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Fearful Pakistani Christians make home in forest

Pakistani Christian women collect their belongings to leave their home.— AP Photo
Pakistani Christian women collect their belongings to leave their home.— AP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Having fled their homes in the latest spasm of Pakistani religious strife, a few hundred Christians have camped in a forest in the Pakistani capital, cut down trees and are using the branches to build a church. 

Their ordeal began when a Christian girl in their poor Islamabad neighbourhood was accused by a neighbour of burning pages of the Quran — a blasphemy by Pakistani law that can mean life in prison.

A week after the girl's arrest, much remains in question: her age — 11 to 16 in conflicting reports; mental condition — Down syndrome has been mentioned; and what exactly she was burning — there's little evidence that Quran pages were involved.

But as word spread, hundreds of people gathered outside her house demanding action, and on Aug 20 police arrested the girl pending an investigation.

Most Christians in the neighbourhood fled — some 600 families according to one interfaith group. Some said their landlords evicted them. A few have returned.

One of those who moved into the forest on Sunday was Sumera Zahid, who was busy feeding her three children and her parents.

''We used to come here to collect wood for fuel so we find it a suitable place for shelter,'' she said.

''Here it is not anybody's home, nobody's land. Let us live here in safety.''

On Monday their pastor, Arif Masih, spoke to them by the frame of branches they were lashing together for their church.

''We are thankful to the Lord for this land although here is no water and food, but rest assured the Lord will create water fountains and provide all fruits here for you if you remain patient and suffer these hardships, thanking the Lord,'' he said.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in this 95-per cent Muslim nation of 190 million people, and cases often grab huge attention here and abroad.

Crowds have been known to beat or kill suspected blasphemers. Last year two prominent politicians who criticised the blasphemy law were murdered, one by his own bodyguard who then attracted adoring mobs.

In July, thousands of people dragged a Pakistani man accused of desecrating the Quran from a police station, beat him to death and set his body alight.

So volatile is the issue that public figures appear loath to speak out on the latest episode. The government has made little substantive comment, and no police protection was evident at the forest encampment.

On Monday the All Pakistan Ulema Council, an umbrella organisation of Muslim clerics, held a news conference together with the Pakistan Interfaith League, the group that reports 600 families have fled and is campaigning to return them to their homes.

The two groups called for an investigation into whether the girl was wrongly accused and what role religious extremism played. League chairman Sajid Ishaq demanded government compensation for the displaced Christians, as well as protection.

Critics say the blasphemy laws are often used in vendettas and score-settling. Sensitivities are also heightened by Western reactions to such incidents, such as the US State Department statement calling the latest case ''deeply disturbing.''

At the news conference, the head of the clerics' council, Maulana Tahir-ul-Ashrafi, told the outside world not to interfere, saying Pakistan would provide justice for the girl and her community.

Meanwhile, Nooran Bashir, who had fled a few hours after the girl's arrest, was back in her home Monday.

''I don't know whether she burned pages of some holy book or not, but we all had to abruptly leave our homes to save our lives,'' she said.

She said one of her sons came back with her, but her other children were too frightened and she sent them to relatives.

She said Muslims asked the Christians not to worship in their church, and if they did, to refrain from singing.

But others were not ready to return. About 200 Christians, mostly men, protested in front of the city administration offices Monday, demanding permission to stay in the clearing.

About another 100 people, mostly women and children, were back at the clearing.

''We don't have a big list of demands,'' said one Christian resident, Salim Masih.

''We have cleared this place with our hands, and we have laid the first foundation of a small church here. Although this is a mere skeleton made of tree branches, this is the holy home of God. This should be respected.''

