Pakistan: Two Christian brothers shot dead by Muslims in dispute over water

October 21, 2021

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 coverage of the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, see here.

“Two Pakistani Christian brothers shot dead by Muslims in dispute over water,” Barnabas Fund, October 20, 2021:

Two Christian brothers were shot dead and three of their brothers were among several others injured after armed Muslims opened fire in Punjab, Pakistan in a dispute over the irrigation of fields.

Yaqoob Masih died at the scene as he and his four brothers watered their land in the Okara region on 9 October. Their brother Haroon died from his injuries in hospital. At the time of writing, three other brothers, Zakir, Nusrat and Babar, are said to be stable in hospital. Several other Christians were wounded in the incident.

Police drew up a First Information Report against twelve Muslim men whose names were given to them by a witness to the shootings. Six Muslims have since been arrested and are being held in custody.

Asif Munawar, a human rights activist who visited the site of the shooting and attended the funeral, said the Christian community was frightened.

The community, said Munawar, “calls on the government of Pakistan to be better protected as a religious minority and that the culprits be arrested as soon as possible”….