AEA News: Taliban Militants Attack Christians in Pakistan

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Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA) condemns Taliban militants killing two Christians in armed attack on Christian colony of Karachi.

Karachi - April 22, 2009: (PCP) The Talibanization of Karachi city begins with attack of armed Taliban on a Christian colony. The attack was well organized and heavy firearms were used by hundreds of Taliban to threaten unarmed Christian elders, women and children. The Taliban chalked slogans against Christianity and to accept Islam on Church walls in Taseer Town in night of April 19, 2009 which horrified Christian residents.

On April 21, 2009, the local Christians took out a peaceful procession in vicinity of Taseer Town to attract attention of local administration for protection of residents but no action was taken nor police guard were provided for protection of Church.

On night of April 21, 2009, more than one hundred masked Taliban intruded in Taseer Colony and attacked Christians with guns. The feared Christian locked them in their homes but they pulled elders out on gunpoint’s and dragged women from hairs in streets. They loudly said "You infidels have to convert to Islam or die. Why you cleaned our warnings chalked on walls of Church and home doors? How you dare to take out procession against Taliban?"

The two Christians who resisted to Taliban, they killed them in execution style before their families. In a two hour long attack on Taseer Town Taliban killed two Christians and beaten dozens.

Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC condemned attack and killing of Christians in Taseer Town and urged government to provide protection to Christians in Pakistan who are unarmed and peaceful citizen.

Nazir Bhatti said “The presence of Taliban was feared by MQM from months but no action was taken to stop Talibanization of Karachi which is being started by attack on Christians which is warning bell for Sindh government”

“Taliban are planning to expand Sharia law of their choice in Karachi and Christian colony is fallen first victim on their target” Nazir Bhatti said

Pray for peace in Pakistan.

Rev. Dr. Richard Howell
General Secretary
Asia Evangelical Alliance
New Delhi, India