The police constable who had sacrilegiously stormed into a church in Lahore’ Fazalia Colony, and humiliated the pastor has been sacked. Head Constable Amir Abdullah stormed into the United Christian Church, on June 12, Sunday when prayer service was going on inside the church. When obstructed head Constable Amir Abdullah hurled insults at Pastor Riaz Rehmat and slapped him.
By no means, Head Constable had the authority to storm into the church during the prayer service. Nonetheless, the police personnel who were deployed at the security of the church, did not bother to stop him from entering the church and humiliating the pastor.
Amir Abdullah passed derogatory remarks about the Christian congregants, and threatened them to stop the worship. When Pastor Riaz Rehmat asked him to refrain from hindering the prayer service, he marched up to the pulpit and slapped the pastor. The incident left Christians enraged and filled with annoyance over violation of the sanctity of the church.
The incident was followed by a protest by agitated Christians who had blocked the Ferozepur Road, and called off the protest only after the assurance of due action against the perpetrator. Followed by much outcry over the incident, CLAAS Pakistan team visited SP Amara Athar and inquired into the incident.
She explained that Head Constable Amir Abdullah claimed he had received a phone call from a local Muslim Shabir Shah, who said that the church management had been misusing the loudspeaker and the sound level was disturbingly too high. He further claimed that what he did was in response to Shabir Shah’ complain.
SP Amara Athar stated that head-constable Amir was suspended from service after the incident and an inquiry is being carried out into the incident. She said that the police helpline’ call records are being examined to determine whether there was call from Shabir Shah, in reality. She asserted that appropriate action will be taken against Amir Abdullah, if he is found guilty.