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From Muhammad Mustafa to Deny Shaukat: A Life Transformation

Muhammad Mustafa to Deny Shaukat

From Muhammad Mustafa to Deny Shaukat: A Life Transformation Leading to Grave Danger”

The journey of a young man, a student of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, took a dramatic turn as he left his homeland to safeguard both his faith and his life from the looming threat of radical Islamists.

Deny Shaukat, born on January 9, 2001, into a Muslim family, was the result of the union between his parents, Shoukat and Fazeelat, who had married in March 2000 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Separation of Parents:

Both Deny’s paternal and maternal sides were Muslim. When he was 8 years old, his mother, Fazeelat, left her husband and returned to Lahore, where her parents lived. All of this occurred because one of Deny’s aunts, namely Nazia Bibi, openly accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. Even after facing harsh treatment and severe beatings, she remained steadfast in her faith in Christ.

This incident separated the parents of Deny formally Mustafa, she was 5 months pregnant with the second Child. She took him with her and within two months she remarried another Muslim man. After the delivery of Fazeelat’s second son, she gave her the name Muhammad Haroon.

Nazia remained steadfast:

Even after this incident, Nazia remained steadfast in her faith in Jesus Christ, enduring beatings, torture, and harsh treatment. Her unwavering dedication motivated the rest of the family to embrace Jesus Christ as their Savior and the sole path of life. Aziza Begum, her mother, and Sardar, her father, also accepted Jesus along with the rest of their children. Nazia started to delve deeper into her faith, learning more about Jesus and eventually became a pastor to serve Him as a devoted servant.

Battling for Custody of Both Children:

After over two years of battle to take custody of the Children, Shaukat and her family took the Children in December 2010, whereas Fazeelat and her family insisted that both children would remain Muslim. However, another Aunt Maria took full custody of both children. She started raising them as Christians in 2014 both children were baptized, and their names were Changed Muhammad Mustafa became Deny and Muhammad Haroon became Matthew. And Deny became an active member of the Church youth and Choir. As his aunts became pastors and served Jesus, he also became active in Evangelism with her Aunt Maria.

Why He Had to Flee the Country:

A month ago, some of his relatives visited Deny’s neighborhood and informed the neighbors that he was a Muslim who had converted to Christianity. Following this revelation, Deny was beaten twice by members of the local Muslim community who threatened him, demanding that he return to Islam, or else he would face the possibility of being killed under Islamic Sharia laws.

Even though he was taken to the local Muslim cleric with the intention of converting him back to Islam and making him repent, he pleaded for some time to reconsider his decision. After his plea, he was granted one week’s time to reflect.

Apostasy in Islam:

In Islamic tradition, apostasy is generally viewed as a serious offense. Some interpretations of Islamic law, known as Sharia, consider apostasy a punishable act, and historically, there have been instances where individuals who left Islam were subject to various penalties, including imprisonment or even execution, in some regions governed by strict interpretations of Sharia.

Apostasy in Islam remains a complex and evolving issue, with perspectives ranging from strict traditional interpretations to more progressive and inclusive viewpoints. It serves as a reflection of the broader debates within Islam about the relationship between faith, individual rights, and societal norms in the modern world.

It has been observed that individuals who choose to leave Islam often find themselves targeted in instances of mob violence.

Deny’s rescue and journey to South Asia:

In the midst of the growing threats and escalating tensions, Deny’s safety became a matter of paramount concern. It was clear that staying in his homeland posed grave risks to his life and well-being.

Fortunately, a lifeline emerged when ECSPE, the organization, stepped in to assist Deny. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, ECSPE played a pivotal role in orchestrating Deny’s rescue and relocation to South Asia.

His pursuit of safety and religious freedom led him to seek asylum through the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in South Asia. Faced with the perilous circumstances in his homeland, he turned to this international organization in the hope of finding sanctuary and protection in a foreign land.

We request to keep People like Deny Shaukat in your prayers.

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Pakistani Couple’s Blasphemy Arrest Raises Concern

Blasphemy Laws-Pakistan ECSPE

A Christian couple is currently in jail in Punjab province, Pakistan, because a judge has decided to keep them behind bars for allegedly disrespecting the Quran, a holy book for Muslims.

