Christian MPA shot dead in provisional capital

By Shamim Masih

ISLAMABAD: Handery Masih, a Christian Member of the Baslochistan Assembly, was shot dead in Quetta on Saturday noon.

According to details, Handery’s personal security guard sprayed bullets on him outside his residence in Quetta. He was immediately shifted to the nearest hospital but unfortunately he could not survive. His nephew was also injured in the shooting incident. The National Party selected him as provisional assembly member on minority reserved seat in the last year May, 2013.

According to sources, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din, his security guard was arrested; however motive behind the attack could not be ascertained as yet. Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif took notice of the incident and directed the authorities to take stern action against the killer. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, speaker National Assembly, senior officials and clergy condemn the killing of the Christian member.

Sohail Johnson, chairman Sharing Life Ministries Pakistan – SLMP, Farrukh H Saif, chief of World Vision in Progress – WVIP and Farrukh Saif Foundation, Sajid Ishaq, chairman Pakistan Interfaith League – PIL, Basharat Khokhar, and Christian Human rights activists around the country have condemn the incident and demanded the government to take precautionary measures to secure the minorities in the country.

Albert David, chairman Pakistan United Christian Movement – PUCM and Nazir S Bhatti, president Pakistan Christian Congress – PCC, both politicians said its government’s responsibility to ensure security of the minorities, while the officials have failed to do so. They urged the high officials to investigate the matter on urgent basis otherwise we will stage protest against the killing of the minorities in Pakistan, Albert added.

Earlier Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian Federal Minister was shot dead in Islamabad and still case is hanging on.