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Pakistani Christians under third attack in 48 days
ICC Note: “Pakistani Christian villages have turned into battlefields where armed groups are seen exchanging gunfire with each other,” Joseph Francis, the director of the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance & Settlement (CLAAS), told Salem News. According to Salem News, a Muslim mob attacked a Christian village in the south of Punjab Province on April 26, which was the third attack on Christians in the past 48 days.
By Shamim Masih
4/27/2013 Pakistan (Salem News) – Another Christian community in Pakistan was attacked by an angry Muslim mob on 26th April 2013, it happened in a village near Khanewal, Multan (southern Punjab). A similar situation recently developed in Joseph Colony, Lahore, where Christian families were forced to evacuate their village after angry Muslims threatened to burn it down.
A third attack against Pakistani Christians was waged on March 9, 2013. Houses in the Joseph Colony were burned down and property was destroyed; on April 3, 2013, Christians of Francis Abad, Gujranwala were attacked in their village. It is another episode of the sort of sectarian violence eating away at the Pakistani state.
According to Joseph Francis, chief of CLAAS (The Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement), Pakistani Christian villages have turned into battlefields where armed groups are seen exchanging gunfire with each other. The recent episode left one dead and two injured.
Personal rivalry turned to religious violence, when the angry Muslim mob attacked Christians houses, they exchanged gunfire. Injured were taken to the hospital and police reached the spot immediately to control the situation. CLAAS teams have begin their journey to the village, added CLASS’s chief.

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