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Dec-31-2012 11:46printcomments

Pakistani Christian Dies Needlessly in Central Jail Adayla

Man could have been treated for his illness.

Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi
Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi Photo: tribune.com.pk

(RAWALPINDI, Pakistan) - Sadly, one of the many ways Christians are persecuted here when they are arrested in blasphemy cases, involves how badly they are often treated while in prisons in Pakistani jails.

In Pakistan we see Christians are being arrested under the different farms of persecutions laws. Cases are planted then turned into their life imprisonment or, as in this case, much worse. The Christians prisoners are not being treated for medical issues that can be easily treated.

According to a Christian’s human rights activist, Safdar Chaudhary from Lahore, Parvaiz Masih, son of Shangara Masih, died in Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi during the past night on December 29 after the suffering from diabetics. A Christian human rights activist in Pakistan asked the prison officials to give this brother medical treatment, but the jail officials refused to give him proper medication, citing security concerns, Safdar added.

Courtesy: nation.com.pk

A few months back, his wife died in the central hospital, Fawara Chowck, Rawalpindi Pakistan during her imprisonment. The couple died during their imprisonment and left three growing children behind, Danish, Aanan and Hina.

Parvaiz and his wife were travelling to their home town when Anti- Narcotics Force (ANF) arrested them under PPC 9-C, a case planted of Hasheesh smuggling and then sent to jail. Pavaiz Masih belongs to Gujranwala, a city in Punjab province. The ANF judgments sentenced them for life imprisonment and the couple had been in the jail for the last seven years.

Pakistani law enforcement agencies don’t have transparent inquiry procedures; in early 2000 ANF arrested Gulshan Masih from a slum of Islamabad, on unproven charges while he sought asylum in a European state with his family.

Parvaiz and his wife left three children who really need to be helped. These growing children need education, food, clothing and a safe home so they can live properly.

Special appeal: These young children are facing challenges of life ahead; your small contribution can help these needy children to grow and survive in the bitter situation of Pakistan. If you like to know more about them, contact to Safdar Chaudhary, General Secretary, Rahe-e-Nijat or write an email at shamimpakistan@gmail.com and I can send you details.

About Shamim Masih

"I am Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world."

Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura's village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim's articles have been published in local papers as well.

You can write to Shamim at this address: shamimpakistan@gmail.com

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