» 03/17/2015, 00.00
Attacks in Lahore, Catholics and Protestants together for a day of fasting and prayer
Religious leaders of both denominations invite all of society to participate and ask Christians to halt violent reactions. Priest of Lahore: "We must remain peaceful, to witness to Christ with our own lives." The families of the wounded complain of a lack of medical care in hospitals.
(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
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.
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Taliban and army are engaged in house-to-house fighting in Mingora. UN agency estimates number of refugees tops 2.4 million. Catholic and Protestant religious leaders call for social justice and equality for minorities.
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The fundamentalists targeted the Frontier Province of the north-west. Intelligence and a police station under attack the offices of. There could be other victims buried under rubble. Since summer 2007, more than 2500 people have died in Taliban attacks.
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.
Taliban attack Christians in Karachi
Six people are wounded by gunshots, including an 11-year-old boy, now in critical conditions. Residents in the area that was attacked have locked themselves in. the attack comes after pro-Taliban slogans, calling on Christians to convert to Islam, appear on church walls.
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