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Christian leaders, along with leaders from other religious minority communities, are condemning a speech recently made by a member of the ruling party claiming religious minorities are a national security risk. Captain (Rtd) Safdar,  son in law of the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League PML (N), claimed that Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan could not be trusted to work at any of Pakistan’s national security departments because they are essentially not true citizens of Pakistan. This sentiment played up by Pakistan’s political leadership is one of the major reasons Christians and other religious minorities face widespread discrimination and persecution. What other effects will this hate speech have on these already vulnerable communities?  

10/13/2017 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post) – The wave of anger and fear spread among religious minorities after speech of one of ruling party Pakistan Muslim League PML (N) leader in National Assembly of Pakistan on October 10, 2017.

Captain (Rtd) Safdar, who is son in law of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif criticized the renaming of Quaid-e-Azam University Physics Centre after Professor Dr Abdus Salam, a Pakistani Ahmadiyyia community individual who won Nobel Prize.

“These people [Ahmadis] are a threat to this country, its constitution and ideology. This situation is heading towards a dangerous point,” said Safdar in his speech.

Mr. Safdar added “Pakistan was created with an ideology to protect the finality of Prophethood [Khatm-i-Naboowat] so Islam is practiced here”

Captain retired Safdar went further ahead and demanded signature of employees entering in Pakistan Armed Forces, Pakistan Supreme Court, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and other department on declaration of Khatm-i-Naboowat that non-Muslim may be set away from national security institutions.

The Christians, Ahmadi, Hindus and other religious minorities were declared Non-Muslims under Amendment 18th in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned hate speech of Capt. (Rtd.) Safdar and termed if against ideology of Pakistan.

“He urged political forces to raise voice against hate speech of ruling party MNA which has created issues of safety and security of members of religious minorities in Pakistan” added Nazir Bhatti

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