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Comments (125) Closed

Aug 28, 2012 05:42pm
Why point fingers at others? Why you should compare to others? You need to look at your house and put it in order and not compare with others.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 28, 2012 06:35am
Read the Ten Commandments: Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Allah's commandment to Moses 2,000 years before the Prophet Mohammed was born. The Angel Gabriel said to the Prophet Mohammed, " Make doubly certain the people obey this one." What is bigger than the word of God from God's mouth? Please tell us. We are listening.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 28, 2012 06:44am
"Do not take the kuffar as awliya instead of believers." Listen to Almighty God and forget your pathetic rote memory and think. God was speaking to you.
Aug 28, 2012 06:42am
Why compare Pakistan with Burma? are we not supposed to set our own house right?
Fizo Dizo
Aug 31, 2012 04:22pm
i know loads of common indians who want to live in Pakistan, they only want to live there cuz ur government is bribing them to come over publicity stunt. u have a low iq anyways
Adil Jadoon
Aug 28, 2012 02:22pm
Did you make up this statement from Taimoor?
Dr Emile Unjom
Aug 28, 2012 04:40pm
Reject all those who do not stand for the entire Pakistani nation, minorities included through their actions which echo much louder. May it be imran or any one else, treat them alike.
Aug 28, 2012 06:30am
Dr Umair ,how can you justify your act on the basis that same is happeing in your neighbouring country,i
ahmad butt
Aug 29, 2012 12:40pm
Wow, patriotism at its very best, instead of highlighting the issue and providing solutions, there are immature "you stay on your backyard" comments. Pakistan was very secular and tolerant, Bhutto and Zia initiated the reversal process, and the Afghan jihad made the aftermath more than obvious. The educated and tolerant class(which is in a minority itself) is the one who feels that this issue must be resolved, but unfortunately they cannot do anything but wait and watch. And we know the minorities will forgive us for the misgivings of the past when things get better, in fact some of our minorities celebrate independence days and patriotic events more than the average Pakistani.
Aug 28, 2012 11:35pm
Very good going Pakistan. Nothing better was expected from you.
Taimoor Khalid
Aug 28, 2012 08:17am
I know is very sad but don't use such words aboutm Pakistan, what about Australia when you people killed Indian students?
Pitambara Mishra
Aug 28, 2012 04:40pm
Why critisize some body who wants to speak for the minorities? Let us try to understand each other. No need to be sarcastic
Aug 29, 2012 02:24am
Two days ago, the Taliban beheaded 17 people at a party. Two days before that, Shias were pulled off a bus and shot. Just google "suicide bomber" and check out the statistics for today and today alone. Media can't avoid the coverage anymore. It is everywhere, this unending Islamic extremist violence. How long can you hide it and pretend not to see it, Dr.Umair?
Aug 28, 2012 06:00pm
Today pakistan is suffering from serious drawbacks due to american's conspiracies. these all issues made to destruct the image of pakistan in front of the world. Before terrorism pakistan was not facing these issues.
Aug 28, 2012 11:57pm
Cyrus, your comments are as superficial, as radical and as bent in logic as of those who explode bombs in mosques and who persecute their minorities, be it Christians or Muslims.
Aug 28, 2012 12:37pm
Veil is NOT an expression of Islam, it is expression of modesty. At least know your own religion before posting.
Aug 28, 2012 04:33pm
Sir, glad you are with us in India. You have the same rights as anyone else. This is the system our forefathers practiced for thousands of years and let missionaries, sufi saints,parsis and others came to our land and we'll live as one large family. Yes, sometimes some people are misguided but as a nation we are all one.
Taimoor Khalid
Aug 28, 2012 08:18am
I feel like KILLING you, you are such a disgrace to ISLAM and PAKISTAN.
Aug 28, 2012 03:58pm
She is 11 year old child !!!! Probably she does not understand Arabic. I do not know Arabic and can not read Urdu. How I am supposed to know I am not burning pages torned or tossed from Quran? What is the proper disposal of unused Quran? Why did the owner of the Quran followed that procedure? Why not find him and blame him for this mess? If God is Most Merciful and Forgiver, why not forgive this child and her community for an unintentional act? Most important question, is it proper to take God's laws into our own hands? Extremism in any form is bad. Be it religions, or politics.Lets be humans first. Live and let live, leave everything else to God!!!!
