PESHAWAR: Government has fallen short of providing satisfactory security to minorities in the country, Christian leaders assert.
In line with details, Bishop of Peshawar, Sarfarz Hemphray Peter, proclaimed three-day mourning in condemnation to the Church attack, irately alleging that,”The government has failed to protect the Christian community.”
He further added that,” Had the government showed its will, it could have controlled this act of terrorism. They had been asking the relevant authorities to enhance security of their worship places, but they did not pay any heed.” While talking to media after the blasts he announced three-day mourning, saying that, “The responsible elements should be dealt strictly.”
Additionally he said,” Christians are patriotic Pakistanis. However, the Church blast is condemnable as innocent people, including children and women have been killed in this brutal act of terrorism.”
“Whole world is shocked by this inhuman act of terrorism, asking the government to arrest the killers and provide justice to people at all cost,” he continued.
In the meantime, Pakistan Council of World Religions has also announced three-day mourning. The PCWR severely criticised the attack on Christian community condemning the incident. PCWR stated that,” It was an injustice to kill human beings for no reason and called for appropriate security of minorities.”
The Bishop of Lahore (Emeritus) Rt Rev Dr Alexander John Malik has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the All Saints Church in Peshawar. In a statement, he,” regretted over the security lapse of police and the security agencies in the incident.” He further said that,” Generally in Peshawar, Christians were never targeted ever since the so-called war on terror started.
He went on to say that, “It is being said that that the attack was carried out to derail the peace process started by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The government should find out the forces behind the attack which we see as an attempt to disturb the religious harmony of the country. The forces behind this heinous act must be exposed and given exemplary punishment. The government should provide security to all irrespective of caste, colour or creed. After this gory incident it is the duty of the government to beef up security at all the religious places of worship,” Bishop Malik insisted.
Bishop Malik believes that in this difficult hour all Pakistanis should join hands and express solidarity. “The forces of negativity can be defeated by promoting nationalism,” he asserted.