Forced Conversion and Abduction of Christian Girls in Pakistan: The Case of Muqadas Bibi

Farrukh Saif

June 24, 2024

Muqadas Bibi Forced Conversion

Christian Families in Pakistan Face Growing Threats of Abduction and Forced Conversion

Forced conversion and abduction of Christian girls are alarming issues faced by Christian families in Pakistan. These heinous acts often leave families devastated and struggling for justice within a system fraught with challenges. A recent incident from Phool Nagar Kasur, Punjab, highlights the severity of this crisis.

The Abduction of Muqadas Bibi:

On June 1, 2024, 16-year-old Muqadas Bibi was abducted by a Muslim man named Kashif Ashraf. Muqadas’s parents, Arif Masih and his wife, who work as laborers, were out for their jobs when the abduction occurred. Upon returning home, they found their daughter missing and learned from relatives that Muqadas has left with Adnan, one of the other relatives, along with several accomplices.

In response, Arif Maish promptly filed a complaint with the local police, who registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Kashif. Despite the severe nature of the allegations, Kashif obtained bail from the High Court of Lahore and denied any involvement in the abduction. However, a police investigation revealed incriminating evidence: Kashif had sent messages to Muqadas before this incident.

The case of Muqadas Bibi is a clear example of an issue faced by Christian families in Pakistan. Forced conversions and abductions of young girls from minority communities have been a persistent problem, often exacerbated by social and legal challenges. Families of victims frequently encounter significant obstacles in their quest for justice, from slow or biased legal proceedings to threats and intimidation.

Arif and his family have requested our organization, ECSPE, for legal help in the battle to rescue Muqadas Bibi. Now, our legal team is working on this case. Today, our lawyers filed the petition for Kashif Ashraf’s bail in court, and we hope that within a few days, we will be able to get the order to cancel his bail.

We request that the international community keep Arif and his family in your prayers.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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