Fazl vows not to let Shahbaz Bhatti’s killing to be ‘used against Islam’March 6th, 2011 - 12:52 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Mar 6(ANI): Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has vowed not to let the assassination of Pakistan Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti to be used against Islam and for the destruction of Islamic institutions.
“I have already condemned the killing of Shahbaz Bhatti in the Parliament but it seems as if an international lobby is using such incidents to gain a leverage on religious parties,” Geo TV quoted Fazl, as saying.
Talking to media persons after a meeting with Jamat-e-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hassan, the JUI-F chief said that the publishing of cartoons and desecration of the Holy Quran were a ‘test for our patience’.
“The West must not demand a one-sided display of patience from us,” he added.
Earlier, during heated arguments in the National Assembly over the security situation in Islamabad and the rest of the country, Fazl touched on the blasphemy law while most others hesitated to do so.
He said he thought Bhatti’s murder could have been inspired by what he called “a lobby opposed to religious circles” to put them under a new pressure on the pretext of the blasphemy law.
In what seemed to be a gesture of change in a previous hard line on the blasphemy law reforms issue, the JUI-F chief said that although attacking procedures often reflected an intent to block the application of a law, “if a law is being misused against minorities, we are ready to discuss this (matter)”. (ANI)
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