Christian Family Brutally Attacked and Threatened in Faisalabad, Pakistan

Farrukh Saif

April 5, 2024

Arzo Faisalabad

In Faisalabad, a Christian family was tortured and given death threats. Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Arsalan, and some unknown persons broke into the house of a Christian family and assaulted and tortured the wife, Arzo, in front of her husband, Romeo.

Arzo is six months pregnant. Romeo was tortured and given death threats before the culprits left the house.

The neighbors called the police and informed them of the entire situation. However, the police did not register an FIR (First Information Report), and instead of taking action in accordance with the law, they forced Romeo and Arzo to sign a peace agreement with these Muslims. After the intervention of the team leader in Faisalabad, two of the culprits were arrested.

Background of the Incident:

In Usman Town, Millat Road, Faisalabad, these Muslim men threaten and harass any Christian girls and woman who goes to school, college, or church. When Romeo found that his wife was harassed, he complained to the police, but they did not take any action against the perpetrators. The next day, the men entered Romeo’s house and assaulted both the husband and wife.

This is not the first case where Christians face such persecution in Pakistan. Faisalabad has become one of the most dangerous places for Christians.

As well Christian persecution in Punjab, Pakistan, persists with frequent incidents of discrimination, violence, and marginalization targeting the community. Despite constitutional guarantees, Christians face insecurity and limited rights due to extremist attacks, discriminatory laws, and societal biases. Urgent measures are required to safeguard their safety and rights.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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