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Pastor Yousaf Masih

Wrong Pastor Yousaf Masih?

Senior Superintendent of Police

Jacobabad
 
Background

Employment History

  • Principal
    Victor Public Secondary School
  • Protestant Pastor
  • Christ Church Jacobabad
  • Christ Church
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Web References
Crosswalk.com - Another Pakistani Pastor Kidnapped and Beaten
www.religiontoday.net, 29 Sept 2004 [cached]
His Muslim captors told Pastor Yousaf Masih, 33, that they were taking revenge for the United States' military presence in the country and ordered him to stop "praying for Muslims" in his Baptist church in Jacobabad.
The Baptist minister was abducted off a back street near his home after dark on Sunday evening, September 12.Walking home from a worship service, Masih was confronted by a bearded man who held a revolver to his side, warning, "If you try to resist me, I will shoot you and your wife and children."
With the help of another accomplice, the man forced Masih into a red car parked along a nearby main street.Although the men spoke Urdu with Masih, he said they spoke with each other in Pashto, the language of the tribal Pathans living in southern Afghanistan and the northwest territories of Pakistan.
Although Masih was blindfolded, he understood from the shouts of transport hawkers along the way that they were driving through Sukkur."After this they turned left [north], but then the car turned many ways, so I had no knowledge where I was being taken," Masih told Compass by telephone today from Jacobabad.
When the car stopped, Masih said he was taken into a room where his head was shaved, and his shirt and trousers exchanged for traditional "shalvar kamiz" clothing."Then they injected something into my right arm, and I went unconscious," he said.
When he came back to his senses, he said he found himself in another room with an iron girder, where his captors suspended him by his legs, with his hands tied behind his back.
"They beat me on my legs and arms and back with long wooden sticks, shouting, ‘Christians are dogs!'" Masih said.
The pastor said his captors denounced the "Christian" American military for killing "many, many of our Muslim people," complaining specifically about the U.S. contingent based at Shahbaz Air Force Base near Jacobabad.
"You are a Christian, and the Americans are also Christians.So tell the Americans to leave this airbase.Otherwise, we will continue to give trouble to you and other Christians," they warned.
In addition, the kidnappers ordered Masih to stop praying for Muslims at his church.Masih said he told them that Hindus and Muslims and people from the Christian community all come to visit his home."So I pray with them over their problems," he said.
After the threats and extended thrashing, he was taken down and given some bread, lentils and water.Soon afterward he again fell unconscious, causing him to suspect they had drugged the food.He awoke in yet another room, where he was whipped on the soles of his feet and fed bread and vegetable curry.
When he next regained consciousness, he said he found himself lying on the ground outside, in the dark of night."My whole body was seriously swollen, my feet and my legs, but I started to walk slowly," he recalled.After he came to a small road, a Suzuki pickup came along and stopped for him.
Masih explained what had happened, asking where he was.The driver told him they were just a half-hour's drive to Bannu City, some 600 miles north of Jacobabad.So he agreed to take the injured pastor to the Bannu Christian Hospital, where he was admitted shortly before midnight on September 14.
According to a medical report issued by the Bannu hospital, the effects of the heavy beatings caused serious swelling and damage to the pastor's leg tissues and injury to his back.His blood pressure continues to drop as low as 100/40 at times, he said.
Masih was transferred on September 17 under police protection back to his home in Jacobabad, where the small government hospital continues to monitor his treatment.It has been recommended that he go to the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi within the next week for an advanced medical checkup.
Although local police resisted initial attempts to file a report on his disappearance, an official First Information Report was registered on September 14.Since Masih's return home, Jacobabad's senior superintendent of police has insisted it was a faked kidnapping, and that his alleged captors were Christians, not Muslims."You were not kidnapped," Din Mohammed Baloch reportedly told Masih on September 23."You were doing a drama."
Married with a nine-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, Masih admitted, "My wife is really feeling very troubled now.So pray for us."
Masih is the second Protestant pastor subjected to kidnapping and torture at the hands of Islamist extremists in Pakistan within the past four months.
Open Doors USA -
www.opendoorsusa.org, 9 Mar 2004 [cached]
His Muslim captors told Pastor Yousaf Masih, 33, that they were taking revenge for the United States' military presence in the country and ordered him to stop "praying for Muslims" in his Baptist church in Jacobabad.
The Baptist minister was abducted off a back street near his home after dark on Sunday evening, September 12.Walking home from a worship service, Masih was confronted by a bearded man who held a revolver to his side, warning, "If you try to resist me, I will shoot you and your wife and children."
With the help of another accomplice, the man forced Masih into a red car parked along a nearby main street.Although the men spoke Urdu with Masih, he said they spoke with each other in Pashto, the language of the tribal Pathans living in southern Afghanistan and the northwest territories of Pakistan.
Although Masih was blindfolded, he understood from the shouts of transport hawkers along the way that they were driving through Sukkur."After this they turned left [north], but then the car turned many ways, so I had no knowledge where I was being taken," Masih told Compass by telephone today from Jacobabad.
When the car stopped, Masih said he was taken into a room where his head was shaved, and his shirt and trousers exchanged for traditional "shalvar kamiz" clothing."Then they injected something into my right arm, and I went unconscious," he said.
When he came back to his senses, he said he found himself in another room with an iron girder, where his captors suspended him by his legs, with his hands tied behind his back.
