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Brutal attack on Christian family caught on camera

The film shows 72 year old Bashir Masih, his 68 year old wife Grace Bibi and their family fleeing as smoke billowed from their house in Punjab province, north-eastern Pakistan.

Speaking with World Watch Monitor, a Christian organisation which reports on religious persecution, Mr Masih said: "In order to save ourselves, we ran out of the house and from far away looked back to see fire and smoke rising high."

The incident on 20th September appears to have stemmed from a report Mr Masih made to police after he was beaten by Muslim men who ordered that he not be seen in public. Mr Masih's family had been the only Christian household living in Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi district.

One day after Mr Masih reported the assault, more than a dozen men - armed with guns, sticks and flaming torches - targeted the house, on which Mr Masih and his wife had spent their retirement savings to build. They have been told they will be killed if they try to return.

Before torching the property, the mob beat each of the family members, leaving one of Mr Masih's sons unconscious. Money and gold ornaments were stolen.

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The elderly couple, their sons, eleven grandchildren and daughters-in-law have been forced to live in a tent.

The family reported the arson attack to police but fear the perpetrators may never face justice because they have high-powered connections.

According to World Watch Monitor, the investigation officer Khaliq Dar was not available for comment.

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