Shaukat Masih, 33, and his wife Kiran, 28, got arrested in Lahore on September 8, 2023. On Tuesday, September 19, they appeared in court, where Additional Session Judge Mian Shahid Javaid ordered them back to prison under controversial blasphemy laws. The case is set for further proceedings on October 5, 2023. Kiran is held in Central Jail, Kot Lakhpat, Lahore, while her husband, Shaukat Masih, is in Camp Jail, Lahore.

Section 295-B of the blasphemy law has strict punishments, including the possibility of life imprisonment. This section applies to those who intentionally defile, damage, desecrate or misuse a copy of the Quran or its parts in a disrespectful or illegal manner.

Their troubles started when Kiran, who works as a domestic helper, was given some papers to sell by her employer’s sister. She didn’t know that these papers contained pages from the Quran. On September 7, Muhammad Taimoor, the person who filed the complaint, visited their home, found the pages, and then reported the alleged blasphemy to the police, according to sources familiar with the case.

Islamic Clerics

 After the incident, religious leaders used mosque announcements to encourage protests among different religious groups. On September 9, angry demonstrators gathered, demanding that the couple be executed.

They wrongly believed that blasphemy should result in the death penalty, even though the law states that desecrating the Quran could lead to life imprisonment. Other blasphemy charges related to Islam might carry the death penalty.

However, Shaukat Masih, who works as a security guard, and his wife are both unable to read and write. They have three children: Sabir, who is 12 years old, Sundas, who is 6, and Rubi, who is 5.

They used to live in a rented house but moved to their current home, which was provided by Masih’s employer, about six months ago. He had taken a job as a security guard, which came with a place to live, while Kiran found work as a house cleaner in the same house.


 It is worth noting that blasphemy laws in Pakistan have been a subject of concern due to their potential for misuse. These laws, originally intended to protect religious sentiments, have at times been exploited to settle personal disputes or target minority communities unfairly. Cases like that of Shaukat Masih and Kiran underscore the urgent need for a reevaluation of these laws to ensure justice and prevent their abuse.


In light of the difficult circumstances faced by Shaukat Masih and Kiran, I kindly request everyone to keep them in their thoughts and prayers. Let us hope for a just resolution to their case and for the safety and well-being of their family during this challenging time.

Persecution of Christians Persists: Recent Violence in Kasur, Pakistan Highlights Ongoing Concerns

Christian Persecution-6 Kasur

In the city of Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan, Christians have once again become victims of attacks by Muslims.

Escalating Tensions in Harihar Village

This recurring issue highlights the ongoing Christian persecution in Pakistan—a deeply concerning problem that continues to affect the lives of many innocent people. Furthermore, the village of Harihar in Kasur bore witness to an incident where a Christian Convention Poster was hung on the wall of a Christian family’s house. However, Muslims forcibly removed it and threw it to the ground, demonstrating religious intolerance. This, in turn, triggered a violent clash between Christians and Muslims, resulting in numerous injuries, including one Christian man who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Addressing the Broader Issue of Christian Persecution in Pakistan

The persistent occurrence of such incidents underscores the urgent need for more comprehensive and sustained efforts to protect the rights and safety of Pakistan’s Christian minority. To address this issue effectively, the government, civil society, and religious leaders must unite in promoting religious tolerance and harmony within the country. By fostering an environment that respects all faiths and holding those responsible for acts of violence accountable, Pakistan can take meaningful steps towards ending the cycle of persecution and creating a more inclusive society for all its citizens. Our hope lies in these collective efforts leading to a future where Christians and members of all religious communities can peacefully coexist in Pakistan without fear of discrimination or violence.

Pastor Arrested in Pakistan for Allegedly Faking Gunshot Incident

Pastor Eliezer sindhu

A Pakistani pastor, Pastor Eliezer Sidhu (Vicky), was arrested by the Faisalabad Police on September 12, 2023, for allegedly fabricating a gunshot incident. Pastor Vicky had been serving at the Presbyterian Church in Rehmat Town, Satyana Road, Faisalabad.

