Faisalabad: In a letter No. PMTA/03/16-KPR, dated February 3, 2016 to Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Professor Anjum James Paul, Chairman Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association has reminded for the recovery of Sana Shahid, a 13 years old Christian student who has been abducted, converted to Islam and forcibly married in Sialkot, Pakistan.
The content of the letter is;
Mr. Shahbaz Sharif
Subject:- REMINDER REGARDING RECOVERY OF SANA SHAHID, A 13 YEARS OLD CHRISTIAN STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN ABDUCTED, CONVERTED AND FORCIBLY MARRIED
Greetings and peace from Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA).
PMTA would like to draw your kind attention on the subject cited above.
PMTA has written a letter Ref. No.PMTA/72/15, dated December 22, 2015 on the subject “Recovery of Sana Shahid, A 13 years old Christian student who has been abducted, converted and forcibly married” in your good office.
Waheed Akhter S/O Muhammad Bashir, resident of Mohallah Kasayian, Rodes Road, Mianapura, Sialkot abducted, forcibly converted Sana Shahid to Islam and forcibly married on November 9, 2015 (86 days ago) of Rodes Road, Mianapura, Sialkot while she was going to her Government Girls Primary School, Mianapura (West) Sialkot. Sana’s desperate daddy says, “Many days have passed, when will our daughter be returned to us
RECORD OF SANA SHAHID’S DATE OF BIRTH
1) Birth Registration Certificate, Government of Punjab, Pakistan: April 17, 2002
2) Catholic Church Birth Certificate: April 17, 2002
3) School Leaving Certificate: April 17, 2002
CONTRADICTION OF SANA’S AGE ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE: Sana Shahid is 18 years of age on the marriage certificate but no action has been taken against the accused who has presented a false document in the court which creates doubts in the victim family whose daughter has been stolen on religious basis.
VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUION OF PAKISTAN AND LAND LAW IN SANA’S CASE
1. Article 20 (a) of the Constitution of Pakistan that guarantees, “Every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice and propagate his religion.”
- Article 25 A of the Constitution of Pakistan that guarantees, “The State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.
3. Article 36 the Constitution of Pakistan that guarantees, “The State shall safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of minorities, including their due representation in the Federal and Provincial services.”
4. Pakistan Penal Code section 365 B
5. Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929 of the land law.
6. National Action Plan 2014 regarding ‘religious persecution’
7. Child Protection Bureau –
IMPACT OF THE ABDUCTION, FORCED CONVERSION AND FORCED MARRIAGE:
Sana’s twin sister Hina and her brothers have left school. Hina is so much psychologically upset that she says that she is afraid that she would also be treated in the same way as her sister Sana if she is on her way to school.
Sir, Christian and Hindu students are terrified. They are forced to leave their education as they are not safe on their way to school. These teenage girls are kidnapped, forcibly converted and married but no concerned institution takes any action against the such culprits.
Sir, PMTA requests you to order police to immediately arrest Waheed Akhter S/O Muhammad Bashir and to file a case against the accused in the Anti Terrorist Court for violating the Constitution of Pakistan and land laws.
Sir, a Christian victim family is also anxiously waiting for you so that you may be an angel of hope to heal the wounds. Sana’s family die each and every day because an organ of the family has been stolen 86 days before Sana’s return to her family will be a hope for her sister Hina as well who is forced to leave her school in fears and is not appearing in the examinations arranged by the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC).
Sana and Hina have missed their 2nd paper of Urdu today on February 3, 2016. We request you to make special arrangements for the examinations of Sana and Hina after the recovery so that there may not be loss of their education. Hina has a dream to become a doctor but if non-Muslim girls become a prey on the basis of faith then how will be completion of their dreams in their own motherland? Let non-Muslims also have equal rights and equal opportunities indiscriminatory for the progress of their motherland Pakistan.
With best regards.
PROF. ANJUM JAMES PAUL