Monday, March 11, 2013


AFTER HOMES BURNED BY MUSLIM MOB Hundreds of Christians protesting the burning of their homes by a Muslim mob over alleged blasphemous remarks made against the Islam's Prophet Muhammad clashed with police on Sunday in eastern and southern Pakistan. Around 150 people have been arrested for setting dozens of Christian houses on fire in the eastern city of Lahore after a non-Muslim was accused of making offensive comments about the prophet, police said. 
Christians across the country rallied against the incident, but the main demonstrations were in Lahore, the southern port city of Karachi, the capital, Islamabad, and the adjoining city of Rawalpindi. The Christian demonstrators blocked a main highway in Lahore and police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters who demanded assistance from the government. Protesters damaged several vehicles, uprooted a fence along the road and burned an electricity generator.

The police, who used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd, detained six of the protesters, while seven policemen were injured when the protesters pelted them with stones. In Karachi, more than 1,000 protesters blocked a road in a main market and damaged about 25 vehicles. Some of the protesters also attacked 10 shops and looted valuables and cash. The police beat back the protesters and fired tear gas shells to disperse them. At least two protesters were taken into custody, he said. 
The protests are a response to an incident that began on Friday after a Muslim accused a Christian man of blasphemy - an offense that in Pakistan is punished by life in prison or death. On Saturday, a mob of angry Muslims rampaged through the Christian neighborhood in Lahore, burning about 170 houses. The Christian man is in police custody pending an investigation into the allegations. Those who rioted are being investigated for alleged arson, robbery, theft, and terrorism.

Christians demonstrated in cities around Pakistan to protest after a mob torched more than 100 Christian homes following allegations of blasphemy. More than 3,000 people rampaged through Joseph Colony, a Christian area of Lahore, on Saturday after allegations that a Christian had made derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) three days earlier. Around 300 Christian protesters have been arrested, police said, for pelting them with stones and damaging public property during the protest demonstration. Civil society organizations and human rights activists demand that the now homeless Christian community of Joseph Colony be provided effective protection by the Punjab Government, along with immediate reconstruction, rehabilitation, relief goods and full compensation for all losses suffered.

A sense of common interest can be fostered among individuals, if they know that they are inter-connected, are parts of one Organic System and are the sons and daughters of one Father. Here is the task of all religions; to teach people that all beings of the world are closely inter-related.  Although steadfastness or firm belief in God (Nistha) according to some particular faith and eligibility of the individual is congenial for healthy spiritual growth of every individual, religious bigotry which begets enmity is condemnable, as it is against the real interest of the individual and society.  Real religion teaches love for one another.  Lord Śrī Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu propagated the cult of all-embracing Divine Love which brings universal brotherhood on a transcendental plane.

Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Madhava Mahārāja :
“Realistic Solution for Diverse Humanity”
Speech at a ‘Spiritual Summit Conference’ 
1968 Calcutta - Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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