World Council of Churches requests protection for minorities
Reverend Tveit expressed concern over insecurity of religious minorities in Pakistan, especially in the face of the growing religious extremism.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has urged to "protect Pakistani Christians and all religious minorities from terrorism" in a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
WCC Secretary General Reverend Olav Fykse Tveit wrote to Sharif, following the bomb attacks on the Church of All Saints in Peshawar last month. The WCC condemned the acts of terrorism and expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.
Tveit expressed concern over insecurity of religious minorities in Pakistan, especially in the face of the growing religious extremism. He urged the Pakistani government to take necessary measures to ensure safety to the most vulnerable communities, especially those religious communities that face constant threats to their lives.
The latest figures released by the Centre for Research and Security Studies based in Islamabad show that terrorism is a scourge that affects the whole nation. From January to August 31 this year, 4,286 people were killed and 4,066 were injured in Pakistan in terror attacks of Islamic militants.
"Because of loopholes in the rule of law and given the impotence of the courts, Pakistan has become an extermination camp where militants, the Taliban and Islamic fundamentalists operate with impunity," alleged Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), an NGO based in Hong Kong. "For civilians there is no dignity; respect for life and the sense of justice have disappeared.The right to life has lost all its meaning," the statement said.
According to AHRC, "It is urgent to intervene in the criminal justice system, but the political will of the government is needed to control militancy in the country."