Masked gunmen fire on police guarding Catholic church in Pakistan

LAHORE, PAKISTAN Unidentified gunmen opened fire on policemen guarding a Catholic church, police officials said.
Asif Khan, a local township police officer, confirmed the March 24 attack outside of St. Peter Church in the southern Pakistani city, reported the Asian Catholic news portal

"Two masked men riding a motorbike fired on policemen who were deployed outside the church," Khan said. "Police retaliated, after which the assailants sped away."

Two passersby were injured in the crossfire, but no other injuries were reported, Khan said, adding that police had obtained closed circuit television footage from the church and have launched an investigation.

Local media reported that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed police to submit a report of the incident.
Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Pakistan, said he was aware of the incident and that no church or school staff were injured in the attack.


Pakistan church bombings kill 15; trigger violence

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Enraged Christians residents burn men they suspected of being involved in bomb attacks on churches, after lynching them in Lahore. Reuters image
Two powerful explosions rocked two churches in Pakistan's Lahore city on Sunday killing at least 15 people and triggering violence in which protestors took to the streets and ransacked a bus terminal, media said.

Jamatul Ahrar, an offshoot of the Tehreek-e-Taliban, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, news web sites said. Doctors in hospitals where those killed and wounded were rushed to said 15 people were dead.


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A Pakistani Christian woman has been sentenced to death by hanging for blasphemy after making derogatory remarks about Islam to her Muslim neighbours.

Asia Bibi lost her appeal to have the decision overturned, the Mail online reported.

In 2010, she got into a dispute with neighbours after they objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. She was later accused of defiling the name of the prophet Mohammed.


Pakistan policeman kills Christian Pastor accused of blasphemy

A Pakistani policeman shot two men in jail on Thursday, killing one accused of blasphemy and wounding another condemned to death on the same charge, lawyers and an activist said.

Christian pastor Zafar Bhatti was killed and 70-year-old Briton Muhammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was wounded in the attack in Rawalpindi, next to the capital, Islamabad.

Bhatti, who worked to protect the human rights of the country's beleaguered Christian minority, was on trial after an Islamic leader accused him in 2012 of sending text messages derogatory to the Prophet Mohammed's mother.

His family say police investigations show the phone was registered to someone else.