12/30/2020 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – According to local sources in Pakistan, a Christian man was murdered earlier this month by a Muslim coworker in a factory. The victim’s family reports the murderer falsely accused the Christian of committing blasphemy to justify the killing.
On December 14, Arshad Masih, a 32-year-old Christian, was stabbed to death by Atif Ali, his Muslim coworker at Pakistan Spring Factory in Sheikhupura. Samina Bibi, Masih’s wife, reports that Ali attacked her husband due to a promotion Masih received and his refusal to convert to Islam.
“My husband was highly hailed by the leaders at the factory for his excellent performance and honesty,” Bibi told International Christian Concern (ICC). “He was promoted to a higher rank in the factory. Ali was unhappy with this decision and often teased and opposed my husband when taking the lead at work.”
“Ali was hired about four months ago,” Bibi continued. “He often initiated religious discussions and abused Christianity. He invited my husband to convert to Islam, but Arshad refused. Arshad was upset about this for about a week, but there wasn’t any initial unrest.”
Bibi suspects that Ali attacked her husband because of his refusal to convert to Islam. When Ali attacked Arshad, he stabbed the Christian eight times with a knife.
After the attack, Ali claimed he had killed a kafir, infidel, and blasphemer. When he was arrested, Ali asked the arresting officers if he could wash his hands as “he did not want the blood of a blasphemer on his hands anymore.”
Police have registered FIR # 664/20 against Ali and have started investigating the case.
In Pakistan, false accusations of blasphemy are widespread and often motivated by personal vendettas or religious hatred. Accusations are highly inflammatory and have the potential to spark mob lynchings, vigilante murders, and mass protests.
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