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Catholic church demolished despite protests in Pakistan

UN calls on Pakistan’s government to stop mass evictions and respect minority rights

Catholic church demolished despite protests in Pakistan

A Catholic church serving more than 300 Christian families in Pakistan’s commercial capital of Karachi was demolished on Aug. 24 despite resistance from a civil society group and warnings from UN human rights experts.

Karachi Bachao Tehreek (Save Karachi Movement), a group comprising lawyers, human rights defenders, journalists and minority activists, confirmed the demolition of St. Joseph Church on its Twitter account.

The group said the anti-encroachment squad of the Sindh government tore down the building despite protests from the Christian community.

“This is how we treat our minorities. This is how we destroy what they built, their church, the Christians of Kausar Niazi. Watch and be ashamed Pakistan! Government of Sindh, you will have to pay,” said Abira Ashfaq, a member of Karachi Bachao Tehreek, while sharing a video of the demolition.

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