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Security surrounding churches in Pakistan remains tight as Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas. Last week, ISIS militants attacked a church in Quetta, killing 9 and wounding another 57. Christians and their places of worship have become soft targets for terrorists in Pakistan, especially during important Christian holidays. In 2015 and 2016, terrorists targeted Christians celebrating the Easter holiday. In 2013, terrorists attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, killing over 130. Will Christians remain safe this holiday season?  

12/23/2017 Pakistan (DND) – Security of Churches in Pakistan is at high alert ahead of Christmas to battle any attempt of terrorists to target Christians during Christmas celebrations.

Yet with abundant feeling of happiness and excitement, the Christian Community across Pakistan has braced itself for Christmas Celebrations next week amid security concerns as last Sunday, nearly 40 of their fellow brethren fell victim to a suicide blast at a Church in Country’s restive Balochistan province.

The terrorists attack certainly raised eyebrows because it cost the lives of nine people and injuries to 30 further at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, just a few days before Christmas was about to announce its advent to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (AS).

The annul religious festival will fall on Monday, and the Christian Community in Pakistan will Celebrate it with traditional enthusiasm.

But as jolted by Quetta Church attack, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Pakistan are ensuring full proof security arrangements across the Country on the eve of Christmas to avoid any further unfortunate and uncalled-for incident.

The Security has already been put on high alert in all major Cities including terror-stricken Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar. Even for Christmas Eve, law enforcers have been directed to remain extra vigilant especially in and around Churches and all other places of worship.

The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also directed the administration to place security personal in plain clothes around places of worship for Christians.

In a statement, Shahbaz Sharif said that the Christian community is playing its role for the development of Pakistan. He said that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees equal rights and complete safety and security to all minorities.

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