14 dead, 75 injured in attack on Lahore's Christian community

Published: March 15, 2015
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PHOTO: AFP Christians gather in front of a church following suicide bombing attacks on churches in Lahore on March 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in  Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other suspected militants died.

Up to 4,000 Christians later took to the streets of Lahore, many armed with clubs as they smashed vehicles and attacked a city bus station in a rare show of anger.

The bombings occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians, officials said.

 

Relatives mourn following the twin blasts in Lahore. PHOTO: AP

 

Doctor Mohammad Saeed Sohbin, medical superintendent of the nearby General Hospital, told AFP: “We have received 14 dead bodies and 70 injured,” adding that the figure did not include the suspected militants who were lynched or the bombers.

Zahid Pervez, the top health official in Lahore, confirmed the death toll and told reporters that 78 people were wounded in both attacks.

Broken window panes, blood and shoes were scattered across the blast sites.

 

PHOTO: REUTERS

 

Police spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar said two policemen guarding the churches were among those killed in the attacks, while two people were beaten to death by protesters who took to the streets after the blasts.

“Policemen on duty at both the entrances tried to stop them but the bombers blew themselves up,” she told AFP.

“The angry mob protesting after the blast beat to death two people whom they suspected of being associates of the attackers.”

 

Christian community protests against attacks. PHOTO: EPA

 

An AFP photographer saw the bodies of the two suspected militants on fire after the beatings. It was not clear whether they were still alive at the time.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Jamaatul Ahrar faction described the blasts as suicide attacks and vowed to continue their campaign.

Christians make up around two percent of Pakistan’s mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years.

 

Christians gather in front of a church following twin attacks. PHOTO: AFP

 

Sunday’s attacks were the worst on the community since a devastating double suicide-bombing in Peshawar in September 2013 killed 82 people.

Read: Peshawar church bombing: Death toll rises to 83

That came months after more than 3,000 Muslim protesters torched some 100 houses as they rampaged through Joseph Colony, another Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man.

Read: Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns scores of Christian homes in Lahore

The thousands of Christian protesters who clashed with police on Sunday attacked their cars with stones and sticks, as women wept and beat their heads and chests.

The protesters, some wearing crosses round their necks, later turned on the city’s bus rapid transit system — a signature project of the ruling PML-N party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

PM Nawaz in a statement condemned the church bombings and “directed provincial governments to ensure the security of (the) public and their properties”.

 

Security tightened across churches in the country. PHOTO: AFP

 

Zaeem Qadri, a spokesman for the provincial government, said efforts were being made to talk to the protesters to stop the rioting but “emotions are very high because their churches have been attacked”.

Christians also took to the streets in other cities, including Karachi, where around 200 protesters blocked a main road and burnt tyres. There were also demonstrations in Peshawar, Multan and in Quetta.

Sunday’s attack was the first by the Taliban since three of their major factions said on Thursday they had reunited.

Read: Pope says feels great pain over Lahore church attacks

Pakistan Army has stepped up its fight against militants since Taliban gunmen massacred more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar in December.

A moratorium on executions in terror cases was lifted and the constitution amended to set up military courts for the speedy trial of terrorism cases. Later, the death penalty was reinstated for all capital cases.

 

6:08pm

The negotiations between protesters and police are successful, Express News reports.

The demonstrators have agreed to unblock Ferozepur Road.

4:03pm

Ferozepur Road blocked by angry protesters from Yohannabad, our correspondent Rameez Khan reports.

3:02pm

Fourteen people have been killed and 75 injured, according to Express News.

A woman cries after her brother was injured in the attack on the church, at a hospital in Lahore March 15, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

2:50pm

Members of Christian community are protesting in various parts of the country, including Karachi and Sialkot.

In Karachi, protests against the attacks are being held at Essa Nagri and North Nazimabad.

2:40pm

Twenty-five-year old Qaisar, a security guard of St John’s Church, sacrificed his life while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the church.

Similar to Qaisar, Yousuf the security guard of Christ Church also lost his life while protecting the worshippers.

2:32pm

The three policemen held hostage by the enraged mob have been released and are being shifted to a hospital.

2:30pm

The enraged mob refused to talk to Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael.

2:22pm

Missionary schools in Karachi and Punjab announce they will be closed tomorrow.

2:12pm

As the number of injured rises to 70, hospitals in Lahore have appealed to people to donate blood.

