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Christians from the city of Faisalabad in Pakistan were recently attacked by a mob of drunken Muslims leaving seven injured and five more hospitalized. According to reports, the drunk Muslims were shouting as they passed through a Christian area of Samundri. When Christian women asked them to stop, the Muslims became angry and and called the women ‘chura’ a derogatory word used for Christians in Pakistan. Later, a larger mob of Muslims returned and attacked the Christians in their homes because they were offended by the Christians telling them what to do. 

09/23/2016 Pakistan (Christian Today) – Seven Christians were injured and five hospitalized in Pakistan after they were attacked in their own homes with metal bars by a mob of angry Muslims.

The Christians were attacked in Samundri in Faisalabad after a woman asked a group of drunk Muslim men, who were being loud and boisterous in the street, to keep the noise down or move away from her home.

According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, these men took offence at the audacity of “ritually impure” Christians making demands on them.

They went away and returned with a mob of up to 40 men, entered the homes of the Christians and started beating the men, women and children indiscriminately.

“They shouted obscenities at the Christians and called them choorey (dirty sweepers), donkeys and insulted Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior – despite Jesus being referred to as a prophet in their Qur’an,” reported Kanwal Amar of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), who visited the victims in hospital.

The seven victims were named as Arif Masih, 48, Parveen Akhtar, 40, Zahid Masih, 35, Sharifaan Bibi, 35, Shahzad Masih, 34, Jamaal Masih, 50 and Akram Masih, 42.

Arif Masih said he had returned home after work and was waiting for dinner.

“A group of drunk Muslims came and were shouting loudly and saying lewd things to any young girls that were passing. My wife asked them to leave the area as they were disturbing locals and they started shouting obscenities at us, but left shortly after,” he told BPCA.

“About an hour later they returned with a gang of around 15 people and started beating us with sticks and poles. They said all Christians should be killed, they said we were evil demons and made Pakistan impure. I thought I and my family would be killed it was very frightening.”

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