Persecution of the Day
Posted by Godefroi on May 14, 2008
5/14/08 Pakistan (International Christian Concern) – Dr. Robin Sardar, 55, a Christian by faith and a medical doctor by profession, was charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy laws (Pakistan Penal Code Section 295 B and C) in Hafizabad district on May 5, 2008.
In an interview with ICC, Dr. Shamaoun, a nephew of Dr. Robin Sardar, said that Sardar had a close friendship with a Muslim man named Muhammad Yousaf for years. They were often seen together at family gatherings and social events. However, Yousaf became resentful that Sardar, as a Christian, had such a good professional reputation, social status, and financial resources.
Shamaoun said that Yousaf’s envy at Sardar’s success boiled over when he told police that Sardar had made derogatory comments about the Prophet Muhammad’s beard and the Holy Quran.
Shamaoun further stated that a mob of over 200 Muslims wearing green turbans, a symbol of their Islamic orthodoxy, attacked the doctor’s house and medical clinic after the FIR had been registered against him (Sardar’s residence and clinic are in the same building). The mob was holding sticks, guns and kerosene oil, and proceeded to force their way into the house, smashing windows and furniture throughout the house and clinic. The mob then turned on Sardar and his family.
Since then, the religious extremists have organized daily demonstrations on the city’s roads demanding that Sardar be hanged publicly. Shamaoun said that all the Christians in the area, especially Dr. Sardar’s family members, are living in fear because the local Muslim clerics have been regularly using the mosque amplifier to call on people to kill the relatives of the Christian doctor.