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Profiting from Religion: Land Grabbing Business and Christian Minority in Pakistan

Guest Blog by Silence from Islamabad Observer

Religion is basically meant to be personal belief of a person or group of people. It is outrageous, shameful and downright arrogant of the religious groups to use religion as a source of profits. However since the times immortal, criminals, religious clerics, land grabbers and even power hungry kings and democratic leaders have been using religion as a source of exploitation and profiting. “Crusade” of George W Bush in name of ‘war on terror’ and killing of innocent women and children by ‘Taliban’s’ in name of Islam are two sides of same coin. The basic goal is to exploit sentiments of religious groups for personal gains.

Religion is also a favorite tool of criminals and land grabbing mafias. The bloody episode of ‘Red Mosque’ in Islamabad, we witnessed recently, is not the only example. In every city and town, criminal gangs have occupied public or private land; they would build a ‘mosque’ on it and sell the adjoining lands for commercial or residential purposes. Even green belts, public parks and educational institutional institutions are not safe from these gangs. Whenever government authorities want to evict these gangs and demolish the illegal buildings, it would become a religious issue. If authorities demolish the illegally built mosque, it will bring a religious and political storm. The illegal mosques built on public lands in Islamabad were saved from being demolished by countrywide protests leading to interference of ‘Imam-i-Kaba’.

Criminals in minorities in Pakistan of today are no longer a quiet, subservient bunch and no longer behind the Muslim clerics in ‘land grabbing’ business. There have been several deaths over ‘possessiondisputes of ‘profitable’ churches in past. Several illegal minority housings (katchi-abadi) has been set up on public and private lands and sold by these criminal gangs. If government authorities want to take action against these illegal deviling, the illegally built ‘Church’ in middle of such illegally occupied land is always there to protect the illegal occupations. Demolishing an illegally built church will not only result in an international outcry of ‘discrimination’ against minorities but would also be followed by a ‘protest note’ from ‘White House’ and ‘Vatican City’.

Islamabad ‘Water and Sanitation Authority’ (WASA) is the latest victim of ‘land grabbing gang’, operating in name of Christian minority. According to an application for police assistance of Managing Director of WASA Islamabad, a piece of land measuring 20 acres worth more the 10 billion rupees, adjoining ‘Rawal Lake’ was reserved for building 6 water storage tanks. Funds of Rs. 5807 million has been allocated for construction of water storage facility. However a ‘land grab gang’ of Christian minority has over night started construction of a ‘Church’ in middle of the said land and rest has been converted to a ‘katchi-abadi’ of Christian minority. When WASA officials and contractor tried to clear the land reserved for water storage by Capital Development Authority (CDA), they were met by shooting from the occupying gang. The WASA authorities and contractor are requesting for police help to clear the site to start construction work.

According to WASA a gang tried to occupy the same land back in year 1996 and was dispossessed with help of local police. This time it’s not only the illegal occupant gang but a ‘Church’ stands in middle of land to protect their illegal possession. Will police and WASA be able to demolish the so called illegal ‘Church’ under construction and clear the site is difficult to answer. What we can be sure of is; cries of discrimination against minorities, candle light protests, street demonstrations, and condemnations from entire ‘Christian World’, in case, the illegal ‘church’ is demolished. Even, on his next visit to ‘West’, Prime Minister Gillani would have to answer the media questions about unfair treatment of religious minorities in Pakistan. Print and electronic media will have an issue for headlines and NGO’s will have a party on ‘treatment of minorities’ in Pakistan. We can expect to witness another ‘Red Mosque’ stage and on ‘international pressure’, obviously, government would not only have to hand over the said land to gang but also would re-construct the illegal ‘Church’ with public funds.

Millions in Islamabad would be deprived of clean drinking water. But it is no more about water; it is certainly about protecting ‘minority religious sites’. While Mullah’s get away with land worth billions, in mane of Mosques every year, why minority ‘Priests’ should not profit from ‘business of religion’ in name of ‘Church’. All Pakistanis are equal that all our forefathers had toiled and bled for our nation and therefore enjoying equitable rights and opportunities. Let us not be left behind in destroying this country!


14 Comments

  • guYasir |

    This is all Kleptocracy from Top to Bottom. Thats why we are being punished by Divine.
    We should seek Theo-democracy and get rid of British-US democracy which is malevolent in nature.
    Democracy is a ruse for all of those who are rubes and Silence seems ahead than all in yokels list.
    Democracy is a ‘charade’ so my urgent request to all my country kleptocrat politicians to sell out their Mercedez Benz and buy a ‘charade car’ as our country need help so politicians shouldn’t seek bail-out package from west-bankers/gangsters rather;
    They should take initiative among themselves 1st to withdraw all their money from Foreign banks and bring back into Pakistan if you really a serious to stabilize Pakistan economy rely less on west would be good for Pakistan.You should also sell-out your mercedez and save money and spend less on your lucrative/ludicrous foreign tours.
    If not then I’ve no shame and doubt to say that they all are Kleptocrats instead of Democrats.

  • Adnan Siddiqi |

    So silence, you didn’t answer whether your “Islam” believes in concept of Jihad? come on my soldier why dont you answer this? Afraid of exposure of your belief which are you hiding behind your alias(which is not anonymous for me anymore?) ;)

  • Adnan Siddiqi |

    Silence, Muslims or followers of any belief(either practiced or just by birth) never afraid of what they believe and always tell to others.

