Following the deadly suicide bomb attacks at the church of All Saints in Peshawar, Pakistan, the situation remains tense. Some 85 Christians died from the blasts detonated by two Muslim terrorists who struck during Sunday worship services at the Anglican cathedral on September 22. Another 100 persons were injured in the attack. And since then, another terrorist attack on September 27 yielded 10 victims.
Christians in Pakistan have been horrified by reports since the Sunday bomb attack that local paramedics may have seized the opportunity to steal organs from the dead and wounded. According to the Fides news service, Fr. Mario Rodrigues - a Catholic priest serving in Karachi - said "If this were true, it would mean that there are criminals who are taking advantage of the suffering of Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious manner." Said Fr Rodrigues, "We call for a serious investigation on behalf of the police."
Faced with a serious problem, in which impoverished people are compelled to sell their organs, Pakistan enacted a law in 2010 to regulate organ transplants. The South Asian country had earned a reputation as a "destination leader" for transplant tourism and the illegal trafficking of human organs. After the approval of the law, the illicit traffic slowed down, but in 2011 many cases of illegal transplants emerged again. Last July, given the data of a "thriving business", the Supreme Court issued directives asking the provincial government to take action and enforce the law. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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