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For Immediate Release

ICC Condemns Easter Attack On Christian Community in Pakistan

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(March 28, 2005) The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC – has just learned of an Easter attack on a church in Wapda (Town Phase II), Lahore , Pakistan . Muslim gunmen opened fire on Easter worshippers as they left Victory Church International (VCI) at 10:30 am local time. As a result of the attack, 5 worshippers were wounded, one fatally.

ICC has this preliminary list of those shot in the attack:

  • Niamat Masih Shot in hand
  • Ismaeel Masih Shot in both legs
  • Naeem Masih Shot in hip, thigh, lower leg, left arm
  • Pervez Masih Shot in both legs, abdomen
  • Irshad Masih Murdered Husband and Father of a one year old girl.

ICC found that the Christian community targeted in the attack rebuffed pressure from Muslim neighbors to give up land to the Muslim community (the land had risen significantly in value). That pressure, and a history of attacks on the Pakistani Christian community, led the worshippers at VCI to ask for police protection for their Easter service. The church’s request was granted and police were stationed at the entrance of the church to prevent such an attack. Curiously, the police guarding the church left their posts just prior to the deadly attack.

Unfortunately, Christians in persecuted areas around the world find themselves targets of attack especially on the holidays of Christmas and Easter. This is the latest incident in a long string of attacks on the Christian community, further illustrating how the Christian community in Pakistan exists as a cowed and second-class citizenry due the nature of fundamentalist Islamic societies and their practice of persecuting religious minorities.

ICC urges concerned Christians to sign our online petition at /suffering/sign_petitions.php and to contact the embassy of Pakistan politely urging the government of Pakistan to pursue this case and bring justice to the Christian community at Victory Church International in Wapda, (Town Phase II) Lahore.

Embassy of Pakistan

3517 International Court,
Washington DC 20008

phone: 202-243-6500
Email:[email protected]

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