Tragic Death of Nazir Masih: Christian Man Dies to Injuries After Mob Attack in Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

June 3, 2024

Nazir Masih died

Nazir Masih, the 73-year-old Christian man who was brutally attacked by an enraged Muslim mob in Mujahid Colony, Sargodha District, Punjab Province, Pakistan, on May 25, 2024, has tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Mob Violence Triggered by Blasphemy Allegations:

The violent incident was ignited by allegations that Nazir Masih had burned pages of the Quran, the book of Islam. A mob of over 1,000 people attacked Nazir Masih’s home and the shoe factory he owned, pelting him with stones, bricks, and steel rods. Despite attempts by the police to rescue him, Masih sustained severe head injuries from the relentless beating by the mob.

Critical Condition and Eventual Demise:

Initially hospitalized at the District Head Quarters (DHQ) Hospital in Sargodha, Nazir Masih was later transferred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Sargodha and then to CMH Rawalpindi, where he remained in critical condition. Tragically, Nazir Masih succumbed to the grave injuries inflicted upon him by the mob, losing his life due to the senseless violence fueled by unsubstantiated blasphemy accusations.

Charges and Investigations:

Ironically, while Nazir Masih fought for his life, the authorities charged him under Sections 295-A and B of the Pakistan Penal Code, which criminalize blasphemy. Police also filed First Information Reports (FIRs) against 44 named individuals and 450 unnamed persons involved in the violence.

Condemnation and Calls for Justice:

Religious leaders, human rights activists, and civil society organizations have strongly condemned the brutal attack on Masih and the subsequent loss of his life. They have urged the Pakistani government and law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the Christian community, bring the perpetrators to justice, and implement measures to curb the growing extremism and violence in society.

The tragic death of Nazir Masih has once again highlighted the grave consequences of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, which are often misused to target minority communities and settle personal vendettas. Calls for the repeal of these laws and the promotion of a tolerant and law-abiding society have intensified in the wake of this horrific incident.

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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