Christian boy tortured and killed in Pakistan

But it’s alright though, the police are investigating accusations of blasphemy against him.

from the Telegraph

The tortured body of an 11 year old Christian boy has been found in a town in Punjab, Pakistan, days after a young Christian girl was arrested on blasphemy charges.

Christian boy Pakistan

President Asif Zardari intervened in the case after dozens of Christians fled their homes fearing violence Photo: AFP

By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor

6:19PM BST 23 Aug 2012

Detectives in Faisalabad, around 60 miles from Lahore, said they were investigating whether accusations of blasphemy had also been made against the boy.

Human rights campaigners condemned the killing of Samuel Yaqoob whose burned and tortured body body was discovered on Eid, the celebration which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

His lips and nose had been sliced off, his stomach removed and there was evidence that his legs had been mutilated too.

The boy had been missing since Monday when he left his home in the town’s Christian Colony to visit a local market. His relatives identified his body from a distinctive mark on his forehead.

Yaquub was reported to be an orphan but in local newspaper reports his mother Asia Bibi was quoted denying he had been accused of blasphemy. “We neither received any phone call for ransom nor were we told that Samuel had committed blasphemy,” she said.

Police said they were investigating whether blasphemy had been behind the attack on Samuel. His death comes just days after the arrest of Rimsha Masih, an eleven year old girl with Down’s Syndrome, after Muslims in Islamabad accused her of burning pages from the Koran for cooking.

President Asif Zardari intervened in the case after dozens of Christians fled their homes fearing violence. He said the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, in which those guilty of insulting Islam face the death penalty, must not be misused to settle scores.

The country’s leading human rights campaigner Ansar Burney said he had “strongly condemned the brutal murder” of Samuel Yaqoob who had been killed “mercilessly”.

6 Replies to “Christian boy tortured and killed in Pakistan”

  1. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”. Mark 10:14

    Because the children already had it, the kingdom… so much so that the Christians want to push them away and the Muslims want to tear them apart.

    Jesus had them sussed, these Socialists and Fascists.

  2. Roger Ferris says:
    August 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    When will the West and Christians speak out against these evil crimes?

    The west will speak out when conditions get bad enough for everyone to notice, until then they will keep quiet because they think the left will condemn them for supporting a religion.

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