» 07/08/2010, 00.00
Punjab soup kitchen forbidden to Christians
The service of cheap meals for the poor is widespread throughout the region and is sponsored by local authorities. In the district of Toba Tek Singh, the organizers of the kiosks, however, discriminate against Christians and claim that the canteen is only for Muslims. Moderate Islamic leaders condemn the incident and invited local authorities to take action.
Christian students in Pakistan are victims of violence and discrimination
Minorities Concern of Pakistan denounces a climate of intolerance and exclusion in the classroom. Most of the violations are committed in government institutions, due to a "fragile" system that associates Pakistan to a "Muslims-only country”. An association of teachers demands action from the Chief Justice against the Federal Ministry of Education.
Punjab government not meeting minority quota requirements, says Justice and Peace Commission
An ad by the Institute of Cardiology is the latest example of non-compliance with regards to the 5 per cent quota for non-Muslims, as the latter are guaranteed openings for low-paying menial jobs. Justice and Peace Commission calls on minister in charge to act. Christian activist bemoans the failure to enforce the law.
After years of torture at the hands of his Muslim landlord, he quits and is murdered
Punjab: after 10 years of work for a landlord who beat him and his family, Sadiq Masih quits; but his employer is unforgiving. The victim’s lawyer warns: Sadiq’s assassins are now threatening his entire family and those who help organise his funeral.
Christian families flee Punjab in wake of presumed blasphemy case
Accusations against a social activist for having marked the Koran with ink and chewing gum. Rival politics within the Christian community at root of case. Protests force accused family to flee village.
Kidnapped Christian girls, forced to convert and marry Muslims: difficulties for the return of one
Saba and Anila Younas, both Christian, were abducted June 16 by a group of Muslims, and forced to marry and convert to Islam. A doctor’s report establishes that the eldest is 16 years old and thus capable of marriage. Their lawyer announces a legal battle: we will bring it to the Supreme Court.
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