|Dear Gilson, |
Emergency Prayer Alert-PAKISTANURGENT prayer is needed NOW in the nation of Pakistan
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In an e-mail received by Window International Network, a Pakistani Pastor wrote,
"Please pray for Pakistani Christians they are really in trouble, also send this prayer request to all your contacts."
Muslims burned 50 homes owned by Christians, as well as a church in Toba Tek, Punjab. It is not known how many Believers have died, but one report states that "many women and children are feared burned to death." Survivors are said to be hiding in fear of additional attacks. The rampage of violence began after Muslims announced on loudspeakers that they were going to teach a lesson to "infidel Christians" whom they accused of burning pages of their holy book, the Qur'an.
This mass destruction of homes is the second wave of violence in Punjab province. The first came on July l, 2009 when Muslims made a similar false accusation of blasphemy against Christians in the village of Bahamin Wala.
Muslims and Christians have been living harmoniously until a blasphemy law was legislated in the country. The Muslim extremists used blasphemy laws on personal rivalries and for grudges they have against Christians.
The July 30, 2009 assaults began after a Muslim falsely accused a Believer of burning pages of the Qur'an. Although Christian and Muslim elders met to defuse the situation, it erupted into a riot with Muslims burning up to 50 homes owned by Christians.
According to missionaries on the scene, masked Muslims used chemical bombs to destroy homes, and openly used gun fire to slay peaceful citizens. Muslims also blocked the road to keep help from reaching the village where the homes were burning.
It has been reported that at least nine may have died in the violence. Women and children are believed to have been among the victims, some assumed to have burned alive.
"They have made up their minds to crush Christianity," a teacher in the area said. An article in the Washington Post noted that killing is common in Pakistan. "But this attack startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities."
Sources: Believers in Pakistan, BBC News, The Washington Post.