KARACHI – The members of Christian community and civil society have strongly condemned the cowardly attack on Christian community in Badami Bagh area of Lahore by miscreants, and said that some ill-minded people were misusing the blasphemy law for their vested interests.

This is the height of crime that almost 100 houses were burnt in a mob attack on Christian community in Badami Bagh area.

The extremists, under the cover of religion, are trying to defame Islam and Pakistan as well by carrying out such brutal activities in the country, they said while talking to The Nation on Saturday.      

It is pertinent to mention here that a frantic and uncontrolled mob on Saturday went on amok, torched more than 100 houses in Joseph Colony in Lahore’s Badami Bagh area. It is reported that the mob comprised on more than 3,000 people who attacked the Christian community against the accused of blasphemy act, Sawan Masih.

Badami Bagh Police charged a 26-year-old man Sawan Masih with blasphemy and booked him under Section 295-C. Almost 150 Christian families have left the area.

The members of Christian community have staged various protests in different areas of the metropolis against Badami Bagh incident.

They staged a protest demonstration against the incident in Issa Nagri area near Hassan Square, Karachi. The angry mob also pelted vehicles with stones while heavy contingent of police intervened and controlled the situation. The protests were also registered in other areas, including New Karachi, Mehmoodabad and Baldia Town.

Talking to The Nation, Bishop Aijaz Enayat has condemned the brutal act of torching over 100 houses just on the allegations of blasphemous act, saying that the miscreants are misusing the blasphemous law to achieve their vested interests.

He said that without any proof, more than 100 houses were set on fire, which was unjust. They are defaming the country and Islam as well. He said the miscreants were following the agenda to create wrong impression of the country among the international community.    

Criticising the criminal act of angry mob against the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan Medical Association Sindh President Dr Samrina Hashmi said that this was an unfortunate incident in which hundreds of people became homeless. She said that members of other communities, including Shias, Hazaras were also being killed while the authorities concerned were keeping mum over the situation.    

Volunteers Pakistan’s General Secretary Anwar Abidi censured the attack on the Christian community. He pointed out that the attackers belonged to those extremists who are carrying out attacks on schools, mosques, hospitals, markets, residential apartments, and killing innocent people in the name of religions, sects and races.

The miscreants perpetrated this heinous crime to punish the alleged blasphemous Sawan Masih, but in fact these miscreants are the real blasphemous, who dishonour mosques, schools and Quran.