Gulzar Masih, the father of a deaf and dumb girl who was kidnapped from her home in Sialkot, Punjab, is in a critical condition after being shot by his daughter’s kidnapper, Ghulam Hussain.
Gulzar’s daughter, Asima, was kidnapped five months ago by the family’s neighbour Ghulam Hussain, before escaping back to her family. However, local police failed to register the father’s complaint. Instead, they have told him to return his daughter to her kidnapper – something he refuses to do.
A court has allowed Asima to stay with her Christian parents. Despite this, Muslim clerics and police are still putting pressure on the family, telling them that Asima has supposedly “embraced Islam” – and because of this they say she can’t live with her Christian parents.
Ghulam had been threatening Asima and Gulzar with death if she wasn’t returned to him. Despite this, the local police still haven’t acted. Ghulam is well connected with both high-level police officers and politicians in the region. Even a court ruling instructing police to register the case hasn’t been acted on.
Asima has been moved to a safe place for the time being, unable to see her critically ill father. She is also at risk, as clerics claim that she has reconverted to Christianity and can be considered an apostate – for which they demand death.
- Please intercede for Gulzar; may the Lord grant him complete healing. Ask the Lord to protect him, Asima and the rest of the family.
- Commit to the Lord all those who have authority in the region; may they speak out and act justly so those responsible will be brought to justice.
- Pray the Lord will minister to Asima, to comfort and strengthen her in her faith and help her to overcome her suffering.