A local Christian believer from the Victory Church which was set on fire recently, says that Christians are not wanted in Pakistan.
According to details, the local Christians of the village baath where a church was suspiciously set on fire claim that all the Christians residing on the area have become terrified due to the incident. Moreover, the local Christians leaders are fearful as they believe the attack was motivated on religious grounds. The New New Apostolic church in Baath village, was set on fire on January 6. It has been suspected that some Muslim radicals set the church on fire followed by a negligible dispute between the local Muslims and Christians in the village.
As reported previously, Pastor Asher from Shamki Bhattian and Pastor Mehboob detailed the incident was said that a prayer service was organized in the church in the evening of January 6. Since the congregation gathered in masses, church administration installed tents outside the church building along with loud speakers.
They said that while the service was still going on, few local Islamic clerics (Mullahs) approached the pastor-in-charge of the church- Pastor Yaqoob Saroya and asked him to turn the loud speaker off, as it was the Islamic prayer time, (Azaan). However, Pastor Yaqoob and other church administrators refused to turn the loud speakers off.
The prayer service continued and the congregants left after the service concluded. While the local Christians believe that the Islamic extremists who got infuriated over the refusal to turn off the loud speakers have set the church on fire.
What is more, Pastor Yaqoob Saraoya complained that the police is also reluctant to investigate into the arson and is trying to prove that the fire was caused because of sort circuit.
Dildar Bhatti, a local Christian resident who lives next to the church building, says, “I showed police officials suspicious marks on the wall of the church that illustrated someone had climbed the church wall to gain entry to our church, but the Police officers just ignored my evidence and did not add the detail to their reports. Local police officials do not cooperate with villagers.”
Another local Christian resident Karamat Masih, says, “All the local Christians are now in great fear, the fire illustrates that Christians are not wanted in the local area.”