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Christians Condemn Church Attack in Pakistan

Pakistan Christian Congress condemn attack on Essa Nargi Church

ICC Note:

A church in Karachi, Pakistan was ransacked by extremists and church property, including Bibles, were destroyed, on Thursday, the Pakistan Christian Post reports. According to this report, five Christians have also been killed in the area in August and September by the Taliban. Nazir Bhatti, the President of Pakistan Christian Congress, has strongly condemned the attack and the targeted killing of Christian youth in Pakistan, which has escalated in recent months.

10/20/2012 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post)- Karachi: October 20, 2012. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned attack on Philadelphia Pentecostal Church in street number 7 of Essa Nagri, Karachi, in which Holy Bibles and Hymn Books were de donation box was looted and Church windows were broken on Thursday.

The Muslim extremists involved in Philadelphia Pentecostal Church attack in Essa Nagri are tools of Tehreek Talaban Pakistan TTP in Karachi and fully protected by area police of PIB Colony Police Station where ethnic Pashtun police officers are posted.

The TTP tools have killed 5 Christian youth of Essa Nagri in months of August-September of 2012 and wounded more than dozen Christians in lethal weapon firings in broad day light and FIR First Information Reports of murders and bullet injuries of Christians were lodged in PIB Police Station but police never arrested nominated culprits.

In this week, PIB Police Station police entered in Essa Nagri with heavy contingent of police armed with teargas shells to demolished boundary walls constructed by Christians around Essa Nagri with millions of rupees contribution for their protection and opened way for intruders who collect extortion money from Christian shopkeepers and on refusal open fire to kill them.

The major portion of Boundary Wall around Essa Nagri covered Street Number 7 of Essa Nagri where Philadelphia Pentecostal Church is situated from decades.

On Thursday, Talaban broke door of Church in Street Number 7 of Essa Nagri, fired dozens of shots to harass Christian residents and then looted Donation Box kept in Church in which were more than 50 Thousand Pakistani rupees. Later, attackers took out Holy Bibles and Hymn books and danced over them with shoes and tore pages. To spread fear, the Islamists fired in Church and broke windows and other Church property.

Last week, the Islamists had attacked St. Francis Church in Old Haji Camp area where this Catholic Church is serving from quarter of century while attack on Essa Nagri Church is second in ten day’s period in city of Karachi.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti said “Christian are feeling so unsafe in Pakistan that now they are demanding UN intervention and voicing for asylum in countries where they may enjoy religious freedom and equal rights”

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