Two Christians kidnapped in Pakistan

2012-03-01 Vatican Radio

There is still no news of two Pakistani Christians who were seized on a bus yesterday in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The vehicle was on its way to a Korean charity hospital in the city when it came under attack. Lydia O'Kane spoke to the Procurator General of the Missionary Society of St Columban, Fr Robert McCulloch, who has worked for many years in Pakistan.

He says, it may have happened because it is as he put it, “the reality of Karachi at the present time.

Fr Robert adds, that “it is important to realise that it’s not simply Christians that are being targeted by violence and kidnappings, its Sunni’s, Shia’s, Ismaili, whatever it is.”

These kidnapping happened just two days before the anniversary of the Pakistani Catholic Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti who was murder on 2nd March last year.

He had been staunch critic of Pakistan’s Blasphemy laws.

Fr McCulloch says Shahbaz Bhatti was a man is remembered for his convictions, and a man who refused to remain quiet even though threats had been made against him. Listen