Condemnation continues to pour in against heinous attack on Christian residents of Mission Compound in Sukkur. In this connection, former lawmaker who hails from the Christian community expressed deep sorrow and anxiety over the incident. He urged the provincial as well as federal governments to look into the matter and take effective measures to thwart such incidents in future.
In this connection, advocate Saleem Khurshid Khokhar, Ex-Member of Sindh Assembly has voiced condemnation over the incident, and said that the authorities need to take steps in order to protect the Christians and the properties belonging to churches. He said that the land mafia, has been eyeing this property since long, and now has resorted to forcing the Christian residents out of the compound.
Former MPA, called upon the federal and provincial governments to bring the perpetrators to justice. He slammed local authorities and the government for not providing adequate security to the Christians who remain vulnerable to such attacks. He said that government should have taken steps to ensure security of Christians on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
He further said that Christians have been instrumental in development and progress of the country. He said that Christians have rendered valuable services during the creation of Pakistan and after the creation of Pakistan they have been playing vital role in progress and prosperity of the country. He said that the culprits should be arrested so that the Christian community should have a sense of security.
In this regard, a press conference was held at Hyderabad Press Club on Monday, January 2, where church leaders gathered and condemned the incident. Bishop Kaleem John said that the federal and provincial governments must take efficacious measures to protect the properties of mission. He said that the property of Mission Compound in Sukkur must be protected against the land mafia.
Bishop Kaleem John, Chairman of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan said that he has the responsibility to look after the property of the churches and missionary institutions of Sindh, except for Karachi. He said that Diocese of Hyderabad had already obtained a favorable decision from the court in this connection. Consequently, the land mafia is threatening the residents of the mission compound to vacate the area.