Pakistan Christian Workers "Tortured" Over Crucifix

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By Worthy News Asia Service reporting from Pakistan 

SIALKOT, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)-- Three Christian workers were detained and "tortured" by police and dismissed from their jobs in Pakistan's Punjab province for wearing a crucifix and church visits on Sundays, according to statements from the men, their priest and family members Wednesday, May 12. Local police said the Christians were taken into custody because of suspected "alcohol" related offenses.  

Atif Masih, Kamran Masih and Naveed Gill, who worked at a local garments factory in the Paka Garah area of Sialkot city, were arrested May 4 on what they and relatives called "false" accusations of illegally selling alcoholic beverages. "We were arrested" by local police "and pressured to give a false statement that we sold alcohol," the workers alleged.

They claimed the real reason for the three-day detention was their decision to each wear a crucifix -- often used as a symbol of Christianity -- and their church visits. "The factory owner said that nobody would be allowed to wear a cross and called all Christian workers to work on Sundays. He also threatened us with dire consequences after we asked for permission to visit church on Sunday," added the workers, who joined the factory last year. 

Factory owner Rana Ejaz said local police "advised" him to make the alcohol sale accusations "so that I can terminate" agreements with the Christians. Ejaz declined to answer if the Christian workers sold alcohol on his premises or whether he fired them because they were each wearing a cross.


A senior police official at the local Paka Garah Police Station, Zulfiqar Ali, told BosNewsLife that the men had "confessed" they sold alcoholic beverages. He refused to discuss Christian concerns that the confession was made under duress, including torture. 

The workers' local parish priest, Illyas Mall, family members and friends said the three men "never even touched alcohol" and that they were "illegally" detained by police. "Factory owner Rana Ejaz is a good friend of the police chief, so he illegally detained the three and tortured them," the priest added.

He said the Christians were released after "three days of illegal detention" following protests from local human rights groups. Pakistani authorities and local police have come under increased international pressure to improve their treatment of minority Christians in the predominantly Islamic nation.

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4 thoughts on “Pakistan Christian Workers "Tortured" Over Crucifix”

  1. Deliver your people, O Lord, holy and true, from the hand of them that oppress them. Let our enemies know they cannot get away with such acts except they repent and give their lives to your Son Jesus Christ, which is what we want. They were not violent, nor did they do the things they are falsely accused of. Let your servants rejoice, however, and be exceeding glad, because great is their reward in Heaven.

  2. Is There No Fear

    "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

    Of The Wrath Of God Almighty

    "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:35-36

    Or Does The Enemy

    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" 1 Peter 5:8

    Got Your Eyes

    "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

    Look Up

    "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:13-15

    And Be Blessed Beloved

    "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

    Love, Joe

  3. This is the second such story where this web page reported Catholic persecution as "Christian Persecution."

    Persecution is terrible and I deplpore it. However inoculationg precious Catholic people with the notion that they are indeed "Christian" is doing them no favors.

    If Catholics are offended at being told their religion does not follow the bible, and therefore they are not Christian, so be it.

    Hell is a very offensive place and only placing your trust in the real Jesus Christ, will save you.

    Jesus is not a piece of flat bread, Christians do not pray to Mary, or dead people. Christ did it all. We cannot add to our salvation by works.

    Please be more accurate in reporting "Christian" persecution. Don't get me wrong, I do not approve of Catholic persecution. I love Catholics enough to tell them the truth.

  4. Amen, Jesus loves You! Amen and Amen. Brothers and sisters -I pray for a hedge of protection and the USA is going to see this for what we believe soon. Come Lord Jesus!

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