Muslims being Muslims.
Karachi (AsiaNews) (h/t Weasel Zippers) – At least 11 nurses, including three Christians, were poisoned at Civil Hospital Karachi for eating during Ramadan. During their afternoon break yesterday, the 11 nurses went to the hostel cafeteria for some tea and food. Rita, a Catholic nurse, collapsed first after drinking her tea. Now all the nurses are in the hospital’s intensive care unit, some in very serious conditions.
In Pakistan, eating in public during the Muslim month of fasting is illegal. For Muslims, fasting is compulsory. However, hospital workers and travellers are exempt.
Civil Hospital Karachi staff is made up mostly of Muslims who do not tolerate that their non-Muslim colleagues eat during Ramadan.
In the wake of the incident, hospital officials have opened an inquiry to find the culprits.
The Masihi Foundation, a Christian rights organisation, and Life for All have condemned the incident, calling it a “vile act” against religious freedom and tolerance.