LAHORE: The Right Reverend Nadeem Kamran, Bishop of Lahore, Church of Pakistan, on Sunday expressed profound grief and condemned unequivocally as “heinous”, the bombing of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) convention in Bajaur in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Bishop Nadeem Kamran called the 30th July suicide bombing a grave and devastating act of violence that resulted in the loss of innocent lives and injured several others. He said “This senseless act of terror has caused immense pain and sorrow to the families who have lost their loved ones,” and that it had deeply impacted the Pakistani nation’s collective sense of peace and security.
“As people of faith, we firmly believe in the sanctity of human life and uphold the principles of peace, compassion and solidarity among all communities. Such barbaric acts that target civilians and disrupt public gatherings are a direct assault on the very fabric of humanity” Bishop Nadeem Kamran said.
He said Christians stand together in unity with their Muslim brothers and sisters in this moment of sorrow and tragedy, sharing in their pain and mourning the loss of precious lives. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and all those affected by this tragic incident.”
Bishop Nadeem Kamran urged the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice swiftly, calling upon the government and law enforcement agencies to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of citizens and prevent such tragic incidents from happening in future.
He said, “We appeal to all people of goodwill and faith to come together in these challenging times and work towards fostering peace, understanding, and interfaith harmony. Let us unite against all forms of violence and hatred, and promote a society where people of diverse backgrounds can coexist in peace and mutual respect.”
He prayed the Almighty grant comfort and solace to the bereaved families, and that the injured recover swiftly. “Let us hold fast to hope and continue to work together for a more peaceful and compassionate world” he concluded.