Christian leaders in Pakistan protested the November 4 beating and burning of a young Christian couple accused of alleged blasphemy.
The National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Pakistan in a statement issued on November 5 said, “The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens’ right to life.” The National Commission for Justice and Peace strongly condemned the brutal killing of Shahzad Masih, 28, and his pregnant wife, Shama Bibi, 24. NCJP pointed out that the killing of the couple at the hands of a mob was based merely on a “false accusation of blasphemy.”
The NCJP expressed its concerns regarding the inadequate protection that the Government of Pakistan provides to the non-Muslim Pakistanis. “The perpetrators involved in such incidents have never been brought to justice due to lack of political will. It makes minorities further vulnerable and a soft target,” Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, NCJP director, said in the statement.