Karachi: Like other parts of Pakistan, the Christian community on Monday also took out rallies from different areas of the city against the deadly bomb blasts in Peshawar.
The rallies were taken out from Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad, Jamsheed Town, Orangi Town, Landhi and Lyari, which converged at Karachi Press Club, where participants raised slogans against the attack and demanded justice from the government.
The rallies were organised under the banners of Pakistan Christian Community Karachi, and Justice and Peace Commission Karachi. A large number of women, children, men and representatives of civil society participated in the rallies. The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans like we want justice, arrest the criminals involved in deadly blasts, provide justice for victims and stop killing of minorities.
The protesters also chanted slogans against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak and law enforcement agencies LEA over their failure to protect the Christian community in the country. They said whenever Nawaz Sharif-led government came into power, the violence against minorities increased in Pakistan. As many as 83 people were killed and 145 injured in two suicide blasts in churches in Peshawar.
The leaders of Justice and Peace Commission Karachi leaders Tomas Bhatti, Qaiser Feroze, Younis Shahzad, Victor Jan, Atta Sultan and Mughal Peter strongly condemned the twin blasts. Speakers demanded of the government to ensure safety to the lives and property of Christian community in Pakistan and award exemplary punishment to those involved in this crime.