Shahbaz Bhatti withdraws demand of cases against Muslim who burnt 110 Christian Homes


Lahore: July 5, 2009. (PCP report) Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian who was selected as Federal Minister for Minority Affairs by PPP government visited village Bahminwala

where Muslim rioters have burnt churches and Homes of Christians on June 30, 2009. The Muslims of village Bahminwala on accusation of blasphemy attacked Christian on a call from local Mosque and Christians fled from homes to hide themselves in fields to safe lives. The 110 Christian homes were burnt, 2 churches were set on fire, 7 Christian women received burnt injuries, 12 Christian men were injured, jewelry and valuable from homes were looted. After attacks, police registered cases of riots against 9 Christians and Muslim grocery stores refused to sell any edible item to Christians. The Christian homes remained in dark because Muslim attackers have taken away electric meters from homes. The Christian had no utensils to eat as Muslim attackers have burnt every house hold and kitchen items in courtyard of every home. The incident of this attack on Christian spread wave of fear and anger among Pakistani Christians and Christian Diaspora abroad. The demand to register cases against Muslim culprits was made from every corner of Pakistan by many Muslim organizations also along with Christian voice. The Muslim mob have always not been punished after such attacks like Bahminwala village. The Federal Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was also flown from his Islamabad bunker hide out under pressure of government to defuse anger of Christian and secure Muslim attackers from any legal action. In a so-called mediation meeting in village Bahimnwala, Shahbaz Bhatti urged Muslims and Christians to stay in solidarity and peace. Shanbaz Bhatti announced compensation of Rupees one lakh (1,400 US$) for effected families of Christians and district administration of Kasur also added Rupees 20, 000 (350 US$) in aid. There was not any issue in this mediation bid to withdraw cases registered by police against 9 Christians to claim it riot among two communities instead of attack by Muslims. Shahbaz Bhatti not demanded any case against Muslim attackers and left the village in heavy contingent back to his bunker in Islamabad. It is first visit of Shahbaz Bhatti to any site of incident when he not bothered to visit Taseer Town Karachi after Taliban Attack nor Harrapa village Christians who fled from homes after threat by Muslims. The registration of blasphemy cases against Christians, abduction and enforced conversion of Christian women and attacks on Churches have risen to 100% in Pakistan after Shahbaz Bhatti took his office and PPP came in power. Nazir S Bhatti, Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemn attack by Muslims on innocent peaceful Christians of Bahminwala village and demanded immediate arrest of culprit and withdrawal of false cases against Christians. “Christians demand Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan to take Suo-Mottuo notice of horrible attack on Christian of Bahminwala village to punish culprits” said Nazir S Bhatti

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