The Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF) was founded by Mr. Farrukh Harrison Saif in 2009. This organization was established with a passionate mission to extend a helping hand to the marginalized and sidelined minorities in Pakistan who are battered by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, bonded slavery, and more. The primary focus remains on liberating bonded laborers primarily toiling at brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2017, The Farrukh Saif Foundation merged with the US-based organization, The Emergency Committee To Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.
In 2009, our teams were mobilized to help provide healthcare services to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) for six consecutive weeks. Later, in 2010, a catastrophe occurred due to flooding in Sindh and Punjab, and FSF teams were able to reach the stranded victims. FSF teams worked day and night to assist the victims. It’s worth mentioning that this was the largest water disaster in the history of Pakistan.
In 2010, FSF started voicing concerns about the misuse of the notorious Blasphemy law in Pakistan. In this matter, legal aid was provided to the victims of this controversial law. Since 2011, FSF has been relocating innocent victims of Blasphemy Laws to safe hideouts. In 2012, FSF successfully rehabilitated the victims of Maharabadi Islamabad, where hundreds of Christians were displaced by radicals enforcing Blasphemy Laws.
In June 2012, the FSF team assisted Shahzad Masih (also known as Sajid Masih), an individual accused of blasphemy, in securing his release from jail and successfully obtaining his acquittal from the blasphemy charges.
In 2012, we rescued Ryan Staton, a 16-year-old boy from Karachi, Pakistan, who had been accused of blasphemy. Later, in January 2013, we moved him to a safe haven, and currently he is resides in the USA.
In 2013, we succeeded in winning the case of Barket Masih, a victim on death row due to blasphemy charges.In 2013, more than a hundred families in Joseph Colony were targeted by radicals who tried to entangle a local Christian man in a blasphemy case, leading to the lynching of the entire Christian neighborhood. The FSF team provided household items to the victims.
In 2013, we facilitated the relocation of Martha Bibi, along with her husband and daughter, to Sri Lanka. She had also been sentenced to death by the Lahore High Court. Currently, she resides in the USA.
In 2013, Christian brothers Tariq Yousaf and Arif Yousaf from Wazirabad, Punjab, were charged under the controversial blasphemy law. Extremist Muslims burned dozens of churches and hundreds of houses in response. Fortunately, we were able to rescue Tariq Yousaf, but his brother Arif Yousaf was arrested by the police. In 2014, we facilitated Tariq’s relocation out of the country and continued to contest Arif Yousaf’s case.
In April 2014, we successfully rescued George Naz, a victim of the blasphemy law, and relocated him to Thailand. He is currently residing in Canada.
Furthermore, in Pakistan, while contending with the injustice faced by innocent victims of the blasphemy law, the FSF successfully handled several cases. In July 2015, FSF’s legal team achieved the acquittal and release of Arif Yousaf, who had been accused of blasphemy. Arif Yousaf had been arrested in 2013 on blasphemy charges, and after two years of our team’s tireless efforts, he was finally set free.
In February 2018, following the relentless efforts of the FSF team, another Christian named Usman Masih, who had been accused of blasphemy, was released from jail. He had been arrested in July 2016 on charges of blasphemy, and our team worked tirelessly for a period of one year and eight months to secure his release. Eventually, we succeeded in obtaining justice for him and ensuring his freedom.
The Farrukh Saif Foundation has provided legal defense for seven Christian victims who were wrongly accused under the blasphemy law in various courts across Pakistan.
One particularly notable case involves a Pakistani Christian couple, Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, who were sentenced to death by the court. The FSF filed an appeal against this verdict in the Lahore High Court. From 2013 to 2019, our legal team defended the couple and also took care of their children.
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