Two groups clash in Gujranwala’s Christian colony

Published: April 3, 2013

A screenshot of the Francis Colony in Gujranwala. PHOTO: EXPRESS

GUJRANWALA: A massive clash broke out between two groups of a Christian colony in Gujranwala on Wednesday over a minor scuffle. There was no rift between the Muslim and the Christian community, authorities confirmed.

According to details, two boys were listening to loud music on a motorcycle-rickshaw on Tuesday night in Francis Colony, when some men approached them and beat them up. The boys who were beaten up went to a police station to report the incident. The police called both the parties to appear in the station on Wednesday.

However, only one group managed to reach the police station, which got angry over the other group’s absence and started creating havoc in the area by destroying shops.

The other group also came out and destroyed shops and cars of the rival group.

Some people had also reportedly tried to attack a church in the locality but were stopped.

According to Express News, the police was present at the spot but refrained from stopping the mob, as many in the crowd were armed.

When the police fired shells at the mob, a number of individuals in the mob fired back, resulting in at least three people being injured.

The people claimed that the police officials were involved in the incident.

CCPO Gujranwala visited the area after reports of the clash emerged. He went to the church where he addressed the Christian community and appealed to them to stop the protest. He also suspended three police officials allegedly involved in the incident.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Shaami
    Apr 3, 2013 - 6:33PM

    I hope everything would settle amicably as the situation like this is particularly very dangerous as Extremists could make use of this situation to wage another Holy war against the Minority. The interim government must be vigilant enough to stop any of the clashes and Najam Sethi should immediately take notice of the developing situation..

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  • opler
    Apr 3, 2013 - 6:37PM

    fruits of intolerance!

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  • James
    Apr 3, 2013 - 6:47PM

    “It could not be ascertained as to which community carried out the initial act of violence.”

    Do you need any more evidence who started first after seeing the result of Badami Bagh.

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  • imran bhatt
    Apr 3, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Based upon Two Nation Theory, Christians and other minority groups should demand a separate country for them where they can live their lives the way they want to live.

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  • Stranger
    Apr 3, 2013 - 7:34PM

    This was bound to happen. A society living on the edge , full of tensions , bursting at the seams with emotions cant sustain for long. The youth need education , jobs , skills to keep them busy. An idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

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  • Abdullah
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:07PM

    I am sorry for our christian brothers. On behalf of the normal people that do still exist in this country, our heartfelt condolences.

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  • sabi
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:32PM

    So this the begining of history of communal riots in Pakistan! What next?

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  • no to secterianism
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:45PM

    @abdullah, i presume there were no casualities..!
    hope sanity will prevail in this land of (pures)!

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  • annoynymous
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:57PM

    @imran bhatt:
    thats injust it would be civil war an example is israel and palestine, israelis civilians dyeing in tens and twenties and palestineans dieing at the latest death rate 1 million

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Aakar Patel’s op-ed titled “India’s Vicious racism” and Tahir Mahmood’s blog titled “Pakistan was made for the right reasons and religious extremism was not one of them” is just two days old and has not become stale but another history is created in Pakistan today.

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  • romeo
    Apr 3, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Act of defense applies to all human being regardless of caste, creed and religion. Well done to all the parties who protected themselves. Police are spectators and they love to see people killed before them. Are police human beings??

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  • Procastinator
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:08PM

    Its really nice to hear that Christian brothers have risen up to fight against oppression. May god give them strength to fight for their right.

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  • shiamuslim
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:31PM

    This mindless violence against minorities need to be stopped. I urge christian minorities to take help from other minorities like shias, ahmedis,etc. We can bring peace together.

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  • Z.Khan
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Reproting by ET seems sketchy. Other media reporting with more details and clarity. Time to give wake up call to ET team.

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  • Nayla
    Apr 3, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Wow, you mean the christians are actually starting to fight back rather than flee in fear?

    I guess it had to happen eventually…

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  • Christian
    Apr 3, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Catholic vs Protestants??
    Because it clearlt says that it wasnt a Christian vs Muslim rift!

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  • Fahed Pervez
    Apr 3, 2013 - 11:37PM

    How Pathetic peace of News … i think Media should me on positive side, why don’t mention the other group name who they are from where they came .. this is what we deserved from so called Humiliated Society

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