On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys...
Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass (PHOTOS)Last Updated on 2013-10-08 17:25:43LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together during Sunday mass in a show of solidarity in Lahore.
Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.
Standing in the small courtyard of St Anthony’s Church, as Mufti Mohammad Farooq delivered a sermon quoting a few verses of the Holy Quran that preached tolerance and respect for other beliefs, Father Nasir Gulfam stepped right next to him after having conducted a two hour long Sunday service inside the church. The two men stood should to... More »
Mourning in Pakistan for murdered polio workersLast Updated on 2013-06-17 00:00:00
Mourning in Pakistan for murdered polio workers
Relatives are mourning two polio workers shot dead by suspected militants on Sunday in Pakistan's north-western Swabi district.
Gunmen killed the two male health workers as they were providing vaccinations in Swabi's Kandar village.
No group said it carried out the attack, but militants have accused polio workers of spying for the US.
At least 17 polio workers and four security officials have died in attacks on polio health teams in recent months.
"He was on duty for polio vaccination. When he was ready for his duties he told me he was on his way, as he had received an official letter from the district education officer," Sobydar sar Badhar Khan, the father of one of those killed, told the Associated Press news agency.
This is not the first time that health or social workers have been... More »
Quetta university shut after attacksLast Updated on 2013-06-17 00:00:00
Quetta university shut after attacks
The women's university at the centre of Saturday's deadly twin attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta has been shut down until further notice
The women's university at the centre of Saturday's deadly twin attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta has been shut down until further notice.
In the first incident a bomb on a university bus killed 14 women. Gunmen then killed 11 when they laid siege to the hospital treating the wounded.
Sardar Bahadur Khan University is the only all-female university in troubled... More »
HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGES IN PAKISTANLast Updated on 2012-12-12 00:00:00
I am a Human Rights activist and Director of Global Healing Initiative Pakistan, working for Justice and Peace and Human Rights with the help of co-founder of Global Healing Initiative Pakistan. I want to share more about my country and our day to day challenges being a minority in Pakistan.
Global Healing Initiative Pakistan (GHIP) is a welfare and development organization. It is affiliated with UCC Whale center Global healing Initiative USA, which is a multi-region cooperation circle of United Religion Initiative. The Call to Global Healing was a collaboration of the Utah URI and the United Nations URI Cooperation Circles.
I have shared a copy of Brochure of organization to all of you. We have done so many activities to raise the voice against the violation of minorities Human Rights and for their rights, Peace, Justice and sustainability in... More »
Blasphemy Charges On The Rise In PakistanLast Updated on 2012-11-20 00:00:00
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Pakistan has had 27 blasphemy cases filed so far this year, a figure that alarms human rights groups, who say the law is frequently used to persecute religious minorities.
In a case that has drawn international attention, a judge on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, ending a three-month order for her and her family.
There are many other, less publicized cases that also have had a broad impact on entire communities.
On a recent autumn morning in Lahore, hundreds of uniformed schoolgirls, many wearing veils, file into the Farooqi Girls High school. The four-story school sits just off a narrow, congested street in an older section of this vibrant city in eastern Pakistan.
Getting back to class is a welcome return to normalcy for Farooqi's students and teachers. The school was attacked last month... More »
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