ISLAMABAD: While felicitating the Christians on the eve of Easter on Sunday, former President Asif Ali Zardari said all forms of religious apartheid and misuse of religion based laws should be rejected.
"I felicitate the Christians anywhere in the world, particularly those in Pakistan on this auspicious occasion," he said in a message on the occasion.
"The Easter this year has come at a time when the nation just witnessed an unpardonable barbarity committed in the name of religion by the lynching of Mashal Khan, a student of Mardan University on unproved allegations," he said.
The Pakistan Peoples Party, he said, would continue to reject and oppose the misuse of blasphemy law and ensure that its gross misuse was prevented and the perpetrators of crimes in the name of religion were punished in accordance with the law.
"The mindset that encourages violence in the name of religion lies at the root of terrorism that must be curbed," he said.
Zardari also paid tribute to the members of Christian community as `peaceful, law abiding and loyal'. The role played by them in the advancement and development of the country was the most laudable, he added. (APP)