Muslim Extremists in Pakistan Also Targeting NGOs

LAHORE, Pakistan, OCT. 29, 2001 ( Christian Churches are not the only target of Muslim fundamentalists in Pakistan.

In the wake of Sunday´s deadly attack at a Catholic church, the Vatican agency Fides reported that in recent weeks Muslim fundamentalists also attacked offices of some nongovernmental organizations, and the houses and properties of social workers in various parts of the country, especially near the Afghan border.

The attackers, who were allegedly members of fundamentalist groups protesting against the U.S.-led military campaign in Afghanistan, deprived the victims and their families of valuables, including vehicles, furniture and office equipment, and threatened their lives.

Among the groups attacked in recent days were Women and Children Welfare Organization, Salik Rural Development Foundation, Swabi Welfare Organization, Human Survival Development Center, and Women Social Workers.