Christian Villagers In Pakistan Attacked, Beaten And Stopped from Constructing Church

A mob of armed Muslims attacked, beat and stopped Christian villagers from constructing a church building in the village of Chak 211/EB, located near Arifwala, in the Pakpattan district of ’s province on November 4. According to local Christians, they are being denied their basic constitutional by village leaders.

Led by a local landlord named Chaudhry Saleem Gujar, the mob of armed Muslims confronted the Christians erecting a boundary wall and gate that would surround a church building. The mob then demolished the wall and beat the Christians present.

A mason working on the church building said in a post to , “I was working when men stopped me from completing my . They said, ‘We cannot allow to build the church because when pray, we get disturbed,’” according to International Christian Concern.

“The Christian has been struggling to build a church in the village for about 20 years,” Naseer, a local catechist, told International Christian Concern (ICC). “We had several meeting with local officials and the religious leadership of the Muslim . We haven’t seen encouraging results.”

According to Naseer, local Muslims have told the Christians that they are not allowed to build a church in the village because Pakistan is an Islamic country. The Muslims went on to say that Christians should be with merely being allowed to build their houses and live in the country.

Over 50 Christian families have lived in Chak 211/EB for decades. According to local reports, a Christian donated a piece of land to the Christian leadership for the of what would be the village’s only church.

According to local Christians, the are backing the Muslim landlord and have arrested eight Christian men. Christians have also been threatened if they continue to build the church. “Muslims have threatened that if we do not stop building church, they set our houses on ,” a local Christian told ICC.

The District Superintendent Police has reportedly suggested the Christians get written permission from the authorities to resolve the conflict.

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According to Pakistan’s constitution, religious is a protected right. 20 states, “a) every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice, and propagate his ; and b) every religious denomination and every sect therefore shall have the right to establish, maintain and manage its religious institutions.”

According to the Open Doors , Pakistan is ranked the 5th most dangerous country in the world for Christians.

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