Hardline political party calls for Bible ban in Pakistan

Last Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 00:11

Islamabad: A hardline Pakistani political
party on Thursday demanded a ban on the Bible and set a 30-day
deadline for the Supreme Court to take action in this regard.

Maulana Abdur Raoof Farooqi, a leader of a faction of
the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam led by Samiul Haq, claimed the Bible
"contains blasphemous passages that are a cause of humiliation
for Muslims".

He said his party wants the Chief Justice of Pakistan
to take suo motu notice of this issue, said a report on the
website of The Express Tribune.

If the Chief Justice does not accept their request
within a month, Farooqi said he would present the issue to an
independent tribunal that may comprise judges from the Federal
Shariah Court.

Farooqui said he wants the matter to be resolved
judicially so that Christians have the right to defend their
position. He said that if this petition to the apex court was
unsuccessful, "pages from the Bible will be burned all over
the world."

Pakistan People`s Party legislator Pervez Rafique, a
member of the central organising committee of the All Pakistan
Minorities Alliance, said the apex court should not take any
action of the JUI-S` request to ban the Bible.

"We totally condemn this demand from their party. It
is against religious freedom and violates the right to
practice our religion as granted by the UN Charter," said
Rafique.

"How can they ban the Bible that is followed
throughout the world?" he added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 00:11

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