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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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Good Friday came to Brussels early

BRUSSELS (SE): Good Friday came early to the Belgium capital of Brussels when two bombs exploded at Zaventem Airport around 8.00am and another at Maelbeek Metro Station around 9.00am on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 22.

“Good Friday has come three days early with these totally absurd actions,” Bishop Jean Kockerols, from Mechelen-Brussels, said on a Belgium bishops’ website broadcast.

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Taliban promises more attacks on schools

CHARSADDA (Agencies): “I was so afraid. My country is not safe, so how will I feel safe?” a student, Khyam Mashal, was quoted by CNN as saying following the January 20 attack by four suspected Taliban gunmen on Bacha Khan University Charsadda, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest of the Pakistan.

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Have lessons been learned since Charlie Hebdo attacks French bishops ask

PARIS (CNS): “Have these tragic events provoked some genuine awakening and have we offered perspectives for the society of tomorrow by learning lessons from the past?” the French Bishops’ Conference asked in a January 6 statement, as France commemorated the deadly 7 January 2015, attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 

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Government stalling prompts terrorism

MANILA (AsiaNews): Execution-style attacks on farmers in Maguindanao on Christmas Eve have been attributed to fear over the stalling of the government in the signing of the basic peace agreement governing Mindanao.

Father Sebastiano D’Ambra said on December 28, “The Bangsamoro Basic Law seems set to fail. There are elections next year (2016) and the government has postponed all of these minor deals.”

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Ignorance may not hold hostages

PARIS (SE): A group of Muslim imams and Jewish religious leaders gathered near the site of the attack on Bataclan on November 16 to sing the French national anthem and honour the victims of the violence.

The vice president of the Council of Imams of France, Hocine Drouiche, said, “These attacks cannot be made in the name of Islam, which means life and hope, not death and hate. It is not only France that is attacked today, but it is all of humanity that is hurt.”

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China pounces on double standards on terrorism

BEIJING (UCAN) : The president of China, Xi Jinping, reacted angrily to accusations that his administration would use the terrorist attacks on Paris to further clamp down on Muslim rights in Xinjiang.

Xi called for an end to what he termed double standards in the west on global terrorism.

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A piecemeal war erupts in Paris

HONG KONG (SE): “This is one piece,” Pope Francis told TV2000 on November 14, the day after horrific terrorist attacks were perpetrated against the people of France in Paris.

He said that he has spoken often about a third world war that will be fought piecemeal and he believes that this is but one more piece in the brutal puzzle.

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