42 Pakistani Christians Told to Convert to Islam or Face ‘Conviction’ of Lynching Muslims
British Pakistani Christian Association has been alarmed by a report in a Pakistani newspaper highlighting attempts by the court prosecutor, to convert the 42 Christians charged with lynching two Muslim men after the Lahore Twin Church bomb attack in March 2015.
The Express Tribune, a national daily paper, wrote that human rights activists reported that the state prosecutor told the accused Christians facing a trial in an anti-terrorism court that he “can guarantee their acquittal” if they renounce their faith and embrace Islam.
The 42 Christians were charged with lynching the two men after twin suicide blasts targeting a Sunday Mass in two churches in the Christian neighborhood of Youhanabad in Lahore on March 15, 2015. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and 75 casualties.
Christian community leaders have said that during the frenzy that ensued, local policemen delivered two men who were suspected to have been involved in the bomb attack to grieving and hysterical Christians. For some, it was a push too far, and the two Muslim men were lynched and then their bodies burned.
Over 500 Christians were arrested for the crime and tortured in prison cells. The majority were acquitted after having spent a year and six months behind bars and at least a further 30 of the men who were charged men are said to be innocent.
Even more alarming is the manner in which no Muslims were killed for their involvement in murder and rioting during the razing of the Christian village of Gojra (click here) or for rampaging through a Christian village in 2013 (click here).
Although BPCA does not condone the killing of the two Muslim men we are surprised at the number of men convicted and the harsh death sentence, despite mitigating circumstances of heightened frenzy.
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SOURCE: Charisma News
Wilson Chowdhry, British Pakistani Christian Association