PESHAWAR/LAHORE - The Bishop of Peshawar, Sarfarz Hemphray Peter, on Sunday announced a three-day mourning to condemn the church attack, alleging that the government has failed to protect the Christian community.
He said that had the government showed its will, it could have controlled this act of terrorism. He added they had been asking the relevant authorities to enhance security of their worship places, but they did not pay any heed. Talking to media persons here after the blast, the Bishop announced a three-day mourning, saying that the responsible elements should be dealt strictly.
He also said Christians are patriotic Pakistanis. He, however, said the church blast is condemnable as innocent people, including children and women have been killed in this brutal act of terrorism.
He further said the whole world is shocked by this inhuman act of terrorism, asking the government to arrest the killers and provide justice to people at all cost.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Council of World Religions also announced a three-day mourning. The PCWR has strongly condemned the attack on Christian community. It said it was an injustice to kill human beings for no reason and called for appropriate security of minorities.
It is worth mentioning here that a day before, the PCWR had held a meeting in which it has urged the people belonging to different sects and religions to play their role for restoration of peace in the country. In the same meeting, the council members discussed various issues pertaining to peace, harmony and peaceful coexistence in the society. Prominent among the participants were Qari Ruhullah Madni, chairman Pakistan Council of World Religions, Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peter, Prof Dr Qibla Ayaz, Maqsood Ahmed Salafi, Haroon Sarb Diyal, and Muazam Juline Coordine. All missionary institutions will remain closed for three days to condemn the Peshawar suicide blasts.
The Bishop of Lahore (Emeritus) Rt Rev Dr Alexander John Malik has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar. In a statement, he regretted the security lapse of police and the security agencies in the incident.
He further said that generally in Peshawar, Christians were never targeted ever since the so-called war on terror started. “It is being said that that the attack was carried out to derail the peace process started by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The government should find out the forces behind the attack which we see as an attempt to disturb the religious harmony of the country. The forces behind this heinous act must be exposed and given exemplary punishment. The government should provide security to all irrespective of caste, colour or creed. After this gory incident it is the duty of the government to beef up security at all the religious places of worship,” Bishop Malik demanded. He was of the view that it was high time all Pakistanis join hands and express solidarity in this critical hour. “The forces of negativity can be defeated by promoting nationalism,” Bishop said.
Meanwhile, Chairman Lahore Waste Management Company Khawaja Ahmad Hassan has condemned the terrorists’ attack at church in Peshawar and termed it a brutal act on the part of terrorists.
He expressed deep sorrow on the tragedy and feeling of solidarity with Christian community. He said ‘Islam teaches peace and interfaith harmony and does not permit such inhuman acts’. MD Waseem Ajmal Chaudhary also termed the assault on minority’s sacred place as shameful act. He deplored and said that services of Christian community are valuable, especially in LWMC case; company’s Christian workers are our asset who has turned Lahore into Pakistan’s cleanest city through their commitment and hard work in a very short span of time. Renowned lawyer and LWMC member board of directors, Ahmad Rafay Alam lamented on the incident and termed it against the teachings of Islam and any law in the world.