Aug 28, 2012 06:27am
Cant do anything about the issues in your own backyard but quick to point out issues with someone else. Typical Pakistani mentality. First clear up the skeletons in your own closet like minority oppresions and killings and then you may be in a position to lecture people about the situation in Burma.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 28, 2012 06:25am
It certainly has been an issue in the Western media. It was brought to the attention of the World by Rahima Begum in London. Defending the defenseless Rohingya finally became a cause worldwide.
Aug 28, 2012 10:50am
From 12% minorities in 1971, it has come down to 1.5% minorities in pakistan now. When there is 0% minorities left in Pakistan, then the evil western press will stop stories about monorities treatment in Pakistan. Really double standard and islamophobic western press.
can't read
Aug 28, 2012 06:20am
Ahmad is dead on. Christians have been residing on this land long before the land was Pakistan.
Cyrus Howell
Aug 28, 2012 06:19am
A Christian girl in their poor Islamabad neighbourhood was accused by a neighbour of burning pages of the Quran
Aug 28, 2012 06:19am
Any unjust act with christians in Pakistan or with muslims in Burma should be condomned and regarded act of shamelessness . God for give them they donot know what they are doing. Shame ????????????
Aug 28, 2012 06:18am
I totally agree with you Dr umair. Yesterday I heard that a Shia boy stole 100 rupee from a sunni muslim. So lets burn these kafirs.
B. Ally
Aug 28, 2012 06:11am
This is the result of extremism and intolerance taking deep roots in our society. If we do not tackle religious intolerance head on,we are doomed as a nation.
liaquat khattak
Aug 28, 2012 06:11am
you are telling to the rest of world,that islam is peaceful,but here you want to mention sura-albara..to discriminate minorities..where is your humanism mr.musalman?
Aug 28, 2012 06:06am
The curse of these minorities and the other minorities killed will come back and haunt the country...IT is not good to treat the minorities as animals for any country..
Aug 28, 2012 05:49am
How naive, Ahmad! You seem to have forgotten that Pakistan is an 'Islamic' Republic of Pakistan, not a secular state. For questions, as your imam . Still better, read Sura Al-Barra.
Farhat Khan
Aug 30, 2012 02:53am
I dont know where you live in the U.S but muslims are not treated badly in the USA. I have lived in the United States for a very long time and I am very thank ful to my parents for their foresight and migrating from Pakistan to the U.S.Muslim community participates in all spheres of civic life and lead a prosper life. If you live here and enjoy the freedoms provided by the constitution then stop spreading misinformation. On the other hand Pakistan has no rule of law, no civil rights , no basic services for the citizens , no human diginity, no health care, no claen water, no education system ,(unless one is rich then one goes to private schools) child labor, mistreatment of women , abuse and direspect of all minorities. They burn churches in Pakistan but muslims build mosques in Europe and the United States. Schools provide halal lunch to muslim students and other needed services ,there are thousands of muslims recieving health care and other assistance form the government. So think before writing and if you are mistreated then may be you should go back to Pakistan for a better life. a
Aug 28, 2012 05:29am
media and the west have showing this news as something bad is going to happen with christians in pakistan , but what is happening in burma ,a genocide of muslims has never been a part of english media , then why the media is making noise over this issue .
Aug 28, 2012 11:41am
valid question
Aug 28, 2012 02:29pm
Why dont you ask if it is legal to build a new mosque?
Dhanus Menon
Aug 28, 2012 11:20am
We will worry abt the Indians, put your house in order.
Aug 31, 2012 04:13am
Allah knew where he would be better off.
Aug 28, 2012 05:00am
Cristians are also the sons and daughters of Pakistan. Give them their rights and dignity, please.
Akhter Husain
Aug 28, 2012 01:26pm
We Pakistanis are shameful for all that has happened to citizen brothers and sisters in recent past.But are you also feel shame for what your fore fathers did to original? people of Australia
Allaisa Xuver
Aug 28, 2012 10:52pm
What did she do? She reclaimed the pages of Quran from a garbage heap and properly disposed them off by burning. I was told that is how damaged Quran pages have to be disposed off.
