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Church Bulldozed in Pakistan

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“While the Muslims were throwing stones and bricks, a 3-year old boy named Khalil was hit on his head with a brick. They were chanting and threatening us saying if somebody will come out of his home to stop us we will kill him.” 

11/24/2010 Pakistan (CBN.Com)-While Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi—the mother of five– continues to sit in prison awaiting a presidential pardon, news just came in to us from The Voice of the Martyrs that a church has been bulldozed in the Pakistan city of Lahore.

According to VOM, militant Muslims attacked the King of Kings Church at Asif Town, Raiwind Road, Lahore on Monday November 15th.

The bulldozed church, injured 3-year old Khalil and mom.

2000 Muslims and about 60 Christian families reside in the town.

Apparently evangelists Zahoor and Arshid have held daily prayer meetings at their home for the past 14-months. They’ve also gathered Christians together at the house for fellowship on Wednesday nights and Sundays when they are joined by Pastor Zafar Iqbal. Church attendance grew, so a house adjacent to Arshid’s home was purchased from a Muslim owner. The Christians removed an interior wall to make a large room for worship.

According to VOM, when Mohammed Habib Bhatti, a Muslim neighbor discovered that his neighbor’s home had been purchased and used as a church, he came to the property and threatened the pastor Sarwar Masih and said, “You cannot build a Church building in this area, we have a mosque in this village, there is no need to build a church”.

Bhatti allegedly made good on his threat. According to witnesses, at 1:15PM on November 15th, 2010 he and eight men (impersonating police officers) came to the church property and verbally abused the Christians. One witness said Muslims threw stones at the Christians as they attempted to stop the assault on their church,

“While the Muslims were throwing stones and bricks, a 3-year old boy named Khalil was hit on his head with a brick. They were chanting and threatening us saying if somebody will come out of his home to stop us we will kill him.” 

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