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Pakistan Christian Journalist Facing Death Threats

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Jawad Mazhar,  Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) -- A Christian journalist in Pakistan feared for his life Easter Sunday, April 12, after receiving threatening letters for publishing pro-democracy columns in a national daily and refusing to convert to Islam.

George Masih, 43, who lives with his wife Suneeta Bibi and his three young children at Gulistan Colony at the town of Lahore, wrote a number of columns and articles for the Aaj Kal, a Lahore-based daily.

His first column, “Qaum Ab Jaag Jaye” (“The Nation should wake-up now”) allegedly aroused anger among Muslims in the area after its initial publication on August 11, last year.

Unaware of the sentiments, George wrote two more columns titled “Jamhuriat Ka Suraj”  (“The Sunrise of Democracy”) and “Jamhuriat Ki Fattah” (The Triumph of Democracy”) in September. Another column was published on October 16, entitled “Main Pakistan Hoon” (“I am Pakistan”).

RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE

Masih wanted to promote more religious tolerance and democracy in the Islamic nation, said the Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which supports the journalist.

George said he received his first threatening letter October 28, from the Islamic Tanzeem Organization, threatening "dire consequences" for him and his family,  if he did not convert to Islam.

“George it would be better if you embraced Islam as soon as possible. Your name is the same as the [ex-president] of the USA, George Bush. We hate that stupid American. You should change your name and embrace Islam, or else you will suffer along with your family,” the letter said.

On December 12, 2008, George said he received another letter in which "the fanatics" again urged him to embrace Islam, and "directly threatened to kill" him and his family.

MORE THREATS

He initially ignored the threats but eventually turned to police for help, following more threats, CLAAS said. Local police initially refused to take action against suspects, and questioned his motives but changed their mind after they were ordered by the Session’s Court Lahore on February 11 to take action, trial observers said.

However so far no suspects have been detained and George's family was in hiding this Easter amid of more attacks, Christians said.

CLAAS National Director Joseph Francis condemned the threatening letters and urged law enforcement agencies "to resolve the problem and provide sufficient protection to the Christian journalist and his family."

There have been reportedlu an increasing number of Islamic threats and attacks against Christians in several areas of Pakistan.

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9 thoughts on “Pakistan Christian Journalist Facing Death Threats

  1. I worked in Lahore from 2005-2008 and was familiar with the small Christian communities (or "colonies") there. Small mud-brick house without electricity or running water, dirt/mud roads, and the Muslims always make a garbage dump at the entrance of these colonies. The Christians are continualyy threatened, and gangs of boys regularly come into the colonies to rape the girls and beat up the boys and cause general havoc, even torching the houses. Their "churches" dare not have the cross and is usually a inconspicous building. If found, it may be attacked. When I was there one church was attacked by a gang with AK-47s because Christians were singing hymms, some were killed. Nothing was done by the law. Gangs of boys who rape and pillage will not be prosectued, and in fact if the Christians go to the law they will be ignored and the cops will tell the gangs they were ratted on, which brings only more retribution upon the Christians. Yet these Christians are so inspiring and so strong in their faith that all it would take for them is to convert to Islam and their lives would improve so dramatically. But they stay faithful. God bless them.

    • Dear All,

      I think the time has come to realise the condition of Pakistani Christian by the western countries specially America.
      American and other werstern countries are always been very supportive to the muslims peoples inspite they can not will there heart and soul even privind and developing there 03rd generation in there countries.

      I beleive America should support proceuted christians families who are suffering without any mission in life.

      Thanks

      Sohail - Dubai

  2. Praying!

    >>>>>()<<<<<

    (“The Nation should wake-up now”)

    Wake Up

    "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14

    Wake Up Wake Up

    "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20

    Wake Up Wake Up Wake Up

    "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
    "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
    "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:11-13

    The Dawn Of The Risen LORD Soon Will Shine Upon Israel

    "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee."
    "For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee."
    "And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising." Isaiah 60:1-3

    And His Judgement Comes Closer And Closed With Each Evil Sin

    "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
    "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

    And Whatever Will You Plea If You Spurned His Holy Blood

    "Of sin, because they believe not on me;" John 16:9

    When You Stand Naked Before The Holy LORD

    "For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
    "So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." Romans 14:11-12

    Wake Up!

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25

    • AMEN AMEN AMEN

      THESE SCRIPTURES BRING TEARS TO MY EYES BOTH IN JOY AND IN SORROW

      IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP, TO SPEAK UP AND TO LOOK UP
      FOR OUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING NEAR

      FALLEN IN LOVE WITH JESUS FOREVER

  3. The article about the Christian journalist and his family who were in hiding on Resurrection Sunday, in fear of their lives, hit home with me today because of my own plans to attend an Easter presentation at a local church. Here in America, we do not have to fear being in attendance at such a Presentation, even when it's about Jesus, the basis for our faith. We are still enjoying, for the most part, freedom of our faith choices but for how much longer?

