Christians in Pakistan are facing heightened fear and concern following two alarming incidents involving the appearance of Quranic script on the walls of churches.
On 20th August, images depicting Quranic verses written on the walls of Central Brooks Church in Saddar, Karachi went viral on social media, intensifying existing anxieties.
The inscriptions underscore a disturbing trend suggesting a coordinated effort rather than isolated incidents.
The incident at Central Brooks Church comes in the wake of the tragic events in Jaranwala, where the alleged allegations of blasphemy against Raki Masih and Amir Raja led to the destruction of hundreds of homes and 26 churches (click here). This incident, combined with the deliberate display of Islamic text on church walls, is viewed as a malicious attempt to propagate fear and intimidation within Pakistan’s Christian community.
Mr. Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, has unequivocally denounced this distressing incident, emphasizing the need for unity and mutual respect among all religious groups. We took this video from TikTok:
Mr Ashrafi, strongly condemned the individuals responsible for the graffiti incident. He acknowledged that Christians were not only distressed by the content of the graffiti, but also anxious about the process of removing it and the potential for being falsely accused of blasphemy. Ashrafi emphasized that such an accusation would lack validity.
A similar unsettling occurrence transpired in Rehmat Town, Satyana Road, Faisalabad, where members of the militant group Tehrik-e-Labaik inscribed Islamic text on the walls of a local Presbyterian Church. The inscription proclaimed the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad and included the phrase “Labaik Ya Rasool Allah.” Shockingly, the text also contained curses directed at the local Pastor, Vicky Masih.
The inscriptions were discovered during the morning prayer service, causing immediate concern and trepidation among the congregation. Pastor Vicky Masih promptly documented the situation and shared the evidence with law enforcement agencies and the wider Christian community in Pakistan. His rapid response included notifying the police, emphasizing the need for swift action to address this distressing incident.
Regrettably, a disconcerting pattern is emerging, designed to intimidate and terrorize Pakistan’s Christian population. While these incidents grow in frequency, the law enforcement agencies in Punjab have raised concerns about potential foreign involvement. During a press conference on the same day, Mr. Muhammad Usman Anwar, Inspector General of Punjab Police, indicated that local intelligence suggests external forces, including those from India, may be behind the events in Jaranwala. He claimed that it was attempts to deflect pressure on the Indian authorities to deal with persecution of Christians in Manipur.
These developments have deeply disappointed the local Christian community, as the Pakistani government seems to be attempting to draw parallels between the persecution of Christians in Pakistan and similar instances in India. Rather than safeguarding the rights and security of minorities within its borders, the state’s remarks risk fostering further unease among Pakistan’s Christian population.
It should be noted that only days earlier a viral video sent by an Islamic man called for more violent action to be taken against blasphemers we have translated his video taken from facebook: