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Pakistan: police reluctant to press murder charges against Muslim in Christian employee's death

February 10, 2011

Human-rights organizations in Pakistan are denouncing the reluctance of police to file murder charges against a wealthy Muslim who apparently tortured and killed a young Christian employee.

Imran Masih, a 24-year-old Christian, was working as a chauffeur for Mohammad Masood in the Punjab region, until he took a day off, citing ill health, on February 5. The next day he was apparently beaten to death. His father, noticing the signs of a beating on his son’s body, refused to accept the explanation that his death was suicide, and asked police to investigate. But the local police declined to pursue the inquiry, until public protests forced their hands.

“In cases like this, we feel the silence by the government and civil authorities,” a Christian in Pakistan told the Fides news service. “We feel like second-rate citizens.”

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 10, 2011 9:16 PM ET USA

    “In cases like this, we feel the silence by the government and civil authorities,” a Christian in Pakistan told the Fides news service. “We feel like second-rate citizens.” Sadly as this shows they are not citizens at all in this peace loving Muslim ?nation? DEO VOLENTE