On the evening of September 3, supporters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan allegedly shot Pastor Vicky after he refused to recite the Islamic Kalam. He received immediate medical treatment and was taken to the hospital. Read More about this incident

According to the police, he did this deliberately to attract international attention and seek asylum in Western countries. The police further stated that Pastor Eliezer (Vicky) himself had been involved in creating Islamic graffiti on the walls of his church, and they have the evidence to prove it. The police also arrested Pastor Eliezer’s close associates, seizing their mobile devices for further investigation.

Christian Persecution in Pakistan

Christian persecution is a harsh reality in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where marginalized communities like the Christians often face severe religious discrimination, making religious freedom and human rights elusive.

While our team members met with the Pastor’s family in Faisalabad, they strongly asserted that the charges against Pastor Eliezer were baseless and fabricated by the police. According to them, they have evidence to support their claims. The family also alleges that there is significant pressure on Eliezer to withdraw his case, and many pastors and church leaders are facing pressure from the police administration not to support Eliezer or else they will face the consequences.

This case garnered international attention in the first week of September, leading to widespread criticism of Pakistan for its growing religious persecution issues around the world. It’s important to consider the possibility that the Government of Pakistan may be attempting to conceal the true nature of this incident by placing blame on the Pastor.
In other cases of religious persecution or human rights violations, people have observed such actions. Conducting a thorough and impartial investigation is essential to uncover the facts and ensure justice in this situation. International scrutiny and advocacy can also play a crucial role in shedding light on such cases and promoting transparency and accountability.

Religious Persecution in Pakistan

It’s worth noting that the Punjab Police chief attributed the Jaranwala incident to India, suggesting it was part of foreign conspiracies. Every year, perpetrators abduct and forcibly convert approximately 1000 girls to Islam, inflicting immense suffering on their families. They then subject the parents to pressure, warning them of dire consequences if they try to retrieve their daughters.

This is not the first time that Pakistani authorities have wrongfully accused Christians who are already enduring oppression. Pakistan has become a nightmarish place for Christians, where incidents like forced conversions and discrimination against religious minorities continue to persist.

Every year, perpetrators abduct and forcibly convert approximately 1000 girls to Islam, inflicting immense suffering on their families. They then subject the parents to pressure, warning them of dire consequences if they try to retrieve their daughters.

Support for Persecuted Christians

This is indeed a time for the world to unite in support of the Christian community in Pakistan, who are confronting significant challenges in their daily lives. Solidarity and international attention can help raise awareness about the issues of religious persecution and discrimination faced by Christians in Pakistan. By standing together, the global community can work towards promoting religious freedom, human rights, and tolerance for all, regardless of their faith, and contribute to a more inclusive and just society. Providing legal aid, humanitarian assistance, and advocating for social justice are crucial steps in addressing these pressing concerns.

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Christian Persecution in Pakistan: A Growing Concern

Christian Persecution 2023

Christian persecution in Pakistan remains a deeply concerning issue that challenges global perceptions of religious freedom. Despite the world’s belief that Christians and other religious groups enjoy equal rights in the country, the reality is quite different.

Recent Wave of Persecution

Recent waves of extremism have particularly shaken the Christian community in Pakistan. Within less than a month, authorities have filed numerous First Information Reports (FIRs) against Christians, alleging that they have committed blasphemy against Islam, the Quran, and the Prophet Muhammad these accusations, often unfounded and malicious, have led to the arrest of Christians, while simultaneously igniting violent mobs in Christian colonies and villages.

After Jaranwala Incident

Observers have noticed an uncontrollable escalation in the level of persecution in Pakistan since the Jaranwala Incident on August 16, 2023. Regrettably, the government appears reluctant to take decisive action against hate violence perpetrated by the majority community in Pakistan. This alarming trend raises serious concerns about the protection of minority rights and religious freedom in the country.

It has also been noted that the Pakistani government is increasing pressure on Christians to secure the release of 160 extremists who were involved in burning churches, looting homes, and committing arson. Recently, it has become evident that the police and even other law enforcement agencies are turning a blind eye to the escalating hate crimes.

