Pakistanis force 600 a year to convert to Islam
25/07/2006

PAKISTAN Around 600 people a year are forcibly converted to Islam [Excerpts] The same Islam that pronounces death for conversion to another religion, forces women married to Muslims to become Muslims too. Forced conversions figures reach between 500 to 600 people a year in Pakistan, although "national media report only 100 such cases" that police and the courts "treat prejudicially". This was the most significant conclusion of a meeting on "Forced Conversion of Women and Minorities Rights in Pakistan" held on 26 May in a hotel in Lahore. More than 50 human rights activists, lawyers and representatives of religious minorities from four provinces of Pakistan participated in the consultation organized by the Minority Rights Commission of Pakistan (MRC). Khaliq Shah -- MRC member -- outlined the aims of the meeting: to highlight this important issue at national level; to launch a campaign against forced conversions; to analyze the causes and to review the law. Shah, who has been researching the topic for a long time, said: "The problem is especially present among poorer and marginalized social groups". I.A. Rehman, member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said that according to the Universal declaration of Human Rights, every individual can join any faith of his choice and practice that faith freely, and no one can force him to change his belief. "From this perspective, free conversion is no problem but forced conversions should be banned; this issue must be debated," he said. "In Pakistan we do not have any law against forced conversion and converting from Islam to any other religion means death. To change this state of affairs, we must consider the issue as a struggle for democracy and invite Muslims as well to these meetings, so they can help us to better understand all points of view of the argument". Kalyan Singh, a Sikh participant said one of the toughest challenges to overcome was the "subjection of judges to Islamic clerics. Judges do not manage to deal with such cases neutrally because they are scared of the revenge of religious extremists" (http://www.asianews.it/view.php?l=en&art=6305). [TBC: This "inequity" is not surprising. Coexistence with a Muslim simply means that you will submit unto their rules. thefreepressonline reproduced this from The Berean Call, the newsletter of Dave Hunt. We recommend all Dave's books, particularly his latest on the Israeli situation and its history- Judgement Day. Every Christian home should have a copy! Alan Franklin

 
 
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