    Being an ordinary Muslim I will fully endorse concept of Jihad and every other thing mentioned in Koran and Hadith. Why are you ashamed of your belief and not giving me simple answer? Making chidlish rants that “Its my private matter” doesn’t hold you credible at all. You must feel proud whatever you belief, why a simple “Yes” or “No” can’t come out of your mouth or I say ,Keyboard?

    You say me that I don’t question your belief but here you are keep attacking everyone’s belief by raping someone’s blog for few weeks? tsk tsk come on boy. How did you even imagine you will be left alone and not questioned? When you will make posts about others belief then readers will ask about your belief too. So whether you are Muslim or Christian or Jew or Qadyani or a Buddhist,whatever you are, free proud to tell readers so that they deal you accordingly. Acting like a coward and hiding behind alias only rate you a troll who have no credibility about the source. If you are here for mature discussion then expose your belief, that’s how discussion and argument takes place. Disguising something else just declare you a whiny chick, nothing else.

  • Adnan Siddiqi |

    Guys! this silence kid(who is not actually silent) doesn’t believe in Islam, he in “his own Islam” , that is he denies on a public forum that he accepts Quran whole heartily as it was ordered to Muslims by Allah and His Messenger(A.S).

    Iqbal might had said following Misra for guys like Silence who like Bible worships their own version of Islam.

    Khud Ko badaltey nahi Badal detey hain Quran

    Thanks Silence Mian, beside your troll friends, others might not take you serious debtor anymore. ;)

  • MALIK AMAN |

    i don’t know if its true or not but i heard from someone that illegal mosques were also destroyed in the time of Muhammad .

  • Adnan Siddiqi |

    Silence Mian, what I see that your hands were shivering so much tha you couldn’t even type my name completely. ;)

    @Malik Aman: Abraham(AS) destroyed Idols too in His era but people of that time didn’t label Him(AS) “Taliban”,I wonder Why? Neither Muhammad(S.A.W) was labaled as Taliban or Millitant when He destroyed all idols within Ka’ba. I wonder whether guys like Temporal and Silence are going to make posts about their moves and call it the “ACTUAL” source of terrorism and intolerance?

  • Atif Abdul-Rahman |

    come on adnan, this type of articles are what we need not just as an ummah but as a collective humanity. cant u see, this is EXACTLY what the sahabas and the prophets did, isnt it? or rather not, after all, who cares for those stone age ppl, we are so enlightened in the modern world, with all NEW ideas which never happened before coz man wasnt ever able to think of them. u r still stuck to the 700s, dont u know, ur wiser if u follow the trend, b in the fashion, right now u aint, this guy is….

  • Atif Abdul-Rahman |

    u see adnan, the ‘reason’ y he relates religion to all this notoriety is because he sees near 100% (if not 100%) compliance of people to their religions in terms of preaching and practice so i guess it MUST be the fault of the religion, right?

    afterall, we are all so perfect….

  • krishan |

    muhamad was surely a terrorist . he kill 2 people wholeave islam in a way that he cut their hands and feet and to stop blood he usus hot oil and throw themin desert. whhen they ask for water muhamad doesnt give. they die due to this. after some year muhamad grand son hussain was killed in karbala thristy of 3 days and his family child more than 5 days LORD made world see wht muhamad do he get. islam pretend to be peace ful but the reall face is coming now. we can see talban and read muhamd shameful act . f other religionstart t do this with islam than 90% islam will be vanished. byt non muslim are pece ful. say to insult such humanity killers.

  • rehman |

    i a muslim say islam is terrorist . every other religion book make god gud who love human but quran is full of fierse of hell. thers is no heaven for non muslim . muslim foolow islam due to get women in heaven . nmuhamad give them greed of women and small boys in heaven imagine.muhamad mary a 9 year old girl ayesha when he was 45 . this shows his attraction. QURAN says u r allow to mary 4 .MUHAMAD mary 12. 3 Times more than a muslim. THE MOMEN. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA

  • REKHA VASU PAKISTANI |

    ATIF ABDUL RHMAN? IS THE ABOVE 2 STTEMANT UR MUHAMMAD FAULT/ ? UR RELIGION FAULT / THINK BY HEAR NOT ONLY U BUT ALL MUSLIMS THEY MUST THINK PEACE FUULY THAT WHAT IS TRUTH? IS MUHAMAD ACTION WAS GUD IAM ASKING? PLEAS LEAVE ISLAM WEATGER ISLAM SAYS TO PEACE FUL BYT THIS IS PRETENDING READ HINDUISM U WILL REACH THE LORD ESHWAR BUT ISLAM IS FAULT. IF MUHAMAD DOESNT SAY ANY THING TO THOSE WHO THROW STONE ON THEM THEN IT IS NOT VEY GOOD. IF HE DOESNT GET QUIET AND IF HE START THROWING STONE ON THEM. THEN HOW CAN HA ABLE TO SPREAD HIS RELIGIN????????????????????????????????????????????????????? THIS WAS HIS ACT JUST TO SPRAD HIS RELIGION WHICH BENIFITS HIM