NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian "Burnt", Wife "Raped", For Refusing Islam (Investigation)

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By Worthy News Asia Service reporting from Pakistan

Arshed Masih is fighting for his life after he was nearly burned to death, Muslim militants backed by police, sources tell BosNewsLife. Photo: BosNewsLife/Worthy News Correspondent reporting from the region

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- A Christian man was fighting for his life in Pakistan's Punjab province Saturday, March 20, after Muslim leaders backed by police burned 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 Worthy News and its news partner Bosnewslife.

Arshed Masih was burned 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 had been working 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 his 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.

The police's First Information Report on the theft, seen by Worthy News and BosNewsLife

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

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 Worthy News 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. (Worthy News and BosNewsLife Asia Service includes correspondents often working in difficult circumstances. In some cases, including this report, their names are not mentioned due to security concerns. With editing by Worthy News'  Stefan J. Bos).

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4 thoughts on “NEWS ALERT: Pakistan Christian "Burnt", Wife "Raped", For Refusing Islam (Investigation)”

  1. How much longer, Heavenly Father, will these senseless and cruel acts go on unpunished? Heavenly Father, I want to apologize for having an ungrateful attitude sometimes. I have never been through anything near as traumatizing as Arshed Masih, his wife Martha Arshed, and their 3 children have endured. I ask that you give them your peace and heal them, mind, body, and spirit. Thank you for keeping them encouraged in their faith, and I ask that they would grow stronger in their walk with you. I ask that you send heavy conviction to their attackers, including law enforcement that should have been protecting them from harm, not giving it. I pray that they would not get away with it even in this lifetime. However, I do want to thank you for loving our enemies, and asking us to do the same, as difficult as it is to do sometimes. I pray for every soul involved in this matter, both the souls of the victims, aswell as the souls of the oppressors. May you be glorified, Heavenly Father. May souls everywhere be touche4d by your presence and won to your kingdom. We ask all this in Jesus' mighty and holy name-AMEN!

  2. Praying!

    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

    Praying!

    "These things I command you, that ye love one another.
    If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
    If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
    Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
    But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." John 15:17-21

    Bless Them LORD

    "In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;" 2 Timothy 2:25

    Bless

    "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 peter 3:9

    Them

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25-26

    I Love You Jesus

    • WE AS CHRISTIANS MUST REMBER TO PRAY FOR THOSE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST WHO ARE SUFFERING THIS KIND OF PERSCUTIONS AND, VILINCE, EVERYDAY, AND ASK GOD TO KEEP THEM UNDER HIS WINGS,
      THIS AN AWFULL THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS FAMILY.
      BUT PRAISE THE LORD GOD GAVE THEM THE COURAGE NOT TO FORSAKE THE LORD.
      LETS REMBER TO PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST PEOPLE

    • The very traumatic, agonizing, painful and cruel episode both Arshad and Martha went through is really inhuman. Let us pray that the Lord uplift their spirit to continue on to hold on to their faith.

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