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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Arshad Masih (RIP)

Arshad Masih (RIP) - the perpetrators of the violence to his family must be brought to justice!

Arshed Masih died last night in hospital from serious trauma a result of the burns covering 80% of his body. The 38 year old Pakistani Christian wenet through extreme pain when he was set on fire after refusing to convert to Islam.

The funeral Arshad who died after a prolonged three days of agony, should take place sometime this afternoon. The family have asked that an autopsy is performed on the body of Arshad befire burial. The Christian Community of Pakistan in the voices of its largest institutions has condemned the latest episode of violence. Plans are afoot to organise a protest and it is reported than many lead voices have denounced the "lethargy" of the federal and provincial government to punish those responsible.

It has been reported that On March 19 a group of Islamic extremists burned alive Arshed Masih, a driver employed by a wealthy Muslim businessman in Rawalpindi. His wife worked as a maid in the same estate, situated in front of a police station. Recently disagreements had arisen between the employer, Sheikh Mohammad Sultan, and the couple because of their Christian faith. Reports from the ground state the couple had suffered threats and intimidation to force them to convert to Islam.

Arshed Masih (pictured) died last night at 07.45 local time. Somehow through the pain an trauma Arshad survived three days of agony. Arshad was being cared for at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Punjab province. It is alleged that his wife Martha Arshed was raped by police after she sought to denounce the violence inflicted on her husband. It has also been reported that the couple's three children - ages 7 to 12 years - were forced to witness the torture inflicted on their parents.

Since 2005 Arshed Masih and his wife had worked and lived on the estate of the late Sheikh Mohammad Sultan. The pressure on them to renounce Christianity had purtotedly become incessant. some reports state that the owner had come so far as to threaten "dire consequences", to persuade them to embrace Islam. It has also been noted that the couple were accused of a recent theft by the owner - who promised to drop the complaint if they would convert to Islam.

The site adds that yesterday the provincial government of Punjab blocked a protest march of Christians, under the pretext of "terrorist threat". The local community wanted to demonstrate against the "refusal" of the police to arrest the perpetrators of the crime.

Pakistan Christian Post said:

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  1. Thanks brother Wilson.You are doing great job brother. GOD bless you.

  2. Good Evening Bhai,
    Thanks you very much for these informations. Is it possible to have the names of the police officer who raped his wife.

    Best Regards


  3. I will try and find out these details....

  4. Dear Wilson

    Thank you this tragic information,is it possible to hold the protest sooner than july.In my openion protesting in the next few weeks will be more useful as this matter is fresh at the moment and will get a more sympethetic and better response from the authoroties and public.This will also bring into light the suffering and in-human treatment of our community in pakistan.I await your reply. yours


  5. Hi Tanweer,

    We cannot possibly keep trawling out for protests for evry single incident that occurs in Pakistan. You will be aware that the Shazia Bashir case only recently occurred and many inbetween and before. If we protest too much medai, the government and our own people will become apathetic. Small rushed protests dont serve much purpose anyway. On the 31st of July we cna raise a whole hepa of issues as the BPCA are intending to hold a 4 hour concert befire the march at which speakers can address visitors. We may even hire a small stage that will be erected near the Pakistan Embassy. If nothing has highlighted our concerns before this sure will. However, we need support form all our community and wider Christians. Why not engage with your network and make sure they come out....

    Kind regards


  6. Only a muslim can do this.. aadat se majboor jo hain...... They r the biggest hypocrites on the face of this world.

  7. This last comment is rather unfair as we are all aware that Christian's have been involved in similar atrocities around the World - Man is fallible. What we need to do is to work with all communities to ensure a better, safer and more peaceful Pakistan for all.

  8. Brother Wilson I'm from Malaysia. There is nothing much i can do..practically. All i can afford to do is pray for the family who is going through such a horrific tribulation. Jesus has risen from the dead for us n he is coming soon for us, to save us from all this tribulations.And i have faith in him n his words. I pray God will deliver them from this painful situation..n move on n in times to come May God Bless N Keep them save. N i pray for u to brother for afford in fighting for justice for this family. May God Keep u save from all the bad things in this world. Coz we need more people like u in this ministry. God Bless U..