In Pakistan, Muslim nurses took over a church hospital at Punjab Institute for Mental Health following a controversial video uploaded against Pakistan by an unidentified person from France. Although the contents of the video were not available on any of the media sources, it had already annoyed radical Muslims including medical nurses in Pakistan.
According to media report, the Muslim nurses at the hospital were so infuriated, they took over the church and threatened their Christian colleagues with blasphemy cases if they failed to raze the church and convert to Islam.
The dispute went on for almost two weeks after which a 15-member negotiating team brokered an agreement with the help of senior doctors and Father James Chaman. The two parties agreed that there would be no further statements issued from and the parties won’t file any further complaints against each other.
It has been reported that although the two parties have reached a compromise, the police and relevant authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
Political rights activist and Huqooq-e-Khalq Movement leader Dr Ammar Ali Jan wrote on Twitter that ‘the government had failed to take action against members belonging to majority community who attacked victims belonging to a minority community. Victims were left with no choice but to compromise with the aggressors.’
In Pakistan, intimidation and persecution of religious minorities is a regular case. Christians and non-Muslims are persecuted by the state machinery under draconian blasphemy law. In Pakistan, anyone charged under blasphemy law may face death penalty or life-term imprisonment. Currently there are dozens of Christians, Ahmadis, Bahais and people of other faiths languishing in Pakistani prisons, facing the potential risk of being hanged under blasphemy law. Despite repeated calls from the international rights groups, Pakistani government shows no sign of stopping its evil practice of persecuting non-Muslims by using blasphemy law. The country also shows no respect to religious minorities.