Aug 28, 2012 11:47am
No, Taimoor only FEELS that Dr Umair type of people should not exist.
Aug 28, 2012 11:46am
It is already Happening to Pakistan and its reputation is known to the world anyway.
Aug 28, 2012 09:24pm
this happened due to corrupt Mullah, corrupt judiciary. People of Pakistan are immature and full of illiteracy. Islam is the religion of peace and respect. but no mullah has the courage to say the truth. Mullah should be banned.
George Thomas
Aug 28, 2012 04:51pm
I think the time has come to change the Pakistani flag and paint it full green. It does not make any sense to a leave a white stripe in flag. By seeing the present situation, there won't be many minorities living in Pakistan in coming years
Aug 28, 2012 11:53pm
burqua is not modesty, is symbol of slavery and oppression. i dont have any problem with burqa but you cant force woman to wear...! i can say more than 50 % woman dont like burqua...! in elite arab world where % is fairly higher ...!
Aug 28, 2012 10:38pm
The girl reportedly picked up torn pieces of paper from a dustbin ... apparently some one had already done much worse than what the girl allegedly did.......
Saad (@saad_durrani)
Aug 29, 2012 01:59am
It is a clear fallacy that exists. Pakistan has had newer churches made. There is one in Faisalabad.
Aug 29, 2012 06:59am
Rizwan (Pakistan) You are right Adil. They dont tell you what happens with them while staying as a muslim in India. @Ahmed Sultan, Thanks GOD u dont live in Assam otherwise your house would be burned like these people
Gerry D'Cunha
Aug 28, 2012 10:18am
Cyrus - you are a star!!! very well explained in simple term. Hope our muslim brothers understand
Avtar Bal Grewal
Aug 31, 2012 09:07pm
Dear all two wrong dont make a right, why wrong a human being in the first place or at all.....may god have mercy on the human race. . :(
Raoul Ciao
Aug 29, 2012 09:08am
yes Pakistan is benighted today, But it is not due to the country per se, it is the people who hav grown up with hate for the outsider, the non "their sect" and much more. Just look at the comments greeting you below to understand. This hatred and this jingoism is slowly pulling down a country that also shares the South Asian genome and could, like some of it;s neighbours, otherwise have become a better nation than being known for all the wrong reasons.
Sayeed Altaf Hussein
Aug 28, 2012 09:32am
I am a Muslim and I am very ashamed of these atrocities being caused the so called Muslims. Islam does not allow forced conversion. Where are the so called scholars? The Pakistanis are left to local mullahs who can not even write their names let alone being able to comprehend the Quranic verses. This Government is so weak they have no control and they do not want to control these psychotic Mullahs. It is time the elite of Pakistan should arise not against Mullah but also against this incompetent Government.
Aug 29, 2012 03:17pm
It's because they don't want to seem too liberal seeing as everyone thinks it's in fashion to lean Right
Aug 29, 2012 01:56am
Allah must be so proud of Muslims like you Adil, what say?
Aug 28, 2012 11:27am
Try to understand what real Islam is, what you said is already happening, e.g. in France there is ban on puting up vail. If you talk about freedom it has to on both side some one can wear revealing clothes so they are allowed, so why not if someone is willing to cover oneself. Women are not a material for exibition, Muslims treat women with great respect.
Aug 29, 2012 08:54am
Excellent Point I second it!
Allaisa Xuver
Aug 28, 2012 10:43pm
Couple of years back I was in Goa. There were lots of Churches in most of the towns but no Hindu Temples. I was curious as in Goa Hindus and Christians were almost 50:50. The explanation: because of destruction of the temples by the Portuguese the Hindus took away their Idols and built their temples in what were then the deep forests. Today they became small towns. So in Pakistan Christians are suffering, albeit from Muslims, what their brethren did to the Hindus in Goa!
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Aug 29, 2012 08:41am
Whatever happening in Assam is happening to ILLEGAL Bangladeshi migrants. An MLA has been arrested for this violence who got arrested in Pakistan for this. No country in this world other than India gives all religious freedom to all sects of Islam. We have the almost same number of muslims as there are in Pakistan but still we are not a member of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation thanks to Pakistan. When we are out of India if anybody asks us where are you from we dont lie but many pakistanis project themselves as Indians. Fake SMS and MMS with morphed images will not serve any purpose India is one. And at last In India we choose the government.
