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Christians in Pakistan facing starvation for refusing to convert to Islam

Christina Douglass-Williams

Jihad Watch reported at the beginning of this month that Saylani Welfare International Trust in Karachi was denying food aid to poor Hindus and Christians amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The reason for this is that Zakat, Islamic alms giving (one of Islam’s five pillars), is reserved for Muslims.” Then came the report that Christians and Hindus were only allowed food rations if they converted to Islam. And now, this report indicates that Christians and Hindus are facing starvation because they refuse to convert to Islam

Saylani Welfare International Trust continues to refuse to “distribute food among Christians and Hindus.” The reason: “religious minorities were excluded from aid under Sharia law, the strict interpretation of Islam.”

Such is the bigotry and cruelty of Sharia, about which the mainstream media refuses to report. If Muslims were being denied rations because they were Muslim by a Christian organization in any Western country, which never would or should happen, that organization would be shut down and made an international example of in the news.

“Pakistan Christians Starving for Not Embracing Islam,” by Stefan J. Bos, Bos News Life, April 20, 2020:

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– Christians and other minorities in Pakistan face starvation as they are denied food aid for refusing to convert to Islam, aid workers say. The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE) confirmed that authorities and government-backed groups refuse to provide relief to non-Muslims despite a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Islamic foundations that are well-funded by Pakistan’s government force them to embrace Islam. Otherwise, they cannot receive aid during this coronavirus pandemic,” said ECSPE’s co-founder Farrukh Saif. Islam is the dominant religion in Pakistan. “Especially Christians and Hindus face extreme discrimination in Pakistan,” Saif told BosNewsLife.

Teams of ECSPE, a US-based aid group working in Pakistan, reported incidents in Karachi and other parts of the country, Saif added. In one of the latest known episodes, more than 100 Christian families from Sandha Kalan village in Kasur district of Pakistan’s Punjab province did not receive food aid, according to Christian aid workers, familiar with the situation. A cleric at the local mosque decided on April 5 that the food aid would be only for Muslim families, Christians said.

Separately, video footage posted on social media purportedly showed how Christians were denied food aid on April 2 in a Raiwind Road village, near Lahore. Christians were reportedly forced to leave the mosque compound as the food aid was for Muslims.

Saif confirmed to BosNewsLife that ECSPE learned that one of the Islamic groups involved in aid distribution, Saylani Welfare International Trust, refused to distribute food among Christians and Hindus. The Trust reportedly claimed that religious minorities were excluded from aid under Sharia law, the strict interpretation of Islam.

MINORITIES MISERY

The tensions come while most of Pakistan has been placed on lockdown since March 21 as authorities seek to slow the spread of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Saif stressed that the national lockdown and food denials added to the suffering of the mainly impoverished Christians and other minorities.

“Some 70 percent of the Christians scrape by with hard labor on their daily wages,” he explained. “They now face a dire situation where they cannot even afford to fulfill the basic needs of their families. The only option for food is if they accept Islam.”

Nearly half of Pakistan’s total population of almost 234 million live below the poverty line, earning most of their income through daily labor jobs, according to aid groups. Saif and other Christian aid workers warn that the national lockdown has cut off many of these workers from earning daily wages and that reports of starvation are already circulating.

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