“Irreverent” assembly at a local church in Lahore provokes Christians; as they hurl condemnation at the alleged political assembly. Details emerged that a ceremony was organized at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, when Pakistan Muslim League leader Marriam Nawaz addressed the congregants.
The ceremony was apparently held to offer prayers for recovery of Mrs. Kalsoom Nawaz who had undergone a surgery in London after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Kalsoom Nawaz wife of ex- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed last week with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes.
This ceremony was attended by local churchmen from various denominations including Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw, Bishop Azad Marshal and several other clergymen. Congregants offered prayers for recovery of her mother Begum Kalsoom Nawaz, followed by Marriam Nawaz’s address. While addressing the congregants, she said “I am thankful to all of you for offering prayers for my mother, expressing good wishes for my father and extending affection to me.”
“We are all Pakistanis,” she continued by mentioning services rendered by Christians towards the progress of Pakistan. Marriam Nawaz mentioned Dr. Ruth Pfau for her lifelong services to Pakistanis. However, later on during her address she talked about her ongoing election campaign. While remonstrated on the disqualification of ex-Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif along with criticizing her political rivals.
“I bring Nawaz Sharif’s review petition to your court,” she told the congregants. She said that it was ex- PM Nawaz Sharif’s efforts that curbed attacks at churches and worship places of other religious communities.
Federal Minister for Statistics Kamran Michael, Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Religious Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu and others. She urged the congregants to cast votes in favor of PML-N during upcoming elections scheduled to be held on September 17.
As soon as news of this ceremony was aired on national media; local Christians took it to social media in order to express anger over misuse of church for alleged political campaign. They strongly condemned the act saying sanctity of the church had been violated. Church leaders got a lot of flak for allowing the ceremony to be held inside the church.