Shehzad Masih and Shamma, a Christian couple’s bodies were burned at the brick kiln where they worked in Kot Radha Kishan, a town in Punjab province of Pakistan.
Six brothers of the Masih family, including the youngest, Shahzad Masih, worked at the brick kiln, a family member told an international news agency. The couple “was brutally tortured and burnt alive,” Shabhaz Masih, Shahzad’s older brother, said.
He went on to reveal that Shama was burning waste after cleaning the home of her father-in-law, Nazar, who died October 30. The manager of the brick kiln where the couple worked claimed to have seen pages with Quranic verses in the rubbish and spread the news among the local Muslims while alerting local Muslim leaders.
The news was spread on loudspeakers in neighbouring villages, Shabhaz said, explaining that his brother Shahzad Masih and his wife Shamma Bibi got terrified and tried to flee, but the owner of the kiln confined them in a room at his work place. Early the next morning, on November 4 a mob of hundreds of Muslims rushed to our village in tractor trolleys and motor bikes, he said.
“The mob broke the roof, pulled the couple out and tortured them. They were paraded naked and set on fire,” a Pakistani Christian lawyer said. Even though several police officers were present, they “could not control the mob,” he added.