Pakistan: PM Imran Khan gives stern warning to those opposed to release of Asia Bibi

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Pakistan: PM Imran Khan gives stern warning to those opposed to release of Asia Bibi

By Dan Bergin/ indcatholicnews.com

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has urged people not to support radical Islamic groups that are demonstrating against the release of Asia Bibi. In a message on national television last night, he criticised "The kind of language being used" by certain groups.

As soon as the ruling was made public yesterday, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party encouraged thousands of supporters to protest in the streets and block traffic. Massive demonstrations were held in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Multan and other cities, calling for the death of Asia Bibi and the judges who released her.

Khan said: "Can any government function when a person calls for murdering judges, uprising against army chief and block roads? What is the government fault in this? We are already trying to get out of the economic crises."

"A country cannot be jammed for supreme court verdicts you don't like. People are suffering loss; those on daily wages cannot feed their children. I urge people against this instigation. These rogue elements are not serving Islam. They are merely playing politics to increase their vote bank."

Khan warned Pakistanis against harming the country. "The state will fulfil its responsibility to protect lives and property. Don't compel us to take action."

All schools in the Punjab were closed yesterday and today. Christian churches and institutions fear they may be attacked.
Christian leaders thanked the prime minister for his statement. Samuel Pyara, chairman of the Implementation Minority Rights Forum who was present at the Supreme Court yesterday for the reading of ruling that acquitted Asia Bibi said: "The cricket hero took the bull by the horns. Nobody can take the state hostage." Pyara said he wanted to meet Federal Interior Secretary Azam Suleman to discuss the "security situation of churches around the country."

Joseph Francis, chairman of the Pakistan Christian National Party, expressed his appreciation for the prime minister's words. "We humbly request government security agencies to take action against the fanatic groups who create problems for the whole nation. A police first information report must be launched or legal action should be taken against them," he said.

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 13:12
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