Lahore: December 19, 2010. (PCP) The Pakistani Christian leaders in All Christian Parties Conference held here today in Lahore, decided to march from Lahore Press Club to Punjab Assembly Building on December 25th, 2010, to press upon government to re
The JUI(F), JI and other Islamic parties have already announced a countrywide shutter down strike and rallies to protect blasphemy law and warn government to present any revision in law, which was expected after Sherry Rehman,s private bill in national assembly of Pakistan
The Islamic political and religious groups were outraged on news of pardon to Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, sentenced to death on accusations of blasphemy in November 2010.
The appeal of Asia Bibi is pending in Lahore High Court against her sentence to death handed over by District and Session Judge Nankana, in Punjab.
The Lahore High Court also blocked powers of President of Pakistan under Article 45 of constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to pardon Asia Bibi on a petition filed by local Muslim.
The Islamic cleric in Peshawar also announced head money of half a million Pakistani Rupees for any one who may kill Asia Bibi, who is in jail in Punjab province of Pakistan.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC, appealed to International Community on December 16, 2010, at a conference in SVC, Capital Hill, Washington DC, to press upon government of Pakistan to release Asia Bibi before Christmas that she may celebrate this eve with her family.
The All Christian Parties Conference in Lahore Presided by Rt. Rev. Yaqoob was attended by Joseph Francis, Zia Khokhar, Aslam Parvez Sohtra, Nazir Qaiser, Yasir Barkat Khokhar, Salim Shakir, Ilyas A Khan, Rafique MPA, Khalid Gill and many other leaders.
All Parties Conference decided to launch campaign to release Asia Bibi and repeal of blasphemy law and instead of celebrating Christmas, decided to mark it a protest day.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC in a statement said that he is surprised on call of strike on December 24, 2010, by Moulana Fazal-ur-Rehman and urged JUI and JI to postpone their strike as its Christmas day in Pakistan.
Nazir Bhatti said Pakistani Christian must tell Moulana Fazal Ur Rehman that his father Mufti Mahmood as a Chief Minister of NWFP denied orders of ZA Bhutto to nationalize missionary schools for which Christians had great respect for him but his decision to call strike on Christmas Day have harmed Christians.