» 08/10/2011, 00.00
Red Mosque imam ready for war to ‘talebanise’ Pakistan
Mullah Abdul Aziz accuses the government of “corrupting the country” and inviting “the wrath of Allah”. He says he has 5,000 fighters ready to set up an Islamic state. In 2007, the Red Mosque was the scene of violent clashes between the military and extremists. Analysis and Christians are particularly concerned about the situation. For the latter, tomorrow will be a ‘black day’.
Christians flee violence by Islamic extremists in Faisalabad
Local mosque launches protest action against Christians in Waris Pura. Police and government prevent more incidents. Yesterday, flyers calling for mass action against Christians were handed out. A Catholic church was attacked with rocks and stones. An alleged case of blasphemy involving two Christian brothers is the cause of the latest episode of anti-Christian violence, which brings back memories of last year’s destruction in Korian and Gojra.
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.”
Extremists attack Christian charity in Mansehra, killing six Pakistani employees
Fifteen gunmen storm the offices of World Vision, a charity that helps earthquake victims. The terrorists set off a bomb and fired on the staff. The organisation is inspired by Christian values, and has been present in the area since 2005 to help people of all faiths.
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 The Christian community wants the blasphemy law repealed and the guilty punished.
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Peshawar: as Christians protest against violence, prayer held in the church where massacre took place
A religious service is held at the All Saints Church to remember the victims. Across the country, protests are held against the Islamist attacks. Muslim leaders express solidarity, but the religious minority wants justice. Catholic leaders appeal for calm and non-violence.
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