Pakistan: 14-year-old Christian killed because of his faith

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A 14-year-old Christian boy was killed by Muslim men on Monday February 5 in Pakistan. The reverend of the Presbyterian church located in the town of Gujranwala, Numan Matto, claimed that the region had “become hostile towards religious minorities”.

On February 5, Sunil Masih, a 14-year-old Christian, was shot and killed by a group of six Muslim men on a motorcycle. Accompanied by other Christians, he was walking in the market in the Mandiala Warraich district, in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

According to the words of the boy's uncle, collected by Morning Star News, one of the attackers reportedly shouted that no Christian in the area "should be left alive." Rushed to hospital, Sunil Masih did not survive. 

Le investigation report Gujranwala police say other Christians present there were also targeted, but none of them were hit. 

The town's Presbyterian Church reverend, Numan Matto, believes the boy's murder was religiously motivated. He reports that while Christians have lived in peace in the region for decades, now “the environment has become hostile towards religious minorities”.

Numan Matto also explains that the police remain silent in the face of attacks against Christians. In May 2023, a wedding ceremony was disrupted and a church attacked by young Muslims without any action being taken, he reports. The reverend believes that the attack of February 5 would not have taken place if “severe measures” had been taken. 

"However, the police and the district administration did not take any action against the influential accused, despite several protests from the Christian community. "If the police had taken stern action against the accused involved in the attack on the church last year, our young child would not have died at the hands of these criminals.” 

Fearing further attacks, the clergyman calls on the police to take “adequate security measures”.

According toGlobal Index of Persecution of Christians 2024 from the Open Doors organization, in Pakistan, which comes in 7th place in the ranking, Christians suffer “the full brunt of anti-blasphemy laws”. Christians "suffer from dictatorship and Islamic oppression" and are considered second-class citizens, the organization also indicates.

Melanie Boukorras 

Image credit: MorningStar 

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