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Gujar Khan arson: Interim bails of the accused cancelled, main culprit absconding

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Main culprit in Gujar Khan arson case absconds from court premises after the court cancelled interim bails of the culprits. On September 21, the allegedly accused set fire to house of a Christian Bashir Masih, they torched his vehicle also. The vandals had brutally tortured the Christian family harassing them to leave the village and never return to their house.

Attack on Christians in Gujar Khan

Soon after the reports of this incident circulated, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar took notice of the incident. Subsequently, while hearing the case, a local court cancelled interim bails of three accused namely Adnan, Ahsaan and Naqash. Main culprit in this case, Kamran absconded from the court premises after hearing the cancellation orders. The court issued orders to arrest the culprits. Police arrested the three culprits, however two more culprits nominated in the FIR were not present during the court proceedings.

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The atrocious unfolded on September 21, as Bashir Masih detailed around 3:30 pm at least 12 men armed with weapons stormed into his house and beat men, women and children unsparingly. “They stripped the clothes of my daughters-in-law and forced them out on the street. They also threw the children, some as young as two, against the walls. My sons and I were hit with gun butts and iron rods amid volleys of abuse and threats.”

The vandals started aerial shooting so as to harass the Christian family as they looted Bashir’s house and torched it. Vandals torched their Suzuki Van also, while the villagers witnessed the incident. The assailants purportedly ransacked all the valuables, gold jewelry in the house before setting it on fire. The Christian family had to flee in order to escape looming death. An FIR no. 504/18 against 12 men named by the victim.

Bashir and his family moved in to this village five years back. He maintains that he or his family members had never participated in any dispute. Terrified Christian family claims that they will be killed if they returned to their house. Living in fear they were rendered homeless and destitute.