From riots which took place in 2015 in Pakistan, a court acquitted more than 100 Muslim rioters, while finding 42 Christians guilty.
An “anti-terrorist” court in Lahore (northeastern Pakistan), on February 20, 2017, found 42 Christians guilty of “terrorism.” They were accused of lynching two Muslims following two attacks against a Catholic and a Protestant church in the suburb of Youhanabad in Lahore on March 15, 2015. The events took place during protests by Christian faithful where two Muslims suspected of authoring the attacks were killed. In the following days the police arrested approximately 500 people and then accused 84 of them of murder and terrorism. 42 were cleared in the summer of 2016.
In a news release published by Vatican missionary news agency Fides on February 22, 2017, the National Commission “Justice and Peace” of the Pakistani bishops’ conference stated that “the forces of the law and the authorities focused exclusively on the deplorable incident of lynching, whereas the perpetrators of the criminal attack on the churches and the faithful in prayer remained unpunished.”
According to an NGO on site and whose news release is also quoted by Fides, at least 32 of those found guilty were unjustly accused and pressure from Islamic extremists may have “affected the court’s decision.”
(Sources: cath.ch – Fides – DICI no. 350, 03/03/17)