» 11/10/2007, 00.00
Another attack on the giant Buddha of Swat
In the valley of Swat, north western Pakistan, Islamic militants have launched a second attack in less than a month on the gigantic sacred statue. The head, shoulders and feet have been destroyed while the militants threaten a third and final attack.
Swat Valley: Catholics pray for peace as the country faces an exodus of Biblical proportions
Unanimously Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs condemn Taliban violence. In Faisalabad bishop leads a prayer vigil for peace. The number of refugees could reach 1.5 million. Some 60 Christian families find refuge in Peshawar.
Suicide bomb on Peshawar hotel, 15 dead more than 70 injured
Two UN employees among the victims. 500 kgs of explosives packed on board the car. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, Taliban suspected. Pakistan’s President and premier condemn the bombing and reiterate “all out war” on terrorism.
Boy wounded in Taliban attack near Karachi dies
Irfan Masih, 11, succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered to the head. Five other people were also injured in the attack during which Islamists set fire on Christian homes and Bibles. Activists complain about police inaction.
Whipping 17-yr girl a “barbaric act”, anger against Taliban mounts
Protests and demonstrations against Islamic fundamentalist madness are organised in many Pakistani cities. Supreme Court starts hearing to determine who is responsible for whipping the young woman, who refuses to testify fearing retaliations. Extremists reject accusation, claiming the video is a “fake”
Bishops call on Pakistanis to stand with fellow Christians, against extremists
Official statement of the Bishops' Conference (PCBC), signed by Mgr. Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi. The provincial and federal government must "take effective measures to provide security to the churches of Pakistan, so as to guarantee freedom of religion and worship". Card. Oswald Gracias tells AsiaNews: "May the blood of these innocent bear fruit of mutual tolerance between Christians and Muslims in Pakistan."
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