Sunday, September 22, 2013

Suicide bombers kill 78 Christians outside Pakistani church

A man cries at the death of his brother at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar, September 22, 2013. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim South Asian country.
Violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in past months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's efforts to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
An assault of this scale is certain to give ammunition to Sharif's critics who are against his peace initiative and believe militants have to be tackled by tough military action. Continue.....

Explosions struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar as hundreds of parishioners, many of them women and children, streamed out of the building.
"I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church," said one parishioner, who only gave her first name, Margrette.
Her voice breaking with emotion, she said she had not seen her sister since the explosions ripped through the gate area outside the Anglican church.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the death toll of 78 included 34 women and seven children, in remarks televised live from Peshawar. More than 100 were wounded.
"Who are these terrorists killing women and children?" Nisar said.
The Taliban-linked militant group TTP Jundullah claimed responsibility within hours of the attack.
"They are the enemies of Islam, therefore we target them," said the group's spokesman, Ahmed Marwat. "We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistani land."
Christians make up about four percent of Pakistan's population of 180 million and tend to keep a low profile in a country where Sunni Muslim militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical, including Christians, Sufis and Shi'ites.
Sunday's attacks could complicate efforts by Sharif to engage militants in meaningful peace negotiations at a time when roadside bombs, targeted killings and suicide attacks continue unabated.
"The Prime Minister said that terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions," his office said in a statement.
"He added that such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mind set of the terrorists."
Attacks on Christian areas occur sporadically around the country but Sunday's assault, in a densely populated Christian residential area in the old walled city in Peshawar, was the most violent in recent history.
In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burnt to death. Seventeen Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Bahawalpur in 2001.
Some residents, enraged at the lack of adequate security at the church, took to the streets immediately after the attack, burning tires and shouting slogans.
Shops were closed in the Kohati Gate area where several other churches are located.
"Terrorists have not spared mosques, temples and churches. Please have mercy on us," one man outside the church, his face distorted by fear and anger, told Pakistan's private Geo television channel.
Protests by Christians were also reported in other cities including the violent port city of Karachi and Multan.
A bomb disposal security source said there were two explosions carried out by a pair of attackers. More than 600 parishioners were inside the church for the service.
A Christian woman mourns the death of her son at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
A Christian woman mourns the death of her son at the site of a suicide blast at a church in Peshawar September 22, 2013
Christian men shout anti-government slogans as they protest a twin suicide bomb attack on a church, in Peshawar September 22, 2013. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
Christian men shout anti-government slogans as they protest a twin suicide bomb attack on a church church, in Peshawar
Christian men in Quetta shout anti-government slogans as they protest against a twin suicide bomb attack on a church in Peshawar, September 22, 2013. REUTERS-Naseer Ahmed

1 comment:

  1. lets compare islam and christianity and see which one you think represents our Creator:
    “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191

    “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123

    “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5

    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85

    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”… Koran 9:30

    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33

    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19

    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran 8:65

    “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28

    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12

    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran 8:60

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

    Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved

    1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

    Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.