Pakistan beefed up security at religious places of minorities after church attack

Vastavam web: Pakistan today beefed up security around hundreds of religious places of minorities, including Hindu temples, a day after ISIS suicide bombers struck a church during a mass in the restive southwestern city of Quetta, killing nine people and injuring 44 others.Authorities have instructed law enforcement agencies to tighten security arrangements in and around the worship places and other places of religious significance for the non-Muslims against any possible threat.Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal also asked for increasing security for mosques, shrines, Imambargahs etc.

“Those who are adamant to destroy peace in the country are ulcerous and the entire nation is united against their nefarious designs,” Siyal was quoted as saying by Dawn.According to the paper, officials said a project costing Rs 400 million was being launched to make temples, churches and other places of worship safe across the Sindh province.

“Police guards and other law enforcement agencies have been posted with the limited manpower and strength in the province. It requires more funds and manpower to raise the bar,” said a senior official in the Sindh home ministry.They added that most of the investment would be made towards purchasing surveillance cameras which would be installed strategically in and outside more than 1,200 places of worship temples, churches and gurudwaras across Sindh, in the southeast of the country.Besides, 21 such places belonged to Ahmadi community and the remaining six are Sikh gurdwaras, the report said, adding a total of 2,310 policemen have been deputed to guard all those places.

Christians make up an estimated 1.6 per cent of Pakistan’s 200 million people.Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have strongly condemned the attack.Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack, calling it “an attempt to cloud Christmas celebrations/create religious cleavages.”