Connect with us
Slider

us news

Murderer Uses False Blasphemy Accusation to Justify Killing of Christian in Pakistan

Published

on

Pakistan – According to local sources in Pakistan, a Christian man was murdered earlier this month by a Muslim coworker in a factory. The victim’s family reports the murderer falsely accused the Christian of committing blasphemy to justify the killing.

On December 14, Arshad Masih, a 32-year-old Christian, was stabbed to death by Atif Ali, his Muslim coworker at Pakistan Spring Factory in Sheikhupura. Samina Bibi, Masih’s wife, reports that Ali attacked her husband due to a promotion Masih received and his refusal to convert to Islam.

“My husband was highly hailed by the leaders at the factory for his excellent performance and honesty,” Bibi told International Christian Concern (ICC). “He was promoted to a higher rank in the factory. Ali was unhappy with this decision and often teased and opposed my husband when taking the lead at work.”

“Ali was hired about four months ago,” Bibi continued. “He often initiated religious discussions and abused Christianity. He invited my husband to convert to Islam, but Arshad refused. Arshad was upset about this for about a week, but there wasn’t any initial unrest.”

Bibi suspects that Ali attacked her husband because of his refusal to convert to Islam. When Ali attacked Arshad, he stabbed the Christian eight times with a knife.

After the attack, Ali claimed he had killed a kafir, infidel, and blasphemer. When he was arrested, Ali asked the arresting officers if he could wash his hands as “he did not want the blood of a blasphemer on his hands anymore.”

Police have registered FIR # 664/20 against Ali and have started investigating the case.

In Pakistan, false accusations of blasphemy are widespread and often motivated by personal vendettas or religious hatred. Accusations are highly inflammatory and have the potential to spark mob lynchings, vigilante murders, and mass protests.
Sources:persecution

us news

Helicopter crash: French billionaire and MP Olivier Dassault dies

Published

on

French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to billionaire and conservative politician Olivier Dassault, 69, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, local time.

Mr Dassault was the eldest son of late French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose namesake Dassault Aviation builds the Rafale war planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper.

“Olivier Dassault loved France,” Mr Macron said on Twitter.

“Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones.”

The private helicopter crashed during the afternoon on Sunday in Normandy, where Mr Dassault had a holiday home, according to a police source.

The pilot was also killed.

A representative for the conservative Les Republicains party in France’s National Assembly since 2002, he represented the Oise area of northern France.

Mr Dassault was considered the 361st richest man in the world alongside his two brothers and sister, with wealth of about 6 billion euros ($9.29 billion) mostly inherited from his father, according to the 2020 Forbes rich list.

He stepped down from his role on the board of Dassault due to his political role to avoid any conflict of interest.

Mr Dassault, seen as the favourite of founder Marcel Dassault, was once considered favoured to succeed Serge Dassault at the head of the family holding, but that role went to former Dassault Aviation chief executive Charles Edelstenne.

“Great sadness at the news of the sudden passing of Olivier Dassault,” Valerie Pecresse, a conservative politician who is president of the Paris region, said on Twitter.

“A businessman, but also a renowned photographer, he had a passion for politics in his blood, rooted in his department of Oise. My warm thoughts to his family.”

Continue Reading

us news

Pope Francis raises concerns over Christian safety

Published

on

Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for a three-day visit to Iraq, undeterred by suggestions that his trip might fuel a surge in coronavirus cases, undaunted by the precarious security situation and committed to offering support to a Christian community decimated by years of war.

It’s the first trip Francis has embarked on since the pandemic swept the world and the first time a head of the Roman Catholic Church has visited the country.

The journey promises to be as rich in symbolism as it is fraught with risk.

“I am happy to travel again,” the pope said, taking off his blue surgical mask to address reporters en route to Iraq. His Alitalia flight was accompanied by U.S. aircraft from the Ayn al Asad military base after entering Iraqi airspace.

By choosing Iraq as his first destination since the pandemic began, Francis waded directly into the issues of war and peace, and poverty and religious strife, in an ancient biblical land.

“This trip is emblematic,” he said, calling it “a duty to a land martyred for many years.”

He was welcomed by a small color guard and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

The pope left the airport complex in a black BMW, his window rolled down. He waved as he passed a small group of faithful waving Iraqi and Vatican flags behind a metal fence on the side of the highway.

The pope’s vehicle was surrounded by a police motorcycle escort as he drove past miles of concrete blast walls that were put up during Iraq’s sectarian violence.

After 2003, the road was one of the most dangerous in Baghdad, with frequent roadside bombs and suicide car bombs. Those are now in the past, and palm trees planted to beautify the road greet visitors.

As he arrived at the presidential palace, the pope’s car was flanked by members of Iraqi security forces on horseback. Francis emerged from that car, limping noticeably as he made his way along a red carpet.

