48-year-old, Samuel Sardar Masih, lost his life to the bane of terrorism in a recent incident of terrorist attack on Wapda Christian Colony at Warsak, Peshawar. On September 2, Samuel was shot by the terrorists who had launched an attack on the neighborhood with nefarious plans of mass destruction.
In a report Shahzad Khalid a rights campaigner states that on September 2, “he left his house early at 5:25 am, he never knew what was coming his way. As usual the official security Guards and Samuel exchange the morning wishes they opened the door and he left and the door was shut but suddenly there were gun fired and he ran back to the gate and shouted, the security guards opened the main gate and saw the situation as four gun men entered after Samuel; who was already injured.”
Samuel has left two sons, four daughters and wife a survivors, while his eldest son expressed pride in being Samuel’s son, calling his death “a golden sacrifice which means that minorities are always willing to serve the nation.” Samuel Masih son of Sardar Masih was working at Peshawar Development Authority (PDA), on daily wages. Back in 1990, Samuel joined Warsak Dam sanitary staff as a sweeper. After a service of 25 years, Samuel retired from the job.
Despite an efficacious operation from the security forces who had managed to ward off massive destruction, Christians mourned the loss of precious lives as another security forces personnel also perished in the attack.
In his report, Shahzad Khalid stated: “Bishop Ernest Jacob of Anglican Orthodox and all churches in KPK are thankful to Pakistan Army and the security guards those who not only saved the Christians and Pakistan from huge damage but they also set a true example of professionalism and dignity for their people.”