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“Christian Lives Matter” Family Of Two Murdered Christian Youths Protest

Family members of two Christian boys who were shot dead by local influential people, staged a protest demanding justice and protection. The family was joined by local Christian community as well. Details emerged that on May 5, Rajish Bhatti and Naqash Bhatti were shot dead by two boys hailing from a local influential family.

This protest was staged outside the Saddar police station in Wah.  The protestors were carrying placards with slogans like:

‘Christians lives matters’, ‘Maseehi Aqlieeat ko Insaf Do’, ‘Save Christians in Pakistan’, ‘We Want Justice’ and ‘We Need Peace in Wah Cantt’.

The family of the deceased claimed that they are forced to live in fear. The family of the murderers is influential in the area. “We are living under threat and fear as the suspect is influential and still at large,” they said. They said that they had been striving to get justice. Police have not arrested the alleged murderers despite the fact that a video of this incident has been provided.

Police asserted that an FIR was registered invoking sections 324 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). It was said that suspects are on interim bail for that reason they have not been arrested so far. The police assured the protestors that swift action will be taken into this case and protection will be provided to the affected family. The mob was thus peacefully, dispersed.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.