By Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST News Service www.assistnesw.net
BRADFORD, UNITED KINGDOM (ANS, Nov.24, 2015) — Nissar Hussain and his family have, to date, faced around 15 years of almost relentless persecution.
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, www.britishpakistanichristians.org, Nissar Hussain’s trouble has taken many forms including: an arson attack which forced them to relocate; intimidation; a mob gathering outside the family’s house; false accusations against Nissar; threats to the women; assaults; verbal abuse; stones thrown through their living room windows; and countless cars destroyed.
“Such a campaign of violence and intimidation would naturally lead one to speculate if this family were perhaps particularly antisocial neighbors or leading lives of crime. What could possibly provoke such prolonged local hatred and intolerance? They are Pakistani Christian converts,” said BPCA’s Wilson Chowdhry.
In a media update, Chowdhry says Nissar and his wife Kubra decided to follow Christ in 1996, and have brought each of their five children up as Christians.
“Although they knew that they would face fierce opposition from their Pakistani Muslim families if they converted, they could not imagine how hard life would become for them in their local neighborhood simply for changing their faith. Alarmingly, this family does not live in Pakistan, where sadly such religious intolerance is common, but here in the UK,” Chowdhry said.
The BPCA recently reported on the Hussain family’s case and the group continues its appeal for funds to enable them to move out of the area and escape further persecution. “Regrettably, since our report, matters have escalated and Nissar has been attacked,” Chowdhry said.
Chowdhry reported that at 5pm on Nov.17, Nissar Hussain left home to drive his car to the local police station, where he has had to park in the last few months due to several cars being smashed when parked near his home.
“Before he even managed to reach the car door, two hooded men stepped out of a parked car, a third man remaining at the wheel,” Chowdhry said.
“As soon as they spotted Nissar they attacked him from behind, beating him with a cricket bat, kicking and punching him until they were spotted by a passerby who, upon seeing Nissar sprawled on the ground, ran after the two attackers, who promptly jumped into a moving vehicle and sped off.”
Chowdhry stated that as a result of this unprovoked assault, Nissar has been left with a fractured kneecap; a fractured left hand; and extensive bruising all over his body. “Due to the severity of these injuries to his knee and hand he has had to undergo surgery,” Chowdhry said.
Chowdhry explained: “This attack is the latest in a long history of events in the ongoing persecution of Nissar by his neighbors, who have been determined to drive him and his family out of their home. The traumatized family is in a constant state of anxiety, facing verbal abuse, or worse, every time they step outside, and consequently feel like prisoners in their own home.”
Please pray for a full and speedy recovery for Nissar, that his attackers will be caught and brought to justice, protection for Nissar and his family, that relocation will be possible very soon in order that they can finally live their lives free of harassment and persecution, and provision for the family, and that jobs would be found in the new area.
Chowdhry concluded: “We will continue to do all we can to help Nissar Hussain and his family to escape this life of shocking persecution in the UK, but we can’t do it without you. Please pray and give what you can to enable them move to on to a life free from harassment and religious hatred.”
Photo one: Nissar Hussain in the hospital (BPCA Photo)
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About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as a volunteer Internet Journalist and Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Click http://paper.li/Michael_ASSIST/1410485204 to see a daily digest of Michael’s stories for ANS.
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