To express solidarity on behalf of Pakistani Muslims
particularly Ulema (clerics) the foundation was laid for the
first time in the history of Pakistan to jointly celebrate the
birthday of Jesus Christ on 25 December, 1981 at spacious Wapda
Auditorium Lahore. Maulana Abdul Qadir Azad, Khatib of historic
Badshahi mosque of Lahore and other Ulema were in the forefront.
On behalf of Muslims-Christians unity forum it was announced
that in future Eid Millad-ul-Nabi (birthday of Holy Prophet of
Islam) would be jointly celebrated. For the first time in the
history of Pakistan Christians joined in the festivities of
their Muslim brethren and felicitated them.
To express solidarity with Muslim brethren J.Salik took to jute
dress in 1981 for 12 years to register protest over the massacre
of 300 Muslim minority members on the occasion of Eid in India.
The gesture of expression of solidarity by J.Salik was
unanimously commended by 207 members of Pakistan National
Christmas Tree was installed at the Charring Cross Lahore
(opposite Punjab Assembly Hall) on behalf of Christians-Muslims
forum. Christmas Tree stands for end of Autumn and advent of
Spring which is celebrated on the occasion of Christmas. The
Christmas Tree at the Charring Cross was auspiciously
inaugurated by Muslim leaders.
To protest against desecration of a mosque and the Holy Quran in
Britain on behalf of World Minorities Alliance, J.Salik
blackened his face. The objective was two fold. Firstly to
demonstrate that the tragic incident had blackened the face of
the entire humanity and secondly to express solidarity with the
Muslim brethren of London.
During Zia-ul-Haq martial law days it was announced that schools
would remain open on 25th December, the Christmas day. It was
purported to celebrate in schools the Quaid-i-Azam birthday
which synchronizes with Christmas. The decision was apparently
wrong since the Christian teachers and students could not forgo
their Christmas rites to come to schools. Muslim Ulema and other
leaders supported the Christian demand to withdraw the decision.
During martial law days Matriculation examination continued for
three consecutive years on the holy Easter day. The protest was
lodged to attract government attention toward this anomaly in
1980. The government was reminded in 1981 that scheduling matric
science paper on Easter day was total injustice to Christian
candidates. To drop and pick children from the examination
center disturbed the Easter service for the entire family.
J.Salik went on hunger strike which continued for 35 days. A
general strike for 7 days and blockade of the civil secretariat
by a rally was threatened. Muslim brethren fully supported the
To express solidarity with the Muslim world J.Salik under took a
2000 KM peace march in extremely cold weather to lodge protest
and express grief over loss of several hundred thousand innocent
lives and colossal material damage during the Iran-Iraq war. As
a mark of protest J.Salik along with 25 others donned the coarse
J.Salik expressed jubilation over the construction of first
mosque in Rome. At a ceremony at Taj Hotel, President of Italy
and Ruler of Oman, Sultan Qabus were presented golden crowns.
The Sultan had been honoured on the completion of 100 years of
church in Oman.
J.Salik organized an national level 70 big conventions on
Muslims-Christians unity. His tireless efforts to bring Muslim
Ulema near the Christian community was publicly acknowledged by
Maulana Abdul Qadir Azad, khatib of historic Badshahi mosque in
Lahore. Maulana Abdul Qadir Azad had stated “Suddenly I received
a telephone call from J.Salik. This call aroused in me the
feeling of a father who had lost his son and Allah reunited
them. J.Salik sold twice his households for the sake of the
nation. He relentlessly fought for the security and promotion of
the rights of the Christian community. The Christian community
would be ungrateful if they don’t recognize his greatness. I
would also consider Pakistanis as ungrateful if they don’t laud
his services. A person sacrifices all what he has, for the land
he lives in because he loves that land, for J.Salik it is
Pakistan. Besides J.Salik has a mission to forge unity among
minorities of the world which may have representation at the
United Nations through a special seat. He also proposes to
convene a world conference of the minorities, institute a world
fund for them and bring out a journal of their own.
J.Salik protested over massacre of Muslims in the Philippines
and as a mark of protest he wore black robes for 40 days.
J.Salik lent support to 8 point peace program in 1982 of Prince
Fahd the then Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia for the Middle East.
J.Salik burnt and buried the effigy of Christian militia over
brutal Muslim massacre in Palestine.
J.Salik organized hoisting of black flags over the houses of
Christian community to protest over violence against Muslim
minority in Burma.
J.Salik organized a joint Christian-Muslim Ulema conference to
press the release of 72 American hostages by Iran.
J.Salik appealed to internationalize the city of Bait-ul-Maqdas
so that Pakistani Christians could also visit their sacred
places in that city.
J.Salik along with his family members reached Bosnia to express
solidarity with the oppressed Muslims while the war was at its
peak in that land. J.Salik’s only son perceived the visit as a
life risk. J.Salik replied that “if the bodies of mother, father
and son arrived back in Pakistan on the occasion of Christmas,
this may help awake the world conscience and raise Pakistan
prestige in the comity of nations.”