Parts of the Apostolic Church in the village of Bath in Pakistan was reportedly damaged in an arson attack last week. According to the local Christians, there was a dispute between Christians and Muslim neighbors over the use of loudspeakers for an outdoor New Year’s celebration put on by the church which led to the arson. After the celebration ended at around 11:30 p.m. unidentified suspects set fire to a tent being used by the church as well as Christian literature and other church properties. Police are now investigating the arson.
1/12/2016 Pakistan (UCAN) – A Protestant church in Pakistan was badly damaged in an arson attack following a dispute between Christians and Muslims residents, reported Fides, information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.
The vandalism occurred Jan. 7 in the village of Bath between Multan and Lahore in the chapel of the Protestant Christian congregation called the “Apostolic Church,” local sources told Fides. The blaze destroyed the inner part of the building, burning Bibles and other church items.
The church’s pastor told police of a dispute with Muslim neighbors, which involved outdoor loudspeakers used to spread prayers and hymns.