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Pakistan: Official Indifference to Beating Death of Christian by Muslims

ICC Note

“Wealthy Muslims believe they can dispose of the lives of Christians, who come last in the social scale, treated as objects. They [the Christians] are helpless victims of attacks.”

02/10/2011 Pakistan (Spero Forum)-Imran Masih, a young Christian in the Punjab region of Pakistan, was tortured and killed by his employer, a wealthy Muslim land owner.

This is the latest episode of abuse and bullying, ending in the death of a member of the Pakistani Christian community. The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), a human righs organization, denounced the murder.

APMA declared, These episodes follow one another in a context of social and religious discrimination, in which wealthy Muslims believe they can dispose of the lives of Christians, who come last in the social scale, treated as objects. They are helpless victims of attacks.”

 As APMA reported, 24-year-old Imran Masih of the village of Nut Kallan was employed for two years as a driver for Mohammad Masood, a wealthy landowner in the district of Gujranwala, in Punjab. On February 5, Imran did not report to work for health reasons. The next day, on his return, he was beaten and tortured to death.

Later, Masood and his accomplices handed over Imran’s body to his father, Lal Masih, who was also employed at the estate. They claimed that the young man had committed suicide. The father, seeing the numerous signs of beatings on his son’s body, went to the police and denounced the killing.

However, the local police tried to dissuade him, pressured by the influential Masood. Only after intervention by activists from the APMA, who made a public protest in Gujranwala – blocking the streets and appealing to the authorities for attention – did the police officially record formal murder charges and damages against Mohammad Masood and his two accomplices.

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