Pakistan Christian Congress condemn arrest of Christian disable girl under blasphemy
20 Aug 2012
Karachi: August 20, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have urged government of Pakistan to issue arm licenses to every Christian in Pakistan for self-defense if cannot protect their life and property.
PCC Chief, commenting on burning of homes of Christians in Islamabad by Muslim mob after allegations of blasphemy on 11 years Rimsha Bibi, a Christian disable girl and fleeing of thousands of Christian residents of village Meherabad said “To flee from their homes for safety of life of thousands of Christians under the nose of highly protected capital city of Pakistan is total failure of administration”
Nazir Bhatti said “Government is not serious to stop miss-use of blasphemy laws in Pakistan and attack on Christian’s life and property”
There have been attacks on Christians and setting their homes on fire in Punjab province of Pakistan where Christian children, women and elder were burnt alive on allegation of blasphemy but recent attack on homes and a Church in Islamabad have sparked anger and fear among Pakistani Christian that if they are not safe in highly protected city of Islamabad then what is their future in Pakistan.
On August 18, Muslims attacked Rimsha, 11 years old mentally ill Christian girl and her mother on allegations of burning of pages of Quran in Meherabad, a slum area in Sector G-8, of Islamabad. Police rescued Rimsha and her mother but Muslim mob started setting on fire homes of Christians and Church. There are 300 hundred homes of Christians in this slum area of Islamabad.
Nazir Bhatti said “In 18th amendment in constitution of Pakistan, all Muslim parties in government, opposition and outside parliament agreed to repeal all laws endorsed by Zia-ul-Haq and even agreed to remove photo of former military ruler Zia-ul-haq from parliament building but never bothered to amend or repeal law of blasphemy imposed by dictator which gives impression that no one is ready to stop miss-use of blasphemy law which targets Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan”
Nazir Bhatti urged President of Pakistan Asif Ali zardari and Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf to order release of Rimsha Bibi immediately.
“I urge Christians to sell their TV and other household to buy licensed arms for their self-defense and protection instead of fleeing from their homes” said PCC Chief
Nazir Bhatti said “Pakistani Christians are sons of soil and have the right to protect their life and property in Pakistan”