Christian Professor in Pakistan Beaten for Refusing to Convert
In another province, three eighth-grade students expelled for declining Islam
By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries, June 25, 2010
PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (ANS) -- Muslim students attacked a Christian professor at the University of Peshawar this month after he refused their demand to convert to Islam, the instructor told Compass Direct News (CDN).
The CDN story says that psychology professor Samuel John, a father of four who has been teaching at the university for 12 years, said that as he came out of his house on the university campus at 8:30 a.m. on June 14, 2010, about 20 to 25 students rushed and assaulted him.
When his wife learned what was happening she ran to help him, but the students beat her as well. Both John and his wife were rushed to Lady Reading hospital, where they were treated for their injuries, with John listed in critical condition, the story continued.
"I am still getting threats," the professor told Compass. "They say, 'Leave the university or accept Islam -- if you don't convert, we will kill your family."
Police have refused to register a First Information Report on the incident, he said.
CDN went on to say that separately, in Danna village in southern Punjab Province, Muslim administrators told three Christian students in the eighth grade to leave the school because they refused to convert to Islam.
A new teacher of Islamic Studies at Government High School Danna urged students in his class, Sunil Masih, Shazia Masih and Nasir Naeem, to convert to Islam, the father of Sunil, Ejaz Masih, told Compass.
The parents complained to the principal, who told them, under pressure from other teachers, to remove their children from the school, Masih said. The families have fled the area with their children.
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