A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital in Lahore after suspected extremists doused him in petrol and set him alight ‘ allegedly because he is a Christian.
Nauman Masih, an apprentice tailor from the Shera Kot area, suffered burns to 55% of his body in the attack on the afternoon of Friday 10 April.
Two Muslims, who have not been identified, stopped him and asked what his religion was.
“I told them that I am Christian. They started beating me, when I tried running, both boys started following me through the street and then they threw kerosene on me and burnt me,” Nuaman was quoted as saying. “I kept on running when a heap of sand came my way, I lied down on the sand… A few people from the community…extinguished fire by putting sand on me. I became unconscious, and they called 1122 Emergency medical helpline and called an ambulance.”
Nuaman, who lives with his paternal uncle, said he does not know the attackers but can identify them with their faces.
The case has provoked outrage among Christian leaders, politicians and organisations, who gathered in Lahore in an act of solidarity.
Sources: Release International, Christian Post
- Pray the Lord will completely heal Nauman; ask God to comfort and strengthen him and his family.
- Pray the Lord will keep Nauman and his family from fear and despair; pray their faith in God may be strengthened as a result of this ordeal.
- Pray officials will pursue justice on Nauman’s behalf. Ask the Lord to strengthen the Christian community in Pakistan.