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Image of BPCA officer Shamim Masih as he escorts MEP Peter Van Dalen through H9 Slum community in Islamabad. A European Parliament delegation has urged Pakistan to bring reforms to the nation’s blasphemy law and to ensure the rights and  safety of minorities in their country. Member of the European Parliament  (MEP) for the Christian Union Party, Member of the European People’s Party (PPE) Group in the EP and Member of the Committee on Human Rights (DROI), Peter Van Dalen, said: “European parliamentarians are aware and care for Pakistani Christians’ The European Parliament delegation led by MEP Peter van Dalen…

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BPCA highlights causes of violence against Christian converts in the UK  As the UK government prepares to record religious hate crimes against Muslims separately due to a massive rise in recorded incidents, some human rights activists are arguing that the government is missing a major phenomenon, possibly due to political correctness. What phenomenon? Religious hate crimes committed by Muslims, especially against those who have converted from Islam, or non-Muslims who are from predominantly Islamic ethnicities. On occasion, this phenomenon has appeared in passing in the national media consciousness and then faded out again. However, these activists say that for many,…

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Why was the British Pakistani Christian Association established?BPCA was initiated after the massacre at Gojra in 2009.A mob had been whipped up over a false claim of blasphemy, and they razed to the ground 200 Christian homes and two churches, with 9 people including the bride and groom shot dead at their wedding for allegedly using torn shreds of the Koran as confetti. A lack of media attention and many failures by the government of Pakistan illustrated a need for a voice for a suffering minority. Hence, initially to raise awareness of the situation ofPakistani Christians and to campaign against the…

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Nissar Hussain, his wife Kubra and six children have suffered persecution during the past 20 years after converting from Islam to Christianity. They live in Bradford but have endured severe abuse and violence from local Islamists for ‘apostasy’ [changing religion] following their conversion. This persecution has even led to false allegations resulting in the couple being questioned at a police station. One police officer told Mr Hussain to, ‘Stop being a crusader’. Police and local authorities did not give the family appropriate support and the perpetrators of the abuse have not been arrested. (Daily Mail article) The British Pakistan Christian…

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Many of the images from this post were lost during transfer of our website from the now defunct Adobe Business Catalyst web portal [Terminated August 2021] to this Wordpress site.  An image at the end of the post was retrieved from media reports on our work at the time.  Old links may not have been restored. We reported on the impact of a great deluge that destroyed thousands of homes and killed hundreds in Pakistan during August 2015 (click here). Our immediate response was to provide food and water to victims whilst assessing any further needs (click here). We discovered villages here…

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In the last week or two we have had several official moments of silence for victims of Islamic extremism, first for the victims in Tunisia, then the 10th anniversary of the 7-7 attacks.  However, for most of us, the memory is fading, the news headlines taken over by various other issues.  But of course, extremism hasn’t gone away. View ITV London footage of BPCA Lee Rigby concert (click here) There are many victims of such extremism, including fellow Muslims, but Christians tend to bear a great deal of the hatred and violence because they are a rival major missionary religion,…

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Another Christian man has been killed whilst in Police custody in an incident that is remarkably similar to previous ones. This victim is the first on record to not have had a blasphemy charge laid against him, he was accused of theft of a battery. Farman Masih a 25 year old Christian man was found dead in a stream on Saturday 18th April 2015, after a bungled police arrest apparently allowed him to plunge to his death whilst trying to escape.  Or so say Pakistani mainstream media. Reports suggest that Mr Masih was arrested at his home by the Assistant…

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Ayesha Bibi was given the dead body of her son Zubair Rashid Masih (RIP) in a twisted incident of police malpractice. On 4th March 2015 at 7pm a Christian mother, Ms Aysha Bibi, was arrested by police from Harbanspura, near Lahore, for allegedly stealing 35,000 rupees  and gold ornaments weighing close to 100g.  The harassed mother who worked as a domestic servant for her employer Abdul Jabbar and his family, despite many years of loyal service. Aysha Bibi was accused of stealing the items around the 24th of February, while they were at a wedding.  However, Aysha she claims she…

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On Sunday 15th March 2015, Wanstead Baptist Church will learn about the roots of Christianity in Pakistan and the current persecution and discrimination that has left the majority of Pakistani Christians, impoverished, illiterate and vulnerable.  The service which was the idea of Reverend David Morgan, leader of the church who wanted to learn more about the suffering of brothers and sisters in Pakistan.  He called Wilson Chowdhry our chairman, who in true fashion organised a series of must-see services at the church.The morning service is a traditional Christian service focused on persecution.  A talk by Wilson Chowdhry will describe the…

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Angelique Pervez a Local Christian women with a Bollywoood Dance school led a Bollywood performance at our Christmas Festival. Redbridge Easter Parade and Festival celebrates its 3rd Anniversary this year!  Although not normally a well celebrated in our usual spirit of enthusiasm we remind our readers that Jesus rose on the 3rd day, so for us at least this anniversary has significant value. Support is growing for the event and for the first time ever we were invited to speak about the event at a Ilford Town Centre Churches meeting.  All the members welcomed us and Chairman of the group…

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