Fear of another attack sweeps across Joseph Colony

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LAHORE:  A wave of terror swept across Christian neighborhood of Joseph Colony, over predictions of a possible assault.

Joseph Colony- Lahore
Joseph Colony- Lahore

The occupants of Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh were intimidated when a youngster Babar Masih, raised cries of an anticipated attack on Christians; but his claims were proven erratic eventually.

In preconception of another attack, men admonished their wives and children to hide in their buildings, while they went armed to protest and safeguard their place. At this occasion, some of terror-stricken Christians who were caught in panic made calls to Rescue 15 subsequently as young Babar publicized that a mob had attacked him brutally broken his arms and legs because he was a Christian.

In a little while, an outsized security contingent – including the Paramilitary Rangers and hundreds of Christian citizens from other parts of Lahore and nearby towns, and several reporters had assembled in Joseph Colony. The throng however, was scattered once it became plain that Babar suffered minor injuries in a clash over personal grounds and that the vandalism of March 9th is not to be repeated.

The Superintendent of Police (SP) Adeel Hussain Chandio  unfolded that Babar had told inhabitants that “he had been assaulted in a tailor’s shop by five Muslim men he had never seen before who had been out for revenge against Christians, as they had received widespread sympathy and compensation for the attack.”

Nevertheless, the police have filed an FIR against Imtiaz; nominated by Babar and four unknown men under Section 506 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). The SP said that, had the medial report stated that Babar had suffered a serious injury; he could have imputed serious charges against the alleged convicts. “He appears only to have a small bruise on his arm,” he said. Since, police have been unable to find Imtiaz yet.

Aslam Pervaiz Sahotra, a Human Rights Activist, Head of the Human Liberation Commission of Pakistan, lay blame on the police of misleadingly representing the incident as of a “personal nature” and maintained that it was an aftermath of last month’s attack on Christian residents of Joseph Colony. “People are targeting the Christians one by one as they bear a grudge against them over the compensation they received from the Punjab government. The minority communities must be provided security,” he said.