The pope is known to suffer from sciatica, which he told reporters in 2013 was the worst thing that had happened to him in his early days as pope.

It was the start of what promised to be an arduous journey that will take the 84-year-old pontiff to battle-scarred churches and desert pilgrimage sites.

In an area known as the cradle of civilization, the modern history of Mesopotamia — now present-day Iraq — has been scarred by lasting hardship: three decades of despotic rule, followed by nearly two decades of war and a wave of carnage unleashed by the Islamic State.

Once a rich tapestry of faiths, Iraq has been hollowed out as orthodoxies hardened. Its Jews are almost completely gone, and its Christian community grows smaller every year. About one million have fled since the 2003 United States-led invasion. An estimated 500,000 remain.

That backdrop makes the pope’s visit on Saturday to the ancient city of Ur — traditionally held to be the birthplace of Abraham, who is revered by Muslims, Jews and Christians alike — all the more powerful.

To that end, his trip carries a motto from the Gospel of Matthew: “You are all brothers.”

But the pope’s agenda also casts a spotlight on the terrible toll wrought when divisions harden and violence takes over.

On Friday evening he met with priests, bishops and others at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad. Just over a decade ago, the church came under assault when attackers unleashed fusillade of grenades, bullets and suicide vests. At least 58 people were killed in the assault, which was carried out by an affiliate of Al Qaeda.

It was far from the deadliest massacre in the country, where tens of thousands of Muslims have died in war and sectarian fighting, but the attack tore at the heart of the Christian community.

An image of Francis is painted on the blast walls that now ring Our Lady of Salvation.

Francis made it clear that after Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI had to scuttle plans to visit the remaining Christians in the country, he would not cancel his own trip.

Continue Reading

Subscribe

Enter your email address

Featured

Media22 hours ago

വിദേശ പൗരത്വം എടുത്ത നിങ്ങളുടെ പേരില്‍ നാട്ടില്‍ സ്വത്തുക്കള്‍ ഉണ്ടോ ? എങ്കില്‍ അതു വില്‍ക്കുകയോ പണയം വയ്ക്കുകയോ ചെയ്യണമെങ്കില്‍ റിസര്‍വ് ബാങ്കിന്റെ പ്രത്യേക അനുമതി വേണം; സുപ്രീം കോടതിയുടെ സുപ്രധാനമായ വിധി പ്രവാസികളെ എങ്ങനെ ബാധിക്കും എന്നറിയാം

വിദേശ പൗരത്വം എടുത്തിട്ടുള്ള ഇന്ത്യാക്കാർക്ക് ഇനി നാട്ടിലുള്ള സ്വത്തുക്കൾ ക്രയവിക്രയം ചെയ്യുവാനും പണയപ്പെടുത്തുവാനുമൊക്കെ ഇനിമുതൽ റിസർവ് ബാങ്കിന്റെ പ്രത്യേക അനുമതി ആവശ്യമായി വരും. ഫോറിൻ എക്സ്ചേഞ്ച് റെഗുലേഷൻ...

us news22 hours ago

Helicopter crash: French billionaire and MP Olivier Dassault dies

French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to billionaire and conservative politician Olivier Dassault, 69, who died in a helicopter...

Sports23 hours ago

Two gold medals in two weeks; Wrestler Vinesh Phogat has made India proud

Living up to the expectations, star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her second gold medal in as many weeks with...

us news23 hours ago

Pope Francis raises concerns over Christian safety

Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for a three-day visit to Iraq, undeterred by suggestions that his trip might...

Media23 hours ago

കുവൈത്ത് കര്‍ഫ്യൂ; നിയമലംഘകര്‍ക്ക് കടുത്ത പിഴയും തടവും ശിക്ഷ

കുവൈറ്റ് സിറ്റി : കുവൈത്തിൽ കർഫ്യു നിയമലംഘകർക്ക് കടുത്ത പിഴയും തടവും ശിക്ഷ. ഞായറാഴ്ച്ച വൈകിട്ട് അഞ്ചു മണി മുതലാണ് കുവൈത്തിൽ ഭാഗിക കർഫ്യൂ പ്രാബല്യത്തിലാവുന്നത്. കർഫ്യുവിൽ...

Media24 hours ago

ചര്‍ച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ് കേരളാ സ്റ്റേറ്റ് 98-ാമത് ജനറല്‍ കണ്‍വന്‍ഷന്‍ മാര്‍ച്ച് 11 മുതല്‍ 13 വരെ

മുളക്കുഴ: 2021 മാര്‍ച്ച് 11 മുതല്‍ 13 (വ്യാഴം, വെള്ളി, ശനി) വരെ മുളക്കുഴ സീയോന്‍ കുന്നില്‍ നടക്കുന്ന ചര്‍ച്ച് ഓഫ് ഗോഡ് ഇന്‍ ഇന്‍ഡ്യാ കേരളാ...

Trending