CHRISTIAN FAMILY SHOT: Christian family shot for buying house in Muslim neighborhood [#PakistanPersecution ChristianPersecution] 06/11
A Christian family in Pakistan was shot for buying a house in a Muslim neighborhood.
On June 7, 2020 police in the city of Peshawar in the Khybar Pakhtunkhawa province arrested the sons of a man accused of shooting 2 members of the Christian family after they purchased a home in late May in the Sawati Phatak colony.
The alleged perpetrator, Salman Khan, is still at large.
After Salman Khan found out that his new neighbors were Christian, Salman Khan told the family they had to leave the neighborhood immediately because Christians are seen as the enemies of Islam.
What followed was days of alleged harassment against Nadeem Joseph and his family.
The family was said to have been threatened with consequences if they did not leave their new home.
Salman Khan is accused of giving the family 24-hour ultimatum on June 7, 2020.
But Nadeem Joseph refused to leave his home. He tried to call the police once he noticed that Salman Khan and his sons had returned with weapons.
That’s when Nadeem Joseph was shot in the stomach by his attackers who also shot his mother-in-law in the shoulder.
Nadeem Joseph and his mother-in-law were taken to a nearby hospital and their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
Nadeem Joseph recorded a video message from his hospital bed, according to International Christian Concern, a U.S.-based Christian persecution watchdog group.
From there, Nadeem Joseph said that at one point, he was told that his new neighborhood was “meant for Muslim residents only” and that “Christians and Jews are the opponents of Muslims.”
According to Christian activist Khalid Shahzad, who is in touch with the family, the shooting is an example of the religious intolerance found in Pakistan.
“The main offender is still at large. Law enforcement agencies must do everything possible to capture him and bring him to justice.”
– Khalid Shahzad
Open Doors USA ranks Pakistan as the fifth-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution and notes that Christians are generally “regarded as second-class citizens.”
There are various forms of Christian persecution in Pakistan, including laws that criminalize blasphemy that are often abused by Muslims to take advantage of religious minorities.
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