"They beat me on my legs and arms and back with long wooden sticks, shouting, ‘Christians are dogs!'" Masih said.
The pastor said his captors denounced the "Christian" American military for killing "many, many of our Muslim people," complaining specifically about the U.S. contingent based at Shahbaz Air Force Base near Jacobabad.
"You are a Christian, and the Americans are also Christians.So tell the Americans to leave this airbase.Otherwise, we will continue to give trouble to you and other Christians," they warned.
In addition, the kidnappers ordered Masih to stop praying for Muslims at his church.Masih said he told them that Hindus and Muslims and people from the Christian community all come to visit his home."So I pray with them over their problems," he said.
After the threats and extended thrashing, he was taken down and given some bread, lentils and water.Soon afterward he again fell unconscious, causing him to suspect they had drugged the food.He awoke in yet another room, where he was whipped on the soles of his feet and fed bread and vegetable curry.
When he next regained consciousness, he said he found himself lying on the ground outside, in the dark of night."My whole body was seriously swollen, my feet and my legs, but I started to walk slowly," he recalled.After he came to a small road, a Suzuki pickup came along and stopped for him.
Masih explained what had happened, asking where he was.The driver told him they were just a half-hour's drive to Bannu City, some 600 miles north of Jacobabad.So he agreed to take the injured pastor to the Bannu Christian Hospital, where he was admitted shortly before midnight on September 14.
According to a medical report issued by the Bannu hospital, the effects of the heavy beatings caused serious swelling and damage to the pastor's leg tissues and injury to his back.His blood pressure continues to drop as low as 100/40 at times, he said.
Masih was transferred on September 17 under police protection back to his home in Jacobabad, where the small government hospital continues to monitor his treatment.It has been recommended that he go to the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi within the next week for an advanced medical checkup.
Although local police resisted initial attempts to file a report on his disappearance, an official First Information Report was registered on September 14.Since Masih's return home, Jacobabad's senior superintendent of police has insisted it was a faked kidnapping, and that his alleged captors were Christians, not Muslims."You were not kidnapped," Din Mohammed Baloch reportedly told Masih on September 23."You were doing a drama."
Married with a nine-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, Masih admitted, "My wife is really feeling very troubled now.So pray for us."
Masih is the second Protestant pastor subjected to kidnapping and torture at the hands of Islamist extremists in Pakistan within the past four months.
Christian persecution in Pakistan
www.cswusa.org, 15 Aug 2002 [cached]
Yousaf was a cleric in a Lahore mosque and had been vocal in condemning religious extremism.
At every stage of the judicial process, students from nearby madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) and members of militant Islamic organizations packed the courthouse, shouting religious slogans and demanding his death.
It is widely believed that Islamic militant groups are behind his death.
Factors such as the non-routine transfer between cells and that the alleged murderer was waiting for Yousaf with a gun, point to the complicity ofprison staff in his murder.
The jail superintendent resigned a few hours after the murder and later, the jail's assistant superintendent and two wardens were arrested on charges of negligence.
At least four Christians charged with blasphemy have been killed at the hands of extremists and at least another three have been shot at.Baba Bantu Masih was stabbed to death by a young Muslim while in a Lahore police station in 1992.
In a case still under investigation, a post-mortem revealed that Tahir Iqbal, a convert from Islam to Christianity, was allegedly poisoned while in the same prison as Yousaf in 1992.
...
The Christian community in Pakistan fears that prisoners held on blasphemy and other religious charges could suffer the same fate as Yousaf.
In the year 2001 alone, it is estimated that at least 40 Muslims, 23 Ahmadi, ten Christians and two Hindus have been charged with blasphemy.
...
They are pressuring the district and divisional administrations to lodge an FIR (First Information Report) against other Christians, including Pastor Yousaf Masih of Christ Church Jacobabad and Principal Newton of Victor Public Secondary School.
The demonstrators claimed that ...
www.worthynews.com, 22 Jan 2011 [cached]
The demonstrators claimed that Pastor Yousaf Masih, 32, of Christ Church in Jacobabad had been involved in the distribution effort and that Principal Bruener Newton, 34, of Victor Public Secondary School, supported it.
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Under bail provisions granted by the court on January 19, both Pastor Masih and Newton were exempted from arrest, although they remain under summons to appear with the other defendants at the January 30 court hearing.
Christian persecution in Pakistan
www.cswusa.com, 15 Aug 2002 [cached]
Yousaf was a cleric in a Lahore mosque and had been vocal in condemning religious extremism.
At every stage of the judicial process, students from nearby madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) and members of militant Islamic organizations packed the courthouse, shouting religious slogans and demanding his death.
It is widely believed that Islamic militant groups are behind his death.
Factors such as the non-routine transfer between cells and that the alleged murderer was waiting for Yousaf with a gun, point to the complicity of prison staff in his murder.
...
In a case still under investigation, a post-mortem revealed that Tahir Iqbal, a convert from Islam to Christianity, was allegedly poisoned while in the same prison as Yousaf in 1992.
...
The Christian community in Pakistan fears that prisoners held on blasphemy and other religious charges could suffer the same fate as Yousaf.
...
They are pressuring the district and divisional administrations to lodge an FIR (First Information Report) against other Christians, including Pastor Yousaf Masih of Christ Church Jacobabad and Principal Newton of Victor Public Secondary School.
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