Dozens of houses torched as mob attacks Lahore Christian locality on blasphemy

  • An enraged mob torched dozens of houses located in a Christian-dominated neighbourhood of Lahore on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

    The mob attacked the houses in Joseph Colony in Badami Bagh police precincts in the provincial capital following allegations of blasphemy against a Christian man. The man was booked under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

    It appeared that the man had been falsely accused of blasphemy but the police was forced to register a case to placate the mob, a local police official said.

    Speaking to a private television channel, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the accused man was in police custody.

    Sanaullah said all those involved in the arson would be arrested, adding that his government would try to rehabilitate the affected Christian families.

    AP adds:

    Police officer Multan Khan said the incident started Friday when a young Muslim man accused the Christian man of committing blasphemy.

    A large crowd from a nearby mosque went to the Christian man’s home on Friday night and Khan said police took the man into custody to try to pacify the crowd.

    Fearing for their safety, hundreds of Christian families fled the area overnight.

    Khan said the mob returned on Saturday and began ransacking Christian homes and setting them on fire.

    Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive subject in Pakistan – a nation of 180 million people, 97 per cent of whom are Muslims, and those convicted of defaming Islam or desecrating the Quran can face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

    Human rights activists claim the laws are often used to settle personal vendettas and last year two prominent politicians were assassinated apparently for speaking out against the legislation.

  • nut job mullahs and a lot of frustrated people

    Looks like Pakistan is becoming a boiling pot of frustrated people who will explode at anything everything

  • Send the Christians, who are considered 3rd rated citizens, to Karachi, we will greet them with open heart. Take all the IDPs and mazhabi churyas in return, we have no place for them and Punjab seems quite fertile for that khilafat-e-raiwind.

  • In Pakistan, a consistent and constant misuse of Blasphemy Law is further damaging the face of Islam.

    Show of soft corner for the violators of Blasphemy Doctrine from Religious Pundits, is a criminal gesture.

  • These days all acts of terrorism seem to have their tracks leading to PMLN's door.

    Interestingly, however, none of the Drama Khan fake Tehrik-e-Insaf touts on the forum has come and condemned this horrendous act as well. All Punjabis whatever their party be are united in support of terrorists.

  • Every single responsible of this barbaric act should be hanged publicly. Should start with Central & Punjab gov so called kahdme alla,police, administrators and then common peoples who are involved.

    screw the mullas and their blind followers who keep brain washing peoples with wrong ideology of Islam.This is pure embarrassment and golden example of barbarism of dark ages.

    Enough is enough. Qatal ke badle qatal is what we used to learn so burn the house of responsible in return.This will be the golden lesson for those blind emotional illiterate MFs.

  • Punjab, being the 60%, is the most conservative part of the country. People's affection toward the religion is deep-rooted, but this new tradition of taking the law in our own hands should be condemned wholeheartedly. Some people on this forum are trying to make this assertion that only Christians, or non-Muslims, in general have suffered the wrath of the blasphemy law; this is contrary to the fact. Majority of the people killed under the pretense of this law were Muslims (former governor of Punjab, the most recent example).

    It's also in the news that the Badshahi Mosque Khateeb, played an important role in calming down people's emotions; this is a positive development. If other notable religious figures follow in the same footsteps, and play a leadership role, these incidents might be contained, if not stopped. Unfortunately, lower level mosque Imams play a highly negative role in such cases; the police need to be more pro-active in stopping the nagative propaganda from the local mosques.

  • Shahbaz Sharif is praising police for evacuating colony before mob burnt houses. It saved precious lives. He twisted the fact that sacred residents left houses anticipating attack AND that police was watching mob when it was burning houses. PMLN has once again shown they can't take on religious mafia.

    The guy who was charged of blasphemy is in police custody, what about the young fanatic who charged him?

    There are many who don't agree with Mohammad's teachings and life style. Why we have death penalty for just expressing views?

  • @Arain71

    "Punjab, being the 60%, is the most conservative part of the country. People's affection toward the religion is deep-rooted, but this new tradition of taking the law in our own hands should be condemned wholeheartedly. "

    Islam does not allow the behavior of these people, who burnt houses of innocents. You are saying that "religion is deep-rooted", the behaviour demonostrates that Islam has not even touched their heart.

    Besides those who were involved in this arson, it does not shed good light on those who taught these people Islam.

  • It's basically failure of government, whose main responsibility is to protect the lives and property of people under its jurisdiction.

  • If government acted and hanged some of the culprits in previous cases, this would not happen on a regular bases. Look at the following pictures... that just insane at any level.

  • I don't think the hanging would stop this phenomenon; it'll just create more 'martyrs.'

    Unfortunately, most of Pakistanis consider namaz, roza, Hajj, and beard as 90% of Islam; only education can change this over time.

  • The Punjab Chief Secretary was notified of the issue last night. This means this incident occurred with the connivance of the PMLN government, just like Gojra incident earlier on. Terrorist-e-Alaa now doing judicial enquiry drama like he did for Gojra to settle the issue without punishing anyone.

  • ^^^And whose responsibility is education? Again, government.

  • ^^ I think you missed the word 'over time'. These issues will die down over the period of several years. Nobody has a magic wand to make everyone a Ph.D overnight.

  • Even educated right wingers like Hamid Mir are asking this question;

    Soon atheism would be the sarkari mazhab of Punjabistan.

  • اس غریب عورت کی فریاد سن کر تو خدا کا عرش بھی ہل جانا چاہیے

    جس نے مسلمانوں کے گھروں کی غلاظت صاف کر کے ، اپنی بیٹی کا جہیز

    بنایا تھا --- اور انہی مسلمانوں نے اسے جلا ڈالا

  • Islam's peaceful essence was reflected in Lahore today.