Thomas Mann Criticises Escalation of Religious Animosity Toward the Christian Minority in Pakistan

By Office Of Mep Thomas Mann, PRNE
Thursday, January 20, 2011

STRASBOURG, France, January 21, 2011 - In his capacity as Vice President of the European Parliament's delegation
on relations with South Asia, Christian Democratic MEP Thomas Mann has
criticised religious animosity toward the Christian minority in Pakistan.

Recent manifestations of the government's anti-Christian stance include
the death sentence imposed against Ms. Asia Bibi and the charge of blasphemy
against the Governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, who was recently murdered.

In Pakistan Christians account for around 2% of the population, yet 50%
of those accused of blasphemy are Christians. In 2009, 6 Christians were
burned alive when extremists attacked their houses in the village of Goira in
Punjab. Since the murder of Governor Taseer, many Christians in Pakistan
report feeling isolated. This is a sad situation that clearly contradicts the
desire of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. He promoted religious
freedom and tolerance.

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