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Assailants Raid A Christian School Threaten Of Dire Consequences

Reports emerged that a Christian school was purportedly raided by at least fourteen men. The unfortunate incident unfolded on Friday, May 1, 2022. The raiders were armed and purportedly intended to extort money from the school.

The targeted school identified as Global Passion School is running in Pakistan’s Punjab province since 2018, where Christian youth is offered free of cost education. The assailants threatened and tortured the students and the teachers at the same time damaged their vehicles. Adding to the dilemma of the school staff, the attackers abused and humiliated the female staff.

As being alleged, the school administration was threatened to arrange for the asked amount of money within two days failing to comply with their demand would result in death of the school staff and students.

In the face of this dire situation, the principal of this school begged for help saying, “please pay for us.” “Many of our religious and political leaders, while visiting other countries, say that minorities and Christians are safe in Pakistan. After what happened to us today, I will never say that. Our security guard can’t even walk now. Our community is threatened to keep silent.”

In a social media video, the principal of this school expressed fear and uncertainty about the situation saying this was not the first time, that his school has received threats. “A few among the neighboring Muslim community have always tried to stop us from praying. They literally demanded stopping the noise… We want to be treated equally. Please pray for us.”

The incident was reported to local police station, and thus far three out of the fourteen assailants have been hooked by the police. The principal of the school remains apprehensive as majority of the perpetrators are still at large.

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.