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According to reports, a Christian man in Pakistan was brutally murdered by drug dealers last week after he confronted the criminals about selling drugs to Christian youths. The incident took place in village of Wandala Dayal Shah last week and has left many in the area reeling. Drug dealers and criminal elements often prey upon Pakistan’s Christian population because of the low status assigned to them due to their religious identity. Will this Christian man’s family receive the justice they deserve or will he become just another Christian to be murdered in Pakistan? 

4/12/2016 Pakistan (The Blaze) – A Pakistani Christian man was brutally murdered last week by Muslim drug dealers, a local Christian organization announced.

Nazeer Masih, 55, was reportedly attacked while working in a field outside of his home village of Wandala Dayal Shah.

According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, the attack occurred shortly after Masih warned some Muslim drug dealers to stop recruiting young Christians to participate in the sale and consumption of drugs.

Masih was cutting grass with a Muslim friend when the two got into an altercation with two suspects, who cut Masih’s face and sliced open his throat. The dealers also attacked Masih’s Muslim friend, but his injuries were not fatal.

“This is not the first incident of persecution of Christians in our village, local Muslims are always creating problems for our Christian community,” local pastor Alfred Azam told BPCA. “Before and after our church services Muslim drug dealers swarm around our church trying to sell drugs to our vulnerable youth.”

According to Azam, it is common for drug pushers to hang around predominately Christian neighborhoods. They have been known to beat young Christians and force them to take drugs in the hope that they will become dependent.

“When our older men tell these criminals to leave our young people alone they get killed,” he said.

Masih left behind a wife, Rasheed Bibi, and a son, Patris Masih.

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