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10/23/2018 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – The father of a young Christian in Pakistan claims the murder of his son in police custody is now being covered up. Yousaf Ebran, father of Frahan Ebran, claims his son was tortured and killed by police officers after being arrested on suspicion of being a thief on September 26.

Following the arrest, police claim that Frahan committed suicide while in police custody by hanging himself. According to Yousaf, the autopsy performed after Frahan’s death does not support the claim of suicide. “In this autopsy report one thing is clear that Farhan didn’t commit suicide,” Yousaf told Christians in Pakistan. “Policemen killed him and after that they marked his neck with a rope to show that he had committed suicide.

Five police officers have been suspended from duty following Frahan’s death, but Yousaf says this is not enough. “We are seeking for the justice for Farhan’s murder but police are trying to save their own policemen who committed the murder,” Yousaf said in an interview with Christians in Pakistan. “They are already underground from their duties.

Discrimination against Christians in Pakistan is widespread and often severe. Christians are forced to live on the lowest rungs of Pakistan’s Muslim-majority society in ghettos working as sanitation workers, domestic servants, or day laborers. Police brutality is a common form this discrimination manifests and many Christians are mistreated by Pakistani police on an annual basis.

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