Terrorist organisation wants to kill pastor

The clergyman and his family are under police protection. However, Jamat-ul-Dawa said that it could kill the man "even if he is in custody."

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Pakistan
Nov 13 2013, 3:25 PM
Terrorist organisation wants to kill pastor

Jamat-ul-Dawa, banned by the United States, Europe and India for carrying out terrorist activities, has issued a fatwa against Adnan Masih, a Christian pastor from Lahore accused of insulting Muhammad and Islam. Masih turned himself in to local police on November 8 asking for protection.

The clergyman and his family are under police protection. However, Jamat-ul-Dawa said that it could kill the man "even if he is in custody." Father Arshed John from the Diocese of Lahore said that this was the third case of persecution against Christians based on the blasphemy law in the last two months.

On October 7, Adnan Masih was working as a substitute for his brother at an optical store. The Christian clergyman saw a book on the shelf by a Muslim leader, who heads the Jamat-ul-Dawa. He noted errors in the book about the Bible and made corrections to it.

The next day Abid Mehmood, a colleague of his brother, filed a police complaint against Masih accusing him of blasphemy. Though the Christian man denied the accusations, he became the subject of death threats from Jamat-ul-Dawa and eventually a fatwa.

"We're scared," his family members said. "Adnan has not written anything against Islam. He only corrected some things about Jesus Christ."

Source: AsiaNews

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