Busy roads of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad mostly remained blocked due to traffic jams. The protesters included a high number of activists, civil society members, lawyers and students from various institutes. They claimed that it is irrelevant whether they are Muslims or Christians because they all stand with the Christian community and other minorities in Pakistan.
Nevertheless, some unfortunate incidents where protesters violated the law and caused havoc were also reported. Protesters in some areas of Peshawar, Karachi and Multan channeled their anger by vandalizing the city and caused damage to public property.
“The Christian community should refrain from violence and damaging property belonging to individuals or the state. We need to maintain our belief and teachings that we are a peaceful community that has the spirit of tolerance and forgiveness,” said Bishop Samuel.
Meanwhile, sources have confirmed that the outlawed militant group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has denied involvement in the attack. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed that the incident is an attempt to disrupt peace talks and acknowledged the presence of certain elements that are allegedly against dialogue.