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Pakistan's Sound of Worship band performs in England's Churches

Councillor James Shera's fitting tribute

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My comments:

The Pakistani Christian community in the UK takes great pride in the person of Cllr James Shera, who was one of the very first mayors of a major UK city (Rugby, in his case) coming from a Pakistani background. In the above article he pays a fitting tribute to His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas for a job well done.  As a  Pakistani background Christian myself, I am sure I speak for many others too, when I write that Counsellor Shera's views are very appropriate and quite representative of our community as a whole.

Obituary: Nicholson Vincent

It is with deep sadness that I type this news, Mr Nicholson Vincent slept in His Lords rest on 3rd June 2018. His funeral service was held on the 13th June at the Holy Redeemer Church, Wexham Road, Slough, and was led by Father Chris. The service was attended by a large number of friends and family members, including many prominent community and religious personalities. The bidding prya was offered by Pastor Nadeem Azam, and fitting tributes sere read by Ricci Vincent, Neo Vincent, Irfan Bhatti, William Vincent and Nikeisha Deans. After the funeral, his body was laid to rest in Slough Cemetery ast Stoke Road.

Cuwap Organization  and all our associates offer our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and continue to remember them in our prayers. 

Be alert and mindful, avoid emotional reactions by Samson Javed

The editorial team is pleased to offer the following link, to an Urdu column, by Samson Javed.  This thought provoking piece of sane advice was published on 9th January 2018. Ther writer of the column is as seasoned journalist and writes regularly for various Urdu Newspapers, including Ausaf, and Jang London.

(Mr Samson Javed on Hadayat TV, along with Ms Eshter Das who is answering a question asked by the programme's host Mr. Moin Nawab, not seen here)

This picture was  taken during TV broadcast (Christianity and Christmas), at Hadayat TV, Sky Channel 800, aired at 21:00 - 22:00 hours, London time (GMT) on 30/12/2017.

Host: Moin Nawab, Guests: Akhtar Injeeli, Ms Esther Das (Christian social worker and political activist) and Mr Samson Javed, senior journalist and columnist (Jang London)    

A Survey of Gains and Losses of 2017 by Samson Javed

The team is pleased to share the following article by one of its own journalists. This article was initially published in Daily Ausaf, London, on 01 January, 2018.

The same theme of Gains and Losses by the Urdu speaking Christian community throughout the world, and especially the Pakistani Christians was also discussed by the Gateway Gazette Team, when 2017's last TV show was telecast live on 28th December 2017 from MATV's London Studios. This programme, The Gateway Gazette Show, has been telecasted from London for the last elven years and can be watched on SKY channel 793, every Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 pm London (GMT) time.  To watch the show of 28 December 2017 click the link:


Rev John Basco (L), Akhtar Injeeli (center), Dr Peter Davdi (R), presenters of the Gateway Gazette show.

Blasphemy in the 21st century by Nasir Saeed

The editorial team at CUWAP NEWS is pleased to share a link with you to a recent, and a very timely, article by Mr Nasir Saeed. The writer is the UK director of CLASS and an expert on the various aspects of the Blasphemy Laws (295 A. B. & C.) of Pakistan. This is his latest assessment of the situation, regarding these laws, the most pressing and legally the most important challenge facing the minorities of Pakistan. This article was published in  Daily Times, Lahore, on 29/12/2017.

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Following is a brief synopsis of the contents of the so called blasphemy laws, and their prescribed penalties in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

PPC Description Penalty
§ 298 Uttering of any word or making any sound or making any gesture or placing of any object in the sight with the deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of any person. 1 years imprisonment, or fine, or both
§ 298A Use of derogatory remarks etc., in respect of holy personages. 1980 3 years imprisonment, or fine, or both
§ 298B (Ahmadi blasphemy law) Misuse of epithets, descriptions and titles etc., reserved for certain holy personages or places, by Ahmadis. 26 April 1984 3 years imprisonment and fine
§ 298C (Ahmadi blasphemy law) (Aka Ordinance XX): f a Muslim, or preaching or propagating his faith, or "in any manner whatsoever" outraging the religious feelings of Muslims, or posing himself as a Muslim. 26 April 1984 3 years imprisonment and fine
§ 295 Injuring or defiling places of worship, with intent to insult the religion of any class Up to 2 years imprisonment or fine, or both
§ 295A Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. 1927 Up to 10 years imprisonment, or fine, or both
§ 295B Defiling, etc., of Quran. 1982 Imprisonment for life
§ 295C Use of derogatory remarks, spoken, written, directly or indirectly, etc. defiles the name of Muhammad 1986 Mandatory Death and fine (Feb. 1990)

Trial must take place in a Court of Session with a Muslim judge presiding.

