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Sunday 24 March 2013

Government Cheques to victims of Badami Bagh bounce!

Pakistani Christians chant slogans during a demonstration demanding that the government rebuild their homes after they were burned down following an alleged blasphemy incident, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, March 10, 2013. The incident in Lahore began on Friday, March 8, 2013 after a Muslim accused a Christian man of blasphemy, an offence that in Pakistan is punished by life in prison or death. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Some 265 cheques distributed by the Pakistani government to Christian victims of an Islamist terror attack in Joseph Colony have bounced.

The cheques were meant to serve as compensation for a March 9 attack in which an over 3,000-member mob set fire to more than 150 Christian homes in Joseph Colony after alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad were made by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker.
The Express Tribune reports:
LAHORE: The cheques distributed among victims of the Joseph Colony attack by the Punjab government bounced, Express News reported Thursday. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had announced (Rupees) 5 million in compensation for each of those affected in the mob attack. However, the 265 cheques distributed by the government have bounced.
According to reports, the finance ministry had issued the amount promised. When the cheques bounced, the victims started protesting.
Islamic scholar Robert Spencer observes that it is not surprising the checks bounced, as those considered infidels are not entitled to monetary compensation by Muslims. Rather, it is the other way around. Of course Spencer is referring to the “jizya” — a poll tax Islamic leaders demand of their non-Muslim subjects.
Quoting from the Quran 9:29:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

(h/t: Jihad Watch)

Shamim Mahmood BPCA's Pakistan Officer said:

"Compensation cheques people of Badami Bagh had received from the Punjab Government have bounced back and proposed reconstruction of victims homes, is of a poor standard.  Buildings have simply been painted over and cracks are there that can problems at any time."

He added;

"Dispossessed families are still suffering and Easter celebrations will be muted this year.  Children will soon be returning to school for the new term and will need excercise and text books, stationary, school bags etc."  

Shamim continued;

"Tomorrow morning I will be going to attend the proceeding of the case, as mentioned previously the Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken sue motto action against the incident.  Rimsha Masih's case has re-opened again in the apex court and Christians in Pakistan are feeling more demoralised then ever."


  1. What else in new? It's the pak. gov't you are dealing with. One of the world's most unethical institution. I don't understand why Christians parade the big cross in the colonies. At the end of the day, its a muslim majority and they have to stop putting up the big crosses in housing districts because it make them more of a target. Low Key is better in a nation like Pakistan. One cannot even wear a cross on their neck today yet display a huge banner.

  2. Younas Masih was released. Good job Dr.! Keep it up!
    Hope is in the horizon. that means there is hope of the others. this is an international war crime to have these people falsely accused at the drop of a hat. What the hell is the UN doing?

  3. Great commentary by Dr. Inayz Inayat
    On the divisiveness in Pakistan: Written by a secularist Dr.

    * The man who gave you the first cricket world cup was a Pathan.
    * The Prime Minister who started Pakistan's Nuclear Program was a Sindhi.
    * The singer who single handedly made Pakistan's music admired globally was a Punjabi.
    * The Pilot who shot down 5 Indian fighter Jets within a minute was a Bengali.
    * The person who serves humanity without any discrimination is a Memon.
    * The Army general who defended Pakistan after the Indian attack in the Battle of Chawinda in 1965 was a Hazara.
    * The only Nobel Prize winner of Pakistan was an Ahmedi.
    * The Cricketer who took you to victory against India in India in 2005 test was a Hindu.
    * The Fighter Pilot who not just gave his life for Pakistan, but also went on to fight for Arabs against Israelis in 1967's war and shot down an Israeli Aircraft was a Christian.

    Even today, your kebab is Behari, your biryani is Sindhi, your tea is Kashmiri, your naan is Afghani, your guard is Baloch, your transporter is Pashtun, your port is in Karachi, your industry is Punjabi, your music is Multani Sufi, beauty of your country lies in Gilgit-Baltistan, yet you have the nerve to say that only your Religion, your sect, your province, your Ethnic group is the best while the rest should be thrown out of Pakistan?
    Content Credit: The Traitors of Pakistan

    My lovely people, it's about time we get over this divisive thought. 187 million people, one dream, unity, peace, love and prosperity~