Tension in the Different Parts of Paksitan

The recent blasphemy charges against the Christian couple, Shaukat Masih and Kiran Bibi have brought to light a disturbing trend. Several videos have surfaced on social media platforms showing Muslim clerics and their followers chanting slogans to destroy Christian homes and churches. We have observed a similar situation in various other cities and regions in Pakistan, including Sargodha, Khanewal, Faisalabad, and even in the metropolitan city of Karachi. This indicates that the issue of persecution and religious tension affects not only a single location but has a broader impact across the country.

Shocking case of Khanewal

Shocking cases have arisen where a fourth-grade student was accused of blasphemy in Khanewal, a district in Central Punjab. A Muslim school teacher claimed to have discovered a page from an Islamic book in the bag of a Christian student at a Government Railway school.

She physically assaulted the boy, and along with another student, they mistreated him. However, it is important to note that in government schools, Christian students typically have Bible study instead of Islamic studies. Therefore, there is no possibility that the child had an Islamic book in his bag.

Timely intervention by the Catholic priest and a local Muslim resident of the area successfully resolved this issue, preventing any potential harm. They relocated the Christian students to an undisclosed location for their safety and security

The Case of Christian Persecution

This situation reflects a long-standing problem where Christians and other religious minorities face discrimination, persecution, and threats to their safety. Christian Persecution in Pakistan: A Look at Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities Addressing Christian persecution in Pakistan requires not only legal reforms but also a societal shift towards tolerance, understanding, and respect for diverse religious beliefs.

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Blasphemy Allegations Against Lahore’s Christian Couple


In recent news, Lahore, Pakistan finds itself embroiled in yet another controversy surrounding allegations of blasphemy. This time, it involves a Christian couple, Shoukat Masih and his wife Kiran, who stand accused of tearing pages from the Quran and discarding them on the street. As with many blasphemy cases, this incident has sparked heated debates, raised concerns about Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and highlighted the importance of protecting religious freedoms and ensuring fair and just legal proceedings.

The Allegations:

The accusations against Shoukat Masih and Kiran are grave, as blasphemy allegations often are. It is essential to recognize the sensitivity surrounding matters of religion and respect for beliefs, as these allegations can have serious repercussions for those accused, their families, and the communities they belong to. Blasphemy allegations can lead to arrests, violence, and even loss of life in some cases, making it imperative to handle such accusations with caution, fairness, and respect for due process.

Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan:

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have long been a subject of international concern due to their potential for misuse and abuse. While these laws are intended to protect religious sentiments, their implementation has often resulted in injustice and violence. Critics argue that the laws are vague, open to interpretation, and prone to misuse for personal vendettas or to target religious minorities.

International human rights organizations and activists have called for a review of these laws to ensure they align with international standards of human rights, including the freedom of religion and belief. Additionally, there have been appeals to protect the accused from vigilante violence and to guarantee fair trials.

The Broader Context:

Blasphemy allegations, such as the one in Lahore, underscore the importance of fostering an environment of tolerance, respect, and understanding among diverse religious communities. While respecting the sensibilities and beliefs of others, individuals should exercise their fundamental human right to freedom of speech and expression responsibly.

Furthermore, it is crucial for governments and societies to promote interfaith dialogue and religious harmony to reduce the likelihood of such allegations and to address any conflicts peacefully and through legal means. Education and awareness programs can play a significant role in fostering mutual respect and understanding.


The case of Shoukat Masih and Kiran in Lahore is a reminder of the complex and sensitive nature of blasphemy allegations. It is essential for Pakistan, like many other nations, to strike a balance between protecting religious sentiments and safeguarding individual rights, including the right to a fair trial.

This case also underscores the necessity for international scrutiny and dialogue concerning blasphemy laws, with the aim of ensuring their use in promoting harmony and justice, rather than their misuse as tools of persecution. Ultimately, fostering respect, tolerance, and understanding among communities of different faiths is the path toward reducing such conflicts and promoting a more inclusive society.
How can Christians have access to the Quran in Pakistan? How can anyone do that in Pakistan? When they know that Muslims can kill them or burn their houses. It appears to be a planned drama unfolding.

