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Pakistani Muslim Legislator Warns Local Government Not to Allow Conference

A member of the Pakistan Muslim League has warned Jhang’s district administration not to allow members of a radical Islamic group to hold a conference in a neighborhood where many Christians live.

According to a confidential ANS source inside Pakistan, Legislator Shiekh Waqas Akram said the planned gathering by members of Siphie-e-Sehiba (an organization banned by the UN Security Council for its extremist views and roles in sectarian clashes) would amount to harassment against Christians.

Sheikh Waqas Akram said Siphie-e-Sehiba workers have been attempting to mobilize Muslims citizens to participate in the conference.

He added, “They are extending pressure on the local administration for approval of the conference (to honor the prophet) … On the other hand, they want to escalate tension using hatred based speeches about other religions, particularly Christians.”

Our source reported Sheikh Waqas Akram also said, “The (Siphie-e-Sehiba) outlaws must not be allowed to organize such conference in a (Christian) neighborhood … Anybody can (turn) the (meetings) against Christians, which could result violence.”

Recently, our source said, Islamic parties have been organizing nationwide protests not to amend or repeal the nation’s controversial blasphemy laws. The demonstrations and rallies show no sign of ceasing.

Speaking to our source, Munir Gill, a Christian leader expressed grave concern. He said, “It is strange the government has made it clear at different forums that it has no intention to amend or repeal the blasphemy laws, but the protests continue.”

Gill said area law enforcement agencies are too lenient in stopping the demonstrations.


Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “Homeless in the City.”

Additional details on “Homeless in the City” are available at http://www.homelessinthecity.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at jeremyreynalds@comcast.net.



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