Christian community protest over desecration of graves in Pakistan’s Punjab province

Vastavam web: Members of the Christian community on Sunday protested after police failed to make a breakthrough in a case desecration of graves in a cemetery in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The incident happened on May 12, when over 30 graves in a village in Okara district of Punjab province, about 200 km from Lahore, were found desecrated. Following the incident, there were reports of tension between Muslim and Christian communities.

After police failed to make any breakthrough in the case, even after six days, the local Christians on Sunday held demonstration outside the Okara police station, demanding action. Protest ended after District Police Officer (Okara) Athar Ismael assured the protesters that police would soon arrest those involved in the incident.

“Some miscreants could be behind this incident whose sole purpose seems to cause violence,” he said, adding that police was investigating the matter. He said recently some influential people from an adjoining village had stopped the Christians from building a church.

According to the priest of the village’s St Anthony Church, Father James Bahadur, more than 30 graves were desecrated.