Christians dread of going to ceremonial services and Sunday service due to the threats of Muslims living in the neighborhood. Muslims upset church administration and needed to take out the congregation working in the twin range of Rawalpindi, twin city of Pakistan. Police is hesitant to capture Muslims even after the assault.
According to the reports, a group of 13 individuals in the town area of Rawalpindi district filed an application against the Pastor Patris Salamat at the office of the district administrator “City Police Officer” (CPO) to shut down the church.
The CPO Israr Abbasi requested the concerned authorities to make stern move against the congregation organization, the report said.
The document available with the Covenant TV shows that Mohammad Sajid, Rashid Akhter, Mohammad Sadiq and others have filed an application against the Pastor Patris Salamat and James Allah Dita to stop the religious ceremony done by local the Christians around their houses and also wrote an aggressive statement between the lines.
13 local people write an application to the district administration with their signatures under and said that due their Sunday service and the religious ceremonial; the Muslim community living around feels irritation. Therefore, they have requested the high ups to remove the church from their neighborhood. The city administrator (CPO) ordered the concerned officials to take action and stop these activities, as reveals.
Covenant TV Pastor Patris Salamat said “the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church is a registered body under the constitutions of the country and was established nineteen years ago at the same place when his father Pastor Salamat purchased the land and started with the small building. And with the passage of time as the church grow and he purchased the nearby land as well. Philadelphia Pentecostal Church is registered and the sitting priest claimed that he obtains the written approval for the said piece of land for Church building from the local administration”.
“On every Sunday services the police chiefs also assign two police security at the venue. When the congregation gathered for the service, we also arrange our church volunteers to take care of the visitors and congregation as well”.
Few weeks back, when the service was, Mohammad Sajid and few other Muslims arrived armed themselves with guns and machetes to disturb the Sunday service and shouted to stop the service. The church administration wanted to resolve the issue.
Later the local administration arranged a reconciliation meeting between the Muslims and members of the congregation. After few days the Muslims again filed application to the senior officials, as he added.
Mr. Javed Youhana, a regular church-goer said “that he used to attend the Sunday services since 1999 but he feels himself insecure while going to church since the Muslim in the neighborhood have threatened the Christians.
Basharat Khokher, an activist also said “I live nearby but attend the service on regular bases with my family, since the attack on church has created sense of insecurity in me and many others.
He added more “We live under constant traumatized since the attacks begun on Pakistan on worship places by the extremists.”
“For the most time, when I go to church I fear anything can happen anytime and I feel whether I will go back home (alive) or not.”