(The above text  is only for sharing information and promoting discussion and debate.)

APPG for Pakistan Minorities acknowledge the Contributions of Pakistani Christians in the UK

Special Report and photos by Esther Das


Thursday 21, 2017: The British Parliament: December 19th, 2017 was a day, marked to celebrate Christmas as well as the contributions of Pakistan Christian Community to uplift the people of Pakistan generally and the Christian Community in Pakistan particularly by the All Parties Parliamentary Group for the Pakistani Minorities.

The event was chaired by the AAPG Chair MP Jim Shannon and facilitated by the APPG Gen. Secretary Councillor Morris Johns. The Rt. Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, Lord Alton, The Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, the minister in teh Foreign and Commonwealth office (Chief Guest) and many other dignitaries graced the event with their presence.

The meeting opened with a minute’s silent prayer for the martyrs of Quetta and concluded with a suggestion by Mr Morris John to post a Christmas Card to Asia Bibi to render a message of solidarity, encouragement and Christian love.

Sixteen individuals were awarded the certificate of appreciation:

Mr Mike Wakely's name has become synonymous with the Starfish Asia project that has been supporting education with Christian Values for the last many years. A fruit of 8000 Pakistani Children being educated from low-income families is yielded so far. The work involves curriculum development, teacher training and provision of resources on a partnership base. At the moment Starfish Asia is providing 150 scholarships to students in Pakistan. Mike was at the top of the award list, followed by many who had been active for the same cause in different battlefields.

Wilson Chowdhury is a British born Pakistani , chairperson of British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), formed after the Gojra Christian Colony was set ablaze in 2009. Since then BPCA has been highlighting the issues of Pakistani Christian community unfailingly and has been instrumental in encouraging and helping oppressed and persecuted Pakistani Christians through financial, media publicity and legal resources, especially the Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand.

Dr. Peter David has played a leading role in reclaiming the nationalized Christian educational institutions from the Govt. of Pakistan. The Foreman Christian  College (FC College) is hugely supported by him and he’s striving to reclaim Murray College Sialkot and Gordon College Rawalpindi as well restore the UCH Lahore. Thanks to his efforts and those of others that FC College is now a fully recognized charted university. 

Professor Anjum James Paul was greatly missed as he was not present to receive his certificate acknowledging his relentless efforts to exclude hate material from the curriculum of Punjab Text Book Board’s books. His efforts have recently yielded some positive changes in the Punjab Board’s Primary textbooks. Moreover, topics of Human Rights, Peace, Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence have been introduced.

Rev. Noble Samuel, an ex army Chaplain who is well informed and active politically, spiritually and through media resources, to highlight, support and prevent issues that the Pakistani Christian Community faces in the wake of religious intolerance.

Asif Mall, Chair Pakistan Minorities Rights Organization (PMRO) and had been very effective in community uplifting and spreading awareness regarding the plight of Pakistani religious minorities through his media appearances and social media campaigns, as well as hosting a regular TV Show on Zindagi TV.

The Journalists were appreciated for their media presence and campaigning through print and digital media. Among them are: Mr Samson Javed and Kaleem Dean for their print media presence in Urdu and English , respectively. Mr John Bosco who has been hosting a weekly show at the Gateway TV to high-light and resolve the issues the community faces.

The political activism was recognized through the efforts of Councillor. James Shera, who has been awarded an MBE by the British Govt. and the Star of Pakistan by the Pakistani Govt., Mr. Edgar Money, chair of CLAAS, providing legal help to plethora of people for several years and Mr Micheal Massey, who has worked tirelessly to encourage Paksitani Christians to participate in the British politics.

Among others are Noshab Khiljee, a successful businessman who have trained Young Pakistani Christian Entrepreneurs in property business, Mr.Qamar Rafiq a young rising star, who has worked tirelessly with Dr. Peter to protect the properties of Church of Scotland in Pakistan from the land mafia. Mr. Qamar Shams, Chair International Christian Council (ICC), Bishop Nadeem Bhinder, head of 200 pastoral teams and supervisor for 60 churches as well as a few economic development projects for the unprivileged in Pakistan’s rural areas.

These sixteen eminent personalities, each,  received a certificate of appreciation,  however, this list is not exhaustive, nor does this article cover the spectrum of all the contribution made by each one of these. There still are many unsung heroes who work with these people to realize the mutual dream of the abundant life. For instance, the achievements wouldn't’ have been possible without the support of these people’s wives and families. I would strongly urge the APPG to include the life-partners if high achievers hereafter. It is good to begin the charity at home !


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