Geo-politics fuels attacks on Christians: Karachi bishop

The extremists group has also attacked military bases and police and is strong enough to challenge the government. They are a threat to the whole of society, not just Christians, he added.

Pakistan
Oct 17 2013, 1:26 PM
Geo-politics fuels attacks on Christians: Karachi bishop
Bishop Joseph Coutts

The terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar was a retaliatory measure against U.S. military initiatives in Pakistan, Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi told Catholic News Agency in an interview last Friday.

“There is a perception in Pakistan that the West represents Christianity. Extremists believe Christians are attacking Muslim countries. So, they think if they attack Christians here, Americans will stop the drone attacks,” the bishop contended.

“This threat comes from a very powerful extremist group that has been causing problems to our government. The group has also attacked military bases and police and is strong enough to challenge the government. They are a threat to the whole of society, not just Christians,” he added.

In a country where Christians form 2.5% of the population, “We have been experiencing intolerance in recent years and are being attacked.”

Earlier, Pakistan identified the Taliban only with those who fought within Afghanistan for the freedom of that country, but now a Pakistani Taliban has developed who “want to make Pakistan a purely Islamic state,” he said.

Although the radical groups are a minority, they “are very strong because of the methods of violence and suicide bombing they use. They do not believe in democracy. They want an Islamic state. They want only Islamic laws,” he said.

Source: Vatican Radio

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