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Sindh assembly passes resolution regarding misuse of blasphemy law and condemn barbaric act of Badami Bagh

Karachi, March 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, Member Provincial Assembly Sindh, Chairman, Standing Committee on Minorities Affairs Sindh Assembly and President All Pakistan Minorities Alliance Sindh submit a resolution in the August House of Sindh Assembly regarding misuse of blasphemy law as well as he also protested in the Sindh Assembly.

The contents of the resolution are as under: –

“On Friday the 8th March an FIR was lodged against one Christian Boy Mr. Sawan Masih on the alleged charge of blasphemy under Section 295-C of PPC and took the accused in custody in the early morning of Saturday the 9th March, 2013.

However, on the same day at about 11.30 am as reported by the Police, about 7000 people attacked Joseph Colony near Badami Bagh, ransacked and set on fire when the houses had already been vacated by the Christian families on the advice of the Police on Friday night.

The ransacking and burning on the alleged charges of blasphemy, when no evidence of the witnesses had been recorded and especially when the accused was already in the custody of police, is a distortedly act of terrorism against the Christian Community. It is against all canons of Islamic Jurisprudence and against Meesaq-e-Madina – the first Constitution drafted by the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him) few clauses, inter alia of Meesaq-e-Madina, relate to Jews and Christians, besides Muslims. It ordains that non-Muslim have equal political and cultural rights and shall have autonomy and freedom of religion.

Father of National, Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his speech on 11th August 1947 in the Constituent Assembly had said that the first duty of a Government is to maintain law and order so that the life and property and religious beliefs of its subjects are protected by the State.

He further said that “You are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques and you are free to go to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, cast or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of State.

Since the Police had already registered an FIR against the accused and got the houses of the Christian Community vacated on Friday night, the ransacking and arson of their houses on Saturday is worst Act of barbarism and vandalism. The 170 families are left with no shelter and no house-hold goods.

The House therefore further condemn this act of barbarity when the law enforcing agencies of Punjab Province failed to protect the lives and property of innocent Pakistanis. Government of Sindh is thus requested to take up the case with the Government of Punjab not only to get the attackers / terrorists punished, but also compensate adequately those victims who suffered mentally and monetarily. It is further resoled that the misuse of the blasphemy laws like 295-B and C of PPC should be restrained and the personal disputes are not converted into blasphemy acts”.

After Sindh Assembly’s Session Mr. Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, Pitambar Sehwani, Farheen Mughal, MPAs, Father Saleh Diego, Father Arthur Charles, Father Edward Joseph, Father Peter, Father Qaiser, Father Amjad, Senior Advocate Shahbaz Sothra, Stanlay Riaz, Riaz Nawab, Noel from JPC and so many others stand on the steps of Sindh Assembly to record their protest.

For more information, contact:
Media Coordinator
APMA Sindh
All Pakistan Minorities Alliance
Tel: 0300-2583365

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