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Pakistan: Christian Family Accused Of Blasphemy, Threatened With Death For Refusing To Convert To Islam


Someone should buy BBC’s Martin Bashir and CAIR’s Nihad Awad a couple of airline tickets so that they can each explain first-hand to these would-be killers just how “peaceful” and “compassionate” and “kind” Islam is supposed to be and how “terror must always be condemned and rejected” …

The “Prophet” Mohammed, Al Bukhari Hadith 2977, “I have been made victorious with terror.”

Never mind …

By Jibran Khan, AsiaNews – “A Pakistani court has indicted three people for proffering death threats against the family of Boota Masih, 58, a Christian man killed in mid-September in an incident involving accusations of blasphemy. Siding with the dead man’s family, activists with Life for All and the Masihi Foundation, along with Church and civil society leaders, have called on the authorities to arrest the murderer and do something to stop the persecution of the Masihs’ who are only guilty of being Christian. Unfortunately, they are up against the usual reticence (if not the connivance) of police and prosecutors in such cases.

Everything began for the Masih family on 16 September when Muhammad Asif killed their main breadwinner after accusing him of blasphemy. The Muslim businessman attacked his victim at the Liaqatabad Gold Market in Karachi in broad daylight. Using a knife, he cut his throat, finishing him off with a dozen stabs, all this in the plain view of other workers and some police officers, who did not intervene and left the murderer all the time he needed to escape unmolested.

The next day, a member of the Liaqatabad Jewellers Association belatedly came to the dead man’s defence, saying that he ‘had never seen or heard him speaking against anyone, ever.’ The victim had worked at the market for 30 years.

For his family, the accusation of blasphemy was but an excuse to kill him, a way to remove a business rival. When they reported the murder, police initially refused to start an investigation.

The story took a turn for the worse when, on 24 October, a group of armed men broke into the Masih home, threatening to kill its members if they did not withdraw their complaint and convert to Islam.

Instead of complying with the threats, the Masihs went to police the next day to file another complaint. Last Sunday, law enforcement authorities took into custody Muhammad Nadeem and two accomplices, for carrying out the punitive raid against the bereaved family. Yesterday, their case went before a judge. Still, the murderer Muhammad Asif is still a fugitive.

Fr Arshad Gill, a priest in Karachi, spoke to AsiaNews about this ‘sad story’ in which the victim is ‘an innocent man’ and his family is told to convert to Islam or die. For him, the case epitomises the situation of Pakistan’s minorities, forced to live ‘in conditions of profound insecurity’ in which events such as this one tend to exacerbate the situation.” Read more.

Flashback: Islam’s Idea Of Peaceful, Compassionate And Kind

  1. 10/30/2013 at 1:11 PM

    While here, in the U.S., the minority, followers of Islam, receives “immunity” and the majority, Christians, are NOT acknowledged at all! What’s wrong with this picture?

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