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Friday, August 24, 2012

Pakistan is a Moslem country

NOTE: about 97% of Pakistanis are Muslim.

Pakistan: Christian orphan meets terrible death

The victim: Suneel Masih
(photo by Asia News)

First the case of the disabled girl put behind bars and now the story of a 14 year old boy found disfigured and brutally murdered. The Christian community is in shock

Mauro Pianta

Fear among the Christian community in Pakistan is growing. After the case of the eleven year old disabled girl who was arrested on charges of blasphemy the country has been shaken by the news of the violence committed against another Christian child.

Missionary news agency AsiaNews reported that on 21 August the police in Faisalabad found the horribly mutilated body of Suneel Masih in an isolated area of the city.  They 14 year old boy, a Christian orphan from the city, had disappeared two days earlier. There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the brutal murder. Sadly, what is certain, is that the body was found with the ears, nose, tongue and limbs torn from the body, the belly ripped open and internal organs (including the liver and kidneys) taken, perhaps to be sold on the black market. As if this were not enough, the killers then poured acid on his face, possibly to make him unrecognizable.

The boy’s funeral was held yesterday in the presence of the minority leader and local politicians. A protest march was held on the streets of Faisalabad, during which people repeatedly demanded "justice" for the 14 year old Suneel Masih. AsiaNews reports that no investigation has been opened yet.

But what happened? What was the reason for a murder of this kind? According to some witnesses, - AsiaNews says - last 19 August Suneel, a 5th class student, went to a shop in Liberty Market to buy a shirt. That night, the boy did not return home and the family raised the alarm. A desperate search began, which proved to be useless and his disappearance was reported to police. Two days later, on 21, police found the horribly mutilated corpse of the boy in an isolated industrial area. 

The murder comes as yet another terrible shock to Pakistan’s Christian community. Speaking to AsiaNews, Fr. Nisar Barkat, diocesan director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church of Pakistan (NCJP), appealed to the government and law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice "as soon as possible." The Christian community, the priest adds, feels insecure and cannot stop thinking about this horrible case. Hindus and Christians "live in fear". The Christian MP of Punjab Joel Aamir Sohotra echoes this fear, saying that "this brutal murder poses a serious reflection on the freedoms enjoyed by minorities, because "we are not just in front of the murder of a Christian boy, but the freedom of all minorities."

Some Christians are now beginning to see that the time has come for mass manifestations.

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