On the anniversary of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, there seems to be little sense of urgency in Islamabad as long as the victims are not Sunni Muslims, but the same impulses that lead to the persecution of non-Sunnis and non-Muslims will ultimately devour Pakistan itself. “Pakistan woman tortured, paraded in streets for ‘anti-Islam views’,” from the Press Trust of India, March 2 (thanks to Twostellas):
Lahore: A Christian woman was brutally tortured and paraded in the streets of a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province by a mob for her alleged “anti-Islam views”, local residents and police officials said today.
Some 30 residents of Kot Meerath village of Sialkot district, 80 km from Lahore, dragged Seema Bibi out of her house on February 26 and paraded her in the streets after shaving her head.
She was targeted by the mob for her alleged “anti-Islam views”, members of the Christian community said.
Following the assault, Seema Bibi and her family left the village to save their lives, local residents said.
“She and her family had been facing threats from a group of extremist villagers. She left the village as she had no other option,” said Aslam Masih, a resident of Kot Meerath.
Regional police chief Muhammad Amin told reporters that 26 people had been arrested on charges of torturing Seema Bibi and a case had been registered against them.
Amin said police had no knowledge of the whereabouts of Seema Bibi and her family.
Amin said the arrested people had tortured and assaulted Seema Bibi for her beliefs.
Police had stepped up their vigil due to tensions between Muslims and Christians in the village, he said.