KARACHI - The Pakistan Dalit Dalit Solidarity Network, PILER and other civil society organisations have expressed serious concern over the brutal killing of a 26-year-old Christian worker Asif Masih in Mirpurkhas. The victim was reportedly dragged and later killed after sustaining five gun shots by the henchmen of an influential landlord Faisal Kachhelo of the area.In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the PDSN, a network of over 20 civil society organisations, condemned the incident and deplored that the police have still not arrested the main accused, Faisal Kachhelo, despite protests by Asif Masih’s relatives. Ditto Masih, father of the deceased has alleged that the police were trying to give the main accused (Faisal Kachhelo) a free passage by not arresting him instead only arrested his bodyguard.Influential people of the area and police have also jumped into the case to save the skin of Kachelo. Instead of arresting the accused, police have resorted to its usual high handedness and threatened the relatives of the deceased to end their protests. Masih was the only breadwinner of his family which comprises his parents and young brothers and a sister. He was working with a local NGO. Masih was killed over a petty dispute pertaining to some bags of sand as a construction material. “We condemn the brutal act of landlord and call upon the district police, the government of Sindh, the Home Department, and the Inspector General Police, Sindh to immediately arrest the murderer and bring him in the court of law including extending punishment to him in accordance with the law,” it said.This brutal act is in violation of the Constitution of Pakistan and the international conventions, which guarantee the rights of the non Muslim citizens as equal citizens of Pakistan and extend them all fundamental and constitutional rights this country’s Muslim population enjoys. The state, recent years, has completely failed in providing security to the non-Muslim community of the country. “We also demand the government of Pakistan and the provincial government Sindh to ensure safety and security of non-Muslims, particularly in the Sindh province.”Pakistan’s Christian and Hindus particularly scheduled castes population which are considered “low caste” instead of being protected, is often victimized being treated as second class citizens.Majority of them are living in abject poverty, and low access to fundamental provisions such as education, health and employment opportunities. The non-Muslims are vulnerable to threats of landed elite in rural areas as they are lacking the means to defend themselves. They are also the inevitable targets of religious fanatics, powerful landlords and face social discrimination because of their religious beliefs.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) has also expressed serious concern over the brutal killing of a Asif Masih in Mispurkhas. The victim was reportedly dragged and later killed after receiving five gunshots by the henchmen of an influential landlord Faisal Kachelo of the area. PILER condemned the incident and deplored that the police have still not arrested the main accused, Faisal Kachhelo, despite protests by Asif Masih’s relatives.PILER in its statement said that we condemn the brutal act of landlord and call upon the district police, the government of Sindh, the Home Department, and the Inspector General Police, Sindh to immediately arrest the murderer and bring him in the court of law including extending punishment to him in accordance with the law.