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Pakistan: Christian Church Badly Damaged In Arson Attack


A Protestant church in Pakistan was badly damaged in an arson attack following a dispute between Christians and Muslims residents, reported Fides, information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

The vandalism occurred Jan. 7 in the village of Bath between Multan and Lahore in the chapel of the Protestant Christian congregation called the “Apostolic Church,” local sources told Fides. The blaze destroyed the inner part of the building, burning Bibles and other church items.

The church’s pastor told police of a dispute with Muslim neighbors, which involved outdoor loudspeakers used to spread prayers and hymns. A group of Muslims asked to the church to turn the speakers off during Islamic prayer, Fides reported.

Police are investigating the incident.

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