On March 4, thousands of Christians and Muslims gathered in Khushpur, a Christian village in the Punjab province of Pakistan, at the funeral of late Shahbaz Bahtti. Young boys...
Christians Protest rally against attack on Peshawar church : September 22, 2013Last Updated on 2014-02-28 04:28:29
The two attackers struck at the end of a service at All Saints Church in Peshawar, the main town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which has borne the brunt of a bloody Islamist insurgency in recent years.
Sahibzada Anees, one of Peshawar’s most senior officials, told reporters the bombers struck when the service had just ended.
“Most of the wounded are in critical condition,” Anees said.
“We are in an area which is a target of terrorism and within that area there was a special security arrangement for the church. We are in a rescue phase and once it is over we will investigate what went wrong.”
Former minister for inter-faith harmony Paul Bhatti and provincial lawmaker Fredrich Azeem Ghauri both said the attack was the deadliest ever targeting Christians in Pakistan.
The K-P government announced Rs500,000 in compensation to the families of victims in... More »
Pakistan Has A Month’s Worth Of Water Left — And 5 Percent Of Its Tree CoverLast Updated on 2014-02-04 15:02:27By Ari Phillips
A Pakistani woman walks back to her home carrying wood over her head that she collected to be used for cooking and heating on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen
Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change due to its location, population and environmental degradation. According to a 2013 report from the Asian Development Bank, Pakistan has one month of water supply on hand. The recommended amount is 1,000 days. 80 percent of Pakistan’s agriculture relies on irrigation from the overstressed water system.
Pakistan’s average temperature is expected to increase around 3 degrees Celsius within the next 50 years — this will make food and water challenges even more taxing. A new study published in the journal Nature... More »
Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass (PHOTOS)Last Updated on 2013-10-08 17:25:43LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together during Sunday mass in a show of solidarity in Lahore.
Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.
Standing in the small courtyard of St Anthony’s Church, as Mufti Mohammad Farooq delivered a sermon quoting a few verses of the Holy Quran that preached tolerance and respect for other beliefs, Father Nasir Gulfam stepped right next to him after having conducted a two hour long Sunday service inside the church. The two men stood should to... More »
Mourning in Pakistan for murdered polio workersLast Updated on 2013-06-17 00:00:00
Mourning in Pakistan for murdered polio workers
Relatives are mourning two polio workers shot dead by suspected militants on Sunday in Pakistan's north-western Swabi district.
Gunmen killed the two male health workers as they were providing vaccinations in Swabi's Kandar village.
No group said it carried out the attack, but militants have accused polio workers of spying for the US.
At least 17 polio workers and four security officials have died in attacks on polio health teams in recent months.
"He was on duty for polio vaccination. When he was ready for his duties he told me he was on his way, as he had received an official letter from the district education officer," Sobydar sar Badhar Khan, the father of one of those killed, told the Associated Press news agency.
This is not the first time that health or social workers have been... More »
Quetta university shut after attacksLast Updated on 2013-06-17 00:00:00
Quetta university shut after attacks
The women's university at the centre of Saturday's deadly twin attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta has been shut down until further notice
The women's university at the centre of Saturday's deadly twin attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta has been shut down until further notice.
In the first incident a bomb on a university bus killed 14 women. Gunmen then killed 11 when they laid siege to the hospital treating the wounded.
Sardar Bahadur Khan University is the only all-female university in troubled... More »
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