Muslims Kill Pakistan Potato Trader For Not Embracing Islam; Christian Detained For Blasphemy

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | Tag Cloud


By Worthy News Asia Service reporting from Pakistan

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Police in Pakistan's province of Punjab have launched an investigation into reports that Muslim extremists killed a Christian for refusing to convert to Christianity. It comes at a time when Christians in the region are also prosecuted for alleged blasphemy against Islam.

Rasheed Masih, 36, was allegedly murdered on March 9 by six Muslims with at least one axe in Punjab's Khanewal district. Local Christians said the suspects are rival merchants who objected to Masih's potato business and his devotion to Christianity.

The Muslims allegedly killed Masih after luring him to their farmhouse on March 9, leaving him on a roadside near Kothi Nand Singh village, the next day. In a statement, the regional Mian Channu Parish of the Church of Pakistan described Rasheed Masih as a "devoted Christian", adding that both Masih and his brother Asi had refused the Muslims’ pressure to convert to Islam.

The reported murder came shortly before another Christian man, Arshed Masih, was burned Friday, March 19, in the city of Rawalpindi by Muslim hardliners for refusing to convert to Islam, hospital and law enforcement officials said.


Masih died of his injuries early Tuesday, March 23, at the age of 38, leaving behind a wife and three small children, his family told Worthy News and its partner agency BosNewsLife.

Elsewhere, Christians in Punjab province are also prosecuted on controversial blasphemy charges.

Among those detained by police is Rubina Bibi who could face "life imprisonment" and even the death penalty for allegedly “blaspheming” the prophet of Islam, said Khalid Gill, an official of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) advocacy group.

Local police in the town of Alipur, where she has been held, denied allegations by Christian rights investigators that Bibi had been arrested and tortured.


Her whereabouts were not immediately known Thursday March 25. Gill told reporters that the Christian woman had been detained following a domestic quarrel with her accuser, Sabir Munir Qadri, who he identified as a "radical Muslim."

Qadri could not immediately be reached for comment.

Human rights groups say blasphemy laws have often misused in personal disputes.

Since February a Christian man, Qamar David, received life imprisonment for blasphemy, while a Christian couple, Ruqqiya Bibi and Munir Masih was sentenced to 25 years in jail on charges of "defiling the Koran" after touching the book with unwashed hands, said the Center for Legal Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS).

Both cases are open for appeal. (With Worthy News' Jawad Mazhar in Pakistan).

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11 thoughts on “Muslims Kill Pakistan Potato Trader For Not Embracing Islam; Christian Detained For Blasphemy”

  1. Praying You Know LORD, You Know!

    "The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief." Job 24:14

    Yet It Is Mercy! Mercy We Cry!

    "This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead." Ecclesiastes 9:3

    Glorify Your Holy Name

    "Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
    To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
    But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
    Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
    But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
    For there is no respect of persons with God." Romans 2:6-11

    Save Now LORD

    "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:9-10

    Save Now

    "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:7

    I Love You LORD Jesus

    • "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 11:25-29

      "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

      "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

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

      I Love You LORD Jesus

  2. Somebody should have proofread this article:

    "Police in Pakistan's province of Punjab have launched an investigation into reports that Muslim extremists killed a Christian for refusing to convert to Christianity."

    • Tears Often Make Typing An Exceptionally Hard Thing To Do Don't You Think

      "Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?" Psalms 56:8

      Be Blessed Beloved Of The KING

      Love, Your Brother Joe

  3. Whats all this about Islam being a "peaceful" religion?!! When was the last time you heard of a Christian killing a Muslim for not converting to Christianity?
    Wake up America!!

    • The Crusades.

      About 100,000 Jews in 15th Century Spain . . .

      Montezuma and Company in Mexico.

      Nothing yesterday that I know of. . . .

      Wake up, Michael!

      • Precisely Cyrus, we have evolved. It is all history, not the present. PS. name one non-muslim suicide bomber!

      • Believers

        "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44


        "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
        We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:18-19


        "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

        And Be Blessed Beloved

        "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
        They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
        We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
        Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
        He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:4-8

        Love, Joe

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