Will Saudis allow construction of cathedrals to challenge Swiss ban on minarets?

Will Saudis allow construction of cathedrals to challenge Swiss ban on minarets?

By | 2009-12-01T03:40:00+00:00 December 1st, 2009|Op-Eds|0 Comments

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC expressed surprise on statement of Pakistani representatives in UNHRC expressing concern on Swiss vote ban on construction of minarets on mosques and other Islamic institutions in Switzerland when construction of new Churches in Pakistan has to follow strict government guidelines which prohibits one furlong from existing mosque and use of loudspeakers.

Nazir Bhatti said " Christ The King processions and other open rituals have been banned in public places from decades but not any Muslim human right activists have raised voice against government actions to damage true spirit of religious freedom in Pakistan but their protests in name of human right against Swiss government vote to ban minarets is index of substandard"

In a statement released by PCC Central office here today also urged Saudi Arabia to allow construction of Churches in kingdom to challenge Swiss ban on minarets.

"The Human Right activists around world shall raise voice to press upon Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries in Middle East to permit construction of Cathedrals and ensure religious freedom for Christian minorities" added Nazir S Bhatti

Meanwhile news agency Reuters have reported that unexpected vote and high turnout in Sunday’s referendum gives a boost to the right-wing populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP), a relatively new political force that has shaken up the country’s traditionally cozy power-sharing system. 

In 2007, Canada’s Supreme Court ordered his release after quashing the anti-terrorism measure used to detain him, as unconstitutional.

The government amended the act and issued a new security certificate against him days later.

Mahjoub was still released two months later on stringent conditions akin to house arrest while fighting his deportation to Egypt, or alternately detention in Canada.

But in March 2009, he returned to prison voluntarily as his wife and his stepson, who had agreed to act as sureties and supervisors, "could no longer live with the stringent conditions of his release," said court documents.

The new bail conditions provide that Mahjoub will be permitted to live alone but will remain under surveillance.

He will also be permitted unsupervised outings while fighting extradition to Egypt and the "reasonableness" of the government’s case for holding him under security measures contained in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.