» 11/24/2011, 00.00
Islamabad, victory for Paul Bhatti and APMA: Jesus Christ is no longer banned in texting
The commitment of the Special Adviser and Catholics led to the cancellation of the name from the list of prohibited terms in text messages. Bhatti decisive collaboration between the government and authority for telecommunications. AsiaNews disproves claims by some media, which confer the victory to under-Secretary Akram Gill.
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The commitment of the Special Advisor for religious minorities Paul Bhatti coupled with the demonstrations of parliamentarians and activists of the All Pakistan Minority Alliance
(APMA) has been successful: the government of Pakistan has decided to withdraw the name of Jesus Christ from the list of censored words - a "black list" of 1600 words of an obscene, pornographic or religious reference – that cannot be used in phone text messages. Among gestures judges "extreme", but always peaceful and in compliance with the law, was that of an elected official from the province of Sindh Ampa: Saleem Khokhar, who sat on the floor during the Assembly meeting, the empty chair, he said, would be occupied again only after deletion of Christ's name from the list of banned words. Paul Bhatti also denies reports that circulated yesterday on some news sites, that the cancellation was linked to the intervention of Akram Gill, Minister of State for Harmony (a sort of department secretary).
Interviewed by AsiaNews, Paul Bhatti, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, the Catholic minister for religious minorities assassinated on 2 March, confirms the commitment for the "rehabilitation" of the name "Jesus Christ", banned last week along with a thousand words considered "pornographic in nature" or of a confessional nature. In the letter sent Nov. 14 to telephone operators, Garan ordered the installation of communications software to block forbidden words - in Urdu and English - including "naked, gay and ... Jesus Christ."
The special adviser for religious minorities to the prime minister, with the status of Federal Minister for National Harmony, has repeatedly raised the question in Pakistani media, "with the full support" of all parliamentarians and APMA activists who have launched a protest campaign. In a later Paul Bhatti spoke directly to Prime Minister Gilani and President of the antitrust for Telecommunications Mohammed Yaseen. "We had just finished the talks – he said – when the news of the cancellation of Jesus Christ from the list arrived."
Paul Bhatti does not hide the satisfaction with the work done by his ministry and APMA, which was co-founded and presided over by Shahbaz Bhatti for a long time and he thanked "the Pakistani government for the good news", while confirming "the mutual commitment to minorities and the executive’s "program to promote interfaith dialogue and peaceful coexistence of the different souls that make up the country.
In recent days the story had captured the attention of international media. The Pakistani government finally ended the controversy, restoring legitimacy to the rights of Christians. However, there are those - in Pakistan - who have been wrongly credited with having obtained the cancellation of the name "Jesus" from the list. Some Catholic websites have emphasized the role of Akram Gill, under-secretary of the Ministry for Harmony, for having "raised the issue in the Cabinet of Ministers". In fact, says Paul Bhatti, Akram Gill (a Catholic) has never participated in any meeting of the executive and has never given "personal interviews". Our collaborative work with the government, says Bhatti, “was crucial”, the work of APMA and the Parliamentary Assembly of Sindh, with its "sensational" protest combined with the "sensitivity" shown by the executive and the Pakistani leadership.
"There are too many inaccuracies and false information in Pakistan - The Special Adviser to the Prime Minister concluded - especially when it comes to Christians, minorities and sectarian issues. And it is right and proper to promote correct information. "(DS)
Doubts and surprise among Christians over the first arrest in the Shahbaz Bhatti murder case
After a long period of silence, it is “odd” that the one person who is arrested is an employee of the slain minister who worked for him for ten years, the bishop of Islamabad noted. A Catholic activist finds the direction of the investigation “surprising” and full of oddities. The job of the minister’s brother Paul is at risk, but for the latter it is “premature” to say anything about the probe, urging everyone to wait for the end of the interrogations.
Paul Bhatti: rights for Christians and dialogue with Muslims, in the footsteps of Shahbaz
The Special Adviser to the Prime Minister warns that provoking extremism is not the right way to solve the problems of Christians. He promotes a policy of dialogue, capable of restoring "unity" to civil society and the country. The international community's support and the meeting with the leaders of the Islamic world. Faith in Christ, to follow in the footsteps of his brother’s vocation.
Remembering Benazir Bhutto and Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan celebrates minorities
On 11 August, the 65th anniversary of the historic Ali Jinnah's speech to the Assembly, is the day dedicated to non-Muslims. Minister Paul Bhatti: "We are part of one nation" and the goal is to create "a prosperous and united Pakistan." Minorities’ integration in the political and social landscape of the country.
Paul Bhatti, brother of the murdered minister is "special adviser" to Prime Minister on Minorities
Paul Bhatti, MD, will tour in the various provinces to see the situation first hand. The Christian community protests inadequacies in investigation into murder of the Catholic minister. Three days of fasting and prayer for justice and peace. Asia Bibil takes part behind prison bars.
Political games and devolution behind uncertainties over Minority Affairs Ministry
President Zardari appoints Paul Bhatti as “special adviser” even though the Election Commission picked Hindu leader Khatu Mal Jeewan. The process of decentralisation could lead to the transfer of jurisdiction to the provinces, taking it away from the federal government. Catholic leader says that what counts is the protection of minorities and peaceful coexistence.
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.