PAF denies harassment allegations by Christians
A Christian organisation has accused the Pakistan Air Force of roughing up some minority members and ousting them from their homes.india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 16:09 IST
A Christian organisation has accused the Pakistan Air Force of roughing up some minority members and ousting them from their homes.
It alleged that the PAF action was in retaliation to a police complaint lodged by two Christian girls charging five Muslim men living in the colony with harassment.
M Joseph Francis, Secretary General of Pakistan Christian National Party told reporters on Thursday that five Muslim males living in the colony had harassed two Christian girls on June 13 and threatened their families when they protested.
After the girls' complaints were allegedly ignored by PAF officers, they lodged an FIR against the five men, leading to their arrests between June 15 and 16.
Soon after, PAF officers roughed up members from the minority community and ousted them from their quarters, Francis claimed.
However, responding to the allegations made by Francis, PAF Director of Public Relations Air Commodore Sarfaraz Ahmad Khan said there was a brief scuffle between teenagers in the colony and PAF officers were sent to quell the disturbance.
When they entered the quarters, the officers found that many individuals had taken up residence illegally, the 'Daily Times' quoted Khan as saying.
He said the officers removed the squatters from the premises and nobody was harassed or any action was taken against any specific community.