Islamic Horde Attacks Christian Area of Gujranwala, Pakistan Morningstar News (thanks to Claude)
Incited by calls from mosque loudspeakers after a dispute between Muslim and Christian youths, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gujranwala, Pakistan today, injuring at least five Christians and damaging a church and dozens of shops and vehicles.
At least five Christians injured, two seriously, in Muslim aggression following dispute among youths. By Our Pakistan Correspondent A Christian youth injured in attack in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
(Morning Star News) – Incited by calls from mosque loudspeakers after a dispute between Muslim and Christian youths, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighborhood in Gujranwala today, injuring at least five Christians and damaging a church and dozens of shops and vehicles.
Only a few hours after Pakistan’s Supreme Court rebuked Punjab Police for only observing arsonists and other assailants in Lahore’s Joseph Colony rioting last month, police allowed Muslims to attack Christians of Francis Colony in Gujranwala, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Lahore, sources said. Two of the injured Christians were seriously wounded.
A resident of Francis Colony, where 2,000 Christian families have settled in the overwhelmingly Muslim-majority country, said police bias was evident in today’s attack.
“The police was doing what it does best – nothing!” said Asif Barkat, who received minor injuries as he and other Christians tried to defend themselves. “Their bias towards Christians is quite evident, because when the Muslims were raiding our church and property, they just watched, but when we confronted them, they started hitting us with batons and used live ammunition to deter us.”
Area Christians said three Christian youths – identified only as Mehran, Timothius and Waqas – were heading to their homes on a motorized rickshaw along with four Muslim passengers on Tuesday night (April 2) when one of the Christian boys asked the driver to turn on radio.
“The boys told us that a Muslim passenger named Muhammad Mushtaq stopped them from playing music, saying it was forbidden in Islam, and that he should not show disrespect to the Muslim faith,” Pervaiz Masih, told Morning Star News by phone. “The boys entered into an argument with the Muslims, which later turned into a minor scuffle.”