Revisiting the Gojra tragedy

Published: May 30, 2012

Eight Christians were killed as result of this incident, while many were injured.

Religious minorities are facing numerous hardships and increasing insecurity in Pakistan. According to an official report, over 96% of Pakistan’s population is Muslim, the remaining consisting of religious minorities such as Christians, Hindus, Ahmadiyas, Parsis, Buddhists and Sikhs. 

One such incident of religious violence against the minorities is the Gojra incident; when a group of Muslims in 2009 set the establishments on fire and looted the Catholic church in the Gojra district of Toba Tek Singh. Eight Christians were killed as a result of this incident, while many were injured.

Later, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan released a report which stated that the Gojra incident was preplanned. It revealed that even though the police had information beforehand, they didn’t take any precautionary measures to avoid it.

It is apparent that the subject of inter-religious conflicts can’t be sidelined and need to be dealt with on an immediate basis.

We should remind ourselves that the father of our nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, laid the foundation of our country on the premise of religious freedom, impartial government and equality for all. Unfortunately, the picture being painted today depicts a very sorry state of the country.

This video talks about that horrific day from 2009 that destroyed many families. It also reminds us how injustice continues to prevail in Pakistan. One wonders when the government will wake up from its slumber and provide protection to all the citizens of its country.

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  • Parvez

    This whole affair was very disturbing. Expecting anything from this inept government is a waste of time. One has to cope the best one can and that is the shame that lies on the head of those who govern.Recommend

  • SaQiB

    and does this video narrate the exact cause why it all started? or are you gonna hide that???Recommend

  • Mj

    So rumors are sufficient reason to pillage and burn and kill? You need to reevaluate your morals, Mr. SaQiB. Even if the rumors were true, it is still not reason enough for such display of barbarityRecommend

  • http://Karachi ashar

    The story may be true. But taking it up now means you do not have any thing left from the present to add to the claims of minorities regarding thier problems in Pakistan. In that case everyone can go to unearth stories from the past to affect the present. What about writing an story of Gujrat massacre in India.Recommend

  • Parvez

    @ashar: 2009 is certainly not the past. Confronting a wrong is the best way to make it right.Recommend

  • Sane

    One wonders when the government will wake up from its slumber and provide protection to all the citizens of its country.

    This is not minorities only, who are suffering as you say yourself. Basically all powerless are suffering by the hands of powerful. Minorities in Pakistan are much protected and live in harmony. Please do not trigger hatred.

    I fully agree as why people do not write on Gujarat Massacre and burning alive Muslim Passengers of Samjhota Express in India. Also can anyone give a count as how many Muslims killed in India since 1947 (leaving aside Kashmir killings) in riots against them and what is the number of minority people killed in anti minority riots in Pakistan.Recommend

  • villa for rent in ajman

    When this was happened i was in Gojra at that time .I really really hurts from all of this tragedy .According to my point of view it is just a collapse of security and is failure of our Govt.Minorities are also Pakistanis and they have full right of living here . Recommend

  • Gupt Rogue

    Shame. Recommend