Remembering the Martyrs’ of All Saint Church Peshawar


All Saint Church Peshawar Victims 9-22-13

All Saint Church Peshawar Victims 9/22/13

Just a little more than a year ago two Islamic terrorists committed homicidal suicide at a Pakistani Church so old it was built during the old British Raj of India. Shamim Masih writes a remembrance article about the hundreds of Christians that were killed in the name of Islam.

 

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Remembering the Martyrs’ of All Saint Church Peshawar

Remembering Islamic Terrorism in Pakistan Church

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/26/2014 9:36 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: It was sunny morning when I reached in Lahore on 22nd September, 2013; I received the phone call from my friend, he told that All Saints Church Peshawar is under the attack. As soon as I switched on the TV there was breaking news saying there was two suicide attackers struck at the end of the services at All Saints Church Peshawar. It was the deadliest attack that the Christian community had ever experienced in the history of the country. This attack had left the Christian community shocked and shattered which left 127 people dead and hundreds injured.

 

After one year Christian community around the country gathered there to offer special prayer and paid tributes to the victims of the twin suicide bombing who had lost their lives at All Saints Church Peshawar.  People are gathered to commemorate the first anniversary of the horrible suicide bombings at All Saints Church, Peshawar.

 

Bishop Azad Marshall, Bishop of Iran and Gulf went to All Saints Church Peshawar to stand along with the survivors. According toBishop Azad Marshal in Peshawar Shahzad Gill the chaplain to Rt. Rev Dr. Azad Marshall, there were gathering of 4000 people who joined hands in sharing the body of Christ at All Saints Church, Peshawar. Talking to the gathering Bishop Azad Marshall said that after one year of the incident that pain and agony hangs on; souls have [been] scarred for life but we have hope in Christ. The attack was not on the Christians of the Peshawar but also an attack on humanity. We will continue our struggle for a just and equitable Pakistan, he added. He demanded the authorities to ensure the safety and protection of the religious minorities as enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan.

 

Observing the first anniversary of the Peshawar church attack; chairman PUCM Albert David said all political parties are united in the war against terrorism and supportive to promote peace building in the country. Speaking at the Remembrance service followed by the candlelight vigil he said we as PUCM stress for a collective effort to promote the soft image of Pakistan through a peaceful and harmonized co-existence at home. Expressing solidarity with Christians Marching in Memory Peshawar Church bombingfamilies of the victims, he said that though wounds have healed however the scars remain and remind us of the tragic incident even.

                                                  

Muslim Christians Unity forum also arranged candle light vigil to pay tribute to the martyrs of the September 22, 2013 bomb blast at the All Saints Church Peshawar. Basharat Khokhar, a social activist said that federal and provincial government made many promises but nothing is being delivered so far. He targeted the Christian leadership and said political leadership is the representative of their political mother parties. They do not represent Christian minority but to their Muslim mother party.

      

The small and largely impoverished Christian community suffers discrimination intolerably [among the] Muslim majority [in] Pakistan. And nobody cares about it. 

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Don’t play with Pakistani Christians


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Photos of dead Pakistani-Christians from All Saints Church Massacre

Shamim Masih writes of the All Saints Church Massacre of Peshawar Pakistan by two homicidal suicide Islamic terrorists associated with the Taliban. Shamim anguishes over the lack of support for the slaughtered victims and the failed promises of the Pakistan government.

 

JRH 10/14/13

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Don’t play with Pakistani Christians

All Saints Church Peshawar

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 10/12/2013 10:28 PM

Shamim at the place of twin blast in Peshawar church

 

ISLAMABAD: As results of the explosions in All Saints Church Peshawar about 126 Christian’s worshipers were killed and more than 160 were wounded. The assailants were Jihadist suicide bombers linked to the Taliban. This was not the first attack on the Christian community in Pakistan nor do we believe that this is a complete list of the victims, but it should be more than enough to alarm the world, especially I would have thought the Christian world. But, alas, with a few notable exceptions there has been an uncomfortable and disappointing local media silence and international civilized champions.

 

Malala Yousaf Zai, 16, was gunned down last year at her school after angering the Taliban with her courageous and outspoken pleas for girls to be educated. But what about the sacrifices of Sunday school teachers and Sunday school students at All Saints Church, Peshawar? As a Christian Journalist and humanitarian, I find this silence unfathomable. The attack on the church was an act of cowardly violence that brutally targeted innocent Christians. And now she got international fame and honor and million dollars have been added in her fund. My heart bleeds with pain and agony, in what I view as the most atrocious form of suicidal killing attempts. It is [our] country’s responsibility to protect its citizens and tackle the growing militancy and extremism. I have been raising Christian’s voice since Gojra attack on Christians. It is the height of hypocrisy for our Muslim leadership to criticize the Western world for perceived injustice, while they allow the discrimination and slaughter of Christians in their own lands, if a mosque can be built in Paris, surely a church should not be banned in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I went to Peshawar as soon as I heard the news and arrived only hours after the incident. On my arrival I found human body pieces hanging on trees in the church courtyard and other gory remains. A full account can found here:

 

http://britishpakistanichristian.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/report-on-twin-suicide-attack-on-church.html

 

On October 6, 2013, I returned again as per instructions of Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistan Christian Association – BPCA, to chart progress and see how we could provide aid to help the victims. [A] Major portion of the Christians in Pakistan are sanitary workers and laborers working under extremely unsafe and unhealthy conditions. Some work as teachers, nurses, and very few hold higher ranking positions.

