BPCA chairman Wilson Chowdhry said:
'Regardless of the facts of this particular incident, the BPCA would like to echo and emphasize the last point. We repeatedly hear from Pakistani Christians who complain that their persecutors seem to easily gain entry to the UK, whereas they cannot. Pakistani Christians are not alone in this complaint. We hear similar concerns from groups that deal with Christians suffering religious persecution in other countries. A more fitting response would be for the UK government to facilitate those targeted Christians and other peaceful minority groups who wish to escape. We repeatedly find that the UK has become a haven for extremist Islamic groups who are allowed to openly spout their hatred. To facilitate the entry of Christian and peaceful groups would mean not only saving lives, but enhancing the UK with people who are more likely to integrate well, share the values of the UK, and who will not be a security threat. The BPCA has been on record for noting severe deficiencies in the UK Border Agencies handling and approach to Pakistani Christian asylum seekers, deficiencies which extend beyond Pakistani Christians to other Christians, especially those from the Middle East and North Africa.Naively perhaps, not knowing much of the secularization of UK society and the cult of political correctness, Christians in Muslim lands tend to see the UK and the West as Christian nations who should be especially welcoming of them, as opposed to persecuted mainstream Muslims who can look to Iran or the Gulf States for support. We call on David Cameron and the government to re-think their approach, and focus much more on actively helping and welcoming those suffering Christians and other minority groups who would soon turn out to be an asset to our society and culture if they come here, and in helping to form a stable civil society if they choose to stay in their home region.'