According to a social media report Ravi Kumar who is advisor to chief minister KPK (Khyberpakhtun Khawa) on minority affairs of PTI (Pakistan Tehreek – e Insaaf) at Civil Secretariat Peshawar had a successful dialogues with Home Department of Hazara Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Divisional Police officer on 19 January.
From 20 January no church will remain close for worship in KPK. Ravi Kumar was thankful to all pastors and their efforts for reopening the churches which were earlier closed due to security alert and for being unregistered in Pakistan. In Abbottabad Ravi Kumar met with other pastors at All Pastor Association Abbottabad. He acknowledged the Pastor A.R Hashmat’s struggle for the close churches reopening in Abbottabad.
In the second week of January this year many churches which were unregistered were closed since it was difficult for police to provide security to them all. After Quetta church attack all churches across Pakistan were asked to provide security by the authorities but there were many ‘house churches’ which were not registered. Such unregistered house churches were established in the rental houses therefore they remained out of the sight of security forces and could be victim of any terror attack.
After the discussion with the pastor and complete survey these churches were issued warning letters for either to close these churches or get them registered in the time allocated by Home Department.
Even after the closure of Abbottabad unregistered churches Faisalabad churches were closed too. A decision was made by the authorities to close all unregistered churches across Pakistan. And this rule was to be implemented to all unregistered temples, bargahs and mosques too.