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Pakistan: Murderer Uses False Blasphemy Accusation to Justify Killing of Christian

Persecution of Christians in Pakistan: “Bibi suspects that Ali attacked her husband because of his refusal to convert to Islam.” If Arshad Masih had renounced his faith, he would likely not have been killed, and he wouldn’t even have faced discrimination or other difficulties any longer. As the Lord Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to call for international attention to the ever-worsening plight of Christians in Pakistan.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, calls upon the international human rights community to bring pressure upon the government of Pakistan to repeal these unjust laws, and allow the Christians of the nation to practice their faith in peace and live in peace.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Murderer Uses False Blasphemy Accusation to Justify Killing of Christian in Pakistan,” International Christian Concern, December 30, 2020:

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.”…

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