1:58pm

Ports and Shipping Minister Kamran Michael has visited the injured at General Hospital, Express News reports.

1:55pm

“Fourteen people have been killed and 68 others have been injured,” General Hospital medical superintendent says.

The deceased include two policemen.

1:45pm

Water cannons have arrived at Firozpur Road to disperse the enraged mob, Express News reports.

1:40pm

The mob has attacked the Metro Bus terminal.

Express News screengrab of mob attacking the terminal

1:36pm

Members of the Christian community are also protesting in Karachi against the attacks.

1:32pm

Pastor David, a local cleric at the site, says: “One blast took place at the entrance of one church where a congregation was going on. Another blast took place in the second church,” adding that the two buildings were 500 metres apart.

1:30pm

“At least 10 people were killed and 55 wounded, Khawaja Rafiq, the health adviser to the provincial chief minister says.

“The rescue operation is still underway and the death toll may increase,” rescue services spokesman Sajjad Hussain says.

Women mourn the death of their relative who was killed in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS

1:25pm

“Mosques and churches across Punjab have been put on high alert,” IG Punjab says.

1:20pm

Mayhem unfolds on Firozpur Road in Lahore as an enraged mob gets violent.

1:15pm

Members of Christian community are also protesting at Nankana Sahib against the attacks, Express News reports.

Express News screengrab of the protests

1:07pm

The mob has reportedly taken three police officers hostage in a shop, according to Express News.

Reportedly the policemen were watching the match during the time of the blast which is why the mob has taken them hostage.

1:06pm

“Both the blasts were suicide blasts,” DIG operations Haider Ashraf confirms.

Further, he urges people to remain calm.

1:05pm

The enraged mob has hurled stones at the Metro Bus and blocked its route, Express News reports.

1:05pm

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif condemns the blasts.

1:04pm

“I was sitting at a shop near the church when a blast jolted the area. I rushed towards the spot and saw the security guard scuffle with a man who was trying to enter the church, after failing, he blew himself up,” witness Amir Masih tells Reuters.

“I saw his body parts flying through the air.”

The guard died as well, he says.

It was not clear if the first blast was also a suicide bomber, Masih adds.

12:58pm

“Ten people have been killed and over 48 injured in the attacks,” General Hospital spokesperson says.

The deceased include a child and a police constable.

12:55pm

Express News screengrab of the enraged mob

12:54pm

Our correspondent Sarah Eleazar reports the news of a third blast was a mere rumour.

12:53pm

The main gate of St John’s Catholic Church was destroyed due to blast, our correspondent Rana Tanveer reports.

12:52pm

“Owing to the large number of people expected to attend the services, the church administration had divided the morning service into two parts,” Nadim Anthony, a member of the Christian community told The Express Tribune.

He said the first service was held from 8am to 9am, while the second service was taking place when the blast took place.

“Both the blasts were suicide attacks,” he further claims.

12:48pm

The death toll now stands at 6, according to AFP.

12:47pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has condemned the blast and sought a report from police.

12:45pm

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jammatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“We have carried out the attack,” TTP JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune via phone.

Ehsan used his Afghan mobile number to call the media in Islamabad and Peshawar.

“We have reached Lahore, the center of Punjab province, which is a challenge and a warning to the rulers,” Ehsan said.

He said the ‘Aafia Siddiqui Brigade,’ a group of the suicide bombers, was assigned to carry out the attack.

This is the first claim from TTP JA after having merged with the TTP.

Read: Collective front: Mangal Bagh, Jamaatul Ahrar TTP merge

12:42pm

Police have resorted to aerial firing to disperse the enraged crowd as mayhem unfolds in Youhanabad.

12:41pm

The death toll now stands at 5, according to rescue officials.

Further, 53 people have been injured.

12:36pm

 

12:34pm

Four killed, 45 injured in the twin attacks , according to Express News.

12:32pm

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) claims responsibility for attacks.

12:31pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the blast.

12:30pm

12:29pm

Our correspondent Sarah Eleazar reports a third church in F Block has also been targeted.

12:28pm

Worshippers have gathered outside the churches after the explosions and are protesting against the government for not providing sufficient security.

12:27pm

Eye witness Aslam Pervez Sahotra says he is sure attack on Catholic Church was a suicide blast. “Children and women are hurt in the explosion,” he adds.

Sahotra says the blasts took place due to lack of security. He further says both the churches were crowded when they were targeted.

