By – Shamim Masih
Christians of Chak ¾ -L, Okara Pakistan had started construction of a Church on the land donated by Akber Masih (Christian resident), from the local area. They had hardly constructed walls and had just placed the sign of a Christian cross at the main gate on Monday 10th March 2014 when infuriated Muslims, started to make a clamour at the perceived offence.
As soon as soon as the Muslims saw the cross, an extremist mob arrived on site and demolished the church whilst still in construction. Initially the violent mod used their hands to tear down the nascent construction, but later brought a tractor to pull down boards that held sacred Bible verses and the more secure construction.
Human rights activists intervened and lodged an FIR with police under section 295-A and 506 – B against the culprits.
Wilson Chowdhry of the BPCA said;
"This is another act of unprovoked violence meted against Christians simply for observing their faith in peace. It highlights the lack of progress towards better humanitarian conditions for Minorities living in Pakistan. The fact that once again evidence exists of political inteference from officials with feudal powers, suggests that the aid budgets given to Pakistan are having no effect. More than likely these budgets are being used for purposes other then the proposed use. We call on those giving aid to Pakistan to monitor with greater vigour the use of such foreign aid and to set requisite targets based on better human rights within Pakistan"