42 Christians in Pakistan who were arrested and have spent the last 2 years in prison for so called “terrorism charges” for supposedly lynching two men after the 2015 church suicide bombing attack in Lahore carried out by the Taliban which killed 17 and have been told that if they renounce Christianity and convert to Islam they will be set free and spared the death penalty. The International Christian Concern, a leading Christian persecution watchdog and advocacy organization says that when the Christians where arrested in 2015 the Pakistani police tortured them to force them to confess to the lyching. Whilst in contrast there was little investigation if any by the police to find the culprits of the bombings which killed so many innocent people.
A source has said that outside the courtroom Deputy District Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah told the imprisoned Christians that if they they embrace Islam, he can guarantee them their acquittal in this case.”, however a courageous Christian called Ifran Masih stood up to Syed Anees Shah by saying that he would rather be hung than convert to Islam. Initially Syed Anees Shah denied that he told the men that they would be freed if they converted to Islam however a video recording of the incident proved he was lying and he was forced to admit it.
Chowdhry, president of the British Pakistani Christian Association, has said that “The fact that Christian men could be spared a death penalty by simply renouncing their Christian faith and accepting Islam is a clear indication that either extremists have infiltrated the Justice system of Pakistan, or that the nation is full of zealots that will stop at nothing to convert [infidels],”.
2.5 million Christians live in pakistan and this dire situation in Pakistan show how they are being discriminated against by Pakistani officials who are using their position to push their extremist Muslim agenda further and to force non Muslims to convert or die where possible.
Update: After public uproar from the christian population the Public Prosecutor Syed Anees Shah whom made these comments has since been suspended from his position. A source has said that “He has been asked to report to the office of Punjab Prosecutor General till further orders. A new DDPP named Muhammad Azir has replaced Anees at the ATC-1.”