Candle Vigil in Faisalabad after Easter-Sunday Bombing

In Faisalbad fordern Demonstranten nach den Anschläge von Lahore an Ostersonntag die pakistanische Regierung auf, einen Aktionsplan gegen Hass und Intoleranz zu entwickeln. Foto: missio / S. Sheeky

In Faisalbad fordern Demonstranten nach den Anschläge von Lahore an Ostersonntag die pakistanische Regierung auf, einen Aktionsplan gegen Hass und Intoleranz zu entwickeln. Foto: missio / S. Sheeky

Hier ein Bericht und Bilder von S. Sheeky für missio Aachen von Aktionen in Pakistan gegen den Terrorismus nach dem Anschlag vom Ostersonntag in Lahore:

The city of Lahore once again had to face the harsh and tragic outbreak of the extremist forces in a deadly and brutal attack on innocent families visiting the park to celebrate the spring season and the festival of Easter. A few days back the government took an initiative to declare Holi (Hindu festival) and Easter (Christian festival) as holidays. While the non-Muslim community of Pakistan were rejoicing and appreciating the efforts of the government, on March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday, a suicide bomb in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park killed over 70 and left more than 300 injured. Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the blast stating it had intentionally targeted the Christian Community on Easter. The National Commission for Justice and Peace, a rights based organization of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, strongly condemns the tragic attack on innocent people in a public park.

His Lordship Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson NCJP and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf (Mani) National Director NCJP in a joint statement said that killing innocent people, in particular women and children, in the name of religion is unacceptable. While the motive was to target the Christians, yet so many of our Muslim Brothers, Sisters, Children and families who were also visiting the park on account of Sunday holiday fell victim to this brutal attack. We pray for all the victims of this attack, as they were all Pakistanis. While the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Army Chief have strongly condemned the attack, the commission calls upon the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and to tighten its measures for protection of all citizens including minorities and vulnerable communities.

They further stated that the government while addressing the extremist elements through the military operation needs to also address the root causes of this intolerance. It must conduct a large-scale operation to eliminate such elements that are prevalent in the province of Punjab and other parts of the country, which are operating and blatantly challenging the writ of the state.

Bishop Dr. Arshad and Fr. Yousaf further stated that the uncertainty of life is becoming more obvious in Pakistan. We thus pray to our Lord Jesus Christ that as a nation He may grant us wisdom, tolerance and peace. May God give strength to the families of the victims to endure the loss of their loved ones.

“The govt. must establish a parliamentary oversight committee to monitor and review the counter-terrorism efforts of the federal and provincial governments as well as concerned agencies to further improve the performance under NAP. The govt. should take concrete steps and adopt an appropriate strategy against terrorism and change the mind-set of those who sow terror and death across the country. The government must redefine its policies and make genuine efforts to ensure that such kinds of merciless acts against minority groups are not repeated, and persecution of religious minorities is stopped through bringing the perpetrators to justice,” demanded Fr. Khalid Rshid Asi while addressing the participants of a Candle Vigil in Faisalabad.

“The way the terrorists are striking demonstrates that their backbone has not been broken, contradicting the claims by the federal government.The only way to bring an end to terrorism is to dismantle and decapitating the terrorist network of well-wishers, sleeper cells, logistic supporters and planners. The government and law enforcement agencies have failed to effectively discharge their duties, because attack could have been averted if foolproof security measures had put in place, and militants of earlier incidents of terrorism had swiftly brought to justice,” addressed by a member of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), Ms.Shazia George, a Christian activist.

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