December 2, 2011
In an attempted land-grab in southern Punjab Province, police and cohorts of a retired military official beat two Christian women and shot at other Christians who came to help them, Compass Direct News reports. About eight police officials, along with armed associates of a retired senior military officer, arrived at a field owned by a Christian and ordered the six or seven women working there to leave because they had come to take possession of the 12.5 acres. "They pulled away our headscarves from our heads and started hitting us indiscriminately with clubs and punches," one of the women said. Christians in a nearby field ran to rescue the women, and the Muslims began shooting at them. No one was injured, but the attackers left with a warning that they would return. In the last few years, Muslims have made several attempts to seize land from Christians, usually succeeding because Christians are a minority. Five days after the incident and repeated appeals to the Punjab government, officials had taken no action against police for the violence or investigated the attempted land seizure.