Friday, 28 August 2009
Whenever an individual or organisation embarks on a new journey recognition from end users is rewarding and provides justification for the effort made. Today, I recieved an Email from Brother Alvin Samuel:
Indeed wonderful and very encouraging are the efforts you are making. Carry on doing the difficult task.
I would like to take the time to thank him and to confirm that I will continue this work until a positive network for progress and the promotion of unity, is introduced to our myriad community.
"A number of our community members had requested a copy of the Video Clip that we had shown at the Memorial Service that CCA had held on 14th August for the victims of Gojra & Korian Wala.
In order to get a first hand knowledge of the situation, CCA had asked a very credible, and highly respected journalist Mr. Anjum Herald Gill (Lahore, Pakistan) to prepare a report. Besides Mr. Anjum Gill, we are thankful to Romilla Mallo and Hijab Abraham for a lot of effort in preparing this Video.
For ease of access , we have placed this report on the You Tube for viewing. You are able to leave your comments on the video underneath the small display screen. Please click on the link below : The report if filed under : CCA GOJRA on the YouTube."
"We are grateful to the community for their support, in this cause. We will keep everyone informed of the developments."
Please do view the video and share your thoughts on this blog!
A new petition is demanding that the United Nations help put an end to the lynching and murdering of Pakistani Christians on false claims of blasphemy. Jaw Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said,
"Christians are being singled out and murdered because of their faith. Only when the Pakistani government effectively prosecutes those responsible for the acts of violence will attacks against Christians end."...read more here:
I will upload a copy of the petition as soon as possible as I am having technical difficulties.
Full copy of petition here.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
For the first time ever a British Asian community is a reality and not just a soon to be discarded dream. Well done one and all.
I will be at the event and hope to meet many of you.....?
Just click on the flyer to make it bigger - the same works for all images on blogger!
Dear Wilson Chowdhry,
Attacks on Korian and Gojra have provoked worldwide condemnation from Pakistan's Prime Minister and President, to figures such as the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has formed a committee to review the Blasphemy law, which will hopefully consider the repeal of this law, particularly of section 295-C, which carries the death penalty.
So far no one convicted of blasphemy has been executed in Pakistan but extremists have used this law to kill several people and imprision hundreds of others.
General Musharraf promised to revise these laws twice but failed to do so. This time I hope the Government resists the fundamentalists and acts in the interests of the people.
I am really glad that the Archbishop of Cantebury and his team are helping to raise awareness about the suffering of Christians in Pakistan at this time. To see his open petition click here.
At this time please remember in your prayers Christian families of Gojra and Korian and Christians languishing in prisons falsely accused of blasphemy.
Yours in His service,
CLAAS UK Cordinator
"This is an attempt to muffle voice of Christians standing up for justice. You can see the failure of the authorities and bias in favour of perpetrators.Authorities need to provide the victims with security and justice instead of issuing arrest warrants. Any arrests of the victims will result in a civil rest and trigger more protests. We must not despair nor stop as there will be more hurdles along the way.
“Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.” Paulo Freire
Let us continue taking action, starting with signing the petition. Let us continue taking action, starting with signing the petition.
From: Taskeen Khan [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: 26 August 2009 16:51To: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Breaking News: Police issue warrant for Bishop of Faisalabad Rt. Rev. John Samuel and 128 other Christians
Breaking News: Police issue warrant for Bishop of Faisalabad Rt. Rev. John Samuel and 128 other Christians
By Taskeen Khan in London, England
Punjabi police have issued warrants for the arrest of the Bishop of Faisalabad and 128 other Christians, charging them with ‘’conspiracy’’ in the July 31 assault by Islamic militants on Gojra.
The First Information Reports or FIRs were filed this week by the Punjab police against the Rt. Rev. John Samuel, the Church of Pakistan’s Bishop of Faisalabad and 28 other Christians, in retaliation for complaints of police incompetence in the wake of the attacks on Christians in the town of Gojra that left ten dead and destroyed three Churches and over 100 homes.
FIRs have also been registered against 100 unnamed Pakistani Christians charging them as ‘’co-conspirators’’ in the attacks.
Local human rights activists have denounced the police action telling AsiaNews, “It is a revenge move by agents and district administration against the Christian victims of the accidents in Gojra.”
