Christian welcomes religious parties’ condemnation
By – Shamim Masih

ISLAMABAD: The religious parties across the country condemn the twin suicide bombings at a church in Peshawar which left at least 100 people dead on Sunday. Condemning the attack on the Christian community during a mass, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), the Jammat-e-Islami (JI), the Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, the Jamait-e-Ulema Islam- (F) and the Ahle-Sunnat Wal Jamaat condemned the deadly attack. They demanded that the government should provide full protection to the minorities which is their constitutional right. These parties demanded that compensation should be paid immediately to the families of those who had lost their loved ones.
They said the government should also bear all the costs of treatment given to the people injured free of charge.

Human Rights Activists and Christian politicians across the country welcomed the positive change in religious parties. Safdar Chaudhry Secretary General, Rah-e-Nijat Ministry said in his statement that it is good that religious parties have extended hands towards Christians. He said he warmly welcomes these statements by religious leadership against terrorist attack on Christians.

Basharat Khokher, human rights activist said that with the help of the local administration, we have been able to control the situation created by some fanatic in Iqbal Town, Islamabad. He said that it encouraging that Islamabad police and local administration is keen to take care of the Christians living in slum areas while registration process of these areas. He said that it is good sign that Shia people have announced three day mourning across the country.

Earlier, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry appreciates the arrest of killers of Shahbaz Bhatti. He said the government should take solid steps in protecting Christians across the country.

Christian leaders across the country welcome the statements from the people of different thoughts but with the same massage. Already, President of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, Javed Hashmi has spoken logically and emphatically against the blasphemy law in the National Assembly. Simultaneously, the government will have to take concrete measures to empower non-Muslims through application of Article 226 of the constitution, and amendments in the blasphemy law.