Lahore: July 30, 2013, Muslim mob equipped with lethal arms attacked the Christian Colony Shad Bagh in a metropolitan area of Lahore on July 28, 2013. The mob vandalizing a Catholic Church and homes of Christians injuring one Christian with bullet wound in broad day light, reports CLAAS, a non-governmental organization.
According to the CLAAS report issued here today,
“On Sunday July 28, 2013 at about 4:00 pm, a local resident Martian Javed Michel (Social Activists) informed CLAAS about the overwrought situation of Christians and Muslims in Shad Bagh Amir Road near Joseph Colony Lahore. It was also informed that an infuriated mob of Muslims attacked on the houses of the local Christians and one Catholic Church with deadly weapons. CLAAS team including Mr. Sohail Habel (Finance Manager) Mr. Asher Sarfraz (Field Officer) and Saleem Gabriel, Samuel Paraya rushed to the occurrence place to help the Christians and find out the real facts”
The Christian residents told CLAAS team that a Muslim Television Cable Operator named Faisal Butt who has a criminal background and has a worse attitude towards Christians. He used to take some extra fee charges of TV cable connection from Christians. About a month ago Faisal Butt and his companions had a dispute with a Christian woman/widow and beat up the woman and her children on the demand of extra fee of cable. Faisal Butt was using the place of Babu Younis (a Christian) for railing the boasters of cable connection in this area for last many years and he has about 3 helpers in his work.
On July 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm one of his helpers named Asad was collecting the cable fee in the Christian Colony Shad Bagh. He also came to Babu Younis house and asked for the fee. He informed Asad that they are using his house to fix the Cable Boaster to supply the connection. Asad forced to Babu Younis to pay the money as a cable fee, then Babu said that it should be a free cable connection for him, otherwise they will remove this boaster from his house. Asad became furious and started to beat him. Neighbor Christians gathered there to help and saved Babu and they thought the matter was resolved.
An hour later, Faisal Butt returned with a group of about 30-35 persons armed with deadly weapons. They began to open fire in the air and also started throwing stones and bricks at the Christians houses. They also attacked the Catholic Church and broke the glass of the church windows. They were calling the names of Christians loudly and using a derogatory language for them.
Riaz Masih s/o Babu Younis received a gunshot wound to his leg and was severely injured. Vejay Masih s/o Niamat Masih who was already a cancer patient, was injured by butt of pistol to his forehead. There were few others who were also injured.
They fired on the Christian houses for one hour. They left the place with severe threats to burn the Christians houses the same as in the attack on Joseph Colony in March, if they tried to take legal action against them.
Local residents shared with the CLAAS team that Chaudhry Shahbaz MPA (Member of Provincial Assembly) Muslim League -N ruling party in Pakistan is supporting Faisal Butt in his criminal activities. The team went with Babu Younis to the police station in Shad Bagh Lahore to lodge a legal case FIR (First Information Report) against Faisal Butt and his companions for this violent attack. On the same day, police arrested the main accused, Faisal Butt while others were absconded.
Please pray for the injured Christians! Pray the Lord our God will cure the wounds of the innocent victims of this violent attack. The above said information is based on the preliminary facts of the incident and the CLAAS will share its full and detailed report soon.