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Rising misuse of Blasphemy law in Pakistan demands repeal of controversial law

Karachi: May 18, 2011. (PCP) The Central Council of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC Secretariat issued here today statement of PCC Chief Dr. Nazir S Bhatti to demand repeal of controversial Blasphemy law in Pakistan which is being misused by Islamists in Pakistan against Christians and other religious minorities on petty disputes and business rivalry.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti alleged that Punjab province of Pakistan is safe heaven for Islamic militants who have conspired to use blasphemy law to force Christians to fled from Punjab where they are number two in population after Muslims and have valuable properties.

There have been 99% cases under blasphemy against Christians and Ahmadi Muslims in Punjab province of Pakistan where worship places have been attacked with grenades and properties destroyed by Islamic Jihadists in Pakistan.

Nazir Bhatti said “The recent incidents of attacks on Church and Theological Seminary in Gujranwala on pretext to blasphemy forced hundreds of native Christians to take refuge in other cities and to charge a Christian businessman in Sialkot are worst pat of misuse of blasphemy laws in Pakistan”

“I condemn Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government in Punjab which is protecting banned Islamic terrorists outfits and providing them freedom of violence against Christians” said Nazir Bhatti

There are 13% Christians in province of Punjab where they have missionary schools, colleges and hospitals which benefit Muslims and Islamic outfits plan to take over these valuable properties under cover of blasphemy law.

Nazir Bhatti expressed concerns not arresting culprits involved in assassination of Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was campaigning revision in Blasphemy laws because Tehreek Taliban Punjab which took responsibility to gun down Shahbaz Bhatti on March 2, 2011, in Islamabad are protected by Punjab government and Pakistani establishment.

The PCC Chief also expressed concerned on delay in hearing of appeal in Asia Bibi in Lahore High Court who was sentenced to death on blasphemy charges in Punjab.

Nazir S Bhatti, as Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC was only leader who filed law suit in Lahore High Court to repeal blasphemy laws and later appealed against decision of LHC in Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan in 1998.

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