Letter to General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan from Presiding Bishop Griswold Requesting that the Government of Pakistan Do Everything Possible to Protect the Christian Minority.

August 11, 2002

General Pervez Musharraf
The President of Pakistan
Pak Secretariat
Islamabad, Pakistan

Dear Mr. President:

Through this letter and the Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, I send you my greetings.
Canon Augustine, you may recall, has visited with you once before. A native of Pakistan, he is now rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, Virginia and actively engaged in the issues of religious persecution and Interfaith dialogue around the world.

No doubt you have heard from many in the Christian community regarding the recent attacks on Christians in your country. I write to add my voice to theirs and ask that the government of Pakistan do everything possible to protect the Christian minority.

It is my hope that you will listen with an open heart to the concerns of those who come to speak with you on behalf of the Christians of Pakistan. We are often judged on our treatment of those who are the smallest and most helpless among us. I would ask that Pakistan be an example to the world of kindness and concern for the safety of all its citizens, regardless of religious belief.

Your position cannot be an easy one; please know that you are in my prayers. May the God of Abraham, father of us all, protect you and yours – Muslim and Christian – in these uncertain times.

Yours sincerely,

The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church, USA