Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Catholic and Protestant communities of Pakistan are holding a day of fasting and prayer today for the victims of the Taliban attacks in Lahore. Religious leaders of both denominations have invited civil society as a whole to join the observance as a sign of solidarity, and to stop any violent reaction to the attacks of March 15, which killed 17 people and wounded more than 70. "Today - Msgr. Rufin Anthony, bishop of Islamabad / Rawalpindi tells AsiaNews - we kneel before the Almighty in fasting and prayer for peace, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience and tolerance".
be humble - Fr. John Nisar, the Diocese of Lahore tells AsiaNews - damaging
public property is not the right way to make [our] protest. We are in Lent, a
time for practicing forgiveness and sacrifice. We strongly condemn the Sunday attacks,
we stand alongside the suffering families and also condemn the destruction of
public property. We must remain peaceful and witness Christ with our own lives.
On March 15, two militants of Jamaat-ul-Arhar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, blew themselves up outside the churches St. John (Catholic) and Christ Church (Protestant) in Youhanabad, a predominantly Christian neighborhood in Lahore (Punjab). The attacks have sparked the wrath of the Christian community, which reacted in a violent way.
The same day a
crowd of people lynched and burned alive two other suspects. Yesterday all over
the country there were several
protests. In Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan
protesters blocked main roads. A group of people blocked the Jati Umra Raiwind
residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, demanding justice. The
Prime Minister announced a detailed investigation into the Sunday attacks.
Meanwhile, the injured in hospitals complain about the lack of appropriate care and medicines. Their relatives claim that they are not receiving the necessary treatment for their injuries and have appealed to the authorities to intervene.