CAFOD has sent a message of solidarity to the Church in Pakistan, in the aftermath of the massacre of Christians last week. In a letter to the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Pakistan, Julian Filochowski, CAFOD's director, said: "All the staff at CAFOD join me in expressing our shock and extending our sympathy to the many families hurt in this outrage. CAFOD does understand the particular problems faced by Christians, and other minority groups, in Pakistan and the particular dangers to which you are now exposed during this current international crisis. We recognise that the international community needs to give more attention to the needs of minority and oppressed groups in the region when addressing the undoubted outrages committed by international terrorist groups." The agency offered to share any information on the oppression of Christians in Pakistan with the UK government and asked the Bishops to keep supplying information to support this lobbying. CAFOD's partners in Asia also expressed their horror at news of the killings. Abdus Sabur, Secretary General of AMAN, the Asia Muslim Network, condemned the atrocity: "AMAN is shocked and saddened with the news this morning of killing of 18 people and injuring many others while they were in prayer in a church in Bhawalpur, Pakistan. We condemn this heinous crime and call upon the government of Pakistan to bring those responsible to justice. We pray for the victims and our heartfelt condolence goes to the bereaved families. We call upon the faith based communities in Pakistan to work together in this difficult time and sustain the spirit to promote the culture of peace."
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