Pak Minorities: Christian leaders back armed forces

Published: November 28, 2011

A Christian holds a cross as he shouts slogans during a protest in Lahore on November 28, 2011, against a NATO strike on Pakistan troops. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: The Pakistan Minorities Movement held a demonstration outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday in protest against the Nato air strike and in support of the armed forces.

The protest was led by Salim Gabriel, Hanif Maseeh, Javed Sindhu, Pastor Asif Rafique, Javed Enayat and Madam Tabassum. The speakers said the Nato strike was not the first of its kind, as Western forces had repeatedly violated Pakistan’s borders. “How can we forget the great sacrifices of our brave soldiers? All Christians of Pakistan categorically condemn this dastardly attack,” said one speaker. “If any country or alliance of countries tries to intrude our borders, our response should be very hard and fast.” The Christian leaders pledged their full support for the army in the defence of the country’s sovereignty and integrity. They said that the United Nations must take note of the incident and play a part in stopping such attacks on Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Homa
    Nov 28, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Poor minorites of pakistan. They must be petrified.Recommend

  • Proud Christian
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:37PM

    @Homa:
    We are not petrified. Hun. Truth is Christians have long loved Pakistan and Pakistani Muslims and hospitality of some Pakistanis are exemplary. Obviously there would be some bad apples in a population of 180 Million.
    Who can forget the Christian that destroyed 9 Indian aircraft in the war of 1965.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • antony
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:22PM

    I appreciate christians to be patriotic and show their anger at this atrocity by NATO ..Even if it happens to India , Indian christians or hindus or muslims would be outraged by this kind of reckless action… However I just wish Pakistan do away with kala kanoon and focus more on economic development and prosperity and secular mindset similar to India.

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  • Umer
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:48PM

    @Proud Christian:

    Any luck with prosecuting Gojra and Shanti Nagar incidents culprits?

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  • Umer
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:50PM

    Who can forget the Christian that
    destroyed 9 Indian aircraft in the war
    of 1965.

    Everyone forgot him. The air force did not invite him on ’65 war celebrations, neither mentioned his name as an achiever. Sorry this is the hard truth.

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  • Proud Christian
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:31PM

    @Umer:
    Hard truth ?? He comes regularly on forums. Look at how he was awarded
    “Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
    Later on in the year 1971 he again displayed the same courage and bravery and was awarded Tamgha-i-Juraat.
    Cecil Chaudhry is now an educationist. He is also working for the betterment of children with disabilities and Special Education reforms.”
    And what about Michael O Brien who has been honored 7 times by various agencies in Pakistan.
    Stop belitting our heroes Indian

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:03AM

    And yet, our Christian minority gets persecuted periodically. Is this a taboo topic to broach?

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  • Hu Jintao
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:22AM

    indian trolls find hard to deal with that the minorities in Pakistan are more open.

    Despite few cases recently which were purely because of illiteracy and jahalat doesnt undermine the fact that people of minorities live their lives as they wish to

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  • Noble Tufail
    Nov 29, 2011 - 9:51AM

    not a surprise .. every son of the soil should think the same way. Pakistan Painda baad.

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  • Observer
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:23AM

    @Proud Christian:

    “Truth is Christians have long loved Pakistan and Pakistani Muslims and hospitality of some Pakistanis are exemplary. ”

    Why do Christians need any “Hospitality”? Isn’t Pakistan their land of birth? So, you think the majority is doing you a favor by being “hospitable” to you? What is the necessity for “hospitality” in the first place? Recommend

  • Khuldun
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Umer, please come crawling out of the cave you are hiding in. Group Capt Cecil Chaudhry has always been revered as a hero of 1965 war and fought alongside MM Alam valiantly. No one has forgotten him nor can his and other Christian and Hindu brothers of Pakistan would be forgotten who have been as patriotic as any Muslim Pakistani.

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