British High Commissioner reacts over killings of Christian priests in Pakistan
A day after gunmen killed a Christian priest and wounded another as they drove home from church in Peshawar on Sunday, British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner said that “until everyone is safe, no one is safe” in Pakistan.
The UK envoy took to Twitter on Monday and said that “minority rights are the most important aspect of the foundation of Pakistan.”
“Until everyone is safe, no one is safe. [The] UK stands in solidarity with the Christian community in Pakistan.”
Two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on the car of the Christian priests on Peshawar’s ring-road, killing Pastor William Siraj instantly, said Reuters.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the shooting in a city where scores of people died in a twin suicide bombing outside a church in 2013 – one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistan’s Christian minority. Azad Marshall, the most senior bishop in the Church of Pakistan, condemned the attack and tweeted: “We demand justice and protection of Christians from the Government of Pakistan.”