Christian Family’s Home Looted and Burned in Pakistan
One of the victims, Fiaz Masih, told ICC, “An armed group of Muslims led by Muhammad Kamran intruded Bashir Masih’s house in daylight and thrashed the entire family.”
On September 20, Muhammad Kamran and his companions beat Fiaz’s elderly parents as they were cleaning the house. “My father got injuries and mother’s hand got fractured,” Masih explained. “Muhammad Kamran often threatened us to bear the consequences if we don’t leave the house. His abusive and threatening conversation is recorded on the mobile phone.”
“The attackers beat men, women, and children of the family and therefore some of us have severe injuries. They set fire to the house, including beds, furniture, sofa, cabinets, televisions, refrigerator, air-conditioners, fans, and vandalized vessels and other stuff,” he continued. “A new vehicle was set on fire and other valuables [including] cash money, jewelry, prize bonds, and mobile phones were looted.”
“The local police have registered the First Information Report # 504/18 against the culprits, however they have reportedly secured a Bail-Before-Arrest,” Masih added. “Our father, Bashir Masih, was a sanitary worker. He built this house a few years back, when he retired from his job, however Muslims could not bear that Christians would live in such a good, big, and furnished house.”
“We are the only Christian family in the neighbourhood. They wanted to snatch our property. Therefore, they started threatening us to leave the house otherwise they will [accuse us of] committing blasphemy against Islam,” Masih continued.
Regarding a previous attack, he added, “This Muslim group did not like Christmas celebrations and therefore since we, the Christians, are vulnerable, they blocked the main street which leads to our house. In reaction we submitted an application to the police station against this blockage, but police did not listen to us and therefore the group attacked and beat our family members in January.”
While speaking with ICC, Chaudhry Shamoun Qasier, Chairman of the Union Council, expressed his shock over the series of recent attacks against Christians in Pakistan. He said, “It seems that persecution of Christians is at [a] high scale this year. The sad part of this development is the denial and cover-up of the police officers and successive governments.”
Qaiser hopes that the newly elected government will take protection measures seriously to ensure that religious minorities are treated as equal citizens.
Doctors say that an 18-year-old Christian student in Karachi will not be able to walk again after she was pushed from the second floor of a building for refusing to marry a Muslim and convert to Islam.
Binish (pictured) had been stalked for months by a man who wanted to marry her and convert her. Our contact reports that when she refused his approach, he got angry and started beating her; after that he took her to the second floor of a building and pushed her out.
She was later taken to hospital by her parents. Doctors said that her spine and legs had been fractured and she can never walk or even sit again.
Her parents went to the police station to file a complaint but the police did not record it. Instead, as frequently happens in cases brought by Christians, they supported the accused. (Source: Release contact)
- Pray for a full recovery for Binish.
- Ask God to guard her and her family.
- Pray for justice and that the man responsible would admit his guilt, repent and seek forgiveness.
- Pray that the police would act justly regarding complaints by Christians.