The family of Akash Masih, an 18-year-old Christian who worked at Aman Bakery in Sialkot, Pakistan, claims that their son was murdered by his Muslim co-workers on 24 September. According to Akash’s father, his son was killed because of discrimination and religious jealousy.
“My son was an expert at baking and making shawarma and burgers,” Sarwar Masih, Akash’s father, said. “His expertise was liked by the customers, however, he faced discrimination and religious jealousy at his workplace. He often complained about the unfavourable situation at the bakery, but he continued working to help his family.”
On 24 September, the staff at Aman Bakery informed Sarwar that his son was not feeling well and was taken to the local hospital. When Sarwar arrived at the hospital, he discovered that his son was already dead.
When Sarwar attempted to investigate his son’s death, he was threatened by the Aman Bakery’s administration. “They said, ‘We will teach you a lesson if you go for legal course against us,’” Sarwar said. “We did not get an encouraging response from police either.”
According to Sarwar, police claim that Akash committed suicide. The claim that Akash was murdered has recently gone viral because a video of Akash’s body was released on Facebook. In that video, the signs of torture can be seen on Akash’s back and neck.
So far, Sarwar has been “unsatisfied” with the investigation into his son’s death. His application to exhume Akash’s body for investigation has been denied by the court.
“These are delaying tactics to defuse the evidence against the culprits,” Sarwar said. “Christians face hatred and discrimination even after their death.”
Source: International Christian Concern
- Pray for justice for Akash and his family and that the truth will come to light. Pray the case will be taken seriously.
- Ask the Lord to give Sarwar patience and spiritual encouragement. May he be comforted in his grief.
- Pray the church in Pakistan will be strengthened and will continue to grow in spite of the severe opposition.
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