Pakistan Christians Protest Police "Torture" And Sexual Abuse

Monday, February 2, 2009 | Tag Cloud

By Jawad Mazhar Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Sargodha, Pakistan

Pakistani Christians protest in front of police station in Sargodha against police violence. Via mobile phone. Jawad Mazhar for Worthy News.

SARGODHA, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) -- A tense calm returned Monday, February 2, to an impoverished area of the Pakistani city of Sargodha where police “tortured” Christian residents, which included beatings and sexually molesting girls and women, local Christians told Worthy News.

Last week, dozens of angry Christian men and women protested in front of nearby Factory Area Police Station to express their “pain and anger”over the January 20 incident at Sultan Colony town in Sargodha, the latest in a series of reported police attacks against minority Christians in this Islamic nation.

The violence allegedly happened when local police chief Afzal Lalli, backed by security forces, raided the home of a Christian man, identified as Naeem Gill. He said Lalli “dragged five Christian guests” identified as Nadeem Ashraf, Nadeem Naseer, Haroon Gill, Zaffar and Kamran Bhatti from a guest room in to the street and “thrashed” them with shoes, a sign of disrespect in Muslim culture.

"Making use of darkness due to the power outage Lalli and his fellow police men forced their way into the inner portion of the house and beat our girls and women present in the house" Gill told Worthy News. "Factory Area Police ruined the chastity of female members of my family by ripping apart their clothes and dragging them violently in the streets of Sultan Colony," he added.


Christians demonstrating against the alleged abuses said police claimed they were searching for a criminal identified as Shahid Ashraf. However,  “They ransacked Naeem Gill's house for apparently without any reason,” Gill and other protesters said.

Afzal Lalli admitted that his forces "raided" the Christian home "on a tip-off to arrest offender Shahid Ashraf, who is required by the Factory Area Police in several cases of robbery." However he denied  police was involved in misconduct. They did not “drag or beat any one there. [We] merely  raided to confirm, if the fugitive was hiding there or not," he told Worthy News.

Yet, Christians maintained he was operating outside his jurisdiction as another police station is responsible for the district where the alleged violence occurred. He "had no right to raid and torture a Christian family," Gill and other protesters said.


A Pakistani human rights group,  'Rays of Development Organization' (ROD), said it was not the first time that police “tortured impoverished and innocent Christians”.

ROD Chief Ferhan Mazher told Worthy News his group knew of “several cases from the past in which police raided Christian homes.” He said police have often “implicated Christians into fake cases, simply because they are Christians.”

Mazher said Christians are often lacking funds to defend themselves in courts or in police stations.

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2 thoughts on “Pakistan Christians Protest Police "Torture" And Sexual Abuse”

  1. Forgive Them LORD

    "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

    They Know Not Who They Mock

    "Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
    And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
    Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?" Joel 2:12-14

    Save Now

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    Oh LORD
    Heal Your Children
    Bless Our Sisters And Brothers

    "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2

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    Thank You Father For Answered Pray
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    Love, Joe

  2. This story reminds me of the description in Hebrews of those of whom "the world was not worthy"...and it reminds me to "remember those that are in chains, as being in chains with them"...

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