05/17/2021 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), a mob of more than 200 Muslims raided and terrorized 80 Christian families in a village in Pakistan. Local reports state the attack was sparked by a petty dispute between Christian youths cleaning a church and a Muslim landlord.
On May 15, a mob of 200 Muslims attacked the Christian community of Chak 5 Village, located in the Okara District of Pakistan’s Punjab Province. The attack reportedly lasted for half an hour and left eight Christians seriously injured and 15 Christian homes ransacked.
“They were armed with glass bottles, stones, axes, batons and bricks,” Mangta Masih told UCAN. “Others used stairs to climb to our roofs and started breaking our furniture. We pleaded to spare the women, but the attack continued for half an hour.”
“They broke the locks, grabbed our hair and pulled us out one by one,” a female survivor told UCAN. “Young girls were assaulted and left with torn clothes.”
According to local church leadership, the attack was instigated by a petty dispute between Christian youths and a Muslim landlord. Father Khalid Mukhtar, parish priest of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Chak 5, reports that several Christian boys were cleaning the church when a Muslim landlord walked by and accused them of throwing dust on him.
“The weakness on the part of the administration encourages such attacks on religious minorities,” Father Mukhtar told UCAN. “The culprits are usually let off scot-free. Religion is used to settle personal scores. The locals fear another attack.”
On May 16, Christians gathered at St. Thomas Catholic Church to collect statements and file a complaint with local police. The deputy superintendent of police visited the village on May 16 and assured locals that a complaint would be filed.
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