Protecting minorities

Source: ET

Speaking at an interfaith conference in Islamabad, President Asif Ali Zardari called on clerics and religious scholars to take the lead in preventing the misuse of blasphemy laws, conveniently forgetting that it is the government that has the primary responsibility to protect minorities. He said this even as Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman accused of blasphemy is, still in jail. After Mr Taseer’s death, his own party, which was in government hardly did anything to prevent the misuse of the law. In such an atmosphere, silence is to be expected, but if there is anyone who has a responsibility to break the mould, it is our elected representatives.

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  1. “Until this mindset is changed, there is little hope for reform. Politicians and clerics should get out in front of the issue and try to change minds but we should understand that this, too, will take decades since the state has been exploiting religious sentiments against minorities for too long for change to occur overnight. This is a generational struggle but we should at least begin the fight immediately and not shirk our duty.”
    Editorial pointed out two segments and rightly said moving these two segments might take decades to achieve the desired result. In current scenario electronic media is considered to be the most effective tool. Why not to utilise it with the support of politicians and clerics. Desired change can be accomplished with short span of time. But who will bell the cat?

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