The three day anti-Christian pogrom began on July 30 in the village of Koriyan following a Church wedding. Following local customs, confetti was tossed over the bride and groom as they left the Church---however, local Islamists took offence saying the shredded paper had come from pages of the Koran. Rocks were thrown and a fight ensued leading to the burning of several Christian homes.
The following day members of the banned extremist Muslim organization, Sipah-e-Sahaba, gathered near the railway station in Gojra and marched towards the Christian quarter of the town, and began throwing petrol bombs and shooting at the fleeing Christians. Ten Christians were killed either by the gunfire or were burned to death by the mob in their homes.
In the days preceding the violence, the Punjabi police were warned of an impending action by the Sipah-e-Sahaba---who through a radical splinter group, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, are linked to the Taliban and al-Qaeda. During the attacks the police are alleged to have stood aside as the banned terrorist group destroyed the Christian quarter of the town.
“All the world knows about this incident very well, what the Islamic terrorists have done with the Christian community in my diocese and even in my city,” Bishop Samuel told The Church of England Newspaper in an email on Aug 26.
“Instead of arresting those responsible for this incident, the police have registered the F.I.R. against 29 nominated and 100 un-nominated people. My name and the name of my both sons are also included in those 29 names,” he said.
“We have again become the victims,” the Bishop’s said, stating he had sent his family away from Gojra but would remain in the town and was ready to be “prosecuted for the glory and for the work of Jesus Christ.”
“I daily receive threats through phone calls from unknown numbers,” he said, and reported this to the police. However, the police are “not paying attention to us and they are just favouring the persons who are responsible” for the attacks.
Bishop Samuel has urged Christians around the world to “please Pray for us and also do something for my family because we are in great trouble.”
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
In the 1960's 3 brothers Mujeeb, Najeeb and Waheed Chowdhry living in Dalston London at the time with their sister Naema Chowdhry (now Naema Gill) felt a longing and a desire for church worship in their language and fellowship with brothers from their homelands of Pakistan and India.
The brothers were all established travellers to both countries (which had been one state in their youth). Mr Mujeeb Chowdhry studied and lived in Delhi away from the rest of his family - singled out as the prized eldest son who eventually went on to study at Cambridge University in England. It was also on the invite of Mujeeb Chowdhry that the rest of his siblings (listed) journeyed to this wonderful island.
The desire they felt drove them to create strong networks with established Christians in the UK and they enquired about others, through the contacts they made. There desire was to bring to fruition an Asian Christian Church that would be a beacon for a beleaguered community, many of whom had difficulties with speaking English and all of whom had suffered some type of racist abuse in a time when confrontation, naivety and prejudices were prevalent in British society.
The initial intention was for such a church to provide full church facility for all Asian Christians, such as services, a community function, fellowship opportunity, well designed discipling practices and outreach, testimony and witness to the large numbers of Asians of alternate faith. It was meant for the church to be a remote entity that would , however, compliment the plethora of English Churches in London.
The brothers would hold services in their homes, the homes of others and in private halls and eventually, they worked with the wider brothers and sisters in the growing community to raise funds and sponsored Pastor Johnson from Pakistan who then led the early church from St Marys Church, Upper Street, Islington (approx 1968). The brothers who did not seek a crown left the church in the hands of a new administration (approx 1973 they moved address) in the capable hands of the then full time pastor. What many people did not realise, was that large donations were made by the 3 feverish brothers invigorated and frenzied by the potential church and a new ability to outreach to Asians outside the Christian world.
The Anniversary events of the church became major Asian Christian Conferences and our community would travel from across the country to be there. The church eventually moved to All Saints Church, Holloway and then ended abruptly in the 90's.
My father Waheeb Chowdhry one of the 3 brothers also established an Annual Asian Christian Convention at Ilford, that became a well known, well attended and well loved event within the Asian Christian Calendar. Funding much of the event from his own pocket, fuelled with the desire to promote his community amongst the wider Christian community and faith organisations with interesting, peaceful and intelligent debates with Muslim, Hindu and Sikh leaders facilitated within the two day whole day event. This was the only event of its type that was as wide reaching and had input from African, Far Eastern and other Continental Churches. Waheeb Chowdhry carried on his courageous efforts (often faced with a barrage of condescension) to educate our people against preconceived prejudices, isolationism and promoted Christian edification and outreach until he lost his mobility after a series of 3 strokes in one day in 1996. In his lifetime he organised the first ever Asian Christian Community Centre in 1984, this was a beacon project at the time as the services it provided such as learning opportunities, creche facilities, events, dance classes, health sessions where typically the domain of council led organisations - yet the "Redbrige Asian Christian Community Centre" (funded by a Manpowers Services grant) led the way for other faith and community centres to develop on the same model. Waheeb Chowdhry also started several Youth Clubs one of Which is still called Asian Club (focused on Outreach) and is running today at Clementswood Baptist Church. He passed away on the 3rd November 2006
Najeeb Chowdhry was a gifted musician and passed away in October 2005.
