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Pakistani Christian man’s hands ‘chopped off’ for refusal to accept Islam

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LAHORE — Pakistani Christian man has claimed that both his hands were chopped off by some Muslim men for his refusal to change over to Islam, media reports said on Wednesday.

Aqeel Masih, 25, complained to police, on Tuesday charging that the unidentified Muslim men slashed his hands off with a hatchet for not changing over to Islam on June 24, the Dawn reported.

Police, however, have rejected the victim’s affirmation, asserting he lost his hands in a train mishap.

“A few people came to me and asking that I change over to Islam.  On my refusal, they assaulted me with a hatchet and cut my both hands off,” said Mr Masih, who was treated at Jinnah Hospital.

He said he didn’t know the name of the assailants and could just remember them in the event that he saw them.

Lahore police senior officer Amara Ather, however, said that according to medical report put together by a doctor, Mr Masih had lost his hands in a train mishap near a beverage factory in Gulberg.

Citing eyewitnesses, Ms Ather said Mr Masih was lying unconscious on the track near a railway track when a train engine crushed his hands up to the elbows.

“Some people rushed to the railway track after hearing his cries and shifted him to Jinnah Hospital,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.

She said some four to five people were present on the spot.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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