On April 15, Mushtaq Gill and his family were shocked to find pages of the Qur’an scattered in the wind in front of their home. They were terrified to learn that the torn pages were accompanied by self-incriminating notes, allegedly from Mushtaq’s son, which read: “I, Farrukh Mushtaq Gill, have committed this blasphemous act, and I will keep doing this.”
The desecrated Qur’an pages were planted by Muslims who hoped to stir up violence against Gill’s family and other Christians in Gujranwala, Pakistan. To make matters worse, they scattered the torn pages in front of Gill’s home just before the Muslim time of prayer on Friday.
During the prayer time, Muslims were told about the desecration of the Qur’an and incited to gather and demand the arrest of Farrukh (see picture at right) and his father, Mushtaq. Nearly 100 had gathered before the police arrived at the scene to attempt to calm the situation. The police explained to the mob that they were convinced that the desecration of the Qur’an was done by someone who intended to stir up violence against Christians, but the Muslims refused to recant their allegation.
The police eventually caved to the pressure from the radical Muslims and arrested Farrukh and his father. After detaining them for one day to appease the mob, the police released them. Unfortunately, the Muslims protested and essentially forced the police to re-arrest Mushtaq and Farrukh on the same day that they were released. This time, they also arrested other members of Gill’s family, including Farrukh’s wife and their one-year-old daughter.
This case is a clear example of mob justice in Pakistan. Radical Islamists can easily persecute Christians and force the government to do the same, leaving Pakistani Christians without protection.
The Father is truly the only hope for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan, so we ask that you please pray for Mushtaq, Farrukh and the rest of their family to be released and protected from further persecution by the Islamists.