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Shahzad & Shama

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Opened on November 06, 2014

Justice for Shahzad and Shama

On 4th November 2014, a Christian couple Shahzad Masih (26 yrs)  and Shama Bibi (24 yrs) were beaten, tortured and burned alive in the fiery furnace of a brick kiln -while those baying for their blood screamed praises to Allah.

The incident occurred after Muslim accusers led by Muslim landowner Yousaf Gujjar alleged Shama had burnt the Koran.  He then sent men to three mosques in neighbouring towns, while he tried to coerce money out of the couple who he had locked in a room on his land.

Eventually in response to local Mosques preaching hatred over their loud speakers, a mob of over 300 Muslims gathered outside the locked room.  They climbed the roof of the building and entered through the straw roof.  They then beat the couple with sharp and hard implements, stripped them naked while they goaded them and finally burnt then alive in the kiln - when they could no longer stand due to their fractured bones.

We call on the Government of Pakistan to;

  • Ensure the impunity for hate attacks against minorities stops by guaranteeing that perpetrators are convicted.  In previous similar incidents the attackers have been set free after a short period in remand. 
  • Abrogate the biased blasphemy laws of Pakistan that have been used as a tool for discrimination against minorities and to settle personal vendettas or to steal another's possessions.
  • Legislate against any mosque that ever incites hate attacks through preaching murder over a loudspeaker.
  • Develop policies and practices and a new enforcement body to concertedly Implement 1992 Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act, bringing freedom to the estimated 12 million  yoked under modern day slavery in Pakistan

We call on Western nations/bodies providing aid to Pakistan to terminate subsidies, until the nation improves its extremely poor human rights record.

Petition by Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association

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The BPCA have initiated a benevolent fund for the family of Shahzad and Shama, if you would like to contribute, please follow this link:

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