Christians staged a protest against the attack on Christian residents of Sukkur’s Mission Compound area. The protesters called for immediate security provisions for the Christians residing in the said neighborhood. They chanted slogans against the land mafia and accomplices who are eying to grab the land illegally and forcefully.
Local Christians assembled outside the Church of Hyderabad Diocese and raised their voices against the inaction of the authorities in this regard. At this occasion, Pastor Naseer Jan and other Christian leaders said that Mission Compound in Sukkur is property of the trust, however influential people and land mafia are trying to forcefully garb the land.
The protesters further complained that the Christian residents of the Mission Compound are imperiled as the mafia is trying to forcefully expel them out of their houses. They said that the residents are being harassed and intimidated while no real security has been provided to them.
On New Year’s Eve, armed men attacked Christians in Mission Compound Sukkur, leaving 20 injured while victims claim of alleged threats to vacate their houses. Details emerged that a mob in excess of more than 30 launched an attack on the Christians and tortured them. The attackers tortured the elderly, women, children and men alike.
Furthermore, the victims revealed that the attackers wore police uniforms while some of them were in plain clothes. They said that the attackers had covered their faces in order to avoid being identified. They launched a sudden attack at 20 to 25 Christian families living in the neighborhood.
The victims told the media that the assailants attacked all indiscriminately, not sparing the elderly, women and the children. They said that the attackers had warned them to vacate the compound before 6 am. Victims revealed that the area belongs to the Diocese of Hyderabad. They confirmed that Mission Compound in church property.
The Diocese of Hyderabad held a press conference at Hyderabad Press Club on Monday, January 2, where church leaders gathered and condemned the incident. Bishop Kaleem John said that the federal and provincial governments must take efficacious measures to protect the properties of mission. He said that the property of Mission Compound in Sukkur must be protected against the land mafia.
Bishop Kaleem John, Chairman of the Diocese of Hyderabad, Church of Pakistan said that he has the responsibility to look after the property of the churches and missionary institutions of Sindh, except for Karachi. He asserted that Pakistani Christians have rendered valuable services for progress and prosperity of the country.
Bishop Kaleem John urged the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Governor of Sindh, Chief Minister of Sindh, Chief Justice of Pakistan. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court and lawmakers to take notice of the incident. He urged the federal and provincial governments to take effective measures in order to secure the mission properties from land mafia.