Police Reluctant To Register FIR Of The Mission’s Church Office Arson

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LAHORE:  Christians in the city demand security insurance from the provincial government following an attack on a Church office earlier this month.

 

Burnt studio monitors in control room
Burnt studio monitors in control room

Christians are insisting on the authorities to grant them effectual security subsequent to another episode of extremism; when unidentified extremists attacked and set a Church office on fire, earlier this month. In accordance with the details, unknown extremists targeted the church office on July 1, 2013- a centre of Christian theology completely destroyed office building along with accessories worth 7 to 8 million Rupees. This fire-raising engulfed electronic equipment worth millions of rupees, including server computers, audio/video editing equipment, HD video cameras, studio phantom power microphones, two television sets, video projector, TV channel computer setup, air-conditioners, sound system, studio lighting system, electronic key boards, printers, scanners, building furniture and laptops were burnt to ashes.

 
Later on, an application was submitted at Police Station Liaquatabad, Kotlakhpat Lahore; asking the police to investigate and arresting the culprits. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Aslam, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Asif and SHO Liaquatabad Inspector Tariq Warriah subsequently paid visits at the burnt Church Office for enquiry yet an FIR has not been registered till date.

 

Secretary General Human Liberation Commission Pakistan (HLCP) Naseeb Anjum Chaudhry Advocate filed a petition for registration of FIR at Lahore sessions Court. Hearing of the injunction petition was scheduled on July 15, 2013 in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Tariq Mehmood Zarghaam.

 
Soon after this incident, Human Liberation Commission Pakistan HLCP revealed that the local pastor has been receiving threats from the militant groups off late. Owing to the harassment and torching of the Church office, the pastor’s family has been traumatized certainly. This attack is one of the series of exasperated acts of such groups who are enraged by the full of zip Christian Evangelism in the region.