Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pakistan: militants attack Christian village, church

Catholic World News - April 19, 2011

Muslim militants attacked a Christian village of Khokarki in the northeastern Pakistani province of Punjab on April 16, causing dozens of families to flee. The attack followed an accusation of blasphemy against Mushtaq Gill and his son, Farrukh Mushtaq Gill, who had been quarreling with local Muslims.

The following day, a mob of Muslims surrounded a Pentecostal church in the nearby city of Gujranwala. As the faithful fled, two were kidnapped, and may suffered beatings. Twelve Christians were arrested.

“In these recent incidents it is clear that the police are accomplices of the militants, because they arrest Christians, victims of attacks,” said Haroon Barkat Masih, director of the Masihi Foundation, which provides legal aid to persecuted Pakistani Christians.

“Christians in Pakistan are not discouraged when faced with suffering,” said Bishop Andrew Francis of Multan in response to the attacks. “We are firm in faith, hope, and charity and will continue without stopping to promote interfaith dialogue with moderate Muslims, peace and harmony in society.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($33,416 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,584.25
95% 5%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO 8 hours ago
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29
Frustrating the Moral Law August 29
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8