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Pakistan: Anti-Christian Hatred Injures At Least 18 After ‘Religion Of Peace’ Cleric Incites Violence

By BosNewsLife Asia Service – “At least 18 people were injured Wednesday, April 3, when angry Muslims attacked a dozen Christian shops and churches in Pakistan’s city of Gujranwala, Christians told BosNewsLife.

Among the seriously injured people was one man who was earlier reported to have died, but he survived, investigators said.

The violence in the city’s Francis Colony area followed Muslim anger about Easter Sunday prayers in local churches and a dispute among Muslim and Christian youngsters over loud music, BosNewsLife established.

Adding to tensions was a Muslim cleric who rebuked Christian boys for ‘disrespecting Islam’ by playing music on their mobile phones near a mosque, residents said.

Tuesday’s fighting between Muslim and Christian boys soon spiraled out of control with local imams reportedly using mosque loudspeakers to encourage violence against ‘Christian infidels.’ …

On Wednesday, April 3, the area turned into a war zone, with police apparently firing with live ammunition at rioters and heavily armed Muslim mobs shooting back at security forces and Christians.

‘At least one Christian man nearly died after he was seriously wounded by shooting and fighting, but he survived following hospital treatment,’ added Sardar Mushtaq Gill, director of Christian advocacy group Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD).

More details about the injured man were not immediately available, but LEAD said it was investigating. ‘It is not yet clear whether he was shot by a Muslim mob or police,’ Gill said.

He said at least 18 people were injured including several with bullet wounds, who were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Christian-owned shops and churches were targeted and more than a dozen cars, buses and other vehicles were set on fire, Christians and investigators said.” Read more.

  1. 04/04/2013 at 12:24 PM

    Is that all it takes to for Muslims to resort to “violence” is for me to “play loud music?”

    “Cool…I’m going to do that all day long everywhere I GO!”


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