Two Christians poisoned to death in Pakistan
According to local reports, two Christian men were poisoned to death in Pakistan following religious conflicts with members of the country’s Muslim population.
On the 6th of March, Samuel Masih, resident of a village in the Sahiwal District, was poisoned to death by his Muslim coworkers after a religious debate regarding the topic of Christian fasting. He was reportedly murdered by posion.
Initially, police were unwilling to register an FIR regarding Masih’s murder. However, after Masih’s family protested in the street, police registered the FIR and began investigating the murder
On the 23rd of May, Arif Masih, a 32-year-old resident of a village near Gojra City, was poisoned to death by Muhammad Tariq and Muhammad Majid. The two Muslims reportedly abducted Masih from the street and took him to an unknown location. There, the men tortured him and forced him to ingest a substance that left him unconscious. Masih later died in hospital.
Local reports claim that Masih was targeted because he refused to withdraw a harassment case against the two Muslim men. On the 18th of May, days before the murder, Tariq and Majid reportedly humiliated and abused Masih’s sister, Rehana, while she was in the market purchasing groceries.