Pakistan: Muslims burnt down Church in village Jhethe Key on accusation of blasphemy


Sialkot: September 11, 2009. (PCP report) Violence erupted in Sialkot district after Gojra incident when Muslim mob set on fire Church in village Jhethe Key on accusations of desecration of Holy Quran here today.

Jhethe Key village is in sub-district Sambarial of Sialkot where Christian and Muslim are living in harmony over a century but today Muslim of same village took out weapons and sticks and attacked on Christians after Muslim cleric made announcement from mosque to kill Christians and burnt their homes. This morning one teen age Muslim girl complained to her family that part of Holy Quran fell down in drain when a Christian boy pushed her in street. Without any confirmation, Muslim family members of girl started shouting on Christians and Muslim cleric also approached and issued decree that Christians must be punished to death. The Muslim cleric announced from mosque loudspeaker to gather all Muslims from where procession marched to the homes of Christians. On their way they put Village Church administered by Church of Pakistan on fire. Meanwhile Christians fled from village to safe their lives and called for police help. The heavy contingent of police have encircled village and no one is allowed to enter in village. It is feared that situation in village is worst than Gojra when Muslims burnt 7 Christians alive on blasphemy accusations. When PCP correspondent from Sialkot reached to witness situation, he was not allowed by police to meet any Christian.

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