Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pakistani Christian family persecution in sri Lanka



http://www.christianpost.com/news/pakistani-christian-family-in-hiding-pleads-for-un-help-fears-for-lives-108210/

BY STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
November 6, 2013|8:16 pm

A Pakistani Christian family currently in hiding and living in poor condition in Sri Lanka are pleading with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to grant them refugee status, as they fear they might be killed if they are brought back to Pakistan.
"We need help," 29-year old Sadia Khan directly stated to The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday. "We are now seven months in hiding."
Khan, along with her 11-year-old sister Amala, and their mother, converted to Christianity in Pakistan several years ago. She then began writing a book about terrorism, and according to investigative work she carried out, she found out that allegedly several Pakistani generals and security officials have been supportive of terrorist activities.
The Christian family fled to Sri Lanka in January 2012 after fearing their lives might be in danger, and Sadia was accused of being a spy for India by the Sri Lankan government, who reported her in every police station as a wanted high profile criminal. In Sri Lanka, however, they were held under detention for a month, and had their passports and other possessions confiscated.
In April, they left detention and have been in hiding in Sri Lanka ever since, afraid that they might face the death penalty if brought back to Pakistan.
"After seven months of exhausting hiding my mother left us and once again begged UNHCR to give us asylum," Khan explained to CP.
"She came back empty handed to the empty house which we had left due to the fear of being caught. Now separated from our mother we live in a different location and everyday fear death."

The family hope that UNHCR will finally take up their cause and help them find asylum, but so far they say they haven't received much hope that the international agency will take action.
"We are so helpless, I can't explain (how much.) Can you imagine, two governments are after us," Khan concluded.
The sisters have written about their ordeal on several blogs, hoping to raise awareness for their cause and get the U.N.'s attention.

Google + community with over 250 members has also been set up in their support under the title "Save the Life of Two Blogger Sisters."

"If we get arrested they will definitely kill us as they do not have any proof against us. They will not hold any trial against us, as UNHCR, human rights groups, including Amnesty International, know about these charges and will follow the trial. Sri Lankan authorities will secretly kill us as they cannot prove anything against us," Sadia Khan wrote in a letter addressed to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Of Army Staff Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Persecution watchdog group Open Doors ranked Pakistan at number 14 on their 2013 World Watch List of worst persecutors of Christians.

"Christians are caught between Islamic militant organizations, an Islamizing culture and a weak government with a military complicit in fuelling Islamic militants," Open Doors wrote about Pakistan, and brought up other cases of blasphemy that are often used to try and suppress religious freedom.

"Many persecuted Christians are uneducated manual workers who suffer unfair treatment from employers. Muslim men continue to sexually assault underage Christian girls. Opening a new church building is virtually impossible and emigration of Christians continues."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Brief story of Pakistani blogger trapped in Sri lanka by Pakistan



We converted to Christianity.

I was writing a book on terrorism, some people who came to know about this wanted to kill me. I fled to Sri Lanka along with my mother and my little sister on 1st January 2012.

We got registered with UNHCR.

I wrote about sensitive issues involving Pakistan security forces on my website with an anonymous name of Khizra and remained safe for 1 year.

Over estimating the protection of UNHCR in 2013 I started writing with my own name and disclosed everything about myself.

Pakistan ISI immediately contacted friendly Sri lankan Government to trap us.

They kept us in illegal detention for 1 month.

We came to know that SIS head and CID special team was investigating about us.
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I was declared an Indian spy.

Our passports and everything we had was confiscated
We fled from the detention center and ever since live in hiding
UNHCR refused to give us asylum as Sr Lankan Government declared me a criminal.

We are enlisted in all the police Stations in Sri Lanka as wanted high profile criminals.

I wrote an open letter to President of Sri Lanka and the chief Justice of Sri Lanka to help me but to no avail.

After fleeing from the detention I contacted Pakistan High commission and ask them to help me.

They agreed with me that I was innocent and wanted to help me. They contacted the higher authorities in Pakistan who refused to forgive me.

After that Pakistan High Commission only tried to convince me to pay a visit to the Embassy they also tried to trace my location but due to the use of Blackberry could not trace me

We started a campaign on social media (google plus facebook) to save our life and have many supporters all over the world.

During this time we kept begging UNHCR to give us asylum but they refused due to the Sri Lankan Government involvement.

I wrote to Sri Lankan newspapers but they were too scared to publish my story.

I wrote an open letter in Pakistan daily times to General Kayani and PM Nawaz Sharif to help me but to no avail. It got published in September 30, 20 13 but was later removed from the internet.  http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C09%5C30%5Cstory_30-9-2013_pg7_10#.UlFxZfibtTg.blogger,

In a desperate effort to save our life I cut my self very badly and put it on YouTube, no one helped.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSUtMihkmP4&list=PLnAl-1oS_vdbzklheV7Vi1EdScK4gJi_x

My mother left from hiding and went to UNHCR to beg them once again to have mercy on us and save our life. We left the place due to the fear of authorities. that was the last time we saw her. 

Now We are extremely exhausted with 7 months of hiding and with the fruitless efforts to live....
Finally Our night mare came to an end, On November 27, 2013 UNHCR  gave me asylum. 3 months later my mother and my little sister also got refugee status.
We are still in Sri Lanka and want to move to our new country as soon as possible.

Monday, November 11, 2013

CHOGM 2013 WHAT ABOUT THIS BLEEDING PAKISTANI BLOGGER IN SRI LANKA



I AM SADIA KHAN, A CONVERTED CHRISTIAN. I WROTE ABOUT THE ATROCITIES OF PAK SECURITY FORCES AND FLED TO SRI LANKA TO SAVE MY LIFE. I GOT REGISTERED WITH UNHCR SRI LANKA AND CONTINUED WRITING, OVERESTIMATING THE PROTECTION OF UNHCR I STARTED WRITING WITH MY OWN NAME AND DISCLOSED MY IDENTITY. PAKISTAN IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED FRIENDLY RAJAPAKSA GOVT. THEY KEPT US IN ILLEGAL DETENTION FOR ! MONTH.
WE CAME TO KNOW THAT SIS HEAD AND SPECIAL CID TEAM WAS AFTER US
OUR HOUSE WAS SEALED.
I WAS DECLARED AN INDIAN SPY
WE FLED FROM THE DETENTION AND EVER SINCE LIVE IN HIDING
INHUMAN SRI LANKAN GOVT HAS REGISTERED ME IN ALL THE POLICE STATIONS AS A WANTED HIGH PROFILE CRIMINAL.
I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH PAK HIGH COMMISSION IN SRI LANKA AND REQUESTED THEM TO ASK SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES TO REMOVE THEIR FALSE CHARGES FROM ME. I BEGGED THEM TO ASK SRI LANKAN AUTHORITIES TO RETURN OUR CONFISCATED PASSPORTS BUT TO NO AVAIL.THEY REFUSED TO HELP ME.
UNHCR HAS FLED FROM THE SCENE THEY WANT THEIR OFFICE TO GO ON IN SRI LANKA. THEY DON'T MIND SACRIFICING US.
PLEASE HELP ME AND TAKE US OUT FROM THIS LIVING HELL OF INJUSTICE.
I CUT MYSELF TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT ME AND HELP ME. WILL MY BLOOD AND THE TEARS OF MY LITTLE SISTER AND MY MOTHER SAVE US.