Fr. Robert McCulloch meets President Zardari
(Radio Pakistan) President Asif Ali Zardari says the Government will not to allow anyone to misuse blasphemy law against minorities or any other vulnerable section of the society. This he said at a meeting with Procurator General from the Vatican Father Robert McCulloch in Islamabad today.He said the Government is also vigorously promoting interfaith harmony.
The President congratulated him for the award of Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam that was conferred in recognition of his multiple services spanning over 30 years for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said the President appreciated contributions of the Christian community in the socio-economic developmental process. He said the Christians and other non-Muslim minorities have made significant contributions in the education and the health sectors besides others.The President said the Government has taken important measures to ensure protection of the minorities.The President said that for the first time under 18th Constitutional Amendment‚ the number of seats in the Senate was increased to accommodate minorities.President Zardari said we fully support international efforts to promote interfaith dialogue.Referring to recent incident of desecration of the Holy Qur’an‚ he said extremism and religious intolerance are not specific to any faith and location and there was a need for promoting cultural harmony.Father Robert McCulloch assured his full cooperation in augmenting the Government’s efforts for promoting inter-faith harmony and tolerance.