Attack on Gojra Christian was supervised by government of Pakistan
05 Oct 2009
Faisalabad: October 5, 2009. (Joshua Lahro reports for PCP) The Christians of Gojra openly blamed government of Pakistan to hatch conspiracy to attack on them on August 1, 2009,
and protected Islamic militants who burnt alive 7 Christian women and children and destroyed 60 homes here today when US Aid officials reached in Gojra Town to distribute cash and relief goods.
It was big gathering at a Catholic Church in Gojra named St. Albert Church at 4:00 PM where US Aid officials arrived in company of Pakistani Christian selected leaders in parliament to distribute goods and cash among Christian victims of Islamic militants violence.
The Christian youth of Gojra protested against monitory aid to them and threw boxes of aid out of Church and raised slogans “We not want money or any aid but justice” “Withdraw cases registered against us”
The Muslim police of Gojra on intimation of Government of Pakistan and Government of Punjab registered cases against 129 Christians to conspire violence on August 1, 2009. The cases were also registered against Muslims but all were released on bail by Lahore High Court.
It is on record that Islamic militants attacked Christian Town Gojra and burnt alive seven Christians and gunned down 4 more while set on fire 60 houses but police registered cases against Christians. The police is demanding bribe of fifty thousand Rupees to one hundred thousand from Christians to take out their names from FIR and arresting those who deny to pay bribe. Police says that Christians must pay because they have money which government gave them as compensation.
The Gojra Christians also raised slogans on occasion of distribution of US Aid “ Not want cash but withdrawal of fabricated cases against them” “We do not need aid but we need justice, protection and equal rights”
Mr. Pervez Rafiq (M.P.A PPP), Mr. William Rose (member dist. council Fsd), Mr. Khalil Sindho (M.P.A PML(N), Mr. Dost Khosa (Muslim M.P.A PML(N) ) and Mr. Joel Amir Sahotra were also with officials of US Aid.
Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC condemned government of Pakistan to register false cases to conspire violence against 129 Christians and demanded immediate withdrawal
“Christians shall socially boycott selected Christians in Punjab government and Federal government if fabricated cases are not withdrawn against Christians of Gojra” said Nazir Bhatti
Nazir S Bhatti urged Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities and Kamran Michael, Minister in Punjab government to use their powers to withdraw false cases against Christians of Gojra or to face social boycott.
“Repeal blasphemy law to end violence against Christians in Pakistan” demanded Nazir Bhatti