Petition calls on the United Nations to recognise the rights of non-Muslims and non-believers in Pakistan

AS PAKISTAN prepares for a general election this Saturday, a petition has been set up calling on the Secretary-General of the United Nation to recognise an International Day Against State Religion on August 11, 2013 “in solidarity with victims of the State Religion, namely, non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan”.

The petition says that:

The life of non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan is as good as hell thanks to the ‘state religion’ of Pakistan.

It adds that Mr M A Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, said in his first presidential address to the constituent assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, that religion “has nothing to do with the business of the state” – but none of the members of the Pakistan parliament has ever heeded his words.

The petition urges the UN to come to the help of the victims of the state religion in Pakistan as well as around the globe.

Meanwhile, the run-up to Saturday’s election has turned out to be one of the bloodiest in Pakistan’s history.

This man was injured in a bomb blast during an election campaign rally of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam religious party on May 6. Photo: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

This man was injured in a bomb blast during an election campaign rally of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam religious party on May 6. Photo: REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

According to this report, Taliban militants have carried out almost daily bomb attacks on political offices, public rallies and other events connected to the elections.  The nation-wide violence has left dozens of people dead including several candidates and has effectively prevented many key politicians from openly campaigning.

Today, the son of former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was taken hostage by gunmen during a political rally in his home area of Multan.  Amid a spray of gunfire, unidentified men on motorbikes sped up to the rally and kidnapped Ali Haider Gilani, who was addressing his supporters.

Here the Taliban is quoted as saying that they are only targeting “secular” parties and that elections can:

Only serve the interests of infidels and enemies of Islam. 

The former ruling Pakistan Peoples Party or PPP along with its coalition partners, namely the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Muttahida Qaumai Movement (MQM), have borne the brunt of the Taliban attacks.

The three secular parties are staunchly opposed to the Islamist militancy. They had backed the army’s actions to clear Pakistan’s volatile northwest of the Taliban.

Senator Farhatullah Babar of the former ruling party says Taliban attacks have severely hampered the three parties from campaigning and it could hurt them at the polls. He said:

This is the first election in Pakistan in which the progressive, liberal and democratic parties have been publicly threatened by the militants and extremists that they will not be allowed to participate in the electioneering. And the field is open for all other political parties but for these three political parties.

The violence against the largely secular Pakistani parties is seen by many as benefiting their rivals from right-wing political and religious groups known for being sympathetic to the conservative Islamic forces. But  a  spokesman for the religious-based party, Jan Achakzai, rejects claims that his party is benefiting from the violence, and he  blames the violence on the what he says is the failure of the secular parties to fight corruption.


47 responses to “Petition calls on the United Nations to recognise the rights of non-Muslims and non-believers in Pakistan”

  1. Amir Kashani says:

    please help non-believers to survive.

  2. Saima Baig says:

    Rights of non-muslims and non-believers have to be respected!

  3. Cordt Holland says:

    I am calling on the Secretary-General of the United Nation to recognize an International Day Against State Religion on August 11, 2013 “in solidarity with victims of the State Religion, namely, non-Muslims and non-believers of Pakistan”.

  4. Mitchell says:

    Challenging Authority is not a Crime. If you cannot defend religious positions non-violently, then why hold them?

  5. I am an ex-muslim from a shiite family. My parents were killed by sunnis in coldblood. So if anything, I have seen what sectarian violence does.

    Allthough I may not be a muslim anymore, I would never in my life support the harm off sunnis or shiites on the basis of their religion.

    Neither would I do so for christians, atheists, sikhs or hindus. It’s unbelievable how people can go so far. We need love and trust. Something only we humans can create. So stop this violence and see eachother’s similarities!

  6. Michael Gallant says:

    It is extremely important for the world to begin to move foreward, away from religious tyranny. Every human, regardless of their religion or lack of religion, deserves the right to freedom and safety.

  7. Larry Black says:

    People of any faith and non believers should be equal citizens.

  8. Olga Marska says:

    I support this petition

  9. Emily Jacobs says:

    We need to see this in every country

  10. Perla Z. says:

    Beyond everything we are all the same, simple and free human beings

  11. Ciaran Millward says:

    It’s time for change

  12. Peter Grima says:

    We are one people.

