The Church of Pakistan News Service clarification on statement issued on behalf of the CPMPF from Scotland. By Rev. K. M Soomro

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Karachi. January 5. The CoP News Service have issued a statement whereby the News Service Team have clarified the statement issued by Mr. Sandy Sneddon of the Church of Scotland on behalf of the Church of Pakistan Mission Partners Forum. Following is the statement issued by the CoP News Service:

Dear Readers,

This is to clarify the misleadingly statement issued by Mr. Sandy Sneddon of the Church of Scotland on behalf of the Church of Pakistan Mission Partners Forum dated 23/12/04. Please note that CPMPF is not an official forum of the Church of Pakistan in any manner whatsoever.

To the best of our knowledge and belief the impugned statement issued by the CPMPF dated 23/12/04 has been issued on the instigations of the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan to save them from accountability. As the growing awareness is not letting the Bishops achieve their hidden motives, through an un-official forum the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan have tried to stop the awareness drive.

For the information of our readers link of an article KIRK FACES UP TO SHAME OF SECTARIANISM by ANDREW DENHOLM, published by the www.news.scotsman.com is produced hereunder:

Full article: The article published from Scotland is self-explanatory, reported by the correspondent of the www.news.scotsman.com at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Thus, the CoP News Service Team requests its readers to kindly go through the above-said article in order to understand the policy of the Church of Scotland based on Sectarianism.

It is also mandatory to bring in the knowledge of the readers that vide another report published by the www.news.scotsman.com it has come to our knowledge that the St. Andrews Church at Karachi was put up for sale by the Attorneys of the Church of Scotland with the due approval of the Church of Scotland, for the sale of the said Church property, to which the Church of Scotland is disowning after executing TENANCY RIGHT AGREEMENT (executed at Lahore on 15/06/2002) through the Attorneys of the Church of Scotland resident at Pakistan. Following is the link of the aforesaid report:

Full article: Who knows that the present staff of the Church of Scotland is doing the same mistake of taking sides in the Church of Pakistan on the basis of their policy based on Sectarianism, ignoring the Christian mandate of bringing peace to the earth and the Church?

It is required of the committees and the Chairpersons of the Church of Scotland to look into the working of their staff and guide them. It may be the need of the time to revise policies wherever needed to bring merit in the attitude of the staff members of the Church of Scotland.

It is also required to bring in the notice of the members of the Church of Pakistan that at present the Synod of the Church of Pakistan is disputed, pending adjudication before the Honorable High Court of Sindh at Karachi in Civil Suit no. 970/2003. Wherein a restraining order is prevailing against the illegally constituted Synod of the Church of Pakistan. Consequently, in the light of the prevailing legal situation no Board or Committee of the Synod Church of Pakistan is legally effective or of any use. Thus there is nobody at the moment to declare the CoP News Service as an official or unofficial News Service of the Church of Pakistan. Therefore, the statement on behalf of the CPMPF is void, misleading, without jurisdiction and of no legal effect.

Let us remind the readers that for years the Partners have been silent over the Karachi issue on the instructions of their favorite Bishops in the Church of Pakistan on the pretext that litigation is pending in the Courts of Pakistan. Why is it so that the Partners are forgetful of their previous stand? Isnt it a dual standard on the part of the Partners?

The disputed agreement amongst the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan dated 30/10/04 has been challenged in the Honorable High Court of Sindh at Karachi as the document in question amounts to contempt of Court. The agreement of the Bishops dated 30/10/04 embarks upon the immoveable properties of the Church of Pakistan and its legal status held within the Church of Pakistan. It further capitalizes and monopolizes the exercise of powers into few hands while the said agreement attempts to deal with the properties of the Church of Pakistan. It has further provided that no one of the Church of Pakistan Bishops or Diocesan authority would institute any Court case challenging the status and legality and property holders within the Church of Pakistan and in the event of any grievance, the matter is now required to be referred to the Bishops Council.

Hence monopoly has been generated under the agreement ignoring the aspect that there is no concept of a body called BISHOPS COUNCIL under the provisions of the Church of Pakistan. It is further apprehended that the basic structure of the Constitution of the Church of Pakistan is being attempted to be modified, altered, changed in the said agreement to the disadvantage of the Church of Pakistan itself viz a viz its property holdings and the benevolence which could be extended by the Church of Pakistan to the general public amongst the Christian community in Pakistan.

At the same time the CoP News Service wishes to make it clear that there are definitely unresolved issues pending in the Church of Pakistan, which need to be resolved. However, an ignorant faction of the Church of Pakistan, consisting of the dishonest bishops is trying hard to portray that the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan has settled everything, thus there is no need of accountability and deliberation at any level. Yet it is sadistically notable that the Church of Pakistan Mission Partners Forum according to their usual practice are supporting the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan on the policy based on Sectarianism and assisting them to carry on their dishonest practice in the Body of the Christ, ignoring the fact that the resources which the Bishops of the Church of Pakistan wants to usurp belongs to the members of the Church of Pakistan.

As a matter of fact the illegal sales of Church property by the Bishops is a core issues still pending unresolved. The competent Courts have already been moved for the peaceful resolution of all the issues, wherein vide an order dated 10/12/04 the High Court of Lahore has restrained the Lahore Diocesan Trust Association from alienating or changing trust property by any means whatsoever, at the same time the Learned Judge commented that the competent Courts must be moved for the cancellation of the sold properties. Issues of the offices of Bishop of Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Hyderabad are still unresolved. Illegal absence of the Bishop of Raiwind from his Diocese for more then 9 months every year is another issue needs to be settled. In coming days we are planning to publish a WHITE PAPER, wherein all the issues along with their evidential proofs will be public for the information of the members of the Church of Pakistan, all the over world.

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