Pakistan: Thousands Of Protesting Muslims Burn Down Church, Christian School, Homes, Cinemas, Banks, Vehicles Torched
By Stefan J. Bos, BosNewsLife – “ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– Thousands of Muslims burned down a Lutheran church as well as its school and adjacent homes in Pakistan Friday, September 21, injuring several Christians in violent protests against an anti-Islam film that elsewhere killed dozens of Pakistanis, church sources and rights activists told BosNewsLife.
In published remarks, Lutheran Bishop Humphrey Peter said a crowd of some 8,000 people, many of them carrying petrol, attacked the St.Paul Church complex in Mardan city in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province.
‘The St.Paul Church, its school and the houses of the principal and pastor along with a vehicle were burned by a mob,’ he said in a statement released by Pakistan-based rights group World Vision In Progress (WVIP).
Several people staying inside the church complex were beaten, added WVIP Executive Director Farrukh H. Saif.
Saif suggested that many more people could have been killed or injured in Friday’s church attack.
‘Nearly 500 students are studying at the primary and secondary school of the Lutheran church. But nobody was there now because it was a holiday in Pakistan,’ he told BosNewsLife…
Saif said that elsewhere in Pakistan at least 22 people died in clashes between Muslim protesters and security forces.
‘According to the reports we received from hospital sources in the city of Karachi alone there were 15 killings, while four others died in Peshawar, two in other parts of Punjab province and at least one in the capital Islamabad.’
Additionally ‘hundreds were injured,’ he said.
More than 100 were wounded in Karachi alone, according to Allah Bachayo Memon, spokesman of the chief minister of Sindh province.
He told reporters about 20 vehicles, three banks and five cinemas were set on fire.” Read more.
Pakistan Gov’t Minister Offers Reward For Killing Of Anti-Islam Film Maker, Calls Upon America To Change Its Laws Or Else
Revelation 13:15, “And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.” (ESV)
Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said he would pay the reward for the ‘sacred duty’ out of his own pocket.
A government spokesman condemned the remarks and said it was considering taking action against Mr Bilour.
The comments came a day after at least 20 people died in clashes between anti-film protesters and Pakistani police.
Friday’s violence occurred in cities throughout Pakistan, with Karachi and Peshawar among the worst hit.
‘I will pay whoever kills the makers of this video $100,000,’ the minister said. ‘If someone else makes other similar blasphemous material in the future, I will also pay his killers $100,000.
‘I call upon these countries and say: Yes, freedom of expression is there, but you should make laws regarding people insulting our Prophet. And if you don’t, then the future will be extremely dangerous.’
His ANP party, which is part of the governing coalition, told the BBC this was a personal statement, not party policy, but added that it would not be taking any action against him.” Read more.
France: Muslim Man Arrested After Calling For The Beheading Of Mohammed Cartoonist – “French police arrested a man for apparently calling on a jihadi website for the decapitation of the editor of a magazine that published cartoons mocking Mohammed, a judicial source said. The man was detained in the western city of La Rochelle for calling on the radical website for the head of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which on Wednesday published cartoons of a naked Prophet. ‘The essential thing is not to let him live in peace,’ the man allegedly wrote.” Read more.
Egypt: Cleric Issues Fatwa To Muslim Youth In America: Kill The Cast, Crew And Everyone Who Supported Anti-Mohammed Film – “A Salafist cleric in Egypt is calling for the deaths of all those involved in the making of an anti-Muslim film that has outraged the Islamic world, SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday. In a statement, the terrorism monitoring service said Ahmad Fouad Ashoush issued his fatwa, or religious edict, against the cast and crew of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ via jihadist internet forums over the weekend.” Read more.
Lebanon: Hezbollah Chief Issues Fatwa of Death Against Anti-Islam Film Makers – “The leader of Lebanon’s militant Islamist political party Hezbollah has issued a proclamation calling for the death of the producers and actors of the highly controversial film… Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah issued a fatwa — a religious judicial ruling based on conservative Islamic law, also known as sharia — calling on young Muslims in Western countries in particular to carry out the death sentence of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the film’s creator and an Egyptian-American Coptic Christian, as well as the film’s actors and all those involved in its making.” Read more.
By Kapil Komireddi – “What will happen in Syria? The answer to that question holds immense significance for Israel. Yet, preoccupied with Iran’s nuclear program, Israel is neglecting the more immediate threat to its security that’s crystalizing on the other side of the Golan Heights. What began as a limited but genuine people’s uprising against a kleptocratic dictatorship has now been overtaken by a Saudi-backed project to destabilize Syria.
Bashar Assad, like his father Hafez, was never a friend of Israel’s – but nor was his worldview shaped exclusively by antagonism toward the Jewish State. The foreign fighters seeking his ouster, on the other hand, receive sustenance from a medieval theocracy that, in the words of John R. Bradley a preeminent Middle East expert who predicted the Egyptian revolution as early as 2009 ‘spews out a kind of anti-Semitic hatred not known since the Nazis.’
The results of Saudi Arabia’s tireless efforts were on display in Al-Midan, a suburb in southern Damascus where I recently interviewed rebel fighters. Mateen, a fighter who claimed to have traveled from Afghanistan, shared his ideas for Syria’s future after ridding it of the Assad dynasty.
‘We have to build a society of respect and brotherhood in accordance with the Prophet’s commandments,’ he told me in Urdu. ‘We will treat non-Muslims kindly, but we have a big fight against the Jews ahead of us. We will take that up, God willing.’ This manifesto for the future was identical – almost word for word – to what Yahya Mujahid, a senior leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based outfit charged with carrying out the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, told me in Lahore in 2009: that the LeT would take up the ‘fight’ with the Jews after ‘liberating’ Kashmir from Indian rule. One was a Kashmiri, the other a Pashtun; neither had met a Jew in his life. But both were united by a deep hatred, completely alien to their richly syncretic native cultures, exported by a distant Wahhabi monarchy that has suffused countless young minds in Islamic seminaries across South Asia with a fervor for jihad against non-Muslims.” Read more.
Flashback: Obama Authorizes Secret U.S. Support For Muslim Brotherhood And Al-Qaida Rebels In Syria – “President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence ‘finding,’ broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.” Read more.