MULTAN/KARACHI The religious parties Wednesday were all praise for Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, and warned the govt that any attempt to repeal or amend the blasphemy law would be resisted. In Multan, Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (TTNR) offered full legal and moral support to Qadri, saying no stone would be left unturned to get him released. Well dedicate our all out energies and resources for the sacred cause. Were also going to hold a 'successful public meeting in Karachi on January 9 for the protection of the Namoos-e-Risalat, announced a joint declaration issued by the Multan chapter of the body after an emergency meeting held at the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) office. The meeting, chaired by the local president of TTNR Mufti Hidayatullah Pasroori, was attended by the representatives of all religious parties including JI, JUP, JUI and Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith besides lawyers and traders. The arrest of family members of Ghazi Mumtaz Hussain Qadri is highly condemnable. The government has no logic to detain them. They should be released forthwith, demanded the declaration. The clerics further asked of the government to immediately dissolve the committee formed by President Asif Ali Zardari to amend the blasphemy law (295-C) and withdraw Sherry Rehmans bill; otherwise, the rulers would be responsible for any related development. He (Salmaan Taseer) himself is responsible for his killing. No Muslim can tolerate blasphemy, said Pasroori while addressing the meeting. He said the killing of someone on the issue of blasphemy was nothing new in the region. Those who committed blasphemy have been facing the same fate in the past. TTNR Secretary-General Dr Ashraf Ali Ateeq warned the rulers to mend their ways and seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah for their blasphemous behaviours. Theyre bent upon hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims to appease their foreign masters. We warn them to refrain from making such ill-advised moves; otherwise, theyll have to face serious consequences, he added. Talking about the Aasia Bibis issue, he asked the govt to cease its interference and let the courts decide the case. The declaration also condemned TV talk shows, saying the way the issue was being presented before the public was highly deplorable. The propaganda campaign launched by so-called anchors and intellectuals on different TV channels is highly condemnable. It should be stopped forthwith. The TTNR demanded the prime minister to state in clear words that he had no intention to amend the 295-C. The meeting was attended among others by Maulana Abdul Haq Mujahid, Maulana Khalid Mahmood Nadeem, Maulana Inayatullah Rehmani, Maj (r) Muhammad Iqbal, Athar Aziz Advocate, Muhammad Ayub Mughal, Arshad Iqbal Niazi, Hafiz Zafar Qureshi, Rao Arif Rizvi, Muhammad Younus Ghazi, Sufi Abdul Rehman Bhatti, Amir Mahmood Naqshbandi and Zubair Siddiqui. In Karachi, the leaders of various religious parties made similar demands and urged the govt not to torture the assassin during interrogation. In a unanimous resolution passed by All Parties Conference (APC) on 'Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat: Muslimano ki Zimadarian (Muslims Responsibilities) organised by JUP Karachi chapter, they demanded President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to assure the nation that the government would not repeal the blasphemy law. They also asked the people to be aware of the 'conspiracies hatched of the government about amending or repealing the law. JI Sindh chief Asadullah Bhutto, Qazi Ahmed Noorani of JUP, Maulana Jaffar Subhani of Islami Tehreek, Mufti Usman Yar Khan of JUI-S, Maulana Afzal Sardar of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Naveed Qamar of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Ali Ausat of PAT, Qazi Ahsan of Majlis Tahaffuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwwat (PBUH), Zia Abbas of NPP and others were present on the occasion.