PAKISTAN BOMBING: ARCHBISHOP WELBY TO GOVERNMENT, MINORITIES SHOULD BE PROTECTED ” “” “

An appeal to the Pakistan government to protect minorities and words of solidarity with the Christian community in Peshawar. The 80 Christians who were killed last Sunday are "martyrs" of the faith because they were killed while they were testifying to their faith in Christ. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said this in an interview with the BBC Radio 4’s programme yesterday, published today in all British newspapers, in which he commented on the targeted attacks against Christian communities in the world. "The Pakistan government – Welby said – has a duty to protect all its citizens. We call for minority citizens to be effectively protected". In particular, Welby pointed the finger at the country’s blasphemy laws passed some time ago, whose application varies from time to time. Such laws "have often been used in ways that seem to us to be unjust. We call on the government and the security forces to ensure that all people are treated equally under the law". In the interview, the archbishop said the victims of the bombing of the Anglican Church in Peshawar should be regarded as "martyrs": "They have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church and that is outside any acceptable expression in any circumstances for any reason". ” “” “

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