  13. Berkan Selcuk says:

    No death of innocent people

  14. Stefan Vassalos says:

    Please send a message and use your moral authority to fight for secularism, justice and liberty.

  15. Chris Hope says:

    The importance of the freedom to practice your religion is just as important as the right to be free from religion.

  16. Sinead Finn says:

    The state and religion should always be two separate identities.
    The rights of the non-religious should be up held to the same degree as the religious.

  17. R Hasan says:

    In support of this petition

  18. Mohamad Abla says:

    I see this is posted under “Islamic Atrocities”, I’m wondering since this is British website, aren’t the new drone attacks administered from homeland UK considered atrocities? 🙂

  19. Jennifer Allen says:

    Human rights apply to ALL!

  20. David Anderson says:

    The United Nations, a complete waste of time, money, and effort. The British Commonwealth of Nations a complete shame.

  21. Matt Westwood says:

    It was only a matter of time before Pakistan was going to implode like this. Shame, as a nation it had such promise. But then the assassination of the irreplaceable Beni Bhutto was the turning point.

    Batten down the hatches folks, don’t catch the eye of any fascist rag-head and just wait till they’ve all killed each other.

  22. Sean says:

    I really don’t think I’m being overly cynical when I say that this is a complete waste of time. My impression is that there is 0% chance that Pakistan would listen to calls to stop persecuting infidels. In fact, it would likely have the opposite effect. Unfortunately, the only effective response to these sorts of countries is a measured threat when you really need to dissuade them against pursuing a policy or behaviour that effects you.

  23. Amanda Lee says:

    This is not about what we look like…it’s who we are.

  24. Dale Watkins says:

    Let all vote.

  25. 1859 says:

    @ Matt W . You’re right Matt about the implode – the biggest worry the West has is Pakistan’s nuclear weapons – if they should ever fall into the hands of the Taliban or their ilk, then holy shit we’re in for trouble. Imagine what Isreal would do? Or India?

  26. Arun says:

    I’m an Indian, and am aware of the pathetic human rights situation of non-Muslim population of Pakistan. This group mostly comprises of Hindus, Sikhs (Punjabis), certain muslim sects that don’t follow Mo. Forget the minorities for a moment, Shias are blown to pieces like target pumpkins on a daily basis, and a Sunni dominated Government, Law & Order and Administration system.
    It will be naïve of the Global democracies if they do not acknowledge & act upon this systematic Ethnic Cleansing of Pakistan. This has stepped up over the past decade, giving rise to the Pakistan Taliban hardliners who take pride in the daily bombings of secular party pre-election rallies and Pakistan’s Minorities’ assets. India is looking on for signs of total Government paralysis as the Islamic fundamentalists Pak Talib have laid seige to over 57% of rural & tribal Pakistan. Over the past year and a half, Pak’s average civilian death rate stands at an inhuman 40 per day. India will need to take preventive actions as refugee influx will certainly hamper the currently-recuperating economy.
    I just wonder, all this inspired by a couple Holy Books. Shouldn’t good sense prevail? Shouldn’t the ‘extreme verses’ been edited by those numerous ‘saints’ who’ve rallied for Islam?? Just edit it, forget abt the edits and move on. Sounds tough??

  27. Canada Dave says:

    @ Saima Baig…you noted
    “Rights of non-muslims and non-believers have to be respected!”

    One of the basic pillars of Islam is that non believers are unworthy of life …how would you expect to be treated when Islamic core belief says you are worthless of life itself?

    Followers of Islam are simply keeping in step with the Koran….as stupid as it may be it what their faith is all about….you deserve no respect in their eyes and will get none……you will only obtain respect in the eyes of rational thinkers ….it is best then to avoid the followers of Mohamed.

    This from the Koran
    ” 2:114 Allah will make disbelievers’ lives miserable in this world and torture them forever after they die.”

  28. Canada Dave says:

    @Mohamad Abla

    Any form of activity, be it covert or blatant military, is not considered an atrocity if, in the end, the result will be the death of as many Taliban Islamic adherents as possible.

  29. DW Barnhard says:

    Islam has never had a reformation as Christianity did, that is the fundamental problem. Inherently it is no more exclusive or violent then the other two world faiths that emerged from that part of the world.
    I think that we should have a universal declaration of human rights that as human societies evolve we can have the political entities they inhabit support them.
    Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India are a long way from that.

