2 Christians Tortured by Pakistan Police


John R. Houk

© May 12, 2016

 

Persecution of Christians continues in Pakistan. This time it wasn’t a Muslim mob crazed over the ludicrous Islamic practice for punishing those who blaspheme their false Prophet Mohammed, Islam and/or their false deity Allah. This time it has become public knowledge that some Lahore policemen brought in two Christians for questioning over an alleged crime. The crime is ill-described by news outlets reporting on the incident. BUT of not the police interrogation included brutal torture of the Christian men Faraz Masih and Doya Masih.

 

VIDEO: Lahore has become the executioner, held pransanyt 2 people barbaric violence Express Urdu 

 

Posted by John Houk

Published on May 12, 2016

 

An Urdu language broadcast from the Pakistan news outlet called Express News shows stealth taken photos of Pakistani-Christians Faraz Masih and Doya Masih being tortured at the Shalimaar police Station in the city of Lahore.

 

The LEAD article I’m cross posting calls the accused crime as being to “defraud”. The Nation reports the accused crime was mugging:

 

LAHORE: Two members of the country’s Christian community are battling for life in a private clinic after undergoing police brutalities for a couple of days in Lahore’s Shalimar police station.

 

Thirty-year-old Faraz Masih and forty-year-old Doya Masih were picked up by the investigation wing of the Shalimar police station in connection with a mugging case last week.

 

A close relative of the suspects visited the police station and covertly took pictures of the suspects, which would send chills of horror down the spine of any sane person. When the man shared the gruesome photos with crime reporters, the issue came into the notice of the senior police officers. …

 

 

The family members paid several visits to the police station and met the victims only after paying bribe to the lower subordinates. A relative of one of the suspects today told The Nation that when they fell unconscious in the police lock-up, the suspects were shifted to a private clinic by the policemen.

 

“The police investigators applied third degree torture methods during interrogation. They were demanding one hundred thousand rupees for the release of the suspects. The poor families were unable to pay the bribe,” said the frightened relative while requesting anonymity.

 

 

“They were paraded naked, thrashed, punched, and kicked on their private parts. Their hands and feet were tied to a charpoy and they were tortured brutally in upside down position. The policemen also threw salt and pepper on the victim’s injuries to force them to confess to the robberies (whether they had committed or not)”.

 

The police during interrogation uses multiple methods of torture to extort cash and information from crime suspects. Although the police are asked to use scientific methods of investigations yet the suspects are tortured by police to force them to confess the crimes.

 

Interestingly, the police in the Punjab province are paid bribe for both purposes – to torture and not to torture the suspects. The policemen are bribed to avoid torture on suspects belonging to rich and influential families while the poor are subjected to severe torture to get bribe.

 

The rest of The Nation story are interviews of past Police torture victims (Police use of brutal torture methods continues unabated; By Ashraf Javed; The Nation; 5/9/16 9:35 pm)

 

The Nation updated the above with a bit of an editorial on May 11 entitled, “Police Brutality”.

 

Since I began this post with a Youtube video of the tortured victims from Express News, here is the English translation of the Urdu language report (note Google Translate couldn’t figure a couple of words):

 

Lahore:  are hanging 2 Shalimar police station altka investigative personnel have brutally tortured and News raised the issue of the police authorities took notice of the incident were suspended 4.

 

Are according to Express News took in Lahore Shalimar police arrest 6 days ago 2 people followed hanging them upside down and tied to the bed, the two officials were targeted and inhuman violence, investigative team members down unto them when both of them were naked people chtrul and the condition being shifted to a nearby hospital.

 

After walking on the other hand, Express News reported police torture and police authorities took notice of the incident suspended 4 officers in charge of the investigation, including Hammad Tariq Butt and ASI. (Lahore has become the executioner, held 2 people barbaric violence pransanyt; Express News [Urdu]; 5/9/16)

 

See Also

 

Bilawal condemns inhuman torture of two Christians by Lahore Police; The News; 5/11/16

 

Pakistan: Christians Tortured At Hands of Police; The Sclerotic Goes to War; 5/11/16)

 

Below is the LEAD story.

 

JRH 5/12/16

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Two Christians Subjected to Excruciating Torture by Lahore Police

 

By LEAD FAMILY

May 11, 2016 09:48

Legal Evangelical Association Development

 

LAHORE: Two Christian go through inhumane torture at the hands of the Lahore police. In keeping with details, two men were booked by the police under charges of defraud. While carrying out the investigations the police hung one of the men upside down with a bunk and tortured him inhumanely. The other was stripped naked and tortured.

 

Christians Tortured in Pakistan

Christians Tortured in Pakistan

 

The reprehensible incident took place in Lahore’ Shalimaar police Station. The two men Faraaz and a Christian Doya Masih were hooked by the police and underwent vicious torture without the FIR being filed. After the news of the incident was aired, Superintendent Police Investigations, has sacked four police personnel found involved in unleashing vicious torture on the two captives.

 

On the other hand, the police tried to justify the abject investigatory torture by claiming these captives have confessed to more than 12 instances of robbery. After the photos of the two captives became public, S.P. Investigations took notice of the incident and issued orders of dismissal of Hammad Butt – In charge of investigations, ASI Tariq, Constable Sadiq and Arif.

 

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, human rights Defender who heads LEAD strongly condemns the barbarically torture of the police on two Christians as they refused to confess the crime they did not commit. Police in Pakistan have been known to torture suspects, especially if they are Christians, to obtain confessions in the crime they do not commit.

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2 Christians Tortured by Pakistan Police

John R. Houk

© May 12, 2016

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Two Christians Subjected to Excruciating Torture by Lahore Police

Edited by John R. Houk

 

About Sardar Mushtaq Gill from webpage panel:

 

Mr. Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Human Rights Defender, is a 34-year-old law graduate from Lahore Punjab University, Pakistan. He is married and has four children. He runs the LEAD organisation.

