March 30th Issue

Pakistan: Lahore Mourning

The fight against terrorism is yet to be won By Feisal Naqvi Lahore is no stranger to tragedy. Since 2004, there have been more than 30 major terrorist attacks in Pakistan’s second-largest city, which harbors its largest Christian population. But Sunday’s suicide blast which killed more than 70 people and injured 300 still came as a shock to many. The blast happened early in the evening at Gulshan e Iqbal Park, one of the city’s largest parks and one of the few accessible to minorities and lower middle class residents. Given that it was Easter Sunday, the park was filled with Christians celebrating as well as other residents enjoying the weekend. Christians in Pakistan have repeatedly been the target of atrocities. In March 2013, more than 100 houses in a Christian community were burned by a Muslim mob angered by allegedly blasphemous statements by a Christian. In September 2013, 75 Christians were killed in a bomb attack on the All Saints Church in Peshawar. (Read More)

Inside Cover

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Features

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Down Time

Thailand: The Loss Resort

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