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By Worthy News Asia Service

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)– Suspected Muslim militants with links to the terror groups Al Qaeda and the Taliban attacked a historic church in northwestern Pakistan and burned Bibles and other Christian books, but police are reluctant to investigate the case and detain suspects, Christians said Tuesday, May 26.

The destruction of the St. George Grecian Church was discovered by workers renovating the building, said the church's pastor Ijaz Masih in a statement distributed by rights group International Christian Concern (ICC).

Masih said that shortly after he presided over a Sunday service, workers “were shocked when they arrived” in the morning of May 12, “and found the church's cross broken in pieces, the altar demolished and partially burned, Bibles and hymnbooks burned and torn apart, and the pews reduced to ashes.”

He said attackers also ransacked bathrooms and cemented over a plaque inscribed with the names of the donors responsible for the original construction of the building.

ICC quoted local Christians as saying they were “astounded” that the attackers could sneak into the church and vandalize it without being noticed by anyone in the neighborhood. “They are especially concerned because the church is located within a military zone and thus is considered to be in a very secure location.”

Ijaz said he had started as the pastor of St. George Church two years ago, and that the Christians in Bannu Cantt had been living peacefully with their Muslim neighbors. He believes the attack was carried out by “radical Muslims linked to the Taliban or Al Qaeda with the goal of provoking a clash between local Christians and Muslims.”

A Christian advocacy group in Pakistan, the Center for Legal Aid, Assistance, and Settlement (CLAAS), said that although police have registered the attack, “they are not investigating it as they would if the attack had been on a mosque.” There was no immediate comment from police, although the government has pledged to crackdown on Islamic extremists.

ICC Advocacy Director Jeremy Sewall told Worthy News in a statement that his group has urged Christians to "Please pray for the members of St. George, that God would give them courage in the midst of this frightening situation.”

Sewall said the attack comes amid concerns that that “Muslim radicals continue to operate with impunity in Pakistan," despite a recent military offensive against Taliban militant positions in areas such as the Swat Valley in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), some 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Islamabad, the capital.

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  • FresnoJoe

    Praying!

    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
    Ephesians 6:12

    "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,"
    "For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
    Ephesians 6:19-20

  • AAG

    The continued disrespect for all things Christian in muslim majority nations is totally unaccpetable. Christians are not given their due respect in reference to their faith and churches in muslim nations but muslims demand and receive fair and equal treatment in Western nations. Shame on all leaders of Western nations, most especillay obama who favors muslims, for not speaking out against the persecution of Christians in muslim majority nations. All of these nations receive aid from Western nations but do not treat Christians as equal citizens.

    • Prophesstruth

      Would it be considered “tolerant” to condemn those who stand against Christians? Soon every Christian will be given a choice to Stand firm on the One True Word or compromise their beliefs for the sake of finding common ground and harmonious co-existence. What will you choose? For your choices to come will either be the death of “your life” as you know it or you will ignorantly and unaware choose to crucify Jesus all over again. The more we stand firm against evils wicked agenda’s the more we will be considered in-tolerant and radical. Remember always the 3 deadly C’s of Christianity:
      Confusion- Complacent-Compromise !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Abhishek David

      Hi AAG,

      I respect your emotional outburst on this issue… I know how it feels…Till a few years back I too used to feel the same.. I am an Indian…there is a lot of persecution in India…Everyday a lot of people are converting to christianity here…and the funny part is all these anti chistian people want to migrate to christian countries…and they are !!! I used to get so angry at this…But sometime back God showed me that its his plan … everything that happens on this earth happens with His permission…Do u really think these terrorists are capable of doing what they have done here and in many other parts of the world…nope they are not…Its only bacause God has permitted them to do this…and dont loose heart over such things …remember God is in control…I suggest u read Malachi 3:16-18…thats wat God showed me when I was angry over a somewhat similar incident

  • Robert Bowles

    Our politions want to play polatitics with muslims.. It will not work. Thay will not admit that the mulsilns are at war with rest of the world. Thay will not see that it is a spiritual war. No quarter given.

  • Saul Masih

    I am from Pakistan. Few months before in Peshawar more than 50 people were trapped by these people. President and prime minister of Pakistan did their best and Christians were set free. Taliban burnt houses of Sikhs and Hindues in their area. Our Govt is trying to save all other religions from talibans. We believe Jesus is with us and we shall not have problems.
    Thank you for your prayers and please keep our Gov't also in your prayers because they are protecting us. Some times black sheep in Police do not take action to stop these kind of problems.
    Your prayers are appreciated for us.
    God Bless You…Amen
    Saul Masih
    awakness@hotmail.com

    • FresnoJoe

      Amen!

      Praying!

      Oh LORD

      "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
      "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
      John 3:35-36

      Save Now!

      "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."
      Joel 2:32

  • Paul

    Pakistan will not last very long… there is likely to be a divide soon, with Punjab and NWFP splitting against Sindh and Balochistan. Moderates versus radicals. The language and cultural divide is too rich. And who knows that a new nation mightn't be so intolerant of the Good News?

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