Can Pakistan respond to Christian community’s challenging question?

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Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi was asked a question by a Christian girl during a visit to express solidarity with the Christian community following the burning of churches and houses over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in Jaranwala, after which Bishop Azad Marshall also wanted to know the answer to the same question.

In his message on social networking site X, the President Bishop’s Church of Pakistan said that he celebrated Sunday with fellow brothers and sisters in a gathering held at the Salvation Army Church in Jaranwala yesterday (August 20).

Bishop Azad Marshall wrote in his message that he calls for an end to judicial discrimination through fair and equal application of laws between bishop majority and minority populations, with the aim of preventing future incidents like Jaranwala.

He added that around 20 churches in Jaranwala are facing challenges without basic facilities while one church was restored for Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s visit to Jaranwala.

According to bishop, his team met caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who is a kind and compassionate person, who has played an important role in drawing global attention to the struggles of those who do not have a voice. After his speech, a young girl surrounded the cabinet members around Mohsin Naqvi Sahib.

“Can you guarantee that this will not happen again?” the girl asked the chief minister about the Jaranwala incident. Can you ensure our safety? Can you confirm that I am valued as a Pakistani Christian?

Bishop Azad Marshall further wrote, ‘This Girl’s question also raised many additional questions in my mind and it demands an answer: equal laws for equal citizens’.