Religiously Motivated Acid Attack Killed Pakistani Christian
09/19/18 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) learned that Faraz Badar, a 26-year old Christian resident of Gujranwala, died in a Lahore hospital on September 15, 2018. He succumbed to burn injuries that he received when unidentified attackers sprayed acid on him during the early hours of September 5, 2018 in Gujranwala. Faraz was brought to Meo Hospital in Lahore when his condition deteriorated.
Badar Masih, Faraz’s father, informed ICC that, “Faraz was a young graduate and serving as Assistant Admin Officer in a local hospital for about two years. On September 5th at around 2 a.m, when he was going home from the hospital, some unknown assailants sprayed acid upon him.” This is not the first time Faraz has been attacked.
Masih continued, “A few months back, Faraz was beaten by some men who were covering their faces. However, we did not report it to the police, as Christians are often not heard in police stations.”
Talking to ICC over the telephone, Faraz’s mother shared that “Faraz often complained that some of his Muslim staff members were unhappy with his excellent performance and they disliked Faraz for his honesty and Christian background.” While she admitted that they had no evidence of the allegations, it is not an uncommon occurrence.
While reflecting on her son’s life, Faraz’s mother added “My son was running my kitchen. He was very gentle to everyone in the vicinity. He had no enmity. He was an active member of the Church. However, he was usually not given a day off to go to Church for Sunday prayer service.”
Masih claimed, “My son was targeted for his Christian faith. I don’t think we, the Christians, are safe in Pakistan. However, it is our country and we love it with our soul and spirit. We won’t seek refuge.”
“We [still] want justice from the government,” pleaded the mother. Masih’s family is unfortunately not alone in their experience.
In April a Christian girl named Asma Yaqoob was attacked by a Rizwan, a Muslim man, for refusing his marriage proposal. She later died during treatment on April 22, 2018.
Social activist Ayube Qaiser told ICC that, “It is sad to note that increasing religious hatred and intolerance manifesting in different incidents is making life unbearable for religious minorities in the country. Their trust in the state as a protected citizen is being damaged badly. Often Christians are not accepted by their Muslim colleagues. They face different false allegations until they are removed from their post…This particular case is simply target killing on account of religious motivation.”
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