12:25pm

As per initial reports, there were 800 people present inside one church and 1,100 people in the other.

12:22pm

A police constable and a child have been killed in the blasts, Express News reports.

12:21pm

An emergency has been declared at General Hospital.

12:20pm

Our correspondent Rana Tanveer reports that Christ Church and Catholic Church situated at short distance in Yohbabad area were attacked.

 12:19pm

Aslam Pervez Sahotra, an eye witness, tells The Express Tribune that the worshippers were targeted when they came out of the churches after Sunday service.

12:17pm

According to eyewitnesses, two suicide bombers reached the gates of two churches and tried to enter the church. When stopped, the suicide bombers blew themselves up.

Further, they added the Sunday church ceremony was underway at the time of the blasts.

12:16pm

Forty-five people have been injured, according to Express News.

12:10pm

The enraged mob is dragging the body of the deceased suspect and beating it up in reaction to the blasts.

His body has been set on fire.

 

Express News screengrab

12:05pm

Two people killed, 30 injured in twin blasts.

The deceased were suspects and beaten to death by an enraged mob near the blast site.

12:00pm

A suspicious person has been held by the people from near the blast site. The enraged crowd has beaten up the man severely.

11:45am

The injured have been shifted to General Hospital.

Reader Comments (83)

  • zara
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:47AM

    Praying praying praying! Oh god may Allah protect them.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:50AM

    God have mercy Recommend

  • Blithe
    Mar 15, 2015 - 12:03PM

    Must get to to their backers and financiers. . Need to improve investigative work Recommend

  • Mar 15, 2015 - 12:12PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen.
    How terrible to demonize and kill innocent humans on a peaceful Sunday morning when most are about to attend church. This is not good and very painful indeed. I pray that the killers are caught speedily and strung up without delay. SalamsRecommend

  • kushal
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Don’t create unnecessary hype, Pakistan.Recommend

  • naveen kumar
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:06PM

    this is inhumane.just one word of advice to sane pakistanis is to fight this wahabi version of islam otherwise first it was hindus/sikhs who were ethinically cleansed,now its Christians ,tomorrow it will be shias,than it will be barlevis and deobandis. Please stop this,this is against humanity. Recommend

  • Arshad Masih
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Pakistan ek amanpasand mulk hai. Minorities are safe in this country. This is just an exception. Most people in Pakistan do not approve of such actions.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:21PM

    Army shud target first taliban in all over Pakistan. No point in targeting political parties militant wings.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:34PM

    2 hours now and not a single comment- all are watching matchRecommend

  • Nadir Mahmood
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:34PM

    What army and intelligence companies are doing for the safety of Christians, Shias and Ahmadis. A big question mark on Army’s neutrality. Recommend

  • Nadir Mahmood
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:38PM

    Now it is test of Army how they respond to these incidents. Every minority is closely watching! Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:45PM

    Administration of Pakistan should be handed over to Iran. I don’t think Pakistanis are capable of handling a nation. Recommend

  • furqan
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:47PM

    I want to condemn this cowardly act on innocent lives.This is a difficult time for our nation but we would have to remain stead fast and united.My advice to the authorities would be to instead of opening fronts in every corner of the country fight against the origin of this problem(India). May ALLAH give patience to the relatives of victims and make our land peaceful, ameenRecommend

  • Dajjal
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:50PM

    Didn’t the CM Punjab have a deal with the Terrorists that they wouldnt attack Punjab as long as they were allowed to bomb Sindh, KP and Baluchastan??? What happened??Recommend

  • Chachoo
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:55PM

    It is a pretty unfortunate incident. Punjab government should protect all minorities. Just some days ago I have met with one Representative of Ahmedi Minority and they are being warned by the MNA of PMLN to leave Lahore. And Now Christians are being targeted there as well. In my view PMLN is involved in such incidents. Their cadres protect such people who spread such type of anarchy. Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 15, 2015 - 1:55PM

    Whats wrong with you people? Maybe international sanctions like imposed on S Africa would send a message that your xenophobia isn’t going to be tolerated anymore.Recommend

  • Arif Sheikh
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:03PM

    No muslim can hurt minority – it is forbidden in Islam to hurt anyone. This is clearly raw deal.Recommend

  • Sid
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:09PM

    @Nadir Mahmood:
    What about Hindus?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:14PM

    Here you can see the National Action Plan in actionRecommend

  • InterProvincialMovementBill
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:23PM