  30. barriejohn says:

    Canada Dave: Such activities might well be considered not to be atrocities, but they damned well are – and in what way, precisely, do they make us in the West more secure, which, after all, was the supposed object of our foray into Afghanistan?

  31. Keep says:
    This was not picked up by any western news channel
    Two sikhs were beheaded in Pakistan for refusing to convert to islam.

  32. Melanie Penn says:

    Islam is all about peace, peace between different people, races and religion. However what is going on and the closing of this page does not represent this. Extremists are a minority who believe what they believe. Keep this page open for the majority who are accepting of everyone.

  33. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Islam is all about peace

    Have you ever read the koran?

  34. vidar says:

    A dream of an impossible heaven causing an actual hell on earth, seems this will always be the case with beliefs that reject the actuality of reality.

  35. Marky Mark says:

    Just another group of sociopaths using religion to satisfy their thirst for blood. By invoking their deity for this insane violence it becomes more acceptable to their other non-violent followers. And there lies the problem, if the non-violent followers would not support the crazies in their religion this stuff would end…and I mean the crazies in ALL religions.

  36. Canada Dave says:


    When one is at war, in this case with militant Islam, it is difficult to define atrocity.

    “and in what way, precisely, do they make us in the West more secure,”

    The Taliban are the militant arm of the the Islamic faith and the less of them there are the better off we all will be…that is how it will make us more secure.

    The manner in which they are sent to their virgins in the sky is simply a mater of semantics.

  37. barriejohn says:

    Canada Dave: Quite apart from the moral argument, the use of drones is acting as a recruiting tool for the Taliban, so their numbers are INCREASING, and we are also alienating what friends we might have had in that region. Wiping out the Taliban is a fantasy, and we are going to wind up negotiating with them in any case. How people whose sons and daughters have died in this so-called “war on terror” are going to feel then is anyone’s guess!

  38. Lazy Susan says:

    Well, I’m going to draw Mohammed this year. I don’t particularly want to draw him at all, or to draw him in an explicitly insulting way, but I do want to state that I have the freedom to do so in this country, and as far as I can see it’s a use-it-or-lose-it situation. Not sure where to show the drawing though.

  39. jay says:

    The Pentagon has a delightfully clean phrase, “unidentified extremists” in their kill counts. We don’t know who they are but they must be extremists because we killed them

  40. Canada Dave says:

    and we are going to wind up negotiating with them in any case.”

    When you negotiate staring down the barrel of a AK47 you cannot help but to come out with the short end of the stick.
    The Islamists showed how willing they are to come to the negotiating table on September 11, 2001.

    “How people whose sons and daughters have died in this so-called “war on terror” are going to feel then is anyone’s guess!”

    Yes quite ….how will the mothers and fathers of those on this list feel.

  41. Matt Westwood says:

    @Canada Dave: Yeah, but with all “due” “respect”, those pics are of squaddies. By definition, they volunteered to enter into a career whose very purpose is to kill people. Nobody ought to cry tears over the death of shitheads like that.

  42. Angela_K says:

    And on the wireless this morning news of Polling Stations being bombed in Pakistan, in particular Women’s Polling Stations and a declaration from the muslim nutters that democracy is unislamic. Par for the course from this vile ideology.

  43. Lazy Susan says:

    Angela – Democracy *is* unislamic. So is individual freedom, education, public health etc etc. In this way Islam promotes the conditions of ignorance and poverty on which it thrives.

  44. barriejohn says:

    Judaism is undemocratic as well; it assumes a theocracy. Samuel even counselled the Jews not to appoint a king, though they supposedly ignored his advice and apointed Saul as their ruler anyway. The kings were supposed to follow God’s laws. The New Testament teaches Christians that, as “outsiders” in an “ungodly” world, they should have nothing to do with politics:

    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” (Romans13:1-2. KJV)

    Believers just pick and choose which parts of the Bible they are going to follow: how very convenient!

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  46. Allan Greene says:

    05-18-2013: I encourage and urge others to endorse this petition against state religion and I urge and encourage all to support equality of the secular and non-believers with believers and the religious.