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Abducted Protestant clergyman freed in Peshawar, with signs of torture on his body

ICC Note: This is a follow up and corroboration to a story that ICC released on January 13 as well.

by Qaiser Felix
01/13/09 Peshawar, Pakistan (AsiaNews) – Rev Tanzeel Zafar, a young pastor with the Church of Pakistan who was kidnapped last Friday evening by two unidentified men from the city’s Cantonment area, was found on Sunday night alive but badly injured near the gate of Saint John’s Cathedral Church in Peshawar, Bishop Mano Rumalshah, bishop of Peshawar, said.

“Even he was not able to move and walk properly [. . .] there is no bone fracture according to the initial report of the doctors,” the prelate told AsiaNews.

After first aid was performed the young clergyman was taken to Peshawar’s Mission Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Asif Bhatti, a Christian member of the North West Frontier Provincial Assembly, said that both his family and Church authorities have filed a First Information Report with two different police stations.

It is unclear why he was abducted but police should be able to apprehend the culprits very soon… [Go To Full Story]