A government decision June 28 to relegate the concerns of religious minorities to provincial, rather than national, authorities is "a major setback," said Masquood Kamil, spokesperson for the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan.
"It is sad that we will lose our voice at the national level." Attacks and killings of Christians include the March 2 assassination of Shabhaz Bhatti, head of Pakistan's Ministry for Religious Minorities, who criticized the country's blasphemy law.
Hindus and Ahmadis also criticized the decision as further marginalizing religious minorities in a country where 95 percent of the population is Muslim.
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