LAHORE(20 March, 2015): The violent reaction to the Youhanabad church attacks in Lahore was the consequence of lack of justice and failure of the government to prosecute the perpetrators of Kot Radha Kishan incident, said Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Ashrafi.
The religious scholar was speaking at a panel discussion on ‘when hate speech becomes dangerous speech’ organized by Peace Education And Development (PEAD) Foundation at a local hotel under the banner of Rights of Expression, Assembly, Association and Thought (REAT) Network. He said the violent reaction of the people was due to the prevailing sense of injustice and blamed the government for failing to ensure speedy justice. The religious scholar emphasized on the point that interfaith harmony must be promoted through religious leaders and interfaith institutions if hate speech was to be curbed. He urged for social justice and efficient implementation of existing legislation to curb hate speech.