Christian leaders condemned blasphemous article and demand ban on Daily Dawn Karachi. PCP Report.
05 Dec 2004
Lahore. December 6. Rt. Rev. Dr. Major (Retired) Timotheus Nasir, along with Dr. Raja Nathanial Gill Advocate, Chairman May Hospital Trust District Qasoor, Miss Sonia Gill and Mr. Kamil Nasir, addressed a Press Conference at Press Club Lahore today o
In this article, newspaper have published an introduction of a book written by one “Jonathan Freedland”, quoting highly derogatory and blasphemous parts of the book, “A Code for Dark Times”. In that abusive language is also used for Mary Magdalene, held in high esteem by the Christians in Pakistan.
Bishop Nasir, in a written statement in Urdu, demanded a “ban” on the “Daily Dawn” and arrest of the Chief Editor, the staff and the editor in-charge of “Books & Authors” publication that is published every Sunday under the “Blasphemy Laws” of Pakistan.
He demanded “Death Penalty” for the people responsible for this blasphemous article that was published as an introduction of the book. It must be remembered that any book that contains any derogatory remarks for any prophet can not be brought to Pakistan. It is a very serious crime to import or bring in, keep, publish any portion or to give any quotation from such book. Even then the article “A Code for Dark Times” went un-noticed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Government Press Branch, Islamabad, the government of Pakistan and the national press.
Bishop Nasir expressed his grief, resentment and surprise on such a “blasphemous publication” and its circulation in Pakistan that hurt the religious feelings of Christians of Pakistan. He also expressed his dissatisfaction at the attitude of National Print and Electronic Media towards Christians and Christianity.
Answering a question that the book was not published in Pakistan and how could the “Daily Dawn”, be held responsible for the publication? The Bishop reminded the National Press that if the books written by Sulman Rushdi, Tasnima and Irshad Nanji can not go un-noticed by the national press, how this derogatory reference, introduction of the blasphemous book and extremely “injurious paragraph” should have been not noticed by the government of Pakistan and the National Press?
Bishop Nasir expressed his disappointment at the attitude of the Pakistani Print and Electronic Media. Answering a strange and out of context question by a lady reporter, regarding American “atrocities” in Afghanistan and in Iraq, he said, Mr. Bush did not seek permission or advice from Pakistani Christians or from me.
He added that the Press should not try to absolve it self from the guilt of overlooking the “insult” of Lord Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.
in view of American war against Iraq and bombing the holy places in Iraq. He advised one reporter to refrain from taking on an issue in which the Christians of Pakistan had no role to play. He suggested her to request President General Pervaiz Musharaf to take up this issue with the American President when he meets Mr. Bush on Saturday the 4th of December 2004.
It must be remembered that after September 11th 2001, the attitude of Pakistani Print and Electronic Media is becoming more and extremely hostile and aggressive towards the Christians and Christianity.