Update on the Forced Conversion and Torture of two Christian Brothers in Sialkot, Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

February 29, 2024

Christian Persecution of Brothers in Pakistan

Following the intervention of the Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE), both suspects, Qasim Shah and Sunny Shah, were apprehended by the police. The ECSPE played a pivotal role in ensuring swift action against the perpetrators who allegedly forced the conversion of Azam Masih and Nadeem Masih, subjecting them to brutal torture.

Subsequently, the accused filed for bail in the district magistrate court in Sialkot. However, the ECSPE’s legal team, representing the victims, vehemently argued against granting bail, presenting evidence that highlighted the severity of the crimes committed. The lawyers successfully convinced the magistrate that Qasim and Sunny were involved in attempted murder, forced conversion, and the severe torture of Azam and Nadeem.

The magistrate, recognizing the gravity of the charges, denied bail to the accused, ensuring that they remain in custody pending further legal proceedings. The affected family and the Christian community have welcomed this decision.

Persecution of Azam and Nadeem Masih:

On January 22nd, 2024, in Sialkot, two brothers, Azam Masih and Nadeem Masih, faced forced conversion and brutal torture by Qasim Shah and Sunny Shah. The attackers kidnapped them, subjected them to a violent assault, and pressured them to convert to Islam. In desperation, the brothers converted to Islam to save themselves but were released with death threats. This shocking incident has left the Christian community in shock, calling for justice and protection for the victims and their families.

The ECSPE continues to stand by the victims and their families, providing ongoing legal support and assistance. Our organization is committed to pursuing justice and ensuring the safety of those affected by this heinous incident. As the case progresses, the ECSPE will work tirelessly to hold the perpetrators accountable and advocate for the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan.

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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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