Aug 30, 2012 01:58am
Well said
Aug 29, 2012 02:17am
RPK if some one capture your land and resource u just still sit and see or your reply thats happened in burma or assam for your knowledge muslims never tolerated as you know islam is a religion off sword not peace
Aug 29, 2012 02:15am
@ Kanwal, who cares what a 11, 12, 13 year old mentally retarded girl did? If she was able to hurt the feelings of the people, it is the people who need to get their heads checked
Aug 29, 2012 01:57am
It is because Imran Khan is a politician first and a politician always knows what he should be doing for his votes.
Aug 28, 2012 06:54pm
this what i call Gen zia philosophy
Aug 28, 2012 06:50pm
For some strange reason I suspect building mosques would be legal in Pakistan. However, the story above mentions that the Christians used sticks to build a structure and are asking for respect of the structure as a church. Which brings me to my original question, I really would like to know if Christians, Hindus, ... are allowed to build a NEW place of worship. I have heard that there is a law in Pakistan prohibiting the building of a new church, temple etc. Is that really correct or a myth about your country?
Aug 28, 2012 11:48am
Aug 28, 2012 08:51pm
yes, women are treated with respect as long as they comply with wishes of their father/husband and most importantly if they are muslims. Real freedom is when you allowed to a mistake and take responsibility for the consequence.
Aug 28, 2012 08:52pm
u've got a good point there mahboob !!!
Aug 28, 2012 08:50pm
exactly !! well said ahmed !!!
Aug 28, 2012 11:56am
Dr.Umair needs his head examined.He seem to hold doctorate in 'IGNORANCE'.
Aug 28, 2012 08:12pm
Thank GOD you are sill there. Say hi to Narinder Modi for me.
Allaisa Xuver
Aug 28, 2012 10:46pm
Why? You want to join him?
Aug 28, 2012 09:17am
John I agree with you but lets tell you some facts about Australia where indigenous people are treated as last trash in the world. And Indians are seen as second class race as they are not white. Great Aussies hey!!!
Aug 28, 2012 09:45pm
Dear Nunya, please correct yourself prior to making any comments.
Aug 28, 2012 09:16am
Burmi are killing Muslims however here is not situation like Burmi.. Muslims are also facing same issue... All this happening because of World Political and different countries agencies operating...
Aug 29, 2012 02:02am
The elite will never do anything to change things especially when those "things" are so effective in keeping the middle class and the masses in perpetual fear. It is the government chosen by the masses that must act and it is the military that has promised to protect and serve that must act and it is the judiciary that has to give out harsh sentences for those violating human rights. Sadly, extremist ideology has seeped in in these institutions. Hope is fading fast.
K M Rana
Aug 28, 2012 07:45pm
Mr Adil, even if it is mere criticism, don't take it light. It is the hard truth. We must correct ourselves. We are far away from the actual Pkistani norms. Pakistan was created with a purpose. We all must try our best at all levels of society to make Pakistan reflecting its actual objectives. May Allah the Al-Mighty make Pakistan a peaceful place to live in. Critics like Ahmed Sultan are in fact a blessing for us though in disguise. My family migrated in 1947 and sacrificed thier lives for Pakistan. The situation in the News is painful. We should show petience.
Aug 28, 2012 05:34pm
Clothes are expression of what you like to wear and not of any religion. I know muslims who only wear Sari and they have not worn anything else except Sari there whole life. So clothes are product of the culture and not religion and no one should tell me (not even religion) what I should wear.
Aug 28, 2012 10:44am
i am an india and, i lived in the west for many years. I met a white old man in europe, who had a black eye. when enquired, he said he was mugged. I'm sure if it was me in his place, then it would have been termed racist attact. The point, that i want to make is that, there are many street loafers, everywhere in the world and the are always looking for week and vulnerable people to attack. what happened in Australia is mostly, those attacks and it can never be compared to the situaton in Pakistan
Aug 28, 2012 05:34pm
