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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Accused Christian from Sumbrial attack found dead in prison! ....Suicide or murder...!?

I have received this email from a brother Asif Mall. It describes the death of the young man against whom the FIR was raised, that triggered the recent Sumbrial Attack. It is sad disheartening news that has had a very demoralising affect on me. We need to spur our campaign and make it even more profound and prominent - our Brothers and Sisters in Pakistan deserve better and we need to end our apathy, or I am afraid, this horrid scenario will continue for a period of longevity. We must concern our effiorts into a full investigation of this death if the truth is to be uncovered as it seesm to convenient that this youg brother has died befire his day in court to fight the purportedly trumped up charges against him....??!
I have received no corroborating story or evidence to date, so I copy the text of the email so you can read the contents as provided (sic):

Christian Youngman brutally Murdered by Sumbrial Police during Detention

Dear All,

I have just heard the sad and heartbreaking news of murder of the Christian youngman during Police custody, after blasphemy charges against him in Sumbrial, Sialkot.
The police seems to be saying that he hanged himself during detention, but this doesn't make sense that why he would do that. This is clearly an extra-judicial murder by the Sumbrial police, who seem to have Islamo-Fascist amongst their ranks. The police officer incharge of the said police station should be held accountable, a murder case should be registered against him, and should be immediately arrested.

Pakistani Christians worldwide must get ready for action once again, and do whatever is necessary to raise the voice of this atricity to highest levels of policy makers within your countries. I will keep you posted on various developments in Pakistan regarding this case, and about the response of the Pakistani Christians living in the UK.


Asif Mall
I have selected the image above for this blog with the Question mark and the thinking man for two sepcific purposes. Firstly to indicate the futility of the crime enacted on the innocent Christians fo Sumbrial. If the local populace belived that a young man was to blame for a blasphemy by what right have they subjected an entire village to the cruel terror that has befallen them... please tell me why? Secondly, why has the accused taken his life (if it was suicide?), every faith considers suicide a sin, In particular I ahve some verses that explain the Christian perspective:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and bto cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John v 9.
Also read Matthew 11 v 25: 29:
"25 At the time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
26 “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
These verses indicate that repentance is required for forgiveness of sins, however, their are unrepented sins that are forgiven. We know that christ takes our burdens and our sins upon himself and thus many sins that we have forgotten about or actions we are not aware of are forgiven without active repentance. This does not justify suicide and I will not judge whether the victim in this story (if he has committed suicide will be forgiven or not). Our god is a merciful God he is also a god of wrath we know this from the Bible. Suicide in the Christian world is considered murder of oneself. It is explicitly written in the Ten Commnadments that murder is a sin. However, murderers have been forgiven before i.e. Moses and Saul so we know even such heinous crime can be forgiven. The question we have to ask ourselves is forgiveness of sins a perpetual context for Christians or is it something based on good deeds. An interesting argument is posed by Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. They believe it is a forgivable sin but end on the note:
"Is the Christian forgiven for suicide? Yes. But suicide is not an option. We do not have the right to take our own lives. That belongs to God."
Perhaps other brothers or sisters may want to add to this debate...?


  1. Hi Brother
    Thanks for providing the information. What are your suggestions in how can we make the British society realise the kind of injustices that is taking place in Pakistan

  2. Meet me at my offices on the 24th September at 19:00 and we can discuss how to enhance the profile of our campaign! I have numerous ideas but need volunteers to assit. Can you come...?

  3. I as a christian feel God has brought us to a point in time where we must all stand and hold together as a unit to do whatever we can to help and support our suffereing part of the body of Christ.
    When something of the least kind happens to Muslims, it becomes a massive issue generally, even our governments seem limited to say otherwise.
    I reckon, now is the time that we don't take the sacrifice of our martyrs in Pakistan for granted or let anyone else take it that way. Let us do all we can in our power... let us take pactical steps by making this matter known in the media, our churches, youth goups, schools/campuses etc. to raise awareness for prayer and to fight for justice.
    My heart aches for christians at the recent atrocities and my prayers are with the suffering individuals and the church in Pakistan. May God be with you. Amen.