» 06/11/2011, 00.00
Punjab: acquittal for 70 Muslim extremists on trial for the Gojra massacre
In August 2009, ten people died, eight burnt alive. Four churches were destroyed. Threats against Christian witnesses force them to flee to avoid further violence. Muslim leader says Christians “deserve” to be murdered. Catholic priest wonders whether minorities will ever have justice.
Anti-Christian violence in Punjab, young woman raped, Protestant pastor attacked
Two members of an extremist group open fire at the car of Rev Ashraf Paul in Lahore. His 24-year-old son is critically wounded but is now out of danger. In Faisalabad, a police officer rapes a 24-year-old woman over four days.
Protestant clergyman and driver killed, bodies mutilated
Gojra: Muslim leaders make false accusations, Christians demand justice
A Muslim association blames three Catholic priests and a layman for the violence in Gojra. The Punjab government stops paying out the compensation it had initially allocated for victims. The Christian community wants the blasphemy law repealed and the guilty punished.
Alleged Easter attackers arrested in Lahore
Blasphemy laws, a pretext to attack Pakistan’s religious minorities
The official death toll in the Gojra massacre now stands at eight. A 35-year-old man succumbs last night to injuries he sustained during the attack by Muslim fundamentalists. Rights activists and minority leaders believe the government condones such attacks by tolerating laws that punish offences against Islam. The Catholic Church of India and Geneva-based World Council of Churches express their solidarity with fellow Christians in Pakistan.
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