Christians At Risk 10 02 10

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Christians At Risk 10 02 10

  1. 1. PAKISTANI CHRISTIANS AT RISK: CALL FOR A STRATEGIC RESPONSE
  2. 2. What are we facing? <ul><li>RISKS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LIFE & LIMB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROPERTIES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIVELIHOODS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HONOUR AND RESPECT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPPORTUNITIES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOCIAL FREEDOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RELIGIOUS FREEDOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ACCESS TO RESOURCES </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why are we facing RISKS? <ul><li>RISKS ARE THE EFFECTS </li></ul><ul><li>REASONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ETHNIC DIFFERENCES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOCIAL DIFFERENCES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PROFESSIONAL CAUSES </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ARE THE REASONS REALLY THE CAUSES? </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT ARE THE REAL CAUSES? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Causes and Effects <ul><li>REAL CAUSES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VIOLENT DISPOSITION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ OPPRESS-AND-PLUNDER’ MENTALITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DIFFERENCES ARE ONLY PROXY OR FRONT-END CAUSES </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HATRED, INTOLERANCE AND LUST </li></ul><ul><li>VIOLENCE IS ONLY AN EXPRESSION OF…… </li></ul><ul><li>RESULTS: ETHNIC CLEANSING, CULLING……. </li></ul>
  5. 5. WHAT ARE WE FACING? <ul><li>REAL RISK </li></ul>
  6. 6. WHAT ARE WE DEALING WITH? <ul><li>MADNESS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Severe mental, psychological, social REPULSION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enacted out as VIOLENCE </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VIRULENCE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreads rapidly without respect to prior educational and social maturity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates COMPULSIVE MOB MENTALITY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EPIDEMIC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreading and being nurtured with pride </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What to do? <ul><li>STRATEGIC RESPONSE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IMMEDIATE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RELIEF PROVIDED FOR THE AFFECTED: 3-4 MONTHS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MEDIUM TERM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CRISES RESPONSE CAPACITY FOR RELIEF FOR SIMILAR EVENTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MOUNTING COUNTER-RESPONSE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LONG TERM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PREVENTING SIMILAR EVENTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADVOCACY WITH GOVERNMENT & INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How to do it? <ul><li>1 COORDINATION COUNCIL </li></ul><ul><li>3 TASK FORCES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TF FOR GOJRA RELIEF COORDINATION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TF OR CRISIS RESPONSE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TF FOR ADVOCACY AND NEGOTIATION </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DESIGN AND DECIDE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TERMS AND DELIVERABLES FOR EACH COUNCIL & TF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MERIT-BASED COMPOSITION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PLAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IMPLEMENT </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Proposed Mandate <ul><li>Repeal of Blasphemy Law </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals for Christians in Prisons to be bailed out and cases fought </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring of Judicial Inquiry by High Court Judge and if not right condemnation to be launched </li></ul><ul><li>Media release addressed to President, PM, Chief Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue cases in courts – criminals to be punished </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate with Police/law enforcing agencies </li></ul>
  10. 10. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>Can an average Christian raise all these issues? </li></ul><ul><li>Understand our community’s situation and context? </li></ul><ul><li>Why these causes persist? Deal with causes in our own Community! </li></ul><ul><li>Put our house in order first: create UNITY among churches and Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Education is the prime focus for the long term </li></ul><ul><li>Someone has to lead this response – we have to select now </li></ul>
  11. 11. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>Churches’ Unity is mandatory </li></ul><ul><li>Reconciliation and forgiveness after violence is no solution </li></ul><ul><li>FIR: PPC 16 MPO and Terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>Talibanization process will not stop; only method has been altered – proper warfare using chemicals – organized and planned attacks </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcing agencies/police involved and supports </li></ul>
  12. 12. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>Various factions and organizations join forces </li></ul><ul><li>to kill and loot us </li></ul><ul><li>FIR lodging met with resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream political party politics should be left behind in Community’s favour </li></ul><ul><li>(Christian) People’s action addressed the crises </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Church’s role commendable </li></ul>
  13. 13. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>NOW resistance needs to be launched by </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Community </li></ul><ul><li>Strong action is needed </li></ul><ul><li>No seriousness in Pakistan political leadership on Christian Community’s issues </li></ul><ul><li>Protest is still needed even if Govt is responding </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with majority community is important </li></ul>
  14. 14. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>A Document needs to be developed and circulated with signatures of all Church heads to Government and Supreme Court for Christian Minority Community </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Force to counter Force will not solve the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Actions need to be taken to bring Christian and majority communities </li></ul><ul><li>Political leadership needs to be developed in Christians </li></ul>
  15. 15. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>As Christian Community we need to identify our strengths and use them </li></ul><ul><li>Profession-based associations of Christian professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate on those things that unite us than what divides us – common platform and strategy </li></ul><ul><li>The root of all these issues is 295 C and B </li></ul>
  16. 16. DISCUSSION AND PROPOSALS <ul><li>Support types needed: moral, healing, clothing, food and solidarity </li></ul><ul><li>Clash will not yield anything and wise steps need to be taken instead of emotional reactions </li></ul><ul><li>Long term: education and personality shaping </li></ul><ul><li>A big problem is that cases are reported v late – no PR department of any church body – media cannot quote any source </li></ul><ul><li>Protest of Christians can lead to more discrimination </li></ul>

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