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Members of the Christian minority light candles during a protest against the violence against Christians in Gojra.
Members of the Christian minority light candles during a protest against the violence against Christians in Gojra.

 

By Worthy News Asia Service

Members of the Pakistani Christian minority, light candles during a protest against the burning of Chrisitans houses by a mob in Gojra last year. The violence began after the alleged desecration of the Koran. By Rehanpi via Flickr.com

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN  (Worthy News)– Minority Christians in Pakistan faced a  bloody New Year as local tribesmen prepared for funerals Saturday, January 2, shortly after the deadliest suicide attack in Pakistan's history killed at least 95 people.

At least one Christian, a man, was among the victims of Friday"s car bombing  on a volleyball field near Lakki Marwat city, BosNewsLife learned. No more details were immediately available.

Authorities called the attack a New Year's warning from al-Qaida linked fighters to Pakistanis who formed militias to drive out militants from this north western region near the Afghan border. Rescuers were seen searching between the rubble for more bodies.

Pakistan's minority Christians say they are in the cross-fire: They are reportedly confronted by militants fighting Pakistanis and the U.S. backed government and secondly by angry Muslim fighters specifically opposing Christianity in this predominantly Islamic nation.

NO CHRISTMAS CHEER

In the town of Gojra, dozens of Christian families have celebrated Christmas in a tent camp after losing their homes to a rampaging Muslim mob in riots that killed at least eight people earlier this year. One family of seven burned alive in their home during the early August violence, which broke after Muslims accused Christians of desecrating the Koran – considered a "holy book" by Islam.

But it doesn't stop there.

Christians say that after the worst violence against minorities in Pakistan in 2009 left them homeless, they are still regularly harassed.  Locals said they've been threatened by mobile phone text messages promising a "special Christmas present," and rocks have been thrown at their camp at night.

Islamic extremists also threatened to attack churches and other Christian institutions in text messages , according to several Christian groups.

SECURITY MEASURES CRITICIZED

The president of the Pakistan Christian Congress, Nazir S. Bhatti, said in published remarks that he was "dissatisfied" with security measures provided by the government.

Back in Gojra, Bishop John Samuel said Christmas services were still held, but added that "people are afraid because of this incident also because of this tussle, this tension."

Pakistani security forces have been accused of not doing enough to prevent attacks against Christians, but authorities claim they have stepped up police patrols.  (With additional reporting by Worthy News' Jawad Mazhar in Pakistan and editing by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos).

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  • FresnoJoe
    3 January 2010 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Peace

    "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

    Peace Peace

    "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
    For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
    For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
    I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
    I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

    But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
    There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:15-21

    The Prince Of Peace

    "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' John 14:27

    Still He Calls, Come Sinner Come

    "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:16-17

    I Love You LORD Jesus

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