Nissar Hussain, a Christian convert from Islam, hospitalised due to intolerant Muslim neighbours who refuse to allow him to live his life as a Christian.
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See our previous article here detailing the persecution Nissar Hussain and his family have been subjected to while living in their home in Bradford, UK.
Nissar Hussain and his family have, to date, faced around 15 years of almost relentless persecution. This has taken many forms including: an arson attack which forced them to relocate; intimidation; a mob gathering outside their house; false accusations against Nissar; threats to the women; assaults; verbal abuse; stones through their living room windows; and countless cars destroyed.
Such a campaign of violence and intimidation would naturally lead one to speculate if this family were perhaps particularly antisocial neighbours or leading lives of crime. What could possibly provoke such prolonged local hatred and intolerance? They are Pakistani Christian converts.
Nissar and his wife Kubra decided to follow Christ in 1996, and have brought each of their five children up as Christians. Although they knew that they would face fierce opposition from their Pakistani Muslim families if they converted, they could not imagine how hard life would become for them in their local neighbourhood simply for changing their faith. Alarmingly, this family do not live in Pakistan, where sadly such religious intolerance is common, but here in the UK.
The BPCA recently reported on the Hussain family’s case (see link above) and we continue our appeal for funds to enable them to move out of the area and escape further persecution. Regrettably since our report matters have escalated and Nissar has been attacked.
Yesterday evening (Tuesday 17th November ) at 5pm, Nissar Hussain left home to drive his car to the local police station, where he has had to park these past few months due to several cars being smashed when parked near his home.
Before he even managed to reach the car door, two hooded men stepped out of a parked car, a third man remaining at the wheel.
As soon as they spotted Nissar they attacked him from behind beating him with a cricket bat, kicking and punching him until they were spotted by a passerby who, upon seeing Nissar sprawled on the ground, ran after the two attackers who promptly jumped into a moving vehicle and sped off.
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Christian Brick Kiln Workers Suffer Police Brutality
Brutalised Brick Kiln Workers
On 21st November 2015 seven Christian brick kiln workers were detained and mercilessly beaten by local police after they were stopped and searched during their rickshaw journey home. Police officials allegedly snatched the impoverished workers’ salaries for the week which amounted to just 16700 rupees (£100) in total. The men were then illegally arrested without any charges and had to be bailed out on the guarantee of local community leaders.
Allah Rakha (47 years), his sons Asif (25 years) and Khurram (17 years) along with four other co-villagers Sittar Masih (38 years), his son Naeem (25 years) a serving army personnel, Tariq Masih (30 years) and Nadeem Masih (28 years), had all been working at Allah Towaqal Bricks Company located at Adha Sukhaira in the district of Sumandri.
Allaha Rakha told BPCA representative Shamim Masih that they were travelling home by rickshaw late at night after a hard day’s toil when three police officials: Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Barkat Ali, ASI Allah Dita, and constable Mohammad Razaq stopped them for no apparent reason, citing routine inspection. The officers asked them their personal details and the details of their journey. The seven men provided all they were asked, but noticed a change in the police behaviour on sharing their Christian names. The officers suddenly turned more aggressive and conducted a search during which they found the pittance of weekly wages paid to the hard working brick kiln labourers which amounted to a measly £100 between them. Despite remonstrations that the money was their weekly wages, the police officers starting beating the innocent men accusing them of being Christian drug dealers and robbers. They then proceeded to arrest the men illegally and detained them at Thirkani Police Station in Sumandri.
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