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Allah Ditta, 45, was visiting his cousin Yousaf Masih’s home in Okara district, Punjab, on 19 May when a group of men forced their way in and started attacking those present.

The attack was apparently triggered by a dispute between Masih’s family and their neighbours after his son climbed up onto the roof of the family home.

The attack was apparently triggered by a dispute between Masih’s family and their neighbours after his son climbed up onto the roof of the family home.

The assailants started beating Allah, Masih, Masih’s wife and others present in the home with iron rods. They only left when villagers rushed to the scene and begged them to stop. Before leaving the home, the assailants made death threats against the family.

Allah Ditta had sustained serious head injuries during the attack and was quickly taken to Lahore General Hospital by family members. Tragically, he could not be saved and died from his injuries a week later on 27 May.

The Masih family expressed frustration at the police for delaying the registration of a First Information Report into the attack. This delay by the police was costly, as hospital management refused to commence treatment on Allah until they had received the report.

Source: CLAAS (Centre for Legal Aid Assistance & Settlement)

Please Pray

  • Pray for the heartbroken family of Allah Ditta, especially for his five children.
  • Pray that the police will take action and arrest the culprits.
  • Pray for peace over the Okara district as tensions in the community run high.