Calling impostors, fake is no crime: Punjab’ Minster for Minorities’ Affairs refuses to apologize to Bishops’ Council

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Provincial Minister for Minorities’ Affairs, Khalil Tahir Sindhu has refused to apologize to the Bishops’ Council saying, “Calling impostors, fake is not a crime, and those who are genuine have not opposed my statement.” Khalil Tahir statement about taking action against the fake pastors was met with scorn and condemnation from the Bishops’ Council.

Punjab Minister for Minorities' Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu

Provincial Minister plainly refused to offer apology while chairing a meeting which was held to discuss the burning issue of the LHC’ controversial ruling of restoration of Section 7 of the Christian Divorce Act of 1869. During this meeting, he said that it is being demanded of me to apologize to the “fake” Bishops’ Council. “It is impossible,” he said while discarding the idea of apologizing to the Bishops’ Council.

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“Calling impostors, fake is not a crime,” he asserted. Those who are authorized clergymen, have not frowned upon my statement, he explained. At this, one of the attendees of the meeting, Pastor Jamil Nasir replied in a stern way,” Minister sir, you have no right to judge anyone as genuine and fake. God has bestowed honor to you. You should use your authority in a rightful manner.”

Consequently, the meeting was called off without any outcome due to verbal assaults. This meeting was also attended by PML-N’s Member of Punjab Assembly Shahzad Munshi, Member Punjab Assembly Marry Gill, Member Punjab Assembly Marcus Shakeel Ivan Khokhar and PTI’ Member Punjab Assembly Shunila Ruth, Parliamentary secretary Tariq Masih Gill and other Christian church leaders and others.