Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pakistani Christian asylum seekers on mercy of NGO,s and Churches in Bangkok

Karachi: February 13, 2015. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have expressed grave concern on substandard polices of UNHCR on providing humanitarian aid to refugees of Palestinian, Syrian, Burmese, Egyptian, Libyan, Afghan, Iranian and Muslims from many other countries but completely ignoring any food, shelter and medical assistance to thousands of Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, in a press note issued here today from Central Secretariat of PCC.

More than 9,000 Pakistani Christian children, women, men and senior citizens are facing human issues without any shelter, food and medical assistance by UNHCR while same situation is faced by more than 5,000 Pakistani Christians refugees in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

Many Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka are seriously ill but UNHCR is denying them any medical assistance which have raised questions on International Red Cross and UHHCR.

International Red Cross and UNHCR provide all sorts of humanitarian assistance to Muslim refugees of many countries but silent on needs of Pakistani Christian refugees in South Asia and South East Asian countries from years.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “Pakistani Christians are fleeing from homeland after their genocide by Muslim majority and rising violence against them on pretext to blasphemy and other Islamic Sharia law; they are not economic migrants like Muslims refugees from Muslim states”

The Pakistani Christian refugees are forced to beg to different local non-governmental organizations and Churches in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and in Hong Kong for shelter, food and medical support which is not sufficient and their children are unable to go to schools.

On one hand government of Pakistan is sending their Christian tools in parliament and Churches to Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysia to collect information’s of Pakistani Christian refugees and pressing upon relevant governments to harass them and deport them to Pakistan. 

According to PCP reports, on February 8, 2015, Pakistani Christian refugees gathered in Avana Hotel Bangkok which was organized by The Urdu Church in Hands of God headed by Pastor Papa Thongchai and appealed UNHCR to provide them humanitarian aid according to UN Charter. 

The Pakistani Christian refugees also appealed to USA, Canada, Holland, France, Germany, UK, Italia, Denmark, Sweden and Australia to open their doors for persecuted Pakistani Christian refugees as they provided human rights to Muslim refugees.

PCC Chief urged UNHCR and IRC to provide humanitarian aid to Pakistani Christian refugees in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Hong Kong and expedite hearing of their asylum cases according to timeframe of refugee commission charter.

Nazir Bhatti appreciated support by Farrukh Saif Foundation and other NGO and Churches but appealed other International relief groups to step forward also to provide medical assistance to serious patients and education for children of Pakistani Christian refugees.