Islamabad: Mob Sets the House of a Christian Family on Fire after Locking Them in
By Jeremy Reynalds, Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service (email@example.com)
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS. SEPT. 19) The home of a Christian family was reduced to ashes when a mob torched it on Sept. 10.
According to reports provided by International Christian Voice (ICV), the radicals reportedly also tried to burn alive the Christian family inside the house.
ICV said the victims are claiming that the alleged perpetrators intended to steal their property.
Christian Boota Masih, 38, who lives in Islamabad says the alleged perpetrators are also after his land and his house. Despite there being eyewitnesses to the crime, ICV said local police are reluctant to move forward.
According to ICV, Boota Masih said a group of men and women came to his house, banged at the door and demanded that he come out.
Boota Masih said he was terrified at the slogan chanting group.
“I was terror stricken, the mob was threatening to kill me and my family,” he said. “They had weapons in their hands and started to brandish them before me. I thought they would kill all of us. I refused to leave my home. I had paid for it fairly, and they had no right to ask me to leave.”
ICV said when Boota Masih refused to come out, the mob began beating him with iron rods and wooden sticks.
In addition, some of the group locked the family inside a room and set it on fire.
He said, “I broke the door down using all my strength, desperate to live and to save my family. Soon other local Christians came to rescue us. They put out the flames and called the fire (department).”
A few months ago, Boota Masih and his wife and six children had moved to the house after he purchased it for one million rupees (about $9,580).
ICV said for unspecified reasons, the purchase became controversial.
It is speculated that the wife of the man from whom Bota Masih purchased the house instigated the attack.
ICV said local Christians testify to Boota Masi’s character, saying he has lived in the area for decades. He is well regarded.
He makes an income by selling fruit in a local market while his wife works in a school.
ICV said the attack has left the family of Boota Masih terrified, and area Christians fearful.
For more information visit http://internationalchristianvoice.com/icv/
Photo caption: Jeremy and Elma Reynalds.
About the writer: Jeremy Reynalds is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, a freelance writer and also the founder and CEO of Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, www.joyjunction.org. He has a master’s degree in communication from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. in intercultural education from Biola University in Los Angeles. His newest book is “From Destitute to Ph.D.” Additional details on “From Destitute to Ph.D.” are available at www.myhomelessjourney.com. Reynalds lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Elma. For more information contact: Jeremy Reynalds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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