Wednesday 19 November 2008

65 MFI Members face repatriation from India

65 MFI Members in Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India

Mehdi Foundation International is the official representative organization of His Holiness Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi. Both Islamists and the Pakistan Government have persecuted His Holiness Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi and His dedicated discipleship. Firstly, they instigated against His Holiness various false cases of blasphemy. His Holiness Gohar Shahi had been on US trip while the Sindh High Court awarded life imprisonment in absentia.

Islamists and Pakistan Government were afraid that His Holiness Gohar Shahi would pronounce Himself as the Awaited Imam Mehdi. They left no stone unturned in defying and suppressing His Holiness Gohar Shahi. Pakistan Government used Wahhabi denomination as an instrumental against His Holiness. The Pro-Saudi Arab sectarian elements issued Fatwa’s Kuffar against His Holiness. His Holiness Gohar Shahi’s mission is that of Divine Love and Global Peace. The sectarian elements disapproved of this Divine Sufi doctrine. They consider Sufi-Teachings as heretical and subversive. His Holiness Gohar Shahi didn’t speak against any religion or any sect. He simply advocated God’s love, and revived hearts of all human beings regardless of their religious or cultural background.

His Holiness Gohar Shahi’s book,” Deen-e-Ilahi” had been banned in Pakistan. God manifested images of His Holiness Gohar Shahi in the Moon, the Sun, the Holy Black Stone, and various other places and on objects. The Government of Pakistan utilized all tricks to suppress the Divine Signs, and basically, it was due to the promulgation of these Signs that Government of Pakistan persecuted His Holiness Gohar Shahi. Anjuman Sarfroshan Islam which was affiliated with His Holiness Gohar Shahi in Pakistan gave in to the Police and secret agencies in Pakistan. Anjuman Sarfroshan Islam (ASI-Abbreviated) failed to take on the pressure of oppression; hence, they stopped the publicity of the Divine Signs. Today, ASI wants to dissociate with all those who promote the Divine Signs. They don’t want to engage in the publicity of these Signs out of fear of getting arrested and going to the jail.

Mehdi Foundation International is the official and representative organization of His Holiness Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi. We propagate the Divine Signs, the Teachings of His Holiness Gohar Shahi, and we also propagate His Holiness Gohar Shahi as Imam Mehdi, the Promised Messiah, and the Kalki Avatar. Anjuman Sarfroshan Islam does not like our mission because they think they will be in trouble with the Police and Government authorities on account of our activities. Since members of Mehdi Foundation International (MFI) are persecuted in Pakistan, many families had to migrate to India in an attempt to save their lives and their faith in Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi. They protested against Pakistan Government and the Islamists. They didn’t want to go back to Pakistan, hence, out of sheer overwhelming emotions and rage; they threw their Pakistani Passports in fire. Since they lost their identity, therefore, the Indian Police arrested them. These 65 members of MFI had been in Tihar Jail since April 2007. The Government of Pakistan has held several meetings with their Indian counterparts for their repatriation. Ambassador of Pakistan to India has visited them in the jail, and threatened them of fatal consequences However; our members have always refused to go back to Pakistan. Recently, there has been a secretive deal between India and Pakistan in regards to repatriation of our members. Though we have applied for asylum in India, and registered with UNHCR also, India is not showing positive attitude towards these innocent people. There is not just well founded fear of persecution against MFI members in Pakistan but also it is almost certain that they will be tried under treason act in Pakistan upon their unfortunate return to the homeland.

Though India is not a signatory to Geneva Convention asylum act, there is an international customary law that protects the individuals from returning to country of persecution. Repatriating these 65 members simply mean pushing them into the well of certain death.

We strongly urge to the Indian Government to stop the repatriation of these 65 members. Alternatively, India may hand them over to UNHCR Delhi Branch, which is ready to grant them refugee status, and later a European or American country will take them for asylum.

For Mehdi Foundation International UK

Younus AlGohar London UK
Tel: 0790 000 2676

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