A pastor’s house attacked- his family brutally tortured as a result of indiscriminate bashing. A mob of more than 50 launched an attack on October 19, on Pastor Michael Robert. The incident took place in Farooqabad, District Sheikhupura.
In line with a detailed report by Christian advocacy group The Voice Society, the victim Pastor Michael and his family residents of Saddiqabad neighborhood in Farooqabad. The Voice Society states: “Abdul Hameed Gadhi, his sons Sajawal and Babar Gadhi along with about 50 people attacked house of a Pastor named Michael Robert at Mohallah Saddiqabad, city Farooqabad District Sheikhupura.” His family including Father Robert Masih, Younis Masih, mother Surraiya Robert, wife Shakeela Bibi were present inside the house at the time of attack.
“The gang of Abdul Hameed Gadhi attacked the colony and did firing to harass the residents so that nobody comes out to help the family. The men entered the house forcefully and badly beat the family including women. The attackers threw all the luggage in the house outside the house and broke each and every thing including furniture and all household equipment. The attackers also looted the house badly,” The Voice Society reports.
“All the men in the house got severely injured and received head injuries along with injuries in their back, legs and arms but unfortunately police did not let the actual medical report to be made.”
The attack resulted following a property dispute between the Christian family and Hameed Gadhi others about two years ago. The house now used by Pastor Michael and family was fraudulently sold again by the previous owner to the Hameed Gadhi group. The previous owner of the house had sold the house initially to Pastor Michael’s father afterwards sold the same house to Hameed Gadhi.
“Pastor Michael’s father had the stamp papers for the payment and agreement of buying the house. The dispute went to the Police station and then to the courts, court stayed the matter until the owner of the house is not declared in accordance with the circumstances and proofs,” The Voice Society reports.
TVS further reported that a new SHO in the related police station sided with the Gadhi group and started harassing and intimidating the Christian family demanding that they must immediately vacate the house.
“The Voice Society’s lawyer filed a Writ petition of harassment against the Police in the session’s court which was decided in Michael’s favor, but the SHO did not stopped and ten days ago he along with two police mobiles loaded with police men went to the Michael’s house and threatened them badly to vacate the house.”
“The Voice filed a Writ of harassment against DPO and SHO of the same relevant area in the High Court and it was also decided in favor of Michael. Later, on 19 October at about 10:15pm during the night Abdul Hameed Gadhi and his fellows attacked the colony armed with weapons.”
“The Voice Society team reached the place of occurrence at about 2:00pm in the night and went to the hospital along with the family for treatment and Medico-legal report, but unfortunately doctors and staff of the hospital were very biased and they did not conducted the medical examination honestly and concealed many things in the report,” TVS maintains.
“Later the Voice team reached the Police station and also visited the place of occurrence along with the Police because the Police locked down the house of the Victims and deputed some of the police men in the house. The Voice moved an application for the registration of the case. But right now the priority is to vacate the house from the illegal possession of the Police on urgent basis otherwise Michael and his family will be suffering in the streets,” the report continues.
“It is a pity that police goes against the poor family,” TVS whines. The Voice Society’s lawyers have moved an application for the registration of an FIR calling for inclusion of Sections 7ATA, 354, 452, 148/149, 324 PPC in the FIR.