A group of Muslim men entered a church in Kala Shah Kaku, Sheikhupura, about 40km from Lahore, shouting that they would set the building on fire and burn the Christians.
According to the pastor, Samuel Hidayat Masih, of the Trinity Pentecostal Church; on the morning of 9 May, Malik Aun Abbas, Ali Shan and several other people, forcefully entered the church and asked the worshippers present there to vacate the land.
They claimed the land belonged to them and started demolishing the church courtyard gate and the boundary wall. They forced their way into the church and desecrated the cross along with other fixtures and threatened everyone present.
Following the incident, community leaders lodged a police complaint at the Ferozwala police station.
Pastor Samuel is still being threatened and he is worried he will be attacked.
Nasir Saeed, Director of Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS-UK) said: “It is sad that attacks on churches continue even during the COVID-19 pandemic, because hatred against Christians continues to rise and the government has no plans at all to protect the religious minorities and their places of worship.”
- Ask God to place a shield of protection around Pastor Samuel, his family and his church.
- Pray the Lord will help Pastor Samuel and the church members to overcome this attack and ongoing threats. Pray for justice and that the Lord will provide them with wisdom to deal with the opposition and the authorities.
- Pray for the church throughout Pakistan, which often faces targeted violence and injustice.