In a demonstration of inter-religious solidarity, the Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, who is also Deputy Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, “expressed much sorrow and distress” over the recent mob attack on a Hindu religious sanctuary in Larkana, a city of about 350,000 people in the southern province of Sindh. Following is the press release from the Diocese of Peshawar:
The Bishop of Peshawar & Deputy Moderator, Church of Pakistan Condemns torching of Dharam Shala (religious sanctuary) and a temple of Hindu Community in Larkana.
The Bishop of Peshawar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & FATA) Bishop Humphrey Sarfaraz Peters, who is also Deputy Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, has expressed much sorrow and distress over the mob attack and torching of Dharam Shala (religious sanctuary) and a temple of Hindus in Larkana on the 15th of March 2014 when the Hindu community was celebrating their religious festival of Holi. This is a matter of great embarrassment, shame and disgrace for the Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Sindh. This is also a sign of increasing religious intolerance within the country, whereas the Constitution of the country protects and respects the rights of the religious minorities. The Church of Pakistan condemns this act of insulting the marginalized and innocent minority groups in Pakistan. Attacks on worship places, deliberate attempts to forcefully grab the minority institutions, a vivid expression is Edwardes College, Peshawar, and attacks on the officials of the minority groups are becoming a routine business in our beloved country. This amounts to hatred and religious prejudice towards the non-Muslim Pakistanis. The Federal Government and especially the Supreme Court of Pakistan must take serious note of such atrocities and religious and sectarian intolerance towards non-Muslims Pakistanis. Once again we strongly condemn the attack on Hindus and torching of their religious places. The Church in Pakistan expresses its full solidarity with the Hindu Community of Pakistan.
The Bishop’s Office
Diocese of Peshawar 21 March 2014
The incident prompted comment from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and received press attention in the Express Tribune, a publishing partner of the New York Times, the News International, Reuters, and several Indian newspapers.