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ICC Note:
President of the Pakistan Christian Conference (PCC), Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti, has publicly lamented a lack of investigation into an attack waged against an Assemblies of God Church in Peshawar late last week. Pakistan, an Islamic state, has developed a culture of impunity for acts of sectarian violence perpetrated against minority religions, including Christianity. Many Pakistani Christians continue to suffer social hostilities and receive little in terms of reprieve from or legal retribution for crimes committed against them for expressing their faith.
7/13/2013 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post) — Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC) has expressed concern on not arresting culprits who attacked Assembly of God Church in city of Peshawar on July 5, 2013, killing one security guard.
According to reports, Islamic militants shot dead a security guard on gate of Pentecostal Church in Swati Gate in Peshawar city, when Church leaders were conducting a meeting on July 5, 2013.
After shooting security guard, Islamic militants fled from scene, firing at gate of Church before many eye witnesses.
Peshawar city is provincial capital of KPK province bordering Afghanistan where Talban are threatening religious communities with suicide bombing and killings. The Chief Minister of KPK, Governor of KPK, IG Police KPK and other high officials of KPK province have offices in this city but law and order situation is very alarming.
Nazir Bhatti said that in month of Ramadan, the situation is very serious in KPK province as Talban have issued warning that who will not fast, he will face dire consequences.
“The KPK police not seem serious on arresting culprits who attacked on AoG Church in Peshawar because progress in enquiry is nil” said Nazir Bhatti

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