One Year Anniversary of Attacks on Christians in Pakistan

“Over 2,000 people took part in a march in Pakistan to mark the first anniversary of some of the country’s worst anti-Christian violence. A leading police official admitted to marchers that security forces had failed to protect Christians, while some prominent Muslim leaders said they deplored the violence.

In August 2009 a mob of several thousand Muslims looted and burned a Christian neighborhood in Gojra city in Punjab province. Eight people died in the violence.

Some of the most prominent local Muslims addressed the marchers, describing the perpetrators as unworthy of being called Muslims. They denounced the crimes as being against the precepts of the Koran.

Bishop of Faisalabad Joseph Coutts presided at the memorial Mass on Sunday at Gojra’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, ACN News reports. The bishop lit candles for each of those who died in the violence.

Victims included seven-year-old Musa Almas, his ten-year-old sister Umia, and five other members of their family.

The 2009 mob attacks reportedly took place in reaction to a rumor that the Koran was desecrated in a nearby village. The desecration was alleged to have taken place when children cut up pages from an old school book to use as wedding confetti. The school book supposedly contained verses from the Koran.” – “On Anniversary of Anti-Christian Attacks, Thousands March in Pakistan”, EWTN

This post from EWTN.com caught my attention because I had never even heard of the incident they were marching for to begin with. The August 2009 attack that placed Muslims against Christians was appalling to hear about. I am glad to see that even Muslims are trying to tell us that these individuals who sparked this event are not welcome as their own. Those who lost their lives in the 2009 attack should be kept in our prayers, and I am glad to see that people are remembering their tragic deaths a year later.