02 March 2011
News from Pakistan: Bishop Azariah condemns the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti
Bishop Samuel Azariah, Presiding Bishop of the Church of
Pakistan has condemned the brutal murder, by religious fanatics, of
the Federal Minster for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti on
Wednesday the 2nd of March, in Islamabad.
The Bishop said that the Christian Community are not only sad and hurt at this heinous act, but consider themselves absolutely unsafe in the present circumstances of Pakistan. We do not have the freedom of expressing our point of view. He also stated that the Government has either lost the will or the control over groups and individuals who freely go around killing leaders in the name of Religion.
Bishop Azariah stated that it is a fact that the Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan are not only being misused but are being abused by the religious zealots. This is just another example of it. If this is not controlled neither will Democracy, law and order, or justice prevail in Pakistan. Authorities have failed to bring about fair justice to people who are doing such criminal acts in the name of religion. The Bishop asked a question why is religion being allowed to be distorted by a few and why is the majority in the sin of silence?