Bishop of London, Egypt's Grand Mufti condemn Gojra's anti-Christian riots

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Lahore, Aug. 12 (ANI): The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres and the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr Ali Gomaa, have both condemned the recent anti-Christian riots in Gojra that claimed nine persons and left many injured.

"On behalf of the C-1 World Dialogue, we deplore the recent terrible events in Gojra where at least seven Pakistani Christians were killed and many more wounded in a terrible attack," the Daily Times quoted the duo, as saying in a joint statement.

"We stand with those whose lives and property have been damaged and we grieve with those who mourn. The taking of innocent lives, including those of children is deeply shocking," they stated.

They said murder, arson and theft committed in the name of God was both a crime and sacrilege.

"The perpetrators of this attack have committed a crime not only against Christians but against Pakistan and beyond even that, against the honour and dignity of Islam. We call upon all to join us in prayer for those affected and for a better and peaceful future for all the communities of Pakistan," the two leaders said.

Both of them urged the Pakistan Government to try the perpetrator of the ghastly act, and ensure that such an incident doesn't occur in future.

"What matters now is not merely that those who did this are brought to justice, but also that longer term problems are addressed. Security and protection for all religious minorities everywhere is a basic requirement that must be fulfilled," the statement said.

The leaders said that on behalf of the C-1, "we stand ready to assist in any way that can help the government and people of Pakistan spread the message of peace and cooperation between all people and communities whatever their religion is. We hope we shall be able to make a visit to show practical solidarity in due course". (ANI)

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