Khushpur: A Christian Village Under Attack

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FAISALABAD: Another anti-Christian riot claims life of a Christian youth.

 

Christians in Chak Number 451/GB
Christians in Chak Number 451/GB

 

According to the details, a Christian rural community Khushpur of sub-district Samundari District Faisalabad met with an assault from Muslims on 19th of May, 2013. As a consequence, a Christian boy student of 10th  Grade was shot dead whilst many were injured in this deadly clash.

 

However, the police arrived at the scene as soon as they were informed and therefore, was able to successfully put off more killings in this conflict. Nonetheless, a Christian boy Faisal Masih, student of class 10th was killed by then, by the deliberate firing of the aggressors even as Danish Masih, brother and Patras Masih  father of the deceased Faisal received severe bullet wounds as they tried to save Faisal.

 

On the other hand, the witnesses reveled that this attack came as a result of a trivial dispute over a piece of land which a Christian of Khushpur had sold to Muslims. The disputed land was bestowed to native Christians of the pre-partition subcontinent by the Christian missionaries, which was later on sold to Muslims.

 

The history unfolds that, a European missionary, Father Felix who set up a number of Christian rural settlements like Mariamabad in Shekhupura District, Francisabad in Shorkot, Jhang District had established this village as a settlement for Christians. Whereas, “Felix” is a Latin word for “happy”. The village was accordingly given the name of “Khushpur” which in Urdu, symbolizes the “land of  Fr. Felix” or “land of Happiness”.

Many imperative Catholic public figures find their roots in this village as per government records; the village being labelled as Chak Number 451/GB. The list of these eminent natives includes Bishop John Joseph, Bishop Rufin Anthony, Ilama Paul Ernest, and Shahbaz Bhatti. They were all born and bred in this far-flung area.

 

In accordance with, the Samundari Social Media Network, another Christian in a different Christian village Chak Number 468/GB  in the same district was killed almost a month ago as a result of an anti–Christian dispute.

 

While referring to this incident, Mr. Khalid Gill, Chief Organizer of All Pakistan Minorities Alliance APMA has sternly condemned this attack and killing of a Christian student. Additionally, Mr. Gill has insisted for an urgent arrest of the suspects while doubting the safety of the Christians who have been undergoing unvarying attacks in Punjab.