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Security around churches and Christian neighborhoods is to remain tight until after January 1 according to officials in Pakistan. This security plan comes days after two suicide bombers attacked a church in Quetta, Pakistan, killing nine and wounding another 57. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship during holidays has become somewhat of a trend in Pakistan. In 2015 and 2016, extremists attacked Christians celebrating Easter in Lahore. The recent attack targeted Christians attending a Christmas program at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church. Will Pakistan be able to provide Christians adequate security over the Christmas holiday? 

12/20/2017 Pakistan (Dawn) – Police and church representatives in Quetta have decided to keep security at high alert till Jan 1 in and around the worship places of Christian community, besides providing training to volunteers.

The decision was taken on Tuesday during a meeting between the church representatives and senior police officials.

The meeting was presided over by Deputy Inspector General Police, Quetta, Abdul Razzak Cheema.

It was decided to carry out complete body search and identification of all those entering churches; raise boundaries of all churches along with the running of barbed wires on boundary walls; installation of CCTV cameras, making those already installed more affective so as to enhance the vigil; and setting up control rooms at all worship places of Christians.

Besides, security at the places where mostly Christians live would also be improved.

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