After Peshawar church bombing, more atrocities in Pakistan

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Pakistani Christian women pray for victims of suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, during a protest near the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, September 23, 2013.

Pakistani Christians nationwide have been demonstrating over the ongoing attacks on Christians, and in particular over Sunday's double suicide bombing of an after church meal in Peshawar.

According to a report by Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, there are now reports of violence against Christians as a result of these protests.

Chowdhry said gangs of Muslim youths are reported to have burned a church and Christian owned houses and properties in Karachi. They also tried to burn a second church down before being stopped by Christian youths.

In Iqbal Town in Islamabad, Christians were protesting outside a Unitarian church, when seven or eight masked men rushed in and started beating the Christians.

Witnesses speaking on condition of anonymity due to fears for their safety, said that after the incident some of the protestors, including a pastor were missing. Some also claimed that police were involved, punishing Christians for holding protests on the main highway for several days.

Chowdhry said there are also horrific, but so far unconfirmed reports that body parts and organs from the bomb victims in Peshawar had been stolen and offered for sa le, allegedly by local paramedics and criminal gangs.

Chowdhry said, "If true, then here we have Muslim criminals making money out of the suffering of the Christian victims in a truly blasphemous and sacrilegious way."

Meanwhile, in South West Pakistan a major earthquake has collapsed houses and left over 300 dead. The earthquake was so powerful it created a new island off the coast.

On top of the barbarity of the bombings, and the reminder about the trade in body parts, stories emerged that tell of the medieval barbarity of parts of Pakistani society, namely the ongoing practice of trial by ordeal/fire in some tribal regions as a form of justice.

Chowdhry said these are popular because they are qui ck and cheap, unlike Pakistani's notoriously slow and expensive legal system.

Chowdhry added, "Feudal lords and tribal councils ... still make rulings on disputes and crimes like theft, murder, and girls falling in love with inappropriate men. In some cases the accused are made to walk across 15 foot long beds of burning coal. If their soles are unmarked, they are declared innocent."

The extent of the depravity of Pakistani society has now also reached Israeli newspapers, with one writer highlighting the case of Kainat, a 13-year-old girl hoping to be a doctor, but who was drugged, kidnapped and gang-raped for four days before she escaped back to her family.

Instead of the usual custom of an "honor" killing, the family fought for justice. Chowdhry said the police refused to act, because t he rapists were powerful in their community. It is common for powerful village men to rape girls, and then kill them for having "shamed" their family.

With assistance from a pro-bono lawyer, the family managed to have the men arrested and in jail for three years, but the men managed to arrange for her supportive brother to be murdered, and the police quietly closed the murder investigation. They also won their case, amidst supporters mobbing the court house shouting, "Kainat is a whore."

How could this happen, Chowdhry asked. He said, "They 'proved' that the thirteen-year-old married one of the rapists because her thumb print was on a marriage document, and there was a photo of them with Kainat smiling."

Chowdhry concluded, "Even though such young marriage is technically illegal in Pakistan, the hideous sharia law prevailed (and) the rapists went free, with the 'bridegroom' demanding that the girl be returned to him."

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