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Christmas Day Attack on Christians in Pakistan Goes Unpunished

Police Not Arresting Christmas Day Muslim Attackers in Pakistan

ICC Note:

As expected in Pakistan, attacks against Christians occurred on Christmas day. A Muslim mob attacked a group of Christians going to church in Islamabad. At least two Christians were shot and many others were beaten with iron rods. While the police arrested a few, some were later released and the rest of the attackers have remained free, which has caused great distress to the Christians in the area.

1/3/2013 Pakistan (Pakistan Christian Post)– Christmas traditionally means carol singing, new clothes, and celebrations; unfortunately for Pakistani Christians things have become much more difficult since the blasphemy laws are hanging like a sward on the neck. Its misused is clearly seen in Rimsha’s case in Islamabad. Christians living in the same neighborhood say they are facing a bleak and joyless Christmas, crushed b poverty and harassed by Muslims.

It’s not far away, in Iqbal Town, Islamabad (few miles away on Islamabad Express way), Muslim mob attacked Christians going for Christmas service on Christmas day.

It was daylight, in Iqbal Town, Islamabad, on December 25, 2012, when Christian worshipers were coming out of churches after performing Christmas prayers, Muslim extremists equipped with automatic rifles, pistols and sticks attacked the Christian women, children and men.

Asharaf Masih, when running to save his life was hit with bullet in his leg, Iqbal Masih received bullet injuries in his leg and arm, Shahzad Masih was injured fell on the ground and was beaten with iron rod mercilessly by mob, Yousaf Masif was seriously injured while many others women, men and children received injuries.

The mob broke their gates and entered into their houses and was firing for an hour. The Christian locked their houses and saved their life, when police arrived. The police arrived on scene to maintain law and order and arrested two men name Mohammad Khalid and Riasat Satti and sent injured Christians for medico-legal in hospital.

The case under Section 452, 109, 324,148,149 PPC was registered in First Information Report (FIR) number 669/2012, in Shahzad Town PS against 25 unknown and 4 nominated Muslim attackers but police released one nominated arrested accused Mohammad Riasat Satti same evening of December 25, 2012 and rest of them are wondering in the same streets. This is alarming situation for the Christian residents.

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