Report 1: More than 7000 Fanatics has entered into the Church compound in Mardan . They were carrying petrol, right after entering in the premises they started beating a Christian. After words they burned St. Paul’s Lutheran church, St. Paul’s school building, they have burn the house of Principal of St. Paul High School as well as the houses of Pastors in the same compound.
This one incident has cast fear in the Christian community in Pakistan.
Farrukh H.Saif the Executive Director of WVIP, has called Rt. Rev. Bishop Humphrey Peter in Geneva, and he told him that the St.Paul’s Church, St.Paul’s School and the houses of principal and Presbyter in-charges along with the vehicle has been burnt by a mob which were almost 8000. They had brought the petrol with them to set fire in the church. He had requested the Christian community to keep the Christians of Mardan and Peshawar in your prayers.
Report 2: The Muslims attacked an Anglican Church in Mardan and a School adjacent to it today when government has announced a day of protest against anti-Islam film.
The protestors set on fire Church and School looting everything like computers and chairs whatever were in School.
The Muslims desecrated holly Bibles and articles used in holy ceremony and brought them in compound of Church and set them on fire.
Dr. Nazir S bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has strongly condemned attack on Church and School.
Meanwhile, it’s reported that thousands of people today broke into a church compound in Pakistan, burnt down the church, and destroyed the homes of two priests and the school head teacher.
The motivation behind the attack in Mardan, near Peshawar, is not yet clear, but the school was looted with newly installed computers being stolen and the building was set alight. No-one is reported to have been injured in the attack. The Bishop of Peshawar Rt Rev Humphrey Peters has appealed for support from the Anglican Communion condemned the attack: “The damage has been very severe, and we will need to rebuild. We are asking for people around the world to keep us in your prayers.”
The Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, Most Rev Samuel Azariah Samuel condemned the attack: “This news is very damaging to relations between the communities in Pakistan and around the world.“ The government and faith leaders in Pakistan have a role to play in education people that they have the right to protest, but to damage property and terrify people in this way is completely wrong.
The government and faith leaders should provide the lead in preventing attacks.” The Diocese of Peshawar, where the attack took place, provides education and health services to the local community – Muslim and Christian alike – and provided substantial support to victims of floods and a major earthquake in recent years, regardless of their religious affiliation.