Faisalabad: Extremists Gun Down Pastor, After Graffiti Removal From Church Walls

source : ECSPE

There seems to be no end to this saga. In Faisalabad, Pakistan, on the night of September 3rd, 2023. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan supporters opened fire, targeting Pastor Vicky in a shocking incident. He served as the pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Rehmat Town, Satyana Road, Faisalabad.

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Pastor Vicky shot by Islamists

Christians Under Attack:

On August 26th, 2023, Islamists vandalized his church, targeting it with slogans, Including ‘Ya Allah Ya Rasool’ (‘O Allah, O Messenger’), and ‘Muhammad is the Last Prophet.’ Subsequently, the Faisalabad Police removed these slogans.

Afterward, local Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan supporters confronted Pastor Vicky. They questioned him about the graffiti removal and issued a threatening statement: ‘We will erase you from the world’

Subsequently, he sustained two gunshot wounds, luckily hitting the right side of his body. Good Samaritans immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital, where doctors performed surgery on him.

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s Troubling Agenda:

This incident in Faisalabad tragically mirrors the recent Jaranwala incident. It is worth noting that Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan appears to be pursuing a disturbing agenda. Their desire is to remove churches and Christians from not just Faisalabad but also Jaranwala and nearby areas.Such intentions raise serious concerns about the safety and freedom of religious minorities in these regions.

Attacks on religious institutions and individuals, like Pastor Vicky, highlight the need to protect religious diversity and promote community tolerance.It is a troubling trend that calls for attention from both local and international authorities.

Global Concerns and Calls for Tolerance:

In the face of such adversity, the global community must stand united in condemning acts of violence and discrimination based on religious beliefs. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Pastor Vicky and all those affected by these distressing incidents.

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