Christian body seeks UN assistance to help asylum seekers
These Pakistani Christians in South and Eastern Asian countries were forced to migrate from Pakistan after facing victimization over blasphemy laws, attacks on their life and property by Muslim mobs.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of the Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), has expressed concern over the unprecedented delay shown by UNHRC offices in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong in processing applications of hundreds of Pakistani Christian asylum seekers.
“Refugees have been waiting, along with children and elders in miserable human conditions, for years for decisions on their applications,” he said.
These Pakistani Christians in South and Eastern Asian countries were forced to migrate from Pakistan after facing victimization over blasphemy laws, attacks on their life and property by Muslim mobs and gang rape.
The mass migration of Pakistani Christians started after Muslim mob attacks on Christian life and property in Gojra, Korian village and Bahimnwali village in Punjab Province in 2009. It expedited after rising cases of blasphemy law against innocent Christians in this province governed by right wing Islamist party Pakistan Muslim League.
“There are Christians from Punjab province of Pakistan, in particular, and from KPK, Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan, in general, who want to migrate from Pakistan but cannot because they are poor and unable to afford travelling funds to reach any foreign country,” he said.
Pakistani Christian waiting for decisions on their refugee status application in offices of UNHRC in Colombo, Bangkok and Hong Kong are suffering while UN and other agencies have been silent spectators.
PCC had filed a petition to UN to grant Refugee Status to Pakistani Christians, in 2009, but it was opposed by the Pakistan government and ‘their Christian tools’.
The PCC Chief appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon that cases of Pakistani Christians in Colombo, Bangkok and Hong Kong be considered on a priority for refugee status.
Nazir Bhatti also appealed to International Human Right organization to support Pakistani Christian refugee babies, children, women and elders in particular with food and shelter in Colombo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Source: Pakistan Christian Post