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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Please stop the ban and intimidation!

Firstly Juliet and I would like to thank all of you who have emailed us your support regarding the intimidation to my family in Pakistan and the call for an end to my ban from travelling to Pakistan. Your kind words have been both encouraging and greatly appreciated. A British Church Minister asked me to devise a letter to write to MP's and to the Pakistan High Commissioner in the UK. Due to pressing needs with this Saturday's (2nd July 2011) protest I have not had the time to do so. However, a kind gentleman of another faith and minority group has devised a letter than can be copied by others and used to call upon the support of MP's in the UK calling for their intervention and assistance.

Text for letter to MP:

MP (Name of parliamentarian)
House of Commons


I am writing to you about the treatment of Mr Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association by the Pakistani government. Mr Chowdhry is in the UK alerting peace groups here about the violation of the human rights of the Christian community in Pakistan where the blasphemy laws are being used to impose capital punishment on vulnerable individuals from their community.

The Pakistani government has banned Mr Chowdhry from returning to Pakistan and his repeated appeal to the High Commissioner of Pakistan has been in vain. Furthermore his family in Pakistan has been visited by Pakistani intelligence service officers on three occasions which has been intimidating for them. It is clear that the purpose of these visits is to silence Mr Wilson here where he has been heard with great sympathy from human rights organisations.

I would be grateful if you could write to the Foreign Office on this issue given our support for human rights across the world. Mr Chowdhry’s freedom of movement, freedom of expression and the right to family life needs to be defended.

Yours sincerely

Juliet has limited contact with her family at the moment due to a fear of phone tapping. We have called on MP Aasiya Nasir and Joseph Francis form the National Commission for Justice and Peace to assist. They will be meeting with Juliet's family and have been very supportive. Please keep these helpful individuals in your prayers.

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