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Leaders appreciate lifting of Bible threat
Praise for Islamic party for reversing decision to demand ban in wake of Qurâ€™an burningReligious leaders at an inter religious prayer service in Lahore
- ucanews.com reporter, Islamabad
- June 15, 2011
Julius Salik, convener of World Minorities Alliance has appreciated the solidarity statement. â€śIt is a commendable move by a religious scholar who knows the true teachings of Islam. It is hard to find people working for religious harmonyâ€ť, said the Islamabad based former federal minister in a press release yesterday.
The welcome reaction came after Maulana Sami Ul Haq, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, told media that he has censured his party leader, a cleric, for demanding the ban.
â€śWe believe in religious solidarity; I inquired with the person who demanded banning the Holy Bible. All Muslims are obliged to respect Divine books but this also goes for the followers of other religionsâ€ť, he said on June 13.
Clerics asked the supreme court last month to ban the book under the countryâ€™s blasphemy laws. The demand came as a reaction to the burning in the US of a Qurâ€™an, organized by Pastor Terry Jones.
Father Francis Nadeem, patron of the National Council for Interfaith Dialogue, said the partyâ€™s decision neither benefits nor harms the cause of interfaith harmony in the country.
â€śIt is withdrawal from a stand which was wrong in the first place. Nobody would have filed the case or put any of the divine books on trial anywayâ€ť, he said.
â€śJesus Christ is mentioned in the Qurâ€™an as Isa. Any future move against the Bible would be in contradiction to the belief of the majorityâ€ť, the Capuchin priest added.
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