LONDON — On Sunday, 85 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked worshipers leaving mass at the All Saints Church in Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan. The attack was the largest to date against Pakistan’s Christian minority, which comprises less than 2 percent of the population.
Government officials responded with condemnations, calls for public mourning and promises to review security arrangements at churches. But similar rhetoric followed previous attacks against Christians and other minorities, and the violence has persisted.
Religious intolerance is no longer the preserve of extremist groups; it is endemic throughout Pakistan.