Allegations of Blasphemy: Christian Families Attacked by Muslim Mob in Punjab Province
Allegations of Blasphemy: Christian Families Attacked by Muslim Mob in Punjab Province

Islamabad: In Pakistan's Punjab province, two Christian families were attacked by a Muslim mob on charges of blasphemy, sparking concern from human rights groups. The incident occurred in Sargodha district's Mujahid Colony, where a large crowd gathered outside the families' homes, chanting slogans and pelting stones. The attackers accused the Christians of making derogatory remarks against Islam and targeted a nearby church as well.

Nazir Masih, the head of one of the families, who runs a shoe business, faced threats of violence, with his factory set on fire and his shop looted. Although an attempt was made to set his house ablaze, police intervention prevented further harm. Most of the attackers are believed to be linked to the Tehreek-e-Labbaik organization.

Upon receiving information, police arrived at the scene, dispersing the crowd with force and deploying additional personnel to maintain order. Raids are underway to apprehend the assailants, with 25 individuals already detained. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has voiced alarm over the incident, urging the government to safeguard minority rights.

While videos of the attack circulate on social media, the Pakistani government has dismissed them as false, cautioning against misinformation. Presently, one person injured in the assault is receiving medical treatment.

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