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Pakistani Christians took to the streets to mourn the loss of a Christian man killed whilst in police custody in a Lahore prison on 13th August 2017 -
one day before the nations independence day celebrations. Christian activists are declaring independence has created a nation with double standards
in politics, law and everyday life - one in which Christians are at best second-class Citizens.
Indaryas Ghulam (RIP)
Indaryas Ghulam RIP (38 yrs) a victim of circumstance was sentenced to death by hanging for alleged involvement in the death of two Muslim men who were lynched in the aftermath of the Lahore Twin Church Bomb attack in March 2015. On 13th August the wife of Indaryas was called by local police and informed that her husband had passed away. When the wife saw his dead body she was shocked at the number of bruises and cuts on his body - a clear indication of the brutality faced by Indarayas from police and prison staff. Indaryas was also suffering from Tuberculosis a disease he contracted only 3 months prior to his arrest in March 2015, Indarayas was never provided proper health care and carried his poor health with dignity never letting his children know how much pain he was in. To date no reason has been given for his death simply a statement that he died of poor health.
In March a Pakistani Daily Newspaper reported on an offer made to Indarays and all of the other 42 men killed by the Deputy District Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah. The offer allowed complete acquittal and freedom to any of the 42 Christian men convicted of murder if they chose to adopt Islam as their chosen faith. No Christian accepted the offer and bravely they accepted their faith. Read more (click here)
42 Christians were charged with lynching the two men after twin suicide blasts targeting a Sunday Mass in two churches in the Christian neighbourhood of Youhanabad in Lahore on March 15, 2015. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and 75 casualties.
Christian community leaders have said that during the frenzy that ensued local policemen delivered two men who were suspected to have been involved in the bomb attack to grieving and hysterical Christians. For some it was a push to far and the two Muslim men were lynched and then their bodies burned. Christian leaders still believe the two men were involved in the bomb attack.
Over 500 Christians were arrested for the crime and tortured in prison cells. The majority were acquitted after having spent a year and six months behind bars however 82 were charged with murder and eventually 42 were convicted. 30 of the men who were charged men are said to be innocent with no evidence existing of any crime of which Indaryas was one. Indaryas and his family who lived in Bahawalpur were only in Lahore to visit family and share the celebration of Easter with them. It could never have entered his mind or that of his family that he would end up accused of murder.
Although BPCA does not condone the killing of the two Muslim men we are surprised at the number of men convicted and the harsh death sentence, despite mitigating circumstances of heightened frenzy.
Even more alarming is the manner in which no Muslims were convicted for their involvement in murder and rioting during the razing of the Christian village of Gojra (click here), or for rampaging through a Christian village in 2013 (click here).
Indaryas was a painter in Bahawalpur and and leaves behind a widow Shabana (36 yrs) and three children, daughter Shumir (12 yrs), Son Youaab (1o yrs) and daughter Angel (6 years).