Lahore: Representatives of all the religious parties at a meeting here on Tuesday expressed complete solidarity with the Christian community in the wake of the Joseph colony tragedy and termed it as yet another attempt to undermine national unity and to bring bad name to Islam and Pakistan.
The meeting held under the aegis of the Jamaat e Islami emphasized that Pakistan is the homeland of the minorities including the Christians like the Muslims as Islam did not allow any discrimination on the basis of cast or creed.
The meeting held the police and the law enforcement institutions responsible for the Joseph colony tragedy and expressed deep resentment against all those involved in the ugly incident.
JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, in his address, said that the Joseph colony tragedy was in continuation with the incidents at Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar and is an attempt to shake the Muslim-Christian unity with a view to sabotaging the elections.
Those present at the meeting included JUP’s Qari Zawar Bahadar, Maulana Usman Noorai, Maulana Abul Khair Azad, JUI’s Maulana Amjad Khan, Ahle hadithj leader Maulana Rana Nasrullah, Qari Saif ud Din Saif and others.The Bishop of Lahore, besides Christian leaders Dr Majid Able and Francis Nadeem were also present.
The Bishop of Lahore, addressing the moot, said that the Joseph colony incident had created an impression that the Christians were not secure. He however said thata Christian could not commit blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad.He called for setting up peace committees at Union council level to prevent such incident sin the future.
The meeting demanded that a committee comprising Ulema and Christian religious scholars be set up to assist the police in the investigation of the blasphemy case against the accused Sawan Masih to ensure investigation strictly on legal lines.