Christians of Jehlem city under threat of Muslim attack like Lahore


Pakistan: March 13, 2013. (PCP) Muslims of Jehlum City threatened to burn Christian homes like Lahore as Christian protestors against burning of 200 homes in Joseph Colony Badami Bag

Lahore too to streets of Jehlum City on March 12, 2013, chanting slogans "Repeal Blasphemy law" "Blasphemy law is Black Law" The Islamists announced on mosque loudspeakers to gather to punish those Christians who called Blasphemy Law to be a Black law during protest. A group of Muslims pressured area police station to lodge FIR under 295 C PPC under blasphemy law against Christians who chanted slogans against blasphemy law. The elders of Christian contacted Mr. Joseph Francis, Chief of CLAAS, based in Lahore and to help them. According to press release issued by Joseph Francis said that we are grieved to inform you about another growing tense situation for Christians in Jehlem a big city in Punjab. CLAAS was informing through a phone call by the local Christians that they were on severe threats by the Muslims to burn their houses like Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh Lahore. This morning on March 13, 2013 at 10 a m. CLAAS team headed by Mr. M.A Joseph Francis National Director CLAAS, including Huma Lucas Assistant Legal In-charge, Asher Sarfraz Field Officer, Asif Raza Assistant Field Officer and John Paul rushed to Jehlem to make sure the safety of Christian brothers and sisters in area about 120 miles from Lahore. Mr. Francis made a call to the Governor Punjab and urged for proper security to the Christians in Jehlem. About 26 Christian families are living among the Muslim masses at Ahata Machine no. 2 in Jehlem City from their forefathers. There are 9 big centers of Islamic Tabligh Jamatt (Islam Preachers) in this area, and one Centre is close to Christian houses. This morning there was a message from the local mosque and Islamic centre that Christians has commit blasphemy as they said in the rally (that Blasphemy is a black law, it should be repeal because it is misused) which was conducted by George Masih a local Christian yesterday on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in solidarity with affected Christians at Badami Bagh Lahore, with the permission of Dar Ali Khan Khatak, District Police Officer (DPO) who provided security to Christians for rally. There were about 250 Christians participated in the rally and chanted the slogans in the favor of providing Justice to the affected Christians. Muslim extremists are pressurizing police for the registration of FIR under blasphemy sections against George Masih, they demanded the arrest of George Masih and gave time to the local police till Friday. There is an open threat that if police will not arrest George Masih the public will take law in their own hands. The situation is tense in Jehlem city and any incident can happen any moment like other cities of Punjab where violence erupted against christians on pretext to blasphemy.

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