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Pakistani Catholic accuses police of converting his family

Church alarmed at unusual rise in forced conversions of underage girls from minorities, hate speech and sectarianism

Pakistani Catholic accuses police of converting his family

Sultan Masih and his daughter Malka, 3, at their house in Islami Colony, Bahawalpur. (Photo: Sultan Masih)

Published: December 22, 2020 07:43 AM GMT

Updated: December 22, 2020 07:47 AM GMT

Catholic driver Sultan Masih was shocked when a deputy superintendent of police showed him religious conversion certificates of his wife and daughter.

“I was asked if I obeyed the laws of the country. They told me to consult church leaders. I never saw my family again,” Masih told UCA News.

Masih also appealed to authorities and community members in a video message being circulated on social media.

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In a Dec. 11 application to police, he accused Abrar Bhatti, a police constable, of abducting his wife Aisha Kiran and daughter Malka. Witnesses, including local Christians, said Kiran and Malka left with Bhatti for another colony in Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province on Dec. 8.

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