ Resolution Boards and a more efficient information system among intelligence agencies. But nothing has been done on these lines."

"Deterrence against religious extremism will improve only if vigilante justice is discouraged - by bringing instigators to justice, and not by mere notices and inquiries."

The Economic Times
written by Staff
Wednesday December 24, 2014

LAHORE: Two clerics and four women were among 59 people indicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court today for burning alive a Christian couple over alleged desecration of the Quran in Punjab province.

An angry mob of Muslims had burnt alive the couple - Shahzad Masih, 35, and his pregnant wife Siama alias Shamah, 31 - by throwing them into the furnace of a brick kiln after severely beating them for alleged desecration of the Quran, on November 4.

Their bodies had been reduced to ashes by the time police managed to disperse the mob.

The gruesome incident occurred in Kot Radha Kishan of Kasur district, 50 kilometres from Lahore.

"ATC Lahore Judge Haroon Latif today indicted 59 persons including two clerics, four women and a kiln owner accused of burning alive the Christian couple," an ATC official said.

He said nine other accused however had been sent on judicial remand.

"As the accused refused to accept the charges the judge asked the prosecution to present witnesses from next hearing," the official said.

The court adjourned the hearing till January 2. According to a fact finding report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, there was "absolutely no evidence of desecration of the Holy Quran".

The report said that apparently Shahzad had a dispute over wages, or recovery of advance that the kiln owner had extended to him.

Shahzad and Shama were severely beaten up at the kiln and then locked up in a room.

Shortly thereafter, when word of the alleged desecration spread to nearby villages through mosque loudspeakers, a mob of hundreds headed towards the kiln and threw them in the furnace, the report said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted Rs 5 million and 10 acres of land as compensation to the grieving family.

He said the state would also bear the education expenses of the couple's three children.

The incident was the latest in a string of gruesome crimes against Christians.

Last year in March, an enraged (Moderate) Muslim mob (NOT TALIBAN) had torched over 100 houses of Christians in Lahore following an "allegation" that a Christian man had committed blasphemy (insulted Islam).

Human rights activists allege that Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law is frequently misused to target minorities and settle personal scores and disputes.

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