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Pakistan Christians Fears Islamic Retribution, Flee From Their Homes After Blasphemy Accusations

In a recent incident in an eastern city in Pakistan, Christians were compelled to flee their homes out of fear of Islamic retribution, marking the third accusation of blasphemy within a month.

The situation escalated when posters allegedly displaying derogatory caricatures and comments about Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha were found on mosque walls in Green Town, adjacent to a Christian settlement called Maryam Town.

The discovery of these posters led to hundreds of angry Muslims, including members of extremist groups, blocking the main Sargodha-Faisalabad highway for several hours in protest. Tensions were already high after two Christians were arrested and charged with blasphemy before this incident, causing the entire Christian community in Maryam Town to panic upon hearing the mosque announcements.

Thankfully, the police acted swiftly and deployed a large contingent at all entry and exit points of the Christian settlement, preventing any immediate violence. However, nearly half of the Christian population in the area decided to flee their homes, fearing potential attacks by Muslims.

The handwritten posters not only targeted Christians but also praised the desecration of the Quran in Sweden and criticized the Abrahamic tradition of animal sacrifice. The mosque announcements accused Christians of being involved in the incident, further intensifying the tension.

In response to the protests, police registered a case against an unknown offender under various sections of the blasphemy law and formed a committee of religious leaders to investigate the incident in coordination with the administration.

Local sources, including former provincial lawmaker Tahir Naveed Chaudhry and Sanawar Balam, a member of the district’s human rights committee, expressed concerns about a conspiracy against Sargodha’s Christians. They emphasized the need for a fair investigation to identify the real culprits behind the blasphemous posters.

Blasphemy allegations have previously led to mob attacks on Christian settlements, particularly in Punjab Province. Christians have urged the authorities to consider all angles during the investigation to prevent any further unrest and ensure the safety of their community…read more

 

Original News Source: Morning Star News

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