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Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 10 Mar - 9:39




ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An enraged Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on Saturday, setting fire to more than 150 houses and 2 churches, in a new display of religious intolerance as Pakistan reels from violent persecution against other minorities.

In Peshawar on Saturday, a bomb exploded in a mosque, killing at least 4 people and wounding 28, the police said.

In Lahore, several thousand people attacked the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood of about 200 homes, after a report that a Christian sanitation worker had blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad.

Blasphemy has acquired a hair-trigger sensitivity across Pakistan in recent years, with an alarming increase in mob violence.

The claims of blasphemy in Lahore, the police said, stemmed from an argument on Wednesday evening between two friends: Sawan Masih, the sanitation worker, and Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber.

On Thursday, Mr. Imran accused Mr. Masih, 28, of blasphemy, sending a shiver of apprehension through the Christian population. People began to leave their homes that evening, and on Friday, the police prepared charges against Mr. Masih.

On Saturday morning, several thousand people, including ethnic Pashtuns who worked in nearby factories, set upon the colony. Some were armed with batons and pistols, the police said.

“They vandalized Christians’ houses, desecrated churches and opened fire on the police,” according to a police spokesman, Multan Khan. Several policemen were hurt as they tried to intervene.

Others who rushed to the Joseph Colony, which is in an industrial area home to scrap yards and factories, tried to extinguish the fires.

By evening, about 178 houses, 18 shops and 2 churches had been damaged by fire, said Ahmad Raza, who was leading the rescue operation.

The one-room house that Jani Masih, another sanitation worker, shared with his three sons was among the homes destroyed. “Even a single household has not been spared,” said Mr. Masih, whose name is common among Christians.

The devastation was a testament to the intolerance sweeping across Pakistani society.

The Peshawar bombing occurred in Meena Bazaar, a shopping area, as worshipers were finishing afternoon prayers, said the deputy city commissioner, Javed Marwat.

Among the dead was the chief cleric of the mosque, which belongs to the Barelvi sect of Islam, practiced by most Pakistani Sunni Muslims.

Declan Walsh reported from Islamabad, and Waqar Gillani from Lahore, Pakistan. Ismail Khan contributed reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/explosion-rips-through-mosque-in-peshawar-pakistan.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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Re: Attack on Christians Follows Claim of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Post  malena stool on Sun 10 Mar - 10:26

AnnaEsse wrote:


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An enraged Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on Saturday, setting fire to more than 150 houses and 2 churches, in a new display of religious intolerance as Pakistan reels from violent persecution against other minorities.

In Peshawar on Saturday, a bomb exploded in a mosque, killing at least 4 people and wounding 28, the police said.

In Lahore, several thousand people attacked the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood of about 200 homes, after a report that a Christian sanitation worker had blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad.

Blasphemy has acquired a hair-trigger sensitivity across Pakistan in recent years, with an alarming increase in mob violence.

The claims of blasphemy in Lahore, the police said, stemmed from an argument on Wednesday evening between two friends: Sawan Masih, the sanitation worker, and Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber.

On Thursday, Mr. Imran accused Mr. Masih, 28, of blasphemy, sending a shiver of apprehension through the Christian population. People began to leave their homes that evening, and on Friday, the police prepared charges against Mr. Masih.

On Saturday morning, several thousand people, including ethnic Pashtuns who worked in nearby factories, set upon the colony. Some were armed with batons and pistols, the police said.

“They vandalized Christians’ houses, desecrated churches and opened fire on the police,” according to a police spokesman, Multan Khan. Several policemen were hurt as they tried to intervene.

Others who rushed to the Joseph Colony, which is in an industrial area home to scrap yards and factories, tried to extinguish the fires.

By evening, about 178 houses, 18 shops and 2 churches had been damaged by fire, said Ahmad Raza, who was leading the rescue operation.

The one-room house that Jani Masih, another sanitation worker, shared with his three sons was among the homes destroyed. “Even a single household has not been spared,” said Mr. Masih, whose name is common among Christians.

The devastation was a testament to the intolerance sweeping across Pakistani society.

The Peshawar bombing occurred in Meena Bazaar, a shopping area, as worshipers were finishing afternoon prayers, said the deputy city commissioner, Javed Marwat.

Among the dead was the chief cleric of the mosque, which belongs to the Barelvi sect of Islam, practiced by most Pakistani Sunni Muslims.

Declan Walsh reported from Islamabad, and Waqar Gillani from Lahore, Pakistan. Ismail Khan contributed reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/explosion-rips-through-mosque-in-peshawar-pakistan.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
Why on earth can't people keep their religion in their churches or at least preach the peace that religion is supposed to represent? Whatever else they do keep it in their own country because if their sectarian stupidity flares up here, the bloodbaths predicted by Enoch Powell will assuredly come true.

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Re: Attack on Christians Follows Claim of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Post  AnnaEsse on Sun 10 Mar - 10:31

malena stool wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An enraged Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on Saturday, setting fire to more than 150 houses and 2 churches, in a new display of religious intolerance as Pakistan reels from violent persecution against other minorities.

In Peshawar on Saturday, a bomb exploded in a mosque, killing at least 4 people and wounding 28, the police said.

In Lahore, several thousand people attacked the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood of about 200 homes, after a report that a Christian sanitation worker had blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad.

