Six Christians buried

Karachi, Pakistan - Six Christians of the same family, who died in the blast outside the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), were laid to rest at Gora Qabristan on Saturday. They were residents of the fishermen settlement located in the coastal belt in Ibrahim Hyderi. They were Bisharat and wife Parveen, Manzoor Masih and wife Rosy along with two daughters Karol and Nirmal. They had visited JPMC to congratulate their relative Sheeba for giving birth to a baby girl. It’s quite hard to imagine that such a tragic incident took place at the time of celebration. However, Sheeba and her newly born daughter were unhurt. After the blast their bodies were shifted to Liaquat National Hospital from where they were taken to Ibrahim Hyderi. On Saturday, the corpses were shifted to St Patrick’s Church for funeral where hundreds of Christians gathered with black bands tied around their arms and later buried them at Gora Kabaristan. The bishop of St Patrick’s Church, father Pascal David said that terrorists have no religion or sect and they kill humans without discrimination. Talking to media persons outside the church, he said the nation is in shock. “The incident shows that no one is safe in such circumstances and we demand that all humans be protected,” he told reporters. The estimated Christian population in Karachi is around 300,000 and it is the second biggest religious minority after Hindus in the province. All Pakistan Minorities Alliance Sindh President Michael Javaid condemned the incident and demanded detailed investigation of the blast. amar guriro