Muslim mob destroy 47 Christian Homes with chemical bombs
31 Jul 2009
Gojra, Punjab: July 31, 2009. (PCP report) The black smoke was still rising from 47 destroyed homes which were flattened by fire when SLMP and CLAAS teams reached in village Korian
“The situation of fire which have burnt the bricks of homes reminds horrible picture of Shanti Nagar, where chemical bombs were used to destroy that Christian village in 1998.The homes of Christians in village Korian are presenting same scenes” SLMP Coordinator Sohail Johnson told Pakistan Christian Post.
Village Korian is at 7 miles distance from Gojra town, a sub-district of Faisalabad. There are about 75 Christian families living before independence of Pakistan in 1947, in this village named Korian.
The harmony among Muslim and Christians was exemplary till blasphemy law was legislated in Pakistan. The Muslim extremists used blasphemy laws on personal rivalries and grudges against Christians. The horrible incident of destruction of Christian homes in village Korian is also result of misuse of blasphemy law by Muslims.
According to SLMP, there was some argument between Muslim boys and Christian boys which was settled by village elders. The relatives of Muslim boys decided to teach lesson to Christian boys and issue of insulting pages of Holy Quran was blamed on July 25, 2009.
On night of July 30, Muslims made announcements from village mosque to unite and teach lesson to infidel Christian on committing blasphemy. The Muslims from nearby villages also gathered in mosque raising number to more than one thousand.
When Christian listened announcement from mosque, they fled from homes to hide in darken fields to safe their life. It was feared by other Christians in this district that Children, Women and Men were also burnt in fire because no one knew where Christians of Korian village have gone and same was reported in PCP.
Sohail Johnson and Joseph Francis told PCP today “ No Christian was hurt by Muslims attack but 47 homes were destroyed and house holds were looted”
The thousands of Muslims damaged homes after looting valuables and cattle of Christians and set every belonging to fire with some chemical which brought walls down and burnt bricks.
The Muslims blocked road after burning Christian homes to stop police or fire engines to reach to village Korian.
According to PCP, Muslims have lodged FIR in Saddar Police Station Gojra under blasphemy charges against Amran Masih, Talib Masih and others.
The Christian Members of Punjab Assembly also reached to village Korian while Mr. Michael, a Minister in Punjab government run by PML(Nawaz) filed an application in Saddar Police against Muslims who burnet down Christian homes but police have not registered any FIR till this report.
When PCP contacted Sub-district police officer to enquire about FIR against Muslim culprits, he argued that Muslims are taking out procession to press for arrests of Amran Masih, Talib Masih and other accused of blasphemy and he is busy to control law and order situation.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have condemned attack on Christian village Korian and expressed his grief on destruction of Christian homes.
“The Punjab government must adopt necessary measure to secure life and property of Christians because it is second attack on Christians in one month which have created concerns among millions of Christians in Punjab” said Nazir Bhatti