It is unfortunate that despite the current COVID 19 pandemic, that is posing its share of challenges in Pakistan, religious intolerance, and discrimination sadly in the past few months is on the rise. This concern has been expressed by the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP).
Recently, Nadeem Joseph a Christian from TV colony Peshawar died as a result of gunshot wounds he received on June 4th 2020. He and his mother-in-law Elizabeth Masih were brutally attacked by a Muslim man Salman Khan and his sons a few days after Nadeem Joseph bought a house in TV Colony in Peshawar. He was sprayed with bullets just because he purchased a house in a Muslim dominated area and his neighbors did not approve of or tolerate the presence of a non-Muslim in their neighborhood. They started harassing him from the day he shifted into the colony. Police have arrested several members of Salman Khan’s family in connection with the incident while he still remains at large.
His Excellency Archbishop Dr. Joseph Arshad, Bishop of Islamabad/Rawalpindi, President, Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and Chairperson, National Commission for Justice and Peace prayed for the departed soul of Nadeem Joseph and for the comfort and safety of his family. He stated “Nadeem’s family is in pain and their lives are in danger after this attack they fear the attackers may also harm other family members, thus the government must ensure their safety and security. It should be noted with concern that similar episodes of attacks on the most vulnerable communities are on the rise: the current government must take them seriously and provide protection to all religious minorities”.