Joseph Colony backlash: Enraged protesters smash Metro Bus office

Published: March 10, 2013
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Members of the Christian community stage a protest against the Badami Bagh incident in Karachi on Saturday. PHOTO: ONLINE

Members of the Christian community stage a protest against the Badami Bagh incident in Karachi on Saturday. PHOTO: ONLINE

People protesting against the mob attack on a Christian colony in Lahore broke into a Metro Bus office at Ferozpur Road and damaged property, reported Express News on Sunday.

A large contingent of police present at Ferozpur Road had to resort to shelling tear gas at the protesters to disperse them and stop further damage.

An over 3,000-strong mob on March 9 set ablaze more than 150 houses of Christians in the Joseph Colony over alleged blasphemous remarks against Prophet Muhammad  (pbuh) by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Christian sanitation worker.

Protests were also held in several other cities including Karachi, Muzzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Vehari and Sukkur.

In Gujranwala, demonstrators blocked the Pindi Bypass Chowk, while rallies were taken out in Faisalabad and Sukkur.

The Multan Minorities Alliance also staged a sit-in at Nawan Shehr Chowk.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • antimulla
    Mar 10, 2013 - 2:49PM

    They can use stear gas on these people but not on people destrying peoples houses.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Mar 10, 2013 - 2:49PM

    @Raza Haroon: Bro, what would you say about the stuff thats taking place right under ur nose in Karachi. One doesn’t need to be a genius to figure out that whats happening in Karachi is worst than all that takes place elsewhere in Pakistan collectively.

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  • Jesus Christ
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:03PM

    “Metro is bus office is broken in backlash.” It is not about Christians or Muslims; something is wrong with culture of this country.

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  • Chengez Kez
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Fourth generation warfare against Pakistan…..pit Pakistanis against Pakistanis

    Muslim vs Non Muslims,
    Shias vs Sunnis,
    Liberals vs religious,
    Sindhi vs Unrdu Speaking,
    ANP VS MQM,
    Balochi vs Punjabi,
    Hazara vs Pushtun
    ,—–
    —………..
    …….
    …..

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  • salman
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Where is police?!!

    How can punjab govt allow rioting like this?

    Pmln are losing my vote….

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  • Umer
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:32PM

    Good. A lesson to those who sponsor terrorists and will not desist otherwise.

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  • Umer
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Haroon also urged the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the incident.

    Keep dreaming.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:37PM

    The CM said, that people of Josph colony, were taken out safely before attack.
    it means he knew, that they are going to be attacked, why he not stopped them,
    why not call more police, why he was not available there
    CM must resign, and leave politics immediately

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  • omer
    Mar 10, 2013 - 3:41PM

    So police can stop these victims protesting, but when terrorists came to prosecute the Christians, the police stood on one side?

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  • Imran
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:23PM

    we all have always blood in our mind. a peaceful protest would have been fine rather than damaging public property.

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  • Shahid Kamran
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Nice way to show minorities their place in Pakistan in general and Punjab in particular. you didnt need tear gas as you havent allowed our tears from Gojra, Asia bibi, Shahbaz Bhatti and murder of countless other Christians to dry up yet.Recommend

  • Mj
    Mar 10, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Christian community should not take this lying down. They should make their voice and protest heard loud and clear, but avoid damaging public property.

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  • muslim
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:11PM

    islam is nothing but love peace and obidance

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  • nishant
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:30PM

    afghanistan-taliban disturbances
    pakistan-home grown terrorism,target killing and hel lot of disturbance
    maldives-coup
    nepal-political disturbance
    srilanka-tamil killing
    bangladesh-shahbag protest and murders
    india-maoist disturbance

    whole southasia is boiling!
    Ironically al hav democracy

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  • AarveyRover, India
    Mar 10, 2013 - 5:57PM

    To the Christian and minority communities, join together and keep up these protests relentlessly. Let your voice be heard by the barbarians.

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  • Imran
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:01PM

    More police was deployed to protect metro office than the homes of the weakest minorities. What a shame!

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  • Hasan Cheema
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:02PM

    I was at the incident site and in my observation only some of them were Christians while others were members of two Opposition Political Parties actively operating in Lahore and their Paid members were involved in attacking these buses.Recommend

  • imran bhatt
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:15PM

    From the day one we have been told ad nauseam that present wave of deadly violence from Taliban is nothing but a justified reaction against drone attacks. By the same logic, Shias, Ahmedis, Christians and all other minority groups in Pakistan would be justified if they take up arms against their killers.

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  • Mar 10, 2013 - 6:31PM

    @salman:
    you should be asking instead where the police was when Joseph colony was attacked. PML-N never had my vote only and only becuase of its tacit support of these monsters.

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  • khan
    Mar 10, 2013 - 6:50PM

    where is the man who done this,
    why muslims reacting
    why christans reacting
    who are those people who are destroying public property
    why karachi is reacting on lahore
    why they want to shutdown the state
    who is behind all this
    Our Electronic media is just earning money from breaking news
    Just Playing with our Hearts & Mind
    Gamexxxx

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  • observer
    Mar 10, 2013 - 9:54PM

    @khan:

    why karachi is reacting on lahore

    Because Pakistan reacts on Palestine and Kashmir and Norway and France and USA.

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  • Fawwad
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:11PM

    They can use stear gas on these people but not on people destrying peoples houses.

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  • salman
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:21PM

    @SM:
    You are right bro. Police should have stopped the mob attacking the christians houses in the first place.

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  • shahed
    Mar 10, 2013 - 10:32PM

    Why waste money and time in suo motu? Results are known of the umpteen other suo motu. If the Chief Justice cannot get his orders implemented he should simply go home.

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  • tattle tale
    Mar 11, 2013 - 12:33AM

    @nishant:
    doesnt virtually every country CLAIM to have democracy? i think few do. [i’d bet even saudi arabia has elections.] we are all controlled by govs who claim to hear our voice and work in our interests. i think democracy, socialism, theocracy, etc are just meaningless names. no society, whatever you want to call their gov, can tolerate people who resort to violence to get what they want.

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  • tattle tale
    Mar 11, 2013 - 12:44AM

    @muslim:
    either no religion can make that claim or every religion can. when anyone from any religion commits violence, the people of that religion just claim he wasnt a true believer. there are violent people in every religious group, and you cant just dismiss the violent people in your own religion by claiming that they dont belong. there are violent jews, muslims, christians, and buddhists, and most of their violence seems to be done in the name of defending their religion.

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  • moderatist
    Mar 11, 2013 - 1:09AM

    @khan:
    why karachi is reacting on lahore
    because in Karachi, a mob of 3000 never gathered to burn a whole Christian neighborhood. we do have target killers roaming in Karachi but fortunately, our common man is far from becoming a savage.

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