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Peshawar: Police to revise security measures of churches and missionary schools

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Peshawar Police is to review security measures of all churches and Christian schools following the repercussion of Asia Bibi’s acquittal. Pakistan’s apex court in its recent heroic endeavor acquitted Asia Bibi from blasphemy charges and ordered her release. The Christian woman has been released and moved to a ‘safe place’; however SC’s verdict generated anger among adherents of a religious outfit.

Asia Bibi's acquittal

In the wake of a fresh episode of protests and violence, Capital City Police has decided to review the security strategy for churches and missionary institutions. In this regard, Bishop of Peshawar and Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, the Rt Revd Humphrey Peters called on the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Qazi Jamil-ur-Rehman on Thursday, November 8. During this meeting, the police official assured Bishop Humphrey Peter that police will go all out to secure churches across the city.

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During this meeting CCPO Qazi Jamil during a meeting said that a special team has been constituted in order to provide foolproof security to the churches and Christian institutions across the city. This team will be supervised by SP Security Inayyat Ali Shah. He guaranteed zero-tolerance for negligence in providing security to churches or missionary installations.

CCPO Qazi Jamil asserted that police have been providing security to all citizens- regardless of their religion, caste and ethnicity. At the same time, he said that promoting peace and harmony between citizens of different faiths was inevitable.

Bishop Humphrey Peter said that thanks to such measures, Pakistani Christians feel safe in their homeland. He added that Christian Pakistanis would continue to play their role in development and cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and the government. He expressed satisfaction over the security being provided to the churches and missionary schools in Peshawar city.

Asia Bibi’s acquittal and release from the jail has caused concerns about security of churches and Christian institutions in the country. A reprisal from the protestors is anticipated, which has caused security of churches and Christian institutions across the country to be beefed up.

A religious group leading protests against Asia Bibi’s acquittal and release nearly brought Pakistan to a near-standstill for three days after the landmark verdict on October 31. This outfit has demanded her death and threatened to once again take to the streets if the state assisted her to escape.