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The Chitrali Case: In Pakistan, MPs can insult religious minorities and get away with It 

“The Chitrali Case: In Pakistan, MPs Can Insult Religious Minorities and Get Away with It”, Bitterwinter, April 13, 2023:

“Pakistan is in its second week of protests about the Chitrali case. Bishops and clergy of different Christian denominations and activists for freedom of religion took to the streets demanding that MP Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali resigns.

On March 28, Chitrali spoke in the heated parliamentary debate about the practice of certain Pakistani universities to give credits to students who can memorize the Quran or the Bible. He made a distinction between the Quran and other scriptures. “The Gospel, the Torah, and the Psalms are canceled scriptures, he said. We believe in all of them and don’t reject them but Quran is permanent and will remain till the judgment day.”

Chitrali is a member of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, and was expressing the opinion that, while respectable and adequate in pre-Muslim times, the Torah and the New Testament were superseded and even “canceled” when the Quran appeared….”

Read the full article at Bitterwinter.org

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