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A rampant crowd of Muslim students destroyed college property after a teacher was accused of blaspheming against the companions of Muhammed. In video footage obtained from Facebook, students can be seen destroying school buses, chairs, marching through college property chanting Allah-hu-akbar (Allah is the greatest) and ramming huge poles against the colleges boundary fence.  Students as young as 16 could be heard calling for the extrajudicial lynching of the teacher. Police have arrested and detained the suspect accused of a blasphemy who is yet to be named and he will now be trialed through the newly hardened blasphemy law 295A…

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IMAGE: Mobility challenged visitor is served at our ‘Meals for the Homeless’ project, as volunteers are on hand to offer assistance. Visitors to British Asian Christian Association’s ‘Meals for the Needy’ project have a wonderful month of January full of extra treats.  On New Years Day Naomi Chowdhry shared a birthday cake with our regular visitors including asylum seekers, refugees, the homeless and others struggling with the economy.  Read more (here). On 16th January a cake was paid for by Hannah Chowdhry who is now 19 years old.  Though she was not there in person volunteers distributed the cake a…

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Amelia Jacob was the first ever Pakistani Vicar for the Church of England.  Many years ago my grandmother Helen Chowdhry, was her primary school teacher and a neighbour in her community – they always shared a special bond. I (Hannah Chowdhry) share this short summary of her recently published biography: This is the inspirational story of Amelia Jacob, one of the UK’s first female priests – and the very first from Pakistan. Born in Faisalabad, Amelia was raised in her grandfather’s vicarage, a man who had lost everything when he converted to Christianity. But when an arranged marriage brought her…

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IMAGE: Sonia Waqar and her family glad that baby could be fed after receiving BACA grant. In December 2022, the Royal Thai Government began their first national immigration crackdown since the COVID-19 pandemic.  As Pakistani Christians are the largest asylum seeker community in the country they were caught up in the arrests – this included an 11 year old child.  Read more (here).  https://youtu.be/gMKTEudWq1E British Asian Christian Association, paid all the overstay fines for Christians arrested in the raid on 5th December 2022 at Pruchunith Soi, Rat Burana. This prevented 11 year old Magdaline, her mother and 4 other…

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A Christian apologist named Matthew Suleman from Pakistan has recently shared a detestable video on Facebook, in which a Muslim man states that he will urinate on the Christian Bible at a major junction in the UK.   In the same video the man puts out a challenge to Christians uttering words that incite hatred, he declared: “I will see who in England will stop me – which Christian has the courage to stop me.” https://youtu.be/EZXpIxeEbe8 A Christian apologist [defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse] from Pakistan, has shared a pernicious video on his Facebook page on 22nd January…

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The National Assembly of Pakistan have ratified the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Act 2023 at a session on 17th January 2023. The new laws now enhance the minimum punishment for those who insult the companions, wives and family members of Muhammed, from three years to 10 years, while adding a potential fine of 10 lakh Pak-rupees  ( 1 million Pak-Rupees = £3489 as of 18th Jan). Read Juliet Chowdhry’s interview with Aleteia (here). In Pakistan, religious minorities and human rights defenders are concerned about a new amendment that have toughened existing blasphemy laws. The Pakistan National Assembly unanimously passed the Criminal Laws…

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IMAGE: BACA Officer on left side, Son Kashif (green shawl), wife Josephine (centre), daughter Sawera (black shawl) and daughter Misbah (burgundy shawl). https://youtu.be/ddNwmRVYMJg A gang of thee Muslim men brutally shot a struggling Christian guava farmer in Okara, Pakistan. The patriarch was shot dead before his family, after he asked the trespassers on his orchard to stop stealing fruit. After shooting the farmer the men threatened the frightened Christian family with death if they told the police, then laughed as they ran away. As the made their getaway the men shouted out ‘you  Christian chura [filthy sweepers] have no chance…

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IMAGE: Saleem while he threatened Samina Mushtaq taken as screenshot from video A Christian widow who heads the Immediate Clearance Group (ICG), Cargo-Crew Security Team at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), was threatened with death or a report of blasphemy by a CAA official over a parking dispute. Fortunately, the Christian woman’s argument with the official was recorded on a telephone and the nation’s humanitarian voices, rallied in her support. The Senior official has since been suspended from his position as a Facilitation Supervisor after widespread Pak-media fury, based on the video evidence. The Samina…

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The people of Odessa and other cities in Ukraine were plunged into darkness from 11th December, after a large scale Russian drone attack targeted energy infrastructure.  This left 1.5 million people without electricity.  Read more (here)  We informed you earlier of how Pastor Vasilev had been continuing his church services and outreach despite an earlier power deficit, using petrol generators, car batteries and inverters (click here). The latest attacks seem to have little effect in stopping Ukrainians celebrating Christmas, even amidst the shelling of their cities.   President Putin ordered a ceasefire from 6th January to 7th January,  so Russians and…

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Islamabad’s Capital Development Authority demolished 115 houses of Christian Slum dwellers, but left Muslim homes standing. The demolition took place, despite Islamabad High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan having previously refused applications to bulldoze homes in the area. Read more (here) and (here). Hundreds of Christian families were left sheltering under makeshift homes made of cloth and bamboo, or tents.  BACA visited the victim families and arranged a Christmas service and provided gifts of clothing and blankets, to bring some cheer to beleaguered families.  A hearty meal was also provided (click here). On 8th January a CDA demolition…

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