Christian Raped and Murdered

Pakistan Christian Raped and Murdered

Written by Brenda Easterling, on 17-06-2009 07:39


Murdered and raped in Pakistan was a young man who refused to convert to Islam. What are the police doing? Nothing according to the victims brother and minister. The body of Tariq “Litto” Mashi Ghauri was found according to Pakistani police lying dead in a canal outside of a rural village in Punjab Province May 15th. Ghauri, a 28 year old university student in Sargodha, Pakistan had been raped and stabbed at least five times. Ghauri 24 year old brother Salman Nabil Ghauri, said, “They have tortured him very badly, and after that they have stabbed him five times with a knife and killed him.”

Christian clergyman, Rev Haroon Bhatti in the village and also a friend of the family said, three brothers came to Litto Ghaun’s house on May 11th gave him an ultimatum: Marry their sister and convert to Islam. He agreed to the marriage but refused to convert to Islam. The brothers kidnapped him at gunpoint and drove him to a remote farmhouse. He was tortured and murdered there according to the clergyman.

Rev. Bhatti said, “On that farmhouse four days there we all, Christians and family were searching for him.” “I was with them, I was searching for him.” When police found the body Ghauri’s death was declared a homicide and then the family filed paperwork with the Atta Shaheed police station in their small village, Adda 44SB. Police have not arrested the alleged killers and have refused to meet with his family according to Ghaun’s brother.

Salman Nabil Ghauri told, “They don’t want to meet us, and the three of them who are murderers are outside.” “They are free, nothing is happening to them, no investigation is running.” was told by the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C. that they knew nothing of the incident but were looking into it. “On the face of it, this appears to be exaggerated,” said the Pakistani official who asked not to be named. “This does not happen over there.”

According to the official, minorities are very well represented in the Pakistani Parliament. In fact if someone were murdered for not converting to Islam, “it would have been reported hugely.” “If an incident of that nature happened over there, there would have to be an investigation.”

Christian’s are a small part of Pakistan’s population, only 3 percent due to the high population of 97 percent Muslim.

Jeremy Sewall, Advocacy Director of the International Christian Concern said, “what the Muslim society has done in Pakistan is just associate low caste with being Christian.” “Many of these people, they clean human waste and that’s their job, and that’s what Christians are known for in Pakistan.”

Radical Muslims frequently try to trap Christian men into converting to Islam by using a woman as bait says the Rev. Bhatti. Ghauri suspects the involvement of his dead brother’s girlfriend in trying to entrap him. Bhatti said, “it’s common to offer things, money, women to Christians to convert.”

Pakistan today is one of the most hostile countries of the world. Blasphemy laws are on the books that forbid saying or writing anything against Islam or the Koran and punishment can include death.

“You basically have a situation where people can kind of act with impunity in the public,” said Paula Schriefer, advocacy director at Freedom House, a human rights group. “They use these laws to sort of settle scores … or, in situations like this, actually engage in kind of forced conversions.”

The U.S. State Department’s 2008 International Religious Freedom Report on Pakistan says, “Government policies do not afford equal protection to members of majority and minority religious groups.”

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs have a verse from the Koran on its masthead that says, “Islam is the only religion acceptable to God.”

Sewall said, “there’s probably not enough that the U.S. government is doing to really talk about this issue because it’s such an important issue in Pakistan because faith is so important to them.”

There is hope that the death of Ghauri will bring attention to the plight of minority religious groups in Pakistan. “Several incidents of Christian persecution go unnoticed in Pakistan because they occur in the furthest parts of Pakistan,” the Rev. Bhatti said. “This is Pakistan — predominantly Muslim. So they’re the rulers. They rule us.”

Salman Nabil Ghauri said, “we have very little family.” Ghauri’s mother died years ago and his father worked as a day laborer until the killing. “My father was a daily worker and now he earns nothing. He is mad now and cannot understand anything as he is still in shock over the death. “My elder son is dead, and I am only one person. Where can I run? I cannot start my studies or run after my case. What should I do”

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