Man murdered in an attempt to protect Christian woman from Muslim extremists in Pakistan

Published 05 December 2019  |  
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Twenty-four-year-old Naveed Masih was murdered and left hanging from a tree in Kotri, a town in Sindh province in Pakistan, on October 21.

According to his family, Naveed was murdered when he was trying to protect a Christian woman from being harassed and forcefully converted to Islam by Muslim extremists in the region.

On the day the incident took place, Naveed received a phone call. He followed the instructions and reached the decided meeting point. There, he was brutally tortured and hung from a tree as a result of protecting a Christian woman's faith.

Two months before the actual murder, a mob of 20 individuals attacked Naveed's house, beat him and threatened him to not interfere in matters related to the conversion of the Christian woman.

To protect Naveed from the extremists, his family sent him to Karachi. According to his father Herbert Masih, Naveed returned to Kotri just two weeks before he was murdered.

"Carrying your son's dead body in your arms is heartbreaking and unbearable," Herbert told International Christian Concern (ICC). "It almost ended my life when I had to shoulder my son's funeral," he mourned.

The family had filed a complaint against the culprits but is still under threats to withdraw the case. "I have nothing to lose now. Therefore, I will never quit and will make sure the culprits are brought to justice and punished," Herbert told ICC.

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