The Pakistan Christian Post reports that Claude Moraes, a member of the European Parliament, has declared that “the suppression of individual’s freedom to practice their religion is a violation of human rights and breach the fundamental ideals of democracy.” The report here is a bit unclear, but it indicates that at least a few people in Europe are beginning to notice the realities of dhimmitude.
Moraes “has requested the European Commission to take notice of the situation in Pakistan.” He asks that “non Muslims in Pakistan be exempted from the Shariah Law adopted in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan,” and “has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Commission in order to press the matter.”
Also, “the European Commission during its recent visit to Pakistan in October has raised Human Rights issues with Pakistani authorities. The European Commission has called for more protection for Christians and members of other minorities in Pakistan.”
Another European Parliament member, Glenys Kinnock, “said that the European Union is very much aware of incidents occurred over the past two years, in particular, [s]he mentioned the attack on the office of Idara-e-Amn-o-Insaf (a Christian NGO working for Justice and peace in Karachi), the killing of worshipers at churches in Bahawalpur and Islamabad, and atrocities committed against Christian institutions in Muree and Texala.”
Not only that: “the EU has reiterated its concern about the blasphemy laws, and continue to call on the Government of Pakistan to take all possible measures to prevent the abuse of the blasphemy laws, and those accused under these laws should be provided protection.”
Even Jack Straw “has supported the campaign against Shariah Law by saying ‘we have taken action on this issue with our EU colleagues, as well as raising it repeatedly in both official and ministerial level contact with the Pakistanis.'”
Says Nasir Saeed of the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS): “We believe that every human being in the world should be respected, and able to enjoy full human and fundamental rights.”
Since the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan adopted the Sharia, Saeed “has been campaigning to get the religious minorities exempted from Shariah law in Pakistan, and get the blasphemy law abolished, which has mandatory death penalty. He told that he has received a very positive response from the Members of the European Parliament. The EU has asked the Government of Pakistan to guarantee fully the fundamental rights of all Pakistani citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, such as women, children and religious minorities. He said he would continue to take every appropriate opportunity and forum to urge Pakistani Government to pursue laws and practices, which foster tolerance and mutual respect, and to protect religious minorities against discrimination and intimidation and attacks.”