Killing of Christians in church is barbaric act of Terrorism, government urged to arrest ulprits.
29 Oct 2001
New York. Oct. 28, 2001.
Nazir S Bhatti, President, Pakistan Christian Congress, condemned the killing of 20 Christian worshipers at St. Dominic church Bahawalpur during Sunday services. He said there are doubts that SSP is responsible for this ki
It Can be viewed in connection of "Fathwa " a decree issued by Muslim religious leaders in Friday prayers since Oct, 7 in mosques throughout pakistan " of killing two Christians on one death of Muslim " in Afghanistan by the attacks of allied forces, massacre of christian is identical to incidents of Muslim sectarian violence and killing in mosques from years and government agencies have investigating record and elements involved in them and delay to arrest the killers of christian worshipers fears to lead further attacks on Christians in pakistan.
Mr. Bhatti said that we have appealed to government of pakistan to take notice of JUI and SSP leaders "Fathwas" and to adopt necessary measures to security of life and property of Christians in pakistan but due security was not provided in light of Muslim religious parties strong retaliation on Afghanistan attacks. He said the incident of Bahawalpur is an indication that Muslim radical groups plan to launch civil war in Pakistan and they have selected the upper Punjab division of Bahawalpur where they gunned down the ex federal minister and elected nazim in local body election few months back.
Mr. Bhatti said that killing of Christians is an indication that Muslim radical groups are now clear threat to integrity and solidarity of Pakistan and planning to face the armed forces of Pakistan and to establish 'Taliban Like ' government in Pakistan. He said that intentions to arrest the culprits responsible of the incident by President Parvez Mushraf are not enough to
satisfy Christians in Pakistan when administration and government agencies
fail to do so at Bahawalpur.
Mr. Nazir Bhatti expressed condolences to the grieved families of the deceased Christians worshipers of Bahawalpur and stressed upon 20 million Christians of Pakistan to unite and struggle against expected terrorism by these Muslim groups in future. He stressed upon Christians youth to set up their own security system and safeguard their life and property by day and night ' watch guard " duties of christian colonies. He also appealed to Christians to stay calm and pray in this difficult situation to prevent such incidents in other cities of Pakistan. He also appealed to general Muslims to protect their Christian neighbors to perform duty to protect minorities as sacred trust as declared in constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Nazir S Bhatti, president, PCC