Friday, April 09, 2010

False Charges Filed against 47 Christians in Pakistan

Police try to extract bribe after attacking home; in Rawalpindi, militants attack chapel.

By Jawad Mazhar

VEHARI, Pakistan, April 8 (Compass Direct News) – Police here filed false charges of alcohol possession against 47 Christians, including women and children, on March 28 in an attempt to intimidate and bribe them, Christian leaders said.

Police broke into and ransacked the home of Shaukat Masih at 10:15 p.m. on Palm Sunday, manhandled his wife Parveen Bibi, and threatened to charge them and 45 other area Christians with alcohol possession if they did not pay a bribe, said attorney Albert Patras.

The Christians refused.

Those charged include two children and eight women. Patras said that three of the 37 Christian men, Shaukat Masih, Moula Masih and Shanni Masih, secured pre-arrest bail and thus averted detainment by Dane Wall police in Vehari, in Punjab Province. None of the others named in the First Information Report is being held either.

“Police are not interested in their arrest, instead they were trying to extort some money from the destitute Christians,” Patras said. “Police thought that Christians, being a soft target, would readily be bribed to save their families, particularly their girls and women.

Rest of story here


Please keep our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.


Joe A. said...

That is rather bizarre.

Question of Identity said...

My wife and I sponsor a child in India who wants to be a policeman when he is older. We want to encourage him in this and speak of the need to take his Christian values into what is often a corrupt workforce. This will neeed great strength of character and the Holy Spirit on his side - it will also require an openness for the authorities to take on Christians. Yes we need to pray for Christians who are being persecuted by police in Pakistan and India etc - but is it also naive to pray for Christians to get into these positions? I hope not.
God bless you Wayne - it is important that these stories are heard.