Around 2,000 Attend Funeral for Pakistani Boy Who Was Set on Fire for Being a Christian

British Pakistani Christian Association Nauman Masih died in hospital, five days after the attack.
British Pakistani Christian Association
Nauman Masih died in hospital, five days after the attack.

Around 2,000 people attended the funeral yesterday of a 15-year-old Pakistani boy who was set on fire, allegedly because he said he was a Christian.

Nauman Masih was attacked by two men outside the tailor’s shop where he was working in Lahore on Friday. He told police that they had approached him and asked him if he was a Christian, and when he said that he was, they beat him, poured Kerosene on him and set him on fire.

He died of his injuries in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Doctors had originally said that although 55 per cent of his body was burnt in the attack, they expected him to make a good recovery.

However yesterday he was taken for plastic surgery and afterwards told that he had a 50 per cent chance of survival, Mehwish Bhatti, Pakistan officer for the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), told Christian Today.

The funeral was held at the St Ignatius Catholic Church in Shera Kot, a district of Lahore, The Express Tribune reports. Father Samson Dilawar led the service, and a number of other Christian leaders also attended.

“Nouman was brave throughout his pain and spoke of forgiveness for his attackers. He dies a martyr and will no doubt be with the Lord today,” BPCA chairman Wilson Chowdhry said in a statement yesterday. “Please pray for his family who have had to endure 5 days of extreme heartache and can expect little justice.”

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SOURCE: Christian Today
Lucinda Borkett-Jones

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