In a shocking incident that transpired on January 22nd, 2024, the Christian community in Sialkot was shaken by the alleged forced conversion and brutal torture of two brothers, Azam Masih and Nadeem Masih. The culprits, identified as Qasim Shah and Sunny Shah, subjected the brothers to unspeakable horrors in Kotli Loharan, Sialkot. This harrowing event has ignited widespread outrage and calls for justice from both local and international communities.
Details of the Incident:
The incident unfolded when Azam Masih and Nadeem Masih were reportedly kidnapped by Qasim Shah and Sunny Shah, who forcibly took them to an undisclosed location. There, the brothers were subjected to a brutal assault with iron rods, accompanied by relentless pressure to convert to Islam. Under extreme duress, Azam and Nadeem succumbed to the coercion and converted to Islam in a desperate attempt to preserve their lives.
After the forced conversion, the brothers were released with chilling death threats, warning them against disclosing the incident to anyone. The trauma endured by Azam and Nadeem has left the Christian community in shock, highlighting the urgent need for justice and protection for the victims and their families.
Community Response and Plea for Justice:
The Christian community in Sialkot is reeling from the aftermath of this appalling incident. The affected family, determined to seek justice for Azam and Nadeem, contacted the local authorities for support. They have urged the police to apprehend the culprits and ensure the safety of the brothers and their families.
In a bid to address this grave injustice, the family sought legal assistance from the field team of the Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE) in Pakistan. The ECSPE, dedicated to aiding and rescuing persecuted Christians, has stepped forward to support the aggrieved family in their quest for justice and safety.
Forced Conversion to Islam:
Forced conversions to Islam continue to be a distressing issue in Pakistan, particularly among religious minorities. Every year, thousands of Christian girls were forced to Convert to Islam. These individuals, often belonging to minorities, are being coerced or pressured into converting their religious beliefs. The practice raises concerns about violating fundamental human rights, including freedom of religion. In seeking justice, victims, who are often members of the Christian, Hindu, and Sikh communities, face societal and legal challenges.
Legal Action Taken:
In response to the family’s plea, an FIR (First Information Report) has been registered at the Kotli Loharan Police Station. The legal proceedings aim to hold the perpetrators accountable for their heinous actions and to secure justice for Azam and Nadeem. The community, along with organizations like ECSPE, is closely monitoring the progress of the investigation, advocating for a fair and expeditious resolution to the case.