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Dispersing fear after Lahore bomb attack

Lahore (UCAN): Dispersing fear in the wake of the bomb attack that shattered the peace of Easter Sunday on March 27 in the  Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, is a major part of the support work being done by Caritas for the victims (Sunday Examiner, April 10).

A Caritas programme is providing trauma counselling to those affected by the bombing.

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Two-year old shot in job dispute in Pakistan

Faisalabad (SE): A Muslim landowner in Nazimabad, Pakistan allegedly shot and killed a two-year-old Christian boy according to a May 11 report the Fides news agency.

A dispute arose when the child’s father, Samsoon Masih, refused to do further work at the home of Haji Rasheed, without first getting paid for painting his house.

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Pakistan postage stamp honours Christian leader

Islamabad (AsiaNews): Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha, a Christian leader who, as a member of the Punjab Assembly, supported the partition of British India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947, has been honoured with a commemorative postage stamp issued by the Pakistan Post Office.

Christian and Muslim leaders welcomed the initiative, calling it an important step toward recognising the role played by minorities in nation building.

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Christians and Muslims stand against terrorism

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Leaders from the Islamic and Catholic faiths came together to lead an interfaith vigil in memory of the 76 people who died in the March 27 Easter Sunday terror attack in Lahore, Pakistan, on April 2.

Although it was claimed by the perpetrators that Christians were the target of the attack, in fact, only 17 of the dead have been identified as Christian and the bulk of the remainder are Muslim.

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Crazed violence in Pakistan and Iraq

HONG KONG (SE): In claiming responsibility for a bomb that exploded around 6.30pm in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in the city of Lahore in Pakistan on Easter Sunday, March 27, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar said it had intentionally targeted the Christian community at Easter.

It is believed that a suicide bomber was responsible for the carnage from the same group that claimed responsibility for attacks on two churches in Lahore in March last year, when 15 people died and 70 were injured.

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An attack on all Pakistan

LAHORE (SE): As a sign that the attack on people gathered in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in the city of Lahore is an attack on all of Pakistan, candlelight vigils for the dead and wounded have been attended by people from all faiths and all walks of life.

Muslims, Hindus, Christians and other groups have joined hands in condemning the attack in the strongest possible way.

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Education should not promote ignorance

DHAKA (UCAN): In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday massacre in Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, Christian religious leaders across Asia are calling for their counterparts from the Islamic faith to take a strong stand against Islamist extremists, as well as to promote reconciliation, forgiveness and a proper, balanced interpretation of religion.

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Martyr status for Bhatti

RAWALPINDI (SE): The diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi reported that it intends to open a process to have the former Catholic minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated on 2 March 2011, declared a martyr.

Vatican Radio reported that the diocese had already opened an investigation to collect evidence, as in a video he recorded to be released in the event of his death he said that he knew that he was a wanted man.

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Fleeing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

BANGKOK (AsiaNews): “Large numbers of Pakistanis have been arriving in Thailand, fleeing their country’s blasphemy laws, which has deprived them of their land and assets,” Father Domenico Rodighiero, a missionary with the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Saphanmai, a northern suburb of Bangkok, said.

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Fast against terrorism

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Human rights advocates from different religious backgrounds began a hunger strike on February 12 in protest against government inability to counter Islamic terrorism.

“2016 has just begun and already we have witnessed major terrorist attacks,” Samson Salamat, who heads the Christian Rwadari Tehreek (Movement for Tolerance), said.

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