According to Agenzia Fides, the Lahore Police Inspectorate warned Christians to be vigilant, claiming that terrorist groups such as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar have made plans for attack.
Pakistani Christians have remained uneasy since the Supreme Court announced the acquittal of Asia Bibi on 31 October. Bibi, a Christian woman had been on death row since 2010 after being convicted of blasphemy. Her case continues to be one of the most contentious religious issues in Pakistan.
Following her acquittal, Muslim hardliners took to the streets in protest for three days bringing the country to a standstill. Many Christians feared their community would become a target of the hard-liners’ rage.
Police and other security officers have been deployed to churches and Christian neighbourhoods to ward off potential attacks. Yet the threat of attack remains for this small and persecuted minority.
Asia Bibi currently remains in Pakistan, where she is in hiding. Several countries have offered Bibi asylum including Canada, Italy and Holland.
On Tuesday Bibi’s lawyer Saiful Mulook told a news conference in Frankfurt that Bibi was now free but that she and her family needed a passport to leave the country. He appealed to Germany to give her whole family citizenship to start a new life in Europe.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Reuters, British Pakistani Christian Association
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