December 7, 2009
Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA) welcomes the demand of the Gojra riots inquiry panel to immediately change blasphemy laws to protect minorities in Pakistan.
Nine people, including four women and a child were killed in anti-Christian riots in Gojra in August. Christian homes were burnt after unproven allegations were rumored that some of them had desecrated the holy Quran.
Lahore High Court Judge Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, who is heading the inquiry panel, warned the Pakistan government that "the Gojra tragedy must be taken seriously and the needful should be done on a war-footing without further loss of time.”
The 258-page report recommends action "without any discrimination against those responsible for commission and omission".
The Asia Evangelical Alliances appeals to the government of Pakistan to change the blasphemy laws and uphold equality and freedom of all its citizens in particular of its minorities.
Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
Asia Evangelical Alliance
New Delhi, India
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