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Bishop calls for separation of religion, state in Pakistan

Catholic World News - October 06, 2011

Amid increasing calls in Pakistan for the release of Mumtaz Qadri--the convicted assassin of Salmaan Taseer, a politician who had spoken in defense of imprisoned Christian Asia Bibi--a prelate is calling for the separation of Islam and state.

“State and religion should be separated,” said Bishop Rufin Anthony of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. “He who defends Qadri clings to the existing defects in the Pakistani Constitution, which is based on a specific religion and admits the blasphemy law.”

“It is important that in the country the rule of law prevails, to build a tolerant society,” he added.

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