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Catholic Church seeks apology from Malik


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Interior Minister Rehman Mailk. — Photo by AP/File

LAHORE: The Catholic Church in Pakistan has demanded an apology from Interior Minister Rehman Malik for drawing a parallel between the Holy Father and Dr Tahirul Qadri.

In a statement on Thursday, Senior Priest of the Catholic Church in Pakistan Fr Emmanuel Yousaf Mani demanded that Rehman Malik should immediately withdraw unnecessary and provocative remarks.

“There is no comparison or link between the two personalities. While Pope (Benedict XVI) is an undisputed leader of the Catholic Church, the largest faith group in the world, the credentials of Dr Qadri are prerogative of Pakistanis and Muslims to ascertain. On the other hand the Pope has neither a political role nor ambitions in the 21st century states,” said Fr Emmanuel Yousaf who is also a director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace.

“We as a Christian community of Pakistan feel deeply angered by such statements maligning the office and the position of Papacy. We demand an apology from Rehman Malik, who is otherwise assigned a responsible task and request him to avoid any such remarks in the future.

We also appeal to all leaders to keep the dissent and political battles within the limits of decency because uncanny remarks do not reflect the better part of democratic culture.

The religious minorities have always stood with the movements for democracy and human rights and will always strive to work for democracy and justice in Pakistan,” said the statement.

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sehr Jan 18, 2013 05:37am
He should apologise.
Ahmad Mushtaq (@digitalsurgeon) Jan 18, 2013 11:58pm
this is freedom of speech. Rehman Malik can say what ever he wants. (disclaimer: I dont like RM.)
Mike Jan 18, 2013 05:45am
He is talking about the dress not the personality.
observer Jan 18, 2013 06:27am
Zimbo_Indian Jan 19, 2013 01:31pm
Much ado about nothing .....
Suresh S Rathor Jan 18, 2013 07:58pm
Slowly Pakistani ppl are getting enuf educated to respect other religions. If improvements like this continues thn Pakistan has a good future. Small changes can make big difference
Bbbb Jan 18, 2013 08:14am
I bet whatever profile, you compare with Qadri, they will protest, even the fish of the ocean would protest, if Qadri is compared to them -:)
Mian Kashif Jan 18, 2013 12:44pm
Rehman Malik should immediately quite the ministry and should seek apology from minorities as well as from Dr Qadri.
Ahmad Munir Jan 18, 2013 08:39am
Who cares what Malik says anyway. Let us apologize to Christian Pakistanis for the hurt we cause them.
s.p.bansal Jan 18, 2013 08:36am
Has any one respected minority religon ever before in Pakistan ? Never.
imran sheikh Jan 18, 2013 08:31am
Not "should". He MUSTapologise for needlessly hurting the feelinds of so many Pakistanis. He clearly lacks the training to appreciate the nuances of what he says as a senior Government minister, and hence should speak as little as possible. Many short-comings are not exposed if one does not speak.
Abdullah Hussain Jan 18, 2013 08:31am
It is the duty of everyone not to hurt religious sentiment of other. Rehman Malik should clarify his position regarding the matter.
Laeeq,NY Jan 18, 2013 01:13pm
They are quiet right. Mr.Rehman Malik showed typical mentality of an ignorant Pakistani, who has no respect for other religious figures. Making fun of Mr. Qadri,s outfit was very childish and showed immaturity of our interior minister and insensitivity towards our minorities.
Abdul Malik Jan 18, 2013 02:10pm
How many christians have you left to apologise to ? LOL
Imtiaz Jan 18, 2013 01:40pm
Rehman Malik is a disgrace to Pakistan and he would not mind equating anything to justify their dirty rule in Pakistan.
Laeeq,NY Jan 18, 2013 01:15pm
He is a leader? May be leader of Talibans.
Alia Jan 18, 2013 11:31am
Ironically,Minority in this country is the BIGGEST religion of this World.
Khalid Jan 18, 2013 10:10am
Blasphemy charges seem to be appropriate here. How about that?. Prove to the Christian brothers and sisters that the blasphemy laws apply to all religions. The problem with Malik is that he opens his mouth before he can think and since he tries to speak English unnecessarily, he puts his foot in his mouth evertime he opens it. What a leader we have!!!
Procastinator Jan 18, 2013 03:28pm
How is this blasphemy?he compared Qadri to pope, not with anything Muslim. You must know when it doesnt apply.
Imran Jiwani Jan 18, 2013 10:37am
My deepest apologies to all the Christians. Please do not mind what Rehman Malik says. Is he had any sense he would not have said those words.
shaz Jan 18, 2013 03:55pm
The ignorance of the elected, in pakistan is staggering. Do people pick the dumbest of the lot?
Agha Ata (USA) Jan 18, 2013 03:56pm
Dear father at the Catholic Church in Lahore, please forgive this man. I am sure he didn
Faisal Jan 18, 2013 11:37am
Im also sorry for the behaviour of Mr. Rehman Malik.
Agha Ata (USA) Jan 18, 2013 03:42pm
Holy Father is a name of personality, not a name for dress.
Garib Manus Jan 18, 2013 12:10pm
Ia there a blasphemy law applicable to the present case?
Prakash Rao Jan 18, 2013 09:21am
Rahman Malik par Raham karo. He does not know what he says.
Raj Jan 18, 2013 03:19pm
Remember the words," forgive him Father, he does not know what he is talking about..". So also is Rahman Malik!
Zongwa Jan 18, 2013 06:57am
Atleast some one has thought of teaching Malik a lesson
Abdul Malik Jan 18, 2013 02:08pm
Rehman Malik can be forgiven. Not his fault that he is an uneducated lout. Actually education system in Pakistan is to blame. Even Madam Rabbani has been shooting of her pretty mouth.
Anwar Jan 18, 2013 07:37am
Malik should respect minority belief and apologize which will make him better person for accepting his mistake, if he cares for other beside himself.
faiz Jan 18, 2013 09:28am
How well do you respect your country minority religion is for the world to see..
Sara Jan 18, 2013 06:51am
Wishful thinking that an apology will be forthcoming.