Thousands of Christians from all over the country gathered at Saint John’s Girls High School Youhanabad to mark the second anniversary of Youhanabad Churches bomb blasts incident, here today, with prayers and tributes for the martyrs of this sad tragedy.
The Christian community commemorated the event in a Memorial Mass for the victims. Leading Archbishops of Lahore Father Frances Gulzar, Emanuel Yusaf Mani, Bishop Irfan Jamil, Father Shahid Meraj and Irshad Ashknaz, General Secretary World Council for Religious Peace Hafiz Allama Nauman, Allama Ijaz Ahmad attended the ceremony. The Bishops led the services, describing the heroic deeds of the youth and priests involved in the Youhanabad tragedy.
MPAs Shehzad Munshi, Shakil Khokhar and President Human Friends Organization Sajid Christopher said that terrorists have no religion as they have targeted mosques, churches, cinemas, market and even educational institutions. They said the Christian community deserves credit for not turning the attacks into a sectarian massacre on the eve of the sad tragedy.
They said that the sacrifices of the martyrs of Youhanabad incident will not go waste as the memories and the loss of our near and dear ones is still fresh in our memories.
The enemies of peace will not be successful in damaging the unity and religious harmony of our country. They said that Christians along with all other minorities have given their lives for the country and will not step back from any sacrifice in future for their motherland.