MULTAN, Pakistan – The burning of a Bible and other religious texts by four Muslim men in the Tibba Shomali area of Multan district in Pakistan has prompted more than 1,500 Christians to stage a protest.

Four men were caught Tuesday evening while burning the Bible, calendars depicting Jesus Christ and other Christian booklets, reports the Pakistan-based Daily Times.

“We caught four people – Hafiz Islam, Hafiz Abid, Rana Abdul Ghaffar and Rana Abdul Jabbar – burning our sacred books and literature on a heap of garbage on Tuesday evening,” Pakistan Christian Writers Guild President AD Sahil said, according to the Pakistan paper.

Local council member Nazim Ch Shamoon Kaiser told the Daily Times: “Two chapters of the Bible, calendars carrying portraits of Jesus Christ and booklets containing religious literature were reduced to ashes.”

The councilor said a group of enraged Christian tried to attack the accused but town elders intervened to save their lives.

A former district councilor, the Daily Times said, condemned the incident but asked local Christians not to take the law into their hands.

A local Christian minister, Nathaniel Barkat, whose Protestant church was attacked by a group of unidentified people March 30, appealed to police Sunday to provide security to Christian residents of the area. The are still at large.

Along with the burning incident, five churches have been attacked in Pakistan within two months, challenging the recent claim by government official Raja Basharat, who contends there is complete harmony between Muslims and Christians in Punjab province.

Sheraz Khurram Khan is a special correspondent for Assist News Service in Pakistan



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