The Targeting of ‘Minority Others’ in Pakistan

The Targeting of ‘Minority Others’ in Pakistan
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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

This is a blog and not a newspaper?

We are not a newspaper!
Dear all,

In one way I am pleased at the positive comments that have come back form many of you in trying to decipher the truth about the incident at Waris Pura Faisalabad.  Comments included:
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"Dear Brother Wilson,



I have just talked to GBN TV , a christian cable network in that area of Faisalabad and no such burning has taken place kindly contradict this news once again to all those whom you sent this email.


My source is very reliable and right in that area/locality Evangelist Robinson Asghar"
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Dear Mr.Wilson,


Thanks for this information. What I know that there was dispute at large but thanks God 120 homes are not burnt. The violence matter is resolving with dialogue but still unrest there.

In peace,


Yuel Bhatti
Lahore Pakistan
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Greeting you , I phoned to my friends who are living in Waris pura Faisalabad , Yes angry Muslims stoned to Catholic Church Building but it is not true that 120 home have burnt . I have continue touch of this area. Thanks God still are calm but further we can predict about this. Nasreen brother also living that area.



Thanks


Raja Dean
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A misleading report was sent to me originally that had been altered somewhat from the original story.  I had received 3 emails about the incident yesterday morning and reported the matter as described by all three writers.  It transpires that only two of the original writers spoke the truth and their emails have remained on our blog.  Moreover, as updates came in we continually updated our blog to ensure that those on our membership list were equipped with the truth.   What surprises me is how two individuals in particular chose to write rather derogatory emails to me regarding the matter?  I have removed both from our mail send.  The fact is this work undertaken by the BPCA is in the most unfunded and provided complimentary. 

Moreover we are not a  newspaper and do not pretend to know the utmost truth.  When started it was meant to be come and information sharing and gathering vehicle for our community.  We have achieved this!  Our community worked well and in minutes to uncover the truth and that was shared with all of you. 

The fact is that the issue in Faisalabad is a serious one.  Two of our brothers have been incarcerated for purportedly writing defamatory leaflets about Muhammed and writing their names on the bottom of the "handwritten" leaflet (of which only one copy has been found?!).

Local mosques responded to the allegation by organising a protest that involved anti-Christian slogans, chants and threats and the stoning of a local church.  Local Police responded both rapidly, effectively and in a commendable manner.  Only this prevented the situation from becoming more serious.

No buildings were burnt and no lives were lost and we should thank God for this.  However, there is still high social tension in the area and we need to pray for continued Police protection.

Again I reiterate that we are not a newspaper and that any stories, we may publish, are to raise awareness of potential or actual situations and that we appreciate the positive feedback and debate that often ensues.   I remember when the first stories and images of the World Trade Centre Terrorist Attack came out, it was put down to an accidental plane crash - only later did the truth come out!

If we had not reported this story many of you will have found out about the matter much later....  If we believe in the power of prayer, we should also believe in sharing knowledge to allow us to pray for appropriate things and as early as possible.   We are not put of by detractors as we have a particular mission and feel we have served good purpose.  I just hope that this post clarifies our positions and stops those who are whining as they either have nothing better to do or have other hidden agendas.

1 comment:

  1. This is indeed an interesting topic, keep up the good work!

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