ISLAMABAD: The Church of Scotland earnestly praying for victims of Kenya and Peshawar Church attacks.
In line with details, the Church of Scotland has said,” It is praying for everyone caught up in the Pakistan and Kenya attacks.” Moreover, The Church of Scotland has verified that that one of its ministers in Scotland had lost his mother and other relatives in the Peshawar Church attack.
Reverend Andrew McLellan, Convener of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland said,” Both incidents had been a “shock”.” The deadly blockade at the Westgate shopping complex in Nairobi has claimed at least 62 lives more than 170 injured. The Church of Scotland World Mission Council has thus sent a message ensuring its extensive support to the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, and its partner organisation, PROCMURA (the Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa). “We hold them and all people involved in any way are in our thoughts and prayers at this time,” the Church said in a statement.
In Pakistan, nearly 100 people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside All Saints’ Church in Peshawar as worshippers were leaving after Sunday Mass. Burials of the dead took place amid nationwide protests and anger over the state’s failure to protect religious minorities in the country. As a consequence, the government strongly condemned the attack thus declaring three days of mourning. Subsequently, two Taliban-linked groups claimed responsibility for the attack that is believed to be the deadliest against the Pakistani Christian community. The militant groups on the other hand claim,” US drone strikes on Pakistan as the alleged reason for the attacks.”
Expressing deep grief the Church of Scotland said, “We are deeply saddened by the news from Pakistan of the bomb attack on All Saints Church in Peshawar which has claimed so many lives. We are in contact with our partner, the Diocese of Peshawar and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected.”
“This is a tragedy which has affected not only those in Pakistan but Pakistani people here in Scotland,” Church added.
The Church of Scotland therefore confirmed that one of its ministers, Reverend Aftab Gohar, has unfortunately lost his mother, a niece and a nephew in the attack and has left for Pakistan to be with his bereaved family.
Reverend McLellan further said, “News of both these incidents has been a shock, we assure our partners and the people of both Pakistan and Kenya of our prayers and support in these difficult times.
“This is not about religion, but about people who are seeking to do wrong. We ask for your prayers for peace in the days that lie ahead.”