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The campaign "Green for White", with reference to the Pakistani flag, where green indicates the Muslims and white religious minorities.

The campaign “Green for White”, with reference to the Pakistani flag, where green indicates the Muslims and white religious minorities.

The Christian residents of Lahore’s Fazlia Colony blocked traffic for several hours while protesting against alleged harassment by the police during Sunday service at The United Church.

The police had rushed into church using abusive language towards worshipers and slapped the pastor.

The Express Tribune reported that a protester said he was attending the church service when a police team arrived. He claimed that when the police officers were stopped at the entrance by the guard, they pushed him aside and one of them barged into the church. When the pastor requested the officer respect the worship place, the protester alleged that policeman started hurling abusive words at the church leader and assaulted him.

Panic struck worshipers attending the service. The memory of last year’s suicide attack against churches in Youhanabad flashed through their minds. A rumor quickly spread that there had been a terror attack at the church which created panic for Christians attending Sunday service in nearby churches.

When the police team was asked about the reason for the raid, it was claimed they had received a call about the use of loudspeaker at the church. It’s unclear who made the report. However, allegations that loudspeakers were being used by the church were dismissed.

Authorities claim the constable has been suspended and a departmental inquiry has been filed against him.

 

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