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The Cry for Justice and Protection in Pakistan: A Reflection from Islamabad

A Bleak Horizon for Minorities 

As I pen these words in Islamabad, a disheartening reality looms: there seems to be no imminent provision of justice or protection for society’s marginalized groups. My community, vulnerable and often overlooked, continues to struggle under the threats of Islamic militancy.

Historically, the handling of serious accusations like rape has been mired in complexities. Prior to 2006, women in Pakistan had to provide testimony from four male witnesses to substantiate claims of rape under Islamic law, failing which they could face accusations of adultery. Similarly, the blasphemy laws in Pakistan present a dire landscape where mere allegations can lead to immediate arrests without bail or safeguard. The accusation alone, needing only one ‘reliable’ man’s word, can suffocate the accused under the weight of a biased judicial system marked by prolonged trials and frequent torture in custody.

The Weaponization of Blasphemy Laws

Blasphemy laws have transcended their purported purpose, evolving into tools for fostering religious extremism and deep-seated hostility towards minorities. These laws provide a potent means for Islamic zealots to exert their influence and often, take justice into their own hands. With an alarming rise in the number of Christians falsely accused for ulterior motives, the misuse of these laws has been widely criticized by international human rights groups, pointing to a prevalent trend of settling personal vendettas through legal manipulation.

A Colonial Legacy and Its Continued Impact

The inefficiencies of the Pakistani judicial system, deeply rooted in its British colonial past, further complicates the scenario. This historical backdrop contributes to widespread skepticism and questions regarding the judiciary’s legitimacy. Problems such as judicial delays, poor legal training, and rampant corruption are perceived as elements that enable the rich and powerful to manipulate outcomes, thus denying the average citizen timely justice.

Current Threats and Legal Intimidations 

The atmosphere surrounding ongoing blasphemy cases is intensely coercive. Legal practitioners and caretakers handling such sensitive cases face severe threats; some find ominous warnings dropped at their offices, pressuring them to withdraw their support. Moreover, the Christian population faces unique challenges regarding personal laws related to marriage, divorce, guardianship, and inheritance. When Christian women are abducted, their abductors can forcibly convert them to Islam, promptly annulling their previous marriages under non-Muslim family laws.

The Call to Action: Reject Militancy, Embrace Dialogue

Given these dire circumstances, the question arises: should we remain passive or take definitive action? For Pakistan to address its escalating security woes, a complete rejection of militancy—including groups labeled as ‘freedom fighters’—is imperative. Although dialogue has failed repeatedly, the alternative, a military intervention, seems the only viable option to dismantle forces destabilizing the nation. In the long term, fostering interfaith harmony and initiating dialogues to bridge ideological divides is crucial. However, the future remains uncertain for minorities in a country where religious sensitivity is often combustible and fraught with discord.

As the state continues to falter in its fundamental duty to protect its citizens, minorities are left to live in fear, perpetually fighting for their basic rights and survival.

**Original article from ECSPE.org**

Are you moved by the plight of Pakistan’s vulnerable communities? Stand in solidarity with them. Amplify their voices and join global efforts to advocate for justice and human rights in regions fraught with legal and ideological conflicts. Every action counts.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.
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