In a joint statement, Archbishop Dr Joseph Arshad, NCJP
chairperson, Rev Fr Emmanuel Yousaf, national director of NCJP
and Cecil S Chaudhry, NCJP
executive director, condemned the incident.
According to the NCJP and CLAAS, non-Muslim prisoners generally are accorded poorer facilities than Muslim inmates.
According to the NCJP, religious minorities constitute a proportionally greater percentage of the prison population.
Peter Jacob, Director of NCJP
said that organised attacks on minorities can only be dealt with, if Pakistan has a law on "violence against minorities".
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the HRCP, PILER, Youth Parliament, Pak Hotel Workers Federation, PTLIF, SPO, LRC, PNT, CLRWO, National Forum for Human Rights of Pakistan, Centre 50 Plus, Collective for Social Science Research, Takhleeq Foundation, Bilawal House, and the NCJP
Emmanuel Yousaf Mani the National Director, Peter Jacob the Executive Director, NCJP said in a press statement that the police and administration was mainly responsible who allowed the situation to develop for 24 hours into a tragedy in the heart of Provincial Capital.
NCJP the representative body constituted by Catholic Church in Pakistan has demanded that the FIR against innocent Sawan Masih should be withdrawn and he should be set at liberty.
chairman Lawrence John Saldanha and Executive Secretary Peter Jacob have urged the government to take immediate steps to protect the minority community from the harassment being meted out by the extremists.
Earlier in 2000, NCJP
launched a signature campaign for the restoration of joint electorate in Pakistan and collected around 200000 signatures.