Monday, January 28, 2013

Pakistan Evangelist’s Daughter Hides Amid Death Threats


01/23/2013 Pakistan (BNL) -The young daughter of a Pakistani evangelist remained in hiding Wednesday, January 23, after Muslim extremists allegedly threatened to kill her.
"My 10-year-old daughter Shifa Gill is not going to school," said Reverend Kamran Gill, who survived an assassination attempt while evangelizing in Pakistan's Punjab province.
"She is hidden in a secure place right now," he added.

Gill, who lived in provincial capital Lahore before fleeing to the United States, told BosNewsLife that the troubles began in June last year when he attempted to preach among those suffering in some of Punjab's notorious brick kilns.

Gill, a 39-year-old widow, said he wanted to spread the hope he found in Jesus Christ among workers, youth and other "marginalized communities" in the region. Evangelist Gill wanted to spread hope in Pakistan's brick kilns where activists say workers suffer slavery.

Yet fearful of losing business, "Muslim extremists" oppose his Christian activities, which also include working for several aid and advocacy groups, he said.

"Muslim extremists threatened me and even tried to kill me when I tried to preach in a village," Gill explained. Accompanied by a fellow evangelist and his daughter, he was allegedly stopped by an angry crowd. "They insisted to stop us from coming in this village and preach." He said soon after, one or more Muslim hardliners "opened fire" at him, but missed.

Gill said he was forced to hide his daughter, after she initially remained at his home. "However I am very concerned about her," he said. "I fear she will be killed."

Gill's Christian daughter isn't the only child suffering for what militants call a "Western ideology". This month Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl who survived an assassination attempt by Taliban militants, was discharged from a hospital in Britain. Gill, whose wife passed away in September 2011, is concerned about the future of his small family(Source).

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