ISLAMABAD: The Christian community on Monday called off their protest demonstrations against Lahore church blasts after holding successful negotiations with the Punjab government.
A delegation led by former Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Provincial Government spokesman Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri assured the Christian leaders of increased security of churches and compensation to heirs of the blasts’ victims.
Talking to PTV, Rana Sanaullah said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif himself contacted the Christian leadership and assured them to fulfill their demands.
Lahore-based bishops convinced the community members to end protests and sit-ins after the government assurance, he added.
Replying to a question, he said the Rangers would remain deployed in Youhanabad till burial of the blast victims as per demand of the Christian community.
To another question, Rana Sanaullah said the identity of two persons, who were burnt to death by the violent mob, was yet to be established.
Zaeem Qadri said all Christians, living in Pakistan, were patriotic Pakistanis.
He said there were around 481 churches in Lahore, where five policemen each were deployed.
It was evident from the fact that two police personnel were martyred and two injured in the incident.
He said the security at churches was at par with worship places of other religions, like mosques and Imambagahs. However, security of churches would be further increased following the tragic incident, he added.