Three Muslim men were arrested in Pakistan for forcing a Christian family to convert to Islam, police said on Thursday.

The men in their 30s were arrested in the suburbs of the capital Islamabad this week, said police official Abdul Ghafoor.

Mr. Ghafoor said the arrests were made following a complaint by a Christian man that they forced his family to convert to Islam at gunpoint, in what would be the latest incident of religious persecution in the Muslim-majority state.

They barged into the house of Boota Masih and tortured family members, Mr. Ghafoor said.

One of the men had to links with Islamist militants, he added.

Last month, more than 80 worshippers were killed when two Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church in North-western Peshawar.