Blasphemy has acquired a hair-trigger sensitivity across Pakistan in recent years, with an alarming increase in mob violence.

The claims of blasphemy in Lahore, the police said, stemmed from an argument on Wednesday evening between two friends: Sawan Masih, the sanitation worker, and Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber.

On Thursday, Mr. Imran accused Mr. Masih, 28, of blasphemy, sending a shiver of apprehension through the Christian population. People began to leave their homes that evening, and on Friday, the police prepared charges against Mr. Masih.

On Saturday morning, several thousand people, including ethnic Pashtuns who worked in nearby factories, set upon the colony. Some were armed with batons and pistols, the police said.

“They vandalized Christians’ houses, desecrated churches and opened fire on the police,” according to a police spokesman, Multan Khan. Several policemen were hurt as they tried to intervene.

Others who rushed to the Joseph Colony, which is in an industrial area home to scrap yards and factories, tried to extinguish the fires.

By evening, about 178 houses, 18 shops and 2 churches had been damaged by fire, said Ahmad Raza, who was leading the rescue operation.

The one-room house that Jani Masih, another sanitation worker, shared with his three sons was among the homes destroyed. “Even a single household has not been spared,” said Mr. Masih, whose name is common among Christians.

The devastation was a testament to the intolerance sweeping across Pakistani society.

The Peshawar bombing occurred in Meena Bazaar, a shopping area, as worshipers were finishing afternoon prayers, said the deputy city commissioner, Javed Marwat.

Among the dead was the chief cleric of the mosque, which belongs to the Barelvi sect of Islam, practiced by most Pakistani Sunni Muslims.

Declan Walsh reported from Islamabad, and Waqar Gillani from Lahore, Pakistan. Ismail Khan contributed reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/explosion-rips-through-mosque-in-peshawar-pakistan.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
Why on earth can't people keep their religion in their churches or at least preach the peace that religion is supposed to represent? Whatever else they do keep it in their own country because if their sectarian stupidity flares up here, the bloodbaths predicted by Enoch Powell will assuredly come true.

It seems that a hint of blasphemy is enough to get them torching buildings A film gets them going on the rampage world-wide, but hey, have Christians world-wide starting torching mosques because of these outrages? Not that I have noticed.

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Re: Attack on Christians Follows Claim of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Post  malena stool on Sun 10 Mar - 19:07

AnnaEsse wrote:
malena stool wrote:
AnnaEsse wrote:


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An enraged Muslim crowd attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore on Saturday, setting fire to more than 150 houses and 2 churches, in a new display of religious intolerance as Pakistan reels from violent persecution against other minorities.

In Peshawar on Saturday, a bomb exploded in a mosque, killing at least 4 people and wounding 28, the police said.

In Lahore, several thousand people attacked the Joseph Colony, a Christian neighborhood of about 200 homes, after a report that a Christian sanitation worker had blasphemed the Prophet Muhammad.

Blasphemy has acquired a hair-trigger sensitivity across Pakistan in recent years, with an alarming increase in mob violence.

The claims of blasphemy in Lahore, the police said, stemmed from an argument on Wednesday evening between two friends: Sawan Masih, the sanitation worker, and Shahid Imran, a Muslim barber.

On Thursday, Mr. Imran accused Mr. Masih, 28, of blasphemy, sending a shiver of apprehension through the Christian population. People began to leave their homes that evening, and on Friday, the police prepared charges against Mr. Masih.

On Saturday morning, several thousand people, including ethnic Pashtuns who worked in nearby factories, set upon the colony. Some were armed with batons and pistols, the police said.

“They vandalized Christians’ houses, desecrated churches and opened fire on the police,” according to a police spokesman, Multan Khan. Several policemen were hurt as they tried to intervene.

Others who rushed to the Joseph Colony, which is in an industrial area home to scrap yards and factories, tried to extinguish the fires.

By evening, about 178 houses, 18 shops and 2 churches had been damaged by fire, said Ahmad Raza, who was leading the rescue operation.

The one-room house that Jani Masih, another sanitation worker, shared with his three sons was among the homes destroyed. “Even a single household has not been spared,” said Mr. Masih, whose name is common among Christians.

The devastation was a testament to the intolerance sweeping across Pakistani society.

The Peshawar bombing occurred in Meena Bazaar, a shopping area, as worshipers were finishing afternoon prayers, said the deputy city commissioner, Javed Marwat.

Among the dead was the chief cleric of the mosque, which belongs to the Barelvi sect of Islam, practiced by most Pakistani Sunni Muslims.

Declan Walsh reported from Islamabad, and Waqar Gillani from Lahore, Pakistan. Ismail Khan contributed reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/explosion-rips-through-mosque-in-peshawar-pakistan.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0
Why on earth can't people keep their religion in their churches or at least preach the peace that religion is supposed to represent? Whatever else they do keep it in their own country because if their sectarian stupidity flares up here, the bloodbaths predicted by Enoch Powell will assuredly come true.

It seems that a hint of blasphemy is enough to get them torching buildings A film gets them going on the rampage world-wide, but hey, have Christians world-wide starting torching mosques because of these outrages? Not that I have noticed.
It appears that to do so would be against their Human Rights.

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Re: Attack on Christians Follows Claim of Blasphemy in Pakistan

Post  kitti on Mon 11 Mar - 7:30

But raping little babies and women doesn't seem to get the men burning houses or churches....

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