Saudi Arabia wants to cleanse Pakistan of non-Sunnis. The Saudis have been flooding Pakistan with money to build mosques and open madrasas and for almost two decades now they have been giving all sort of incentives to the Muslim students, including scholarships to Wahhabi schools in Saudi Arabia from whence they come back to Pakistan as imams and preach more Wahhabism. All this has been going on under the noses of the West. The West has been fully aware of the heavy influence of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan and has not lifted even a pinkie to stop it.
You know why the USA will never attack Pakistan even if the Pakistani Taliban or Al Qaeda groups from there rampage in the USA a la 9/11 mode? Because, attacking Pakistan will be like attacking Saudi Arabia and they will never go against the Saudis. NEVER! Not one single prez of the USA has ever had the guts to do that and none ever will.
If Canada needs more immigrants, the Pakistani Christians are the ones who should be ushered into Canada as refugees are these poor people deserve to experience some peace and security which they will never have in Pakistan.
....Blood, body parts and pages from the Bible could be seen at the church after the attack, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper said, calling it "the deadliest ever (attack) targeting Christians in Pakistan."
About 400 worshippers were exchanging greetings after the service at the 130-year-old All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar when the two bombers, each carrying about 6kg (13 pounds) of explosives, launched the attack. The walls were pockmarked with ball bearings that had been packed into the bombs to cause maximum carnage in the busy church, the newspaper said.
"I saw myself in the air and then on the ground inside a huge fire of ball," Sabir John, a church member who lost one of his arms in the blast, told The Guardian.
"I've never seen such piles of human bodies," Arshad Javed, chief executive of Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, told Wall Street Journal.......
....On Monday the bodies had all been removed from the area where hundreds of worshippers milled around in the moments before the blasts, but dark, blood-soaked patches remained. The walls of the church and surrounding buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel, the windows blown in.
"It's not safe for Christians in this country," said Mano Rumalshah, the bishop emeritus of Peshawar, who was standing in the courtyard, comforting sobbing parishioners who clasped his white robes.
"Everyone is ignoring the growing danger to Christians in Muslim-majority countries. The European countries don't give a damn about us."
Others echoed the bishop's warning, saying that Christians would only be safe if they left Pakistan. But others vowed to remain and show they were not afraid.......
....While Pakistan’s Christian community has suffered many attacks in recent years, such attacks have usually been in private homes following allegations of blasphemy. In 2009, a church and 40 houses were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra.
Sunday’s bomb attack stunned many with the scale of its devastation and was widely condemned by political and community leaders. Christian communities in several parts of the country launched protests. On a visit to Sardinia, Pope Francis led several thousand people in a special prayer for the victims of the attack.
....Christians are a minority in Pakistan, where roughly 96 per cent of the country's 180 million people are Muslim. The rest belong to other religions, including Christianity. Christians have often been attacked by Sunni Muslim militants, who view them as enemies of Islam because of their faith.
From Voice of the Persecuted:
....Eyewitness Nazir John said: “There were blasts and there was hell for all of us. “When I got my
senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.”
John Tariq, who was wounded in the attack, lost his father in the terrorist attack this morning.
He said: “What have we done wrong to these people? Why are we being killed?”......
....Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for minorities and Christians tend to keep a low profile in the area.
Islamist militants frequently bomb targets they see as heretical which includes Christians and Shi’ites....
....“I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church,” said one parishioner, who gave only her first name, Margrette.
Her voice breaking with emotion, she said she had not seen her sister since the explosions ripped through the area around the gate of the church enclosure.....
....Attacks on Christian areas occur sporadically around the country but Sunday’s assault, in a densely populated Christian residential area in the old walled city in Peshawar, was the most violent in recent history.
In 2009, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob of 1,000 Muslims in the town of Gojra in Punjab province. At least seven Christians were burnt to death. Seventeen Christians were killed in an attack on a church in Bahawalpur in 2001.........
....Pakistan’s long-suffering Christian community is among the country’s most vulnerable minorities. In Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, many Christians are converts and formerly low-caste Hindus branded as “unclean” by bigots. Many are able to find jobs only as sanitation workers or performing other menial tasks.
Sunday’s attack is the second major bombing of a Christian church in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A church was bombed in Mardan last year. In the past four years, there have also been repeated attacks on Christians in which unsubstantiated charges of blasphemy are hurled at a member of the community before a mob torches Christian homes, forcing residents to flee. In 2011, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the Cabinet at the time, was brutally gunned down outside his mother’s home in Islamabad for his opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws....
.... I do not consider it overstepping the mark to say that a war is being waged against Christians and Christianity in Pakistan, and what concerns me immensely is reports from eyewitnesses and survivors of the Peshawar attack who say that the security forces were slow to respond and that they felt abandoned in their moment of crisis.
Grieving relatives also complained that there were not enough medical facilities or enough staff to look after the injured. One person complained to the media that his uncle died because there was no oxygen available to him. I think one reason for the high death toll is the delay in medical treatment reaching the injured but I don't understand the reason for this as Lady Reading hospital has long experience of the volatile situation of the area and deals with similar emergencies regularly.....
“We have many areas in Pakistan where the government has lost its control and various both criminal as well as militant organizations are virtually in control," he said.
Analysts agree Islamabad has little it can concede to the Pakistan Taliban. The militants have demanded the military move out of the tribal northwest, an end to drone strikes in the region, the release of more than 4,000 Taliban prisoners, and Sharia law, options neither the government nor the military will likely agree to.
...Shaloom Nazir, 14, was getting ready for Bible study at the 100-year-old church when the bombers struck just before noon.
In an instant he lost his mother, father, sister, brother and uncle.
"I was going to sit down in the church for a Bible class when I heard the explosion, so I ran out," Shaloom Nazir told AFP, his voice choked with grief, his eyes fixed lifelessly on some distant point.
"There were about 300 people lying on the ground. I recognised my mother, I took her in my arms."
It was to no avail -- she later died of her injuries.....
......."We have been treated like sinners. We have no lands, we have no factories, we have no business," said Saleem Haroon, who came to see two wounded cousins at Peshawar's main Lady Reading hospital.
"It is a new war. Before, the Shias were the target, but now we are the target. They want to create a new battle, a new battleground."
In a corner of a room at the hospital, the blood of some of the victims mingled on the tiled floor with rubbish and dirty water.
"We are just sweepers and still we have been treated like this. Look over there in the washroom," he said, gesturing angrily at the mess.
"If all the Christians die, who will clean it? All the sweepers died yesterday."........