by Samuel Smith
The 28-year-old husband, Aleem Masih, was killed in the late-July incident after taking three shots, including one to the head. His wife, Nadia, was shot in the midsection and remains in critical condition in the hospital, the Christian persecution monitor Morning Star News reported.
The Masihs got married about a year ago after Nadia gave her life to Jesus at the dismay of her Muslim parents. The Masihs decided to flee to the Narang Mandi, a town about 37 miles from Lahore, to avoid being victimized by an act of honor violence from Nadia's family after Aleem and his family members were continuously threatened.
"The couple fled to Narang Mandi, some 60 kilometers [37 miles] away from Lahore, as Nadia's Muslim family launched a manhunt for them to avenge the shame their daughter had brought upon them by recanting Islam and marrying a Christian," Aneeqa Maria, an attorney from the human rights organization The Voice Society, told Morning Star News.
Although the Masih couple filed a petition with the Lahore High Court for government protection, it is believed that Nadia's parents were informed that the couple was going to visit to a doctor in the Youhanabad district of Lahore where the couple was later kidnappped by Nadia's fathers and brothers.
Witnesses recall Nadia's father, Muhammad Din Meo, and her brothers stopping a rickshaw that the couple was riding in and abducting the couple at gunpoint. The family then took the married couple to a farm where they beat and shot the husband and wife...