In his Easter greetings to Christians, the politician claimed that “a minority enjoys complete freedom in Lahore.” Mrs. Nageena, whose 15 year old daughter was kidnapped more than a year and a half ago: “If what happened to me happened to these politicians, would they dare say the same thing?”.
Lahore (AsiaNews) – “I was crying and pleading in front of the court, police and ministers to ask for justice for my daughter. How do you say that in Pakistan minorities enjoy complete freedom, when our daughters are not safe, they are kidnapped, forced to marry and convert to fulfill evil desires? “.
With this scream of pain, Nageena, mother of Huma Yunus, a 15 year old girl who was kidnapped on October 10, 2019, reacted to remarks made on Easter by Punjab governor Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar.
The reassurance about the protection of minorities was conveyed on Sunday during Easter celebrations promoted by the Punjab Minority Advisory Council at the governor’s residence, in the presence of minority ministers and other politicians.
Chaudhary Sarwar conveyed his wish to the entire Christian community by claiming that the PTI government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was aligned with minorities and every effort was made to ensure respect for their rights.
Speaking to the media, Governor Sarwar shared his personal experience saying: “In Britain as a Muslim, I am a minority citizen, I am aware of these kinds of problems.” He added that “unfortunately India’s neighbors have become slaughterhouses of minorities, the state sponsors terrorism and persecutes minorities, especially Muslim ones. International organizations must stop being indifferent to the suffering of Muslims in Kashmir and throughout India ”.
Minister of Minorities Ejaz Alam echoed this by claiming that all minorities living in Pakistan make their contribution to the development and prosperity of the country and are ready to make sacrifices for the defense of Pakistan. “The government – he added – and in particular Prime Minister Imran Khan, Governor Chaudhary Sarwar and regional government head Usman Buzdar, are taking the concrete steps necessary to address the problem.”
This is a picture that completely contradicts Nageena’s experience, who was also threatened with blasphemy charges for his campaign to get his daughter back. Nageena, speaking to AsiaNews said that she had not seen her daughter for more than a year and a half and for months there had not been a single moment where she did not miss her beloved daughter.
Both Nageena and her husband Yunus visited Mr. Ejaz Alam Minister of Minority Affairs for Justice and Madame Shunila Ruth, Federal Parliament Secretary for the Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Government of Pakistan, but she has no response to their plea and they have done nothing to recover their daughter.
“If that happened to her daughter – Nageena comments tearfully – would Shunila Ruth say the same that she feels more protected, safe and peaceful in Pakistan than in any other country in the world? What is the answer to these politicians about conversion and forced marriage in this country? I pray that what happened to me does not happen to other people in Pakistan ”.