May 4 2009
His crime was being a Christian in a Muslim country. Boy dies from critical wounds inflicted upon him by the Taliban, following Anti-Christian Mob Rampage.
Irfan Masih, the 11-year-old boy wounded on 22 April during a Taliban attack against Christians in Tiasar Town near Karachi, has died. In critical conditions from the start, the boy slipped away after five, agonisingly long days.On 22 April a gang of armed extremists attacked a group of Christians in Tiasar Town, a Karachi suburb, setting six homes on fire and seriously injuring three Christians.
Fr Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, the director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), led a delegation to the site of the attack. The group, made up of clergymen and lay people, visited the wounded in hospital and then met leaders of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), the only Pakistani party that is opposed to the introduction of Sharia in the Swat Valley.
According to NCJP activists, the Taliban attacked the Christians because they were wiping off insulting graffiti from the walls of local homes and the local church. The Taliban had scribbled words that incited hatred and violence, like ‘Taliban are coming’, ‘Long live Taliban’ and ‘Be prepared to pay Jizia (Tax for non-Muslims) or embrace Islam’.
The Taliban in question are ethnic Pathan who live opposite the Christian settlement. The attack took place in two stages. In the second one, around 3.30 pm, Irfan Masih was hit to the head by a gunshot.
The Muslim attackers also stormed several Christian homes and destroyed many copies of the Bible. LiveLeak
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