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Pakistan's bishops call for extra security measures during services

Catholic bishops of Pakistan have called for "extra security measures during church services" following the massacre of Christians in a Catholic church.

The bishops issued the pastoral directives on Wednesday, asking clergy and religious to ensure security in churches after the 28 October massacre that left 16 people dead.

The bishops asked parishes to appoint "ushers who would check persons and look out for suspicious bags," according to a report from Thailand-based UCA News.

In late September, the bishops asked parishes to form social harmony committees to work with Muslims in promoting peace.

"We must identity certain flash points -- places and times which would be high risk for us and for expatriate personnel. They could be advised to move to safer areas and keep a low profile," the bishops said.