Pakistan Funeral For Burned Christian

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By Worthy News Asia Service reporting from Pakistan

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday, March 24, of a young Christian man who was allegedly burned by Muslim extremists and police officers for refusing to convert to Islam.

Arshed Masih, 38, was burned Friday, March 19, in front of a police station in Rawalpindi, Police Superintendent Moin Shah told Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife.  His wife Martha Masih, 33, was raped by possibly three police officers in the police station, where the couple had been held for questioning, he added.

Their children, ranging in ages from 7 to 12,  were allegedly forced to watch the attacks.

Shah said the police officers were suspended Tuesday, pending an investigation into their involvement in the burning and rape incidents.

Local Christians and human rights investigators have said the attacks were instigated by the couple's employer, Muslim businessman Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, who lives in Rawalpindi.

"DIRE CONSEQUENCES"

Since 2005, Arshed Masih had been working as a driver and his wife as a maid for the businessman.

However Sultan was upset that the couple refused to convert to Islam and threatened them with "dire consequences" earlier this year, explained Martha Masih's brother, Moosa Masih.

Last week Sultan filed a case of theft of 500,000 Rupees (about $6,000) against Arshed and Martha Masih, according to a 'First Information Report' issued by local police, seen by Worthy News.

The businessman offered the couple to drop the case if they convert to Islam saying that otherwise they would "never see their children again," Moosa Masih said.

Sultan has denied any wrongdoing, saying he was "unaware" of the attacks and that he never forced them to convert to Islam.

TALKS UNDERWAY

He was expected to meet police and non-governmental organizations Thursday to discuss possible compensation for the family, Christian advocacy groups said.

However Martha Masih has said she want the suspects to be detained.

Masih, who has been treated for injuries following the rape, appeared in shock during Wednesday's funeral for her late husband.

Grieving family members and Christian activists attended the ceremony at the Shamsabad Catholic Church in Rawalpindi. He was later buried at the Christian Graveyard, Pirwadahi.

FAMILY HOMELESS

On Wednesday, March 23, Martha Masih and her children were still homeless after they were expelled from the servant quarters of Sultan's estate, the family said.

They have been sleeping at the Rawalpindi Holy Family Hospital where Christian activists have brought them meals.

Arshed Masih has come to symbolize a growing number of reports of persecution of Pakistan's Christian minority, including cases of forced conversions, said advocacy group Life for All. Christians are among those targeted by Muslim militants, some of whom have links to al-Qaida and Taliban groups, Christian rights activists say.

Life for All said it has urged Christians in Pakistan and around the world to participate in its efforts to support the Masih family. The group can be reached via peacepakistan@hotmail.com or phone number +92 300 4017141.

Christians comprise less than five percent of Pakistan's roughly 175 million people.

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3 thoughts on “Pakistan Funeral For Burned Christian”

  1. Oh LORD

    "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
    So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Hebrews 13:5-6

    Bless Your Holy Name

    "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalms 116:15

    Save Them My God And My LORD

    "And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
    But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
    Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not." Jonah 3:6-8

    Mercy!

    "Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
    And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:16-17

    Mercy!

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18

    I Love You LORD Jesus

    • "Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed." Isaiah 66:5

      Hallelujah!

      "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Psalms 103:1

      I Love You LORD Jesus

      I Love You

  2. Father, forgive them for they know not what they do, those that have done this against your children, just as Jesus cried out from the cross, I cry out for the husband and wife, and children and say forgive those that have participated in these horrendous acts.
    Father I place them in your hands and release any trap that may be attempted by the prince of the air - Through the blood of the Lamb I cover the mother and children, and say your will be done - Father, turn what the enemy of our soul has meant for evil to good - for all.
    A word to those who are in positions of authority - Touch Not the Anointed of the Lord - for as you sow you reap. so says the living word of God the All in All, Creator, Father, Almighty One - forever - Amen.

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