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PAKISTAN: Trafficking organs of dead Christians — the government must conduct probe

AHRC NEWS

AHRC-STM-176-2013.jpgA Vatican news agency, Agenzia Fides, reported a horrific crime taking place in Pakistan where, not only hundreds of Christians were killed in a church bombing in Peshawar city, KPK, but now it is reported that the dead were stripped off their organs by paramedics which were then sold the illegal organ trade black market.

According to Wikipedia Agenzia Fides is the news agency of the Vatican. It is based in the Palazzo de Propaganda Fide in Vatican City. It is part of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It was formed on June 5, 1927 as the first missionary news agency of the Roman Catholic Church and was approved by Pope Pius XI. The current director is Prof. Luca de Mata.

It is also reported in some sections of the media that persons from law enforcement agencies were involved. The human organs are sold at high prices and when events involve non-Muslims everything and anything is allowed and the crime is justified by fundamental ideologies.

Although the news published in Agenzia Fides has not been confirmed by independent sources the very substance of the report is too horrifying to be ignored. However, regardless of the lack of confirmation the government of Pakistan must immediately probe the allegations and stop the criminal acts of any persons involved in the trafficking of human organs. While the incident mentioned in Agenzia Fides may not be proven as yet, the sale of human organs in Pakistan is nothing new. In fact, the news in the Vatican based website is more alarming as Pakistan has a very bad international reputation with regards to the state sponsored persecution of religious minority communities. Please see: ASIA/PAKISTAN – After the bombs, atrocities against Christians, organ trafficking concerning victims of Peshawar?

Agenzia Fides reported in the September 28 dispatch that, “…..after the bombs in the Church of All Saints in Peshawar, the situation remains tense in the Pakistani society: not only tragedy but also horror. The Christians said they were “horrified” by the rumors that link the bombs in Peshawar to the vast problem of organ trafficking: this is what some members of NGOs in civil society in Pakistan told Fides. Some of the “jackals”, presumably local paramedics, seem to have taken advantage of the high number of deaths and injuries in order to steal the bodies of victims and exploit them for the illegal organ trade”.

“If this were true, it would mean that there are criminals who are taking advantage of the suffering of Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious manner”, notes Fr. Mario Rodrigues, a priest of Karachi. “We call for a serious investigation on behalf of the police”, he concludes.

Pakistan enacted a law to regulate organ transplants in 2010, to shake off its reputation as a “destination leader” for transplant tourism and to stop the illegal trafficking of human organs. After the approval of the law, the illicit traffic slowed down, but in 2011 many cases of illegal transplants emerged again. Last July, given the data of a “thriving business”, the Supreme Court issued directives asking the provincial government to take action and enforce the law.

According to police investigations, 42 medical facilities engaged in illegal organ transplants have been identified in Punjab. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/09/2013)

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urges the Supreme Court to take Sou Moto action and order the government to instigate an immediate probe into the allegations of human organ trafficking in order to prove to the international community that it takes accusations of the state sponsored persecution of non-Muslims seriously.

 

READ MORE HERE- http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-176-2013

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