Mujeeb Chowdhry is still a lead voice in our community and has done as much for our community as any other leader - a part of the organising committee for the recent protests.
To date these pioneering heroes, ahead of their time and dedicated to the advancement of Christ's kingdom throughout their lives, have not been acknowledged for their sterling, essential work for the development of our community through its nascent phase.
I received an award from the Federation of Pakistani Christians for my Progress in Business, and spoke then about the need to recognise the works of our forefathers. Dr Peter the Chairman of this Group kindly spoke about his memory of the first Church and confirmed he would look into addressing this matter. At the time I asked if a posthumous award could be given to Najeeb and Waheeb Chowdhry, who have both now passed away without the recognition they deserved. Perhaps this could be collected by the remaining founder Mujeeb Chowdhry who still lives and as my "Taia" is a lead figure for our family. If you like the idea please share your comments...
I hope this history lesson has been worthwile, only you can advise?
Re: My recent email to David Cameron and William Hague.
Could you please try and obtain a response from the Shadow Foreign Secretary and the Leader of the Conservative Party….? Please advise Wilson
This country's leadership is starting to take notice of our campaign - it is thus imperative for us to continue the pressure towards change!
Over 50 hits have been made to this blog and over 300 pages have been read in the space of a mere few days. Please keep forwarding this blog to other brothers and sisters.
Today I have received the following email from the Honourable Mike Gapes MP.
Thank you for your message. The contents have been noted. I share your concerns attacks on Christians in Pakistan.
If you wish me to make representations on this matter please send me a letter on this issue to the address below including your full address .
I will then be able to write to The Foreign Secretary and respond to you when I receive his reply.
Labour and Co-operative
Member of Parliament for Ilford South
House of Commons
London SW1A OAA
0207 219 6485
I am re-sending the letter sent to the Prime Minister and would ask that others follow suit. I should add that he is the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee!! Things are really progressing!
Monday, 24 August 2009
A copy of the letter sent to Gordon Brown Prime Minister and our Foreign Secretary David Milliband - Their response too!
Re: The Plight of Pakistani Christians.
There have been several major cases of Pakistani Christians being slaughtered by fundamentalists, who fuel rural Muslim communities into killing sprees, erupting in the massacre of entire Christian colonies.Christians in Pakistan are in constant fear of their lives and violent incidents are increasing since the war against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The allied war effort has increased Islamic fundamentalist apprehension towards western governments and reciprocally established Christian minority (seen as a western culture) communities living in Pakistan.
Only recently (1st august 2009) in Gojra (near Faisalabad) over 120 homes and two churches were razed to the ground in a burning inferno instigated by rampaging fanatical Muslims - filled with rage from the allegations that a Quran had been ripped to pieces by a Christian family celebrating a wedding. Moreover, renegade clerics allegedly encouraged the herding of Christians into these buildings on the threat of violence before initiating the extreme arson attack.
Furthermore, the assailants then lay before emergency vehicles, preventing Fire and Ambulance services proper access to the agonized victims – leading to a significant number of deaths and major injuries.
Allegations of burglary, theft, and rape create an intense miasma of torment.
The Police stood back and watched whilst the diabolical event erupted, however a Chief Police Officer was honest enough to clarify that the allegations of blasphemy were unfounded.There is no protection for minority religious groups from the powers enacted by Section 298A, Section 295B and Section 295c of the Pakistani Penal Code. These laws justify life imprisonment or death for any blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed or desecration of the Quran. There is no requirement for substantiation for allegations and no recourse for justice against those that utilize
the act under false pretences to fuel religious persecution or settle personal vendettas. The lack of such reciprocal provision in particular has led to numerous abuses – not that I support the act itself in any way as it infringes on the Human Rights Act and Apostasy Act.In these days of globalization and with the introduction of a whole raft of international laws for member sates of the UN. We are appealing to you as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and our Foreign Secretary to support our cause and campaign for justice for all religious minority groups in Pakistan. To date, no recompense has been received by the now destitute and homeless victims. Furthermore, no arrests have been made and the survivors are still being tormented by local gangs and the Local Police.I would like to arrange a meeting if permissible with yourselves and lead protagonists within the British Asian Christian community, to deduce how best to work in partnership to resolve this crises. We have recently held protest at 10 Downing street and in front of the Pakistani Embassy.
