LAHORE: A Christian neighbourhood attacked by a mob in inner-city.
In a most recent anti-Christian riot, a mob of around 30 to 35 well equipped with ammunition attacked Christian Colony Shad Bagh in Lahore on 28th of July, 2013, demolishing a Catholic Church and several homes of Christians. This assault left one local injured as bullet pierced his flesh.
CLAAS report issued not long ago, says “On Sunday July 28, 2013 at about 4:00 pm, a local resident Martian Javed Michel (Social Activists) informed CLAAS about the overwrought situation of Christians and Muslims in Shad Bagh Amir Road near Joseph Colony Lahore. It was also informed that infuriated mob of Muslims attacked on the houses of the local Christians and one Catholic Church with deadly weapons. CLAAS team including Mr. Sohail Habel Mr. Asher Sarfraz and Saleem Gabriel, Samuel Payara rushed to the occurrence place to help the Christians and find out the real facts.”
As revealed by the local Christians of the affected area, a Muslim Television Cable Operator named Faisal Butt who has a criminal background and has a discriminatory mind-set towards Christians. He charged extra fee for TV cable connection from Christians. About a month ago Faisal Butt and his accomplice had a quarrel with a Christian woman her children over the issue of extra fee of cable TV. Faisal Butt was using the roof of Babu Younis a Christian man for relaying the boasters of cable connections in the area since many years.
On 28th of July at 2:00 pm one of Faisal’s co-workers Asad was collecting the cable fee in the Christian Colony Shad Bagh. When he came to Babu Younis’s house to ask for the fee Babu Younis told Asad that they were using his house to fix the Cable Boaster to supply the connections, therefore he refused to pay the charges. Asad forced to Babu Younis to pay the money as cable fee, then Babu said that,” It should be a free cable connection for him otherwise they will remove this boaster from his house. Asad became furious and started to beat him.” Neighbours gathered around to help and intervened so the matter was resolved.
After one and a half hour Faisal Butt along with a group of 30 to 35 people armed with weapons arrived at Babu Younis’s house. They opened fire while throwing stones and bricks at the homes of Christian’s houses. What’s more, the horde also targeted the Catholic Church in the locality and broke the Church windows. During which time, they abused and called the names of Christians.
As a result of this conflict, Riaz Masih son of Babu Younis received a bullet wound on his leg and got critically injured. Another Christian named Vijay Masih got severely injured as he was bashed with the butt of pistol on his forehead. Several other Christians were injured during this clash, as the mob opened fire at their houses. After an hour the vandals left the area threatening the residents of similar consequences like that of Joseph Colony, if they resorted to take legal action against them.
The residents of Shad Bagh Colony in accompany with the CLAAS Team, approached the police station in Shad Bagh to lodge an FIR against the main culprit Faisal Butt and his companions. After the FIR was registered, Faisal Butt was booked by the police the same day while his accomplice fled.