New terror warning from Pakistani bishop: The Church of England Newspaper, June 18, 2010 p 6. June 25, 2010Posted by geoconger in Al Qaeda, Church of England Newspaper, Church of Pakistan, Terrorism.
First published in The Church of England Newspaper.
The Bishop of Karachi reports that Islamic Jihadist groups in Pakistan are attempting to recruit poor Christians for use in terror attacks.
On June 12, the Rt. Rev. Ijaz Inayat wrote to supporters in the West that “Jihadist militant organizations” acting in concert with rogue elements of the Pakistani government were “recruiting poverty stricken Christians to be trained and used as Militants.”
Jihadists have “previously recruited, trained and used such poor people from the Muslim back grounds from the slums of Pakistan” for use as suicide bombers. However these “Christians converted to Islam will be used to target the Churches” and Pakistani Christians, he said.
The use of financial incentives to recruit then radicalize Christian converts to Islam will serve as a propaganda tool for the Jihadists, Bishop Inayat said. “Since their identity will not be altered in documents it is feared that some of them will be apprehended and presented in the world media to nullify the impression that Muslim militants are not the only source of militancy,” he said.
He urged the security services in Pakistan and the West to be on the lookout for this new breed of terrorist.
Violence against Pakistan’s religious minorities has focused not only on Christians, but on Hindus, Sikhs and members of minority Muslim groups. On May 28, Jihadists attacked two mosques in Lahore during Friday prayers, killing 94 members of the Ahmadi community.
The Pakistani government considers members of the Ahmadi sect to be heretics, and forbids the country’s four million Ahmadis from holding themselves out as Muslims or calling their worship places ‘mosques’. Ahmadis believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, a 19th century Punjabi cleric, was the second coming of the Messiah.
The Bishop of Lahore, the Rt. Rev. Alexander Malik condemned the “murderous attacks” on the “worship places of a minority community.”
Bishop Malik said “such terrorism is a heinous crime against humanity and a serious conspiracy against Pakistan. We, as a nation, should unite together to defend our beloved country Pakistan and the defeat of all kinds of terrorism.”