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The Easter massacre

On Sunday, Christians throughout the world were celebrating Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Pakistan, however, Easter was nowhere close to being a festivity. It was, rather, a day of sorrow and grief ("Suicide attack in Pakistani park kills dozens," March 29).

A horrific attack on Lahore's Gulshan Iqbal Park left 72 people dead and 341 others injured. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter in the park.

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This is not the first time a minority group in the country has been attacked. Shias and Ahmadis have also been victims of violence and persecution because of their religious beliefs.

I hope this heinous incident will open the eyes of Pakistani authorities to the deteriorating human rights situation in their country and prompt them to take steps to protect the lives of citizens.

I am shocked by the attacker's brutality and disregard for human life, whose victims were innocent women and children. These attacks can never be justified, and terrorism must be condemned in the strongest possible way.

May God grant patience to those who have been left bereaved and a swift recovery to the hundreds who were injured in the attack.

Fatiha Chaudhry, Columbia

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