Please share your thoughts….
British Asian Christian Association
I await a letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office indicated in the response from the Prime Ministers Office......
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"I have compiled a small list of books that can help the youth or anyone interested, to understand the history and problems of Christians of Pakistan. If you know of any more books that help, aim to gain a better understanding so we can work out a strategy and come up with some solutions, please add to the list. God Bless You"
The Invisibles: The Plights of Christians in Pakistan
About the Author:
Mr. Ramnit Lall Rahi was born to Mr. Labu Mall and Mrs. Grace L. Mall on April 10, 1933 in Budianna, Sialkot. He received his primary education at Budianna Primary Mission School and matriculation at Christian Training Institute, Bara Pathar, and Sialkot. He continued to achieve excellence in education completing his RA. at Murray College, Sialkot, and his Bachelors and Masters (History) at Gordon College Rawalpindi. In 1964 he was awarded Master of Education from Punjab University. Mr. Lall received a diploma in education and a certificate in (CAL) from London University. He now permanently resides in Britain, but his heart still yearns for the Christian community in Pakistan. It is this aspiration to serve the disadvantaged Christians in Pakistan that led him to opt for an early retirement from his profession in the U.K. His service to the community is commendable and valuable.
Christian Citizens in an Islamic State: The Pakistan Experience (Live Questions in Ethics and M) (Paperback):
"Christian Minorities in an Islamic State" deals with the important question of inter-faith relations in Pakistan, a vital region of the Islamic world which has been the scene of the rise of both Islamic militancy and partnership with the West in counter-terrorism measures. Christians are the most important religious minority of Pakistan and their status and experience is a test case of the treatment of religious minorities in an Islamic state.This book covers new ground in exploring the various factors that govern the relations between Muslims and Christians in a nation state which has been politically unstable in the past, and where the imposition of Islamic law has been controversial and problematic for religious minorities. Theodore Gabriel clarifies the history of Christian-Muslim relations in the region, explores the rise of Islamic militancy, and draws on personal interviews to determine the mind set of both Christians and Muslims in Pakistan today.
About the Author:
Theodore Gabriel is Honorary Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
The Christians of Pakistan The Passion of Bishop John Joseph (Hardcover):
Description"Christian Minorities in an Islamic State" deals with the important question of inter-faith relations in Pakistan, a vital region of the Islamic world which has been the scene of the rise of both Islamic militancy and partnership with the West in counter-terrorism measures. Christians are the most important religious minority of Pakistan and their status and experience is a test case of the treatment of religious minorities in an Islamic state. This book covers new ground in exploring the various factors that govern the relations between Muslims and Christians in a nation state which has been politically unstable in the past, and where the imposition of Islamic law has been controversial and problematic for religious minorities. Theodore Gabriel clarifies the history of Christian-Muslim relations in the region, explores the rise of Islamic militancy, and draws on personal interviews to determine the mind set of both Christians and Muslims in Pakistan today.
About the Author:
"Linda Walbridge does more than analyze social and religious questions-she brings the reader into the very heart of a community that is struggling for justice and puts a human face on urgent questions of inter-religious relations that are dear to Muslims and Christians alike.."-"Bulletin Of The Royal Institute For Inter-Faith Studies Linda Walbridge was a cultural anthropologist specializing in Shi‘ism and Islam in the West. She died in 2002.
Quaid-e-Azam's Vision - Christians in Pakistan: The Battle for Justice:
When Pakistan was born in 1947, its non-Muslim minorities were solemnly assured that they would enjoy full rights as citizens of the new and Independent State. The national flag was designed in two colours - green representing Islam and white the minorities.
The nation's founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah who had aimed for a democratic state based on Islamic principles of social justice, declared: "Minorities are the sacred trust of Pakistan." Christian politicians gave him their full support in the struggle for Independence, and in framing Pakistan's Constitution. Soon after Quaid-e-Azam's tragically early death, the process began which was to turn Pakistan into an Islamic Republic. As that process continued, so the constitutional rights of the minorities - and especially of those of the country's over ten million Christians - were steadily eroded.
