Pakistan: Court Acquits 70 Muslim Radicals of Burning 8 Christians Alive during 2009 Gojra Massacre

Pakistan’s fundamentalists are rejoicing following the acquittal verdict. The country’s Christian minority is “under shock” because, this time as well, the massacre of innocent victims done in the name of the infamous blasphemy law will go unpunished. The justice system also shows its powerlessness vis-à-vis extremists who can carry out heinous crimes with total impunity, whilst the government remains silent. Meanwhile, a Muslim religious leader publicly says that Christians “deserve” to be murdered.Burning

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court acquitted 70 people who, in various roles, were involved in the Gojra massacre of August 2009 (see Fareed Khan, “Eight Christians burned alive in Punjab,” in AsiaNews, 2 August 2009). The anti-Christian violence broke out following blasphemy allegations. During a wedding, a group of Christians supposedly burnt pages of the Qur‘an, a pretext used to strike at the religious minority.

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Background: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

6 comments on “Pakistan: Court Acquits 70 Muslim Radicals of Burning 8 Christians Alive during 2009 Gojra Massacre

  1. […] a week ago 7o Muslims accused of murdering several Christians (some of them were burned alive) were freed. Of course, impunity makes the number of killings rise: Christians used to living amid heightened […]

  2. […] Let’s see if they actually find the culprits and condemn them or it happens as in Gojra killings. […]

  3. […] ago 7o Muslims accused of murdering several Christians (some of them were burned alive) in Gojra were freed. But violence continues: “Churches are trying to give them solace with daily prayers for […]

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  5. […] Pakistan: Court Acquits 70 Muslim Radicals of Burning 8 Christians Alive during 2009 Gojra Massacre (teaandpolitics.wordpress.com) […]

  6. […] religions and mixed couples are harrassed and threatened and, even when extremists attack people, normally they aren’t even convicted. Islamabad intends to reconstitute the department that protects religious minorities. Abolished […]

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