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Pakistan Christian Killed For Refusing To Convert To Islam

ICC Note: Christian in jail refuses to convert to Islam, so fellow inmate kills him after they are both released from prison.

By Jawad Mazhar
04/02/09 FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) — An impoverished father was no longer expecting justice Thursday, April 2, over a month after his Christian son was killed in Pakistan’s troubled Pubjab province for “refusing to convert to Islam”, the latest in a series of anti-Christian incidents in the region.

Chaain Gill told Worthy News and its partner news agency BosNewsLife that he had forgiven Muslim militants who “slaughtered” his son Mushtaq Gill in February, on the outskirts of Faisalabad, a major manufacturing town.

He said the murder came shortly after his son and a Muslim were released on bail from a local prison, where they were held for six months on charges of “keeping illegal firearms.”

While in jail, Mushtaq Gill made clear he was a Christian and refused to convert to Islam, despite pressure from fellow inmate Abu Saeed, an activist of banned Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, and other prisoners, his father added.


“Abu Saeed and several other Islamic fanatic inmates tried to intimate my son and started to preach from the Koran and about proverbs and deeds of Prophet Muhammad,” Chaain Gill said, his voice trembling.

“They used to tell him that if he converts to Islam he would be given eternal life in the paradise and there would be 70 virgins to serve him day and night.”

Following his February 10 release, Masthtag Gill was allegedly forced to recite Islamic verses. “It is believed that someone who recites them becomes a Muslim. Therefore Abu Saeed started to visit us every evening…,” his father said.

Yet on the eve before the killing, Chaain Gill said he found his son “ardently
praying to Jesus Christ in his room.”


The next day, “Abu Saeed came early in the morning and took Mushtaq Gill with him in a jeep with 12 armed men.” He briefly paused. “My son, Mushtaq Gill left that morning, and never returned.” … [Go To Full Story]