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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pakistani Christian Couple Burnt Alive Because They Wanted to Quit

From Pamela Geller

The horror. Beaten to within an inch of their lives and then burnt alive in an oven. Think of it — all in the name of Islam. The bloodthirsty mob was “led by clerics” (remember that when Islamic supremacists and their apologists tell you that Islam is like Christianity and Judaism):

‘A mob attacked a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the holy Koran and later burnt their bodies at a brick kiln where they worked,’ local police station official Bin-Yameen told AFP. - This is the sharia — “blasphemy.” And when you speak of these monstrous atrocities, you are clubbed with “Islam is peace” or charges of “islamophobia.”

The brutal laws of the sharia are used to exact revenge against religious minorities. This is such a case — a false charge of blasphemy was leveled at a Christian couple in what was really a money dispute. Muslims exact revenge on non-Muslims by leveling false charges, and the punishments are savage.

Christian protest, unrelated to yesterday's events

Dawn reports:  “Secondly, when one of them is accused, the entire community is made to suffer, as illustrated by the mob violence in Joseph Colony, Gojra, etc or in lesser known cases where communities have been intimidated into moving en masse out of the locality. In fact, the desire to grab land or settle personal scores often underlies blasphemy allegations. That is all the more reason the law needs to be revisited.”

LAHORE: In a gruesome incident, a Christian couple was on Tuesday thrashed and burned alive by a group of angry Muslims in Pakistan’s Punjab province for allegedly desecrating the Quran.

The horrific crime was reported from the villages of Kot Radha Kishan of Kasur district, some 50 kilometres from here.

A large number of police personnel were deployed in the villages to provide security to the minority community.

Emaneul Sarfraz, a relative of the deceased couple, said that his cousins, Shahzad Masih, 35, and his wife Shamah, 31, had been working in the kiln of Muhammad Yousuf Gujjar for sometime near Chak (village) 59.

“The couple along with their four children wanted to leave the kiln as Yousuf was not paying their remuneration. He demanded Rs 5,00,000 from them, if they wanted to quit. That must be Islamic math. When people quit in any other country in the world, they get paid what is owed them, rather than losing what's owed them and having to pay your boss to leave. 

“Two days ago, after an exchange of words Yousuf locked the couple along with their children in a room,” Emaneul said.

He further said that an announcement was made today from two mosques of Chak 59 that Shahzad Masih and his wife had committed blasphemy by burning the pages of Quran.

A large number of Muslims led by area clerics reached the kiln and dragged the couple out of the room after breaking into it.

They first tortured them and then threw them in the kiln.

No one from the crowd listened to the couple, who were pleading that they were innocent as Yousuf had levelled false allegation of blasphemy against them to settle money dispute,” Emanuel said adding, “Thank God they did not burn the couple’s children”.

He alleged that police from the nearby post had reached there on time but did not intervene seeing the charged mob.

“We have taken some 50 people into custody in connection with the killings and raids were underway to arrest more including the kiln owner,” Jawad Qamar, police chief of Kasur district, said.

Qamar also denied the incident had taken place in police presence.

Human Liberation Commission Pakistan chairman Aslam Sahotra said he visited the district headquarters hospital in Kasur and saw the remains of couple.

“It was all ashes and some bones of the couple which is left to bury,” he said.