PESHAWAR - Strongly condemning the Badami Bagh episode, the Christian community of district Peshawar on Monday demanded of the federal and Punjab governments to take a stern action against the culprits involved in torching the minorities’ colony in Lahore, award them exemplary punishment and provide better protection to minorities.Hundreds of the Christian community members led by Dr Sohail, Shakar Batti, Naeem Nazir, and Ghulam Shaukat took out a protest rally from Catholic Church Peshawar situated at Mall Road and moved towards the Press Club. The demonstrators led by the Community and religious leaders were holding banners and placards inscribed with different slogans against the Badami Bagh incident, and protection to minorities in the country. After passing through different routs the protesting rally reached Peshawar press club, where they blocked the busy Sher Shah Suri road for almost an hour, that resulted a massive traffic game and commuters stuck in their vehicles while pedestrians were also faced numerous difficulties.Later, addressing a press conference at the Press Club, Shaukat Ghulam Advocate, representative of the community, said that the incumbent democratic government has completely failed to give protection to minorities in the country, adding as two Christians churches and their over 178 houses along with their valuables were burnet in Joseph Colony, Lahore on 9 March. He also alleged that during the incident their holy book Bible was also ablaze, which was contemptuous.Flanked by Dr Sohail, Shakar Bhatti, Naeem Nazir and other leaders of the community, he urged the Muslims’ religious scholars to play their due role and stop the anti-Islam attitude and inhuman attacks on minorities’ colonies in the country. He also asked the federal and Punjab government to take stern action under the Pakistan Panel Court (PPC) act 295-C against those who registered a fake case against Christians and award them death punishment. A life-imprisonment punishment should also award to a person committing to burn Bible, he demanded. Ghulam alleged that certain influential in Punjab were using the blasphemy law for their personal interests against the Christians, and has expressed grave concern over the attitude of considering Christians as lower class citizens in Pakistan. He said that the Punjab government should step down for failing to stop the repeated incidents in the province. He also warned that if the rulers were failed to provide security to minorities then they would be compel to seek help from the International community.Meanwhile, speaking at another news conference, Bishop Hamfari Sarfraz Peters, diocese of Peshawar Church along-with dozens of Christian community members also condemned the incident, and termed the government responsible for such kind of terror. He also asked the government to deduct one-month salary of the Secretary Interior Punjab, Secretary Religious Affairs, Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, IG Punjab, and that of the agencies responsible and should distribute among the affectees of the incident.