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Handery Masih Murdered in Quetta

 

Intro to Shamim Masih: ‘Christian MPA Shot Dead in Provisional Capital’

Editor: John R. Houk

June 14, 2014

 

Shamim Masih reports that yet another Christian has been shot dead in Pakistan. Handery Masih was shot by his own body guard. There seems to be a question as to whether this was an accidental murder or an overt assassination of another influential person that had a decent image as a human rights activist for Pakistani Minorities which of course includes one of most persecuted groups in Pakistan which are the Christians. Handery Masih was a selected member Balochistan’s Assembly as a minority representative from the National Party (NP). Minorities are rarely elected outright in Pakistan rather Minorities are allotted representation by law based on a minority’s population.

 

You can tell from Shamim’s report that there are numerous condemnations that stretch from Christian human rights activists to Muslim politicians of the murder. Many of the condemnations are based on the assumption a Muslim bodyguard killed a Christian MPA for Handery Masih’s faith. I have found a couple of reports in which the local police chief believes that the personal bodyguard was a dedicated member of bodyguard staff for quite a number of years. The police chief’s story line is that bodyguard Ghulam Mohai-ud-Deen had gotten into some kind of dispute with Handery’s nephew and a brawl ensued. As Handery came out of his residence to break up the fight Ghulam Mohai-ud-Deen was preparing to shoot the nephew, Handery was shot in the crossfire and died on the way to the hospital. Nothing has been confirmed yet. It would not be the first time the local police in Pakistan concocted a story to aid a Muslim attacker. Time will tell.

 

According to AFP, Abddul Razzaq Cheema, the city's police chief, said: “The bodyguard had some personal dispute with Masieh's nephew and both had a brawl outside the residence of the lawmaker.

 

“The bodyguard opened fire on the nephew as Masih came out of his home to stop him. He was hit in the neck and died on the way to hospital. “Cheema added that the bodyguard was “loyal” and bore Masieh no personal enmity.

 

Another police official in Quetta confirmed the killing and added: “Masih's nephew was also wounded in the attack. “It was the latest killing of a serving lawmaker in Pakistan. (Balochistan minority MPA shot dead in Quetta; By AFP and SYED ALI SHAH; Dawn.com; Updated: 2014-06-14 18:20:39)

 

According to available details, Hendery Masih, a provincial lawmaker belonging to governing National Party was leaving his home when a policeman deployed with him as security guard for past 13 years opened fire on him. He was immediately rushed to the hospital but could not survive the fatal attack.

 

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, the city’s police chief confirmed the incident and said that killing is result of some dispute between policeman identified as Ghulam Mohai-ud-Deen and nephew of Hendery Masih.

 

“The bodyguard had some personal dispute with Hendery Masih’s nephew and both had a brawl outside the residence of the lawmaker. The bodyguard opened fire on the nephew as Masih came out of his home to stop him. He was hit in the neck and died on the way to hospital.”

 

Masih’s nephew also sustained injuries in the attack. (Christian Lawmaker Hendery Masih Gunned Down in Quetta; By Azhar Nadeem; Pakistan Tribune; 6/14/14)

 

JRH 6/14/14

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Christian MPA Shot Dead in Provisional Capital

 

By Shamim Masih

Sent: 6/14/2014 6:21 AM

 

ISLAMABAD: Handery Masih [also Masieh], a Christian Member of the Balochistan Assembly, was shot dead in Quetta on Saturday noon.

 

According to details, Handery’s personal security guard sprayed bullets on him outside his residence in Quetta. He was immediately shifted to the nearest hospital but unfortunately he could not survive. His nephew was also injured in the shooting incident. The National Party selected him as provisional assembly member on minority reserved seat in the last year May, 2013.

 

According to sources, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, his security guard was arrested; however the motive behind the attack could not be ascertained as yet. Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif took notice of the incident and directed the authorities to take stern action against the killer. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, speaker National Assembly, senior officials and clergy condemn the killing of the Christian member.

 

Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan (SLMP), Farrukh H Saif, chief of World Vision in Progress (WVIP) and Farrukh Saif Foundation, Sajid Ishaq, chairman Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL), Basharat Khokhar, and Christian Human rights activists around the country have condemn the incident and demanded the government to take precautionary measures to secure the minorities in the country.

 

Albert David, chairman Pakistan United Christian Movement (PUCM) and Nazir S Bhatti, president Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), both politicians said its government’s responsibility to ensure security of the minorities, while the officials have failed to do so. They urged the high officials to investigate the matter on an urgent basis otherwise we will stage a protest against the killing of the minorities in Pakistan, Albert added.

 

Earlier Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian Federal Minister was shot dead in Islamabad and still the case is hanging on [unresolved].   

 

Be Blessed,

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

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Editor: For Americans especially, I have discovered the best way to donate to Shamim Masih is via Western Union sending to a Western Union agent in Islamabad.

 

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