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Published on 19 April, 2017

Easter terrorist attack foiled in Pakistan

Pakistan (MNN) — While Christians across the globe spent last weekend rejoicing in Christ’s resurrection, Christians in Lahore, Pakistan* were once again targets of a terrorist attack.

Terror Attack Foiled

Lahore, Pakistan Christians avoid terrorist attack.

Pakistan Bible reading. (Photo courtesy of FMI)

“Easter is, we’ll say, a pivotal time or strategic time for militants planning attacks because they know Christians are out and about. They’re gathered in large numbers and in churches. So apparently there was going to be another attack this Easter,” FMI’s Bruce Allen explains.

“The good news is that security forces foiled this major terrorist attack on Saturday, hours before Easter celebration.”

Thankfully, Pakistani security forces raided the terrorists just in time to stop them from carrying out their bloody execution. The couple planning the attack, Ali Tariq and his wife Naureen Laghari, planned for a suicide bombing.

However, during the raid, Tariq was killed. Four soldiers and two cops were also injured. Laghari was taken into custody where she admitted to her crime, the suicide bombing plan, and that the Islamic State had provided her and her husband with two suicide jackets along with four grenades and bullets.

What could have been a day of mourning and heartbreak was prevented. Yet, the raid on these terrorists does not mean Christians are safe in the area. Pakistan has been stepping up efforts to combat terrorism in the country.

“They know that terrorism inside the country is a major issue. It’s a major issue for Pakistan’s allies. The bomb that the U.S. just dropped on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s neighbor, was just miles from the Pakistan-Afghani border,” Allen explains.

“They know and understand, [along with] many of its allies, that you really have to crack down on terrorism. You have it in your backyard, you have it in your front yard. So, the government is trying to do that. More specifically, the military is trying to do that.”

Limited Relief

Still, the thwarted terror attack did help some Christians breathe a sigh of relief, even if that relief is only temporary. After all, Pakistan has developed a pattern of raiding high numbers of terrorists only after an attack on a school, hospital, or somewhere similar has taken place.

Reading the Bible for all to hear in Pakistan. (Photo courtesy of FMI)

Furthermore, one foiled attack on the Christian community in Pakistan does not mean there aren’t more planned. As Allen describes it, catching terrorists is almost like playing the game Whack-A-Mole. As soon as one is caught, another pops up somewhere else.

On top of this, Christians are often targeted for attacks, because in a way, they’re easy targets. Pakistani Christians are generally poor, being a minority in their country, and have little-to-no defenses or security at their churches. They simply can’t afford it.

Not to mention, a lot of terrorists target those who are not of the same mindset or religious view. And that includes Christians, who are considered ‘infidels.’

How to Help

So please, will you continue to pray for your Christian brothers and sisters in Pakistan?

Pray For…
  • their encouragement
  • protection
  •  to be courageous in sharing the Gospel
  • their faith
  • perspective in seeing God’s work in Pakistan
  • the Gospel’s advance in Pakistan
  • God’s provision for Christians and ministries

Another way to help Pakistani Christians is by donating to FMI’s “Tangible Resources” fund to help provide Snapshot** tools to pastors, church planters, and congregations.

To donate, click here!

Find more ways to pray here!

To learn more about FMI’s work in Pakistan, click here!

 

*Pakistan is listed at number four on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List (WWL). The WWL is a ranking of the 50 countries where Christian persecution is most severe.

**The Snapshot tool helps Christians evangelize by helping jump start conversations, encouraging Christians to listen to others and to build relationships through which the Gospel can be shared. Learn more about the tool here!

4 responses to “Easter terrorist attack foiled in Pakistan”

  1. Tami Carter says:

    We give thanks to our Heavenly Father that the most Holy of Days, Easter Sunday, was able to be a joyous day of celebration to our God due to the foiling of these suicide bombers. We pray for Naureen’s salvation. We also pray for our precious & courageous brothers & sisters in Pakistan to remain bold & courageous for Jesus Christ every day that they live on the earth, for we know that for them this is a daily fear. Our hearts & love are for our family in Pakistan. We, of course, continue to pray daily for Asia Bibi’s strength each day until the Lord releases her or returns or calls her home. Our hope, whether in Pakistan or the U.S., is in Christ alone & what He did on the cross. Amen

  2. Ebony Ritter says:

    Father, we ask for comfort for our Pakistani brothers and sisters. Continue to embolden them to nonbelievers. Let their love show through, especially to those who have oppressed them.

  3. Ricky Sikes says:

    Praise the Lord for answered prayers! I had prayed that the Lord would send forces of protection for His Children in Muslim nations. He protected them them! This should encourage us to pray every day for God’s church in all nations.

  4. Your Name says:

    Glory be to God for such a great intervention. I’m motivated and have been encouraged to pray more for Christians in such regions. It’s my prayer that all these terrorists would come to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.

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