Churches attacked and one Christian shot at in wake of Koran Burning protests in Pakistan


Islamabad: September 12, 2010. (PCP) The demonstrators against Pastor Terry Jones on his announcement to observe “Burn a Koran Day” on September 11, 2010, stoned a Church in Daska and three Churches in Narowal district of Punjab province of Pakistan

when Pastor Terry have already called off his “International Burn a Koran Day” There was widespread fear among Pakistani Christians when Dove World Outreach Center, Florida Pastor vowed to burn 200 hundred copies of Holy Koran; The Bishops Conference of Pakistan, NCJP, Bishops of Church of Pakistan, Pakistan Christian Congress and other leaders of Pakistani Christian community held press conferences and protests in major cities of Pakistan to condemn action of Pastor Terry Jones to defile Holy Koran. The Government of Pakistan and Muslim leaders clarified on electronic media that Pakistani Christians are peaceful community and condemning “Burn a Koran Day” to calm down angry Muslims but failed to provide adequate security to Christians in Pakistan. In Karachi, on September 9, 2010, when Christians were holding demonstration under leadership of Bishop Sadiq Daniel against Pastor Terry Jones in front of Karachi Press Club, Asghar Bhatti, a Catholic layman, member of the St. Paul parish was shot at by Islamic militants. In Saidpur, Narowal district, Muslim protestor stoned a Church and tried to set it on fire while same attacks were occurred in two more Churches in this remote district of Punjab, In Hyderabad, police was called to protect Churches from any Muslim demonstrators and situation and grim in rural areas of Sindh. There are rumors that Churches were attacked in Khyber Pukhtukhawa province also which were not confirmed till filing this story.

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