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10/18/2019 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC) recently expressed concern over reports of increased violence against religious minority communities. NCJP appealed to the government of Pakistan to take “effective measures” to both secure the minority communities and bring perpetrators of religiously motivated violence to justice.

In their statement of concern, NCJP highlighted several incidents of persecution against Pakistan’s religious minorities. In May, 40 Christian graves in Antonioabad were found to be desecrated. Also in May, Javed Masih, a 36-year-old Christian, was killed by his Muslim employer in the village of Chak 7, near Faisalabad. Finally, Ramesh Kumar, a Hindu doctor, was falsely accused of blasphemy and had his office set on fire by an angry mob.

In its statement, NCJP condemned the “targeted violence against minorities only because of their faith. These attacks on minorities are not acceptable and the state must provide protection and security for all citizens.

NCJP went on to call on the government to implement the Supreme Court 19 June 2014 decision. In that decision, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the government of Pakistan to protect and promote the rights of religious minorities. To date, however, little of this Supreme Court decision has been implemented by the Pakistani government.

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