A BISHOP in Pakistan this week accused the government in Islamabad of allowing Christian churches and Hindu temples to be ransacked in the violence that has swept the Indian subcontinent in the past month.
Bishop John Joseph of Faisalabad, chairman of the Pakistani bishops' justice and peace commission, said the authorities had not failed to provide adequate safety measures to protect minority communities.
More than 40 people died during riots last December northeast of Islamabad. Catholic churches in the Karachi area were ransacked.
In neighbouring India, a Jesuit, Fr Myron Pereira, accused state police of doing too little to curb violence between Hindu and Muslim extremists.
Hindu-Muslim riots have wreaked havoc in India since Hindu fundamentalists destroyed a mosque late last year in the northern town of Ayodyha.