» 04/30/2012, 00.00
Lahore: Christians in shock over the murder of an activist and political leader
Irshad Younas Chaudhry was shot dead on the evening of April 27. Sohtra Nadeem, son of a leader of the Sheikhpura Christian movement of APMA, presumed guilty. Motives remain unknown. Police investigation underway
Faisalabad: Christians, not Muslim extremists, behind attack against the Grace Ministry Church
Sajid Masih, one the two men wounded in the incident, confirms this version of events. Initially, blame was placed on a fundamentalist group. A property dispute is behind the attack. Faisalabad vicar warns that yellow journalism could undermine interfaith harmony.
A 38-year-old man dies in targeted killing in Karachi
Gunmen shot Arnold Archie Dass in cold blood. The attack occurred in a formerly Christian enclave. For decades, Muslims have been moving into the area and buying up homes and land, pushing out Christians. Karachi is Pakistan’s murder capital: 800 people have been murdered in the first seven months of 2011.
Punjab: armed gang attacks Protestant clergyman who is saved by Muslims
Muslim extremists ambush the pastor, fire at his car. The pastor and the people travelling with him were able to escape and find refuge in a Muslim village. Residents, who fired back at the attackers, force them to flee. “They want to kill Christian voices in Pakistan.”
Anti-Christian violence in Faisalabad: tombs desecrated, young woman gang-raped
Muslim landowners use tractors to plough over a Christian cemetery in order to seize the land illegally. A 29-year-old mother is drugged and raped by six men. In both cases, police covers up for the culprits. Government must act, Faisalabad priest says.
Sialkot: Muslim businessman uses blasphemy law against Christian rival
Gulzar Masih and his son Suleman own a bookstore. They were forced to flee to avoid being attacked by a mob. Both are accused of burning a copy of the Qur‘an. In reality, they were set up by the older Masih’s Muslim business partner, who was envious of their success. Catholic priest bemoans the abuses linked to the ‘black law’ and warns that “extremist elements are getting stronger” in Pakistan.
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