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Attacks on Christians in Pakistan WorseningShamim Masih Salem-News.com
Christians in Pakistan live in fear retaliatory attacks from the Muslim extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations.
(ISLAMABAD) - Asia Bibi was due to appear in Lahore High Court - LHC on March 17, 2014, and went to Lahore for the case hearing. LHC deferred her case again, but there I came to know that farm laborers were attacked in District Kasur near Lahore. Sadiq Masih (the father) was brutally injured, while his wife (Parveen Bibi) and his son Zulifqar both died on the spot.
I went there with Sohail Johnson, chief of Sharing Life Ministry – SLMP and came to know that on March 16, 2014, Baber Baig along his companion entered the victims’ house forcibly. They broke into the house and opened fire on Zulifqar and Parveen Bibi who died instantly while Sadiq was injured. The survivors include Nargis, Ulfit, Waqar and Patris out of seven members of the family.
Sadiq and his wife, Parveen, reportedly were pursuing the case of his son Youhana, who was murdered on February 19, 2013, (First Incident Report 6-7-13) by the accused and were cautioned not to pursue the case. As soon as the accused were released on bail, they forced the complainant to stop pursuing the case against them. But they didn’t and they were killed in revenge. The accused have criminal records and are under investigation for other crimes.
The SLMP team went there to take care of the matter. SLMP provided legal assistance and medical care to the injured member of the family. The injured, Sadiq Maish, (head of the family) was admitted to the hospital for his medical treatment. Sohail Johnson said that it is common practice, especially in rural areas, that majority Muslim landlords think of Christians as a commodity not human beings. They believe that Christians should follow their orders as they are slaves. We are working to change the mindset of the feudal system, he added.
Christians in Pakistan live in fear retaliatory attacks from the Muslim extremists enraged by the blasphemy accusations. Christians are being targeted because of ethnic prejudice.
About Shamim Masih
"I am a Christian rights activist and freelancer Pakistani journalist specializing in writing about Christians rights for the different papers in the world. My aim is to create a peaceful environment in the society and to help eliminate Christian persecution through my writing as I bring the plight of these brave people under the spotlight of the whole world."
Shamim Masih was born in Sheikhopura's village and raised in Gujranwala, a city in Pakistan's Punjab province. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore majoring in English, Economics and Statistics; he also received a Masters Degree in Business Administration
As a freelance writer and author, Shamim has written for different papers in the world; his expertise is in writing articles highlighting different social issues. He has served as freelance chief reporter and column writer in “Minority Times” in Islamabad, and a number of Shamim's articles have been published in local papers as well.
You can write to Shamim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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