Muslim Mob Kills Wife, Children of Christian in Pakistan

A Muslim mob in Jhelum, Pakistan murdered the wife and four children of a Christian last month, but local authorities are too afraid of the local Muslim leader to file charges, according to area Muslim and Christian sources.

Thu, Jul. 08, 2010 Posted: 02:04 PM EDT


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Compass Direct News) – A Muslim mob in Jhelum, Pakistan murdered the wife and four children of a Christian last month, but local authorities are too afraid of the local Muslim leader to file charges, according to area Muslim and Christian sources.

Jamshed Masih, a police officer who was transferred 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Gujrat to Jhelum, Punjab Province, said a mob led by Muslim religious leader Maulana Mahfooz Khan killed his family on June 21 after Khan called him to the local mosque and told him to leave the predominantly Muslim colony. Jhelum is 85 kilometers (53 miles) south of Islamabad.

“You must leave with your family, no non-Muslim has ever been allowed to live in this colony – we want to keep our colony safe from scum,” Khan told Masih, the bereaved Christian told Compass.

Masih had moved to Mustafa Colony in Jhelum with his wife, two sons and two daughters and were living in a rented house. Masih said that a Muslim neighbor, Ali Murtaza, told him that area Muslims notified Khan, telling the religious leader, “We cannot allow these non-Muslims to live here, they will be a bad influence on our children.”

An anxious Masih told his wife Razia Jamshed about the local Muslim response, and they decided to bring their concern to the pastor of a local Presbyterian Church, Saleem Mall.

“Pastor Saleem said, ‘I will also advise you to vacate the house, as it can be dangerous living there – these people can harm your family,” Masih said.

Masih’s neighbor, Murtaza, confirmed to Compass the response of the local Muslims and related incidents that led up to the murders. Murtaza told Compass that after Masih went to work at 7 a.m. on June 21, his children could be heard singing hymns before breakfast.

“Razia sent their eldest son to buy a packet of Surf [detergent], and he was singing a hymn on his way to buy the Surf,” Murtaza said.

Neighbors saw Masih’s s 11-year-old son come into the store, he said. The shopkeeper asked him if he was a Christian; the child responded that he was.

“The shopkeeper refused to give him the packet of Surf and spoke very harshly to him, ‘I don’t sell to any non-Muslim, you are not welcome here, don’t you dare ever come to my shop again,’” Murtaza said.

The boy went home, upset, and told his mother about the encounter; she grew worried and called her husband, saying, “Jamshed, please come home quickly, the kids and I are very worried, we must leave this house today,” Masih said.

His neighbor, Murtaza, said that shortly afterward some area residents came to the door with the Muslim religious leader, Khan.

“Your son has committed blasphemy against Muhammad, our beloved prophet – we can’t allow him to live, he should be punished,” Khan told Razia Masih, Murtaza said. “Razia got scared and said, ‘My son couldn’t do such a thing, he is only 11 years old.’”

Khan became furious and said, “Are we lying to you? You call us liars, how dare you insult us,” Murtaza said. “Someone from the crowd hit something hard on her head, and she started bleeding. The children started crying and shouted for help. Razia kept shouting for help, ‘Please have mercy on us, please let my husband come, then we can talk.’”

Jamshed Masih said his daughter telephoned police as the mob attacked his wife and children. He said he later learned that “the people kept shouting, ‘This family has committed blasphemy, they should be killed.”

Before police arrived, his family was murdered, he said.

Murtaza said Masih rushed home and was devastated to find the dead bodies of his wife and four children.

When Masih tried to file a complaint against Khan for the murder, Station House Officer (SHO) Ramzan Mumtaz refused to do so, according to Murtaza and Mall, the Presbyterian clergyman.

“He said, ‘Khan is an influential man, and he said your son has committed blasphemy – we cannot do anything against him,’” Mall said.

Murtaza added, “The SHO just said, ‘I am a poor man, I have a family, and I was pressured by higher authorities not to register the FIR [First Information Report] as Khan is a very influential man. I am sorry, I don’t have anything in my hands.’”

Contacted by Compass, SHO Mumtaz confirmed that he responded to the request to file the complaint against Khan in these exact words.

Masih has filed a complaint with the chief minister of Punjab Province begging him for justice, Mall told Compass.

“We condemn this brutal murder of innocent children in the name of Islam,” Mall said. “This has to stop now. We appeal to the government to let us live in peace.”

Compass Direct News
John Little

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28 responses to “Muslim Mob Kills Wife, Children of Christian in Pakistan

  1. Owais

    I don’t remember coming across this stories in local newspapers. Was it even covered?

  2. Sahal

    Disgusting shameful incident, there isn’t a day that goes by where despicable actions by these so called ‘Muslims’ do not occur, it makes me and many others despise them even more.

    Surely these people are the core of all evil and deserve the worse punishment.

    What a pathetic ill society Pakistan has become.

  3. Shahid

    @Owais:- Who dare cover this? Does the local reporter want to get beaten or perhaps killed?

    Perhaps now the media might reconsider giving it the coverage it deserves.

