Young Christian boy Nouman Masih who was burned alive by 2 unknown man on last Friday. He was 55% burned, today he passed away.
Another addition to the deadly atrocities Christians in Pakistan face. This one comes due to proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. Nouman Masih, the 14 year old boy who was burnt alive because of his faith, died today in Lahore.
Nouman had suffered 55% burns after kerosene oil was thrown all over him and he was set alight by two men who inquired him of his religion. Nouman faced this attempt of hatred bravely was attempted to be rescued by two local men. This shows the hatred that is still breeding amongst our country men. Days after the public lynching Lahore Police raided every house of Youhanabad and rounded more than 400 Christian youth by breaking doors of Christian homes or climbing boundary walls in middle of night.
Unfortunately young Nouman could not survive his wounds and lost the battle of life today. Proclamation of his faith proved fatal for him. Local Christians say that they have been living under fear because of the hatred against them. Upon becoming stable, he had been question on the hospital bed by the police as a FIR was lodged.
Chief Minsiter Shahbaz Sharif had taken notice of this act of brutality and had commanded the immediate arrest of the two men involved in it. A special medical team had also been formed for the treatment of Nouman. Member Punjab assembly Shahzad Munshi reached the hospital upon news of Noumans death. Pastor Anwar Fazal has met the family and demanded that the culprits be immediately punished. The question that looms large over all of us is till when will this lawlessness prevail and till when will this fire keep on eating the innocent?
Interviewer: Gulnar Gull (GG) Advocate High Court
Interviewee: Nouman Masih
Location: Mayo Hospital Lahore
GG: Nouman can you tell me exactly what happened to you?
Nouman: I was going to get some clother over-locked as I am learning tailoring. I was walking alone and as I reached the shop I realized that there is no electricity. So I left the clothes at the shop for over-lock. There were two boys.
GG: Do you know those boys?
Nouman: No, I don’t know them. One was on a Honda 70 bike and one on Pak hero bike.
GG: Were they on two separate bikes?
Nouman: Yes, they asked me, “what is you religion?” I said I am a Christian. After hearing this they started hurling abuses at me and started quarrelling.
GG: What did they say?
Nouman: They asked me who am I and I said I am a Christian. He started abusing me. I also abused them and wasked them why are you abusing me? Then he came forward and threw kerosene oil on me. I kept going ahead. One had thrown oil on me and one lit the matchstick.
GG: Was there no one else around you at that time?
Nouman: No, as you know it was time for Friday Prayer and there is no one around in the streets at that time.
GG: Then what happened? Who brought you to the hospital? How did you save your life?
Nouman: I quickly ran and there was heap of sand nearby. I rolled myself in the sand and the fire was extinguished. The fire died because of the sand. Later boys started throwing sand on me to put off the fire. Then the person from the over-lock shop brought me to Mayo Hospital. My own master Munir brought my father to the hospital. Then I was operated on and my wounds were cleaned and I was able to breathe properly.