Two Pakistan Churches Come under Attack from Islamists
One community in Punjab Province faces threat from grenade, another
By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
SARGODHA, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Christian communities in two areas in
Punjab Province came under attack earlier this month, according to
Compass Direct News.
Compass Direct News (www.compassdirect.org ) reports that in Sargodha,
an unidentified motorcyclist on July 1 tossed a grenade in front of
the gates of St. Filian's Church of Pakistan, next to a small
Christian-owned amusement park where children were playing, Christian
sources said. The grenade did not explode.
Compass quotes the Rev. Pervez Iqbal of St. Filian's who said the Bomb
Disposal Squad and New Satellite Town police took the grenade away.
Rev. Iqbal added that high-ranking police officials cordoned off the
area, declaring a 'High Red Alert' in Sargodha.
Compass also reports that at a small village near Sheikhupura, a
church building and Christian homes came under threat of demolition on
Islamic extremists issued threats as, accompanied by local police,
they intended to demolish the Apostolic Church Pakistan structure in
Lahorianwali, Narang Mandi, with a bulldozer, area Christians told
Assistant Sub-Inspector Rana Rauf led Narang Mandi police and the
extremists in an attempted demolition that was averted with the
intervention of Christian leaders who called in district police.
Zulfiqar Gill, a Christian believer in the area, told Compass that the
Islamic extremists threatened the Christians with violence.
"They said that if we ever tried to rebuild the walls or renovate the
frail Apostolic Church building, they would create a scene here like
Gojra," Gill said, referring to the Aug. 1, 2009 attacks that left at
least seven Christians dead.