Islamic Republic of Pakistan: Muslim mob destroys a Catholic church
Saturday, November 09, 2019
Jihad Watch : The world yawns. “Punjab, a Muslims [sic] mob destroys a Catholic church,” by Shafique Khokhar, Asia News, November 7, 2019:
Lahore (AsiaNews) – A mob of Muslim radicals demolished a
wall and the front door of a Catholic church in the village of Waqya
Chak, district of Arifwala, in the Pakistani Punjab. The destruction
took place on November 4th under the eyes of the police. The official reason for the destruction is that the Christian
community did not have the necessary permits.
Speaking to AsiaNews,
however, Catholics complain that it is the fruit of “envy” against
Christians. Naseer Masih, a church catechist, declares: “Muslims do not
want the church in the village because they have bad feelings towards
Christians”. About 4 thousand people live in the village. There are 70 Catholic
families, and now they live with pain and anger. Naseer has been leading
prayers since the place of worship was built in 2007.
This is not a
real building, given that the resident Catholic community does not have
the funds to build a church, but a small fenced plot, given by a member
of the community. Inside there is a modest construction where the masses
are celebrated and the parish priests of the nearby churches officiate
the liturgy on the major Christian feasts.
Muslims oppose the presence of the wall. On 4 November 50 policemen
arrived in front of the gate and asked Catholics if they had ever had
problems praying in church. Christians have responded that they had
never had difficulties. Meanwhile, a crowd of 60 people gathered to
bring a tractor and hammers. With the tractor they knocked down the
door, then the Muslims completed the destruction with hammers.
The following day police officers – including the assistant
commissioner, deputy superintendent and the station attendant – called a
meeting between Christians and Muslims. On that occasion the policemen
told the Christians that they will not be able to build the church
proper until they have the permission of the district coordinator.
they added that the church was destroyed because it was illegal….