Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/PAKISTAN – Cardinal Coutts: “We ask for respect for our rights as citizens of Pakistan”
Karachi – “We are citizens of Pakistan and the law is the same for every citizen of Pakistan; it is the State’s responsibility to ensure justice for its citizens. The issue of kidnapping, forced conversions and forced marriages should be dealt with on the basis of fundamental human rights, rather than making it a religious issue. It is the responsibility of the State to provide protection, to ensure justice to every citizen, without distinction of creed, culture, ethnicity and social class”: this is what Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi, declared in a meeting held yesterday November 19, at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi. The initiative was organized by the “Justice and Peace” Commission of the local Church, to discuss the case of Arzoo Raja and other Christian minors kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam and to marry their captors.