United Council of Churches Condemns Murder of Nazir Masih, Calls for Swift Justice

Islamabad: The United Council of Churches in Pakistan held a press conference at the National Press Club, demanding justice for Nazir Masih, a Christian who was brutally murdered in Sargodha. This call for action aims to address the escalating violence against minority communities in Pakistan and seek redress for the victim's family.

Pastor Samson Sohail, Executive Director of the United Council of Churches, addressed the conference, urging for the inclusion of Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code in the FIR against the perpetrators. This section pertains to the punishment for murder, underscoring the gravity of the crime committed against Nazir Masih.

Pastor Sohail also demanded that both provincial and federal governments provide immediate financial relief to the bereaved family, who have not only lost a loved one but also suffered significant damage to their property. He emphasized the Council's previous calls for a judicial inquiry into the incident and the punishment of those who falsely accused Nazir Masih under Section 295B, which deals with blasphemy allegations.

In a significant show of solidarity, the Islamic Ideological Council condemned the incident in a special meeting on May 29, 2024. They recommended the establishment of special courts to expedite trials for such crimes, ensuring swift justice for victims and their families. Pastor Sohail urged the implementation of these recommendations to prevent future occurrences and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

The United Council of Churches reiterated its unwavering commitment to the development and stability of Pakistan. They acknowledged the sacrifices and contributions of both Muslim and Christian communities in building the nation. The Council prayed for peace and security in the country, seeking divine blessings for a harmonious coexistence.

This call to action by the United Council of Churches highlights the urgent need for judicial reforms and protection of minority rights in Pakistan. The tragic murder of Nazir Masih has galvanized various communities and organizations to demand justice and ensure that such heinous acts do not go unpunished. The Council’s persistent advocacy for justice and equality underscores their dedication to fostering a safer and more inclusive society.