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The Pakistani government has tightened security around places of worship following a bombing of a packed church in the southwestern city of Quetta. In that attack, two suicide bombers were able to kill at least nine and injure over 40 others. ISIS militants operating in Pakistan have taken credit for the attack. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in Pakistan by terrorists are not uncommon. In 2013, Taliban militants attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, killing over 130. In 2015 and 2016, Taliban militants attacked Christians celebrating Easter in Lahore. Following each of these attacks, Pakistan has publicly announced efforts to better secure Christians. Unfortunately, these efforts have clearly been unsuccessful.  

12/18/2017 Pakistan (First Post) – Pakistan has beefed up security around hundreds of religious places of minorities including Hindu temples, a day after Islamic State suicide bombers struck a church during a mass in the restive southwestern city of Quetta, killing nine people and injuring 44 others.

Authorities have instructed law enforcement agencies to tighten security arrangements in and around the worship places and other places of religious significance for the non-Muslims against any possible threat.

“Our resolve remains strong and unflinching against terrorists. Their (cowardly) attacks cannot weaken us,” Balochistan chief minister Sanaullah Zehri said today as he announced Rs 10 lakh in compensation each for the families of the dead, and Rs 5 lakh for each injured in the attack.

Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Siyal also asked for increasing security for mosques, shrines, Imambargahs etc.

“Those who are adamant to destroy peace in the country are ulcerous and the entire nation is united against their nefarious designs,” Siyal was quoted as saying by Dawn.

Two Islamic State suicide bombers attacked a packed church during a Sunday service in Balochistan capital, killing nine people and injuring 44 others in a targeted assault on the minority

Christian community ahead of Christmas in the Muslim nation. According to the paper, officials said a project costing Rs 400 million was being launched to make temples, churches and other places of worship safe across the Sindh province.

“Police guards and other law enforcement agencies have been posted with the limited manpower and strength in the province. It requires more funds and manpower to raise the bar,” said a senior official in the Sindh home ministry.

They added that most of the investment would be made towards purchasing surveillance cameras which would be installed strategically in and outside more than 1,200 places of worship temples, churches and gurudwaras across Sindh, in the southeast of the country.

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