Deaths of Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi

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The Presidents of the Christian Muslim Forum mourn the deaths of Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi recently in Pakistan, our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends at this time. We call for an end to mob violence in Pakistan directed against religious minorities and others, and for justice to be done when individuals falsely accuse, injure and kill fellow-citizens.

We ask politicians, community and religious leaders in Pakistan to use political and religious resources to do all that they can to reduce feelings of fear, prejudice and hatred by emphasising that Pakistan is one society made up of diverse groups which depends on building good relationships with all. We also ask for it to be made more widely known that the Prophet Muhammad, in his time, personally pledged the safety of Christians, and others, in Muslim society.

We highlight the work of all those seeking fairness, justice and peace in Pakistan and that there can be no religious justification for violence.

Paul Hendricks, Co-Chair, Christian Muslim Forum
Anjum Anwar, President, Christian Muslim Forum
Julian Bond, Director, Christian Muslim Forum
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