Protesters Burn Christian Homes in Pakistan

France 24, March 9, 2013

Thousands of angry protesters on Saturday set ablaze more than 100 houses of Pakistani Christians over a blasphemy row in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said.

Over 3,000 Muslim protesters turned violent over derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed allegedly made by a young Christian, Sawan Masih, 28, three days earlier, police official Multan Khan said.

The exact number of houses in Joseph Colony, a Christian neighbourhood in Badami Bagh area, were not immediately known but police and rescue officials said they belonged to low to middle-class families from the minority community.

“Police arrested Masih, a sanitary worker, on Friday night while the incident actually happened on Wednesday evening,” Khan told AFP.

He said that the arrest was made when Masih’s barber friend Shahid Imran complained that he had made blasphemous remarks about Prophet Mohammed, adding that Christians had fled the area on Friday evening, fearing a backlash.

Protesters began to assemble in the area on Saturday morning and later set on fire houses and other items including furniture, crockery, auto rickshaws, bicycles and motorbikes belonging to local Christians.

“Thick clouds of smoke engulfed the small houses, mostly consisting of one or two rooms, and many of them looked like charred shells,” said an AFP reporter at the scene.

Police said protesters burnt 25 houses but Dr Ahmad Raza, in-charge of local rescue operations, and the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) put the number at more than 100.

“At least 160 houses, 18 shops and two small churches were burnt by protesters,” Raza, who was busy in rescue operations in the area, told AFP.

Expressing grief and anger at the attack, HRCP chairwoman Zohra Yusuf put the number of houses burnt during the protest at over 100.

Police baton-charged the protesters to disperse them from the neighbourhood. There was no loss of life reported during the violence but 20 policemen were slightly injured during clashes, officials said.

Private Pakistani TV channels showed footage of violence from the scene as many masked members of the mob damaged or burned down households.

Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah said in Lahore that the government would not spare those involved in the attack.

“These people committed a serious crime . . .  there was no moral, legal or religious ground to indulge in such an act,” he told private Express News TV channel.

Yusuf criticised the provincial government in a statement and said “it totally failed in providing protection to a minority community under siege”.

Shamaun Alfred Gill, a spokesman for the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, also condemned the incident and demanded that the government provide security to Christians.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the population are Muslims, and allegations of insulting Islam or the Prophet Mohammed can prompt violent outbursts of public anger, even when unproven.

The laws came under the international spotlight in August last year when 14-year-old Christian girl Rimsha Masih was held for three weeks in a high security prison for allegedly burning pages from the Koran.

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  • Well, I suppose you COULD get even by burning 100 pakistani muslim homes, THEN our administration will unleash SEAL Team 6, the 75th Rangers, and the 7th Special Forces Group on you, and only you, NOT the ones who burned the christian homes.

    Remember that fool police chief in Seattle? Churches were attacked, but instead of keeping and eye out for the next church who could be targeted, he beefed up patrols around the mosques, fearing a christian retaliation.

    • StillModerated

      The filth are not too bright, but they do resent having their noses rubbed in it. And to be the police chief … Well, you can guess which body part gets to be the leader.

      Just remind them that Bernie Madoff got his money-grubby paws on their pension funds.

  • bigone4u

    The muzzies have no ability to comprehend Western values such as the non-aggression principle, the Golden Rule, freedom of speech, women’s equality, or any of a dozen other liberal (in the traditional sense of the word) values. Yet, modern libtards expect to bring them here and see them absorb those values? Libtards are either stupid or evil. I vote for both.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      Here’s the pinch, some of what the Muslims don’t like about the West is understandable. What they want to do is get here and then change it. I agree with posters that say the Liberals use them as “useful” idiots. But they will learn, as we have seen before, that using such people nearly always backfires. However, some politicians care more about their political enemies at home than what might come of their actions (re: Tony Blair, etc.)

  • Jss

    Now, now, let’s keep in mind Christains do this to Muslims all the time to. Remember that time that…nope neither do I. In any case im sure these savages will be joining their cousins in England soon.

  • Kathy M

    And yet they cant get into (formerly) Christian lands in the West fast enough! Then dare Westerners to insult Muhammed.

  • guest

    Imagine if it was protesters burning muslim homes. We’d never hear the end of it from the multiculturalism elitists.

    • mobilebay

      They’re ready for a jihad now because of the movie, “Argo.” I have not seen it, but it’s just another reason for muslims to get insulted. Good going, Argo!

      • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

        “Argo” is about escaping from Iran during the 1979 “revolution,” and return of the Ayatollah, not about Pakistan at all.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/pakistan-muslims-party-as-they-burn-christian-homes

    Pakistan: Muslims Party As They Burn Christian Homes
    By Brenda Walker on March 10, 2013 at 11:34am

    Nothing says celebration to Muslims more than a mass attack on infidels, particularly Christians. The city of Lahore recently experienced hundreds of Muslims burning down Christian homes because there was a rumor that someone spoke ill of the precious prophet. Supposedly the Muslims were angry about the alleged insult, but the photos show a happy horde who clearly enjoyed destroying the homes and property of Christians.

    Washington continues to pipe billions of dollars to unfriendly Pakistan, which regards America as an enemy and behaves abominably in many ways. It still imprisons Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA located Osama bin Laden in the Pak town of Abbottabad. Pakistan also refuses to take back its citizens who have committed crimes in this country and our government want to deport.

    http://www.limitstogrowth.org/WEB-Graphics/PakistanMobCheersAnti-ChristianArson.jpg

    http://www.limitstogrowth.org/WEB-Graphics/PakistanisBurnChristianHomesLahore313.png

  • bubo

    These Muhammadans are without a doubt the most backward, illiterate, violent lot of goons on this planet. No wonder the left favors them so.

    • Sloppo

      They are a large group of useful idiots. They’re being used to destabilize and cause violent chaos in successful civilizations. Ultimately, the plan is for people to want a dominant global government which will be able to control the unbearable chaos that the globalists are causing by forcing us to “diversify” with various muslims and african savages. Then we all stand to lose what’s left of our freedom and the globalists get what they want.

      • StillModerated

        It’s all part of Satan’s chaotic plan!

  • jeffaral

    Pakistani against Pakistani. Who cares?

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Prediction:

    After they have finished burning their Christian neighbors out, these same Pakistani Muzzies will want to move to Britain and Australia.

  • Otis

    I’m Muslim and I’m a Pakistani and I’m ashamed of this and I can assure you all, that most Pakistanis and Muslims are embarrassed by this, and NO we weren’t partying when Christian houses were being burnt down, infact here Pakistan we have many “Liberal” that bash Islam and Pakistan and look out for minorities just like how liberals do the same in America.

    There’s been a discussion going on in Pakistan about how Christians are treated in Pakistan and how we need to treat them better and make them like equal citizens.

    I find the comments by many White supremacists here ironic, because even if these “Pakistani Christians” immigrated to your country you wouldn’t welcome them, the same way most White Christians don’t like Black,Asian and Hispanic Christians.

    So you need to stop being self-righteous.

    There’s been an investigation going on in Pakistan about this incident and the Government has already announced that they would compensate the victims( however nobody trusts the government.

    Peace.