journeys at home and abroad
We arrived at Lahore Press Club for our 2.30pm press conference to find only a dozen journalists. They were watching live TV reports of attacks at two Ahmadiyya mosques in Lahore, including a loop of a gunman firing from a minaret, an image which is bound to be reproduced widely. 70 people are now reported dead.
Sober discussion about the place of Ahmadi people in Pakistan over dinner tonight. This followed a meeting with the Bishop of Lahore which raised similar concerns about the place of Christians. Western and Christian identities are often conflated, resulting in Pakistani Christians being treated as outsiders in their own country. Blasphemy laws have made things even worse for them, with violent attacks on the increase.
We return to London soon, having had an absorbing and eventful time here in Pakistan.