Quran Burning Incident in Sweden: Christians seeks protection following threats from banned outfit
Several Catholic Church leaders in Pakistan have demanded protection after a banned Islamist outfit threatened in the wake of the Quran burning incident in Sweden.
The Quran burning incident has triggered protests in several parts of the world.
Uca News agency has reported that an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan said the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) has alerted authorities against a threatening reactions from Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (or "Army of Jhangvi") calling for revenge by waging suicide attacks on Christians, and saying it will make Pakistan “a hell for Christianity”, reports Vatican News.
The executive director of the Bishops’ Commission, Naeem Yousaf Gill, said the Church in Pakistan condemns the desecration of the Quran in Sweden.
"As a religious minority we live in brotherhood and peace and have always supported the majority. We can’t imagine violating sensitive laws,” he was quoted as saying by Vatican News.
Meanwhile on July 3, Father Khalid Rashid Asi, Faisalabad diocesan director of the Commission for Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenism, met with police officials in the district's Madina Town, home to nearly 4,000 Christians.
He also asked all priests in the diocese to contact their respective police stations for the security of their parishes, convents, schools and other departments.
Father Asi told UCA news that the Quran burnings must stop: ”As humans”, he said, “we must all respect the holy books and strive for a culture of peace and harmony.”