Up to 24 churches, hundreds of Christian homes and a Christian cemetery were targeted in an attack in Pakistan which was sparked by reports of a blasphemy allegation against two Christians accused of desecrating the Qur’an.
The Pakistani Catholic Bishops’ Conference (PCBC) reacted to the most recent bout of persecution in Pakistan with a statement calling for justice to be served.
“The PCBC denounces this shameful act, and urges the federal and provincial interim governments to take stern action against the culprits to bring them to justice”, the bishops wrote.
“The Christian community has been terrorized and frightened by a small group of miscreants to make them believe that Christians are in fact second-class citizens of Pakistan and will remain so. We ask the Government to take strong measures to protect the minorities and to bring into force such policies that can help us as a nation become peaceful human beings and a better society so that such incidents may not occur in the future.”
In the same statement, the bishops thank many public, religious, legal and political figures for having displayed their solidarity with the Christian community in this time of strife. Yet, they also ask: “will justice be realized? It is very sad to say that past experiences show us that nothing happened and all was forgotten”.
ACN is asking for aid to help Christians in Pakistan at this time.
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