In late may, Nadeem Joseph bought a house in a Muslim neighbourhood in Sawati Phatak Colony, Peshawar, Asia for 600,000 rupees ($700).
Joseph moved in to the his new house before he was attacked alongside one of his house members before police arrested the sons of a man accused of shooting two members of the Christian family but the alleged perpetrator, Salman Khan, is still at large.
The incident happened after Khan came to threatening the family to leave their community because the neighborhood was Muslim and that Christians (like Jews) are enemies of Islam. He later came back with his sons to give them 24 hours ultimatum or the suffer the consequence.
The 50-year-old Joseph was shot in the belly by Khan after he noticed that he had gun while he tried to call the police before they attacked and wounded his mother-in-law on the shoulder. A call through the emergency landed them in Lady Reading Hospital as no neighbor intervened to help them.
Christian Activist Khalid Shahzad disclosed the crime shows high level of intolerance towards minorities in Pakistan, “The main offender is still at large. Law enforcement agencies must do everything possible to capture him and bring him to justice, “Shahzad told AsiaNews.
However, behind the attack there is not only discrimination. For Joseph, “Salman Khan and his family are narrow minded people, but they are also involved in cocaine trafficking. Our presence could mean trouble for them.”
According to Believers portal, Open Doors USA ranks Pakistan as the fifth-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution and notes that Christians are generally “regarded as second-class citizens.”
There are various forms of Christian persecution in Pakistan, including laws that criminalize blasphemy that are often abused by Muslims to take advantage of religious minorities.