Pakistan Increases Church Security in Preparation for Christmas

12/24/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to the Urdu Point, security has been beefed up in and around churches in Pakistan. These security measures have been put in place in preparation for the Christmas holiday and a week after a major terror attack was foiled.

Sialkot District Police Officer, Hassan Asad Alvi, told Urdu Point that “foolproof arrangements” have been made to ensure the security of churches in addition to implementing COVID-19 social distancing protocols. The district administration has also reportedly provided security to several Christmas Bazaars that have been set up by Christians.

The increased security comes only a week after security forces in Pakistan foiled a major terror attack planned to be carried out on Christmas in Peshawar. Many Pakistan Christians are concerned that their community was the target of the terror plot.

Pakistan’s Christian community is often targeted by terrorists and extremists. Terrorists view Christians and their places of worship as representations of the West and target them to make political statements.

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