    Best solution to end terrorism and crime,
    Any one migrating from one province to another should register him at police station. And should appear there regularly.
    Anyone buying a property in another province should firstly provide legitimate source of his wealth.
    High taxes should be charged by the province to people coming from other provinces on family headcount basis.
    It is hard and impossible to commit crime where criminal belongs to because he is recognized by everyone and also don’t want to put his family in trouble….Recommend

  • shah
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:25PM

    @Arshad Masih:
    Thank You For Understanding Brother Let Me Assure You That The Muslims Of Pakistan Are With You In This Time Of Grief Recommend

  • shah
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:31PM

    Two Policemen Died In This Attack Trying To Protect Jinnah’s Pakistan From These BarbariansRecommend

  • JJ
    Mar 15, 2015 - 2:42PM

    @furqan:

    How is India the origin of this problem??!!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 15, 2015 - 3:09PM

    CONFIRMATION….that the National Action Plan is……DEAD.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 15, 2015 - 3:27PM

    Those who are responsible for the security of the churches and the christian community, must resign from their posts and resign now! In simple english it means that the corps commander of the military and the chief of Police to be followed by the Chief Minister for taking over the political responsibility for using the military instead of conducting political reconciliation among its citizens.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • oBSERVER
    Mar 15, 2015 - 3:49PM

    @Ali S:
    You mean the terrorists national action plan!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 15, 2015 - 3:55PM

    @Arshad Masih:
    This is not true Sir! Those who govern you and live with you will not and cannot provide security for its citizens. You are condemned as the rest of the population for seeing people in khakies and whites, all fighting an all out war of attrician while the pollitic inside the country has been dislodged.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • oBSERVER
    Mar 15, 2015 - 3:59PM

    @naveen kumar:
    Robbers ‘gang-raped’ elderly Indian nun: police. So it is poor Christian Nuns now!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Mar 15, 2015 - 4:43PM

    @zara:
    Crocodile tears?Recommend

  • sam
    Mar 15, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Very sad day for humanity that has no value in Pakistan. Corrupt govt and setup can’t protect anyone including minorities and terrorists are roaming free. Should people take this matter in their own hands and bring all these monsters to justice?Recommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Mar 15, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Despite all the hype this is what you get…

    Where is the state…

    If there is one, it needs to rise up to the challenge. An incompetent government interested in personal pomp and money must GO. Effective collective punishment and unleashing of state terror is needed.

    Where should these poor, deprived minorities go. Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Mar 15, 2015 - 4:59PM

    Sad part is that justice will be never done… RIP…. Shameful day for humanity..Recommend

  • SM
    Mar 15, 2015 - 5:13PM

    @Arshad Masih:
    i hope this is sarcasm, if not, get your head out of the sand where it’s deeply buried right now.Recommend

  • SM
    Mar 15, 2015 - 5:18PM

    @Arif Sheikh: yeah right. is this the new spin on ‘no muslim can kill another muslim’. muslims have been killing fellow muslims as well as other minorities throughout their history. Recommend

  • Azhar
    Mar 15, 2015 - 6:14PM

    Someone commented earlier that Pak is amanpasand (peaceful) country, lol, whatever he smoked before placing this comment, must be a cheap one, had no idea about the reality. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of victims.Recommend

  • LS
    Mar 15, 2015 - 6:24PM

    @oBSERVER: so as long as a nun gets raped in india it gives your country a license to kill Christians? You guys kill minorities every other week in 100’s so I assume each of that is linked to someone getting raped in India? Shame on you… You are not only sick but are devoid of humanity.

    All these incidents happen without instigation in your country. And it is you guys who constantly remind us of Gujarat (that was 12 years ago) but look for excuses when it happens every week in your own country??Recommend

  • Mar 15, 2015 - 6:41PM

    Why don’t Pakistanis rise up to these violent mullahs and their supporters? they are destroying Pakistan from within and yet Pakistanis are content to wait for their politicians to do something or other people to do something – they won’t the mullahs and politicians are one – they do not care for Pakistan and the extremists are content with that.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:56PM

    @rohit950723:
    People do not need justice but PEACE! How can one help a Nation which has more illetrates than belonging to the educative cadre? How does one tell a Government that the military is trained to kill and hold the land but not meant to protect citizens? One way to learn is to introduce conscription of 18 months for aduls and cutting the entire army into half.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Bikak R A
    Mar 15, 2015 - 7:58PM

