LAHORE: All members of the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association (PESA) said they are deeply shocked at the most dastardly terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar on Sunday and condemn it unequivocally.
“Tragically, this crime against humanity was committed in the name of Islam whereas it is a blatant act of blasphemy and was committed in gross violation of the Holy Quran and teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),” they said in a statement.
They added that in a message to the monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) showed his high regard for Christians and said, “Verily, I defend them by myself, the servants, the helpers, and my followers, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be changed from their jobs, nor their monks from their monasteries.
No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.”
The Meesaq-e-Madinah and the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) last sermon also serve as injunctions about treatment of religious minorities.
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