Pakistan – Killings at a Sufi shrine (2 April 2017)

France was horrified to learn of the attack on April 2 against worshippers at a Sufi shrine near Sargodha in Punjab Province in Pakistan, which left 20 people dead.

It condemns this heinous act and extends its condolences to the victims’ families.

Following the murder of a representative of the Ahmadi community and the attack against a Shiite mosque last week, the surge in violence against religious minorities is a cause for concern. The Pakistani authorities must do everything possible to protect these minorities and bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice.

France defends the freedom of religion and belief everywhere. It denounces all interfaith violence.