His Grace Mgr Joseph Arshad, archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, is behind the initiative to dedicate a day to pray for the victims of religious intolerance and for peace and harmony in Pakistan. The prelate has called on all Christians to gather in prayer next Sunday, 29 April 2018. A note issued by the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), which the prelate chairs, highlighted the reason for this event as the alarming increase in violent incidents of intolerance and extremism in the country.
As reported by asianews.it, the NCJP noted that “It was very concerned about this new wave of attacks against minorities, attacked only because of their faith. This is not acceptable and the state must seriously change the National Action Plan to address the issue of extremism and terrorism.” Fr Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani), NCJP national director remarked that “The government must set up an independent national minority rights commission to resolve the issue of minorities.”