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Pakistan Christian “Burnt”, Wife “Raped”, For Refusing Islam. The Christian Man died later.

March 22, 2010

PAK NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian “Burnt”, Wife “Raped”, For Refusing Islam

Saturday, March 20, 2010 (12:06 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service reporting from Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (BosNewsLife)– A Christian man was fighting for his life in Pakistan’s Punjab province Saturday, March 20, after Muslim leaders backed by police burnt him alive for refusing to convert to Islam, while his wife was raped by police officers, Christian and hospital sources familiar with the case told BosNewsLife.

Arshed Masih was burnt Friday, March 19, in front of a police station in the city of Rawalpindi near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, following apparent death threats from his Muslim employer Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, an influential businessman, and religious leaders, said the Rawalpindi Holy Family Hospital.

His wife, Martha Arshed, was allegedly raped by police officers. Their three children — ranging in age from 7 to 12–  were reportedly forced to witness the attacks against their parents.

“Both [Masih] and wife were rushed to the Holy Family Hospital and are under treatment,” the hospital said.

He was listed in serious condition with about 80 percent of his body burnt.

POLICE INVESTIGATION

Local police officials said they were “aware” of the attacks carried out by Muslim leaders and apparently at least some officers and added that an investigation was underway. No arrests were reported yet late Saturday, March 19.

Sheikh Mohammad Sultan could not immediately be reached for comment and it was not clear whether he had been in contact with police Saturday, March 20.

Before tensions emerged about their Christian faith, Masih worked as a driver and his wife as a maid for the Muslim businessman since 2005, Christians said.

The couple apparently lived with their children in the servant quarters of Sultan’s estate in Rawalpindi, a key trade and tourist destination. In January, religious leaders and Sultan allegedly asked Arshed to convert to Islam with his whole family.  After he refused, the group reportedly threatened him with “dire consequences”.

DEATH THREAT

Arshed offered to quit his job, but the businessman allegedly said he would “kill” him if he were to leave.

He apparently also told Christian mediators that he would never allow the Christian family to live somewhere else.

This week tensions rose after Sultan reported a theft of 500,000 Pakistani Rupees (5,952$), according to a document seen by BosNewsLife.

The Christian family members were not named as suspects in the so-called ‘First Information Report’  from police.

Sources familiar with the situation, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, told BosNewsLife that the businessman had offered the couple to drop the case if they convert to Islam or “else that both would not see their children again.”

However, “Arshed refused to convert and stood firm in his faith. Arshed`s wife was raped by the police and he was burnt alive,” Friday, March 19, local Christians said, speaking on condition of anonimity.

The case comes at a time when church groups have complained about growing attacks against minority Christians by Muslim militants, often with the alleged support by local law enforcement officials and other authorities. (BosNewsLife Asia Service includes BosNewsLife correspondents often working in difficult circumstances. In some cases, including this report, their names are not mentioned due to security concerns. With editing by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos).

Christian burned alive dies, Christian community calls for justice

A True Sing of Islamic Peace… Arshed Masih burnt alive, died later. Amen.

by Fareed Khan||AsianNews.it
Arshed Masih, a 38 year-old Pakistani Christian, died yesterday (22.03.10) evening at 7.45 from his very serious injuries. The family requests that an autopsy is performed before the funeral. Christian associations and human rights activists demonstrate outside the hospital. Catholic leaders: the federal and provincial government do not punish the guilty. Read here details……….

Courtesy : BosNewsLife‘s Stefan J. Bos, AsianNews.it & The Religion of Peace.

Four die in suicide attack on Peshawar Mall :: Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

December 25, 2009

Soldiers stand guard at a suicide blast site in Peshawar near a Shopping Mall on December 24, 2009. –  Pic. by AFP

Suicide bombers in Pak prefer shopping Malls. Before going to Behast, they find good perfume there !!

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the heavily-guarded cantonment area of the city on Thursday(24-12-2009), killing at least four people and causing injuries to 24 others.

The bomber was on foot and he ran away when security personnel manning a checkpost asked him to stop.

He detonated the explosives strapped to his body near a missionary school, opposite the offices of the Pakistan International Airlines, on the Mall Road.

Windows of some offices in the nearby State Life building were smashed. The school was closed for Christmas and winter vacations. Police were not sure about the bomber’s real target.

The injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital. An official of the LRH said five of the injured were in serious condition.

According to police, constable Gul Nawaz from Ormar village near Peshawar and three civilians were killed.

According to bomb disposal personnel, the explosives used by the bomber weighed eight to 10kgs. They said the legs of the bomber had been found.

SSP (Investigation) Ghulam Hussain told Dawn that the bomber had also tied explosives to his legs and appeared to have carried three triggers. He said ball bearings were also found at the site.

“The explosives show that the bombers who have blown themselves up in the city so far belonged to the same militant group,” he said.

People who had gathered at the place said police had fired in the air after the blast. Heavy contingents of police and other security personnel cordoned off the area and stopped traffic on the Arbab Road and Mall Road for some time. All shopping centres and banks in the area and the PIA offices were closed.

Superintendent of Police for Coordination Alam Shinwari said: “Intelligence agencies have told us that there could be more bombings and the number of intending bombers is high.”

The cantonment area, commonly known as Saddar, attracts shoppers from all over the city and is always congested and busy.

This was the second bombing in Peshawar in three days. A suicide bomber had hit the Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, killing three people, including police constable Riazuddin.

“The threat is now coming from three different regions. It is virtually coming from all directions. These people have dispersed and have formed small cells to attack civilians and law-enforcement personnel,” a security official said.

NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Husain said frequent bomb blasts had forced people to stay indoors and badly affected the business.

He told journalists that bombers were coming from the Khyber and Kurram agencies and Darra Adamkhel. More from The International News …read here.

Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

Policemen gather around the dead body of the suicide attacker at the blast site in Rawalpindi. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an imambargah here on Thursday(24-12-2009) night, leaving a little girl dead and two other people injured, including a policeman.

Private security guard Masood Hussain Shah and head constable Ittefaq averted a major disaster when they forcibly stopped the teenaged bomber from entering the Qasr-i-Sakina Imambargah in Shakrial along the Islamabad Expressway. Almost 500 people, including women and children, were present at the imambargah.

The security guard remained unhurt, but the policeman was injured. Six-year-old Urooj was hit by shrapnel and died, while her father was injured. The explosion took place a few minutes before a procession was due to reach the place.

A police official said the attacker appeared to be 17 years old.

Courtesy : Dawn & AFP.