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Christians of Islamabad/Rawalpindi Stage Protest Over Badami Bagh Incident

Christians in Joseph Colony, Lahore, were attacked.

Protest against Christian persecution in Pakistan
Courtesy: Shamim Masih Salem-News.com

(ISLAMABAD) - Christians of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, on receiving the news regarding Badami Bagh's tragic incident, cancelled all their engagements and immediately convened an emergent meeting about this incident.

Later, Christian human rights activists and members of civil society, staged a protest at the National Press Club, in Islamabad.

They were holding banners and shouting slogans against on the attack on the poor Christians of Joseph Colony, Lahore.

Basharat Khokhar, a human rights activist, said that the ugly fact is that the blasphemy law is an enabler of mob violence against vulnerable groups. As long as such laws remain on the books and the authorities remain unwilling or unable to rein in mobs playing judge, jury and executioner, Pakistan will remain plagued by abuse in the name of religion, he added.

Samuel Yaqoob urged the Punjab Government to investigate and prosecute as appropriate campaigns of intimidation, threats, and violence against Christian and other vulnerable groups.

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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