Bilawal Bhutto, Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party has voiced serious concerns over the impulsive situation in Mandi Bahauddin, where some extremist elements are inciting anti-Christians violence heaping threats on them while presenting three options to them; either to convert to Islam, leave the village or else hand over the Christian blasphemy respondent to the Muslims so that he is burnt alive.
The Pakistan People’ Party Chairman, Bilawal stated in a press statement issued on May 17, Tuesday, that his party will not keep silent amidst violence and outrages against the poor and already marginalized religious minorities, including the Christians of Mandi Bahauddin. He urged the Federal Government and the Punjab Government to take abrupt action and stop their conspiracy of silence over these atrocities. He said the perpetrators of inciting anti-Christian violence in Mandi Bahauddin, should be hooked.
He went on to criticize PM Nawaz Sharif has twisted the National Action Plan into the “Noon-league Action Plan” at the same time, only few selected points of the plan were being invoked. “Why is the federal and Punjab governments are silent on NAP’s point number nine which proclaims end to religious extremism and protection of minorities will be ensured,” he said.
Instead of putting the National Action Plan in effect, the Punjab and Federal governments seem to be in close association with the elements which fan the sentiments of religious extremism which results in targeting of religious minorities, he maintained.
“Christians in Mandi Bahauddin should be provided special security,” he insisted. He added, Christian hamlets and neighborhoods falling in the Mandi Bahauddin District should be protected by the state. “The government should be held responsible for any loss to the life and properties to the people,” he said.
Additionally, Bilawal Bhutto expressed solidarity with the threatened Christians in the village of Mandi Bahauddin, and gave his word that his party will continue to sand alongside them and raise their concerns at every forum and assured them that they will not be deserted in the face of the storm.