LAHORE: DCO Noorul Amin Mangal administered the oath to the newly elected office-bearers of Anarkali Bazaar. The ceremony was also addressed by Bilal Yasin, Hafiz Salman Butt, Liaqat Baloch, Abdul Alim Khan, Ajaasam Sharif, Sajida Mir and Samina Khalid Ghurki.
APAT central general secretary Naeem Mir, while addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Anjuman-e-Tajiran Anarkali, Lahore, reacted strongly over the Badami Bagh incident in which the houses of Christians were put on fire. He termed it a total failure of local police and intelligence agencies, and misuse of the blasphemy law in the country.
APAT central general secretary said that according to Islamic teachings the torching of a Christian Church or any other place of worship, or any revealed book was an unpardonable crime.
It is to be noted that APAT leadership also visited the Christian locality in Badami Bagh to express solidarity with the affected people and assured them their support. APAT delegation in the lead of its general secretary Naeem Mir visited the burnt houses and camps set up for the affected families and also met the women and the children.
Addressing the ceremony, Naeem Mir observed that it was the responsibility of the Punjab government to provide protection to the residents of the Joseph colony but it had failed because the intelligence agencies and law enforcement institutions were busy in the security of the rulers alone.
He called for religious harmony in the country and condemned the mob attack on the Christian neighbourhood calling it a disservice to the religion as well as the humanity.
The constitution of the country guarantees equal rights for all citizens of the country irrespective of their caste, colour or creed but regretted that all security organizations failed to protect them. The miscreants and terrorists were becoming so strong that they can target any sect, any group, anyone across the country. The situation reveals that the government has totally failed in fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities of protecting human lives and properties, he added.
Anjuman-e-Tajiran Anarkali, Lahore president Shahid Bilal said he would condemn the person who did blasphemy a million times, but there was no justification to punish 180 Christian families for an individual’s act. He said that APAT is such a platform which represents all groups, political parties and sects of the country irrespective of their caste, colour or creed.
Hafiz Asim Shafiq took the oath of Anjuman-e-Tajiran Anarkali president, Kh Imtiaz SVP, Mian Naveed vice president, Ayyaz Qureshi general secretary, Haseeb Hassan Mehdi joint secretary, Kh Anis information secretary and Hafiz Atiq finance secretary.