7-Y-O Christian Boy Killed in Pak Terror Attack; Church Accuses Govt

Published 08 December 2017  |  
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Following the killing of a 7-year-old Christian boy in a terror attack in Pakistan on Dec. 3, a church body has blamed the government of demonizing Christians and propagating hate against them in the country.

Lucky Saleem died after a grenade struck the Christian village of Baluchistan.

The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) said the grenade also wounded another child and damaged a number of homes.

Police suspect the Islamic terrorists responsible for the attack.

The incident reportedly occurred two days after a terror attack at an agricultural research center in Peshawar, where nine people were killed and another 35, including students, were injured.

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the BPCA, blamed the government for being indifferent towards the Christian community. He argued that the government's response to the two attacks is very obvious.

(BRITISH PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION)
Young victim in terror attack on Christian village in Pakistan on December 3, 2017.

"Despite the lives affected by the attack on the Christian community in Pakistan, Pakistan's media was suppressed by the government of Pakistan," said Chowdhry.

"The attempted shut out of any news of this attack which killed an innocent Christian life of only 7 years, illustrates the low worth placed on Christians. Especially when you see the huge coverage made of the attack on the agricultural college," he added.

He said the Taliban's links to Pakistan's military is its license to attack the minorities.

"This is no justification of the attack but is important to note, as the attack on Christians was simply because of the pariah status they have in Pakistan," said Chowdhry.

"A consequence of years of hate ideology having been inculcated in the minds of young people in Pakistan, through the use of media and a national curriculum that demonizes minorities," he added.

Islamic terrorists in the nation often target big celebrations like Christmas and Easter. Christians are heading towards Christmas in "great fear".

"The failure by the government of Pakistan to suppress the Taliban and IS factions mean that every Pak-Christian celebration will be tainted with anxiety and I am certain there will be even more pain and suffering to be experienced yet," said Chowdhry.

The BPCA demanded the government to pay for the funeral of Saleem, and provide aid for the restoration of the houses affected by the grenade.

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