Pakistani Muslims Convicted for Beating Christian to Death

by | Jul 25, 2011 | Charisma Archive

pakistanmapcroppedThree Muslims convicted of
killing a Christian in Pakistan’s Punjab Province for refusing to
convert to Islam last year have been given life sentences, according to
attorneys for the European Centre for Law and Justice in
Pakistan.

The Sessions Court in Mian Channu on July 7
convicted Ghulam Rasool, Amjad Iqbal and Kashir Saleem of torturing and
killing Rasheed Masih on March 9, 2010, and sentenced them to life in
prison, which in Pakistan is 25 years. The court also ordered each
convict to pay 100,000 rupees ($1,153) to Masih’s family. A fourth
suspect, Muhammad Asif, was acquitted.

“The ECLJ also plans
to file an appeal in the Lahore High Court concerning the acquittal of
the fourth defendant,” said Asif Aqeel, director of the Lahore-based,
ECLJ-supported Community Development Initiative. “The callous treatment
by the police presented lots of challenges in proving that Masih was
killed by the defendants. However, extensive work by our legal team in
Pakistan and in the United States resulted in a conviction for the three
defendants in this case.” 

 Masih’s family said they were grateful to ECLJ attorneys for assisting the court in making its judgments. 

 Aqeel said Masih’s brother, Asi, said that Muslim businessmen were
jealous of Rasheed Masih’s success as a potato merchant in Mian Channu,
Khanewal district because he was a Christian. When the 36-year-old
victim met with the defendants at their farmhouse to discuss business on
March 9, 2010, they asked him to convert to Islam. When he refused, the
four Muslims beat him to death with iron rods, Aqeel said. 

 A bystander informed Asi Masih, who said he then called police.

Police
officers along with the victim’s brother found Masih smeared with
blood. They rushed him to a hospital, but he died on the way after
stating to police that he was tortured by Rasool and his accomplices,
Aqeel said. 

 Police, however, denied that Masih ever gave
such a statement and refused to charge or arrest the defendants, Aqeel
said. A large number of Christians blocked an intercity highway and
demanded that the killers be arrested. Police conceded after the
Christian community’s five-hour protest. 

 The Rev. Iqbal
Masih of the Mian Channu Parish of the Church of Pakistan told Compass
last year that Rasheed Masih was a devoted Christian, and that both he
and his brother Asi had refused the Muslims’ pressure to convert to
Islam. The Muslims had been threatening both brothers for six months
before the murder, according to Asi Masih. 

 An autopsy by
Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mian Channu revealed 24 wounds on the body
of Masih, according to a copy of the report obtained by Compass. 

 The European Centre for Law and Justice, headquartered in Strasbourg,
France, is an international Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to
the promotion and protection of human rights in Europe and worldwide.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest