Barnabas: Pak, Burma, Syria & Iran persecution

October 23, 2013 by  
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PAKISTAN: FAMILY OF MURDERED CHRISTIAN THREATENED AT GUNPOINT, TOLD TO CONVERT TO ISLAM

Pakistan ChristiansThe relatives of a Christian man slaughtered in Pakistan over a false blasphemy allegation have been threatened at gunpoint in their own home to force them to convert to Islam.

The home of Boota Masih’s family in Khokhar Town was broken into by three men last week.

The terrifying incident came around a month after the murder of Boota (58), a father of seven, in Karachi’s Liaquatabad gold market. The assailant accused him of being “an infidel who blasphemed against Muhammad”, slit his throat with a dagger and then stabbed him multiple times.

Three Muslims have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Masih family.

BURMA: PASTOR AMONG THREE KACHIN VILLAGERS KILLED BY MILITARY

Burma ChristiansThree villagers, including a church leader, who were taken captive by the Burmese military in the predominantly Christian Kachin state last month, have been killed.

Assistant pastor Hkaw Dut, Yung Hka Hyken and another man had been tied up, blindfolded and taken away during an assault on Nhka Ga in early September.

Over 50 villagers are still being held by Burmese soldiers; they are running out of food, and 14 of them are in urgent need of medical care.

MEPS SPEAK OUT IN DEFENCE OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA, PAKISTAN AND IRAN

Persecution of ChristiansThe European Parliament has condemned violence and persecution against Christians inSyria, Pakistan and Iran.

In a resolution passed on 10 October, they expressed particular concern about attacks on Christians in Maaloula, Syria, and the suicide bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.

They called on the Pakistani government to overhaul the blasphemy laws, noting that these were open to misuse, and urged the Iranian authorities to acquit and release jailed pastor Saeed Abedini.

– barnabas team

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