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NCSW deplores the tragic assassination of Federal Minister for Religious Minorities Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti

Nov 30, -0001

Once again the voice of sanity has been silenced for speaking out boldly for justice and the rights of vulnerable people in Pakistan. The NCSW deplores the tragic and cold blooded assassination of Federal Minister for Religious Minorities Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, who was struggling to promote peace and interfaith harmony in society.
This sheer act of terrorism was designed to instill fear in the public. The clerics, who inflame emotion and incite violence by issuing poisonous fatwas and statements, are equally guilty of these heinous crimes against humanity. Mosques instead of being used to promote peace and learning are being used to spread anarchy.  It is regrettable that no action has been taken against those who spread hatred and promote violence.The NCSW condemns perpetrators of such criminal actions and the impunity with which the extremists continue to operate.  The Commission calls upon the government to take concrete measures to improve the security in the country and devise an appropriate strategy to firmly deal with such elements so that the rule of law is established.  In this situation the religious minorities, who have been assured equal citizenship rights by religion, the Constitution of the country and by the founder of Pakistan, Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, are feeling so insecure and vulnerable.Furthermore, we call upon the media not to give disproportionate coverage to those who have played a major role in sowing the seeds hatred and dissent and providing a fertile environment for obscurantist forces. The media is urged to re-channelise its energies and resources towards promoting tolerance, peace and harmony encouraging rational thinking in the society.
The NCSW expresses its heartfelt condolence to his family and the entire Christian community and assure them that we equally share the grief at this tragic loss.  May his soul rest on in eternal peace.

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