In Lahore on Sunday 15th March 2015, Mothers' Day, two suicide bombers devastated the lives of two Church congregations killing 17 worshippers and injuring 82. Their crimes? simply being Christian and attending church. Police did not provide adequate cover for the churches or attend the bombings quickly enough because they were watching Pakistan play Ireland at cricket.
Christians rioted in the aftermath of the bombing and a group of young men killed two Muslim's believed to be gunmen. The images of these men burning alive has created great anger and resentment amongst the Muslim Community and fears of retaliation have been followed by some threats. The BPCA does not condone any type of violence and is calling for calm amongst Christians.
Christians in the community of Lahore are fleeing their homes for fear of reprisals.
In Pakistan millions of Christians are routinely persecuted, tortured, raped and murdered by a society that does not tolerate them. At least 3 Pakistani Christian girls are kidnapped every week, forced into marriage and converted to Islam, and that figure is rising. The men who are responsible believe they are doing a service to God. Young Pakistani Christian men such as Zubair Rashid Masih are brutally killed in police custody and no one is ever brought to justice. Innocent Christians like Asia Bibi are detained falsely under the Blasphemy Laws which are often used to settle personal vendettas. Whole families are killed and maimed by bomb attacks when they attend church services as we saw in Lahore and last year in Peshawar.
As we speak hundreds of innocent Christian boys are being arrested and detained in secret. They are no doubt being tortured and Parents are being told that they must pay a bribe for their release that is being referred to as a jizya tax for the killing of Muslims. The situation in Lahore highlights the hatred and intolerance of Christians in Pakistan and how worthless Christian lives are deemed to be both by the Muslim clerics, and the authorities who are supposed to offer protection to Pakistan's minorities. Please sign this petition to condemn the actions of the security forces in failing to provide protection to the vulnerable Christians of Lahore. Condemn the brutality of Police towards Christians in the aftermath of the rioting and imposition of state sponsored Jizya tax. We call upon the government of Pakistan to bring an end to the persecution and demonstration of Pakistani Christians and to stop Muslim clerics preaching hatred from mosques.