Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pakistani New Martyrs Shahzad and Shama, killed by a Muslim mob

This is a phenomenon documented during the Muslim Ottoman tyranny as well. Accusations by Muslims against Christians often result in Muslim mobs whipped into a frenzy, and killing the innocent Christians. It is in part an application of Islam's blasphemy laws, and also of the dhimma contract (the Pact of Omar), where any perceived violation by any Christian results in collective punishment by Muslims against the Christian community.

See also: Witnesses for Christ - Orthodox Christian NeoMartyrs of the Ottoman Period, 1437-1860, by Nomikos Michael Vaporis.

See also this story, which may in fact be about the husband (different spelling of his name), and predates their martyrdom by five months: Pakistani Court sentences Christian to death under Islamic Blasphemy Laws.

New Martyrs Shahzad and Shama Masih,
accused of blasphemy and killed in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab, on 4 November 2014.

Christian couple lynched for blasphemy: the police accused of negligence
Agenzia Fides, August 31, 2015 (via Jihad Watch)

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan criticized the inaction of the police in front of the lynching of the Christian couple Shahzad and Shama Masih, accused of blasphemy and killed in Kot Radha Kishan, Punjab, on 4 November 2014. 

On 24 August, the Court, in a case involving two accused of the lynching, strongly criticized the police for not having intervened to prevent violence and did nothing to protect the two Christian citizens.

Five police officers were present at the scene of the crime, while the crowd of extremists who carried out the lynching was made up of about 500 fanatics. 

The officers are accused of negligence, while the prosecutor argued that the police tried to stop the angry crowd, but failed. An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has charged with murder 106 people deemed responsible for the lynching of the Christian couple, but justice, say Christian lawyers, moves at a slow pace. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 31/08/2015)