12 October 2009
Mr. Victor Azariah
National Council of Churches in Pakistan
P.O. Box 357
Lahore 54000, Pakistan
Dear Mr. Azariah:
In the just-concluded Meeting of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia, concerns have been raised on the continuing violence in Pakistan.
In August, CCA received information on the killing of Christians in Central Punjab Province. The Christians who have been killed and the families whose houses have been burned based on false accusation of desecrating the Quran; with the perpetrators using the Blasphemy Laws against the Christian community is a high price that Pakistani Christians continue to pay in the name of the so-called blasphemy.
The killings and burning of places of worship have continued and the Christians continue to suffer the brutality and displacement resulting from the violence in the northern region of Pakistan.
Recent spate of violence have again rendered Pakistanis victims in other cities, including Lahore, Shanti Nagar, Sangla Hill, Gojra and Sialkal, while the Pakistan Government claims it is finally defeating the Taliban forces in the Swat Valley. Sporadic violence in the meantime has spread to different parts of the country in Punjab, Sind, Peshawar and Baluchistan.
The churches in Pakistan continue to respond in appropriate ways to the population rendered victims by the on-going violence.
The churches in Pakistan call on Asian churches through the CCA to support the call of the World Council of Churches for the Government of President Asif Ali Zardari to take necessary action to bring the perpetrators of such violence to justice and to ensure the safety and security of the civilian population at all times.
CCA continues to call on member churches and Councils to offer practical support for the humanitarian needs of the population displaced by the continuing violence. Solidarity support and prayers are also offered to the families of the victims and the churches in Pakistan.
This letter was passed by the CCA General Committee at its meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on 1st October 2009.
Members, CCA General Committee
Member Churches and NCCs