9-Year-Old Christian Student Accused of Blasphemy in Khanewal


A 9 Year-old Christian Student accused of Blasphemy on 7th sept 2023 In Khanewal, a troubling incident unfolded at Government Railway School in Christianabadi, Landhi, Khanewal. A teacher falsely accused a Christian student of tearing a page from a book on Islam, even though later revelations showed that she herself had torn the page.

The Accusation

Accusing the young Christian student of blasphemy, an allegation that carries significant consequences in a country where religion holds a central place in society. The accusations, however, were false, and what followed was a disturbing sequence of events that has left Khanewal in turmoil. The incident occurring just before Friday, a day of communal prayer and congregation in the Islamic calendar, is causing tensions to rise, despite no FIR being registered.

The Severe Torture

Following the accusations, the student faced not only social stigma but also physical violence. He endured severe torture, a horrifying ordeal for any child. The incident has raised serious concerns about the safety and security of religious minorities in Pakistan.

High Tensions in Khanewal

Christian families fleeing the area, much like the situations in Jaranwala and Rawalpindi, underscores the pressing concerns surrounding their safety and well-being. Protests have erupted on the streets, with a number of Muslim clerics threatening Christians.

A Call for Tolerance

In the wake of this troubling incident, it is crucial to emphasize the importance of tolerance and understanding among people of different faiths. Pakistan is a diverse country with a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and religions. It is essential that all citizens, regardless of their beliefs, coexist peacefully and respectfully.

Seeking Justice

The incident demands a thorough investigation by local authorities. The law must hold those responsible for making false accusations and inflicting harm on an innocent child accountable. Justice must prevail to restore faith in the country’s legal system.


The recent events in Khanewal, Landhi, starkly remind us of the challenges faced by religious minorities in Pakistan.This incident should serve as a catalyst for change—a change towards a society that values tolerance, compassion, and justice for all its citizens. This is a call to unite and work together actively to ensure that such incidents are never repeated, and that all individuals, regardless of their faith, can live without fear of false accusations or violence.

Jaranwala’s Christian Community Faces Harrowing Injustices Amidst Police Crackdown

Jaranwala church

In Jaranwala, the police have unleashed a series of horrific injustices, rounding up innocent Christians. Disturbing videos circulating on social media depict Christians pleading for their loved ones’ safe return from police custody, alleging unjustified arrests solely for questioning related to a destructive arson incident within the Christian community.

Troubling Arrests and Raids and Injustices in Jaranwala

The situation deeply troubles local Christians, as reports suggest mass arrests by the police without proper charges. Christian homes are frequently raided, resulting in men’s arrests and harassment and intimidation of women.

Local Priest’s Frustration

Furthermore, a local priest in Jaranwala has confirmed the illegal detention of at least 20 Christians by the police.He expresses frustration over the lack of information about the investigation and the treatment of their community members. They’ve raised these concerns with senior police officials, who have promised to intervene.

Distress in Chalis Mor Village

Another distressing incident occurred in Chalis Mor village, near Jaranwala, where only three Christian families reside. Here, police conducted raids, unlawfully detaining Christian men. A woman recounts the horrifying experience of police storming her home, assaulting her son, and detaining her husband. Her daughters also suffered abuse, and nearby relatives faced similar fates.

Dismay Over Inspector General’s Statements

Dismay fills local Christian leaders due to a recent press conference by Punjab Police Inspector General Usman Anwar. He suggests a conspiracy involving Indian officials to divert attention from India’s mistreatment of Christians. He cites mob violence in Jaranwala on August 16 and Quran copy desecration in Sargodha on August 19-20 as evidence. Senior Pakistani church leader Bishop Azad Marshal expresses concern that these statements label Pakistani Christians as Indian spies, jeopardizing the entire Christian community.

