A gang of Muslim men took advantage of deserted streets during the lockdown period to break into a church and threaten its Pastor.
“From the descriptions provided to me by local people, the situation was very dangerous and I feared there would be bloodshed. So I called the police immediately.
“It was clear these would-be property usurpers were not willing to negotiate or leave our church any other way.”
When the vandals heard the police nearing the property, they immediately fled the crime scene. Despite being identified by local witnesses and police knowing the named culprits, no arrests have taken place.
“I have been holding church services here from the last 10 years and we never had problems like this.
“We are a peaceful community and such incidents exhibit the great intolerance among religious communities, which can often result in serious consequences.”
L-R Edward Masih with Rev Samuel Hidayat
A copy of the FIR
Though the last one is a blasphemy law, it is very unlikely that this will be enacted against a Muslim by a Christian due to the lower value applied to the Christian faith in Pakistan.
British Pakistani Christian Association has gifted the church £100 and have not been asked to help further because a lot of support is coming from the local community and politicians. We however, ask our supporters to keep this situation in their prayers.
Mehwish Bhatti, our National executive for Pakistan, said:
“The Government should take strict action against the perpetrators of this attempted land-grab.
“Failure to do so, creates fear in local congregations and takes away their freedom to practice their faith.
“Such freedoms are enshrined within the UN Human Rights Convention, which Pakistan has subscribed to and must adhere to.
“We pray for a quick resolution.”
British Asian Christian Association, strives to raise awareness of the persecution of the global South-Asian Christian community and to provide aid to them where possible. Please help us continue this work by donating (here)
Land registry papers for the church.