May 16, 2011

Church leaders demanded that the Pakistan government boost security for their faith communities in the wake of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death, which they fear will shatter the peace they have enjoyed for 10 years.

"There was a not a single bombing here for about a decade of the war on terror,"

Father Akram Javed Gill, chairman of the interdenominational Association of Churches of Hazara Division, said May 4.

"Now we know the reason."

The Church association, which includes the Catholic Church, met to discuss a future strategy in the area.

The priest has been in charge since 2007 of St. Peter Canisius Catholic Church in Abbottabad, the city where bin Laden was slain May 2.

Activities at the parish have been limited after the death of bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks killed by U.S. special forces, he said.

The four policemen posted guard for the church have been put on high alert.