Actual image of burning Mardan Church.
A Muslim mob said to be around 8000 strong raided the Christians complex and set the Church, the homes of two priest an adjacent School and adjoining Head Teacher's home on fire. They have looted these premises, taking everything from newly installed computers to chairs and whatever seemed valuable from them.
Muslims desecrated Bibles and religious artifacts especially many which are used in the most holy ceremonies within the Anglican church. Many were brought out into the public compound of the Church and were set on fire.
The BPCA is concerned that similar incidents will reverberate throughout Pakistan.
Wilson Chowdhry of the BPCA said;
"No Christian in Pakistan is safe, hostility towards our communities there have been exacerbated by Rimsha Masih's high profile blasphemy case and the release of a movie in America, that reportedly blasphemes against Islam's prophet Mohammed. Any community whether in a city or in a more rural location can at any time become the target of similar aggression. We call on Pakistani Christians to terminate their protests in support of a ban of this movie - they have simply made you targets for retaliation. Please keep as low a profile as possible whilst the rampage continues."
Mardan is a major city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, located about 38 miles east of Peshawar. Local authorities say they have arrested about 50 people in their investigation.