Followed by heinous terror strike in Lahore, Pakistani Catholic bishops have expressed deep sorrow over the incident and prayed for those affected by the incident. At the same time, they urged for implementation of the national action plan in order to root out terrorism.
Eradication of terrorism has to be “the top priority of the government if one wants to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the country” : the clergymen stated in a statement after the suicide attack that jolted Lahore on February 13.
“Once again we are brutally attacked by extremist forces”, the statement from the Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace of Pakistan (NCJP) read. “The uncertainty of life is becoming more and more evident in Pakistan. We pray to our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us wisdom, tolerance and peace. May God give the victims’ families the strength to bear the loss of their loved ones, and help the injured in their path to recovery,” the statement said.
“The killing of innocent protesters and security officials is unacceptable. While we extend condolences to the victims’ families, we give respect and tribute to police officers killed and pray for their families and for the injured”, the statement continued.
The Commission urged the government to “bring the perpetrators to justice and address the root causes of this intolerance, increasing the measures for the protection of all citizens.” It was stated that, despite prior warnings, “the government has failed to protect its citizens and police officers.” Therefore, Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace of Pakistan urged the government of Pakistan to implement the national plan of action against terrorism.