Pakistan Minorities Rights Organisation (PMRO UK) held a seminar at a Nottingham church on Sunday 31st July to discuss the on-going issues that are affecting Pakistani Christians in Pakistan and other parts of the world.
The purpose of the seminar, led by PMRO UK Chairman, Asif Mall was to help mobilise the Pakistani Christian community, especially to those in the UK, and create awareness of what PMRO are doing for those suffering in Pakistan due to their faith.
In order to tackle and improve this issue, the organisation aims to reach out to other leaders and groups to encourage collaboration, which will enable a stronger voice and create better lives for those in Pakistan and elsewhere.
Pakistani Christians are suffering in a number of places, many seek refuge in places like Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, but at present these places are not hospitable to them. PMRO are actively looking into various parts of the world where their people can seek asylum for better a better future, and have found that countries such as Brazil and Chile are amongst the most accommodating.
PMRO UK Chairman, Asif Mall, said: “Pakistani Blasphemy law is unjust law it’s the source of huge amounts of persecution, not just Christians but Ahmadis, Hindus and others. I think that in a civilised world like the one we live in today, it’s unacceptable to carry on with a law like that, more than anything else its bringing a bad name to Pakistan.”
“As Pakistani Christians, we love Pakistan and we want it to prosper and to have a good name in the international community and I sincerely believe that blasphemy law is a big hurdle in the way of that and I think the sooner we get rid of it the better.”
He added: “As a message to the Muslim community in Pakistan and as the Chairman for PMRO is that they are like our old brothers, we are not enemies, we love them and we want to live in peace and harmony with them.
“They need to work with us and we need to work with them to marginalise those extremist elements within our communities, so that we can all have a peaceful environment and co-existence, which will lead to a stronger and prosperous Pakistan.”
People can keep in touch with the organisation through discussion on their Facebook page: PMRO UK.