Date: June 26, 2018
Police in Punjab beat to death 24-year-old Christian Waqas Masih on 29 May, after he confronted officers who tried to extort money from his family.
Three policemen stormed into the courtyard of Waqas’ uncle’s house on 29 May 2018 and accused Waqas and several members of his family of being drug dealers. They stated they had come to raid the house to search for narcotics. According to reports, the three policemen have a reputation in the neighbourhood for extorting money from local poor people.
Waqas confronted the officers and a scuffle broke out. The policemen then threatened to file false charges against the Christians.
When Waqas tried to run, the officers chased after him. He was punched, kicked and beaten to death with rifle butts. When his cousins tried to intervene the police threatened them. They left Waqas’ body in the street and then told his uncle that he should check on him, because he was “pretending” to be hurt.
The officers were eventually arrested after the Christian community announced they planned to protest. But at the time of writing, Waqas’ family are being pressured to agree to a “reconciliation” by police.
Please join us in prayer: Ask the Lord to comfort the family of Waqas Masih as they mourn his violent murder. Pray that prejudiced police and biased local courts will be unable to hold back the river of God's justice (Amos 5:24).