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Pakistani Church deplores suicide blast at Quetta hospital

The suicide blast left at least 70 people dead and more than 120 injured

The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned a suicide blast at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where at least 70 people — many of them lawyers and journalists — were killed and more than 120 injured.

The August 8 blast was carried out at the entrance of the emergency department of the hospital when the body of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of Balochistan (provincial) Bar Association, was being taken after he was shot by two unidentified gunmen while on his way to court.

A faction of the Taliban, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the hospital attack and the killing of Kasi. However, ISIS has also said it carried out the bomb attack.

“Killing innocent people is (an) inhuman act and totally unacceptable,” said the National Commission for Justice and Peace, a rights-based organisation of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in a statement condemning the “tragic killing.”

“The commission and the Catholic Church stand firmly with the people of Balochistan in this hour” and asked the government “to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” said the Church statement signed by justice and peace officials, including Bishop Joseph Arshad of Faisalabad, chairman.

“This tragic incident has caused bereavement throughout the country,” the statement said, offering prayers for peace and condolences to the families of the victims.

Pointing out that Balochistan province has experienced more than 1,400 incidents of violence and targeted killing over the past 15 years,
the statement urged the government of Pakistan to improve security measures.

“This is terrible,” Cecil Shane Chaudhry, executive director of the justice and peace commission, told Catholic News Service from Lahore.
“The atmosphere is getting frightening. Lawyers and journalists are targeted like this.”

While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his “deep grief and anguish” over the killing, lawyers and journalists held protest demonstrations across several cities. According to local media reports, the slain Quetta Bar Association chief had condemned the early August killing of a lawyer and announced a two-day boycott of court sessions to protest the death.

On August 8, 2013, gunmen shot dead a police official in Quetta, and a suicide blast at the funeral claimed the lives of nearly 30 people, including several police officials.









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