Influential Muslim leader gets away with murdering a woman and four children in Pakistan
Even the local police in this Pakistan town are afraid to report the murder of a Christian woman and her four children by an influential local Muslim leader, Compass Direct News said.
Muslim leader, Maulana Mahfooz Khan led a mob that entered the home of Razia Jamshed. The mob beat Razia and her four children to death.
Their justification for doing so was that Razia’s 11-year-old son, had committed blasphemy.
The slaughter took place in Jhelum, 53 miles south of Islamabad, capital city of Pakistan, CDN said.
The victims are the family of police officer Jamshed Masih, also a Christian. They had just moved to Jhelum from Gujrat.
Shortly after their arrival, Khan summoned Masih to the mosque to tell him that the community wanted the family to leave the town, CDN said.
Masih told his wife of the incident and together they told Saleem Mall, the pastor of the local Presbyterian church.
Mall advised them to leave the house saying, “It can be dangerous living there—these people can harm you family,” CDN said.
According to their neighbor, Ali Murtaza, on June 21 at 7 a.m. Masih went to work.
Murtaza said he heard the children singing hymns before breakfast.
Razia then sent their 11-year-old son to buy detergent, and he sang while going to the store. The shopkeeper asked the boy if he was a Christian, and the child said he was, CDN reported.
The shopkeeper then said, “I don’t sell to any non-Muslim, you are not welcome here, don’t you dare ever come to my shop again.”
When the boy went home and told his mother, Razia called her husband and asked him to come home immediately, CDN said.
Then some residents came to the house with Khan.
According to the neighbor Khan told Razia that the boy committed blasphemy and should be punished.
Razia said he was just a child, and then someone in the crowd banged something on her head. The children cried, and as the daughter tried to call the police the mob attacked the family shouting, “This family has committed blasphemy, they should be killed.” They were murdered before the police arrived, CDN said.
According to Pastor Mall, a complaint could not be filed because Station House Officer Ramzan Mumtaz refused to do so saying that he is a poor man with a family, and Khan is very influential.
Mall said, “We condemn this brutal murder of innocent children in the name of Islam. This has to stop now. We appeal to the government to let us live in peace,” CDN said.