ISLAMABAD: World Council of Churches calls on the Pakistan government to buffer religious minorities from terrorism.
Following, the Church bombings in Peshawar killing above 100 and injuring dozens the World Council of Churches distressed over sporadic targeting of minorities in Pakistan. In a letter the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, on the Pakistani Premier to safeguard religious minorities against open-ended terrorism in the country. The World Council of Churches WCC has urged Pakistani government to “protect Pakistani Christians and all religious minorities from terrorism.”
In the letter, the WCC “condemns the acts of terrorism” while expressing solidarity with the families of the victims, promising to bring “all in our thoughts and our prayers”. Rev. Tveit shared grief-stricken concerns regarding the jeopardy of religious minorities in Pakistan, notwithstanding the budding threat of religious extremism. The Secretary thus urges the Pakistani government to take indispensable measures to ensure safety to the susceptible religious communities.
The Centre for Research and Security Studies indicates, “Terrorism is a scourge that affects the whole nation.” In a report sent to Fides, the Centre for Research and Security Studies tips off ,” From January to 31st of August , 2013; 4,066 were injuried, 4,286 people were killed in Pakistan in a number of targeted killings, attacks by militants, terrorist attacks, such as bombs on behalf of Taliban suicide bombers.”
The Asian Human Rights Commission writes to Fides saying, “Because of loopholes in the rule of law and given the impotence of the courts, Pakistan has become an extermination camp where the militants, the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalists operate with impunity.”
“For civilians there is no dignity – continues the statement – respect for life and the sense of justice have disappeared. The right to life has lost all its meaning.”
In keeping with the Asian Human Rights Commission, “It is urgent to intervene in the criminal justice system but the political will of the government is needed to control the militancy in the country.”