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(ANS) – After refusing to renounce his Christian faith and embrace Islam, a Pakistani man was seriously beaten. According to a news release from the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), Shahbaz Masih, 29, worked as a driver for the Muslim family of Mir Hussein. Masih’s hard work and honesty earned the trust of his employer. However, that offended a number of area Muslims, APMA reported. On the evening of April 23, Masih was captured by a group of eight armed Muslim men. They brought him to a farm house outside his village. Masih’s captors told him to embrace Islam if want to live, otherwise he would be killed. Masih refused and tried to escape, but the men overpowered him, tied his hands behind his back and placed a rope around his neck. Masih said, APMA reported, “You can kill me but cannot convert me.” Hearing this, Masih’s captors pistol whipped him. There was no one there to hear his cries. When Masih lost consciousness, the Islamics thought he was dead. They called Hussein to remove his body. Hussein informed Masih’s family members, who along with other villagers went to the farmhouse where they found the still unconscious man, bleeding profusely. Masih was immediately taken to an area hospital, where after regaining consciousness he recounted his experience. APMA staff members talked to Masih and prayed for him while he was in hospital. They told him they appreciated his courage for being a bold witness for Jesus Christ. According to the news release from APMA, police have yet to arrest anyone for the beating. APMA alleged local police have “intentionally misstated and ignored some (unspecified) important facts.”

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