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Wednesday 16 June 2010

Support for our protest March on the 31st of July is growing!

I now have full address details for our forthcoming planning meeting for our July 31st Protest March. The meeting will be held from 12:00 - 15:00 at:

Ley Street Centre

367 Ley Street

We are awaiting conformation from a Partner Christian Group in India who intend to hold a similar protest in Delhi and Bombay. Moreover, I have emailed a request for support to our brother Ashok Matthu of the International Christian Concern and hope for a positive response. We will keep you informed.

Here is an email from former Newham Councillor Alan Craig who has been invited to speak at our next protest:

Hi Wilson,

I plan to be there on 31st July. If you'd like me to speak I'm happy to do so. Unfortunately, I cannot make the planning meeting this Saturday. But well done for this initiative.

It deserves great support.

Alan Craig

We have also received confirmation that the Leader of Castewatch will be speaking at our event and that he will inform his group of our protest:

"Hi Brother Wilson,

It is to so encouraging to hear that your organisation has already condemned the cowardly attack on innocent members of Ahmadi Muslims.

It feels so good to see that people put their religious differences aside and can get together to deal with acts against the humanity. I'll forward your e-mail to all the members of our team and I am sure that you'll have our members from London attending your protest march
Davinder Prasad

Read more about Caste watch by clicking (here)

Our protest is opened to people of all faiths and those with no faith and we hope to hear from many more in the run up to actual event. You will all be informed via our blog and email shots. Some of you have already been called.

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Abuse challenge leads to more abuse!

I received the following update from Brother Tanweer Akhter it has been published prima facie:

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

PAKISTAN – Christian families driven out of village after challenging abuse

About 250 Christian families have been forced to leave their homes in Punjab – after they dared to challenge the abuse suffered by their women and girls.

The head of the predominantly Muslim village No. 123/10R, Katcha Khoh, ordered the expulsions in apparent retaliation for complaints made by four Christian men against their Muslim neighbours.

The four had dared to protest that Christian women and girls in the village, who mostly worked as domestic servants in Muslim households, were being 'routinely' sexually assaulted, according to Compass Direct news agency. Most Christian men in the village worked as agricultural labourers for Muslim landowners.

Villagers told Compass Direct sources that they had not involved police in the situation for fear of being falsely accused under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.

Their fears are not unfounded. Two Christian men in Gulshan-e-Iqbal town, Karachi, have just been charged with 'desecrating the Koran' – after they complained to police that radical Muslims had been 'looking for pages of the Islamic scripture' in their rubbish bins. The men – Atiq Joseph and Qaiser William – and their wives are now in hiding and in fear of their lives.

(Source: Compass Direct)

Read more (here)

Protest March on 31st July!!!!!!

The British Pakistani Christian Association is to hold it's next Protest March on the 31st of July. This is the Anniversary of the Korian incident and 1 day before the anniversary of the Gojra attack.

We are looking for performers to take part in a praise and worship session in front of the Pakistani Embassy that will start form 12:00 - 14:00. So if you are a budding drama group, poet, singer, or musician please do make contact.

We will be erecting a stage and will have a PA that can serve up to 10 mics.

We are also looking for speakers and pastors who would like to speak both before, during and after the protest that will be held from 14:00 - 16:00 ending up at 10 Downing Street.

Our first planning meeting is to be held at the Ley Street Centre, Ley Street, Ilford on the 19th June from 12:00 - 15:00. Lunch will be served at the meeting.

Please come along and tell us what was right and wrong about the last event and what we should do at the next event. This meeting is open to all not just leaders as we want holistic input into what we hope to make into an annual event to push for equal rights, justice, and peace in Pakistan and the abrogation of the Blasphemy Law.

If you can make it to the planning meeting please let us know asap so we can cater for an appropriate number of people.

We will send out flyers about the protest to local churches in the coming weeks.