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Pakistan church leaders call for restraint in Afghanistan

Pakistani Catholic and Protestant bishops have called on the United States to "exercise restraint" in bombing Afghanistan, and the bishops pledged to care for Afghan refugees who enter Pakistan.

"We call upon the United States of America and the United Kingdom to continue to exercise restraint in their attacks over Afghanistan and avoid inflicting damage on life and property of innocent civilians," said a joint statement of churches.

Representatives of the Catholic Church, Church of Pakistan, Salvation Army and the National Council of Churches issued the statement on Saturday in Lahore.