LONDON: Government of Pakistan urged by the Human Rights Activists to ensure security of places of worship and susceptible communities in Pakistan.
A protest against the Peshawar Church attack was staged outside the High Commission of Pakistan in London organised by the British Pakistani Christian Association. Peter Tatchell- prominent human rights activist while addressing the protestors said, he had attended the protest in solidarity with Pakistan’s persecuted Christian community and with other persecuted religious minorities, including Shias and others who suffer attacks by religious extremists.”
“The government of Pakistan must ensure that the media and schools do more to promote acceptance and understanding of people of all faiths and none. If Pakistan were a secular state it would privilege no religion and gives all religions freedom and equality. The blasphemy law is being misused to victimize minority faiths and non-believers,” he said.
Our message to the terrorists is: love will triumph over hate,” he maintained.
‘Pakistan! Stop persecuting Christians and other religious minorities’, ‘stop killing innocent minorities of Pakistan – Pakistan belongs to all’ and ‘Death at the hands of suicide bombers’- placards read.
While the Chairman of the BPCA Wilson Chaudhary whined, “The Peshawar Church Blast is one of the worst attacks on Christians in Pakistan.”
“Many people have died and many have been seriously injured, but still nothing is done by the Pakistan government to prevent such attacks – which are becoming more and more frequent. We have organised this protest to highlight the desperate plight of Christians in Pakistan and the constant threat of violence they face on a daily basis, “BPCA Chairman said.
The demonstrators on the other hand expressed grief and resentment saying,” Christians in Pakistan have long faced violence from militant Islamic groups, but in recent time’s violent attacks on Christian communities, businesses and homes have increased, demonstrators said.
Moreover, a delegation submitted a petition to the High Commission urging the Government of Pakistan to pay attention to the “appalling violence Christians are obliged to cope with while crucially take strong action to prevent it”.
The petition read: “Those guilty of orchestrating this horrendous crime should be tried and punished. In addition, the government must provide greater security for Christians across Pakistan and reassure them that their way of life is not in danger.”