Robert Danish buried under clouds of teargas and baton charge by police on Christian protestors.


Sialkot: September 16, 2009. (PCP report) Robert Danish, a Pakistani Christian youth killed in Sialkot Central Jail was laid to rest in Christian Town graveyard under tear gas shelling and baton charge of police here today.

The dead body was brought to CTI ground where administration have deployed contingents of security agencies from dawn of September 16, 2009. According to PCP sources, police had blocked all roads leading to CTI ground, which led to this century old Christian Technical Institute in Sialkot. Only relatives and dozens of Christians were allowed to gather for funeral of Robert Danish alias Falish Masih who was arrested on September 11, 2009, under blasphemy charges and mysteriously killed in jail on September 15, 2009. The father of Robert Danish and his family insisted to bury him in their native village Jhethe Key but administration not allowed and pressured Riasat Masih his father to bury him in Sialkot. The native village of Robert Danish is 20 kilometer from Sialkot city but due to anger among Christians in towns and villages of Sialkot district Punjab government not permitted procession of funeral to Jhethe Key. The Civil Lines Sialkot Police Station registered FIR against jail official on killing of Robert Danish on complain of Riasat Masih and mourners sitting with dead body of Robert were shown copy of FIR to compel protestors to bury him who were demanding arrest of killers. Albert Masih, one protestor told PCP “We not trust on their FIR and arrests because government will get their bail from courts and Enquiry Committee formed by Inspector General Police Punjab will declare killers to be innocents after few weeks and they will be reinstated” The protestors were demanding repeal of blasphemy law and formation of Commission to investigate killing of Robert Masih. The police followed protestors in streets and used hundreds of tear gas shells to disperse them. The Muslim parliamentarians from Sialkot also attended funeral while Shahbaz Bhatti, Federal Minister not bothered to travel to Sialkot. Kamran Michal, a Christian minister in Punjab government was present during last rituals of Pakistani Christian youth who was victim of controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan. The increasing incident of violence against Christian on accusation of blasphemy and recent killing of Robert Danish have created fear among 20 million Christians in Pakistan.

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