After local Christians received telephone and mail warnings for months urging them to “convert to Islam or die,” six Christians were killed and seven were injured as gunmen opened fire at a laboratory next to a hospital. The killings took place in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province, which adjoins Afghanistan. A September 5 Vatican Radio report drew greater international attention to the slayings, which took place on August 28.
Quetta: August 31, 2009. (PCP report) The Islamic extremists gunned down 6 Christians and injured 7 more in Quetta city of Baluchistan on August 28, 2009, after threats of “Convert to Islam or Die”
The sad incident of killing Christians was target killing when Baluchistan was observing death anniversary of Baluch leader Akbar Bugti and Islamic extremists targeted peaceful Christian.
According to PCP, Mushtaq Masih owned a Laboratory named “Maryiam Labs” in front of Civil Hospital Quetta located in busy city centre.
On Friday, August 28, 2009, at 9:00 AM, two gunmen on motorcycle opened discriminatory firing at Maryiam Labs killing Mushtaq Masih, Naveed John, Naymat Gill, Nadeem Akhtar and Suleman who were in laboratory while 7 other were seriously injured and hospitalized.
The sources told PCP that Christians were receiving threats from Islamic militants to convert to Islam or Die letters and calls from months which resulted in killing.
The bodies of 3 martyred Christians were brought to Punjab in funerals were performed in Lahore and Khushpur.
The province of Baluchistan bordering Afghanistan and Iran is facing unrest from years in wake of violence among Pakistan armed forces and Baluch liberation organizations.
The Baluch leaders blame Pakistan Army and Punjab province which dominates in population and holds control in Pakistan army to be responsible for poverty in Baluchistan and enjoying resources of Baluchistan since formation of Pakistan in 1947.
There are some reports that Baloch Liberation Alliance killed Christian who are Punjabi but settled in Baluchistan.
Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister for Minorities was enjoying an Iftar Party in Islamabad when Christians in Punjab were receiving dead bodies of killed in Quetta. He was delivering lecture on harmony among religious communities with Islamic leaders in month of Ramadan.
The Quetta killing of Christians have spread fear among Christians in Pakistan and violence against Christian was condemned during funerals in Punjab and Quetta.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, Chief of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC have strongly condemned killing of Christians in Quetta and urged Pakistan government to ensure security for safety of life of 20 million Christians in Pakistan.
The Quetta police have registered FIR against unknown people on killing and injuring Christians. The condition of two injured is critical n hospital.
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