Pakistan: Christians Mark Church Bombing Anniversary, Call to Protect Minority Places of Worship
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Sep 22
Christians in Pakistan are marking the one-year anniversary of the bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, an attack the killed 98 people and injured over 150. The bombing on September 22, 2013 was the worst attack on a church in Pakistan’s history reports Christian Today.
Christians in Pakistan still face persecution from extremists that the government has been unable to control.
The Pakistani government had also promised the families of victims aid and financial compensation after the attack, but has been slow to make good on its pledge. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that some of the injured were “forcibly removed” from hospitals after the attack because their families could not pay hospital bills without the promised government assistance.
CSW has now called on the Pakistani government to protect religious minorities and their places of worship from further harm.
CSW chief executive Mervyn Thomas said, "We urge the government of Pakistan to be proactive in combating the threat of extremism, and to enact the ruling of the Supreme Court, in order to ensure protection for places of worship and communities of minority faiths.”
Publication date: September 22, 2014