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An end to violence in Pakistan

· Bishops ask the government for immediate action ·

The bishops of Pakistan are pushing for immediate measures to put an end to the increasing violence and religious intolerance. This intolerance, they wrote in an appeal to the government, is endangering the civil and social life of Pakistan. In the statement the bishops underlined “the failure of the civil and judicial administration”.

In the statement, signed by the President of the Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, and by a representative of the Association of Major Superiors, Fr Pascal Paulus, men and women religious remind civil authorities of their responsibilities by submitting requests to the executive branch of government and the Supreme Court. “The murder of Shahzad Masih and of Shama Bibi a Kasur reminds us that intolerance in the name of religion is far beyond the state of rights”. Summary justice — the text continues, according to Fides News Agency — “violates the Constitution and the penal code. Such incidents reflect the lack of governance, the failures of the civil administration and of the judicial system which guarantee the impunity for these crimes against humanity”.

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