LAHORE: The Raiwind Diocese of the Church of Pakistan on Saturday passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Indian oppression on innocent Kashmiri Muslims and the imposition of curfew and lockdown in the region for the past 80 days.
Punjab Minister for Irrigation Mohsin Leghari was the chief guest at the occasion. Also present at the event were Bishop of Multan Leo Roderick Paul and renowned medical practitioner and social worker Dr Zarqa Taimoor.
Addressing the second day of the 16th Triennial Council Meeting of the Raiwind Diocese held at a local hotel here, Bishop of Raiwind Dr Azad Marshall said that Pakistani Christians stand in solidarity with their Kashmiri Muslim brethren and urge the United Nations, UN Security Council and other global forums to take notice of their plight and pressurize India to ease the lockdown in the occupied region.
“We also strongly demand of India to allow the people of Kashmir to exercise their right to self determination and desist from imposing its will on them,” he said.
He said that not only Kashmiris, but Christians and other religious minorities were also suffering from persecution being carried out by the Hindutva-inspired members of the RSS and the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).