‘Religion of Beauty’ claims another victim

A YOUNG Christian in Pakistan who made the mistake of ordering a cup of tea from a “Muslims only” roadside stall was beaten and stabbed to death by a mob of 15, led by the stall owner.

According to this report, Ishtiaq Masih failed to see a sign warning non-Muslims to declare their religion before being served at the stall, located in Machharkay village, Punjab.

A typical tea stall in Pakistan

A typical tea stall in Pakistan

When Ishtiaq went to pay for his tea, the owner – a devout practitioner of  the Religion of  Beauty – noticed that the customer was wearing a necklace with a cross. He seized Ishtiaq – a passenger on a bus which had stopped for a break at the stall – and called for his employees to bring anything available to beat him for violating the rule.

The owner and 14 of his employees then beat Ishtiaq with stones, iron rods and clubs, and stabbed him multiple times with kitchen knives.

Other bus passengers and passers-by finally intervened and took Ishtiaq to the Rural Health Centre in the village. The doctor who examined Ishtiaq later told International Christian Concern that Ishtiaq had died of internal and external bleeding, a fractured skull, and brain injuries.

Makah Tea Stall is located on the Sukheki-Lahore highway and is owned by Mubarak Ali, a 42-year-old radical Muslim. ICC’s correspondent visited the tea stall and observed that a large red warning sign with a death’s head symbol was posted which read, “All non-Muslims should introduce their faith prior to ordering tea. This tea stall serves Muslims only”. The warning also threatened anyone who violated the rule with “dire consequences”.

A neighbouring shopkeeper told ICC on condition of anonymity that all Ali’s employees are former students of radical Muslim madrassas (seminaries).

Ishtiaq’s family said that they immediately reported the incident to the police and filed a case against Ali. However, the murderers are still freely operating the tea stall.

When ICC asked the Pindi Bhatian Saddar police station about the murder, the police chief said that investigations were underway and they are treating it as a faith-based murder by biased Muslims.

When asked about Ali’s warning sign, police chief Muhammad Iftikhar Bajwa claimed that he was unable to remove it – despite the fact that the constitution of Pakistan explicitly prohibits such discrimination.

16 responses to “‘Religion of Beauty’ claims another victim”

  1. barriejohn says:

    I`m opening a book – how long before some blinkered Mohammedan apologist informs us ignoramuses that "these are not true Muslims"?

  2. Har Davids says:

    Makes one wonder what the world would like with this religion as the dominant one. Just like Judaism and Christianity, Islam in it's 'pure' form is for crazies.

  3. Angela_K says:

    Must be some new definition of the word beauty, of which I'm unaware. But islam is such peaceful religion……….

  4. I only hope, if our armed forces are to missed with a missile. May he be in his shop with all his employees as it strikes. So where is the justice? How come those fuckers are not in jail already? Seems like a simple case. I hate stories like this. It makes me so angry. It was just an infidel. I guess it didnt matter.

  5. Bongo says:

    Well, as an atheist I'm constantly lectured to not be arrogant, and to respect people's religions, so I guess we gotta say this is okey dokey.

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  7. aribritt says:

    __(anger, who need it?) my previous posting was inspired by my own predjudices so I deleted it, however untill such time that we, as a species, fail to educate and help others ignorance shall continue to reign and religion shall be used to sow hatred 'for the cause', we must all LOUDLY proclaim our disbelief to get our message across.
    And not be afraid to do so.

  8. calgarcus says:

    Does the house next door have a biscuit stall? If not it would be a damn fine idea, maybe that waitress in the red dress could serve? Either way MacRonalds would'nt need to worry, sheik and flies to go…

  9. Angela_K says:

    Those deluded muzzies!

  10. valdemar says:

    Wonderful. Where there is already ignorance, poverty, hunger and despair, Islam can be relied upon to add the magic ingredient of hate.

  11. Fr33think3r says:

    Each stall owner can create a judicial system just by putting up a sign?

  12. drcancerman says:

    Back to muslims again,,25658…

    "Brisbane woman raped then jailed for sex in United Arab Emirates"

  13. Stonyground says:

    Of course, being an atheist I have no moral foundation to stop me murdering people for no good reason.

  14. McGRATH says:

    Great answer.