A mob of 50 Muslims attacked and beat a group of Christians protecting their church in Pakistan, breaking the arm of a 10-year-old boy in the process.
International Christian Concern said the attack occurred on Aug. 2 at Waran Chak Balyana village in Kasur, and was sparked by a church property dispute.
Bashir Masih, one of the victims, explained that the Muslims, led by a man named Mukhtar Ahmad, wanted to take control of disputed land, where close to 40 Catholic families are building their church, called St. Mathew’s.
The Christian families have been constructing the church using their own money, but Ahmad has been targeting them by trying to cultivate the land, and by making derogatory remarks against the church.
After another such dispute on Aug. 2, Masih said, “Ahmad’s armed companions attacked the Christian men, women, and children with arms and sticks. They left two seriously injured and other with minor injuries. The mob stoned the under construction church as well.”
The two seriously injured youth included 18-year-old Anand Masih, who needed eight stitches on her lips, and 10-year-old Sagar Masih, who needed medical treatment after his left arm was broken.
Another local, who wasn’t named, accused police of refusing to register a First Information Report against the Muslim group.
“When the Christians complained [to] the police about the attack, the police officials ordered them to keep quiet and avoid mentioning it as a religious issue. … The police were unfair in the matter,” the local said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov