Director of National Commission for Justice and Peace and a Priest of a Catholic Church in Pakistan Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani has asked for the withdrawal of derogatory statements by Interior Minister, Rehman Malik.
In his statement, Rehman Malik drew a similarity in Pope and Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf declared these remarks to be absolutely pointless and provocative, and that there is no similarity or link between the two personalities. Pope Benedict XVI is undisputed the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, and is held in high esteem by all Christians.
“We as a Christian community of Pakistan feel deeply angered by such statements maligning the office and the position of Papacy. We demand an apology from Rehman Malik, who is otherwise assigned a responsible task and request him to avoid any such remarks in the future. We also appeal to all leaders to keep the dissent and political battles within the limits of decency because uncanny remarks do not reflect the better part of democratic culture”, said Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf.
The religious minorities have always stood with the movements for democracy and human rights and would be always strive to work for democracy and justice in Pakistan”, he added.