Our letter of thanks was delivered to the local Police force.
The Flowers spelt out a "Thank U"to the Police.
The Police were welcoming and proved to be a very professional outfit.
Indian sweets were offered a common gift of thanks in Pakistan.
Our team talked of the pleasant nature of the wonderful Police staff at Civil Lines station.
This morning at 09:00 at the Lahore Civil Lines Police station BPCA delegates handed over a thank you wreath of flowers to the Lahore Police, who acted bravely and promptly in resolving a conflict at St Joseph's Church Lahore, that could have escalated into significant violence.
On the 8th of April parishioners entering church for evening mass at the well known St Joseph's Church, Lawrence Road. were terrorised by a man shouting abuse whilst ripping apart a Christian Bible. The event was insulting and very disturbing for the local Christian community causing distress and anxiety. The aggressor was apprehended by Christian men who immediately called Police to the scene. The very prompt arrival of Police officers resulted in the arrest, detainment and prosecution of the felon. This expedient response resulted in a rapid de-escalation of an event that could have caused greater schism amongst local Christians and Muslims.
The perpetrator later confirmed his actions were a retaliation for the hurt and distress caused by thee Quran burning incident undertaken by the infamous American Pastor Terry Jones.
In a gesture of thanks the British Pakistani Christian Association organised a delegation to present flowers with a £3kg box of mitai (Pakistani sweets) to the local police force. Our intent was to notify the Lahore Police that their bravery and fairness was recognised globally. We felt that recognition creates incentive for further good practice and wanted to do our small part in rewarding the positive efforts of these professional officers.
Our delegates said:
"...Unfortunately we couldn't meet with the SHO due to him being involved in a rally against hunger strike of poor victims of Pakistan. The police welcomed us very well and the SHO was very good natured. We are really thankful to the staff of the Civil Line Police Station for their positive response and cooperation in organising the event and looking after our community. We have handed over the 3kg of mitai, the flowers as per your instructions. Our team who visited the Civil Line Police Station are Waqar Peter Gill, Babar Bashir and Samuel John. Thank you for the efforts of the BPCA"
Our letter of thanks contained the following words:
Dearest Lahore Police Force,
RE: Your professional conduct in tackling the Bible desecration at St Joseph's Church, Lahore.
The British Pakistani Christian Association send its grateful thanks for the professional manner in which your Police conducted themselves, during the Bible desecration incident at St Joseph's Church. Lawrence Road, Lahore on 8th April 2011. Your prompt and efficient delivery of service nullified local community schism and is a credit to your Police authority and Country. You have shown yourselves to be brave and honourable men and Christian across the globe are praying for you and acknowledge your commitment to peace and local crime reduction. You have made the Global image of Pakistan one that is significantly more favourable then other recent events had tarnished.
God bless you all
British Pakistani Christian Association
Ps The bearer of this letter is a confirmed Pakistani delegate for our organisation.