UK: Pakistani Christian Diaspora to protest against attacks on Christian villagers on July 10.
04 Jul 2009
London: July 4, 2009. (PCP report) The Pakistani Christian Diaspora in UK have decided here today to stage protest in front of Pakistani High Commission
against attack of hundreds of Muslim rioters on peaceful Christian women, elders and children of village Bahmani Wala village in district Kasur of Punjab on June 30, 2009.
The Muslim cleric named Qari Lateef instigated attack with announcements from village Mosque after one petty dispute between one Christian farmer and Muslim landlord. The Muslims accused Christians of blasphemy and gathered in Mosque numbering 700 according to Pakistan Christian Post PCP sources.
The Muslim mob armed with automatic fire weapons, sticks and daggers ran toward Christian homes situated on side of village.
The majority of Christians tried to ran to nearby fields for hiding to safe their lives and few ran towards Saddar Police Station Kasur to seek police help.
The Muslim mob chanting slogans “ Allha-Hu-Akbar” ‘ Kill infidels” entered in Christian residential area and started setting homes of Christians to fire. The Muslim rioters took away valuable from homes even the electric reading meters. They inured 8 women and 12 men who failed to flee from scene. The Muslims mob attacked two Churches in the vicinity and desecrated Holy Bibles and set them on fire.
The police reached on incident but not tried to stop Muslim rioters who damaged 110 houses and looted cash, jewelry and valuables of Christians from homes.
The police registered case against 9 Christians instead of arresting any Muslim culprits. The Kasur DPO also accepted his failure to protect Christians.
The Pakistan Christian Ideology Council and CLAAS-UK have appealed Pakistani Christians and other Human Right bodies to participate in protest in front of Pakistani High Commission in London at 12: 00 PM, on July 10, 2009.