U sir have disgraced yourself by threatening to kill a person just cause he doesn't agree with u. Voilence begets more voilence and solves nothing. Miniorities rights and religious freedoms must be protected all costs. This is the way of great religions, nations and countries. So get on the side of Truth for there is no religion higher than Truth.
sorry for you
Aug 28, 2012 05:32pm
If Pakistan is a Islamic state so why not you call all Muslims from Europe and other country to come and live in an Islamic Pakistan. "Alert" is a thick, radical and extremist muslim. Bayta be in the real world, pakistan is for all pakistanis not just for Muslums.
Aug 28, 2012 05:30pm
Who would want to do that against his/her own vote bank. Remember at the end what counts is number of votes they get. Imran wants to be PM so it will be foolish for him to go against 95% of the population. I am wondering why is this law striked off the books
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
Aug 28, 2012 05:29pm
The should march for this girl for sure because most likely she is innocent, but what makes u think that all the people that r killed in those drone attacks are terrorists??? Either do some research or don't say anything and have some respect for the innocent women and children that are daily killed in those attacks, they r as innocent as this girl, what a hypocrite you are, Dr. Sahib.
Aug 28, 2012 04:54pm
well said
jd shami
Aug 28, 2012 03:47pm
Nunya, u r absolutely wrong, muslims r badly treated in Europe and USA (i live in USA for 30 years), I know the life of a muslim here.
Kashif Chohan
Aug 28, 2012 03:46pm
Alert sb. I hope you are not calling for ethnic cleansing of them from the country.
jd shami
Aug 28, 2012 03:45pm
Thank you, we do not want u here any ways.
Aug 28, 2012 03:44pm
Minorities always had issues just 40 years ago blacks in USA did not have any fundamental rights, India too have few issues Gujarat riots Babri Masjid etc., However these countries constitution protects its minorities, It is unfortunate that Pakistan constitution does not completely protect its minorities, hindus, christians, Ahamdies etc However one should appreciate dawn and many other decent Pakistani citizens who are voicing their against this cruel and only hope their tribe grows and eventually save pakistan Indians who seems to enjoy and condemn Pakistan needs to look in their own backyard and not carry away with APJ, Manmohan and other feel good stories
Cyrus Howell
Aug 29, 2012 04:58pm
Now there's a clue.
Kashif Chohan
Aug 28, 2012 03:38pm
Very valid point!
Aug 29, 2012 08:56am
@ jd shami: what kind of person you are? can you really live for 30 years in a country which discriminates against you, and never raise a voice?
Cyrus Howell
Aug 29, 2012 04:55pm
Yes. Travelers notice things like that, while residents have become used to it.
Aug 28, 2012 03:26pm
Excellent point1
Aug 29, 2012 02:06am
this is not my theory that some thing bad is going to happen with christians in pakistan ,it is media postulate .my anxiety is why media is giving more importance to this issue but media is salient over burma issue where thousands of muslims have been killed,over the blasphemy law why media has reservations.
Aug 29, 2012 02:09am
dear lawrence the language you are using over a newspaper is not public language ,try to think rationally and moderately .
Aug 29, 2012 06:12am
I thought only
Aug 28, 2012 08:44am
Taimoor Khalid! spoken like a true Muslim, KILL PEOPLE! Awesome.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Aug 28, 2012 12:52pm
Thank GOD my grand parents didn't moved to Pakistan in 1947
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Aug 28, 2012 02:55pm
Dear Sir With due respect nobody from India wants to go to Pakistan but there are many Pakistanis who want to settle in India such as Veena malik, adnan sami and many Hindus, sikhs and Christians.
Aug 28, 2012 02:07pm
I have a question. Is it legal according to Pakistani law to build a new church? I thought only "existing churches" are allowed to "exsist".
Aug 28, 2012 12:36pm
but why did she do it?
javed helali
Aug 28, 2012 01:38pm
This has been done in many countries including the USA. Masjids have been bombed and burned. Pig's heads have been thrown inside masjids in the USA. Even in Egypt, non Muslims have objected to the Azaan using microphones. javed Helali
Aug 28, 2012 11:17am
@Cyrus Howell, what is happening is wrong, you may understand only if you listen being unbiased. Most of the people who are taking the law in their hands are really ignorant and un-educated. Sadly the law being misused to sattle personal scores. Most of the people who make so much noise are not even practising one. Islam teaches humanity and equality, it is religion of peace. Because of some ignorant people's behaviour one should not judge the whole community or the country as intolerant.
