Our vision is to create a network of Pakistanis united in Christ, focused on better quality of life, fellowship and religious freedom for Christians in Pakistan and the UK.
British Pakistani Christian Association was established to highlight the human rights abuses suffered by the Christian minority in Pakistan. Over the past few years the BPCA has become a forum for many concerned human rights and voluntary organisations to highlight their concerns at what has been a breakdown in civil society in a drift towards religious and ethnic extremism in Pakistan. The situation has become extremely precarious for Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Ahmadiyya, Shia religious minorities, as well as for ethnic groups such as the Baluch, Kailash and Muhajirs. Indeed even the majority community in Pakistan suffers because minorities act as canaries in the coal mine. Their situation and treatment reflects wider issues in society. Any nation that fails to accord its minorities full equality suffers from an inherent sclerosis which infects all civil institutions and organs of government. The situation has been aggravated by discrimination at the official level, notably the notorious Blasphemy Laws. These were designed to prevent communal strife and work towards harmony. They have achieved the diametric opposite. Christians, and other minorities find themselves targeted by these laws and often forced to abjure their faith or face jail and mob violence. Even majority community has not been immune as the Blasphemy Law has been used as a mechanism with which to settle petty disputes and old scores, far divorced from its original purpose.
It is for that reason that the BPCA looks with concern at the situation in Iraq and Syria. Minorities here from religious backgrounds such as Christian, Shia and Yezidi, as well as ethnic minorities such as the Kurds are being subject to genocide, both cultural and physical. Even Muslims are not safe from the jihadi onslaught as the ISIS declare Shias to be the enemy of their faith. Daily on new reports we see Sunni Muslim Arabs also tortured and killed, often in the most horrible manner. The tragedy thus unfolding should concern all of us. If we do not speak out then the cycle of violence will continue unabated and the loss of life, the human tragedy, the very things which this government as a signatory of the United Nations charter pledged to prevent will happen again. In fact it is happening right now. This is a human tragedy of the worst kind and we call upon the British government to live up to its obligations and prevent the vortex of genocide and killing taking any more innocent lives.