Pakistan Evangelical Pastor Shot By Militants

Pakistan Evangelical Pastor Shot By Militants

ICC Note:

Pastor Babar Bhatti of the Presbyterian Church is recovering from injuries after being shot by Muslim militants in Faisalabad on September 30 for his Christian activities, Bos News Life reports. Violence targeting Christians in Pakistan has increased following the continual implementation of the country’s oppressive blasphemy law and the release of an anti-Islamic film in the US. However, ICC has not been able to verify the motives for the attack on Pastor Bhatti.

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

10/9/2012 Pakistan (BosNewsLife)- An evangelical Pakistani pastor was recovering of his injuries Tuesday, October 9, after he was shot by suspected Islamic militants who oppose his Christian activities, an advocacy group said.

Pastor Babar Bhatti of the Presbyterian Church in the eastern city of Faisalabad was attacked by two “Muslim extremists” September 30 following death threats from banned Islamic organizations “because he is working among non-believers,” added the Pakistan-based World Vision In Progress organization (WVIP).

“Two bullets hit his left leg…whereas one just touched the leg, piercing the flesh of the leg,” the group explained. Medics and police reportedly took Pastor Babar to nearby Allied Hospital, where doctors took one bullet out. Surgeons planned another operation for the other bullet, deeper in his leg, WVIP said.

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The attack allegedly happened after a church service and dinner, when Pastor Babar Bhatti went walking with a youth member of the church. Police reportedly detained one suspect, publicly identified as Nabeel Hussain, but another unidentified attacker remained at large Tuesday, October 8.

WVIP complained however that police was showing “negligence and a biased attitude” towards the pastor.

The attack came two years after a local Muslim clerk allegedly tried but failed to launch legal procedures against the pastor on charges of blasphemy against Islam.

Rights groups have complained that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws have been misused to settle personal disputes and to make evangelism more difficult.

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