The candle vigil ceremony was organized at Jinnah ground Azizabad by Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) for the memory of Christian couple, Shehzad and Shama, who were burnt to death in Kot Radha Kishan.
Talking on the occasion, member of MQM Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar said that the couple was innocent Pakistani citizens and were prejudicially targeted. He said that to observe a memorial of the Christian couple candle vigil ceremony on behalf of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, was an attempt to pay tribute to the both innocent souls.
He said that the religious discrimination was too dangerous and destructive, even if the couple would be considered as blasphemous but without any judicial probe or verdict. He said that if such incidents would not be prevented and such elements were not discouraged, the Quaid’s enlightened Pakistan would soon reach on the brink of destruction.
Dr Sattar said that the only way to achieve the progress and development of the country was to observe its constitution and treat all the citizens equal without any religious or racial prejudices. He also demanded to probe against the involved culprits and should be brought to the justice to award an exemplary punishment.
MQM Deputy Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, members Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar, Syed Aminul Haq, Rasheed Godel, Abdul Haseeb, Arif Khan Advocate, Saif Yar Khan, Aslam Afridi, Senator Tanvilrul Haq, MQM MNAs, MPAs, President KPC, Imtiaz Khan Faran, Senior Journalist Hassan Abbas, Shakil Yamin Kanga, prominent writer Khalil Ahmed Nenital wala, Shepherd Anwar Javed, Pesters Amjad Farooq, Umar Lathi, Basharat A. Rakha, Afzal, Father Rehmat Sher, members of Hindu community Maharaj Charan Das, Goswami Vijay Maharaj, members of civil society, intellectuals, literati, MQM workers and office-bearers attended the program.
Meanwhile, prominent writer Khalil Ahmed Nenital Wala said that that for the last so many years the members of Christian community were being targeted and exploited in the name of religion, especially in Punjab for the sake of people’s personal interests. He criticized that the present government was unable to protect the minorities as per constitution.
He further said that despite taking appropriate measure to eliminate discriminations and exploitations from the society, the incumbent government always tried to find artificial solutions like to pay compensations to the unfortunate victims. He also demanded the government, especially Punjab government to take concrete measures to protect the minorities’ rights in their province.
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