Diocese of Hyderabad voices deep sorrow and condemnation over recent attack on Christians in Sukkur. On New Year’s Eve a mob of about 20 attacked Christians in Mission Compound in Sukkur. In this connection Bishop Kaleem John of the Diocese of Hyderabad Church of Pakistan, during a press conference urged for justice. He said that the authorities must look into the matter and act in order to curb the activities of the mafia which is eyeing to seize the land of the Mission Compound.
A press conference was held 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.
He said that he believed that the anti-State forces were trying to sow discord and misunderstandings between people of different faiths. He said that attempts to grab church property was intended to make the minorities feel insecure. At the same time, he said that Diocese of Hyderabad had already obtained a favorable decision from the court in this connection. Consequently, the land mafia is threatening the residents of the mission compound to vacate the area.
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.
Christian community of Sukkur staged a protest against the alleged involvement of police in New Year Eve’s attack on Mission Compound. For this purpose about 4500 people assembled from all corners of the city and protested in front of the Sukkur Press Club. The protesters demanded that justice must be served to the perpetrators as they chanted slogans against police and land mafia.
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.