Pakistan Christians Protest Release "Murderer" Of Christian Servant

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By Worthy News Correspondents Jawad Mazhar and Xavier P. Williams

demo Christians have demanded justice for family of murdered Christian domestic servant. Xavier P. Williams for BosNewsLife

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Christians protested Monday, February 22, in Pakistan's Punjab provinceagainst the release on bail of the alleged murderer of a 12-year-old Christian domestic servant, whose casehas come to symbolize mounting tensions between Muslims and Christians here.

Demonstrators gathered in Youhanabad, a poor Christian settlement on the fringes of the provincialcapital Lahore, demanding justice for the family of Shazia Masih, who died last month.

The girl was allegedly mentally and physically abused in the home of Muslim lawyer Chaudhry Mohammad Naeem,in Lahore, where she had worked for the last eight months to support her poor parents.

She was taken to hospital for treatment "but did not recover and passed away on January 22," said theCentre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which represents Masih's family in court.

Naeem was briefly detained for his alleged involvement in Masih's death, but released on bail after her family'slawyer failed to show up in time following apparent death threats, demonstrators said.

BAR THREATS

The Lahore High Court Bar Association has reportedly threatened that any lawyer who will appearagainst Mohammad Naeem will have to "face dire consequences," Christians familiar with the case said.

There was no immediate comment from the Association.

Monday's protest also came amid concerns over other violence, including the destruction of a Christianfamily house in Punjab's Sadhokey village.

The home of Walayat Masih and his wife and four sons was allegedly burned down January 26, by three Muslimbrothers.

Masih told Worthy News and its news partner agency BosNewsLife that the attack came one-and-a-half year after his eldest son "was crushed" bythe tractor trolley of the same men attacking his house.He said his family is now living in hiding, amid more death threats.

POLICE RELUCTANT

Local police have refused to file charges against the three brothers and do not want to investigate the case,said Xavier William, the Joint Secretary of the Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), a major Christian umbrellagroup.

However the regional Rawalpindi High Court has ordered police officials to register a case against the threeMuslims, Worthy News learned.

The ruling came after Samuel Saroya, a Christian rights activist, pleaded to the Court to seek justice for Walayat Masih and his family.

Christian rights groups say the cases are no isolated incidents. Last year was the worst period of persecution against Christians in Pakistan in the last decade, with attacks, arrests and detentions that reportedly killed some 130 Christians across the Islamic country, CLAAS told Worthy News.

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  1. Praying!

    "But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it."
    Jeremiah 22:17

    Forgive Them LORD

    "Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
    For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
    My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
    The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
    All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee."
    Psalms 22:23-27

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    "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

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