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Pakistani police take part in mob desecration of church in Punjab


23 September 2016

A group of Muslims, accompanied by police, attacked a church in the city of Okara in Punjab, Pakistan, on 8 September. They ripped up Bibles and hymn books and physically assaulted several women who had gathered to pray. One man also tore down the cross from the roof of the building.

Despite the fact that Christians have lived on the plot since 1947, the attackers claimed that two Muslim men have acquired legal ownership of the land on which the church sits and they padlocked the door to the church after evicting the believers. The Christian owner of the property has secured a hearing in the civil court on 24 September to challenge the Muslims’ claim to the land and the church pastor has made a formal complaint to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, although no official action has yet been taken.