The most recent attack on a Christian in Pakistan has further increased the suffering and fear among Christians throughout the country. Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, there has been an increase in cases of religious violence and discrimination against Christians in the country. The recent murder of Nadeem Joseph has prompted numerous protests among Christians in the country, with some comparing it to the case of George Floyd in the United States.
“It is terrible. I know Nadeem’s family well because it is one of those that survived the terrorist attack on the church of All Saints in 2013 when other members of his extended family were killed”, said Qamar Rafiq, a friend of the family. He was speaking to the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International). “This new attack on his family highlights the vulnerability of Christians in Pakistan and the ease with which they can be attacked.”
“In May this year, Nadeem bought a house in TV Colony in Swati Gate, in Peshawar, where he lived with his two children, his wife, and his mother-in-law. Nadeem’s family was repeatedly harassed and threatened by Salman K., a Muslim neighbor, who tried to force him to leave the area and move elsewhere since this place was “not for filthy Christians”, Rafiq explained.