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Anzila Semeul cries while sitting with her daughter in front of their home, after it was burnt by a mob two days earlier, in Badami Bagh, Lahore, March 11, 2013. — Photo by Reuters

LAHORE, March 12: Representatives of various religious parties at a meeting here on Tuesday expressed solidarity with the Christian community in the wake of the Joseph Colony incident and termed it another attempt to undermine national unity and bring a bad name to Islam and Pakistan.

The meeting held under the aegis of the Jamaat-i-Islami emphasised Pakistan is as much a homeland for minorities, including Christians, as Muslims and Islam did not allow any discrimination on the basis of caste or creed. It held the police and law enforcement agencies responsible for the attack and expressed deep resentment against those involved.

JI Secretary-General Liaquat Baloch, in his address, said the Joseph Colony tragedy was a continuation of incidents in Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar and an attempt to shake the Muslim-Christian unity with a view to sabotaging the upcoming elections.

The bishop of Lahore, besides Christian leaders Dr Majid Able and Francis Nadeem, were also present. The bishop said the incident had created an impression that Christians were not secure.

He, however, said a Christian could not blaspheme against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He called for setting up of peace committees at union council-level to prevent such incidents in the future.

The meeting demanded a committee comprising Muslim ulema and Christian scholars be set up to assist the police in the investigation of the blasphemy case against the accused Sawan Masih to ensure a probe strictly on legal terms.

Paramedics: Paramedics on Tuesday organised a rally to express solidarity with the affected families of Joseph Colony.

Started from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the rally ended at the Punjab Assembly.

Paramedics from teaching hospitals participated in the rally on the call of the Punjab Paramedics Alliance besides health supporting staff and sanitary workers.

PPA Chairman Malik Munir and other office bearers, including Iqbal Yousaf, Akbar Javed and Shoib Anwar, led the rally.


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Sakthi
Mar 13, 2013 05:29pm
In there any government in Pakistan? Very sorry.
wasim Farooqi
Mar 13, 2013 04:59pm
Pakistani NGOs must help the victim and local normal people should be there to assist the victims. Each and every one of the criminal of this incident must face toughest punisment that should be lesson for others.
abbastoronto
Mar 13, 2013 01:32pm
Since the resurgence of Islam began 100 years ago there have been attempts to bring back the Kaliphate and the “Rightly Guided” Islam. This means a “Christian Free” Islamic lands. While the Kaliphate was able to attain it once, today’s reality makes it a no-no, and it is also un-Islamic. Our Prophet A.S. was only able to succeed with timely Christian help. Ethiopia was the first to give refuge to early Muslims. Says the Quran: [5:82] And strongest in enmity to Believers are the yehud and the infidel, and nearest in Islam are those who say “we are Nazarenes” … But 5 years after the death of our Prophet A.S. the misguided Kaliphate that had now turned Tribal expelled the Arabian Christians to Kufa, and then reduced the Kingdom of Ethiopia to dust. It was possible because Islam was then an advanced trading economy, the Christians were agrarian and backward. Today, the Christians are strong and advanced, while Kaliphate Islam is Tribal and backward. Then the Expelled Christians were helpless. Today, they have the world behind them. If expelled, they will mobilize the world, and close its doors to Pakistanis, at least to those types who dream of “Kaliphate” Islam. This is already happening. The Consulates the world over now question applicants for student, business, immigrant, and asylum visa seekers from Islamic lands on which sect do they belong to. People are pestering Mullahs from Christian, Ahmedi, and Shia clerics to give them a piece of paper to say they are from "non-Kaliphate" community. Let us go back to Quranic/Mohammedan Islam and welcome the Christians as our Prophet A.S. did and would have.
abbastoronto
Mar 13, 2013 01:47pm
The attempts at disunity started in 1950s when the Ahmedi community was targeted. In 1970s, they were declared non-Muslims. Whatever their belief the Ahmedis are a peaceful people. The world is getting alarmed at terror coming from Pakistan, and has become aware that it comes from only one sect in Islam. All others in Pakistan have never been linked to terror. Did Pakistanis ever wonder what would happen if the Ahmedis lobbied world governments to do the same to visa seekers from Pakistan what it does to its citizens – explicitly require what sect they are? And further oblige them to produce a certificate from their clerics to prove it? When Pakistanis will see doors of the world shut to them then a search for unity would become a priority. The first Act of the new Government should be to repeal the Law that forces people to declare their belief. It would also be a first step towards unity.
AP
Mar 13, 2013 03:21pm
soon.. pakistan will not an minorities left. And then what are the religious extremists goig to do?
saleem
Mar 13, 2013 06:16pm
that's our religious parties justifying the work of barbarians in the name of the most merciful
ZXY
Mar 13, 2013 07:59am
Unity ? In Pakistan ? When the muslims are not united amongst themselves how can they with others.
Khanm
Mar 13, 2013 08:22am
I sincerely apologize on behalf of all our political leaders. The members of senate, home ministry, the members of assembly, our passive agencies for not providing the security to its minorities to protect their life and property. What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice. His sympathy, like that of the historian, must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party. Wish as a nation we have those qualities.......
Gerry D'Cunha
Mar 13, 2013 08:42am
I advise my christian brothers and sisters to be patients, God is great, as Jesus said 'forgive your enemies and pray for those who harm you' - what is happening in pakistan is curse from God
AHA
Mar 13, 2013 10:53am
‘Badami Bagh incident an attempt to undermine unity’. Unity? And what is that?
Feroz
Mar 13, 2013 11:55am
Attempt to undermine "unity"??? are you out of your mind? A nation that was created on the basis of not being able to live with those that did not share its faith has no unity among varied faiths. JI leading this is even more ironic.
G.A.
Mar 13, 2013 11:59am
Words may heal their wounds a bit but they won't rebuild their homes. Is anyone collecting donations for this neighborhood?
john
Mar 13, 2013 10:18pm
"Badami Bagh incident an attempt to undermine unity" really? By a foreign hand i guess.
john
Mar 13, 2013 10:20pm
Don't know about god, but definitely a course from mankind.
ku
Mar 14, 2013 06:41am

god is looking at you guys. how will you reply to him after killing innocents..

saleem
Mar 14, 2013 06:08pm
baqi, you need to get yourself checked