Pakistan: Churches warned to handle security or risk closure

The government has not issued guidelines on what the minimum security standards for churches are.

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Pakistani churches have been advised with closures if they fail to make their own security arrangements by the end of March.

The home department of the government of the Punjab province instructed churches in the region through a letter that missing the deadline would result in closings until the government’s safety standards are met.

Numerous churches have been attacked in the past, with hundreds of people being killed in those attacks as well.

Though, Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) the Christian charity dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan, said the measure was unfair.

It a statement, CLAAS said: “But the government has unsuccessful to bring the perpetrators to justice and now instead of providing security to them, it is shifting its responsibility to the churches.

Additional statements by CLAAS

“Lots of churches are poor financially and it will not be possible for many of them to make their own security arrangements, sadly resulting in some churches facing closure.”

“The government has not issued guidelines on what the minimum security standards for churches are.”

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