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Pakistan Government Tightens Security at Minorities Worship Places

Police and other law enforcement agencies have been put on high alert for terrorism threats against worship places, institutes and residential areas of minorities in the Pakistani cities of Jhang, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Lahore and Sheikhupura.

This was revealed to the ASSIST News Service (ANS) by well-placed Pakistani sources, including a Christian clergyman, on Monday, June 7, 2010.

We have established that minorities in these Pakistani cities have been placed on the hit list of terrorists hence, security forces were put on high alert in all these cities.

Talking to ANS, the Rev. Bro. Kamran, a Catholic cleric based in Sargodha, said that his group had received a threatening letter allegedly sent by the outlawed militant group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (T.T.P), a couple of days after Easter. He said that they then contacted the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in-charge of the Sargodha division [which is administrative division bigger than a district].

Police, Kamran said, had then assured him of their “foolproof security” to “all the Christians in Sargodha Division.”

In the interview, the Rev. Bro. Kamran went on to laud the government for “beefing up” the security and also the church itself for taking “stricter security measures to cope with terrorism.”

On the other hand, ANS has discovered, Punjab Police sources have confirmed that “worship places of all religious minorities are on the hit list of terrorists” and they have appealed to all the citizens to “keep their computerized national identity cards with them,” while police are now strictly checking at all the entrance and exit points of the said cities in Punjab province.

The government there has appealed to the clerics of all religious minorities to “fully cooperate” with the law-enforcement agencies, police and federal, as well as, provincial government.

Jawad Mazhar

Jawad Mazhar is a Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christian persecution. He was born on November 28, 1976 at Sargodha’s village Chak and raised in Sargodha, a city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Allama Iqbal Open University majoring in computer sciences and has taught at various educational institutes in his country. He is also involved with “Rays of Development,” an organization working for minority rights in Pakistan. He says, “My aim is to help eradicate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world.”

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