Anglican leader says minorities in Pakistan ‘under siege’

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) attends a special Thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of the Resurrection in Lahore May 28, 2014

(Reuters) – The spiritual leader of the world’s Anglicans urged Pakistan to treat all people equally on Wednesday during a trip designed to show his support for the embattled Christian community, saying many felt “under siege.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday to meet Muslim and Anglican leaders at a time when Christians feel under attack from both authorities and their Muslim neighbors due to Pakistan’s oppressive blasphemy laws.

“There is a considerable sense of anxiety, of being under siege,” Justin Welby, a former oil executive, told Reuters outside a church in the eastern city of Lahore.

“There was a very clear sense that people were nervous about the misuse of the blasphemy law, as a sort of a tool of politics, a way of gaining attention, or as a mob thing,” he added, flanked by two Pakistani bishops.

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I have no doubt that the enormous number of jihadi groups in Pakistan (which extends beyond the Taliban) are simply terrified by these words and will act immediately!