  4. Owais

    @Shahid: And therein lies the problem. We are too scared to initiate any condemnation in fear of receiving similar treatment. Yes hopefully the story will now get the treatment it deserves, and the perpetrators, the justice they deserve. Unlikely, but we can hope. Kudos to Pak Tea House for help to bring this in the lime light.

    Also does anyone know of a website that records violence against minorities in Pakistan and provides details and updates of each individual case?There needs to be something like this.

  5. basharat

    The brutal occurrence, as reported in the Article and refusal to record F I R by the local police is a shafeful situation which has become norm in our country. Such gruesome acts are against law and constitution of Pakistan above all, clearly violative of Quranic teachings. Perpetrators , where victims belong to religious minorities escape punishment in most the cases. The very stability of the country is at stake due to radical zelots who have become threat to peace and tranquility in the country. The Government is equally responsible for its inaction towards control of such brutal crimes.

  6. Moosa

    This story is really depressing. What anguish this poor man has suffered.😦

  7. Owais

    Wow. I just spent 20 minutes searching for this story online and NO major national or international newspaper has covered it. The media would rather talk about the fake degree issue rather than something like this. More people need to know the capability of violence possessed by “normal pakistani’s” apart from those belonging to terrorist organisations.

  8. Moosa

    I personally think something very crooked is going on in pakistan, and the pakistani media aren’t free from this crooked influence.

    Just read something on an online article, which put a wry smile on my face: “Baroness Ludford condemned the attacks in the strongest terms and urged the government of Pakistan to repeal the anti-Ahmadiyya laws and grant Ahmadis the safety, security and equality enjoyed by other citizens of Pakistan.”

    The reason for the wry smile is that I don’t actually share Baroness Ludford’s view that other citizens of Pakistan enjoy safety and security. The fire begun by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is now burning everybody’s fingers.

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  11. D_a_n

    Pakistan: shame on tap.

  12. Mansoor Khalid

    One more case of exploiting religious minorities going unnoticed. These are the events that should be condemned and prosecuted legally. Unless we develop a culture of religious tolerance among us and entertain the right of freedom of choice to the religious minorities, we cannot expect to progress as a liberal and dynamic state.

  13. Zulfiqar Haider

    How influential is this guy that no one, not even the high ups in the government can do something against him? This is shameful for all those who are responsible for the safety and security of civilians.

  14. AZW

    A terrible tragedy it is, but it is foremost a failure of upholding laws of the land, and second the religious bigotry that exists in Pakistan.

    Pakistan has not learnt anything for past so any decades. Justice Munir-Kiyani report concluded with remarks that when laws of the land are subservient to rulers’ interests, tragedies like 1954 riots and the current ones will keep on taking place.

    All it takes is a state spending resources on an efficient police system, public district attorneys and court system to ensure that laws of land (not the best but still enough in their present form) are enforced and murderers are brought to justice.

    Once guilty killers are arrested and dealt with firmly by the law, I can assure you that at least Jhelum won’t see any atrocity like that for another 50 years.

  15. nazir allahwalla

    shame shame shame shame shame.
    what is so wonderful about Pakistan?
    the only wonderful thing about Pakistan is when u decide to leave it forever. I did it and you should do it too.

  16. OMLK

    This was depressing. Its time to think: If there is a God, do we Pakistani’s and Muslims think he is going to silently let us hijack his name to committ such atrocious crimes against his creation. Who is this Khan guy? Is he politically linked (usually that is what being influential means)? Have the HRCP people taken up this case?

    If this is silently let to slip away, then I am afraid God himself may want to say something on this matter.

  17. Noor Khan

    Sad news again.
    There will be no guarantee for the minorities in PAK(if it is Pak)till the govt and the secular forces
    do not crush the extremists mullahs.
    I think the mass media should be serious in defending the minorities rights. The minorities need their attention not the modern mullahs –Sharif brothers(Dari Key bagair Mulvi).

  18. Sahal

    And then these bastard Muslim extremists say that Ahmadis are using our name. Yeah well, someone has to show it in a positive light.

  19. Owais

    are we sure that this article is authentic?

  20. An Ahmadi Muslim

    It would be equally bad if the incident did not actually happen and a false story was cooked up. Though, the level of decay in humanity nurtured by the Pakistan Mullah and the (jahil) ulema make this heinous incident quite plausible.

  21. Owais

    @ An Ahmadi Muslim very true. Though the only original source I could find for this article was on Compass News and a search for the “muslim leader” in question yielded no results.

  22. nasir jan

    These Paki mullahs are savages! – Pakistan has become a zoo. These people are Jahil – but then again so are the government and Judiciary who let this bullshit continue and only pay lip service now and then.
    They complain about the burkha ban in France while putting a religion column in their own passports and invoking draconian laws against christians which are used to settle personal disputes. Allah will punish these people , its only a matter of time! I SAY BRING BACK MUSHY AND CRUSH THE MULLAHS

  23. Owais

    @nazir allahwalla what about the ones that can’t leave?

  24. nazir allahwalla

    @Owais
    good question. I have no answer to that . sorry.

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  26. Karim Fareeh

    This story seems fake … how can anyone possibly recount the dialogue that occurred between the slain family and the accusers since they died before they were able to speak to anyone?