Israel-Palestine conflict: Islamists attack two Churches in Karachi


KARACHI: January 8, 2009. (ANS) Islamist fundamentalists in Pakistani city of Karachi in province Sindh attacked two churches on the eve of New Year.

Unidentified militants forcibly entered in Christ Awami Church located in Rasool Shah Colony on New Year night. They threatened the congregants to stop worshipping in the Church. When some Christian worshippers put up resistance the militants desecrated Holy Bibles, cross and hymn books besides smashing windows and door of the church. Islamists also attacked a protestant church in Zia colony in Karachi. They broke church’s door and windows besides throwing garbage in the Church. Local Christians told ANS that the attitude of the police officials of Boat Basin police station was callous and indifferent in the wake of attack on the Christ Awami Church. Reacting to the apathetic attitude of the police the outraged Christians protested on Clifton road and dispersed peacefully after the police high-ups assured them stern action against the culprits. Police lodged First Information Report on Jan. 2, a day after the occurrence. Police, ANS learnt have been lenient in imposing sections in the police information report. Most of Pakistani based electronic media organizations came to cover the incident but they did not run the story. Three Pakistani based Urdu newspapers including Ummat, Daily Express and Victoria however covered the story. Talking to ANS by phone former member of provincial assembly, Sindh, Michael Javaid said that he visited churches that came under attack in Rasool Shah Colony and in Zia colony. He expressed solidarity with Pastors of the churches including Pastor Robi and Pastor Munir Bhatti. Asked why the churches were attacked the former MP said it could be due to Muslim reaction over Palestine-Israel conflict He criticized the police for not lodging a sterner blasphemy case against the culprits. Christian residents of Karachi are going to stage a protest demonstration in front of Karachi Press Club at 3 pm on Monday.

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