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Purchasing a house in a “Muslim neighbourhood” as a Christian can cost your life

On the 4th of June, Nadeem Joseph and his family were attacked by Muslim neighbours after moving into the TV Colony of Peshawar, the capital of the Khybar Pakhtunkhawa Province in Pakistan. Joseph and his mother-in-law were shot by Salman Khan and his sons. Khan reportedly attacked Joseph and his family because they purchased a house in what he claimed is a Muslim neighbourhood.


In a video message recorded from his hospital bed, Joseph said, “A month ago, I purchased a house in TV Colony. I still have to make the final payments to the seller, but Salman Khan, a Muslim in the neighbourhood, has started harassing my family.”

During the time Joseph and his family resided in TV Colony, they were harassed by Muslim neighbours who called them “chooras”, a derogatory term used to denote Christians as untouchable. Individuals rode motorbikes in front of their house while others damaged the doors of their home.

Joseph claimed Khan and his sons asked his family to leave this neighbourhood as it was “meant for Muslim residents only.” Khan went on to ask: “How dare a Christian family live amid Muslims?”

“Christians and Jews are the opponents of Muslims,” Khan claimed. “Therefore, you cannot stay in this house.” Joseph reported this is what Khan said prior to opening fire on him and his family.

As a result, Joseph was shot twice in his stomach and his mother-in-law once in her shoulder. Both were admitted to the hospital. Police have not yet registered a First Information Report against  Khan and his family.


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