    I feel speechless and wonder what comments would satisfy justify this heinous crime. You simply by condemning can’t justify to have done your duty. We cannot feel content that we did our duty to rise against this sort of episodic recurring crime. One wonder as a common man how we can exterminate this recurring episodic barbaric brutal, ferocious cold-hearted impulsive activities.Recommend

  • Mar 15, 2015 - 8:29PM

    Christian Community severely condemn and are calling for justice. This is another black day for all Christian.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:34PM

    @furqan:
    What has India got to do with this? I suspect you were educated at a madrassa.
    For once think and ask yourself is Islam heading in the right direction? In UK (and the West) Muslims have the highest crime rate and are the most illiterate. Is that because of India?
    This brainwashing in madrassa has to stop. I am glad I left Pakistan many years ago. I will only return when it has become part of India.Recommend

  • hnr
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:54PM

    @Arshad Masih:
    How many such exceptions you need before you are convinced that except for sunnis it is an unsafe country for non muslims and they should be allowed to leave with dignity and honour.No non muslim can survive in an islamic country as you see their fate in Nigeria or SyriaRecommend

  • hnr
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:56PM

    @Nadir Mahmood:
    Hindus excluded or they do not deserve nay protection?Recommend

  • Mar 15, 2015 - 8:56PM

    injustice any where is threat to justice every where.
    Security person saved the hundreds by not allowing the suicide bomber inside the church, my deep sympathy with the victim and affecties of the incident, its a barbarian act to kill someone. very sorry to say, the protester take the law and order in there hands is injustice,Even in anger burn the two bodies, whom the mob consider suspicious. Anti state actors happy with the reaction of people. Loss of property and burning the people is reaction of beloved affeted people with full bravery is to be condemnd also..Recommend

  • hnr
    Mar 15, 2015 - 8:59PM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    That is becasue it is silently supported and a[roved and the excuse that they will be killed if they protest.Recommend

  • matt
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Pakistanis are becoming victim of the war on terror.terrorist have been inflicting damages on muslims (shia ,sunni,imambargah , mosques), christians etc.We stand behind our army in eradicating terrorism from this country.

    Vandalism should not be done and people should not take law into their on hands as 2 people were burnt alive and public property was damage.People should refrain from giving it a political colour.In other countries states are involve in persecution of minorities but here we are in state of war.So unite to defeat terrorist.May God protect us all.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:11PM

    @Bikak R A:
    Would you rather like to listen to the music of death by Ennio Morricone, every time the Prime Minister of Pakistan orders the death of convicts or when the Pakistan military and airforce goes in action and start a killing spree in the Taliban lands? I personaly would prefer to see Pakistan National flag in half mast for an year and a daily playing of the funeral music every evening a human is slain to rest.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Saif
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:12PM

    @zara:
    Rightly said ..read in express tribune 2 days ago that Shabaz Sharief was helping TTP to stay in Punjab as long as they do not commit any crime in Punjab ..so backers are there in front of everyone !Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:17PM

    Some Key Points to Ponder:

    1) The attack was actually failed (attackers couldn’t sneak through the gate) and two policemen sacrificed their lives protecting people.

    2) Around 60,000 Pakistanis have been killed by terrorists including army men and their children also.

    3) The whole nation condemn such attacks and is with the victims in every possible way.

    4) The whole country is waging war against these terrorists.

    **5) Yet the Christian protesters resorted to worst terrorism of its own kind and burned to death two people and vandalized public and private property.

    This is also blatant terrorism and should be dealt with the same way all the terrorists are being dealt with.**Recommend

  • John B
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:22PM

    Is this something new in PAK? Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 15, 2015 - 9:26PM

    @ajeet:
    So you enjoyed your revenge for lakhvi bail??Recommend

  • woody
    Mar 15, 2015 - 10:14PM

    @Rex Minor:

    One way to learn is to introduce
    conscription of 18 months for aduls
    and cutting the entire army into half.

    Not sure how mandatory conscription or smaller army fixes religious extremism or xenophobia.Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 15, 2015 - 10:53PM

    They have been so many attacks on mosques both shia and sunni, schools but no one has gone on lynching people. Who knows whether those were terrorist or just by standers not from that community!Recommend

  • Sid
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:06PM

    Don’t know if this will be cleared. This is not for point scoring. But it baffles me how Pakistanis keep talking about Godhra 2002 when virtually every week minorities and indeed Shias are targeted in Pakistan.

