WCR condemns Quetta church attack; shares Christians’ grief

09:27 PM | 19 Dec, 2017
WCR condemns Quetta church attack; shares Christians’ grief
LAHORE - The World Council of Religions-Pakistan (WCR) has strongly condemned the brutal and coward attack by militants on Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta, Balochistan, which claimed nine lives and wounded over 50 people.

“It [the attack] is another effort to limit the freedom of religion for Christian community who are equal citizens of Pakistan,” the Council said in an open letter on Tuesday.

“In this time of fear and uncertainty the World Council of Religions, its leadership and networks are condoling with the Christian community of Pakistan and assuring their warmth support and prayers for them.”

As the terrorists attacked the Church when Christians were gathering for prayers, the WCR statement said, it was a direct attack on the religious assembly of the Christian community which is not acceptable in any case and not allowed by any religion’s values.

“We all believe that the Christians community has the same freedom and rights in Pakistan as Muslims have because they are equal citizens of the state.

“This incident is not discouraging to our efforts of promoting intra/interfaith in Pakistan, but it has boosted our confidence and commitment for this cause of protecting the rights and freedom for the followers of other faiths in Pakistan,” it added.

In the statement, WCR Chairman Maulana Muhammad Yasin Zafar, Vice Chairman Qari Roohullah Madni, Executive Director Hafiz Muhammad Nauman Hamid, Maulana Abdul Malik, Allama Qazi Niaz Hussain Naqvi, Mufti Muhammad Ibrahim Qadri, Dr Sameea Raheel Qazi, and Dr Shahida Perveen shared the grief and sorrows of the affected families, and Christian community of Pakistan.

They also called for continuing the journey of making Pakistan a peaceful and just society for the followers of all faiths living here.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 20 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 20, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.15 for buying and 280.85 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.25.

British Pound rate is 354.85 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.70.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.35 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.85 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.7 74.42
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.5 205.5
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.4 26.7
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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