Thursday, October 18, 2012
Catholic Church Attacked
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- After Muslim prayer on Friday Oct. 12, a 600 strong mob attacked and damaged a church in the old city area of Karachi.
According to an email from Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), the next day a large number of civil society activists and members of the Christian community held a demonstration, urging the authorities to protect them from the extremists who damaged a church.
BPCA said they also threatened to kill an innocent teenager caught up in a swarm of hatred (www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12100081.htm).
According to BPCA, hundreds of Christians braved the animosity directed towards them to vent their frustrations against the injustice they suffer. The protesters chanted slogans and demanded security for the minority communities and their places of worship. They demanded that the attackers be punished under the law.
He added, “The mob entered the church compound and smashed the cars and motorcycles parked there. Flowerpots, windows and doors of the church were irreparably damaged.”
BPCA said Father Mohan said as soon as the mob entered the compound, visitors and clergy sought refuge in the church building, hiding upstairs in the dark. They made sure all the lights were off, and no noise could be heard. The attack continued for more than 90 minutes. Everyone prayed silently.
Father Mohan continued, “I called some friends and asked them to get the police to our church. Thankfully police arrived soon afterwards. Gunshots were heard from outside the church and the mob dispersed.”
Father Mohan said the attack was entirely unwarranted.
BPCA said that Saleem Khokher a prominent member of the Sindh Assembly, said “When I received a call about the attack on the church, I immediately called the administration and soon after the police arrived there. They dispersed the mob in timely fashion and most effectively. Soon after the attack I reached at the spot and told a police official to launch an FIR (First Information Report.)”
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