(World Watch Monitor) — Five members of a Christian family in northeast Pakistan were attacked and injured as they helped to build a boundary wall around their church on Sunday, March 4.
The pastor of the Pakistan Gospel Assemblies church in Yousufwala village, on the outskirts of the Punjabi city of Sahiwal, told World Watch Monitor that around 20 armed men attacked the church members as they built the wall ahead of the Sunday morning service.
“Our church elder, George Masih, who is 70, was overseeing masons and labourers who were constructing the wall. We were praying [inside the church] when we heard shouting and yelling, and, when we rushed outside, we saw about 20 men, armed with clubs and axes, [who] were beating Masih and others,” said the pastor, who cannot be named for security reasons.
He said he believed the men were linked to a local landlord.