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Agony of Pakistani Christian Family in Finland

ICC Note

A Pakistani Christian who is accused of blasphemy is in danger of deportation from Finland. Christians accused of blasphemy face death in Pakistan.

09/03/2011 Pakistan (PCP) Mr. Trevor Clive, a Pakistani Christian is under immense mental pressure in Finland. He is waiting for higher courts decision on his asylum application which has been denied from immigration authorities. Mr. Trevor Clive is in Finland from September 19, 2008, with his wife Tasneem Trevor, daughter Elina Trevor and son Kevin Trevor.

Finland is a member state of EU, while EU human Right Commission have repeatedly expressed concern on controversial Blasphemy law in Pakistan and urged government of Pakistan to repeal it because it is targeting religious minorities.

Trevor Clive, who was accused of blasphemy by Muslim cleric in Pakistan, fled with his family from Pakistan after months in hiding on fear of arrest or life threats from radical Muslims.

There have been incidents of broad day light murders of Christian accused of blasphemy in courts and jails and assassination of Pakistani Christian Federal Minister for Minorities affairs is on record when Tahreek Taliban Pakistan gunned him down in capital city of Islamabad on accusations that he raised voice to amend blasphemy law.

There have been incidents of destroying Christian villages on pretext to blasphemy law and burning alive Christian children and women by Muslim mob.

In light of present situation of Christians in Pakistan under prevailing blasphemy law is constant threat to their life and property.

The fears of Mr. Clive Trevor value that if his asylum application is denied by Finland his life and his family member’s lives will be not safe in Pakistan.

Talking with PCP, Mr. Trevor Clive said that after registration of blasphemy case against him in Pakistan, Rev. Fr. Maynard provided him shelter to hide from fear of Islamists who were following him and looking for him in different Churches.

Mr. Trevor further said that Saleem Khursheed Khokar, a Christian Member of Sindh Assembly from Karachi, wrote to Finland immigration authorities confirming my situation in Pakistan but due consideration was not paid on it also.

According to Trevor Clive, he reached Finland after months travelling with his family on paying heavy amount to one agent in a last hope that EU and Finland will award him refugee status to safe his and his family life but here no one is ready to mercy on me.

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