Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Pastor shot, imam kidnapped
On the evening of 30th September, two Muslim extremists shot and wounded a Presbyterian pastor in Faisalabad, while hurling abuse at the Christian faith. As the pastor was walking with a young man from church, Nabeel Hussain and another unknown person, shoved Pastor Babar Bhatti to the ground and then shot him while shouting abusive and crude words about Jesus and Christians. Pastor Bhatti has received several threats over the last while from Muslim extremists who are unhappy about his working in non-Christian areas. He has also had a false blasphemy case made against him by an Imam several years ago, but the local administration defended him against the malicious attack.
In a separate development, Tahir Ashrafi, a very senior and somewhat extremist Islamic cleric who nevertheless has spoken up for Rimsha Masih to some degree, was kidnapped on Thursday evening, apparently after visiting the German embassy. Security forces and police quickly reacted and recovered him, but unconscious after apparently being drugged. Sources say that his kidnappers were arrested. Reasons for the kidnap are so far unknown - or at least not made public.
Source 1 and 2