Hope rises from the ashes in Pakistan

Posted on August 13, 2009. Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Unparalleled public outrage in the wake of attacks in Pakistan which left eight Christians dead have prompted new hopes of urgent changes needed to protect minority groups according to the bishop at the center of crisis.

After 10 days in the media spotlight, Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad the diocese where the attacks took place told Aid to the Church in Need that this was a rare opportunity for the Pakistan government to introduce changes to the laws.

He said, “This is exactly the right time for the government to review the Blasphemy Laws. At any other time, there would be a reaction against it on account of the need to protect the honor of Islam and the Prophet [Mohammad], but now people can see only too clearly the problems the laws cause especially when they are misused.”

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