Pakistan: National Commission for Justice and Peace issues press release on attack in Quetta
National Commission for Justice and Peace, Pakistan, Quetta, Bishop Joseph Arshad, Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, Cecil Chaudhry
The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), a rights based organisation of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, strongly condemns the tragic attack on the civil hospital in Quetta and the targeted killing of the President, Bar Council Quetta on 8 August 2016. As per news reports, the attack has killed over 67 people and more than 100 are injured.
His Excellency Bishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Chairperson of NCJP (Bishop of Faisalabad) and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, Mr. Cecil Shane Chaudhry, respectively National Director and Executive Director of NCJP in a joint statement said that killing innocent people is an inhuman act and totally unacceptable. They emphasised that the government of Pakistan needs to improve their security measures and ensure the right of life for all citizens.
They stressed that Balochistan has experienced 1400 incidents of violence and targeted killing over the past 15 years. They stated that the Commission and the Catholic Church stand firmly with the people of Balochistan in this hour of need and further pleaded with the government to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.
This tragic incident has caused bereavement throughout the country. While praying for the deceased, they extended their condolences to the families of the victims, praying to Almighty God to grant them peace, strength and courage to overcome this irreparable loss and wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured in this cruel incident.