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Pakistani Christian girl shot dead by Muslim suitor

Christian activists are condemning the killing of a Christian maid after a Muslim suitor shot her for refusing to renounce her faith and marry him.

Sonia Bibi, 24, was shot in the head at 9.36 am on Nov. 30 at Fazaia stop of Rawalpindi in Punjab province. The housemaid died on the way to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital in Islamabad. She was the eldest of six siblings. Her funeral was held the same day.

Her father Allah Rakha Masih, a sanitary worker, accused Shehzad and his friend Faizan of killing Sonia. Faizan has been arrested but Shehzad is still at large.

“Shehzad had been following my daughter for the past five months. He also sent his mother to our house for the marriage proposal. But they were Muslims and we are Christians. That’s the reason I refused,” Masih stated in a first information report.

“Shehzad had threatened to kill my daughter. Faizan used to accompany him in following her. She was murdered for refusing the proposal.”

Teressa, the victim’s mother, demanded justice. “I stopped working as a housemaid two years ago after my right arm weakened due to electrocution. My daughter worked hard like a son,” she said. 

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