Dr. Arbab Rahim Chief Minister Sindh shows concern and grief over the burning of Churches.


Karachi: February 27, 2006. In a meeting with the Bishop Ijaz Inayat Masih at the Chief Minister House the Chief Minister of Sindh, Dr. Arbab Rahim expressed his grief and concern over the burning of Churches in Sukher a city in the north of Sindh. Two Churches, St. Mary`s of the Roman Catholic Church and St. Savior Church of the Church of Pakistan were burnt and the accompanying houses/schools badly damaged along with bikes and cars on Sunday the 19 th of February by a mob, on allegations that the Holy Quran was desecrated by a Christian. This allegation was however proved wrong when the man named Irfan Ahmed (a Muslim) was apprehended by the local police who had hatched a plot to frame his father-in-law (a Christian) over his disputes. The Chief Minister ordered a high level inquiry with an announcement of composition of the damaged property. He also ordered a high alert for the safety of the Christians under threat resulting in deployment of Rangers and Police around the Christian localities and Institutions. Bishop Ijaz Inayat however raised the question of proactive role of the local police and authorities who could avoid the burning of the Churches. He also sought action against the officials for their negligence in this situation. The Chief Minister however told that the inquiry was under way and would be reasonable to await its findings. The question however remains that reports of inquiries have been shelved in the past by the same Government. The special note of the two inquiries in the case of Ms Ghazala Shafique could be taken as a reference where two inquiries were held last year by the Additional IG Police (Investigation), Mr. Nayyer Hussnain and Town Police Officer, Sadder, Dr. Sanaullah Abassi both High ranking police officers of good standing in the Sindh Police Department. Both had vindicated the allegations placed by Ms Ghazala Shafique that she was stripped naked and severely beaten by a group of men who had entered her girl`s hostel forcefully under protection of the police when she was on duty on 11th April 2005. The police had refused to register an FIR against the culprits who enjoyed the protection of the higher police officials. Till today the higher police officials are trying hard to protect the moneyed culprits.

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