LAHORE: A large number of protestors joined the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) to protest against Pope Benedict’s demand for repealing the blasphemy law, in Lahore on Tuesday.
JI Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch, who led the rally, termed the pontiff’s demand “insane and a plot to threaten Pakistan’s Christian minority’s security”.
Liaquat Baloch said that the Pope, demanding the release of Aasia Bibi, had been ignorant of the treatment being meted out to Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He also advised Christian leaders and Bishops in Pakistan to disown the Pope’s stance.
Speaking on the rally held in Karachi on Sunday, Baloch said that the party would hold another rally in Lahore on January 30, stating that the protests would continue till the parliamentary committee on the issue was scrapped and the amendment to the bill, tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Sherry Rehman, was dropped.
He also said that Salmaan Taseer’s killer, Mumtaz Qadri, enjoyed the backing of “the entire nation” and the “proud and honourable” lawyers would secure his release.