An official with the Church of Pakistan has confirmed that a Christian couple was beaten and burned alive over a false accusation made by their employer who claimed they ripped pages out of a Quran and threw them into a brick kiln furnace.
Raheel Sharoon, development officer of the Diocese of Raiwind, said Thursday that Shehzad Masih and his wife, Shamah — who were beaten in the streets Tuesday by a Muslim mob of 1,500 to 1,600 that tore off their clothes beat them before throwning them into a furnace — were killed because their employer said they owed him money, and he started the rumor to exact revenge.
"The real story is that the owner of brick kiln, Yousaf Gujjar, lent some money to the couple and when he asked for the money to be returned there was a confrontation since a majority of brick kiln workers cannot return their loans in cash, but do it by working at the brick kiln. After which he started spreading rumors of desecration of the Quran," Sharoon said, according to the Episcopal News Service. more >>
A man who was jailed in Pakistan after being accused of making blasphemous remarks about Islam was killed by a police officer Thursday morning when he was chopped to death with an axe, police officials said.
Fifty-five-year-old, Tufail Haider, who is of Shi'ite Muslim faith, was arrested late Wednesday night, in the town of Gujrat in the Punjab province, after people overheard him making blasphemous remarks about the companions of the Prophet Muhammed. The group of people proceeded to attack Haider, and once they beat him down, they turned him over to authorities.
According to a fellow police officer, the same officer that brought Haider into the precinct and booked him, Faraz Naveed, was the same officer responsible for Haider's murder just a few hours later at 5 a.m. more >>
Christian couple Shehzad, 35, and Shamah Masih, 31, were beaten then burned to death by a mob of Muslims in Punjab Province, Pakistan, Tuesday for allegedly desecrating a Quran.
In the photo, Shamah, who reports say was pregnant at the time of her death, clings to the arm of her husband.
All that's left of them now are bones and ashes, their three orphaned children, and photographs. more >>
At least 44 people have been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the grisly murder of a Christian couple who were beaten to death and cremated for allegedly desecrating a Quran.
"We have arrested 44 people, it was a local issue incited by the mullah of a local mosque," said Jawad Qamar, a regional police chief from Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab province, according to The Guardian. "No particular sectarian group or religious outfit was behind the attack."
The victims were identified as 28-year-old Shahzad Masih and 25-year-old Shama Bibi, according to International Christian Concern. The married Christian couple was attacked by a mob of angry Muslims on Monday, allegedly for burning a copy of the Islamic holy book and throwing it away. The couple was murdered and their bodies were cremated. more >>
An angry Muslim mob viciously murdered and cremated a Christian couple for allegedly desecrating the Quran in Pakistan on Monday.
A police officer on the scene described the attack that took place in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, located around 40 miles away from the city of Lahore, according to the BBC.
"A mob attacked [Christians] after accusing them of desecration of the Quran and later burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked," he said. "Yesterday an incident of desecration of the Quran took place in the area and today the mob first beat the couple and later set their bodies on fire." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition asking the U.S. government to stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan, the country that recently upheld the death sentence for Christian mother Asia Bibi for blasphemy. Figures have shown that the U.S. sent close to $8 billion to Pakistan in the past five years while Bibi has been imprisoned.
"We must stop sending billions of our taxpayer dollars to nations that persecute Christians. It's that simple. Not one more dime for persecution. Cut off American foreign aid to any country that persecutes Christians," reads the petition, which has close to 40,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning and is addressed to Congress and President Barack Obama.
"As a wave of persecution sweeps across the Middle East — and Christians flee for their lives — it's time for the money to stop," it adds. "Already there is growing support for basic human rights and basic common sense on Capitol Hill." more >>