Vin Ienco’s Two Cents: Weekly Synopsis 6 May 2011

Remembering Javed

This week, the eyes of the world were fixed on Pakistan and
the events surrounding the death of Bin Laden. While the media presented every possible angle of his death, other news went under the radar.

This week was also the anniversary of the death of Javed Masih, a 19 year-old Pakistani Christian boy that was brutally tortured at the hands of Muslims in late April 2004.

Javed had stopped at a Madrassa (Muslim seminary) to get a drink of water when he was set upon by a gang of Muslims.

Once they had found out that Javed was a Christian, he was kidnapped and tortured for five days. His attackers had pulled out his fingernails, broke his right arm and some of his fingers. They had also used electric shocks in an attempt to convert him. His captors had beaten and tortured him to no avail; he would not convert to Islam.

Javed, now barely alive, was taken to the local Police
station where his attackers accused him of blasphemy. He was then transported
by Police to the local hospital and the staff there was shocked at the extent of his injuries.

Despite their efforts, on May 2nd, 2004, Javed died in Falsabad state hospital, almost two weeks after being admitted. The report submitted by the hospital on his death stated: ‘Javed had died as a result of 26 serious injuries to his body, from sustained torture’. During his time in hospital, Javed gave a video-taped death-bed testimony to his family, identifying one of his attackers and his daily torture.

Ghulam Rasool was named by Javed and was quickly caught and interrogated by police. In his confession, Rasool named Muhammad Tayab and Umar Hayat, an Islamic cleric from the Madrassa where Javed was first kidnapped.
Hayat was now on the run and it took another 22 months before he was arrested and the trial was underway.

Muslims are commanded per the Koran, to convert, subjugate or kill unbelievers until all religion is for Allah. This is clear in Qur’an (9:5): “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find
them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them…”

It continues with Qur’an (9:11): “But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion”  

There are also many verses in the Hadith like: Bukhari (53:392): “While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, “Let us go to the Jews” We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, “If you embrace
Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle.”

At the opening of the trial, an armed Muslim mob of 300 people, mostly from the Madrassa attended the hearing. Javed’s father Pervez, was ordered from the courtroom in an attempt to appease the angry mob. This was despite the presence of 45 security personnel. The prosecution and Pervez were now forced to attend the hearings under heavily armed escort, due to death threats and physical and verbal abuse.

The death-bed video testimony was rejected by the Punjab High Court though the testimony Javed had given to police was allowed. The prosecution was seeking the death penalty, thought it was barely audible over the screams and threats by the students of the Madrassa. They were now attending every hearing in the case, packing the courtroom gallery.

On the 3rd of June 2006, Javed Iqbal Warraich, the district judge of Toba Tek Sing, was ready to pronounce sentence. Pervez was removed from the courtroom beforehand for security reasons. Judge Warraich sentenced the men to 25 years imprisonment. The students of the Jamia Hassan Bin Ali Almurtaza Madrassa were livid.

Javeds lawyer, Khalil Tahir Sindhu, described the sentencing as ‘significant, but not satisfactory’. ‘I am convinced Javed was targeted by the three men because of the solidity of his faith’, said Sindhu. ‘Mgr Coutts, bishop of Falsabad, told me that only a cross and a prayer book were found in his pockets when he died.’ Sindhu was instructed by Pervez Masih to file an appeal. Almost 5 years on, that appeal is yet to be heard.

Vin, 7th May 2011.


The Fallen:

Cpl. Kevin W. White, 22, of Westfield, New York,
died May 2, 2011.

Pfc. Robert M. Friese, 21, of Chesterfield, Michigan,
died April 29, 2011.

Vin Ienco is a Commentator and Analyst on the effects of Global Islamism and a vocal opponent of Sharia Law.

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