We condemn terrorist attack on Taxila Church. Salamat Akhter. Robin Fernandez, PCP report
09 Aug 2002
KARACHI: August 9. Four people were killed and another dozen injured in a grenade attack on a Presbyterian Church-funded hospital in the ancient town of Taxila, some 30 kilometers from Rawalpindi. Witnesses said the attackers hurled two grenades in t
Witnesses told reporters who reached the site Friday that the assailants announced they were from the violence-racked city of Karachi. They were quoted as saying that more Christian institutions would be Targeted in the days to come--chilling words that were uttered earlier by the slain suspects in the Mureee school attack. Officials have not yet commented on their reported remarks.
Christian rights activists believe there is some symbolism in the latest target of Terrorists -- Taxila -- because the patron saint of Pakistan St Thomas began his missionary work in the Asian subcontinent from here. "We cannot lose sight of the fact that it was in Taxila that St Thomas planted the seeds of Christianity," said Naveed Anjum, a church pastor in Karachi. "One can also see that the cycle of violence is growing," Anjum pointed out. Friday's attack was the fourth attack against Christian targets in 11 months and the second in 96 hours. Founded in 1922 by Dr. J.B. Martin, Christian Hospital, Taxila, is currently the largest eye service hospital in the world. Some 587 of its 766 beds are reserved for eye patients. Over 102,000 patients come to the hospital each year.
Meanwhile Mr. Mozzam, the PCP correspondent from Rawalpindi have reported that Professor Salamat Akhtar senior vice president of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC and President, All Pakistan Joint Minorities Action Committee has vehemently condemned this 4th attack of terrorists on Christians institutions. He has urged upon the government to take effective measures for the security of
Our life and property in Pakistan. He added that Christians of Pakistan are neither terrified nor afraid of the terrorists who want to defame Pakistan at international level and place Pakistan at par with India as far as the merciless killing of minorities and especially of the Christians is concerned. However both the governments of India and Pakistan must protect their minorities according to the international pacts.