MANDI BAHAUDDIN/TOBA TEK SINGH/

MUZAFFARGARH/SARGODHA/BAHAWALPUR/

HAFIZABAD/SHEIKHUPURA

People from all walks of life, especially the Christian community condemned the twin suicide attacks outside two churches in Youhana Abad area of Lahore that claimed 14 lives and left more than 70 others with multiple injuries and demanded the government to trace and execute the perpetrators of the heinous crime, here on Sunday.

As per details, people here in Mandi Bahauddin condemned the twin blasts in Lahore near churches that claimed 14 lives and sympathised with the bereaved families.

Former Press Club president Raja Sarwar expressed solidarity with heirs of the deceased and wounded, saying that the government had completely failed to provide protection to citizens as envisaged under the constitution. He said that people were fed up with repeated claims of government that terrorism would be wiped out from the country. Whenever there is incident of suicide blasts , the rulers would hold meeting, order inquiry and make a statement that such terrorists’ attacks were cowardly act of the terrorists and that could not demoralize them. In the meantime there comes another attack. He said there is no serious planning and execution to remove the reasons leading to promotion of terrorism.

In Muzaffargarh, after the suicide blasts near churches in Lahore, more than 150 angry Christians on Sunday staged two demonstrations here in district Muzaffargarh to denounce the deadly attack at Churches in Lahore. They were protesting against the incident and demand better protection for the minorities. The baton-wielding protestors including women and children burnt tyres and blocked roads by observing sit-ins. One demonstration was staged on Multan-Muzaffargarh Road and another in Tehsil Kot Addu. Meanwhile, addressing a protest rally, Christian leaders regretted that the government had failed to curb terrorism and protect the lives of citizens. The protesters marched from Rawalwala to main streets and staged a demo at Qanwan Chowk after passing through various parts of the city.

Heavy police contingent was deployed at local churches to avert any eventuality while the administration has appealed to the Christian community to remain peaceful.

In Hafizabad, the Christian community took out a rally to protest against the suicide bombing outside two churches in Youhana Abad, Lahore and killing more than 10 persons. The rally was organised by Pakistan Minority Alliance from the Catholic Church Kassoki Road which was led by former nazim Tariq Javed, Joseph Nayyar and Ishaq Javed. The participants of the rally paraded through different roads of the city and demonstrated at Fawara Chowk where speakers strongly condemned the barbaric attacks on worshippers. They raised slogans against the terrorists and called upon the government to launch merciless crackdown on the terrorists to provide security to the minority.

Meanwhile, local Ulema have also condemned the killing of Christians in Lahore and expressed solidarity with them.

In Sargodha, Christian community staged a protest against terrorists’ attack on churches in Lahore. The demonstrators took out a rally and blocked Faisalabad Road near 49 Tail and Marriam Abad. They condemned the suicide attacks and demanded arrest of the perpetrators. A large number of police personnel were deployed to avoid any untoward happening.  

In Bahawalpur, a large number of members of the Christian community staged a protest against the suicide attacks outside churches in Lahore and demanded strict action against the engineers of the incident. They blocked roads for an hour and recorded their protest.

The member of the Christian community staged protests on Airport Road and Ahmadpur East Road near Sadiq Public School against the suicide blasts in Lahore.

They blocked the road for an hour and recorded their protest, terming that attacks on churches was the worst kind of terrorism.

In Toba Tek Singh, the Christian community announced to mourn the killing of innocent people in suicide blasts outside Churches in Lahore.

The decision was taken in a condolence meeting held at Catholic Church. On the occasion, Fr Yaqoob Yousaf urged the community people to remain peaceful. He demanded the government to take immediate steps to protect churches in the country.

Fr Zafar Iqbal, PML-N Minority Wing district president Rasheed Jalal, former district council member Ayub Anjam, Robin Gulshan and other Christian leaders also spoke on the occasion.

In Kamalia, former minority councillor Ashraf John Sindhu also addressed a gathering of Christian protestors in a local church and condemned the attack.

In Sheikhupura, the Christian community in and around the city protested against the gruesome incident that took place in Youhana Abad, Lahore in which reportedly 15 Christians were killed and dozens other sustained injuries here on Sunday. The protesting Christians blocked traffic on Lahore, Jaranwala and GT roads, demanding the rulers to arrest the miscreants and provide protection to the minorities.