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Police in Lahore recovered the bodies of two Christian sisters whose Muslim supervisors pressured them to convert to Islam before killing them.

Mushtaq Masih said that police informed him on 4 January that officers had found the decomposed bodies of his 28-year-old wife, Sajida Mushtaq, and her sister, Abida Qaiser, bound and bundled into sacks in an area drainage ditch. Sajida, a mother of four, and Abida, mother of one, had been missing since 26 November.

“After she went missing, one of my relatives shared with us that Sajida had confided in her that her supervisors, Muhammad Mumtaz and Naeem Butt, used to pressure her and Abida to convert to Islam and marry them,” Masih said.

Sajida and Abida began working at a pharmaceutical factory more than two years ago. The sisters had gone shopping on the evening in November and when they did not return home, Masih and other relatives registered a First Information Report at the Kahna Nau police station after searching for them.

The investigating officer of the case, Iftikhar Hussain, said that officers took Mumtaz and Butt into custody after relatives of the sisters informed them that the supervisors had pressured the women to convert to Islam and marry them.

“During interrogation, Naeem confessed that they had abducted the sisters, and after keeping them hostage for a few days for satisfying their lust, had slit their throats and thrown their bodies into the drain,” Hussain said.

Masih said that his family was shattered when police informed them about the recovery of the bodies, whose hands and feet were bound.

Masih and other relatives were asked to confirm the identity of the badly decomposed bodies.

Sources: Morning Star News, CLAAS

  • Pray for this family, traumatised by the loss of their loved ones in shocking and violent circumstances.
  • Pray for justice for the family and for others who have suffered similar targeted violence.
  • Pray the authorities and the Pakistani government will do more to protect vulnerable minorities.

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