ICC Note:Christians affected by mob violence in Pakistan have praised the actions taken by local police. On August 29, a car accident between a Christian and a Muslim led to a Muslim mob attacking a Christian neighborhood in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Following the assault, many Christians complained to the police, who in many cases, ignore the plight of religious minorities. Thanks to the involvement of local politicians, action has been promised by local police against the Muslim rioters. Is this a step in a new direction for Christians in Pakistan?
Pakistan (Christians In Pakistan) – Christian residents of Khushal Town-a neighborhood in Faisalabad express satisfaction followedby assurance from the police officials of Saddar Police Station, over the incident of attack on Christians’ houses.
In a social media statement a local Christian stated: “We are thankful to DSP Salaam and SHO Farooq Ranjha from Saddar Police Station for their cooperation with the victimized Christians of Khushal Town.”It was further stated that Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities’ Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu had been instrumental in the follow upof the incident as the legal procedures are being supervised by him.
DSP Salaam and SHO had assured the oppressed party of including charges of breaking in the houses of Christians in Street 3 and 4 of Khushal Town, assaulting them and beating their women.On August 19, Friday Christian residents of the Faisalabad’ neighborhood landed into trouble after Adnan Masih a local Christians accidentally hit a Muslim with his motorcycle.
The person hit is said to be brother-in-law of an influential local. Despite repeated apologies from Adnan Masih the agitated victim was unwilling to let off easy. He and others violently beat Adnan and spread rumor of a Christian-Muslim clash.Following the incident, a mob of about 50 to 60 men launched an assault against the Christians and targeted every Christian they could lay theirhands on. An eye witness revealed that the mobsters were armed with hockey sticks while some of them were even brandishing guns.…