 

According to Bishop Humphrey the local government promised to pay five hundred thousand Pakistani Rupees to the dead victims’ families and two hundred thousand to any victims with severe injury. Since I am writing [this] he [Bishop Humphrey] confirmed that nothing has been received so far.

 

The two visits have been immensely difficult, I have seen victims with fractured bones and holes puncturing bodies of others, where ball bearings had been included in the incendiary device. I have seen numerous burn injuries of differing degrees and limbs missing from many victims. Some victims have large swelling of their whole body due to the high pressure of the bomb explosives and numerous internal injuries.

 

Many of the injured now purchase their medicines from the local bazaar without any financial assistance. Many of the medicines are incorrect or simply black market products not worthy of the label medicine. Hospital management teams have discharged those still suffering despite the dire need for continued professional medical assistance.

 

The critically injured victims require urgent medical care and need to be maintained in a professional hospital. There are orphaned children who are now being cared for by their relatives. These relatives cannot continue to provide for the extra mouths without assistance for any long term. The sad truth is as good intentioned as these family members are now, when push comes to shove they can barely fend for themselves. I am afraid these children will become long term victims forced to work as their school fees will not be affordable, they will certainly not attain any higher education without parental support. Already some children have been put to work and it is hard to ascertain whether or not they were working or studying before this incident.

 

I have observed there some seasonal human rights workers have installed their shops on the name of caring victims. I saw a brother and his sister in the Mission hospital, Peshawar pretending, helping injured, the same guy was seen in front of the church gate, showing himself as a good Christian social worker. But actually these types of people are black sheep in our society and have hard-pressed me to show their real face to the world. I am working on a documentary and will bring the real face of these land grabbers and money makers in the name of helping Pakistani Christians.

 

I never asked for money on the name of poor Pakistani Christians, whatever I do I always try to be blatant. I am not a holy angel but try to present reality. Off course I intend to pay the school fees for children who have lost their main breadwinner, will pay for artificial limbs as necessary and will support families who opt to care for relatives’ children financially and with advice. Yes I will continue this work and seek to place those who are critically ill back in hospital. Your donation will be used to provide food to victims who have lost their main household earner and will be provide advice on rehabilitation, Christian orphanages and counseling as necessary. I will be working with Bishop Humphrey Sarfraz Peter to secure the compensation due to victims. If you would like to donate to relief work the bank details are as follow:

 

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Alternatively account details are given below. With your support I hope to change the lives of millions of Christians in Pakistan.

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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All Saints Church in Peshawar is Under Attack


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I just posted a Shamim Masih article about the corrupt political system in Pakistan that discriminates minorities with a focus on Christian-Pakistanis. As I was going through my emails I discovered Shamim had sent some news info about two Islamic Terrorist homicidal suicide bombers detonating themselves in an over 100 year old Christian Church killing and maiming Christian-Pakistanis.

 

Shamim was not privy to all the details by the time he sent the story to me. It has been discovered that the homicidal suicide bombers were the Taliban. The very group of Islamic terrorists that Pakistan’s government has been openly trying to negotiate a political peace because the political party running the show won their election based on demonizing the USA’s Global War on Terrorism (you know – the war that Obama says we are not fighting).

 

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All Saints Church in Peshawar is Under Attack

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 9/22/2013 12:58 PM

 

Peshawar: The Sunday Church Service at All Saints Church in Peshawar ended in heartbreak as two suicide bombers blew themselves up while the Sunday service just ended. [The explosion] killed more than 90 worshipers, 34 of them women, 7 children and more than 110 were injured. According to the Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the situation is different but Church sources said the death toll is expected to rise as many of the injured are in a critical condition. [The] interior minister said that the government would bear the cost of rebuilding the damaged church and declared three days mourning. Many other organizations announced the same. Peshawer blast Christian Victims

 

Peshawar [is the] capital city of KPK province, 188 Km away from the capital Islamabad. All Saints Memorial Church was its distinctive Saracen architecture first opened for service in December 1983 [Editor: I am guessing Shamim meant 1883 – See Also HERE]. The church is located in Kohati gate, an inner city area of the city. The church capacity is about 500 – 600 and usually the gathering is around [that number]. After the church service on Sunday, a person blows himself up and little later another man did the same thing. The blast shattered the glass panes of the nearby houses. Police said that the terrorists opened fire at the security guards at the entrance of the church, possibly killing one. The security’s agency said it was a suicide bombing [and] no group has as yet taken responsibility for this [Editor: As of this posting it is reported it was the Taliban]. They said each of the bombers was carrying eight kg of explosives. The federal government has decided to tighten the security for minorities and the institutions after this incident.

  

As the country was staggered by the latest bomb blast and Christians all around the country came on the roads to protest against it. Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministry Pakistan lead the protest rally in Lahore in front of the press club, Lahore and in Youhanabad and went to Peshawar city with his group. He said that he is going to provide them with medicine and food items as required. Bishop Yaqoob Paul also participated in the protest rally. Nadeem Anthony Advocate High Court, Yousaf Kamran, Human Rights Activist, Christian Protest Church BombingShaleem Yousaf, social activists also participated in protest rally in Lahore.

 

Albert David chairman Pakistan United Christian Movement left for Peshawar as soon as he heard about this sad incident. Tahir Naveed Chaudhry condemned the blast and said protection of minorities is a central duty of the state but unfortunately it didn’t do [such protection]. Protest rally was [centered] around the condemnation of the bombing in Islamabad/Rawalpindi as well, Samuel Yaqoob led this rally.

 

Dr. Paul Bhatti left for Peshawar and strongly condemned the bomb blast and said that terrorists have no religion. He expressed solidarity with the families injured.

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