Security at Saint Joseph’ Church in Lahore’ DhupSari, Sandha area has been beefed up followed by a recent attack from unknown extremists. Followed by the attack, enhanced security steps have been taken as the attack has left church administration vigilant. On June 4, Saturday the extremists attacked at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dhoopsari Sandha Lahore, at around 4:00 am. According to locals, there was a complete power cut in the area, at the time of attack so the assailants could not be identified.
Accordingly, the Sandha police was informed about the attack by the local Christians, and an FIR number 597/16 was registered. Fortunately nobody was hurt, while church and a nearby school were damaged. Police says it has initiated, the investigation process, while police personnel have been deployed at the church. Local Police official Iqbal Hasan said, “Perhaps the culprits meant to stoke sectarian tensions in the area. Damaging a place of worship is wicked.” However, the motive of the attack is yet to be established.
Nonetheless, Christians in the locality are reluctant to count on the security provided by the police. They are gearing up for ensuring security themselves. While speaking in this regard, Assistant parish priest of Saint Joseph’ s Church, Father Asif Sardar, said the church administration is taking inevitable steps such as installing an improved closed-circuit television surveillance and security barriers about the church and hiring armed guards.
“This is the second time this community has been targeted. I have asked people not to be afraid and refrain from any retaliation. We need to be careful and think of our children. God is the greatest protector,” he said.