Prayers held across Pakistan as minister warns of further attacks

Christians in Pakistan hold prayers for Peshawar victims as government steps up executions and warns of further attacks.

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Prayers held across Pakistan as minister warns of further attacks

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Christians in Pakistan held prayers Sunday to remember the victims of last weeks Taliban attack, which killed 132 children and nine teachers at a Peshawar school.

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We are receiving intelligence...that the militants are getting ready for another attack. All of us need to be on the alert.

The country’s interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, meanwhile, warned of further attacks.

“We are receiving intelligence from across the country that the militants are getting ready for another savage and inhuman counter attack. All of us need to be on the alert,” he told journalists at a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday.

Following the school attack, Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty and has executed six people. Khan said that the government plans to execute a further 500 prisoners convicted on terrorism charges in the next few weeks.

The Taliban has threatened further attacks and security has been tightened around major prisons in case the militants try to attack the jails and release inmates.

Khan also announced that several people have been detained in connection with the school attack but refused to give further details.