Christian family faces forced conversion threats

Life for All and Masihi Foundation, along with the church and civil society leaders have asked the authorities to arrest the murderer of Boota Masih and act against those persecuting his family.

Pakistan
Oct 31 2013, 5:50 PM
Christian family faces forced conversion threats
Father Yaqoob with wife of Boota Masih in prayer.

A Pakistani court has indicted three people for threatening the family of the late Boota Masih, 58, a Christian murdered by a business rival after he was accused of blasphemy.

Life for All and Masihi Foundation, along with the church and civil society leaders have asked the authorities to arrest the murderer of Boota Masih and act against those persecuting his family.

Muhammad Asif, a business rival of gold merchant Boota Masih has been accused of killing him after alleging that he had committed blasphemy. The Muslim businessman is accused of attacking his victim at the Liaqatabad Gold Market in Karachi in broad daylight in September. He slit the victim’s throat and stabbed him over a dozen times in full view of his workers and police officers. The cops are accused of allowing the murderer to escape.

More than a month later, on October 24, a group of armed men broke into the Masih’s home, threatening to kill its members if they did not withdraw their complaint and did not convert to Islam.

According to data collected by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of Pakistan, at least 964 people have been charged under the blasphemy law from 1986 to August 2009. They include 479 Muslims, 119 Christians, 340 Ahmadis and 14 Hindus.

Since the law was adopted, more than 40 extra-judicial killings have been carried out against innocent people.

Source: Asia News

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