Today Pakistani Christians are regularly jailed and even sentenced to death on false charges by a system that is designed to discriminate against them. Many are trapped by poverty, working virtually as slave labourers. However, Muslims who commit crimes against Christians - including murder, rape and kidnapping - go unpunished.
The constitutional rights of Christians and other minorities are severely curtailed and they do not have a single representative in the Pakistan Senate. George Felix's book is the story of that struggle. It is a story of cruelty and oppression, of betrayed ideals and broken promises. It is also a story of courage and determination that in the end truth and justice will prevail.
About the Author:
For more then 30 years the author of this book, George Felix and others have been involved in an ongoing struggle for the constitutional rights of their fellow Christians in Pakistan. A businessman from Lahore now based in the United Kingdom, George has sought the help of the British and Irish governments, the European Union, the United Nations, and many other international bodies in an effort to recover the constitutional rights originally given to Pakistan's minorities by the nation's founders.
He has campaigned against the blasphemy laws, against the electoral laws which deprive minorities of proper representation, the denationalisation of Christian educational institutions and against identity cards which indicate the bearer's religion.
Michael Nazir Ali Books
Too many to List
Please follow the link below
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Please follow the link about Michael Nazir Ali as much of our younger Asian Christian generation are not aware of the historical figures from our past. I will soon be writing a story detailing the trials and tribulations faced by the founders of the UK's first ever Asian Christian Church. It is important we venerate the heroes from our past as without them we would not have the structures in place now to tackle political items such as our recent campaign, nor would we have the plethora of worship and fellowship opportunities we are now blessed with.
Michael Nazir Ali addressing the amassed Christians united in their defiance of the unrighteous Balsphemy Law in Pakistan.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
ITS REALLY NICE TO SEE THE WAY YOU ARE WORKING FOR CHRIST, WE REALLY NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN OUR COMMUNITY.MY PRAYERS AND MY SUPPORT WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU FOR RAISING THE VOICE OF OUR DEAR BRO. AND SIS. I WILL BE REALLY HAPPY IF I OR MY YOUTH TEAM CAN DO SOME THING FOR THIS CAUSE.NOT ONLY ME MY ALL YOUTH MEMBERS ARE WITH YOU.MAY GOD USES YOU IN A MIGHTY WAY.GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
ALWAYS WITH YOU,
My brother Alex and I have said for a long time some gelling or cementing of relationships and a vehicle for communication was necessary, if our community was to be developed. It seems we all agree...!! This is a good start.
Learn more on our blogsite and our website:
Do come along and enjoy the festivities that will include:
- Circus Skills performances and all age workshop.
- Muticultural dance, singing and theatre performances
- Sports activities
- Many stalls
- International food
- DJ workshop
I challenge citizens of this country of any faith to support the cause:
“If you believe that the atrocity that occurred in Gojra was an inhumane despicable act, please lobby your local MP’s and MEP’s to raise the issue in their respective parliaments and international summits. Please also register your concerns with the Prime Minister Gordon Brown the Foreign Secretary David Milliband, the leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron, The Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague, The Leader of the Liberal Party Nick Legg and their Shadow Foreign Secretary Edward Davey.” (the image is real)
email@example.com Nick Clegg
firstname.lastname@example.org David Cameron
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firstname.lastname@example.org Edward Davey
Haguew@parliament.co.uk William Hague
Gordonb@parliament.uk Gordon Brown
Key message from David James, Bishop of Bradford:
Dear Brother and Sisters
Blasphemy law in Pakistan: open petition
Christians and Muslims around the world as well as people of other faiths and those who do not adhere to any religion will have been hearing with real concern, the news of the attacks on the Christian villages of Gojra and Qorian in Pakistan resulting in the deaths of at least seven innocent men, women and children. This was the latest in such attacks over many years and has attracted international condemnation from religious and political leadership in Pakistan and internationally.Following widespread discussions with Christian partners and correspondents in Pakistan, Christian and Muslim organisations in the United Kingdom and with the Pakistan authorities, there is a desire amongst many people to express their concerns to the Government of Pakistan and to press for change in the blasphemy legislation and for the protection of Christians and others who are suffering from its abuse. To this end a petition is now available to be signed electronically and can be reached by clicking here and following the instructions.
