The South Asian Forum (SAF) of the Evangelical Alliance has joined with the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) to lobby the Pakistani government to take action against rampant persecution.
In March, suicide bombers reportedly left at least 17 people dead in attacks on two churches in Lahore. Local church leaders reported that despite threats over the past three months, no additional protection was provided by the police.
Protests following the bombings also ended in violence and Father Gulzar of the attacked St John’s Catholic Church told the BPCA that police brutally beat many protesters leading to riots in which four Catholic men were killed.
In a statement, the Evangelical Alliance’s SAF and the BPCA have called for the Pakistani government to provide protection against these attacks.
They have also called on the UK government to use its influence to bring an end to the violence. According to the Evangelical Alliance, Britain is the second largest foreign aid contributor to Pakistan and has provided more than £300 million to the country in the past 12 months.