Pakistani priest shot dead
Pakistan (MNN) — Unknown attackers shot and killed a Christian priest in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Seventy-five-year-old Father William Siraj was driving home after Sunday mass. Another priest in the car was injured, while a third is unharmed.
Police deployed additional personnel to protect the funeral, which took place at All Saints Church in Peshawar on Monday. Over 3,000 people attended.
Increase in attacks
Nehemiah with MFI said, “No group has claimed responsibility for the murder. But militant attacks on security forces and ordinary people in markets have increased not only in the northwestern region of Pakistan (which borders Afghanistan), but also in major cities, such as Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi. . Many of them have been claimed by the TTP.
TTP stands for Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, the country’s most feared terrorist group. They have carried out dozens of attacks since breaking a truce with the Pakistani government earlier this year. Read more here.
Pakistani officials have condemned the violence, saying it threatens minority communities. Police vowed to catch the shooters, leading a manhunt.
But Nehemiah says, “All these terrorists, even those who were arrested by the police or security agencies, are then often released by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Even in the attack on a Pakistani public schoolwhere hundreds of children were killed by the Taliban, all these prisoners were released by the Supreme Court.
Christians are a tiny minority in Pakistan, a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation. Estimates divide this number mostly in half between Protestants and Catholics.
A Pakistani Christian told Nehemiah this: “Don’t pray for us. Pray with us. Ask God to lead millions of people to believe in Jesus all over Pakistan.
The header photo shows the interior of a church in Pakistan. (Photo courtesy of A.Savin [WikiCommons]FAL, via Wikimedia Commons)