    Please introspect. Am sure someone will say something about rapes in India. But you can see that even though India is not the country with the largest number of rapes as a percentage of its population, the people of India have taken a tough stand against it, and we are hopeful things will change. Ask yourselves, have the people of Pakistan taken a stand against discrimination faced by minorities.Recommend

  • G
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:13PM

    Disgusting.

    Fight face to face. That’s bravery. This is crazy.Recommend

  • PrasadDeccani
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:34PM

    @naveen kumar: We (Indians) are no better. We lost our moral ‘right’ to post such comments long ago; recent incident involving a nun only confirms the loss.

    I am assuming you are from India.Recommend

  • Anoni
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:44PM

    It’s in the news that the angry mob burnt alive two suspected people.

    How are those in the mob any different then the terrorist who exploded the bomb.

    A very sad day.. I thought our people even when suffered with loss were better than this. Recommend

  • raider
    Mar 15, 2015 - 11:49PM

    Incident is barbaric but who have given full sanction to mob to lynch peoples without allegation leveled be provenRecommend

  • Peaceandlove
    Mar 16, 2015 - 1:12AM

    I have said this before and will say it again u cannot mix religion with politics.
    People who support taleban or any other religious groups if they are sincere shouldn’t be afraid of public scrutiny. If taleban were for democracy then they are not afraid of transparency otherwise they are just like dictators.Recommend

  • Anti-mob
    Mar 16, 2015 - 1:23AM

    Why were two innocent individuals set alight in broad daylight? WHY? It is not like only christans are targeted by talibans, Muslims are main focus of Taliban attacks, Gathering a mob – vandalizing city infrastructure, setting alight two people just because they had beard? I will not say SORRY NO MORE! SHAME ON YOU GUYS! SHAME ON YOUHANABADRecommend

  • Nomaan
    Mar 16, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Christians are our brothers and sisters who do as much for this nation as anyone else. What a shame that they feel estranged, just like other religious minorities in this sad, sad country. I am thinking of hopeful things to say but I cannot express anything but sadness on this (yet another) somber day for Pakistan. We must stand up (I mean this) against ugliness that is trying to take over and define what Pakistan and living in Pakistan is. We really need to look into ourselves first and re-evaluate the kind of lives we’re living and the attrocities that we have started accepting as the “norm”. Let us not become oblivious to injustice and let ugliness have the final word. If we have even an ounce of the core values of Islam of promoting justice over peace, beauty over ugliness, then we must re-evaluate our understanding of this faith and act accordingly. Recommend

  • rkfromny
    Mar 16, 2015 - 2:10AM

    @oBSERVER:
    the culprits are being punished.. certainly not like in ur state where jihadi blew himself up and destroyed the whole church killing several scores.. where is the comparison..??Recommend

  • rkfromny
    Mar 16, 2015 - 2:12AM

    they have armed guards in front of places of worship in your country… what can be more pathetic.. and still you guys pretend as if you are comparable to india.. !!Recommend

  • Eric Kumar
    Mar 16, 2015 - 3:31AM

    @furqan: How India comes in this scenario . People who do all these things are Muslin Taliban. I feel sorry for you. You have no idea in the world you are living. You need your brain checked.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 16, 2015 - 3:32AM

    Disgusting behaviour by Christian minority after the attack. They burnt two innocent people without knowing the facts. Shame on them. Not feeling sorry.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 16, 2015 - 3:51AM

    @Saif:
    Ab may nay kya kiya hai?? You wanted to quote blithe i guess.

    @raider, yes sad.
    Where is raisani.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Mar 16, 2015 - 5:12AM

    @furqan: Nonsense. No Christian has blamed India for this. you must rid yourself of this India phobia. Did you even read the news item which clearly say that Taliban suicide bombers were responsible. Islam is responsible for this killing. The sooner moderate Muslims defeat this form of islam the better. If this type of Islam is not defeated it will claim many thousands lives of innocent Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Mar 16, 2015 - 5:19AM

    It is the man who created God / Allah / religion to regularise the society. These creations are being used for vested interests. I doubt if my view will be allowed to be published.Recommend

  • GI Joe
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:05AM

    Clearly there is Indian involvement to deflect from MQM crisis in Karachi. Recommend