One of the causes of such attacks is the ability of extremists and others with private motivations, to incite attacks on Christians and on occasion also on Muslims; and the inability of the police and local judiciary to protect innocent people. The blasphemy laws currently in force in Pakistan provide such people with the means to incite violence and seem to have played a part in the recent incidents which led to the death of a number of Christians.
The petition will be delivered to the Pakistan Government and is intended to assist in their efforts to prevent further attacks. The more people who sign, the more effective the petition will be and we urge you to take action now by:
1. signing the petition yourself
2. by putting this letter prominently on your own and as many other websites as possible.
It is by actions such as these that people of faith and of goodwill can show their active concern for the good of the world and in this case their support of the Christian community of Pakistan
Please do sign today - one click makes it possible!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
In the video you will see a snippet of my public address near the end of the protest, I was also asked to lead the chanting throughout the event. This meant I could not take pictures or videos as I had at the first event. The camera person has not taken pictures or film of the wider participants of our protest and I would be grateful, if you could provide me with some pictures or films that illustrates the significant number of protesters, that were mustered in such a short space of time. It truly was a privilege to be part of a campaign of this type and again I give credit to the groups who arranged the protest. However, I must reiterate the need to continue the campaign with enhanced vigour and determination, if we are to see to fruition the removal of the unjust Blasphemy Law.
I was called to the front to talk about the incidents in Pakistan and ensured that my talk was short one-liners, allowing crowd participation. Recognising the need to preach to the masses rather than ourselves I quickly resorted to high impact chanting that amassed a crowd of viewers on the other side. Perhaps in future TV interviews could be undertaken to the side of the protest (besides images of speakers at the side of a live protest have more impact than a speaker before a silent crowd!!??), rather than right at the front centre preventing people from chanting pertinent slogans that had real impact. those outside of our protest group indicated our chants and banners had the most affect. Please share your thoughts....?
"Well done to Chadwell Green for reporting on this tragic event and the solidarity demonstration. If he (or you) would like to put together a draft press release for Scott in the press office, who had his first day back today after a well earned holiday, I'm sure he'd be delighted.I think this is a good reminder to everyone that due to the fact we have a very understaffed press office if you don't tell them something is happening and help them develop a response then they don't have much time to do much more than firefight and cover their core tasks. It's up to all of us as a party to respond to events and when we don't it's a collective failure - not that we should beat ourselves up about the fact that as a small party we can't respond to or do everything."
We will of course be writing an appropriate article for Green Party Release!
Already a memeber of the Green Party has written a piece on his blog:
MP Lee Scott (Ilford North) could not come to our protest due to a prior commitment, however he stated:
"Dear Wilson, by way of this email please pass on that I call for equal rights for all whatever there religion. Regards Lee"
Lee has also asked me to contact William Hague Shadow Foreign Secretary and I am awaiting a response.
We have also received an email from Freddy O'neill from the well known pressure group - Fathers 4 Justice.
"Hi Wilson,we saw your protest day today. keep up the pressure, keep up the fight and keep on the good fight of faith. I was a leading member of fathers for justice, some times u have to embarrass the government to act and get in the media via action.freddie and nute. God bless u brother!"
Our campaigning is starting to have impact....so keep up the good work people!
In particular, I should add we as an organisation do want to express the Britishness of our community (hence the aptly chosen name of our group). Too many organisations serving our community focus only on the Asian side with services and events being delivered in Urdu and Punjabi, without recourse to the English only speaking minority (I am one of them). This poses the question of how are we to integrate with wider Christian or secular organisations when campaigning or on outreach programmes...? We wish to better integrate local Pakistani dialects with English at all Pakistani Christian events and Campaigns to promote wider participation and inclusiveness.
To create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
- To promote Christ in all that we do.
- To campaign for the abrogation of the unjust Blasphemy Law section 298A and Section 295 B&C of the Pakistan Penal CODE.
- To campaign for the end of 2nd class citizenship in Pakistan.
- To provide a social network for Pakistani Christians.
- To update Pakistani Christians on news of successes, campaigns, tragedies, events and other matters attributable or impacting on our community.
- To hold public events to promote and support fellowship, Christian learning, and promote better awareness of our community.
- To promote better integration between our community and wider Christian organisations
- To raise funds to support outreach, capacity building and tragedy response programmes devised by our committee.
If you would to join our organisation please do make contact.