After security arrangements in the area were inspected, the area was found to be a soft target for terrorists and considered highly sensitive.
“The churches were unregistered,” Baloch told The Express Tribune. “We handed a series of warnings and recommendations to their administrations almost six months ago.”
200 to 300 people attend the Sunday service in the churches however security measures had not been taken seriously by church administration.“It is imperative to follow the rules under the NAP,” Baloch said. “However, the church seemed reluctant despite several reminders. Who will be responsible if there is a terrorist attack on these churches and there are inadequate measures in place?” said Baloch.
Local claimed the church had its own security mechanism. The booked pastors have requested anonymity for the fear of facing a backlash. “The government should provide us security,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are being punished for not securing ourselves,” they said.