by Samuel Smith
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, the accused Christian man, 40-year-old Aftab Gill and his family from the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, regularly collected their home's water supply from the local mosque's tap — just like many others in the community.
As the mosque's water tap is the only real clean supply available to the community, Gill, who cares for his five children, was drawing water on Aug. 14 when he was told by a Muslim man that Christians were not allowed to draw from the tap unless they accepted Islam.
"You Christians are not allowed to take water from the mosque," the man shouted to Gill. "If you want to drink our water, you must embrace Islam and pray regularly inside the mosque. Otherwise evil infidels defile our water taps."
Earlier that day, two of Gill sons, 12-year-old Akash and 5-year-old Adnan, were approached by an 18-year-old Muslim named Zain Shah, and he told them to convert to Islam. However, the kids refused to renounce their love for Jesus.
BPCA reports that a couple days later, Shah and other Muslim men approached Gill's sons and demanded they convert to Islam. When Akash refused, Shah slapped him.
Seeing his son being physically assaulted, Gill intervened and said: "You failed to convert Baba Guru Nanak [Founder of Sikh faith] so why pursue converting my children who follow the true and living God?"
Shah and his accomplices then began to beat Gill and his sons until the local police intervened to stop the altercation. Subsequently, Shah and his brother gathered a mob of over 200 men. Later that day, the mob went to the Gill home and tried to kill the family. Again, police intervened to protect the Christian family...