Christian community stages nationwide protests against church blasts; Churches of Pak appeals protesters to remain peaceful

Christian community stages nationwide protests against church blasts; Churches of Pak appeals protesters to remain peaceful

2013923124051_samaa_tvISLAMABAD, (SANA): Protests against the deadly Peshawar church bombing in which 83 people lost their lives were held across the country on Monday with the protestors demanding of the government to take stringent measure for the security of the minorities. Meanwhile the Churches of Pakistan has appealed the Christian community protesters to remain peaceful during staging protests against Peshawar Church blasts.

In a statement, it appealed the protesters not to be violent and refrain from burning and breaking things.

It also said that special prayers would be offered in all churches of the country for the souls of the people who died yesterday in Peshawar blasts.

According to reports, the protests and rallies were staged in various areas of Karachi like Hassan Square, Civic Centre, Landhi No 5 and 6.

The protesters chanted slogans against government’s negligence, burnt tyres and blocked the roads.

Such protests were also held in different cities of the country, like Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Khushab, Burewala, Faisalabad, Chichawatni and other cities.

All the churches as well as the missionary schools in the country remained closed in mourning for three days.

Protests were held by members of the Christian community and civil society in Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Noweshera and other cities. In the federal capital, protestors blocked the expressway, due to which the commuters faced severe kind of difficulties for reaching in their offices. The attendance in the government and private offices remained thin due to the blockade of Islamabad Expressway.

The Christian community protested in different areas of Hyderabad. Protestors burnt tyres and pelted stones blocking traffic. They demanded that those behind the terrorist attack be held responsible. In Tando Muhammad Khan and Jamshoro, protests were held outside the press club.

Protest demonstrations were also held at Lahore Press Club, Babu Sabu Interchange, Bund Road, Joseph Colony, Yohannabad, and in front of Expo Center, Lahore. The protestors were saddened and raged at the incident. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans demanding the right to live for the Christian community.

They chanted slogans against targeting of the minorities and the government’s inability to provide security against the increasing religious intolerance. They demanded that the government should apprehend those responsible for this act and called for protection of the rights of minorities.

The protesters, carrying banners and placards, pelted stones on public and private vehicles, raised slogans against the government and demanded end to terrorist activities. They also blocked GT Road.
The Christians appealed to the federal and provincial governments to provide them with foolproof security. They also called for payment of compensation to the family of victims in addition to those who sustained injuries.

Addressing on the occasion, representatives of Christian community said that police neither provided them with security nor they took adequate arrangements for their protection. They said the Christian community and its worship places in Pakistan were becoming unsafe due to the acts of new fanatics.

In Kasur, Muttahida Masih Mahaz took a rally at Kot Radha Kishan in which a large numbers of Christians and members of civil society participated. Christian leader Ch Noor Elahi announced complete strike and protest rally.

In Peshawar, protests were held in several areas with the largest one taking place outside the provincial assembly, where protestors pelted stones at vehicles. Members of the provincial government met with members of the Christian community who demanded that the army be deployed at churches.

83 people were killed and over 140 injured in twin suicide attacks at the All Saints Church in Peshawar on Sunday.

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