    This Passion Presentation was attended by hundreds for five days straight with no charge to anyone. It was professionally done and spiritually moving. In fact, it was so good, I chose to see it twice and tried to get some other family members to attend, who are also Christians, but there was little interest and none decided to go.

    As I read this story, I realized how much we take our freedoms for granted. I sat there so thankful for the opportunity to attend such a huge undertaking in safety, when it's sole purpose was to glorify God and prick the hearts of the people. Yet, at the same time, wondering how long Christians will be allowed to coast down 123 easy street, Anytown, USA, without confrontation and/or persecution from public authorities.

    I know the article referenced, wasn't about Easter but rather about the freedoms of the Christian but I must take this one step further, in light of this particular day. This is the one and only day of the entire year that celebrates the most important event of a Christian's life both here and in eternity. I don't understand how so many believers can justify treating it no differently than any other day. This, of all days, should be one of remembrance and celebration over God's gracious gift of so great a salvation.

    Have we also left our first love? Have we slowly become lukewarm without noticing? My heart is heavy today, knowing that God's righteous discipline must begin first in the House of the Lord. If it saddens me, a sinner saved by His love and grace, how must it grieve the very heart and Spirit of our Lord God and Savior Yeshua/Jesus.

    The strengthening of the Church will come only through a shaking to fully awaken her and truly, it is time.

    Prepare your bride, oh Lord and come quickly.

  4. Muslim minorities living in western countries demand equal justice and accommodation, but in their own countries they threaten brutality at the slightest criticism. Their hypocrisy is obvious and transparent. When will people in Pakistan (and other Muslim countries) divest themselves of this barbarity, and join the rest of the modern world?

    • Going back to Genesis, it is clear that God's chosen from the seed of Isaac will end up at war with those from the seed of Ishmael. Jacob and Esau also were types of these two waring nations. This means that those descendants, as nations, will be at war with Israel, mostly out of jealousy.

      America, a Christian nation under God not so very long ago, was born initially out of the early church (Jewish and Gentile believers) and because of it's support for Israel, God has graciously blessed her. This war between the nations is really a war between those who are FOR Israel (and her supporters) and those who are AGAINST Israel (and her supporters) and it will not be resolved until the time that Israel's Messiah has determined.

      The God of Israel has kept His WORD and has always made sure that a remnant of Israel survived throughout all of history. He has used Her to demonstrate His power to protect Her as well as to judge Her and He will do so one last time, but not in the same way as ever before. At the same time, He will provide a place of protection for His people, most particularly during the last 3 & 1/2 years of the Great Tribulation, much like He provided for Noah and for the three Hebrew men who were thrown into the fire where they had a divine appointment with the LORD who protected them from it's harm.

      It's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God and all who are against what the God of the Universe is for, will find out just how terrible it will be. We must pray for those Muslim people who have ears to hear and eyes to see, that they will come to faith in the one and only true God for salvation. Many of them have believed in Jesus and that, in itself, is a sign of the times. PTL

      There are none so blind as those who will not see. It seems that God dulls the understanding both sight and hearing of those who purposely close their eyes and stop their ears but He delights in filling those who "RUN" after Him with His understandings and His Joy, something we cannot attain on our own.

      I have taken this far beyond your comment; please forgive me.

  5. We pray for God's courage and wisdom for George & Suneeta, as they face this threat from the Islamic Fundamentalists. May God, our Father, give them peace and patience.
    Pristopher

  6. Shalom!
    I'm from Pakistan, but long ago I migrated from Pakistan. In my childhood I learned from my grandmother that we are Jews but I never found any documentary records. We live in Pakistan as good religious Christians. My father told me that he was stoned by Muslims when he was teen age because of his faith and the Muslims want him to convert to Islam. But he accepted every spiritual challenge of Muslims, and they never won from him. In the last they call my father "Baba" means Saint because he memorized many books of the Bible and G-d's power was working through him.
    When I was writing my B.Sc. final exams in Lahore, some how Muslim Student Organization found out that I have a Jewish root, and they tried their best to catch me, torture and kill me, but the G-d of my forefather is always on my side, they hunted me for two years from 1992-1994 but the Lord always helped me to escape from their traps. In 1994 the Lord helped me to escape from Pakistan.
    In year 2000 7-8 Muslims kidnap my youngest sister at 1 midnight at gun point from the house and raped her and early in the morning threw her back in front of our house and later she died.
    I understand the pain George is going through because I already experienced it.

    I told my some friends that I have Jewish roots but no one believed but looking for proves. I took my DNA test from DNA Family Tree, on the advice of my friends to know the truth of my claim. Now the result is showing that I'm an Ashkenazi, Levites and one rabbi who is a doctor send me an email from Texas who has the same result with me.

    Why I'm writing all these things to let others know that in Pakistan there are many Christians who have Jewish blood, much of the time they don't know their roots but some do. The Muslims know these things and that the reason they are not tolerating them.
    This is my prayer that some how may the G-d of Israel open the eyes of the countries who love the Jews, to help the suffering lost people of Israel in Pakistan, and bring them in their countries or help them to reach the Promise Land, instead of allowing the Muslims who are always terrorists to live in Christian countries.

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