ISLAMABAD: (Christian Times Pakistan) Christian and Muslim community both held a protest demonstration on Sunday, on 17th of March – 2019, outside Islamabad press club to express their outrage over the failure of the Pakistani authorities to deliver justice to Pakistani rape victim, Saima Iqbal, who was abducted last month and was subsequently allegedly tortured, raped and forced to convert to Islam.
Saima Iqbal, 35 years old, was allegedly abducted by Khalid Sati on the evening of the 25th of February when Naveed Iqbal, her husband, had gone to work on night shift in a call center. On his return, Mr. Naveed Iqbal found his wife was missing.
A complaint was lodged in a police station “Khanna pul” on the 26th of February. The police did not register First Information Report (FIR) until the 1st of March until Mr. Iqbal threatened the police that he would set himself on fire. The police recovered Saima Iqbal from the custody of the accused on the 5th of March. Iqbal, though, learnt from the police that his wife had converted to Islam and had married the accused.
“My wife has been raped and forced to convert to Islam and marry the accused”, Iqbal told Sheraz Khan, Founder and Chief Executive of International Minorities Concern, a UK based advocacy group for minority rights.
Iqbal shared the ordeal of his wife by uploading a video message on social media. A day after the video went viral Iqbal managed to collect his wife from a government run shelter for women.
The local Christians and Muslims staged a protest demonstration on Sunday to appeal to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief Justice of Pakistan to give justice to Saima Iqbal. Christian and Muslim leaders uttered their dismay at the continuing indifference of the authorities and called for justice for Saima Iqbal.
I urge Christian men and women around the world to help me get out of this. I love my wife. We have been married for 15 years, said Iqbal in a message he shared.
“I would like you to help me in any way, shape or form. Is it my fault that I am a Christian who loves his wife and who loves me too? This is impacting negatively on my children. What is their fault? Please help me and my wife in the name of Jesus Christ”, said Iqbal.
Iqbal in his message said: “I have had offers from some people, who said, they could give us shelter. I don’t know what I do. I don’t know to whom I should trust. Saima is still not herself. She doesn’t come across as the person I have known all these years. This is because of the pain, the torture and the suffering she has had to go through.”
“Saima immediately needs psychotherapy. She needs counseling. She is probably suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I do not have resources to get her the psychiatric treatment she needs.” said Iqbal.
“Imran Khan during his election campaign cited numerous examples of freedom, equality, justice and fairness in the west and promised the people of Pakistan including its minority citizens that justice and fair play will reign if he is given a chance to rule the country.”
Now is the time to take more steps to prove that Prime Minister Pakistan is in favor of entire minorities of Pakistan.
Question: “When will the Christians and other minorities of Pakistan be given their equal rights?”
We as Christian Times Team request to Government of Pakistan to take rapid action against this incident because the minorities expects so much from the government in Naya Pakistan.