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Pakistan minority leaders criticise police over murder investigation

Religious and ethnic minority leaders in Pakistan have criticised police for not arresting the culprits responsible for the recent "gruesome murder" of a Catholic priest.

At a joint press conference in Islamabad, the leaders, under the umbrella of the All Pakistan Minorities' Alliance, released a statement saying they feared police were using delaying tactics to squash the case, which they called an act of terrorism.

Fr George Ibrahim, 36, was shot and killed early on 5 July in the courtyard of his residence in Renala Khurd.

Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore, president of the Pakistani bishops' conference, Church of Pakistan Bishop John Victor Mall of Multan and leaders of Hindu, Sikh and ethnic minority communities took part in the press conference on 29 July.

The minority leaders demanded the arrest of those behind the murder of Father Ibrahim and for the case to be handed over to a special antiterrorist court.

Catholic News Service

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11 Aug 2003