16 January, 2021

Anthony T. Lobo

The Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi on the plight of Christians in Pakistan

Anthony T. Lobo
Is religious fundamentalism in Pakistan responsible for persecution of minorities?
Religious fundamentalism is universal. There are fundamentalists even among Christians; it's wrong to assume only Islam or Hinduism have religious extremists.

Have Christian minorities been persecuted in Pakistan since 1947?
Since the death of Jinnah, Christians have been persecuted. The nationalisation of schools and colleges in 1972, the separate electorate, misuse of blasphemy laws have made life miserable for Christians.

What measures have you adopted to fight persecution?
We've been able to obtain some of the schools and colleges which were nationalised.

What about the separate electorate?
Pakistan adopted separate electorates on the basis of religion. Right now, Christian votes aren't valued by Muslim leaders. But once there's a joint electorate, minorities will not be persecuted.

How has the blasphemy law affected Christians?
More than 40 persons face prosecution under the blasphemy law introduced by...


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