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Murdered Pastor's Case in Punjab Ignored, Christians in Fear

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 13:31 (IST)

Police is yet to arrest the murders, who shot dead pastor Sultan Masih outside a church in Ludhiana, Punjab, on July 15. The church pioneers suspect police's ignorance to be politically inspired.

The pastor of the neo-Christian Temple of God Church was shot four times by three motorcycle-borne men. He was announced dead after being taken to a nearby local hospital. Two weeks have passed by, but the police haven't made a capture over the wrongdoing, according to Christians In Pakistan.

"The examination is on. We are yet to comprehend the case," said Amandeep Singh, the local police who is currently examining the case. The assailants haven't been identified. Only after the arrest of the criminals, the police can speak about murder motives.

The Punjab State Minority Commission and church authorities from Jalandhar Diocese have refused to point hands at any Hindu extremists in the state as suspects of the murder.

"We Christians have never had any issues related to religious extremism here," said Fr Peter Kavumpuram of Jalandhar Diocese.

Christian groups in the area are in good relations with Sikhs and Hindus said Fr Kavumpuram.

"Personal enmity" could be the murder intention, claimed Philip Christy, a leader of the All India Christian Minority Front. "The murder has scared Christians in the area," he said.

"Individuals may not be getting any dangers but rather the circumstance is bad in the range," he added.

The Minority Commission director Munawar Masih, a Christian, has met the pastors of the district and assured them safety.

"We have asked the pastors to live their life and follow their faith with full freedom in the state and if they come across any threat or fear, they should report to us, we will take action," said Masih.