Civil Society organization’s call to discuss blasphemy law in Pakistan is positive change. Nazir Bhatti
23 Oct 2009
Islamabad: October 23, 2009. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, expressed his gratitude to Civil Society organizations in Pakistan on holding seminars
and discussion forums to discuss blasphemy law on October 24-25, 2009, as token of solidarity with PCC call to repeal blasphemy law by hosting All Christian Parties Conference in Rawalpini, on October 25, 2009.
Nazir Bhatti said “ All Christian Parties Conference shall be a milestone to launch peaceful movement to repeal controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan and will send message to selected Christian parliamentarians by Muslim political groups that 20 million Pakistani Christian reject any move by government to revise law instead of repeal”
“PCC condemn role of minority selected MNA,s and MPA,s who failed to reach on any consensus in a session called by religious ministry to discuss draft resolution for legislation on October 12, 2009, in Islamabad” added Nazir Bhatti
The national media of Pakistan mocked Christian leaders on their publications of October 13, 2009, commenting “Christian parliamentarians were not united on repeal or revision of blasphemy law” The PPP selected MNA and Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti insisted on revision while PML(Q) selected member of national assembly pressed upon repeal of blasphemy law.
The Human Right Commission of Pakistan and Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan have demanded repeal of blasphemy law. The WCC and Voice of Martyr have also pressed upon government of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy law while Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities wants revision in blasphemy.
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have always demanded repeal of blasphemy law and filed lawsuit to repeal law in Lahore High Court in 1998. The PCC petition was heard by bench headed by Chief Justice of Lahore Court and an appeal was filed in Supreme Court of Pakistan and Federal Sharia Court Islamabad after dismissal by High Court.
Nazir Bhatti paid homage to “People’s Resistance” on holding seminar on Blasphemy law on October 24, 2009, in Karachi while PCC suspended Karachi and Lahore Conferences after threats to PCC leaders by militants and procession by JUP in Karachi on October 10, 2009, to demand blasphemy charges who are organizing meetings to repeal blasphemy law.
People’s Resistance a Civil Society organization conveyed a Message of Solidarity to PCC by organizing Seminar on Blasphemy Law in an e-Mail to Bishop Ijaz Inayat as “Dear Bishop Ijaz Inayat I understand that All Pakistan Christian Congress is organizing simultaneous events in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi on Oct 24 as well - are you part of these initiatives? If so, kindly convey a message of solidarity from PR to the organizers of these event. PR”
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti urged President Asif Ali Zardari to repeal blasphemy law by an executive order because blasphemy law is protecting terrorism in Pakistan.
Nazir Bhatti said “militants are fighting Pakistan Army and attacking public offices as Islamists are claiming Pakistan Army and Pakistan government to be blasphemers on joining hands with US and NATO forces in region’