» 07/05/2013, 00.00
One person killed in Islamic fundamentalist attack against a Peshawar Protestant church
The victim is a police officer guarding the Assembly of God Church. A recent discriminatory statement by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister sparks outrage among minorities, fuelling tensions. He is a member of the Pakistan Movement for justice, a party that praises equality and respect for all. Catholic priest calls the matter, "Such a shame".
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - This morning two Islamic fundamentalists attacked a
Protestant church, the Assembly of God Church, in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,
shooting at a policeman on guard several times. Before they fled the scene, they
took the dead officer's weapon and fired at the church. Two clergymen were
inside the building at the time of the incident. Civil society groups and the
Catholic Church condemned the action. Meanwhile, police have registered the
incident and are in pursuit of the gunmen.
Tensions had been running high in the area after Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief
Minister Pervez Kharrak said that Muslims could not be street cleaners or
janitors, who are in short supplies, "only minorities could do those jobs." Minority
groups reacted with outrage calling for his resignation.
Kharrak is a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI, Pakistan Movement
for justice), led by former cricket star Imran Khan.
Following this statement, the church that was attacked received threats
from Islamic extremists and asked for protection from local authorities, who
responded by deployed two police officers to guard the church.
This morning two fundamentalists tried to enter the church, which had two
clergymen inside. They opened fire when one of
police guards on duty tried to intercept them, hitting him in the neck, chest
and near the heart. He died immediately.
Contacted by AsiaNews, Fr Joseph
Edward, of the diocese of Lahore, condemned the chief minister for his
"His words are a clear sign of discrimination" he said, "something
shameful for the PTI, which ran a campaign based on change, peace, justice,
equality and respect for everyone, even for religious minorities ".
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has long been involved in the fight against
terrorism. It has been the scene of hundreds of attacks, which have claimed the
lives 22,000 people in the past five years.
30/06/2016 20:48:00 PAKISTAN
Pakistani Church against cutting funds for minorities to finance a pro-Taliban madrassa
Many have slammed the decision. The Islamic school has trained terrorists operating at home and in Afghanistan and is slated to get funds otherwise earmarked for the province’s minorities. One of its former students is among those who assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Muslim clerics defend the decision.
Universities shut down to protest university professor abduction
Ajmal Khan, who is related to Asfandyar Wali, leader of Pakistan’s most secular-oriented party, was abducted on 7 September by a group of Taliban. In video footage shown on private TVs, he calls on faculty and students to put pressure on the government to take the necessary steps to free him.
07/05/2016 14:38:00 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Shias take to the streets to protest "genocide" against their community
Scores demonstrate in front of the Lahore Press Club. Waving green flags and chanting mournful lamentations, they demand justice for four more Shias murdered on Thursday. For Shia party official, some 25,000 Shias have been killed in Taliban-inspired sectarian violence.
Young people defy Musharraf online
With satellite TV shut down and printed press locked up, Internet becomes the venue for anti-government protest. Flash protests against the military dictatorship are organised on the net.
17/11/2016 18:36:00 PAKISTAN
Peshawar, Islamic parties preventing school curricula revision
School textbooks are full of biases and discriminatory views about the country’s minorities. However, in Sindh and Punjab, chapters on the role of women and a well-known philanthropist have been included. A research by the National Commission for Justice and Peace reveals the situation.
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": A Christmas gift to survive winter
As Iraqi troops advance in the Nineveh Plain and Mosul, a new wave of refugees could overshadow the fate of other refugees who found hospitality in Kurdistan. People need kerosene, winter clothes, aid for children, and money for rent. The campaign AsiaNews launched two years ago is more urgent than ever. Give up a superfluous gift to offer refugees an essential gift for life.
Pastor of Amadiya: Mosul’s Christian refugees, torn between emergency aid and the longing to return home
P. Samir Youssef
In a letter Fr. Samir Youssef describes the situation of refugees, exiled from their home for more than two years. They are closely following the offensive to retake Mosul, although their homes and churches "are for the most part" burned or destroyed. With the arrival of winter there is a serve lack of heating oil, clothes, food and money to pay for their children’s school bus. An appeal to continue to support the AsiaNews campaign.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.