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Pakistan Court Acquits Suspects Of Christian Massacre

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Ten people died in anti-Christian violence in Gojra, Pakistan.

Christian Persecution in Pakistan

Ten people died in anti-Christian violence in Gojra, Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Christians in Pakistan remained fearful Thursday, June 16, after a court in Pakistan acquitted 70 Muslims who were suspected of killing Christians in one of the country's worst sectarian clashes in recent memory.

At least eight Christians burned to death in August 2009, in what became known as the "Gojra Massacre" named after the town where the killings took place, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) outside Punjab province's capital, Lahore.

Two others also died in separate attacks on Gojra's Christian colony by Muslim extremists, and churches and homes were reportedly set on fire.

On July 30 they also attacked Christians in the nearby Korian village, leaving many homes in ruins, witnesses said.

ANTI-TERRORISM COURT

However a Pakistani anti-terrorism court acquitted the 70 suspects, citing an absence of Christian witnesses in the courtroom and a lack of evidence against the accused, trial observers said.

Earlier, other suspects were declared innocent during the investigation into the incident.

Some Christians were also imprisoned for attacking “the other group” and released after a few months, Christians said.

The attacks by an angry mob of about 800 people began after Muslims alleged some Christians had burnt pages of the Koran, deemed a holy book by Muslims, during a wedding.

Christians have denied wrong doing.

BANNED GROUPS

Media reported that activists of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba and Sipah-e-Muhammad groups were involved in the violence.

Christian community leaders alleged the police released some of the accused because of political pressure.

Local Christians have also been scared to come forward and some fled the area, church officials said. "It is apparent that justice was denied. The Church was vigilant in pursuing the case but Christians were afraid to follow up," explained Catholic priest Yaqub Yousaf of the Sacred Heart Church in Gojra.

"A whole family shifted to Sri Lanka while a few left the city for good,” added Yousaf in published comments.

UNFINISHED WORK

He also complained that reconstruction work, as promised by government, was left unfinished. "Eight houses in Korian village remain in ruins while a few houses in Gojra city are still incomplete," he added.

The violence comes amid a painful debate on controversial blasphemy legislation that critics say have been misused by extremists to persecute Christians in this mainly Muslim nation.

Earlier this year, Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in the federal cabinet, was gunned down by suspected Taliban fighters in Islamabad after he opposed the controversial blasphemy law.

And in one of the latest reported incidents last week, at least 10 Christian families in a village in Pakistan’s Punjab Province fled their homes after a mob of area Muslims accused a Christian boy of blaspheming Islam.

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  1. Oh, how long, Lord, will this evil go on? I know it won't last forever, but it seems endless. Heavenly Father, I pray for the souls of the guilty, the attackers. I ask that, even though the world's justice system has failed in holding the attackers accountable, I pray that you would let them know that you, God, know the truth, that nothing is hidden from you, no good thing, nor evil thing . Help them to realize that evil will not go unpunished forever, and that they need to repent before it is too late. . I ask that you would strike fear of hellfire into the hearts of those who are refusing to do what is right. That may sound harsh, but it is actually your mercy at work, to warn people of what will happen if they do not repent from all evil and put their trust in you. Heavenly Father, I also lift up the oppressed, your persecuted children. May they realize that you have not forsaken them. You know they are tired. You know they are weak. You know they are harrassed, injured, some killed. Let them know that the evil done to them will not go unpunished forever, that your timing is different from man's. Please let them know that their trials here won't last forever, and that you also had to endure trials and persecutions while you were here on Earth. Remind them that, even though you know we, your children, want to be with you in Heaven already, and of course you want us their with you, too, it is more profitable for them to remain here on Earth for the time being. In the meantime, may you wrap your arms around them and remind them of how much you love them, how proud of them you are for their perserverence, and to not give up, that you will see them through. May you be gloridfied, in Jesus' name, AMEN.

    • Amen!!!. May the God of peace and confort, strenghtening my bretheren that are percuted.
      May He show them His endless confort on every side.
      May the glorious light of Jesus Christ shine through them that the persecutors may have an "on the road to Damascus" encounter.
      May the Church that live in freedom here rise and speak the word of encouragement and spread the gospel among the persecuted more than ever before.
      May your will be done, Oh Lord on all the earth.

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