Pakistan Christian Students, Hostel Head Expelled Over Blasphemy

Monday, February 23, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Jawad Mazhar, Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

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Christian students have been expelled from 'Fatima Memorial Hospital College of Medicine and Dentistry' (FMHCMD).
LAHORE, PAKISTAN (Worthy  News) -- The Christian head of a hostel and two Christian students from a nearby medical college in Pakistan's Punjab province  have been expelled after Islamic  extremists wanted to kill them on "false" charges of "desecrating the Koran", seen as a holy book by Muslims, Worthy News established Monday, February 23.

The Christian hostel warden Martha was dismissed and two fellow Christian nursing students, Ammara and Sittara, expelled from ‘Fatima Memorial Hospital College of Medicine and Dentistry’ (FMHCMD) in Shadman town, part of the provincial capital Lahore, officials said. They only identified their first names, apparently for security concerns.

The three women were forced to leave last week, February 13, "because the students had hung a picture of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in their hostel room who they deeply love," confirmed Christian provincial legislator Tahir Naveed Chaudhary, who also is a regional leader of advocacy group All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA).

Chaudhary said that picture "displeased their Muslim room mates because Muslims believe that angels carrying blessings of Allah, the god of Muslims, do not allow pictures or images of living things."

"NON-LIVING THINGS"

Islam, "does allow decorating homes with flowers or pictures of non-living things," Chaudhary told Worthy News and its partner news agency BosNewsLife. Encouraged by college officials, Muslim students "ripped apart" the Jesus picture "and abused Christ," the legislator said.

The picture, "which was hung with great devotion by both Christian nursing students, was torn and thrown through the window into the garbage on the ground floor," Chaudhary explained.

Soon after, Islamic extremists and Muslim students from FMHCMD reportedly took to the streets, demanding that both students be executed "in front of the masses in broad day light."

The mob turned against the Christian hostel warden when she tried to stop them. The women managed to escape, but were fired by the College administration, Chaudhary and other sources said.

"FAKE ACCUSATIONS"

Muslim officials apparently denied the picture of Jesus Christ was the main reason for the dismissal. Instead, officials and other "fanatic Muslim accusers" came with "fake accusations" that the three women tore a page printed with Koranic verses and threw that into a trash can, Christians said.

Local Muslims have reportedly been unable to produce that page before media or authorities. The case has underscored concerns among rights groups that Pakistan's controversial blasphemy laws are being misused against minorities, including Christians.

Chaudhary said that calm has returned due to "relentless efforts" by him and allies, but he declined to say whether the women would be able to return. APMA chief and Pakistan's Christian Minister for Minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, refused to answer phone calls.

Bhatti has come under mounting pressure to use his ministerial position to tackle blasphemy laws, under which minority Christians have been jailed and prosecuted in several parts of Pakistan.

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3 thoughts on “Pakistan Christian Students, Hostel Head Expelled Over Blasphemy

  1. Praying!

    "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12

    Oh LORD Bless Your Daughters

    "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;" Hebrews 11:25

    And Save The Muslim Blinded By The Evil One

    "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:4

    Thank You Jesus For Answered Prayers. I Adore You Father God

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

    Bless You My KING, My Redeemer. My LORD

    Hallelujah!
    In Jesus
    Amen!
    Love
    Joe

  2. We are praying for the Pakistani nation particularly for the nation of Christ who is suffering in Pakistan. This story tells us the persecution is also found in Big cities of Pakistan and imagain how much suffering and persecuation are in villages where almost 60% Christians abide.. Our leaders are just so-called leaders. They even cannot do any single work for the miniorities rights since taking the oath last year. They should leave the minister office and start protest. May God save us from the every ill-will of satanic mind people.

    Nadeem Gill
    Pakpattan

    • Amen!

      " Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me."
      "Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men."
      "For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD."
      "They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold."
      "Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah."
      "They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city."
      "Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?"
      "But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision."
      "Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence." Psalms 59:1-9

      Praying!

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