“Tight security at Pakistan’s churches this Christmas as Asia Bibi remains in hiding,” Christian Today, December 24, 2018:
A protester holds up a sign saying: ‘Wicked Christian Patras must be punished for committing blasphemy!’
Security has been ramped up at churches across Pakistan where tensions are still simmering over the recent acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi.
Churches have previously been the target of suicide bombers and this year, police have trained hundreds of Christian volunteers in an effort to see the season through peacefully.
More than 1,500 police have been deployed across Islamabad and Rawalpindi to protect churchgoers over Christmas, AFP news agency reports. CCTV cameras have also been installed at entry points and parking restrictions have been put in place to keep cars at least 100m away from church buildings.