 

The protection and promotion of the right to freedom of religion and belief constitute the core work of LEAD; to educate and teach and to create awareness of this precious right. The main problem in Pakistan is religious intolerance and discrimination which affect religious minorities and create in them the feelings of insecurity of life and property.

 

We hold seminars and workshops among students and teachers of different schools and educational institutions to discourage violence and to promote respect of faith in Pakistan.

 

We approach authorities to end discrimination and promote harmony among those who possess different faith. We also provide free legal assistance to those who are victims of religious and sectarian violence and victims of discriminatory laws of land without difference of faith and creed.

 

Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Advocate High Courts, is the Chief Counsel of LEAD, it focuses on discriminatory and constitutional law. It is as a non-profit organisation does not charge for its services. Its women Rights Chapter is being run by Farzana Imran (WHRD) who is head of women Chapter.

 

ABOUT LEAD

 

LEAD- (Legal Evangelical Association Development) is an organisation, a REGISTERED relief, development, advocacy and Free legal aid organization dedicated to working with children, families, communities, Churches and different denominations to overcome poverty and injustice. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are motivated by God’s love to serve all people regardless of race, religion, denomination, gender or ethnicity.

 

Email: leadpakistan2009@gmail.com

 

Expected outcomes:

 

Legal Evangelical Association Development (LEAD) is expected to:

 

1.To contribute in the field of Human Rights work in Pakistan and religious Liberty for everyone in this world and Pakistani minorities. 

 

2.To contribute to promote religious tolerance among majority and religious minority communities of Pakistan

 

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Police are not the Enemy – Police Brutality is the Enemy


Winged Angel Police Man

John R. Houk

© July 4, 2012

 

I am a huge supporter of law enforcement to such a degree that I understand the reason a cop can be upset after a perpetrator has shot at him/her. I can understand the anger built up after a long grueling chase in which police are trained not to shoot unless deadly force is used against them. There is undoubtedly going to be a little police retribution.

 

On the other hand there are cops that have a short fuse that use brutality even when an arrest is not warranted. Groups of cops can go way overboard in violence against perpetrators and perceived perpetrators who are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

The mobile phone in this case is the best citizen defense against police brutality in cases of crossing the line on the brutality scale. There is a huge amount of lobbying from police departments to make it illegal for a private citizen to record police brutality in progress.

 

Check this out:

 

More and more people use their smartphones to record police misconduct. But laws against wiretapping are being used to intimidate and stop them.

 

 Over Memorial Day weekend this past May, residents of Miami Beach witnessed a horrific display of police brutality as 12 cops sprayed Raymond Herisse’s car with 100 bullets, killing him. The shooting provoked outrage in the surrounding community, not only because of the murder, but because of what the police did afterward.

 

Officers on the scene confiscated and smashed witnesses’ cell phones; later, when they were confronted by the media, the police denied trying to destroy videos of the incident.

 

But 35-year-old Narces Benoit removed his HTC EVO’s memory card and hid it in his mouth. He later sold the video to CNN, placing the police in the awkward position of explaining why they lied about allegations of cell phone destruction. More importantly, the video showed at least two officers pointing guns at Benoit, demanding that he stop filming.

 

Police brutality takes many forms around the country on a regular basis, particularly in poor and minority neighborhoods. Sometimes, the only method of accountability is a victim’s word (if they are still alive) against that of an officer. Unsurprisingly, the police officer’s version of the story is often adequate for a judge to dismiss allegations of wrongdoing, unless there is hard evidence of misconduct, such as a video or audio recording, which can be useful to unravel conflicting versions of police-citizen encounters.

 

Due to advancements in technology, the average citizen carries a digital camera in his or her pocket or purse, creating a potential army of amateur videographers on every street corner. A quick YouTube search of “police brutality” lists endless videos, often cell phone footage, of what appear to be police acting with unnecessary and violent force. Some of those videos have served a crucial role in bringing charges against brutality that may have gone unaddressed had it not been for bystanders recording. (READ THE REST: 15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality; by Rania Khalek; AlterNet; 7/27/11)

 

There is a Youtube video circulating that shows disturbing police brutality. This nearly 1 hour long video shows scene after scene of police brutality on a national scale. This is the kind of video that makes the police look like the enemy of citizens. I still don’t buy that! Nonetheless, when the police enter the police brutality realm citizens need to have proof for their own protection. After all most police automobiles have video rolling, citizens need that right as well.

 

No Police Brutality

 

NoGuff has sought my opinion on a video.

 

JRH 7/4/12

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A video I’d like your opinion on.

(WHY COPS FEAR-SHTF)

 

By NoGuff

Sent: 6/24/12

 

Hi. I watched this video about bad cops. Yes, it’s one-sided, as I’m sure most cops are good people and honest and have integrity (at least I hope so). This focuses on the bad ones, but it does seem that there are a lot, based on this video (the parts where people just ask for a form at the police station will demonstrate this).

I’d love to get your opinion on it. I’m a supporter of the police, but not 100% as I know there are bad apples. Plus the fact that most have said they will follow illegal orders when SHTF. Remember Katrina? Remember the Tea Party rallies where SWAT showed up in full riot gear? I mean some of this stuff (like the downtown park round-up you’ll see) really makes me question WTF we’re doing in this country, allowing the few in our communities to do these things to us without consequence. It really makes me question where our real freedom has gone.

“WHY COPS FEAR-SHTF”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVmGWLsn0iM


It’s long, about 58min, so give yourself a good time block to watch it. I’d love to get your opinion.

Thanks a lot,

-NG