This comes as “Christians are very concerned about the escalating violence against the members of their community in Pakistan.”
Pakistan is home to over two million Christians. A small number of these Christians are Orthodox. Orthodox Christians in Pakistan are under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Singapore and South Asia, which comprises all the Orthodox Communities, Parishes, Foundations and Philanthropic Projects in Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Brunei, Timor, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as Pakistan.
For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.
“Christian killed by a group of Muslims in Lahore,” by Shafique Khokhar, Asia News, February 15, 2022:
Lahore (AsiaNews) – A 25-year-old Christian was killed yesterday in Lahore by a group of Muslims. Pervez Masih was attacked over a dispute that broke out in his video game store.
Based on preliminary findings, the night before the attack some young men entered the store. Masih refused to gamble with them and a row followed.
Akhtar Bhatti, Pervez’s uncle, told AsiaNews that the next day a group of 150 to 200 Muslims came to the Christian area of Lahore, some with guns, and started insulting and beating people, including Pervez.
Despite his uncle’s attempts to stop the beating, the attackers dragged Pervez away to torture him with sticks and bricks, threatening that they would not leave him alive.
Eventually one of the Muslims, named Sohni, son of Allah Ditta, hit the young Christian in the head. When the latter fell to the ground everyone fled the scene, firing into the air.
Later, High Court lawyer Javed Sul, who is also president of the Christian Lawyers Association of Pakistan, helped the family file a First Information Report (FIR) at a local police station.
Christians are very concerned about the escalating violence against the members of their community in Pakistan, especially in Punjab.