Bishop Azad Marshal initiates legal action by filing a petition in the Lahore High Court, seeking a judicial commission’s formation to investigate the Jaranwala arson incident comprehensively. He demands justice for police and district administration negligence. He highlights that past incidents like the attacks in Shantinagar, Gojra, and Joseph Colony were ignored by the state apparatus, emphasizing the need to address the root causes of senseless violence against Christians.

Hang four for Blasphemy

blasphemy laws-Hang all four

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2023, an additional district and sessions court in Rawalpindi issued the death penalty to four accused individuals in a blasphemy case lodged by the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing (CCW). Meanwhile, a fifth accused received a seven-year jail term. They registered the case against them in September 2022.

The Controversial Blasphemy Laws

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, found in Sections 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), have long sparked heated debates, both within the country and internationally. These laws, intended to protect religious sentiments and symbols, often face criticism for their misuse, leading to grave injustices.

The case in Rawalpindi serves as a stark example of the controversies surrounding these laws. The accused, Wazir Gul, Muhammad Amin, Faizan Razak, and Muhammad Rizwan faced charges under Section 295-C, which pertains to defaming the name of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), along with charges under Section 295-B, related to desecrating the Holy Quran. These charges carry severe penalties, including death and life imprisonment.

Judicial Emphasis on Gravity

During the proceedings, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Ahsan Mahmood Malik emphasized the seriousness of blasphemy allegations against the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the desecration of the Holy Quran. He labeled these acts as heinous and unforgivable offenses, echoing sentiments often expressed by those advocating for the strict enforcement of blasphemy laws.

Concerns Over Misuse

Despite the severity of the charges and convictions, concerns persist over the misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Critics argue that these laws are frequently exploited to settle personal vendettas or target religious minorities. The Rawalpindi case, while highlighting the court’s commitment to enforcing these laws, also raises questions about their application and potential for abuse.

Calls for Reform

The misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan has led to calls for reform both within the country and internationally. Human rights organizations and advocates argue that the laws need revision to prevent their misuse while still protecting religious sensitivities. Balancing the right to free speech with the need to respect religious beliefs remains a challenging task.

The Ongoing Debate

The verdict in the Rawalpindi blasphemy case is poised to intensify debates concerning the role and impact of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. While it highlights the state’s commitment to safeguarding religious sanctities, it also underscores the necessity for thoughtful deliberation and potential reform to prevent miscarriages of justice.

This case serves as a vivid reminder of the delicate balance between freedom of expression and the protection of religious sentiments—a balance that continues to challenge legal systems worldwide. As Pakistan grapples with the aftermath of this ruling, it confronts crucial questions about the future of its blasphemy laws and their societal repercussions.

Tragic Death of Hindu Girl After Brutal Rape by Muslim Doctors in Pakistan’s Sindh

Seema Somro died

The safety of Hindus in Pakistan is a growing concern, highlighted by a tragic incident in Sindh. Radical Islamist doctors drugged and raped Seema Rani, a Hindu girl from Tando Mohammad Khan City, while she was unconscious. She had been hospitalized at an Indus Medical University Hospital for kidney issues. Seema’s condition worsened, and the culprits fled the hospital. They rushed her to Hyderabad, but sadly, she didn’t survive.

Seema Soomro

This case sheds light on the dire situation for Hindu girls in Pakistan, especially in Sindh where most Hindus live. These women are often abducted, raped, forcibly converted, and married off to much older abductors. Law enforcement often remains silent, contributing to the rise in such cases. The government’s lack of action is a significant concern, as the perpetrators are Muslims, while the victims are Hindus, seen as ‘kefirs.’ It’s a distressing situation that calls for urgent attention and intervention.

Every year, the situation for Hindus and Christians in Pakistan worsens, with approximately 1,000 girls falling victim to abduction and forced conversion to Islam.This alarming trend is particularly prevalent in Sindh, where the majority of Hindus reside. Older abductors often force these young girls to marry them. The government’s inaction is especially troubling since it indirectly supports such acts, with the perpetrators being Muslims and the victims Hindus, often labeled as ‘kefirs.’ This ongoing crisis demands immediate attention and intervention to protect the rights and safety of minority communities in Pakistan.

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