  • Abdul Malik
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:32AM

    @furqan:
    Good. Keep on believing it and watch your country go down the drain. Recommend

  • Vikram
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:36AM

    Pakistani Muslims just want every one to be a Muslim. These attacks on Christians are to terrorize them and convert them to so called religion of peace. I feel sad because Christians dominated western countries keep giving billions of dollars of free money to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Vikram
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:39AM

    All this is being done to force Christians to accept religion of peace.Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Mar 16, 2015 - 6:45AM

    @Timorlane: My dear brother you are right, those guards who laid down their lives but saved many Christians, but when such incidents happen the mobs act violently which is also a kind of terrorism. We pray for a peaceful Pakistan and pray for those killed by so called Muslims who think they are better Muslims but I am sure none of them have ever read the Holy Quram had it been so they would not have committed such acts.Recommend

  • Indian Observer
    Mar 16, 2015 - 10:49AM

    Very sad state of affairs. The pakistan taliban and all these talibs are relatives and made from the same cloth, so its time these people (all those who have become and are taking up the sword/gun/bomb/suicide vest/IED) are hunted down regardless of their political affiliation.
    @Ch Allah Daood So you don’t feel sorry that the people who died in the church are all innocent. Always more charity towards your own folks. This is exactly why your country is in this state. Stop blaming India and don’t look the other way pakistanis . High time you looked at yourselves and your political masters and their sycophants.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Mar 16, 2015 - 11:42AM

    Amazing how ET has hidden the news of the two innocent people burned to death by terrorists in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on churches Recommend

  • Javed Masih
    Mar 16, 2015 - 12:04PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad

    The below is from the report from “Dawn Newspaper”

    ““When the terrorists came to the Roman Catholic Church, three boys asked them to identify themselves,” says Riaz Fazal, his eyes red rimmed, and his face swollen from crying. “They shot two of the boys point blank. But Goga intercepted them, and pushed them back, and in that time, a terrorist blew himself up.”

    “”“At one point before being beaten the police had caught them,” relates a local woman. “But they kept cursing us saying, ‘you Christians ought to be killed in blasts everyday’. It was almost as if they were inviting the mob.”””

    The Christians killed them in Self defense otherwise the number of deaths would have been higher.

    Hope this TRUTH will be published to argue wrong Propaganda.Recommend

  • nomi
    Mar 16, 2015 - 1:03PM

    @ Vikram

    Read your comments again and introspect. Do you qualify to criticize pakistan at a time when indian christians are facing officially patronized violence?Recommend

  • sam
    Mar 16, 2015 - 4:02PM

    @John B:
    Mr john Think before you say something. All happening here is just because of so called great natins of worldRecommend

  • SaneVoice
    Mar 16, 2015 - 8:16PM

    @Timorlane

    Are you kidding me. Yes Pakistan is at WAR with terrorists does that mean that we should just accept it as fact of life and don’t even protest.

    Second Point the whole nation does not condemn these acts, you have to be very naive to this so.Recommend

  • MJ
    Mar 16, 2015 - 8:23PM

    PMLN is more interested in using the military muscle to subdue political foes like MQM. When are we going to see them get serious about these terrorists? Just apprehending a few henchmen is not enough to stop this menace. They have to eradicate the root, i.e. the Mulla’s who brainwash these suicide bombers, the people who train and fund them and the madrasas like Lal Masjid who preach hate. Until something is done to address the source of these terrorists they will continue playing havoc with our lives. Recommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Mar 16, 2015 - 9:55PM

    We send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. This tragic incident again proves the importance of staying united against the enemies of peace. We stand with the brave nation of Pakistan during these testing times and commend their resolve against terrorism. We have full confidence in the Pakistani government’s ability to restore peace in the nation, and it is our wish and desire to see peace prevail throughout the region, especially Pakistan. We hope the culprits are caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this inhumane act of terror.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • IndianDude
    Mar 17, 2015 - 1:40AM

    May the Lord Jesus grant heaven to the victims’s soul!
    After APS attack, Pakistani army had solved the security problem by arming the teachers.
    Now with Christian massacre in Church, once again, Pakistan should arm and train the Christian Ministers, Priest, Organ players and choir boys. Problem solved! Recommend

  • Saeed Talib
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:40PM

    I strongly condemn the brutal from both side. no one should allow to take the law in his/her own hand.. Burning human bodies is no more solution to any grief rather to promote secularism and extreme level of revenges…..Recommend

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