Pak mob attacks churches, houses of Christians

Last Updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 12:15

Islamabad: Muslim fanatics attacked churches and burnt down scores of houses of the Christian community in Pakistan`s Punjab province, a news report said.
A mob attacked two churches and gutted 75 houses of
Christians over the alleged desecration of papers inscribed
with Quran verses at a wedding ceremony in Punjab`s Azafi
Abadi village at Chak 95-JB on Thursday, Atif Jamil Pagaan and
Ashfaq Fateh, leaders of the minority community was quoted as
saying by the Dawn newspaper today.

Fearing attack, the members of the minority community
fled the village that allowed the fanatics to attack the
church, houses and cattle, the report said.

The station house officer of Gojra Sadar has been
suspended by the District Police Officer (DPO) Inkisar Khan,
the Pakistani daily said.

DPO Khan said a case has been registered against
Mukhtar Maseeh, Talib Maseeh and Imran Maseeh, who were
accused of desecrating the papers inscribed with Quran verses.
it said.

Christians are the second largest religious minority
community in Pakistan after Hindus. The total number of
Christians in Pakistan is approximately nearly 3 million or
1.6 of the population.

Christians, like other minorities, have been targeted
in Pakistan for flouting blasphemy laws. International rights
groups have urged the government to change the law because it
was being used to terrorize religious minorities.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 12:15

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