Aug 28, 2012 05:15am
what a sickening country pakistan is! God is preparing it for its doom. It has become as bad as Sodom and Gomorrah of OT
Aug 28, 2012 05:41am
This is what I call a "What-aboutery" statement. Its alright to unjustly persecute a minority, because what about Burma, where this is also happening? Totally unsound argument.
Adil Jadoon
Aug 28, 2012 02:29pm
Thank to Allah you did not come over to this side. Please stay where you are.
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Aug 28, 2012 11:11am
They were foreigners there not a citizen of their country
Aug 30, 2012 02:55am
Naveed: My dear brother, before writing anything you should first read about it.....u should know that our Prophet P.B.U.H never spread Islam by sword but by his kind words and deeds.... And secondly name one country in the world where there is no terrorism.....in some countries theres more while in others there is less violence...i think that one should stop criticizing others andlook after their own problems.....I dont mean only you but everyone
Aug 28, 2012 11:15am
@Taimoor. Excellent response.
Aug 28, 2012 11:07am
Senseless comments, what is happening is not right, but people like you are senseless freaks.
John Farnsworth (Australia)
Aug 28, 2012 05:36am
What a shameless people Pakistanis are !.. how they treat their minorities that they have to run and hide in forests while the muslims bay for their blood.
Aug 31, 2012 01:16am
Why do we not see others as human first and not by their religion, ethinicity, color or language they speak. We just need to try a little and love one another and we can all get along. I hope Almighty God give us guidenace and courage to tolerate each other and love each other. That's all I have say.
Aug 28, 2012 02:00pm
great point!
Aug 28, 2012 12:38pm
Sameer- what should most people " judge" based on the country's " Law's" ?
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Aug 28, 2012 11:36am
Sir In france govt proposed a ban on veil but was never able to implement the ban.
Aug 28, 2012 05:53am
Dr Umair,you are a Disgrace to the Human Race.go back to your cave
Dr Shaaz Mahboob
Aug 28, 2012 11:28am
How come Imran Khan and Jamat Islami or Difa-e-Pakistan Committee are not marching against the attrocities against fellow Pakistanis (Christians and Shia Muslims) when they are eager to march against drone attacks which kill terrorists and other enemies of the state of Pakistan?
Sep 06, 2012 07:30am
Why is that well said? Land is regularly claimed for the building of new mosques in Pakistan, I think it was a legitimate question which remains unanswered --I don't know the legality behind it but I will say that new churches are being built as the population grows.
Adil Jadoon
Aug 28, 2012 02:19pm
You probably cant understand English. He never justified anything.
Akhter Husain
Aug 28, 2012 01:41pm
We Pakistanis feel shame for all that has happened in the recent past to our sisters and brothers in the name of blasphemy law.Are you also have the same comments for your fore fathers who almost eliminated the originals of your continent?
Adil Jadoon
Aug 28, 2012 02:18pm
Who does not have skeletons in their closets??????
Adil Jadoon
Aug 28, 2012 02:17pm
That is not what anyone said. Dr. Umair wants equal attention to both things which are wrong. Persecution due to ones faith is not justified no matter what your faith is but we also know very well the double standards of the western press.
Aug 28, 2012 07:42am
She said "Muslims asked the Christians not to worship in their church, and if they did, to refrain from singing." What if muslims living abroad most in western countries is asked not to offer prayer in mosque and if they did, refrain from giving Azaan.................No doubt, it will be called as ISLAMOPHOBE.
Aug 31, 2012 11:41pm
Will Pak ever be peaceful under Shariat Laws?
K. Ashraf
Aug 30, 2012 05:31pm
Remember, What goes around, comes around. I am a muslim living in a Christian country without any fear for myself and for my children. Christians are living in a Muslim country fearful of their own and their children's lives.
Aug 28, 2012 11:58am
Sameer, this can be said about the people in Burma also, and people in Asam also and so on. The fact is Hindus will not tolerate what happened in Burma or Asam and will not justify the violence in any case. Whereas people like you will like to defend the violence, the killing, the murders in one way or the other.
Aug 28, 2012 12:02pm
God Bless these People..