Decision on returning Christian schools soon: Musharraf


LAHORE, Jan 17: President Gen Pervez Musharraf assured the Christian community on Friday that a decision on the issue of returning the Christian schools would be soon taken. "I am with you regarding the issue of the return of the nationalized

He was talking to reporters after speaking at the concluding ceremony of 125th anniversary of the Lahore Diocese at The Mall Cathedral.

The president said this was heartening that all culprits of the attacks on churches and other Christian institutions had either been arrested or eliminated. He had been told here that the culprits of the attack on a Daska church had also been arrested. "We are grateful to law-enforcement agencies for efficiently dealing with terrorists," he said.

He said the law-enforcers had been upgraded and better trained, hoping that they would continue to perform their duty more efficiently. The government would take all steps to protect Christians and their institutions, he said.

The president said it was reassuring that all people in Pakistan were united in condemning the despicable acts of terrorism against Christians. He also appreciated what he said the patience of the Christian community "during the hours of national grief."

Gen Musharraf said Pakistan was at the forefront of global war against terrorism but had itself been a victim of it. "We condemn terrorism and would not be deterred by such cowardly acts. We would pursue the terrorists and eliminate the menace of terrorism," he said.

Earlier, speaking at the ceremony the president condemned the attacks on the Christian churches and institutions, saying this would not be allowed. Those indulging in such acts of terrorism were not friends of Pakistan. They wanted communal strife in the country and its estabilization, he said.

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