David Frum

03.09.13

Christian in Pakistan? Watch Out

Pakistani Christian villagers march during a protest against the country's strict blasphemy laws against Islam in Korian on August 30, 2012. For Rafia Margaret, the case of a young Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy rekindled horrifying memories of the day a furious mob smashed through her front door and torched her house. (Arif Ali/AFP/GettyImages) ()

If accurately reported, this story from Pakistan is appalling.

In the hunt for an alleged blasphemer, hundreds of enraged Muslims charged a Christians’ locality forcing the inhabitants to flee for their lives in the Badami Bagh police area here Friday.

About two to three thousand people, according to police, gathered around the Joseph Colony at Noor Road following Shafiq Ahmed who was searching for an accused Christian, Savan alias Bubby, to kill him. The mob attacked the house of Savan, burnt it partially, pelting bricks at other houses where about 150 Christian families were residing.

Though the mob could not find Savan, some protesters found out his father Chaman Masih, 65, and thrashed him black and blue. As the charged mob started throwing bricks and some of them even tried to burn the entire locality, the inhabitants of the houses including women and children managed to flee to safety.