MembersCould Israel and Pakistan Draw Closer as Victims of Terror?

Easter was filled with tragedy for the small Christian population of Pakistan after a Taliban suicide bomber killed 69 and wounded 300 celebrating the holiday in the city of Lahore.

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Adnan Ghani, a 30-year-old Christian who works in an Islamabad restaurant, wasn’t surprised. “Terror and violence against Christians are quite common in smaller cities and rural areas,” he told Israel Today. “While I feel secure in Islamabad and haven’t experienced many problems, my family in the outskirts of Lahore faces a lot of trouble.” He added that even in big cities like Islamabad, Christians are afraid to openly practice their faith.

 

Pakistan’s security forces are struggling to contain the violence, but with limited success. “Compared to last year the security situation has improved slightly thanks to military operations against the Taliban, but the government is hardly doing enough to protect minorities,” Ghani lamented. “At times I think that they are either incompetent or simply don’t care.”

 

Israel Today reporter Elizabeth Blade spoke to Tariq Suleman, a senior researcher at Bloomsbury Pakistan, about the plight of local...

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